Heidi Welker Elected 2018 Board Chair for Meetings Mean Business Canada
Freeman Audio Visual Canada announces that Heidi Welker, senior VP, business development and industry partnerships has been elected as 2018 chair for Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC). MMBC relaunched in January 2017 to advocate on behalf of the Canadian business events industry and has since grown rapidly cross-country with over 100 senior executives signing on to show support and raising over $100,000 CAD in initial funding.
"It has been a pleasure being part of the board this past year. I am honored to have been elected as the 2018 chair and look forward to continuing the excellent work of the 2017 executive team," said Welker speaking about her appointment. "We need to keep the momentum going and gain support cross-Canada for our unified voice to be heard."
Welker brings to the role an extensive track record of leadership within the Canadian business events industry. An active member of various industry associations, she has served as president for the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Canada East Chapter and was instrumental in launching the Events for Communities and Sustainability (ECOS) project with Meeting Professionals International (MPI). In addition to her involvement with MMBC, Welker currently sits on the PCMA Board of Trustees and the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP) Advisory Council.
Alongside Welker's appointment, the following individuals have also been elected onto the 2018 MMBC executive team: Clark Grue, president and CEO of the Calgary TELUS Convention Center, will serve as vice chair; Reggie Lang, manager, business development groups, conventions and incentive travel at WestJet will serve as secretary/treasurer; and Grant Snider, CEO of Meeting Escrow Inc. will serve as past chair.