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Engaging Associations Forum Announces Scholarship Winners

Marriott International partnered with The Engaging Associations Forum, and its hosts, Greenfield Services Inc., to provide six association executives with the opportunity to participate in the July 20-22, 2016 Forum under a scholarship program.

This initiative demonstrates both organizations’ belief that professional development is vital to keep the non-profit sector healthy, and to support association executives who could not afford to participate due to shrinking budgets.

Association professionals were asked to apply before April 15, 2016. Many more applications were received than the six scholarships that were available. Following a thorough review, the following recipients have been selected:

  • Gilles Latour, chief operating officer, Canadian Education Association
  • Heather Dow, CAE, CPhT, association manager, Events & Management Plus Inc.
  • Dana Cooper, MBA, CAE, executive director, Orthotics Prosthetics Canada
  • Kim MacDonald, manager, Member Services, Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC)
  • Angelita Aboukassam, BA (Hons), conference coordinator, Event Management and Hospitality Services, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Sophia Oldford, CAE, executive director, Learning Disabilities Association – Ottawa/Carleton

“Since its inception in 2014, the Engaging Associations Forum’s primary goal is to create change and provide the platform for in-depth conversations that association executives need to have to stay at the forefront of innovation,” says Doreen Ashton Wagner, Greenfield’s organizational catalyst and co-producer of the Engaging Associations Forum. “With partners like Marriott International, we are able to extend our reach to those who want to create change, but may not have the budget for the professional development opportunities that exist. We are thrilled to have Marriott International on board, and look forward to welcoming the six recipients this summer.”

“We are always looking for unique ways to connect with current—and potential—clients,” says Susan Saganski, CMP, global account executive, Marriott International. “We have partnered with the Engaging Associations Forum since the beginning, and when they discussed the scholarship program with us, it really was a win-win. Our commitment to the success of Canadian associations is strong, and being able to host six executives during the Engaging Associations Forum truly demonstrates that.

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