(Vancouver, B.C., 22 July, 2005) - Nils and Sue Daugulis have acquired all shares and assets of Vancouver’s preeminent conference management firm, Venue West Conference Services Ltd..
Earlier this year it had been announced that Sue Daugulis, a travel industry veteran and long-time friend of Venue West and its founder, the late Betty Fata, had joined the company in the capacity of vice-president, marketing, and a member of the Board of Directors. She now becomes president, succeeding Lou Cox, one of Venue West's founders. Her husband Nils, a partner in the law firm of Bull, Housser and Tupper, will serve as chief executive officer, while continuing in the practice of law.
"We view this as more of a transition than a departure from Venue West's legacy," Sue Daugulis said. "The three surviving partners will remain as consultants, available as needed, and it will be business as usual for the outstanding staff, clients and international networks."
Venue West, founded in 1970, has been instrumental in attracting to Vancouver and managing all services related to some of the most prestigious international congresses ever held in Western Canada. Betty Fata, who died early in 2004, was the most publicly prominent member of this professional team, a past-president of the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO). With partners Lou Cox, Mae Yee and Olga Nazarchuk.
Betty and Venue West developed clients, friends and
associates all over the world. For many years, it was the only
Vancouver firm with IAPCO's prestigious Professional Conference
Organizer accreditation. Venue West is also a member of the
International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) and remains
the sole member in Canada of the International Conference Network (INCON
"Because we all know and respect each other
so much, this change will be seamless," Sue Daugulis said. "A
priority will be to introduce ourselves to the international
partners and clients, ensuring them that the best of everything
Venue West has always delivered, will remain. But we have some
exciting plans in progress that will not be unveiled until this
fall." Venue's West's office in Toronto will remain but dynamic
plans in development include offices in other centres as well.
During the interim, Nils and Sue Daugulis will be the sole
directors. Donald L. King, a long-time friend of the company, who
has served as Chair of the Board of Directors, has resigned.
Vancouver tourism leaders were pleased with the
“Venue West has long been one of our
destination's most instrumental firms when it comes to building
the business of conventions. To know that their established
clientele will have such a high standard of continuity is
important to all of us,” said Rick Antonson, president and CEO
of Tourism Vancouver. "Sue Daugulis brings an energy,
professionalism and range of experience that will contribute
immensely to Vancouver’s strong reputation as a destination with
unparalleled meeting expertise and efficiency.”
Barbara Maple, the general manager of the Vancouver Convention
and Exhibition Centre, added: "We are delighted to have Sue
Daugulis back as a partner in our industry, and are looking
forward to the corporate strength and commitment she and her
husband Nils will bring to Venue West. Our convention industry
consistently scores top marks with clients and delegates from
around the world and it's the professionalism of highly
competent congress organizers like Venue West that makes the
Sue Daugulis was a psychology graduate of the
University of Western Ontario whose early career evolved in the
management of large housing projects in both Ontario and British
Columbia, including social and seniors housing for thousands of
residents. Her experience with high profile events began in 1975 as
Accommodation, Registration & Accreditation Co-ordinator for the
United Nations Habitat Conference held in Vancouver in June, 1976.
Since that time she has held tourism marketing positions, full-time
and consulting, with multiple clients, including Gray Line of
Vancouver and several well-known Vancouver restaurants, including
Frank Bakers and the Bud Kanke group (the Cannery, the Fish House,
Mulvaneys & Viva's).
She and Nils have two teen-aged sons.
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