ISES Vancouver

ISES Vancouver

March 12, 2011 00:32 ET

New Green Meeting Standards; Thinking Beyond The Checklist

ISES Vancouver is Set to Lead Expert Panelists in a Critically Relevant Discussion on Sustainable Event Standards

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2011) - ISES Vancouver, one of 38 chapters of the ISES society founded in 1987, is set to lead a group of expert panelists in a discussion on sustainable event standards. The event comes at a critical time, as the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) gears up to launch their 'Sustainability in Event Management' Standard (ISO 20121) in 2012.

"While the event industry offers valuable educational, social, and economic benefits", Heather Baker, VP Programs for ISES Vancouver, explains, "the organization of these events can generate considerable waste and cause environmental harm". To address these issues, ISES Vancouver is taking a leadership role by hosting the 'green meetings' panel discussion. The event will cover key information and standards relevant to anyone involved in the events industry.


Date:   Wednesday, March 17, 2011
Place:   The Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC
Time:   5:30PM – 8:00PM

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Shawna McKinley, Director of Sustainability, MeetGreen
Shawna is Chair of the Destination Selection working group for the APEX-ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards. She has facilitated two successful BS 8901 certifications for both MeetGreen and the US Green Building Council. She has participated in the review of the Global Reporting Initiative Event Sector Supplement (currently in process) and works with different association and corporate event clients to integrate sustainability as an event marketing strategy.

Catherine Wong, VP Operations, Vancouver Convention Centre
Catherine has more than twenty years of diverse experience in the meetings and events industry and is responsible for overall operations, engineering, official suppliers and client services at VCC. She has directed the facility's participation in its expansion planning, the opening of the Centre's new West building, and the refurbishment of the Centre's existing East building. The VCC was awarded LEED Platinum certification in February 2010, making the facility the world's first convention centre to earn the program's highest rating. The Centre is also the proud two-time winner of AIPC's APEX Award for the "World's Best Convention Centre".

Ginny Stratton, Principle of Strategin Solutions
Ginny is a member of the Technical Committee responsible for the development of the newly launched Canadian Standards CSA Z2010 - Requirements and Guidance for Organizers of Sustainable events. She also sits on the Canadian Technical Advisory Committee, which is contributing to the development of the ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management Systems - Requirements with Guidance for Use. Ginny is involved in several high profile event sustainability management projects internationally and hosted educational sessions at several events across North America.


ISES Vancouver Chapter (Formerly ISES Pacific Northwest) was founded in 1993 and is one of 38 chapters of the ISES society founded in 1987. ISES Vancouver emphasizes on the importance of membership as it brings together professionals from a variety of special event backgrounds including: caterers, meeting planners, decorators, event planners, audio visual technicians, graphic designers and many other professions. The ISES mission is to educate, advance, support and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals along with related industries. ISES members represent the best of the event industry.

ISES Vancouver membership is open to all residents of British Columbia.

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