He made the announcement in a letter to MPI members, volunteer leaders and partners, and said he would continue to provide transitional support on several initiatives while MPI Chief Operating Officer Cindy D’Aoust manages the day-to-day business operations.
MPI is the largest community of meeting professionals in the world with 23,000 members in 71 chapters.
In his letter, MacMillan cited several of MPI’s accomplishments during his tenure:
- The Career Landscape professional development plan
- A key role in creating IMEX America
- Global expansion and partnerships in China, Brazil, the Gulf and Mexico
- A leadership role in championing corporate social responsibility
MacMillan, a Canada native, was CEO of the Toronto Convention and Visitors Association from 2003 to 2006, and led the Toronto tourism industry’s post-SARS recovery. He grew the CVB from less than 700 members and an $8 million budget to almost 1,100 members and a $30 million budget. He also worked for Tourism Vancouver, leading a team of 22 responsible for convention and corporate meetings, tour, and travel and incentive sales marketing. He serves on several industry boards including the Advisory Board for the University of Guelph (Ontario), School of Tourism and Hospitality and the Convention Industry Council.
He made no mention of his future plans.