Heidi Welker, senior vice-president, Business Development & Industry Partnerships at Freeman Audio Visual Canada has been elected as the 2018 Chair; Clark Grue, president & CEO of the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, will serve as vice-chair; Reggie Lang, ,manager, Business Development Groups, Conventions & Incentive Travel at WestJet will serve as Secretary/Treasurer; and Grant Snider, CEO of Meeting Escrow Inc. will serve as past chair.
Under the leadership of Snider, the Canadian coalition has grown rapidly cross-country with more than 100 senior executives from the leading business events industry organizations of Canada signing on to show their support, over $100,000 CAD raised in initial funding, and the official secretariat moved to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) headquarters in Ottawa.
Snider believes the executive team elected for 2018 is perfectly positioned to lead the board of directors and grow MMBC to its full potential. “Heidi, Clark and Reggie are all nationally recognized industry leaders who have the knowledge, passion and drive to shape the coalition into a truly effective advocacy voice for the Business Events industry in Canada,” he says.
Speaking about her recent appointment, Heidi Welker said, “It has been a pleasure being part of the board this past year. I am honoured to have been elected as the 2018 Chair and look forward to continuing the excellent work of the 2017 executive team. We need to keep the momentum going and gain support cross-Canada for our unified voice to be heard”.
About Meetings Mean Business Canada
Meetings Mean Business Canada advocates on behalf of the Canadian Business Events Industry which contributes over $27 billion CAD in GDP annually and sustains over 341,000 full-time jobs. The MMB Canada board is actively reaching out to key industry stakeholders across all sectors of the Canadian Business Events Industry to transform the coalition into a proactive, well-funded advocacy movement with strong connections to federal, provincial and municipal governments.