Speaker Gifts – To Buy or Not to Buy?

Speaker Gifts – Are They a Good Idea?

“What sort of gift can we give the speaker?” This is a question we get asked a lot.Image

The truth is, when you’re working with a paid speaker, gifts are unnecessary. In fact, speakers often find them wasteful or cumbersome (especially if they’ve traveled to your event). If you feel compelled to do it – make sure it’s transportable. Another idea would be to make a donation to charity on his/her behalf.

What’s more important than a speaker gift – is the hospitality you offer them when they come to the event and the feedback you provide following it. If you LOVED the speaker, be sure to tell them exactly what it was about their presence and presentation that you enjoyed via a written testimonial. Make sure they have permission to use this in their marketing- they will be very thankful!

Mary Budgell – Communications & Events


The Chronicle Herald Presents – Press Play at Casino Nova Scotia

We are so delighted to be working on Press Play, a Chronicle Herald web series at Casino Nova Scotia.

Two nights, six talented East Coast musicians, one great venue. For a sampling of all six artists’ music, click here.

Here’s the who & when:
Thursday, March 27: Alan Jeffries, Ria Mae, Thom Swift
Friday, March 28: Zac Crouse, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Jenn Grant
Casino Nova Scotia Schooner Showroom. Doors open at 7:00, show begins at 7:30. 19+.

To buy tickets, go to Ticket Atlantic.
For more information about this great series, visit the event page on Facebook.


Mary Budgell – Event Coordinator

Celebrating International Women’s Day


Women deserve celebrating! Of course, as an office of all women, we’re not biased at all.

While working with one of our client’s on their Women’s Day event, our team got talking about the women who inspire us, and that conversation was the basis for this post.

So…Happy International Women’s Day 2014! Don’t forget to take a moment to hug, call or even just think about some of the amazing women that have influenced you.

Here’s who we’ll be thinking of…


A Woman who inspires me?  I could scan the globe and find numerous cool women who have rocked the world with some great feminine energy—but when I really thought about it, one of the most inspiring women I know is my Mom.  She has been a beautiful influence in my life and has guided me in adopting three  great character traits that have served me well as a mother, a friend and a business owner.  Nurturing others in a way that makes you feel like the centre of the universe! (and not just her family)  Accepting of people’s strengths, weaknesses and differences- my mother does not judge others, rather she finds a way to see all sides. Determined– when she wants to achieve something, or thinks it is important she has the persistence to make it happen.  My mother spent 35+ years working in geriatrics and at age 63 decided that she had had enough time there and studied towards becoming a doula so she could experience the other end of the life spectrum!  Happy International Woman’s Day Everyone!   And Happy Birthday to my forever GF Beth Wallace, Associate Publisher of Mindful Magazine  as she celebrates her birthday on this special day!

When I think of inspiring women, I think of Beyoncé. She’s an artist who relates to women around the world through her lyrics and is an example of a strong woman who’s always ready to stand out. I love that she is not afraid to bring something fresh to the table no matter how crazy of an idea it might sound. She completely turned the music industry on their head after releasing her latest album. She threw out all traditional marketing strategies and decades of industry wisdom, releasing the record in the wee hours of the morning and ultimately sold 80,000 copies in three hours. No prior warning, no audience anticipation, just true guerrilla style tactics that will likely go down in history in the music industry and as one of her best decisions yet. She’s a goddess, a business woman, puts family first and a force to be reckoned with.

Glori Meldrum founder of Little Warriors and owner/operator of G-Squared Marketing is someone who inspires me.   A survivor of sexual abuse, Glori found her voice and channeled her energy in to creating an a national prevention program which teaches educators, parents, community members etc. how to spot the signs and respond appropriately when they suspect a child is being abused.  Her passion and vision for helping others has propelled her to dream big and just this year she and her team purchased what will be the first long term treatment centre in Canada for children who have been abused.  The Be Brave Ranch a 6,400 sq ft. facility located in Alberta has been purchased with no government funding but rather with funds raised and donated by “average Albertan’s” because Glori shared her vision.  The Ranch  would not have happened if this brave women with a vision, drive, passion and ability to make meaningful connections with people had not faced her fears and walked through them.   The Ranch which will open in June 2014 has been a dream of Glori’s for years and I find her passion, spirit and resilience  to be infectious.

