TORONTO — Six event professionals were inducted into the Hall of Fame this week during what would have been the 2020 Canadian Meetings and Events Expo (CMEExpo).
Inductees were informed about their induction via email instead of at the live CMEExpo event that was formally cancelled earlier this year due to COVID-19. All inductees will be celebrated at CMEExpo 2021 along with the 2021 inductees in a separate but equal ceremony.
Diane Alexander was inducted as the 2020 Industry Volunteer; this category recognizes an individual planner or supplier who gives freely his or her time or expertise in the promotion of industry associations, groups, professional industry chapters or charity work.
Daniela Caputo was inducted as the 2020 Industry Mentor; this category celebrates a planner or supplier who through his or her expertise, professional influence, or academic position has provided others with opportunity, inspiration, or ability to pursue excellence.
Emilia Kim was inducted as the 2020 Rising Star; this category honors a planner or supplier with 2-5 years’ experience in the industry, who has demonstrated leadership and the desire to be an ambassador for the industry.
Dana Zita was inducted as the 2020 Industry Planner; a category reserved for an individual who represents everything an event professional should be.
Mauro Morgani was inducted as the 2020 Industry Innovator; a category that recognizes a planner or supplier who has developed and implemented a service, product, or concept that modernizes today’s industry and moves it forward.
And finally, Heidi Wilker was inducted as the 2020 Industry Veteran; a category that celebrates planners and suppliers who have shaped the Canadian MICE industry over the course of their careers.
Nominations to be inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2021 will open in the new year.