MMBC consists of an Executive Team and a Board of Directors that represent large and small businesses in the Meeting and Business Event sector from coast to coast, to coast.


Having representation from across Canada and from a wide variety of organizations involved in the meetings economy is critical to supporting the coalition and ensuring that our message is being developed at a grassroots level; this also allows us to listen to regional issues that we can amplify to support the thousands of small businesses in our industry.

2020 Executive Team
Clark Grue | Chair
President & CEO
Rainmaker Global Business Development
Laura Pallotta | Vice Chair
Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Marriott Hotels of Canada
Grant Snider | Treasurer
President & CEO
Meeting Escrow Inc.
Heidi Welker | Past Chair
Senior VP, Business Development & Industry Partnerships,
2020 Directors
Scott Beck
President & CEO
Tourism Toronto
Marie Lou Coupal, CMP
Business Event Strategist & Principal Partner
Karen Goossen
Vice President 
Tourism Winnipeg
Lorenz Hassenstein
President and CEO
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Miranda Ji, CMP

VP of Sales
Victoria Conference Centre & Business Events Victoria
Christina Northcott
Vice President 
MPI Toronto Chapter
Barry Smith
Executive Director
Convention Centres of Canada
Gabrielle Spanton
SITE Canada. 
Jennifer Spear
Director, Programming
Debbie van der Beek
President & Publisher
Ignite & Adrenalin
Past Chairpersons

Meetings Mean Business Canada would like to thank the past Chairs and their volunteer Board Members for their contributions to building a strong advocacy coalition for Business Events in Canada.

Heidi Welker | 2019 Chair
Senior VP, Business Development & Industry Partnerships,
Freeman Audio Visual Canada
Grant Snider | 2017 Chair
President & CEO
Meeting Escrow Inc.
Rose Timmerman | 2016 Chair
RTG Events
Lynda Hoff | 2015 Chair
Manager, Membership, Education & Events
Ontario Nurses' Association
Joe Orecchio | 2014 Chair
Road Ahead Meetings and Events
Bob Parker | 2013 Chair
The Pit Crew Challenge
Rita Plaskett | 2010 - 2012 Chair
Stephen Dempsey | 2009 Chair
General Manager, Canada

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