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Meetings + Incentive Travel Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Meetings + Incentive Travel (M+IT) announced its 2013 Hall of Fame inductees this morning in a special, live  presentation at IncentiveWorks 2013, Canada’s leading meeting, events and incentive travel trade show and conference, running August 20-21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“This year’s inductees are a tremendous group of people who have made, and continue to make, great contributions to the industry,” says Sonja Chilcott, publisher, M+IT. “We are thrilled to welcome them into M+IT’s Hall of Fame.”

The 2013 inductees are:

2013 INDUSTRY VETERAN: Ralph Strachan, President & CEO, The Stronco Group of Companies 

Ralph Strachan, The Stronco Group of CompaniesThis award recognizes a planner or supplier who has, during a long career, distinguished themselves by demonstrating leadership and innovation in all facets of their job and the industry as a whole. Ralph has the industry in his DNA. In 1968, he joined the family trade show and event business, working his way up to vice-president. When the business was sold in 1990, he stayed with the new owner before buying the Stronco name back and beginning to build what is today the country’s largest privately-owned trade show and event contractor. Throughout his career, he’s also helped build the industry: serving on boards, mentoring up-and-coming industry leaders, and supporting industry education programs. He knows everything about the industry, boats and cigars—and loves them all.

2013 INDUSTRY PLANNER: Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM, Principal, ProPlan Conference & Events

Bettyanne Sherrer, ProPlanThis award recognizes Canada’s top meeting or incentive-travel planner. The list of criteria includes at least five years of industry experience, client satisfaction, business acumen and mentorship. In her 20-plus year career, Bettyanne has designed, planned and managed more than 1,000 events and sub-events in industries as diverse as government services, health care, automotive and pharmaceutical. Throughout, she has built a reputation as a problem solver and innovator. She pioneered practices such as hybrid events, special needs protocols and effective use of strategic partnerships. From fundraisers and awareness campaigns to golf tournaments, conferences and trade shows, she has seen and planned it all.

2013 INDUSTRY BUILDER: Trevor Lui, Director of Operations and Sustainability, The International Centre 

Trevor Lui, International CentreThis award recognizes an individual planner or supplier who has developed best practices, created professional guidelines and/or who has built a product or service that has improved the way the industry does business. Trevor is committed to being a “change agent.”  Since joining the International Centre, he has embarked on a personal mission to take sustainability to a corporate and broad-based level. Realizing that change can’t happen overnight, he has engineered a task-by-task platform constructed on the core principles of environmental stewardship, community service and employee engagement. Comprehensive and innovative, this program extends beyond the conference centre to the larger community—a foundation for bigger and better things to come.

2013 INDUSTRY INNOVATOR: Doreen Ashton Wagner, Managing Director & Chief Strategist, Greenfield Services Inc. 

Doreen Ashton Wagner, Greenfield Services Inc.This award recognizes an individual planner or supplier who has implemented a service or product that has increased productivity and/or modernized the industry. In the 15 years since she founded her company, Doreen has created proprietary systems that are now benchmarks in data cleansing, lead processing and marketing. She and her team have worked with clients including Fairmont, Hilton, Marriott, Cineplex Entertainment, AV-Canada, and every major DMO in Canada. Today, she continues to evolve her company’s existing systems and create new ones in response to changes in the industry—making it easier for everyone to do business.

2013 INDUSTRY VOLUNTEER: Sheila Wong, CEM, Partner and Vice-President, Business Development, BBW International Inc. 

Sheila Wong, BBW International Ltd.This award recognizes an individual planner or supplier who gives freely of their time and expertise in the promotion of industry associations, groups, professional industry chapters or charity work. Sheila has devoted countless hours to CAEM, MPI and PCMA committees and boards. She has also made invaluable contributions of time and energy to a host of community programs, including Rainbows-Weekend to End Cancer, International Women’s Day, Volunteer Builders and the Special Olympics. In addition, she is the founder and chair of the Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Sheila says she gives back to her business community because it has given her the opportunity to wake up every day doing something she loves.

2013 INDUSTRY MENTOR: Judy Healy, Hospitality and Tourism Management Department, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University 

Judy Healy, Ryerson UniversityThis award recognizes an individual planner or supplier who, through their expertise, professional influence or academic position, has provided others with the opportunity, inspiration or ability to pursue excellence. Judy worked as a meeting planner for 15 years before joining the faculty at Ryerson University in 2005. In eight years at the school, she has offered advice, opened doors, assisted in job searches, shared insights and experiences, and discussed next steps with countless young people entering the meetings and event industry. “Those [people] I’ve mentored know I’m always a phone call or email away,” she says.

2013 INDUSTRY RISING STAR: Danyelle MacCulloch, Tourism Toronto 

Danyelle MacCulloch, Tourism TorontoThis award recognizes a planner or supplier, with two to five years experience in the industry, who has demonstrated leadership, and the desire to become an ambassador for the industry. Danyelle was selected for her energy and initiative. Currently working as a sales coordinator at Tourism Toronto, she’s expanded her role to include planning and executing events for the Tourism Toronto team, and doing the online marketing for its Cvent account. Out of the office, she’s an active member of MPI, logs many volunteer hours at industry events, and attends as many educational events and conferences as she can.

M+IT is the owner of  Canada’s premier events, meeetings and incentive travel industry magazine and website as well as IncentiveWorks. It launched its Hall of Fame in 2009 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in the Canadian meetings and incentive travel industry. Inductees are selected from nominations put forth by industry peers in six categories: Rising Star, Volunteer, Builder, Planner, Innovator and Mentor. A seventh award, Industry Veteran, is given out to individuals at the discretion of M+IT.  Nomination forms for the 2014 Hall of Fame will be available on February 3, 2014.

The 2013 Hall of Fame Awards were sponsored by:

Travel Alberta

Skyline Hotels & Resorts

Tourism Toronto

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