Industry Profiles

  • Meetings Industry Profile: Leanne Calderwood, CMP

    Present: HelmsBriscoe Expertise: Site Selection Specialty: Research, Strategic Meetings Management, Social Media, Corporate Meetings Network: Tell us about yourself. Leanne Calderwood: I’m a busy-body go-getter and I love projects, whether at work or in my home. I have a hard time sitting and doing nothing. I thrive on connecting people to resources that help them in their work and their career, and I love seeing people reach their full potential. An early adopter of social media in events, I actively share…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Maddy Marchildon

    Profile Particulars Present: Redstone Agency Inc. Past: Managing Matters Inc., University of Ottawa (Marketing Team, Faculty of Social Sciences) Expertise: Association and not-for-profit management Specialty: Board and committee management, volunteer and member engagement, CMS and website platforms, systems and processes management, change management CMN: Tell us about yourself. Maddy Marchildon: Since graduating from the University of Ottawa in 2010, I’ve worked with over 25 not-for-profit organizations located in Canada and internationally in industries ranging from arts, to education and to…

  • Planner profile: Arlene Schilke, CMP

    Present: Timewise Event Management Inc. Expertise: Meeting and Convention Management Specialty:  Social Media, Leadership, Trends Tell us about yourself. #girlboss, #eventprof, #entrepreneur, #workingmom #snapchatter #foodie — Needless to say, I love social media almost as much as I love face-to-face meetings. I grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba so to live in an era of technology and live streaming where we are able to connect virtually to anyone anywhere, is fascinating to me. After studying English and…

  • Meeting planner profile: Roberta Dexter, Plan Ahead Events

    Present: Plan Ahead Events Past: Credit Union Atlantic, The Globe and Mail Expertise:  Strategic Design, Conference Management, Financial Management Specialty: Academic, medical and association conferences Tell us about yourself. I have been in the events industry for over 10 years and in project management for more than 25 years.  I love helping clients quantify their event goals and design a program to deliver based on the metrics. I also love being a business owner and working with an amazing team…

  • Meeting planner profile: Mariella Irivarren, CMP, BMO Financial Group

    Present: BMO Financial Group Past: JPdL Destination Management, Toronto | Acuren Group Inc. Expertise: Corporate events, client seminars and road shows, external client-facing events Specialty: Client-focused corporate events Tell us about yourself I graduated from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs with a major in Communications and a minor in Marketing. Upon returning to Canada I started working as a receptionist while looking for a job in the events industry. During this time I decided to go to George…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Leanne Andrecyk, Managing Partner, ZedEvents

    Present: ZedEvents Great Productions Past: Halifax Chamber of Commerce, RBC Royal Bank, TD Bank Expertise: Creative development Specialty: Operational systems Tell us about yourself: I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend. I love to travel (near and far). I actually enjoy elementary Christmas concerts, and I live for summer, or a hint of summer, via a southern get-away! Tell us about your work: As Managing Partner of ZedEvents I am responsible for the overall…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Kevin Maisonville, Manager, B2B Marketing, Events and Associations, LoyaltyOne

    Present: Manager, B2B Marketing, Events and Associations, LoyaltyOne Past: CGI, Central 1 Credit Union, University of Toronto, Independent special event and wedding planner Expertise: 12+ years strategic event management, consulting, multi-channel marketing, and communications experience Specialty: Proven track record building solid, long-term relationships with clients and partners, contract negotiations, creating memorable event experiences tied to ROI, often on a shoestring budget Tell us about yourself. I’m a lucky guy. I always had amazing people in my life who have supported…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Francine Socket Principal, Francine Socket & Associates, Event Architects

    Present: Principal, Francine Socket & Associates, Event Architects Past: Director Special Events & Merchandising – CHUM Television – CTV Expertise: Large scale event management, brand management, logistics and decor Specialty: Creativity, precision, flawless execution Tell us about yourself: I am the Principal of Francine Socket & Associates, Event Architects, a full-service event management and design firm that redefines traditional event standards. Tell us about your work: We are award-winning specialists in designing, managing and executing high-profile corporate events. We understand…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Milena Santoro, CMM CMP PIDP

    Name: Milena Santoro Present: President and CEO of MS Productions International Past: I’ve always been an entrepreneur. I work for myself, and event production has been part of my skill set for 25 years. Specialty: Industry educator, keynote speaker, author, facilitator and global trainer. Tell us about yourself: I am a proud mother of three, first and foremost. My kids are my greatest achievement. Family is important to me, coming as I do from a rich Italian culture. We spend…

  • Meeting Planner Profile: Kristin Hosie, Senior Account Manager, Ruby Sky Event Planning Inc.

    Name: Kristin Hosie Present: Senior Account Manager, Ruby Sky Event Planning Inc., Barrie, Ontario Past: Senior Summit Producer, Marcus Evans, Barbados Specialty: Strategic client relationship management, copyediting, creativity, managing the details, delivering the “WOW” Tell us about yourself: I’m a mom and an event planner. My goal is to balance those two very important roles in my life. I love to travel and have lived in some beautiful parts of the world like Japan, Switzerland and Barbados, and visited many…

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