At Strategic Site Selection we pride ourselves on the long standing relationships we have with our clients, hotel partners and CVB’s across Canada and around the world.
Read what some of our clients have to say about us!
CSN Collision Centres
“The team a Strategic Site Selection knows the hotel industry inside and out and they works tirelessly taking a load off the backs of busy meeting planners. I can’t express how grateful I am for them for saving me both time and money in sourcing meeting spaces, offering expert advice and negotiating contracts for me. To all meeting planners looking for valuable site selection services, I highly recommend working with SSS!”
– Jenny Trokic
“I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that our event went really well, and Bruno was amazing this week and leading up to the event. He went above and beyond and it was a huge relief for me having him there knowing I didn’t need to focus on or worry about any of the details. We’re looking forward to working with him on our July meeting!”
– Krista Erickson
Director of Member Strategy and Solutions
Borden Ladner Gervals
“On behalf of the entire ILCO Board, I write to express our appreciation for the PHENOMENAL contributions by Lindsay West in making our 2022 ILCO Conference successful. Her dedication and support are to be commended. Lindsay always had a smile on her face and was always reassuring to me. Her famous line, “we are in good shape” was very comforting.
The endless hours she spent working on our program, and her professionalism motivated our entire conference team. She is to be commended on her outstanding work. We look forward to working with Sandbox Events next year, on the condition that Lindsay will once again be our conference manager! “
– Rose Kottis
Senior Coordinator, Paraprofessional Services
“Just wanted to send you a quick thank you. The Sandbox team is amazing. You fit seamlessly into our Empire family, and I received many many comments about how professional, kind, and on the ball you are. Our staff repeatedly mentioned Christelle and Bruno by name and how amazing they are. Kudos to the dream team.
Thank you again for your help and support for our events. It’s been such a pleasure to work with you. Looking forward to many more events.”
– Corinne Day
Project Manager, Business Solutions Delivery
Inventa Brand Experience
“Working with an organization and individuals who ‘get it’ is always a pleasure – and that is the experience with Strategic Site Selection. Having a true partner who understands your needs, can negotiate challenges (sometimes before you even see them!), and offers workable solutions is invaluable to us in the events industry. On every project they have offered turnkey solutions that would have eaten up precious resources had we taken them on internally – and with better outcomes! Creativity, Passion, Collaboration and Integrity are Inventa’s core values as an agency, and they have been consistently reflected back to us by our partners at Strategic Site Selection. We’re looking forward to many more projects together!”
Pulse Canada / Canadian Special Crops Association
“It’s about results with Strategic Site Selection! SSS provides a service free of charge, which saves our Association considerable staff time and resources. They are experts in the industry and familiar with cities/markets throughout Canada. Mark and his amazing team are well respected in the hotel industry, and no one should hesitate to consider utilizing SSS for their next event, no matter what the size! From Board Meetings across Canada, to our Annual Convention SSS has worked diligently on our contracts and gone to bat for us more than once. I am thrilled to be working with such an incredible group! You guys Rock!”
– Denise Hawryluk
“Working with Strategic Site Selection, has truly been not only a pleasure, but also makes me look forward to planning events, meetings, receptions (something that I wouldn’t have dreamed that I would be saying). Being not only a small company, but a small, Not for Profit Company, finding a company that gives the same attention and care to a larger organization as they do to a small team of 8 is very rare, and is something to be cherished.
Through every event, Strategic Site Selection has come through on every asked deliverable and has worked with the hotels to ensure that we are getting the absolute best that we can. After each event, I genuinely feel as if they took the same care and attention to detail as if they were planning the even for themselves. The relationship that they have fostered with all of the hotels that they work with ensures that no matter the size of your company or budget, you are truly getting treated to the best.
I cannot recommend higher the services of Strategic Site Selection, and indeed, refer the company to anybody that I know that requires any kind of event management/assistance”.
