Michael Dargavel, CEM, Wins M+IT’s Hall of Fame Industry Builder Award for 2018

TORONTO/August 15, 2018// Association and Events Management proudly congratulates our Vice-President Michael Dargavel on winning the prestigious 2018 Hall of Fame Industry Builder Award from Meetings + Incentive Travel Magazine. Mr. Dargavel accepted this well deserved honour this afternoon at Incentive Works.

According to Hall of Fame Criteria: The Industry Builder category honors an individual planner or supplier who has developed best practices, created professional guidelines and/or built a product, service or organization that has improved the way the industry conducts its day-to-day business, added to the industry’s overall foundation, and left a legacy. Mr. Dargavel joins an impressive group of past winners including; Sandy Biback, CMM, CMP; Joanne Bélanger, CPA, CA; and Trevor Lui.

“I am so proud to have been recognized by Newcom and the team at Meetings + Incentive Travel Magazine and am honoured to receive the 2018 Hall of Fame, Industry Builder Award. I want to thank the team at Association and Events Management, including Serge Micheli, CAE, CEM and Danielle Russell, CAE.” Said Mr. Dargavel upon receiving his award.

Mr. Dargavel is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the Trade and Consumer Show Industry in Canada, including his ongoing leadership and support of the CEM (Certified in Exposition Management) program in Canada. From helping to establish a CEM co-location agreement with IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events); to becoming one of the first Canadian Instructors of the CEM program; to ongoing participation on the CEM Commission Mr. Dargavel has helped build capacity for Show Managers and Suppliers within the Canadian Events Industry.

Reacting to Mr. Dargavel’s win, Serge Micheli, President of Association and Events Management said, “On behalf of the Association and Events Management team, I am pleased to extend warm congratulations to our Vice President, Michael Dargavel on winning the Industry Builder Award for 2018. Michael makes a consistent contribution to our company and to our industry at large, it is wonderful to see him receiving recognition for his efforts.”

 

About Association and Events Management

Association and Events Management is a full-service Association Management Company (AMC) providing first-class management to Trade and Professional organizations with Provincial, National and International membership models. A & E Management has developed a niche within the association community with a reputation of providing a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing associations. Especially the ones being created in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Association and Events Management’s mandate is to assist organizations to achieve excellence along with resource development. A & E Management is a proud member of the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI) and a founding member of AMCI’s Canadian Chapter.

www.aemanagement.ca

 

About Michael Dargavel, CEM, Vice President, Association and Events Management

Michael Dargavel, CEM is the Vice President of Association and Events Management, a Toronto based Multiple Association Management Company (AMC). Association and Events Management is a full-service firm providing specialized services to both trade and professional organizations. Initially brought on as a consultant in 2000, Mr. Dargavel was immediately fascinated by the event industry, as it was evident that an AMC allowed for the opportunity to develop specific and highly specialized management skills.

Mr. Dargavel is responsible for the organization and production of several conferences, trade shows, meetings and events annually. Over the last two decades, Mr. Dargavel’s role expanded as the key facilitator for strategic planning in the education, toy, apparel, and professional event industries. His portfolio includes the design and creative elements of A&E and its clients marketing strategies, and event productions.

He is an active member of the International Association of Exposition and Events (IAEE) Certified in Exhibition (CEM) Commission and the Canadian Association of Exposition Management’s CEM Council, whose committees are responsible for the oversight and administration of the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) Learning Program and presenter of the designation of CEM to those who have qualified. As an educator, Mr. Dargavel is a highly sought-after instructor for the CEM program throughout North America.

In 2015 Mr. Dargavel chaired the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Summer Summit and in 2016 Mr. Dargavel was honoured with the prestigious CSAE Emerging Talent Award.

Prior to joining Association and Events Management, Mr. Dargavel spent decades cultivating his management style in the hospitality industry where he established the extremely successful catering and event company, Darbo’s Catering & Events.

