Vancouver’s business events and hospitality community has welcomed the appointment of local eventprof Claire Smith (pictured), vice-president of sales and marketing at the Vancouver Convention Centre, on her appointment as the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Board chair.
“I have always been inspired by the work and leadership of PCMA to promote education and the value of the global meetings industry,” said Smith, who was attending the PCMA’s Convening Leaders in Nashville. “To be named this year’s PCMA Board chair is truly an honour. It is an exciting and busy year ahead for PCMA and I look forward to working alongside a talented and seasoned Board of Directors to champion the great work of PCMA’s team and volunteer community.”
Smith’s appointment makes her the first-ever supplier, Canadian and non-US-based chair of PCMA’s Board of directors.
“Claire has been instrumental in PCMA’s evolution and growth. She has played a key role in PCMA’s new vision and strategic plan; her ascension to PCMA’s chairmanship is a fitting testament to her vision and passion for PCMA and the Business Events Industry,” said Sherrif Karamat, incoming president and CEO of PCMA.
“Claire is a highly recognised business events professional, innovator and leader, and her many colleagues at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) and across Canada are very proud to see her assume this important leadership role within such a globally respected industry organisation,” added Ken Cretney, president and CEO, BC Pavilion Corporation, which managers VCC.
Smith has been on PCMA’s Board of Directors for the past four years, and in 2016, she co-chaired the PCMA Convening Leaders Conference in Vancouver.