Kim has worked within the conference and event industry for 30 years. Originally from the UK, she has held various positions looking after clients within the automotive, finance, insurance and high-tech industries. Kim moved to Canada in 2006, taking on the role of Operations Manager working with Canada’s largest DMC for 9 years. Continue reading for Kim’s insightful take on her career in the Events industry:
Favourite destination to plan an event?: I have two destinations that stand out whilst working with a UK Automotive client’s Presidents Club.
Edinburgh, Scotland – Trip highlights, we arrived into Edinburgh via the Northern Belle (Orient Express Train Charter), our hotel was The Balmoral Hotel (a Rocco Forte Hotel), we experienced a ceilidh at Winton House with the Laird and his Lady hosting a fabulous dinner event and our Gala Dinner was held on the Royal Yacht Britannia, with Her Majesty’s Marine Pipe Band starting the proceedings. The reason this event stood out more than others that it was so successfully received by the Dealer Principals, who weren’t expecting this 5-star event to be delivered in a destination so close to home.
St Petersburg, Russia – Trip highlights, after a police escort from the airport we checked in to the Hotel Astoria (a Rocco Forte Hotel), our group enjoyed a private visit of the Hermitage Museum including a viewing of the Peacock Clock followed by a performance of the Hermitage Ballet, a transfer to dinner at Catherine’s Palace via the same train featured in the movie Dr Zhivago, our trip culminated with our Gala Dinner being held at Peterhof (a Palace commissioned by Peter the Great to copy that of Versailles) with exquisite catering by Potel & Chabot.
Top three career highlights?
- Playing beach cricket in Antigua with some players from the West Indies Cricket Team
- Crewing on an America’s Cup yacht during Cowes Week
- Being awarded 2016, MPI BC Chapter’s Meeting Planner of the Year
Your top tip for planning transportation logistics?: If needed; always seek guidance from your local partner, they understand all the nuances in relation to transportation logistics.
What drew you to Event Planning?: I got into Event Planning purely by accident. I was working in Round the World Tour Operating in 2001, when a roommate put my name forward to help out with a 500-person conference taking place in Barcelona, Spain. Having worked that meeting I never looked back. I have remained in event planning as this is one of few occupations that is ever evolving, challenges my creativity, constantly pushes boundaries as well as no two programs are ever the same. Also its one of the few roles where you can manage the entire process from start to finish.
Being an event manager has given me the opportunity to travel to some fabulous destinations, stay in some of the worlds’ top hotels and partake in experiences that as a run of the mill tourist I would unlikely have experienced. I have been lucky to have worked for a variety of companies that have afforded me different perspectives of the industry having starting off in an Agency, moving to the DMC side, then to Association Management and finally back to an Agency. Working with Aevias gives me the opportunity to use all the skills I have refined over the past 20 years; in addition it gives me the opportunity to go back to curating bespoke events for our clients whatever their budget.
The past four years Kim has worked as a Global Tradeshow and Conference Event Manager for an AMC focusing in the field of Life Sciences. Kim was awarded Meeting Planner of the Year, BC Chapter 2016 – Meeting Planners International (MPI). Kim offers stakeholders a wealth of international project management experience in both not for profit and corporate sectors. She has a keen eye for contract negotiation and logistics; in addition she provides specialized knowledge that stems from the ‘client’ perspective.