People & Profiles

  • Acquis Consulting Group adds Shimon Avish to expand Meetings Management practice

    Acquis Consulting Group is pleased to announce Shimon Avish has joined the firm as Principal and Head of the Strategic Meetings Management practice. In this role, Avish will oversee the expansion of Acquis Consulting Group’s offerings in the area of meetings management. Avish has been in the industry for over 20 years, holding roles with American Express Consulting, American Express Meetings & Events, BCD Meetings & Events, and his own firm, Shimon Avish Consulting. Avish has led major initiatives to design and build…

  • New president and CEO of RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg announced

    Convention Centre Corporation Board of Directors announce the appointment of new president and CEO After 25 years at the helm of the RBC Convention Centre, President and CEO Klaus Lahr will be retiring this spring. Following a lengthy search, Crystal Laborero, Board Chair, and Search Committee Chair Danny Akman have announced that Drew Fisher will be appointed to the position effective March 15, 2018. Fisher will join the convention centre with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality and…

  • MPI commences 2018 with vice president of community appointment

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Nicole Edmund to lead the association’s membership and chapter operations teams as vice president of community, effective January 8, 2018. In this newly created position, Edmund will be responsible for the engagement, growth and overall satisfaction of MPI’s global chapter network and membership community. Edmund has more than 20 years of experience as an association management professional. She most recently served as the associate vice president of membership and chapter relations for Women in…

  • How to make innovation simple

    In the face of today’s fast-moving, highly-volatile business world and the ongoing disruptions it brings, many businesses and individuals continue to struggle with the concept of innovation. But according to leading experts (and Merriam Webster’s dictionary), innovation is far simpler than you may suspect: By definition, it’s simply the introduction of something new. But innovating is often far easier said than done: If it were simple, everyone would be doing it, naturally. Surprisingly though, as we’ve found through our ongoing…

  • MPI appoints Julie Holmen as sales leader for Canada, international markets

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Julie Holmen to serve as Director of Business Development covering Canada, Europe and Asia, effective December 4, 2017. Based in Toronto, Holmen will be responsible for revenue generation and management of strategic partnerships for the association and the MPI Foundation within her assigned markets, and reports to Evan Casey, MPI’s Vice President of Global Sales. Holmen has 20 years of experience working in the meeting and hospitality industries. Prior to joining MPI, she held…

  • The Metro Toronto Convention Centre appoints Lorenz Hassenstein as general manager

      The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lorenz Hassenstein to the position of General Manager. Hassenstein joins the MTCC team after serving as General Manager for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Recognized as a dedicated leader, Hassenstein brings over 23 years of experience and an impressive record of accomplishment in general management, trade/consumer event management and strategic business development to his new role. Prior to his most recent position as General Manager at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, he held various…

  • MPI 2018 International Board slates announced

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the approved slate for its 2018 International Board of Directors and the 2018 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees. “I am very proud of the interest received from our membership to be part of MPI’s International Board. The new slate of directors represents thought leadership and experience that will make a difference at the leadership level of this organization. Their perspectives and contributions will help to grow and advance the global meeting and event community,” said Fiona Pelham, chair of the MPI Board Development Committee. Board…

  • Three researchers rewarded for their work on international scientific conferences

    The Palais des congrès de Montréal and Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), along with Québec’s Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion, seized their annual exchange forum to announce the winners of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Ambassadors Club – Fonds de recherche du Québec Awards, which recognize the work of researchers actively involved in organizing international scientific conferences. The three $10,000 awards went to: Pierre Giovenazzo of Université Laval 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress 2019 8,000 delegates and $20.5 M in…

  • Walter Oster honoured with the Canadian Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) congratulates Walter Oster, former Chairman of our Board of Directors, on being honoured with the Canadian Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) in Ottawa, Ontario. This prestigious award recognizes industry pioneers who have made significant contributions to the growth of tourism in Canada, while demonstrating impeccable leadership, vision, values and business strategy. Oster, who served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the MTCC from 1998 to 2017, remained dedicated to public…

  • Travel Alberta named one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures

    Travel Alberta, the provincial marketing organization of Alberta, has been named as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures for 2017 in the Broader Public Sector category. This prestigious national recognition, awarded by Waterstone Human Capitol, recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizational culture. “Culture is the foundation of our success at Travel Alberta, and recognition on this level reflects the exceptional efforts of our high-performance team,” said Royce Chwin, CEO, Travel Alberta. “Our team culture thrives despite a challenging economy and the ever-changing nature of the tourism…

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