2016 Global AGM Conference

Meeting Overview

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This year’s Global AGM Conference was held on the 19-21 October amid the splendid views of the Andes Mountains at The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, Chile.   

This geographically gifted destination, graced by both sand and snow, introduced delegates to the wonders of Chile and South America and was an excellent backdrop for our Global AGM.

The meeting attracted more than 90 delegates, including accompanying persons, which was more than expected and great to see.  Our hosts, Hernán Espejo and Viviana Rojas from MGI Hernán Espejo y Asociados Ltda., were delighted to welcome their MGI colleagues from around the world.

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Successful Speed-Networking

The conference opened with a “Speed Networking” session where delegates had opportunity to present their business as part of a 60 Second Speech to each other. Members praised the session saying, “that was excellent”, “great to get chance to talk to everyone” and “we must do this again!"

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Ed Fahey (Chairman) and Clive Bennett (CEO) gave an update from MGI Worldwide. The excellent Laura Raffo, a Uruguayan professor of economics and Top 5 female business leader, presented economic insights from South America and the world; and IC member, Matthew Moy, shared MGI Australasia’s most recent Business Index initiative. 

Inspiring Magic from Aldo Duce

The first day closed with the magician Aldo Duce inspiring us to be more creative and determined in business and entertaining delegates with members joining him on stage

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Thank you to participating members

A special thank you to MGI Guerra & Asociados (Ecuador), MGI De Leone-Triunfo-Galloni & Associati (Italy), MGI Jebsen & Co. (Argentina) and CASU (Uruguay), for volunteering time and presenting their member case studies.  Some remarkable stories showing how their firms have gained from membership by leveraging the brand, building relationships and attending meetings.

Maxine Brock (International Marketing Director) updated members on MGI Worldwide marketing, showing how members can benefit from being more proactive and presenting on a number of marketing initiatives that aim to further enhance international credentials in the local marketplace and share knowledge among the MGI Worldwide community. 

Group breakout sessions

Three breakout sessions on topics such as QA review (in Spanish), Marketing for Collaboration and Technology were facilitated, providing an opportunity for members to join in discussion and share opinion on their chosen topic.

Technical Committee Report

Michael Grüne, Sharon Gregor and Luis Uncal presented their first Technical Committee Report, updating members on the quality review process while also announcing the member firms selected for review in the first year.

Guest speaker, Ivàn Vera spoke about entrepreneurship and innovation in business, having created several companies of his own and consulted with an enviable portfolio of clients.

Dinner programme and post-conference tour

The dinner programme included a great spread of Chilean and international food, accompanied by excellent wines. A welcome cocktail reception at the Tierra noble restaurant only a 2-minute walk from the hotel, followed with live music and dancing on the evening of the second day at the Ritz Carlton Ballroom. 

For our final dinner we were driven to one of the loveliest and oldest wineries in the Santiago area, arriving just before sunset for wine tasting and dinner at Viñas Santa Rita.

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Over 40 persons joined us for our post conference tour heading towards the coast to the beautiful city of Viña del Mar, for a visit of its main streets and avenues and later heading around the bay to Valparaiso, a World Heritage Site since 2003.

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Meeting highlights

  • Successful Speed-Networking with opportunity for all delegates to talk and meet
  • Economic updates from Top 5 female business leader, Laura Raffo
  • Entertaining magic from Aldo Duce inspiring delegates to be more determined
  • Remarkable case study presentations showing how firms gain from membership
  • Breakout sessions for members to discuss & share opinion on their chosen topic
  • First Technical Committee Report announcing members selected for review
  • Inspiring alk from Ivàn Vera about entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Great spread of Chilean and International food, accompanied by excellent wines
  • A geographically gifted location between the snow caped Andes and Pacific Ocean 

Meeting information:

Date: 21-23 October 2016
Venue: The Ritz-Cartlon
Location: Santiago, Chile
HostMGI Hernán Espejo y Asociados Ltda.
Attendees: 73 Delegates,  22 Accompanying persons

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Presentation downloads:

MGI Worldwide Update, Ed Fahey and Clive Bennett
MGI Australasia Business Index initiative, Matthew Moy and Casey Lightbody
MGI Worldwide Marketing Update, Maxine Brock
MGI Guerra & Asociados case study, Juan Carlos Guerra
MGI De Leone-Triunfo-Galloni & Associati case study, Giovanni Triunfo and Dario Galloni
MGI Jebsen & Co, case study, Luis Uncal
Delegate pack coverCASU case study, Horacio Pintos
Technical Committee Report, Michael Grüne, Sharon Gregor, Luis Uncal
MGI Matters, Jonathan Farrow and Clive Bennett

Innovating in Business, Iván Vera

Delegate Pack (including delegate list): 

2016 Global AGM Conference Delegate brochure (PDF)
Annual Review brochure (Flipbook PDF)


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