The British Columbia chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) honoured seven members with 2015 Celebration of Excellence Awards at its June Gala, held last week at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.
Six awards were presented at the event, including the new SOAR Scholarship. The 2015 winners are:
Planner of the Year – Sue Daugulis, President, Venue West Conference Services. A longstanding member of MPI, Daugulis and her team have been planning an increasing number of conferences in B.C. and in turn, supporting the growth of the local events industry. Daugulis is always willing to share her expertise and knowledge of the industry, making her a valuable asset to her stakeholders.
Supplier of the Year – Alex Bickers, Director of Sales & Marketing, Nasco Staffing Solutions. Bickers was nominated for his customer service, pricing and ability to work with clients to design a staffing plan that meets their needs and gets them the right people for the job. He is a longstanding member of both MPI and the International Special Events Society (ISES).
Mentor of the Year – Jenn Houtby-Ferguson, CMP CMM, Chief Strategist, Twist Consulting. Nominated for her breadth of knowledge, experience and experience in her field, Houtby-Ferguson’s mentor and facilitation of the chapter’s 2015 CMP study group emphasized her commitment to giving back to the industry and her ongoing enjoyment of helping other advance their careers in the meetings industry. This year, she also received Nanaimo’s Top 20 Under 40 Award for her contribution to business and her local community.
President’s Choice Winners – Miranda Kwok, CMP, Senior Sales Manager, Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour and Paul Fogerty, Event Manager, Malachite Management Inc. Kwok and Fogerty were honoured for helping provide opportunities for the MPI BC Chapter to host exceptional events, helping members see the ROI and value of their memberships, and extending the chapter’s reach to its Vancouver Island Pod. Kwok and Fogerty started out as committee members together and then stepped onto the board halfway through the year.
Future Leaders Scholarship – Paula Chan Yung, Art Institute. Chan Yung was honoured for actively demonstrating what it means to be both an MPI member and a future leader. She has shown a commitment and desire to learn about the industry, and is a self-motivated, confident networker and volunteer. Sponsored by the MPI BC chapter, the Future Leaders Scholarship winner receives $250 to use towards furthering education or MPI initiatives.
SOAR Scholarship – Teresa Rempel, CMP CMM, Director, Group Conferences & Accommodations, University of British Columbia (UBC). Rempel received this new scholarship, which is sponsored by the MPI Foundation and Meetings + Incentive Travel magazine, for going “above and beyond” in her MPI BC duties. Over the years, she has been an active MPI volunteer, working on the board, serving as a CMP study group facilitator and advocating for MPI within our community. In 2014, she rejoined the chapter’s board as the vice-president, Finance. Over the past year, she has upgraded, modernized and made the chapter’s account practices more efficient by implementing best practices, standard processes and technology. As a result of her tireless work, the chapter exceeded the financial targets set out by both the board and MPI Global.