Claire Smith, CMP
Claire Smith has built a strong reputation as an involved and informed leader in the Global Meetings Industry over the last 20 years. Claire has recently re-joined the Vancouver Convention Centre as Vice President, Sales & Marketing where she is responsible for strategic business development, leading and directing the sales and marketing team, as well as positioning the facility in the global marketplace. After 7 years as Director of Sales & Client Services, Claire left the Convention Centre in 2005 to start her own consulting firm where she provided business develop strategies, process improvement and training for convention venues, bureaus, associations and event management companies. Earlier in her career, Claire developed and managed a wide range of international meetings and tradeshows including Child Health, Sports Medicine and Independence, a global conference on disability attracting over 3000 delegates from around the world. Through various industry affiliations, Claire has been a featured speaker and session facilitator at meeting industry conferences in both North America and Europe. She is very involved the international congress market and sits on the Advisory Board for the European Business Travel Market (EIBTM).