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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead

Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA

Mariela McIlwraith specializes in business strategy, economics and corporate responsibility. She has over 15 years of experience  and has worked in both Canada and the United States. She has consulted, presented, taught and written articles in the areas of marketing, corporate responsibility, ethics, hybrid meetings, gamification and pricing. Mariela completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. As part of her studies, she completed research on volunteer engagement, business strategy, change management and business ethics.

She holds a Certification in Meeting Management (CMM) and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). She is a Past Chair of the Content Advisory Council for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and a Past President of the MPI British Columbia Chapter. She has served as a Trustee of the GMIC Sustainable Meetings Foundation.

Mariela is the co-author of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Meetings and Events Industry, a part of the Wiley Event Series, and is the Executive Editor of the Convention Industry Council Manual, 9th Edition, published in 2014.

Mariela was named on the Meetings Trendsetters list in June, 2014 by Meetings Focus.

Mariela speaks English and Spanish fluently.


A-LAnna-Lisa Brewer

Anna-Lisa Brewer is an Associate with Meeting Change.   She has a breadth of experience in research, policy analysis, project management, communications, fundraising, volunteer management, leadership and team building, and travel/event planning.   She holds a Masters degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, where she completed research focused on education as a tradable service.

As part of a recently-completed professional program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Anna-Lisa co-authored a Not-for-Profit Board Governance Resource Guide commissioned by TD Bank.   She has worked professionally in the for-profit, public and not-for profit sectors in Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto and Auckland, New Zealand.

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Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA


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