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CanSPEP Awards Nominations and Recipients

Awards Program

History:
The CanSPEP Awards program was created in 2006 and seeks to recognize members and industry contributors who have had a significant impact on the association. Based on merit as determined by a selection committee, and ratified by the Board of Directors, not all award categories are fulfilled annually.

Below describes the purpose of each award, and past winners.  To review the nominations process and criteria, please click here.

Award Categories

Volunteer of the Year Award

In appreciation of the value the Society places on volunteerism, this annual award recognizes a CanSPEP Member who has demonstrated his/her commitment to the organization with a notable contribution of skills, time and effort in the last 12 months.

Industry Partner Award
In appreciation of the value the Society places on industry partners, this award recognizes a CanSPEP industry partner who has demonstrated his/her commitment by supporting and promoting the reputation of CanSPEP within the wider industry community.

Heidi Wilker Excellence in Mentorship Award

In appreciation of the value the Society places on mentorship, this award recognizes a CanSPEP Member who has demonstrated his/her commitment to mentoring by guiding, supporting and promoting the training and career development of fellow Members and who has had a significant positive impact on their mentees’ careers.

In 2019, the Mentorship Award was renamed the Heidi Wilker Excellence in Mentorship Award in recognition of the many years that Heidi has provided mentorship support to our community.

Excellence in Leadership Award

As an association governed by volunteers, we place a very high value on the members who step forward to lend their skills, passion and the required time commitment to the leadership roles. This award recognizes a CanSPEP Member who has made substantial contributions to the Society over a prolonged period of time.


Awards Program

Volunteer of the Year Award

  • 2019 Sue Mercer
  • 2019 Meagan Rockett
  • 2018 – Chris Lutz
  • 2017 – Miranda Salvatore
  • 2016 – Moriah Bacus
  • 2016 Nikki Sayers, CMP
Industry Partner Award
  • 2019 – Krista Cameron, Freeman Audio Visual Canada
  • 2018 – Candace Schierling, Tourism Saskatoon
  • 2017 – Hélène Moberg, Freeman Canada
  • 2016 – Denise Weise, Business Events Toronto 
  • 2016 – Scott Harradine, Kempenfelt Conference Centre
  • 2015 – Robert Thompson, AV-Canada

Heidi Wilker Excellence in Mentorship Award

  • 2019 – Yvonne Dewar
  • 2017 – Heidi Wilker, CMP
  • 2006 – Sandy Biback, CMP, CMM

Excellence in Leadership

  • 2019 – Debbie Arato
  • 2018 – Rose Timmerman-Gitzi
  • 2015 – Rita Plaskett, CMP, CMM
  • 2010 – Heidi Wilker, CMP
  • 2006 – Gale Gingrich
Joy Fox Award for Innovation
  • 2019 – Rita Plaskett
  • 2016 – Ingrid Norrish
  • 2010 – Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM
  • 2006 – Joy Fox
CanSPEP President’s Award
  • 2019 – Rose Timmerman-Gitzi and Meagan Rockett
  • 2017 – Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM
Jeremy Tyrell Scholarship
  • 2019 – David Stempowski, Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport
  • 2018 - Vicky Zeppa, CMP
  • 2017 - Candace Schierling, Tourism Saskatoon

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