Glori has spoken at numerous local and national events and was nominated for a Women of the Year award this year by the Alberta Women Entrepreneur.   She continues to inspire other women to find their passion, to follow their dreams and never give up when others tell you can’t.

As I write this, my 5 year old son asks “Mom, what are you writing?” so, as best I can, I explain International Women’s Day. My explanation is that “It’s a day when we celebrate awesome women” (the word awesome really resonates with him). He immediately starts listing the women he knows who qualify as ‘awesome’. Thankfully, I made the list.

This made me think of all the mothers I admire, including Mother Teresa, though I image she would have appreciated less my admiration, and more the actions I take to help others. I remember reading a story about Mother Teresa having displayed The Paradoxical Commandments (written my Kent M. Keith) on the wall at one of the children’s homes she worked with.  If you haven’t read it – you should. The meaning of this piece stuck with me, and I strive to instil these values in my own children.  I fervently believe we should all spend time helping people in need, and genuinely connecting with those around us. To me, Mother Teresa exemplifies selflessness, compassion and love: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples” – Mother Teresa.

Mary Budgell – Event Coordinator

Halifax Chamber Business Awards 2014

We were honoured and delighted to receive the Bronze Award for Small Business of the Year at last week’s Halifax Chamber Business Awards.

This was a phenomenal way to begin 2014.

We were in excellent company with the other outstanding nominees: The Battered Fish, Kitchen Door Catering, Mercer’s Best Built Structures Inc. and Journeyman Film Company.   For a complete list of winners click here.

A sincere thanks to The Halifax Chamber of Commerce and all its members for encouraging businesses like ours to grow, diversify and succeed!

Another Perfect Match!

LimeLight recently matched our client, Kinsmen (KIN) Canada , with one of our most fabulous speakers, Halina St. James. 

The KIN Canada convention’s purpose was to rejoice in their past years achievements, and celebrate their teamwork!

Halina connected with the audience so well, that during the portion of her presentation where she challenges participants to dance, she got an unexpected surprise! What was it?


You can read more about Halina and her adventures on her blog, here.

Congratulations to KIN Canada and Halina on a successful event!

– Kayla Dagenais, Client Services Coordinator

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Release Second Album!

Haven’t heard of the folk/trad/fusion bilingual group Ten String And A Goat Skin? Chances are you’re intrigued by their catchy name and are Googling them now! They’ve just launched a new website TenStringsAndAGoatSkin.com where you can sample their soon to be released music.

Produced by multiple award winning singer songwriter Lennie Gallant at the Sonic Temple Studio in Halifax, the album titled Corbeau is set to hit stores early June.

The group made waves on both English and Francophone venues at the 2011 and 2012 ECMAs and their début bilingual album, TRI, was awarded MUSIC PEI’s 2012 Roots Traditional Recording of the Year and was nominated for the 2012 ECMA Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year. Traveling ever further afield, the group was recently nominated for Music PEI’s 2013 SpinCount Touring Artists of the Year.

Check out this video, and let their music speak for itself!

Mary Budgell – Event Logistics Coordinator

State of the Economy Conference 2013

Greater Halifax Partnership hosts the 2nd Annual State of the Economy Conference on May 22nd in…you guessed it – Halifax!

This event is a must attend for innovators, business leaders and individuals interested in creating a prosperous and vibrant city.

The full agenda is available here and is guaranteed to offer attendees a wealth of information alongside a terrific networking opportunity.

The value a good speaker adds to your event is undeniable, and these two speakers are a great fit for this conference.

Morning Keynote – Terry Stuart

terrystuartChief Innovation Officer, Deloitte
“The Future of Productivity: Clear choices for a competitive Canada”

Terry presents the latest research findings from The Future of Productivity: Clear choices for a competitive Canada, highlighting key recommendations for companies, government, and academia on improving productivity through innovation.

