June 16, 2016

It was a night of celebration for winners of Meeting Planners International Atlantic Chapter Awards Gala, held in Halifax on Wednesday evening at the Delta Halifax. The annual gala feted winners Jeff Totten (WTCC, Halifax) in the category of Planner of the Year, Wu Conference Centre (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton) for Supplier of the Year and Festival of Trees (Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, Halifax) for Event of the Year.

The awards event tops off an exceptional year for the regional chapter now boasting its largest membership to date since the chapter’s creation 10 years ago. In 2006 a small group of event industry natives established the chapter under the passionate direction of Barbara Broome, currently conference services manager with The Prince George Hotel. In honor of her dedication the Barbara Broome Legacy Award was created in 2013 to honor others who are committed to advancing the event industry in the Atlantic Region. This year’s recipient was Helene Moberg (Destination Halifax).

“Congratulations to all our recipients and the nominees on their well-deserved recognition,” said chapter President, Roberta Dexter. “Events continue to be an integral part of our region’s businesses, associations and societies to reach positive business outcomes and these are the people helping to make this happen.”

Since the gala’s inception in 2013 the following members have received accolades:

Planner of the Year
Leanne Andrecyk, ZedEvents great productions, Halifax
Wendy Levy, Innovative Planning, Halifax
Claudia Habib, downeast destination management, Halifax

Supplier of the Year
Limelight Communications, Halifax
Frischkorn Audio-Visual, Halifax
Canadian Museum of Immigration, Halifax

Event of the Year
Right Some Good, Sydney
Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon, Halifax
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival 25th Anniversary, Fredericton

Barbara Broome Legacy Award
Barbara Broome, The Prince George, Halifax
Elizabeth Newman, RCR Hospitality, Halifax
Alana Hirtle, Super 8, Truro

Meeting Planners International is the largest global meeting and event industry association bringing together a broad network of skilled event professionals to provide networking, premier education and business opportunities.