Complimentary Webinar

Earning a certification is an important step to building the foundation in your career as an event professional. It can set you apart from the crowd, validating your knowledge and expertise with a professional designation.

There are various types of event planning certifications that can take your career to the next level.  Once you decide which certification is the right choice for you, this is where you can use your new credential to full effect and grow professionally.

In this webinar you will learn more about:

  • Key insights and perspective on certification from industry leaders.
  • The importance of being certified as an event planner.
  • The various types of certifications available in the events industry.
  • How to get the certification process started and what to expect when certified.

Topic: Why Get Certified?
Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST

Hosted and Moderated by Alissa Hurley, CMM, DES, CED, VP Marketing, FMAV


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Elizabeth Nutting, CSEP, Production Canada, Past President ILEA Toronto

Elizabeth Nutting, CSEP graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Drama from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Upon graduation, Elizabeth was accepted into the prestigious workstudy program at The Banff Centre where she studied Theatre Craft, Stage Carpentry, and Stage Management. Later, she furthered her education at the Toronto School of Art; pursuing her dream to work as a set designer. After working in the theatre industry for 10 years, Elizabeth returned to school for a diploma in Event Management - Event and Exhibit Design at Seneca College. Since joining the events industry, Elizabeth has become a passionate member of the International Live Events Association. In 2017, she was recognized for “her creative vision and determined execution” in her role as the ILEA Toronto President and awarded the noteworthy J. Robert Graves Pioneer Award. Working as an event producer has allowed Elizabeth to combine her natural inclination to manage with her desire to design. And while she sometimes misses her homegrown theatre roots, Elizabeth thrives on the fast paced large scale productions that corporate events are expected to create. 



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Joanne Rockwood, CMP, CMM, Conference Manager, University of British Columbia, President of PCMA West

Jo-Anne has been in the meetings, events and conference industry since 2002. She has specialized in academic and scientific conferences, but also worked on industry incentive programs and with DMC groups. Obtaining both her CMP and CMM has provided professional development that is both tactical and strategic. She is currently the President, PCMA Canada West Chapter. Jo-Anne is a life learner, always eager to learn new skills - both professional and for fun. Her recent passion is glass blowing!