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SITE lines | Issue 1 March 4, 2016 3 Annual General Meeting 20166Kitchen ConfidentialAGM b y Sandra Eagle The SITE Annual General Meeting kicks off the year with a number of awards, presentations and some education about this year's Global Conference destination in Panama City. The chapter is off to a fine financial start. Ellie MacPherson, chap ter vice president, finance, told the audience of about 60 members and guests that SITE Canada's golf tournament and education day were major revenue generators for 2015. These revenues enable the chapter to provide top speakers for education, contribute t o charities and provide our members with scholarships to global events. Last year two scholarships were awarded of $3,000 each to attend the SITE Global conference in India and two Young Leader scholarships of $500 each to attend IMEX America. The always - eloquent Hayley Bishop, CMP, immediate past president, took time to review her whirlwind year of change and growth. Her goal of "striving for excellence" was adopted by our board and our chapter — with the end result of another Award of Excellence, this year in Education, at the SITE Global Conference. "We are the most decorated Chapter in the world, we have won seven consecutive Awards of Excellence, two back - to - back. That is something we are all a part of and our impressive roster of incentive calibre event s for our members is a testament to that," said Hayley in her last duties at the podium as president. In addition to her remarks, Hayley presented the President's Award to Diane Alexander. "Diane is an example of the dedication to our board as she recruit ed her parents to come with her to our board retreat so that they could look after her three - month - old daughter while she was in meetings." Hayley praised Diane's developmental and nurturing work on the Young Leaders committee, her growth of the Young Lead er's members and her robust contributions to the launch of the SITE Canada Young Leaders Mentorship program. Hayley then presented SITE Canada president John Crowe the ceremonial bowling pin and gavel for his tenure as president of the chapter. John is lo oking forward to the initiatives that are on track for 2016, including our cross - border event with SITE Northeast USA scheduled for June, as well as ongoing legacy events like the SITE Social in April, and the 7th Annual Golf Tournament in August and Educa tion Day in October. A short video by ProColombia and a presentation by Julia Trejo, CMP, CIS, DMCP about Panama City — the destination of the SITE Global Conference 2016 rounded out the evening. SITE Canada raised $560 with a raffle draw for two tickets t o Panama City, courtesy of Copa Airlines. Thanks to our AGM sponsors: Fletcher Wright Associates Inc., The InterContinental Toronto Yorkville, PSAV and Copa Airlines. P h o t o c r e d i t s : T h e I m a g e C o m m i s s i o n President's Award winner Diane Alexander with Hayley Bishop Hayley Bishop passes the ceremonial bowling pin to the new president, John Crowe SITE Canada members Michael Welsh, Gabrielle Spanton and Shelley Bartle - Reed representative Laura

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