Claire Smith

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre

Claire Smith is a recognized voice and passionate leader in the global meetings industry over the last 25 years.

As the Vice President, Sales & Marketing at the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre, Claire is responsible for strategic business development, leading and directing the sales, marketing and communications team, as well as positioning the facility in the global marketplace. Under her leadership, the Convention Centre has earned an enviable reputation worldwide, attracting some of most sought after conventions and events from around the globe.

Prior to the Convention Centre, Claire ran her own consulting firm where she provided business development strategies, advice on process improvement and training for convention venues, bureaus, associations and event management companies. Claire has worked with organizations around the world, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI), based in Dallas Texas, as their VP, Marketplace Performance where she helped transform their advertising and sponsorship sales.

An industry thought leader, Claire has been a featured speaker and session facilitator at meeting industry conferences in Asia, North America and Europe, exploring the most prevalent opportunities and challenges facing the meetings industry. Claire is committed to playing a role to advance the industry, regularly mentoring students and other meetings professionals as well as actively participating in various industry associations.

Claire was the 2018 Chair of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Board of Directors, the first-ever supplier and non-U.S.-based member to hold this position. In 2016, Claire also co-chaired the PCMA Convening Leaders Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Don’t miss Claire’s participation in the Interactive Panel Discussion on ‘Conference Evolutions and Disruptions’ presentation on Friday, 14 February, 2020 at 13:25. For more information, please review our official programme.

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