February 28, 2018

It is our pleasure to announce Daniel Shanks as our Master of Ceremonies for the 2018 International Pinot Noir Celebration. 

Daniel Shanks hitch-hiked to California from Richmond Virginia in 1970 and, as would be expected, fell in love with wine country. While waiting tables at the Silverado Country Club, Daniel met Monsieur Maudiere of Moët & Chandon. That meeting developed into a relationship that led to Daniel being hired as the first Maître d’Hôtel when the restaurant at Domaine Chandon opened in April 1977.In 1994, Daniel received a call from the White House,... Click here to read more about Daniel.

Meet our 2018 Grand Seminar Panelists:

Josh Bergström
Bergström Wines

Julia Cattrall
Lumos Wine Co.

Brian O'Donnell
Belle Pente

Ken Pahlow
Walter Scott Wines

Lynn Penner-Ash
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars

Patrick Reuter
Dominio IV


FORT WASHINGTON, Penn. (Feb. 27, 2018) – A strong majority of Americans (86 percent) say a clogged public restroom toilet would negatively impact their perception of a business, according to a recent survey commissioned by Sofidel, a leading global provider of paper for hygienic and domestic use. The survey, conducted online by Harris Poll, Feb. 6-8 among 2,079 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, also found that more than three-fourths of Americans (76 percent) have experienced a clogged toilet in a public restroom.

“Clogged toilets can result in foul odors, restroom closures, disgruntled customers and increased maintenance costs for businesses,” said Fabio Vitali, Vice President AFH Marketing & Sales for Sofidel America. “It’s crucial that business owners and managers properly maintain restrooms and carefully select products that enhance guest satisfaction and the bottom line.”

The poll revealed that:

  • 4 in 10 Americans have encountered a bathroom closed due to a clogged toilet.
  • 49 percent of Americans have experienced foul restroom odor due to a clogged toilet.

The survey also provided insight about what types of businesses could be most impacted by clogged toilets:

  • Restaurants faced the most potential backlash, with 71 percent of Americans saying that a clogged toilet at a restaurant would negatively impact their perception of the business
  • More than half (56 percent) would have a negative perception of a hotel with a clogged toilet
  • Nearly half would have a negative perception of a grocery store (49 percent) or retail store (47 percent)
  • Clogged toilets also negatively impact the perceptions of travelers on airplanes (46 percent) or cruise ships (45 percent)

To reduce the occurrence of restroom clogs in commercial settings, Sofidel offers Bio Tech toilet paper. Bio Tech uses Biologic Active Tissue Paper (BATP) technology to produce enzymes that help disinfect restroom pipes and limit clogs as quickly as after one month of use. Studies demonstrate that the exclusive use of Bio Tech can provide total savings of up to 40 percent compared to standard toilet paper.

Sofidel’s Dissolve Tech hand towels also reduce clogs because they dissolve in less than 3 minutes if they are accidentally flushed down the toilet. The towels feature strong resistance, high water absorbency capacity during hand drying.

For more information about Bio Tech and Dissolve Tech, visit


February 22, 2018

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Petaluma, CA (February 15, 2018) –  The “Uncommon Flavors of Europe” campaign co-financed by the European Union, has launched an online “Learn & Earn” contest for a trip to Italy to visit the production areas of the campaign partners which include: Asiago PDO cheese made in the regions of Veneto and Trentino, Speck Alto Adige PGI lightly smoked, air-curedDufault ham made in the region of Alto Adige and Pecorino Romano PDO cheese made in the regions of Sardinia and Lazio. Each of these three products is a testament to the rigorous standards which agricultural products must meet in order to receive the European quality system certifications of guarantee: PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication).

