Vice President, Association & Events Management
Michael Dargavel, CEM is the Vice President of Association and Events Management, a Toronto based Multiple Association Management Company (AMC). Association and Events Management is a full-service firm providing specialized services to both trade and professional organizations. Initially brought on as a consultant in 2000, Mr. Dargavel was immediately fascinated by the event industry, as it was evident that an AMC allowed for the opportunity to develop specific and highly specialized management skills.
Mr. Dargavel is responsible for the organization and production of several conferences, trade shows, meetings and events annually. Over the last two decades, Mr. Dargavel’s role expanded as the key facilitator for strategic planning in the education, toy, apparel, and professional event industries. His portfolio includes the design and creative elements of A&E and it’s clients marketing strategies, and event productions.
He is an active member of the International Association of Exposition and Events (IAEE) Certified in Exhibition (CEM) Commission and the Canadian Association of Exposition Management’s CEM Council, whose committees are responsible for the oversight and administration of the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) Learning Program and presenter of the designation of CEM to those who have qualified. As an educator, Mr. Dargavel is a highly sought after instructor for the CEM program throughout North America.
In 2015 Mr. Dargavel chaired the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Summer Summit and in 2016 Mr. Dargavel was honoured with the prestigious CSAE Emerging Talent Award.
Prior to joining Association and Events Management, Mr. Dargavel spent decades cultivating his management style in the hospitality industry where he established the extremely successful catering and event company, Darbo’s Catering & Events.