 

For More Information:

Serge Micheli, CAE, CEM,
President,
Association and Events Management
phone: 416-596-0671
email: smicheli@aemanagement.ca

Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners Select New AMC and Management Team Association and Events Management Announce New Client Association

TORONTO, May 3, 2018// The Transitional Council of the College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario, commonly known as the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) is pleased to announce that Association and Events Management (A&E), a Toronto based Association Management Company (AMC) has been selected to provide Association Management Services effective March 12, 2018. A&E has appointed Serge Micheli, CAE, CEM as Executive Director and Michael Dargavel, CEM as Director of Operations also effective March 12, 2018.

“Association and Events Management is excited to welcome the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners to our AMC as a client” noted Serge Micheli, the President and CEO of Association and Events Management. “With our sector expertise in healthcare, strategic planning and change management, and not for profit governance and operations, we are confident that we can provide the best practices guidance and services that OAO requires with their continued growth”.

Catherine Cabral-Marotta the President of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners had this to say regarding the hiring of A&E. “The services of Executive Director, and Administrative Operations will now be performed by the team at Association and Events Management. This firm will allow for the OAO to access professional leadership and administration under one roof. A&E is a full-service firm providing Association Management services to trade and professional associations, including organizations serving the healthcare sector.”

The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners wishes to thank Elizabeth Leach for her long-serving leadership as Executive Director, Raquel Levine and Dina Naiman for their dedicated service to the OAO and our members.

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Founded in 1999, the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) is a voluntary, not-for-profit professional association, promoting the practice of osteopathy and maintaining the standards for safe and effective treatment. The OAO also organizes the continuation of professional development courses to advance the knowledge of Osteopathy within the province.
www.osteopathyontario.org

Association and Events Management is a full-service Association Management Company (AMC) providing first-class management to Trade and Professional organizations with Provincial, National and International membership models. A & E Management has developed a niche within the association community with a reputation of providing a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing associations. Especially the ones being created in today’s rapidly changing environment.
Association and Events Management’s mandate is to assist organizations to achieve excellence along with resource development. A & E Management is a proud member of the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI) and a founding member of AMCI’s Canadian Chapter.
www.aemanagement.ca

For More Information:

Serge Micheli, BSc, CAE, CEM
Executive Director,
Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
phone: 416-968-2563 x3
email:  ed@osteopathyontario.com

Catherine Cabral-Marotta
BSc HK, BSc Ost., Dip SIM, Dip MT
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
President, Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
email: president@osteopathyontario.com

The Heart of the Matter

Often in the AMC world several large-scale events and projects converge, staff find themselves staffing AGMs while planning conferences, or attending meetings followed by hours of OT to get the day’s work done as well. It can be an exhausting cycle, and one that can – at times – lead to fatigue, and if you are not careful, a lack of creativity.

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#CleanToronto : A&E Management doing our part

As an Association Management Company, we spend our days helping small and medium size organizations make great impact. We help Trade and Professional Associations apply best practices and economies of scale to stretch finite resources. We also know the value of hard work, of rolling up your sleeves and pitching in.

Participating in the City of Toronto’s 20 Minute Corporate Challenge was a logical extension of our think global, act local attitude; this attitude helps our small but mighty team lead multiple active and growth oriented Not-for-Profits.

Opting into a community based activity, also reflects our individual and corporate values of volunteerism, and social responsibility. From leading Heritage Toronto walks, to sitting on boards, and contributing countless volunteer hours to a wide array of causes; each member of the A&E team walks-the-walk when it comes to making a difference in our community and broader society.

On Friday, April 21, 2017 from 2pm-2:20pm we made our community a little bit better (and cleaner). We started in our own back-yard, collecting trash and recyclables from the boulevards along Tycos Drive where we come to work each day. To quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” We are small but we are mighty.