Seven winners will be chosen on May 31st, 2019 and the trip will take place in Fall 2019. Winners will be part of a culinary mission with several other winners and must agree to travel dates set forth by tour operators. The approximate travel dates are departure October 3rd, 2019 and return October 9th, 2019. All flights, hotels, meals and transportation are included in the trip.  The trip is non-transferable. All terms and conditions may be read here:

The three-year campaign “Uncommon Flavors of Europe,” having officially commenced in April 2017, is part of the "Enjoy, it's from Europe" initiative adopted by the European Union to promote Europe’s exceptional foods and wines abroad. Now in the final months of the first year of the campaign, the program will continue intense promotion of the three products and a direct dialogue with consumers through web, social media, press, TV and grocery store demos. Over 350 promotional days were held in 2017 alone, with 1,750 planned in the three-year period 2017-2019, in major American and Canadian supermarket chains, directly reaching 2.4 million consumers in the United States and over one million in Canada.

The Uncommon Flavors of Europe “Learn & Earn” contest allows participants the opportunity to go online and learn more about the three partner products and complete a quiz in order to earn entries in the contest for a trip to visit the production zones of each product.

The Uncommon Flavors of Europe “Learn & Earn” Study Trip to Italy contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada, age 21 and older.

More than just a contest, “Learn & Earn” is an educational experience for participants highlighting the three inimitable partner products and why they are known as the Uncommon Flavors of Europe: place of origin, long history and protected PDO or PGI status. By learning more, and taking a quiz about Asiago, Pecorino Romano and Speck Alto Adige, participants earn and accumulate points in the contest.

To register for the contest visit:

All terms and conditions may be read here:

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February 14, 2018

February & March Upcoming Training

*Negotiating - Achieving Better Solutions For Your Business 

February 15  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info   

*Performance Coaching For Success

February 16  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info 

*Professional Telephone Skills 

February 21  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*The Art Of Email 

February 21  |   1:00pm-4:00pm   |  More Info  

*Leadership Promotion - Making The Transition From Peer To Boss 

February 22  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info 


*Generations in the Workplace  

February 23  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info 

Food Handler Certification - SATURDAY

February 24  |   9:00am-4:00pm   |  More Info  

COST: $85.00+GST  *Challenge Exam Available $55.00+GST


Emergency First Aid & CPR Level C with AED - SATURDAY

February 24  |   9:00am-4:00pm   |  More Info  

COST: $99.00+GST

*Retail Merchandising

February 27  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info 

*AED / CPR 2 Hour Session 

February 27  |  9:00am - 11:00am  | More Info 

MARCH 2018

Food Handler Certification

March 6    |   9:00am-4:00pm   |  More Info  

COST: $85.00+GST  *Challenge Exam Available $55.00+GST

*Developing a Policies and Procedures Manual

March 7  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Marketing in a Digitally Savvy World

March 8  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Stress Management
March 9  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info 

*Event Coordinator 101

March 12  |  9:00am-12:00pm  | More Info 

COST: $49.00+GST  *NOTE: Regular price $99 (now 50% off)

*Teambuilding & Conflict Resolution Skills

March 13  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Art of Communication
March 14  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Blogging for Business

March 15  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Five Skills of a Powerful & Effective Leader
March 16  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Basic Business Math - The Numbers That Will Help Your Business Succeed
March 20  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Presentation Skills-Getting Your Message Across with Confidence

March 21  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Assertiveness in the Workplace

March 22  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Instagram for Business
March 23  |   9:00am-12:00pm   |  More Info

*Facebook For Business
March 26  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info

*Direct Booking Strategy For Hotels
March 27  |  9:00am-12:00pm  |  More Info  

*Reading and Understanding Financial Statements and Using them as a Manager

March 27  |  1:00pm-4:00pm  |  More Info

*Manitoba BEST Service Excellence

March 28  |  9:00am-4:00pm  |  More Info

*Handling Difficult Situations - Supervisors & Managers

March 29  |  1:00pm-4:00pm  |  More Info


*Complimentary Sessions

Contact MTEC at 204-957-7437 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All courses will be held at the MTEC Training Centre, 75 Scurfield Boulevard, Unit 3, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3Y 1P6.   **Free parking available!


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