Awards

2019 Awards Program

Please visit the new Awards Nomination page for details on the 2019 Awards Program

Deadline for nominations is September 20, 2019

2018 Award Recipients

Inspirational Planner of the Year 

Brigitte Farah
Metallurgy & Materials Society of CIM

To view Brigitte Farah’s acceptance speech please click here

Inspirational Supplier of the Year

Candace Schierling
Tourism Saskatoon

To view Candace Schierling’s acceptance speech please click here

Inspirational Mentor of the Year

Heidi Welker
Freeman Audio Visual Canada

To view Heidi Welker’s acceptance speech please click here

Jeremy Tyrrell Memorial Award for Volunteer Leadership

Chuck E. Schouwerwou, CMP, CMM
ConferSense Planners Inc.

To view Chuck E. Schouwerwou’s acceptance speech please click here

The President’s Award

Jacqui Sullivan
CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)

To view Jacqui Sullivan’s acceptance speech please click here

Bettyanne Sherrer
ProPlan Conferences & Events

To view Bettyanne Sherrer’s acceptance speech please click here

2017 Award Recipients

Inspirational Planner of the Year Award
Valérie Guillet
Congress Director
International Society of Urology

To view Valérie’s acceptance speech please click here

Inspirational Supplier of the Year Award
Mary-Frances Gingras, CMP
Director of Sales
Hilton Worldwide

To view Mary-Frances’s acceptance speech please click here

Inspirational Mentor of the Year Award
Susan Saganski
Global Account Executive
Marriott International

To view Susan’s acceptance speech please click here

Jeremy Tyrrell Memorial Award for Volunteer Leadership
Rebecca Alexander
Business Development Manager
Meetings and Conventions PEI

To view Rebecca’s acceptance speech please click here

The President’s Partnership Award
Québec City Business Destination
Québec City Convention Centre

To view Regis Fleury’s acceptance speech please click here

To view Lynn Chaisson’s acceptance speech please click here

The President’s Award
Chuck E. Schouwerwou, CMP, CMM
President & Principal Meeting Planner
ConferSense Planners Inc.

2016 Award Recipients

PCMA Canada East launched its new member recognition program at its 2016 Canadian Innovation Conference (CIC),  held November 20-22, 2016 at the new St. John’s Conference CentreSt. John’s, Newfoundland.

The five inaugural honorees are:

The program was developed “to recognize members who exemplify the PCMA shared values of being passionate, connected, ethical and knowledgeable.”

The awards were given out at the luncheon, held on the first full day of the conference. PCMA Canada East was honored to have Claire Tyrrell, Jeremy Tyrrell’s wife, in St. John’s to accept the first Jeremy Tyrrell Memorial Award for Volunteer Leadership. Jeremy was a much-loved, much-respected member of the PCMA community. He was renowned for his humour, warmth and commitment to bettering the industry. He was director of sales at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls when he found out he had cancer. He died on December 20, 2015.

The award will be given annually to an individual who has been a member of PCMA for a minimum of three years and is seen by his/her peers “as a mentor to some, a trusted hard-working colleague to many and an inspiration to others both within and outside of the hospitality profession.” Future recipients must have, as did Jeremy Tyrrell, a history of commitment to improving the industry as well as the community at large.

The Inspirational Planner of the Year award recognizes an active planner member of PCMA for their involvement, commitment and achievement in a given year.  Recipients are role models and exemplify professional excellence and should be a full-time professional meeting planner.

The Inspirational Supplier of the Year award recognizes an active supplier member of PCMA for their commitment and achievement in a given year. The recipient should be seen as a role model that exemplifies professional excellence within the industry.

The President’s Award is given out solely at the discretion of the Chapter president, and may or may not be awarded in a given year. A maximum of two can be given out each year by the president to recognize persons who had a major impact on their journey to becoming or during their year as president, or to recognize an unsung hero of the chapter.

PCMA Canada East Launches Awards Program at CIC16

(All photos l-r) 1. Andrew Horsfield, Lord Elgin Hotel; Inspirational Supplier of the Year – Krista Cameron, Destination St. John’s; Erin Crane, Economic Development Lethbridge. 2. Claire Tyrrell accepted the Volunteer Leadership Award on behalf of her late husband, Jeremy Tyrrell, from Chuck Schouwerwou, CMP, CMM, PCMA Canada East president. 3. President’s Award winner Heidi Welker, Freeman Audio Visual Canada and Chuck Schouwerwou. 4. Mark Zanetti, Banff-Lake Louise Tourism; Inspirational Planner of the Year Alison Owers-Graham, Tourism Toronto; and Andrew Horsfield. 5. Chuck Schouwerwou with President’s Award winner Barry Smith, Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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