Friday, April 28, 2017 (Sausalito, CF) – California media company Smart Meeting Magazine today awarded London-area entrepreneur Heather Reid a “Smart Women in Meetings” award in the Innovator category. Reid was one of four Canadians to receive the award.
2017 marks the second year of the Smart Women in Meetings Awards. The awards were conceived in 2016 to recognize the industry’s top female meeting professionals in five categories: Industry Leader, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Doer, and Rising Star.
Honorees are nominated by their colleagues and evaluated against hundreds of qualified peers. Winners were announced February 27 and received their awards in a ceremony today at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, Colorado.
“I’m proud to honor Heather Reid as the winner in the Innovator category,” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO Marin Bright. “Heather’s knowledge, passion and 22 years of meeting planning experience represent a significant contribution to the meeting planning industry – and make her an example for us all,”
Reid founded Planner Protect in 2016 to help event planners negotiate contracts with hotels and convention centres. Her consulting firm, which works with Canadian contract lawyers and accounting experts to educate planners on their rights and responsibilities, is unique in Canada.
“I’m honoured to be in the company of such accomplished women,” said Reid of winning a Smart Women Award. “Face-to-face events help drive business results. However, event planners haven’t always had reputations as strategic business professionals. By educating ourselves about contract negotiations, we strengthen our credibility as individuals and improve the perception of our profession.”
The four Canadians honored among the 2017 Smart Women in Meetings include:
- Sharon Bonner, Bright Ideas Events, Vancouver – Entrepreneur Category
- Heather Sharpe, Sherpa Group Events Inc, Vancouver – Entrepreneur Category
- Lydia Blanchard, Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa – Rising Star Category
About Planner Protect
Planner Protect is a boutique consulting agency that helps event planners and event hosts reduce financial risk by negotiating balanced venue contracts. Planner Protect provides consulting services and training to event planners and event hosts across Canada – saving the average client tens of thousands of dollars in reduced risk.
About Smart Meetings
Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals. Providing best-in-class service, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts world-class hosted-buyer networking events, provides CEU-accredited webinars, offers a complimentary site-selection service and offers myriad digital resources.