Afternoon Keynote – Rebecca Ryan

rebeccarryan“Is Your Business Future-Ready?”
Founder of Next Generation Consulting

Rebecca Ryan is a human sparkplug. She is one part economist, one part futurist, and one part humorist. (That’s right: economists can be funny.) Rebecca inspires audiences to think differently about the future…their future. Author of Life First, Work Second, and ReGENERATION, Rebecca is earning accolades as “a voice for the next generation.”

If you knew the future, how would you respond? Companies that can anticipate and respond appropriately to emerging trends have a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Learn about emerging customer, employee, and marketplace trends that will reshape business.

The Where and When:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Westin Nova Scotian
8:00-8:30am: Registration and Networking
8:30am-3:00pm: Conference Program

If this sounds like something you’d like to attend – Click here to register!

Mary Budgell – Event Logistics Coordinator

Acres & Acres to play Open City at Bishop’s Landing

Acres & Acres join in the fun of Open City as the feature performer this Saturday, May 11th at Bishop’s Landing.  Open City is a Halifax initiative envisioned by I Love Local Halifax  that brings business owners, musicians, culinary professionals and artists together to showcase the strength of our vibrant local markets.

The event is a true fit for Acres & Acres duo Kris Pope and David Scholten who fully embrace the I Love Local mentality in their personal and professional lives.

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Last year over 90 businesses and organizations were involved in the hugely successful event. So if you’re in the area, be sure to spend some time this weekend exploring your city and the incredible local food, scenery and sounds it has to offer!

You’ll find Acres & Acres at the fountain at the Bishop’s Landing Piazza from 11am – 3pm.

Acres and Acres are coming off a successful CD release tour for their album Truth and sky and have a busy Spring/Summer ahead. You can see their full show schedule here.

Mary Budgell
Event Logistics Coordinator

Gair Maxwell Named Canadian Speaker of the Year!

To be a professional speaker means working amongst a community of individuals who represent some of the best and the brightest in their field.  They are leaders, trend-setters, and industry experts. So when TEC Canada (The Executive Committee) presents the award for Speaker of the Year, you know the recipient must be a great speaker.  When I say a ‘great speaker’ I mean someone whose message resonates with audiences long after the talk has ended, someone who delivers an impeccable presentation time and time again, and someone who is at the forefront of change within their industry.

This year, the award for Speaker of the Year 2012 went to Gair Maxwell, co-founder and CEO of The Seamless Brand out of Moncton, NB.  Known as “The Branding Provocateur”, Gair is the first Atlantic Canadian to receive the honour.  You can check out the full article here.

pictured from left Mike Mallory (Chair TEC 390-391) , Karen Chown (VP of TEC Canada), Gair Maxwell, (2012 Canadian Speaker of the Year)

Pictured from left Mike Mallory (Chair TEC 390-391) , Karen Chown (VP of TEC Canada), Gair Maxwell, (2012 Canadian Speaker of the Year)


Mary Budgell
Event Logistics Coordinator

LimeLight Celebrates 10 Fabulous Years!

Last Thursday our team gathered with friends, family, speakers, entertainers and clients to celebrate 10 fabulous years in business.

We clinked champagne glasses while reminiscing about a decade’s worth of hard work, growth and success. And somewhere in between the cocktails, dancing and mingling we put on silly props and smiled repeatedly for our wonderful photographer Timothy Richard at the photo booth.  Here’s the proof!


It was truly wonderful to be able to share in our success with such an amazing community of businesses and individuals that we are fortunate to work with.

One of our very first speakers, Halina St. James, did us the honour of emceeing the event.  Did you know Halina is a talented ball room dancer? That’s right – we were privy to more than just her speaking skills that night! You can read Halina’s blog about the event here.

The night started off with music from Tom Collins and later hit the dance floor with  The Chess Club.  In between we were delighted by performances from SQUID, Colin Grant, Chrissy Crowley, Zac Crouse, Acres & Acres, Steve Gates and Christina Martin.

It was an incredible evening – great food, great company, great entertainment. Thanks so much to everyone who came to celebrate, and to all those who have helped Limelight become Canada’s Caring Speaker and Entertainment Partner. We say it often, but we really wouldn’t be here without YOU!

Mary Budgell
Event Logistics Coordinator