– Kirsten Lawrie
Canadian Obesity Network
“The experience, expertise and the network of Strategic Site Selection has allowed the Canadian Obesity Network to transform simple meetings into educational events worth talking about. Strategic Site Selection always does an amazing job and we wholeheartedly recommend them to all colleagues and associates as the “go-to team” – a team full of dedicated talent with a passion for helping (not-for-profit) organizations get a fair deal in a competitive market”.
– Dawn Hatanaka
“SSS has made our job infinitely easier by helping us identify the best homes for our conferences and negotiate the best venue packages. A lot of the perks and contractual benefits that we received would not have been possible to obtain without the SSS’s expert advice.
SSS not only brings a wealth of technical expertise but also an exceptional customer service and readiness to support us with any issues, no matter how difficult, to make sure that we, in turn, deliver the best conference experience to our clients. We are very fortunate to have this partnership with SSS and look forward to many productive years together”.
– Olga Cherepanova
“The partnership between Strategic Site Selection and Grant Thornton over the past number of years is one of immense value to our firm. The countless hours spent researching new and innovating hotels and destinations for our meetings and conferences, and the countless many more negotiating the best possible rates, space and concessions has saved us valuable time and money, allowing us to focus on the objectives, strategy and planning of our events. Not only have the team at SSS become of one our most valued strategic partners, they are an extension of our team. I would enthusiastically and strongly recommend Strategic Site Selection to anyone who books events and meetings!”
– Kristi Contini
“Our experience with the team at Strategic Site Selection over the last three years has been wonderful. They are personable and professional, and clearly understand our unique needs as a charity organization that runs 6-7, multi-day, national learning events every year. What we appreciate most about working with the SSS team is that they clearly communicate our principles to prospective partners and negotiate on our behalf when needed. As a result, SSS has saved us time and protected our bottom line on several occasions. “
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
“Working with Strategic Site Selection has made event organizing so much easier for us. With the help of SSS we have more options for where to host an event, our contracts have included more services/amenities and also important clauses to manage the unexpected. SSS are there to help liaise between our office and the venue and have patiently reviewed policy and strongly advocated with us to resolve any concerns. This is a company that we recommend to our colleagues without hesitation.”
– Ken Clement
Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
“I have had the pleasure of working with SSS for over 8 years sourcing the site for our annual congress. Mark and his team have been one of the reasons I can sleep at night. The team has been vigilant, detail oriented, and are always quick to answer our questions or concerns. I am grateful to SSS for helping me manage this portion of our conference planning and making us feel confident in the venues we choose!”
– Ola Ayoub
Ontario Catholic School Business Officials Association
“The Directors of the Ontario Catholic School Business Officials Association (OCSBOA) brought Strategic Site Selection (SSS) on board to assist with the search and negotiation process in selecting a host site for its’ annual AGM and Conference.
The result of this decision has been very beneficial. SSS has provided valuable financial and other related data that has made the annual process of selecting a conference site much more informative.
SSS at no cost to the association has negotiated contracts that meet all of our conference needs. I highly recommend that SSS be utilized by any group looking to secure a meeting /conference site.”
– Peter Marchini
We are one of Strategic Site Selection’s first clients and have used them for many years. When I first met Mark I didn’t even know what a site selection company did, as I had always sourced out my own meeting space.
As a meeting planner my time is valuable and when a company like Strategic Site is there to source out properties, negotiate the complexities of hotel contracts and be our support system with any issues that arise, well that is simply priceless.
The fact that we don’t pay any fees to Strategic Site was an easy sell to higher management on the value that this type of service can bring to a large corporation such as ours, but at the same time, smaller businesses would also see these same great benefits.
All of our meeting planners across Canada use Strategic Site Selection for our meetings and only trust them because they know our culture and act as advocates on our behalf when negotiating. This saves us time and money and in the end that is the biggest value they provide to us as a company.
On a personal level, their team is supportive, hard-working and have a great sense of humor which you need in this business and that makes our jobs easier and much more enjoyable too!