Met up with a few Google employees over the weekend. They are pretty excited about the pending money-making event. A little cautious about talking about it now that they have entered the 'quiet period'. This ~3 month timeframe will produce even less news directly from Google and more and more speculation about their worth once public.
Search Engine Strategies is hosting a show in Canada for the first time next week. I am lucky (seriously) enough to be doing 3 talks including the Introduction talk first thing of the first day. We are also doing a few panels - with esteemed blogger Andrew Goodman - on the Canadian Search Engine Marketing industry.
SEMPO is holding an exclusive dinner for SEMPO members and sponsors the night before the event starts. Networking with Google, Overture, Verizon SuperPages and GoToast (current SEMPO sponsors) should be great fun and enlightening. I'm expecting to have JupiterMedia officially as a sponsor by then and they will be attending as well. If you are a member (there are 215 now!) please join us and RSVP by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.