Calgary Event Awards 2018 | Judges
1st annual Calgary Event Awards being held on March 2, 2017
Calgary Event Awards 2018
Thank you to our judges!
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 4-5 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. We also feel they are more likely to have and be perceived as having minimal bias. We welcome your recommendations on potential judges for future awards programs.
Cynthia J Lamont
Cynthia is a senior meetings professional with over 20 years of meetings and events industry experience. She has worked and attended University in both Denmark and New Zealand. She graduated from Massey University, New Zealand with a graduate degree in Human Resources and holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada. In addition, she holds two significant meetings industry designations - Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certification in Meetings Management (CMM).
Cynthia has been an event industry leader and mentor. She was honoured to be named Meeting Professionals Industry (MPI's) Greater Calgary Chapter's 2010 Rising Star; 2011 President Elect; 2012 President and the Mentor/Coach of the year; 2013 MPI International RISE Award recipient and speaker at the MPI World Education Congress; 2015 ECOS Local Hero and in 2017, Calgary Event Awards' Best Industry Professional. She currently teaches in the Mount Royal University Events Management program and holds the position of Event + Operations Manager for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources.
Wes has more than 20 years of event management and publishing experiences in not-for-profit and business organizations. Wes is the President & CEO of the EventWorx Corporation, a new event producer he launched in 2017 as part of a management buyout in 2017.
For the 17 years, prior he worked his way up from Sales Manager to Executive Vice President of dmg :: events Canada. As EVP, Wes was responsible for overseeing dmg :: events’ portfolio of energy related events in Canada, USA and Latin America with a staff of over 40 people. As part of his role, he was responsible for several new business initiatives and acquisitions in North and South America. Key brands within this portfolio included the Global Petroleum Show, International Pipeline Exposition, World Heavy Oil Congress, Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference, and Heavy Oil Latin America.
Up until June 2017, Wes had been an instructor at Mount Royal University; teaching Event Management within the Continuing Education program for seven years, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Council of the Americas – Alberta Chapter.
Clark Grue is the President & CEO of the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. A passionate promoter of Calgary, he is excited to continue to build the centre’s reputation on its status as a world-class, innovative centre for connecting people and ideas.
Mr. Grue was a co-founder of Rainmaker Global Business Development Inc. where he assisted public and private companies in their quest for sustainable business development, economic growth and diversification.
Prior to launching Rainmaker, Mr. Grue served as Vice President, Investment and Trade with Calgary Economic Development. In addition, he established and led the British Trade Office in Calgary, the first of its kind in the world.
Lisa joined the Wedding Industry in 2001 as Associate Publisher with Weddingbells Magazine till 2009. In 2010 she purchased Calgary Bride Magazine and rebranded it to Calgary Bridal Guide, then launched the umbrella company Calgary Bride with the local resource website calgarybride.ca.
That same year, Lisa, along with fellow industry leader Kathie James, launched the Calgary Bridal Alliance to create a community of wedding experts that had the mandate of professionalism, integrity and followed a code of ethics.
The following year in late 2011, Lisa published and introduced into the marketplace a high end glossy magazine, Luxe by Calgary Bride. Currently, Lisa is directing The Wedding Fair, Calgary’s most sought after bridal show by exhibitors and brides.