2019 Executive Team
Heidi Welker | Chair
Senior VP, Business Development & Industry Partnerships,
Freeman Audio Visual Canada
Clark Grue | Vice Chair
President & CEO
Calgary TELUS Convention Centre 
Reggie Lang | Secretary
Manager Business Development-Groups 
Conventions & Incentive Travel 
Grant Snider | Past Chair
President & CEO
Meeting Escrow Inc.
2019 Directors
Jennifer Spear
President & Chief Creative Strategist 
Clean Slate Strategies
Marie Lou Coupal, CMP
Business Event Strategist
JPdL International
Gabrielle Spanton
Executive VP of Business Development, Global Alliance
Hosts Global
Barry Smith
Executive Director
Convention Centres of Canada
Patrick Lukan
SVP & General Manager Canada
GES Canada
Rick Naylor
Regional Vice President–Creative Services & Industry Partnerships
PSAV Canada
Debbie van der Beek
Ignite & Adrenalin
Jennifer Beatty
Director of Business Development, International & Ottawa.
Calgary Meetings and Events
Christina Northcott
Senior Manager, Conference & Events
Canada Health Infoway
Laura Purdy
General Manager, Sales & Event Management
Exhibition Place
Sonia Moffat
General Manager
Freeman Expositions
Ralph Strachan
President & CEO
Stronco Group
Ralph Strachan
President & CEO
Stronco Group
Carly Silberstein
Chief Executive Officer
Redstone Agency Inc.
Robert Mercure
Palais des Congrès de Montréal 
Craig Lehto
General Manager
Vancouver Convention Centre
Laura Pallotta
Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Marriott Hotels of Canada
Karen Goossen
Vice President 
Tourism Winnipeg
Heather MacRae
Director of Trade Shows & Events
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association
Lorenz Hassenstein
President and CEO
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Constance Wrigley-Thomas
AMC Institute Canadian Chapter
Tara Gordon
Vice President, Business Events
Tourism Toronto

Miranda Ji, CMP

VP of Sales
Victoria Conference Centre & Business Events Victoria

Kathryn Mollenhauer

Manager, Business Development -Meetings & Events
Air Canada

Judy Mahoney

Scotiabank Convention Centre & Niagara Falls Business Events
Advisory Council
Sherrif Karamat
Chief Operating Officer
Ken Cretney
President & CEO
Vancouver Convention Centre
Don Welsh
President & CEO of Destinations International
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.

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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