Changing Mindsets Panelists

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Rita Plaskett, CMP,CMM

 Rita Plaskett, CMP, CMM, has been in the meeting industry for over 25 years.  Rita is one of few Canadians to hold both the CMP and CMM designations.  Rita is the principle in her own meeting management firm called “Agendum Inc.” specializing in a strategic approach to flawless delivery of meetings and conferences from cradle to grave.  Prior to opening her own firm, Rita was Senior Consultant Meetings Consolidation as well as Manager of Operations for the Automotive Group for Maritz Canada. Prior to Maritz, Rita was Director of Conferences for The Pinnacle Group and Director of Conference, Education and Public Relations for The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. 

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Jennifer Baker, MA PHD

 Dr. Jennifer Baker holds a Doctorate from the University of Ottawa in English and Canadian Studies with a specialization in Environmental Humanities. She has published a variety of academic and creative work relating to her research, which broadly focuses on how the stories we have inherited historically come to shape the social and economic relationships we share with each other and with our surrounding environment. She currently works as the National Administrative & Communications Coordinator for Sierra Club Canada Foundation, a national charity tackling a variety of environmental issues related to sustainability and climate change.  

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Peter Eriksson

General Manager of the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale. Peter originally hails from Sweden where he has garnered management and international experience from various sizes and types of hotels. His experience spans from working mostly from working with international hotel chains but also from independent hotels. He has been involved in pre-opening, refurbishment projects and various hotel projects both on Scandinavian and European work groups. His focus on business development, yield and revenue management and he is passionate about hotels, people, food, service and creativity.

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Andrea Watson

Andrea Watson, an entrepreneur and leader in the food industry for the past 20 years working with top CPG brands within sales, marketing, product development, training and distribution. President, CEO of Nature Knows Inc., a socially and ecologically responsible company that provides healthy, sustainable fresh produce packed only in their unique eco-friendly designs. Passionate about giving back to support her community and industry, you can find Andrea actively involved with her commitment to improve healthier lives and elevate fellow women entrepreneurs.