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Edmonton Event Awards | Judges

Edmonton Event Awards 2019

It is important to us to engage judges who are in your local industry. Thus we are very strategic in selecting judges. We look to engage 4-6 individuals that are upper management in larger organizations or individuals who have been in the industry for a long time. These individuals bring extensive experience and industry involvement to the process.

Introducing the Adjudication Committee


Jewel Buksa - BUKSA Strategic Conference Services

Jewel Buksa, an accomplished strategist, communicator and program developer, has worked in conference management and communications for more than 25 years. Jewel started her career in communications and education at the former Alberta Healthcare Association and Health Unit Association of Alberta. In 1995 she founded BUKSA Strategic Conference services, a boutique firm with 15 team members now for planning high-value, impactful meetings across Canada. Jewel was honoured at the 2018 Edmonton Event Awards with the coveted award of “Event Industry Professional 2018”, for her leadership and commitment to the meeting and events industry in Alberta. In 2015 she was a nominee of the Alberta Women Entrepreneurs “Celebration of Achievement Award”. She is an active member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), having served as an EO Accelerator mentor. Currently she serves as Past-Chair of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, Northern Alberta Chapter.

Lars Erickson - Special Event Rentals

Lars Erickson is the Director of Business Development at Special Event Rentals. Prior to this, he owned a catering company in Cold Lake, Alberta. He is passionate about the events industry and has served on the local ILEA board and is currently serving on the Event Rentals Special Interest Group for the American Rental Association. In his spare time he loves to fish, garden and cook.



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Karin Hoogland — Site 6 Events

Event Producer & Creative Director

Capitalizing on a detail and solution-oriented management style, Karin organizes live events that range from intimate celebrations and interactive product launches to multi-city branding events and large-scale corporate productions. She has a Travel Diploma and Business Management Degree and started her career in the Event Industry ten years ago developing her skill set in Special Event Management, Tourism Marketing and Catering Management. In 2011 she started Site 6 Events, which she has been able to grow into a leading-edge, Canadian & International award-winning Event Management & Design firm producing original live experiences that inspire audiences in Edmonton, Calgary and across Canada. With a unique eye for design and a passion for travel and adventure, much of her inspiration is drawn from extensive experiences abroad. Never afraid to delve into the unknown and always up for the challenge!

Neil MacNeil - FMAV

With a working history in most markets across Canada, Neil MacNeil brings over 30 years of event production and management experience to FMAV. Beginning his career in 1987 with Sharp’s Audio Visual Neil quickly moved from technician to Regional Manager overseeing the operations of 7 offices across Western Canada. In 2000, alongside business partner Peter Cornforth, Neil launched Mediaco Alberta making a mark on industry. Neil’s passion for technology, together with a natural ability for client service, has resulted in a remarkable history of successful events across Canada and the United States for clients such as the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, the Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada, the Juno Awards, the Environmental Services Association of Alberta and the Salvation Army International Congress. Currently, as a Vice President Branch Operations at FMAV he manages a team of General Managers across the country who alongside their teams deliver exceptional experiences to FMAV clients across Canada.

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Terri Nielsen - Edmonton Tourism

Terri Nielsen is a Business Development Account Manager with Edmonton Tourism, Meetings and Conventions.  Terri has had a long career working in travel and hospitality sales and management.  Her career started in Canada’s Arctic, Iqaluit, Nunavut, working as a travel manager of a large travel agency, Qamutik Travel.  She then moved to broadcasting, starting the first ever commercial radio station in Nunavut.  After moving back to ‘southern Canada”, Terri settled in Edmonton where she worked in hotels as a Sales Manager and Director of Sales, before moving to her current position with Edmonton Tourism.  Terri is passionate about travel and tourism and feels privileged to be selling our amazing City of Edmonton!

Pat Rodenburg, CMP - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

With more than 25 years of experience in the meetings industry as both an independent planner and supplier, Pat's extensive knowledge in planning conferences across Canada, North America and Europe has given her a vast understanding of all aspects of event planning.  Pat has been involved with MPI for the past 17 years, many of which she has spent on the board, most recently as Director, Education. Pat holds her CMP which she achieved in 2002.  Pat is currently the Catering and Events Manager at Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.