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.



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,
Association and Events Management
phone: 416-596-0671
email: smicheli@aemanagement.ca