Exposition & Event Professionals Celebrate Industry Achievements
On February 25th, 2016 at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel and Suites, exposition and event industry professionals gathered for the 8th Annual CAEM Awards Gala. CAEM recognized individuals that made a significant contribution to the exposition management industry and to the Association.
Our Awards Gala Emcee, ET Canada Co-Host Rick Campanelli opened the evening stating that the Association created this event to make all of our Hall of Fame Inductees and Members of the Year Winners feel like VIPs for one special night.
CAEM acknowledged the Awards Gala Committee for their hard work on making this evening a huge success:
Jennifer Allaby (Chair), Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows
Dion Burt, LANGE
Sherry Kirkpatrick, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Anita Schachter, Canadian Gift Association
“CAEM is successful because we have a very strong and dedicated group of volunteers that devote their time, expertise and passion in leading the organization,” stated Sherry Kirkpatrick, CAEM President. “Congratulations and thank you to each award winner and CEM graduate for making our industry better and brighter!”
Rena Menzies – Honoured Life Member
Honoured Life Membership was bestowed upon Rena Menzies for the many years of volunteering for CAEM and making a significant overall contribution to the Association. Congratulations and appreciation to Rena for all that she has done for CAEM.
Say the name Rena Menzies to any CAEM member who has been around for a while and you will get a smile. Because she is that kind of person. And to CAEM she has been an honourable and honoured person. Serving on the Board for several terms, then on so many other committees. Conference co-chair, Member of the Year, elected to the Hall of Fame, and now, even though technically she is retired, she still finds ways to give back to CAEM. Most recently she was an integral member of the Best Practices Task Force.
Isabella Wai, CEM – Hall of Fame Inductee, EXPO Member
Almost immediately upon joining CAEM, Isabella signed on with the education committee quickly moving up to education co-chair. She obtained her Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation and was soon elected to the CAEM Board of Directors. Isabella then became a co-chair of the Annual Conference, and in 2009 was awarded the Member of the Year in the exposition management category. She moved on to the CAEM executive and served as CAEM president for two years, then as past president and chair of the nominating committee for two more years.
Since completing her term in office, Isabella has continued to give back to CAEM by co-chairing the conference education subcommittee and accepting speaking engagements for CAEM, including; Centennial College’s Festivals, Events, Conferences and Meetings Post-Grad Program, PCMA Canada East Annual Conference, and more.
Isabella has published articles on our industry in The Globe and Mail and The Huffington Post, and has won numerous industry awards including Best Trade Show at the Canadian Event Industry Awards.
Sheila Wong, CEM – Hall of Fame Inductee, Associate Member
Sheila doesn’t know the meaning of ‘no’ – at least when it comes to CAEM. Her support for the association as a sponsor and volunteer is long standing and generous. From serving on the board for five years, to co-chairing the Annual Conference, writing articles for the Communique, acting as a champion and mentor for the CEM program, and regularly sponsoring CAEM events, she has carved out a significant profile in our industry and within CAEM.
If you have the privilege of serving with Sheila on a subcommittee, you will almost assuredly have found yourself at some point wondering what you signed on for, but in the end, knowing that you are immensely grateful to have been part of such a successful undertaking. Sheila’s spirit of leadership on any committee is nothing if not infectious.
Alain K. Sutton – Hall of Fame Inductee, Industry Builder
Mr. Sutton’s vision carries through not just in the bricks and mortar of an expansive one million square foot privately owned and operated facility but through the delivery and culture of unprecedented customer experiences and long lasting relationships with customers.
From the start, Mr. Sutton has provided industry events and corporations with an elevated option, continually raising the bar in terms of a distinguished and unrivalled customer experience through its superior high-quality brand. The vision to create world-class facilities began by purchasing large parcels of land strategically located to address the needs of local and international clients. It wasn’t by fluke but by sheer determination, and precise vision.
In addition, with today’s heightened awareness of food safety, Mr. Sutton successfully established tight and stringent quality and safety control measures through HACCP – adopted by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. The only venue in North America with the HACCP accreditation.
Alain K. Sutton’s legacy for business excellence has been well established. With an Engineering degree and an MBA from McGill University this man is a marketing genius. He was nominated for Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year. He also received the award of Business Person of the Year.
Beyond that, Mr. Sutton plays a significant role in community projects, donating to hospitals, national foundations and many local charities.
