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Day 4 at Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 – Things to know

7142.image_5F00_67334155[1]As I noted in my post about Day 3 yesterday, I think the keynotes this morning by Jon and Kevin really set the tone for the day and you could feel and hear the energy and excitement among the entire Worldwide Partner Conference crowd. Today, just like yesterday, we will be serving breakfast, holding keynotes, tons of sessions, serving lunch, WPC Connect, and MPN Live, bringing together our partners who are here in person and the partners around the world joining us online and through social media. The key difference with tomorrow is, we shift schedules to our Regional Days. This means that the morning keynote sessions are the Regional keynotes, which allows each region to connect with their partners specifically instead of everyone together for joint keynotes.

7:30 – 9:30: Breakfast is being served in Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Hall A-C

  • PLEASE NOTE: Breakfast is NOT at the ACC today, it is at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Here is the info on the Regional Keynotes for Day 4 of Worldwide Partner Conference (these are not streamed online like the Vision Keynotes from earlier this week):

  • 8:30 – 9:30 am
    • U.S. Central Region FY13 Kickoff Constitution Hall 107
    • U.S. East Region FY13 Kickoff Constitution Hall 105
    • U.S. West Region FY13 Kickoff Constitution Hall 106
  • 8:30 – 9:45 am
    • U.S. Small and Midsized Business: Cindy Bates, VP SMB&D – SMB What’s Next! John Bassett Theatre
  • 8:30 – 10:30 am
    • BeLux Meeting: Winning Together in FY13 in Belgium and Luxembourg 716 B
    • Denmark Regional Keynote 715 AB
    • Partner Business Briefi ng – Finland 205 BD
    • France Regional Keynote 713 AB
    • India Regional Keynote: BIG on Partnership 714 B
    • Ireland Regional Keynote 711
    • Italy Regional Keynote 203 AB
    • Japan Regional Keynote 202 ABCD
    • MEA Regional Keynote 201 ABCDEF
    • Norway Regional Keynote 716 A
    • Portuguese Partner Day 204
    • The Best from WPC and How We Plan to be Successful FY13 in Sweden 717 AB
  • 8:30am – 11:30am
    • APAC Regional Keynote 701 AB
  • 9:00am – 10:30am
    • Canadian Regional Keynote 718 AB
  • 9:00am – 12:30pm
    • Evento Regional Español Holiday Inn Downtown Center Hotel
  • 10:00am – 10:30am
    • Microsoft Experience Center Partner Demo Competition John Bassett Theatre
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm
    • CEE Regional Keynote: Partnering for a New Era of Success Constitution Hall 106
    • German Regional Keynote: Empower Your Network Constitution Hall 105
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Italy Regional Keynote: Breakout Session Classic 203 AB
    • Italy Regional Keynote: Breakout Session Dynamics 203 CD
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
    • UK Regional Keynote: The Year Ahead, A Winning Opportunity – Constitution Hall 107


  • Regional Keynote Shuttle: 6:30am – 9:30am
    • Continuous shuttle service between WPC Hotels and MTCC
  • No Conference Shuttle Service between between MTCC and WPC Hotels: 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Side Meeting Shuttle: 11:30am – 5:00pm
    • Shuttle between MTCC, Sheraton Centre,and the Hilton every 10-15 minutes
  • Evening Hotel Shuttle: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
    • Continuous shuttle service from MTCC to WPC Hotels
  • Partner Celebration Shuttle: 6:45pm – 10:15pm
    • Continuous shuttle service from ALL WPC Hotels to Partner Celebration (Polson Pier)
    • All walking hotels will have designated shuttle routes to Polson Pier during this time

Lunch is from 11:30 – 1:30 in Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Hall A-C

WPC Connect/Networking is open from 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm in Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Level 300, Hall A

Partner Celebration: 7:00 – 10:00 Polson Pier

  • Be sure you join us for this! It is a fantastic way to wrap up Worldwide Partner Conference and celebrate the amazing week we have had together. Not to mention, we have Train performing this year and it’s bound to be an incredible show.


  • By the way, I’m still collecting partner pictures to add to my 2012Fantastic people of WPCpost, so please come up and introduce yourself if you see me.

It is so hard to believe we’re coming down to the end of the week here at WPC12. I hope these quick little bits of information helped out daily and and I look forward to seeing you all later this morning.

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