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Meetings + Conventions Calgary recognises local Calgary Champions

Meetings + Conventions Calgary (MCC) hosted the inaugural Calgary Champion recognition event on Thursday, January 29.

Feb. 10, 2015: The event connected over 35 leaders from a diverse array of key Calgary associations and industries. Focused on bringing together current and new Champions, the dinner sparked networking within the Calgary Champion community. Calgary Champions are leaders in their industry who encourage the selection of Calgary as a host city for a national or international conference. The MCC Champion Program matches local leaders with MCC’s resources, resulting in competitive bids to bring industry conferences to Calgary.

Four Calgary Champions with events that have been held in the city’s primary meeting venues (the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre or the Calgary Stampede) were celebrated for their success in securing and hosting a conference in Calgary. Going forward, this annual event will be held to recognize individuals and organizations that have championed events to our city.

Calgary Champion Success Stories: Richard Roberts, The Praxis Group

Champion for the 33rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), which welcomed 1,100 delegates to Calgary in May, 2013. Richard Roberts steered the local host committee with the Western & Northern Canada Chapter of IAIA. The forum provided an opportunity for advancing innovation and communication of best practices to further the development of local, regional, and global capacity in impact assessment.

Julien DeSchutter, formerly Calgary Airport Authority

Champion for the 21st Annual Airports Council International – North America Conference (ACI-NA) & Tradeshow, held in September, 2012 with 900 delegates from 50 countries. In 2008, Calgary won  

the bid to host this event based on the collective efforts of Calgary Airport Authority, Tourism Calgary, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre and the Calgary Stampede. The ACI-NA Annual Conference and Exhibition is the premier event for airport industry professionals to network with leaders in the airport industry and to learn about the latest and most innovative products and services in the industry.

Cody Parrish, on behalf of the World Petroleum Council (WPC) Youth Committee

Champion for the 4th Annual World Petroleum Youth Forum, which in September, 2013, hosted 1,600 of the world’s brightest young minds in Calgary. To secure the event, five young professionals from Calgary’s energy industry volunteered their talents and travelled to the 2011 WPC Congress in Qatar to formally present their bid to the WPC executive committee. The WPC is the world’s premier oil and gas organization, with over 65 member countries representing over 95 percent of global oil and gas production.

Richard Gotfried on behalf of Wayne Chiu, Trico Charitable Foundation

Champion for the 6th Annual Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF), an international gathering which welcomed over 750 industry leaders and change makers to Calgary in October, 2013. The event was hosted by the Trico Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the Social EnterpriseCouncil of Canada, the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing,Social Innovation Generation, and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network.The SEWF promotes social enterprise throughout the world and leads the social enterprise movement.

Meetings + Conventions Calgary operates as a sales and marketing organization with a mandate to assist meeting planners, corporate clients and association executives interested in Calgary as a prime location for their meetings, conventions and incentive programs.

Caption: Left to right: Jennifer Attersall (MCC), Cody Parish, Richard Roberts, Julien DeSchutter, Richard Gotfried, Peter Gregus (MCC)

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