Bianca Kennedy – EXPO Member of the Year
When Bianca takes on a volunteer role, she dives right in, bringing incredible energy and creativity to the task at hand. Her contributions this past year are a perfect example of her commitment and why she is so deserving of this award.
The role of the Conference Co-Chair is not an easy one, particularly when located outside the GTA. This was far from a deterrent for Bianca, in fact she embraced it and brought incredible energy to the table. She demonstrated great leadership skills and worked seamlessly with her co-chair. Further Bianca played an essential role in the successful conference co-location with our sister organization in Quebec, APEQ.
Bianca is willing to put in the extra hours as a volunteer to make positive change. More than this, she inspires the volunteers they work with as well as the CAEM staff.
Impressive leadership, a strong work ethic and a generosity of spirit are just a few of the qualities that make Bianca deserving of this award.
Tony Gallagher, CEM – Associate Member of the Year
Tony has volunteered on several committees over the years and has been a huge supporter of CAEM, but his significant contribution over the course of the past year is why he is being honoured with this award.
Well known for his friendly and approachable manner, Tony works well with others and is eager to learn. He takes volunteering for CAEM very seriously and works hard to get the job done, always ensuring that CAEM is successful in the process. No greater proof of this is the fact that Tony stepped up when asked and became a Co- Chair of the 2015 CAEM Annual Conference.
Being a Conference Co-Chair is no easy task. It requires commitment, vision, organization, and the ability to motivate volunteers. Tony succeeded brilliantly and did so while working closely with a co-chair who worked in another province. No small feat but he made it look easy and his efforts contributed to a highly successful conference.
Always a positive presence, hardworking, respected and well-liked, Tony has demonstrated strong leadership and made an outstanding contribution this past year.
Avery Levitt, CEM – Rising Star Award Winner
Avery is a great example of a “Rising Star”. Upon joining CAEM in 2014 he literally dove right in and began getting involved in as many ways as his busy schedule would allow.
After attending his first CAEM Conference, Avery was inspired to become an active member and immediately joined the Social & Special Events Committee, spending a year bringing new ideas and valuable contributions. During this time he also enrolled in the CEM program and in less than two years, successfully obtained his designation. Presently, Avery is bringing his unique experience and fresh perspective to the Communications Committee.
In his short time as a member of CAEM, Avery has demonstrated a willingness to learn, but more important, a desire to contribute to the betterment of the Association as a whole.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Give Back Award Winner
The Give Back Award recognizes a CAEM member organization who, not for financial reasons, has contributed to the enhancement of the community, within the last year. The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) has been giving back since its inception in 1984, but the past year has been particularly significant in this regard.
Whether it involves six staff members or sixty, the MTCC believes in and encourages charitable and sustainable partnerships and involvement. Independent of their business mandate, staff are encouraged to invest in their community by getting involved in at least one volunteer activity annually.
This past year, the staff have embraced the spirit of the Give Back Award by donating their time and talent to a number of initiatives that included everything from a build for Habitat for Humanity to donating thousands of kilos of food and surplus items to various charities to contributing to the Toronto District School Board’s Nutrition program and so much more.
This is an organization that has weaved community involvement and social responsibility into the fabric of their culture. It is for these reasons and many more that the 2016 Give Back Award recipient is the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Congratulations to the CAEM’s new CEM (Certified in Exhibition Management) graduates:
Robyn Baker, CEM
Stephanie Chiang, CEM
Lisa Contino Moran, CEM
Nasser Deeb, CEM
Danielle Gaudet, CEM
Jennifer Holland, CEM
Maria Kitamura, CEM
Michelle Kofman, CEM
Avery Levitt, CEM
Bonnie Pashley, CEM
Sanjay Prasad, CEM
Carol Pupo, CEM
Tim Stover, CAE, CEM
Tracy To, CEM
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
Our Host Venue Sponsor:
J.C. LeRoy Securities
Audio Visual Sponsor:
Branding & Signage:
In addition, thank you to a number of companies that purchased tables:
Canadian Gift Association
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Toronto Congress Centre
We extend our congratulations to all of the award winners and CEM graduates. Knowledge is power and CAEM admires all members who help us advance our cause in a powerful way.
To view photos from the 2016 Awards Gala, please visit the following link for a slide show presentation.