Convention Centres of Canada Select New AMC and Executive Director: Association and Events Management Announce New Client Association

TORONTO, March 14, 2017// The Convention Centres of Canada (CCC) is pleased to announce that Association and Events Management (A&E), a Toronto based Association Management Company (AMC) has been selected to provide Association Management Services effective March 1, 2017. A&E has appointed Danielle S. Russell, CAE, A&E’s Senior Association Manager as Executive Director of the CCC also effective March 1, 2017.

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NFPs Moving Back to an All-Volunteer Model? AMCs Are A Great Alternative.

In the Spring of this 2016 a large and well known Not-for-Profit  that had seen rapid growth, announced without much warning that they did not have the cash flow to continue operations, 5 staff were laid off, offices were shuttered, and the board of directors went to work at finding a way to resuscitate the organization.

This theme continued, a few weeks later when I received a letter from an organization I had previously donated to – which continues to do great work overseas – informing past donors (or presumably their entire mailing list) that they too were, letting go of staff, shuttering their office, and returning to a volunteer driven organization in order to continue to fulfill their core mandate.

Now of course I understand that two instances, even those just days apart, do not make a trend. But, without much empirical evidence to back me up – I believe that these are not isolated incidents. In time such as these when mergers, cutbacks and donor fatigue continue to be part of our lexicon it would be foolish to assume that all NFPs that find themselves in financial troubles simply cease to exist – there are far too many dedicated individuals out there who would be willing to put in the work to keep well-meaning and impactful organizations running.

As someone who has spent the entirety of their nearly decade long career in the Association Industry working for AMCs (Association Management Companies), I was struck by how drastic these events were. Association Management Companies allow smaller organizations to get great bang-for-their-buck, and in my mind are a clear alternative to going it alone, even in a circumstance where staff and an office simply cannot be maintained.

I haven’t seen the financial statements for either of the organizations referenced above, and for all I know drastic measures were only taken at the 11th hour when the reserves had been too far depleted, emptying the tool-box of options such as partnering with an AMC. But, I still wonder, if they had known there was an alternative, might they have been able to maintain more organizational function by turning to an AMC?

So what would I recommend as a long-time AMC staffer to an organization that is feeling the pinch?

Well first, let me be clear, I am not advocating that Associations go laying off staff without any consideration – in fact in some cases organizations maintain one or more stand-alone staff or consultants when engaging an AMC, individual AMCs differ on their policies around this, so it should be part of the discussion if an Association has existing employees.

Second, an AMC can help an Association deal with some of the non-salary hard costs, these include; rent or taxes on office space or storage, purchase or provision of technology, etc. This is done through the cost sharing that comes of paying (thorough contracted fees or other mechanisms) for a portion of the AMC’s existing infrastructure. Boards should evaluate if easing some of this financial burden will allow them to reallocate funds to continuing popular products and services.

Finally, AMC staff can help Associations refocus, set strategic goals, and balance member needs against available resources. Maybe what your organization really needs is an experienced Membership Director, through a contract with an AMC you can access .5 (or less) of an FTE with specific experience in enhancing Member Engagement and Value. Or perhaps, you just need access to an Executive Director or other staff who have worked across industries and have first-hand experience in applying best practices to an organization’s unique needs.

While I have seen an Association scale all the way back to Volunteer-Only and then come back strong and re-hire an AMC to run their Association, and I acknowledge that sometimes the hardest of decisions needs to be made – I would urge Boards of Directors to explore the AMC Model. The team at Association and Events Management are happy to consult with your Association’s leadership about how the AMC Model can work for you, additional resources can be found through AMCI (the Association Management Company Institute) and the AMCI Canada Chapter.

Danielle S. Russell, CAE is a Senior Association Manager at Association and Events Management, a full service Association Management Company (AMC) based in Toronto, Canada. With nearly a decade of experience working with AMCs, Danielle has worked on teams managing Associations in, Fashion, Consumer Goods, Public Affairs, Health Care and Financial Services. Follow Danielle on Twitter @Dani__Russell or email her at drussell@aemanagement.ca.