GO WEST INFLUENCERS™

We have brought together a fantastic group of event professionals who have significant influence in our industry. These event profs are graciously volunteering their time to help set our strategic direction, make program recommendations, and spread the excitement as we move closer to GO WEST™ 2019. 

Let us introduce to you our GO WEST INFLUENCERS™ for GO WEST™ 2019:

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ADAM GERLE
Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Northern Vision Development — Whitehorse, Yukon

Adam encompasses everything that is great about the Yukon. He loves their northern paradise, has a passion for our industry, and is just an all around nice guy. Congratulations to Adam on his recent appointment as President of the Yukon Convention Bureau. 


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ALISSA HURLEY, CMM, DES, CED
Vice President, Marketing, FMAV — Ottawa, Ontario

Alissa successfully combines her love of event technology with her talent for marketing and brand strategy. We hold her in high regard as one of our industry's thought leaders and an advocate for industry education. She has been recognized many times as a top industry influencer. 


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ANDREA CLIFF
Event Administrator, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta — Edmonton, Alberta

We love Andrea's radiant personality. We are proud of her involvement with Meeting Professionals International and her role as incoming President of the Greater Edmonton Chapter. Andrea recognized a need and founded the Campus Event and Meeting Planners (CEMP) Network on the U of A campus.


 BRENT TAYLOR (Chair) Partner, Timewise Event Management

BRENT TAYLOR, CMP, CMM
Managing Partner, Timewise Event Management Inc. — Edmonton, Alberta

Brent is Co-Founder and Executive Producer of GO WEST™. He serves on the International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International. He was recently recognized in 2018 by the Canadian Event industry Awards as Event Professional of the Year and by BizBash as one of the Top 500 People in Events in North America.


 KAREN KITCHEN Executive Director, Hotels Red Deer

KAREN KITCHEN
Executive Director, Hotels Red Deer — Red Deer, Alberta

We love Karen's enthusiasm for our industry and the leadership she brings to destination marketing. She actively volunteers on the boards of the MPI Foundation Canada, Meetings Mean Business Canada and is current Chair of Meeting of the Minds Canada.


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LEANNE CALDERWOOD, CMP
President, LeanneCalderwood.com — Kelowna, British Columbia

Leanne has positioned herself as a go-to expert for site selection and the provision of resources used by all event professionals. We are impressed by her reach into the online community of event professionals. Leanne recently founded the Okanagan Meetings & Events Café for event professionals in the interior B.C.


LISA MARKS, BComm, CSEP
Manager, Corporate Events, Shaw Communications – Calgary, Alberta

Lisa has developed a breadth of expertise in building brands through live experiences. We are impressed by her passion for and contributions to our industry. She has volunteered considerably with the International Live Events Association (ILEA) at all levels, from local to international. She most recently served as Chair of ILEA Canada.   


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SHARON BONNER
CEO and President, Bright Ideas Event Coordinators Ltd. — Vancouver, British Columbia

This is an exciting year for Sharon as she celebrates the 30th anniversary of her event management business. She brings to us an incredible body of knowledge that we are tapping in to. We are super jealous of all the awards she has received for her amazing work over the years.  


 TAHIRA ENDEAN Event Producer, BC Innovation Council

TAHIRA ENDEAN, CMP, DES, CED
Event Producer, Author, Trainer — Vancouver, British Columbia

Tahira is a curious event producer, passionate about event design and the integration of technology to enhance the human experience at events. For book lovers, we recommend picking up a copy of her recently published book "Intentional Event Design: Our Professional Opportunity".