Event Management program receives milestone award

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From left: Louise Rowe (Event Management student), Elizabeth Nutting (president of ILEA Canada -Toronto Chapter), Tori Rowbotham (Event Management student), James Abbott (Event Management student), Kathleen King (Event Management student) and Shelley Merlo (professor, Event Management) attend ILEA’s annual general meeting in Toronto.

Niagara College’s Event Management program has received a Milestone Award from the International Live Events Association.

The award, presented at ILEA’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto, marked the NC program’s tenth anniversary as a member.

ILEA is the principal association representing the world’s largest community of creative event professionals. It works to join event and meeting professionals to focus on the event as a whole rather than its individual parts. The solid peer network ILEA provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues.

NC professor Shelley Merlo attended the ILEA Annual General Meeting with four Event Management students to accept the award on behalf of Niagara College and the Event Management program.

“It is always an honour for the Event Management program to be recognized for its commitment to student learning. Our membership with ILEA provides students the opportunity to connect with professionals who understand the latest trends in a rapidly growing industry,” said Event Management, program coordinator Christine Blane. “As a program, we encourage our students to be lifelong learners and we know that associations like ILEA provide our students with the opportunities to learn, connect and grow as they start out in their careers. We proudly accept this award on behalf of Niagara College.”

Students learn about many different event associations during the one-year Event Management post-graduate program, and are encouraged to join as members. These associations allow students to make critical contacts that will help them develop personally and professionally, as well as to further develop the skills they attained during their time at Niagara College.

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