Association, Meeting and Event Specialists
You can create an outstanding first impression for your event or association by making sure you have outstanding support. Rest assured that this is exactly what you will get with Sea to Sky Meeting Management. No matter what our role is, we always deliver professional, friendly service.
Sarah Lowis, CMP, CMM, BA
Team Leader and President
Sarah is the Founder and President of Sea to Sky Meeting Management. She is a former member of the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation Canada Board of Trustees, Past President of MPI BC Chapter, and winner of the MPI BC Chapter Rising Star and Planner of the Year awards. She was the first person in British Columbia to achieve the Certified Meeting Manager designation (1999) and achieved her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 1997. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, French major, from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She speaks English and French.
I love being part of a winning team and exceeding expectations. Working together with my team mates, clients and suppliers, we set goals, make plans to achieve them, and then deliver what we promised and more. I feel a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction every time!
Ian Holliday, BA Econ
Ian directs the Sea to Sky team and oversees and manages client projects. He has more than fifteen years of experience planning and staging conferences, events, trade shows and meetings spanning four continents, eleven countries and all the major Canadian cities. Ian started his career in Ottawa working with an association management company before moving to Vancouver. He has taught event and conference management courses at a private institution. Before his career in meeting planning, he spent ten years in sales and sales management. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics) from the University of Waterloo.
I love working with the talented Sea to Sky team and combining our experience to meet all challenges, whether they are strategic, logistical or financial. I am satisfied when our clients’ experience is such that it is an easy decision for them to hire us again and we develop a long lasting partnership.
Sandy Becker, CMP, BA Tourism
Senior Project Manager, European Office
As Senior Project Manager, Sandy leads a team of Project Coordinators and Assistants. She has event management and trade show experience in Germany, the United States and Canada. Sandy is fluent in German and English and has a basic understanding of French and Spanish. She achieved her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2012, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration / Tourism and has hotel specialty training.
I love what I do, because it connects me with people, is always changing and challenging – there are no days where I am bored, for sure!
Sherri Corrie, MPA, BA
Senior Project Manager, Australasia Office
Sherri has been working in the fields of research, administration, communication, marketing and project management since the late 1990s. Her varied background supports Sea to Sky in its Association Management business. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts from Laval University. She speaks English and French.
Working with Association Executives who are passionate about their profession is really rewarding on many levels. Working with Sea to Sky’s team is rewarding each day!
Bernadette Gessler, BA
Senior Project Manager
Bernadette gained valuable experience in project management working for a non-profit organization in Canada, and for catering companies in Germany. Her Bachelor of Business Administration from Germany included an exchange program at Vancouver Island University. In addition to English, Bernadette is fluent in German and has a basic knowledge of Spanish and French. As Project Manager, she is handling all aspects of conference and event management for national and international projects.
It’s exciting when you do your best to have a successful event. Even better if you work with great people.
Kazia Ekelund, BTM, DRHM
Project Manager, Victoria Office
Kazia has been working in the conference and events industry for over 12 years with recent experience in small business management. Her extensive experience supports Sea to Sky in the area of project management. She holds a degree in Tourism Management and a diploma in Resort & Hotel Management from Thompson Rivers University.
The conference and event industry is so dynamic and every day is something new. That’s what I love about this job. I also appreciate working with a great team, especially Sarah and Ian who always work with the highest amount of integrity and professionalism.
Brittany Minskip, Diploma (Event Management)
Brittany’s experience includes working in the hospitality industry in resorts in the Okanagan, restaurants in Vancouver and now in event services with Sea to Sky. She graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver with an Event Management diploma. Through education, many volunteer roles and an event production assistant position, she has had the opportunity to work with various industries including digital media, forestry, education and non-profit organizations. As Project Manager, Brittany handles all aspects of conference and event management.
I love knowing that all the hard work our team does is benefiting organizations and the amazing work they do. Working with our team is both rewarding and satisfying. We are all so eager to teach, learn and grow together while striving to exceed our clients’ expectations.
Sponsorship and Exhibit Sales Manager
Marilyn has more than 20 years of experience in business development consulting in many industries. She has an innate ability to empathize with and influence people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Her expertise in sales management and marketing comes from working with associations, small businesses, and international corporations. Marilyn’s specialty knowledge in health care marketing ensures a solid understanding of the ethical requirements in sourcing new, viable partners or working with sensitivity within an established network.
I love making sales and the more the better! It is my sincere pleasure to assist our clients in facilitating a financially successful event – and helping their sponsors and exhibitors gain maximum exposure and return on investment for their commitment.
Lydia Eggers, BCom
Lydia is responsible for Sea to Sky’s accounting function. She has more than twenty years of experience providing management and clients with detailed and accurate accounting reports and project costs in support of strategic decision making. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and Accounting. Lydia speaks English and German.
I love perfection in numbers and am never satisfied unless everything balances.
Craig Lansley, BCom
Senior Project Coordinator
Joining the team as Project Coordinator, Craig supports Sea to Sky in the many aspects of event management. His work experience includes service based roles in tourism and recreation, promotional marketing, and 3 years of in-house corporate event planning experience. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria which included a semester abroad in Brno, Czech Republic. Craig also recently returned from 7 months backpacking around Asia. Craig is looking forward to applying what he learned while travelling to assist Sea to Sky’s international conference and event clients.
I love working in events because no two days are the same, which keeps me on my toes. The best part though is getting to work closely with a great team who can become like a second family while working an event.
Laura van Wensveen, MSc MM, BBA Tourism
Senior Project Coordinator
Laura has experience in the customer service and hospitality industry and most recently she worked as a festival coordinator for a non-profit organization where she gained skills in all areas of event planning. She obtained her Master’s degree in Marketing and gained valuable experience in event planning and knowledge about the non-profit industry through her volunteer work. She is fluent in English and Dutch and has basic knowledge of German. Laura is looking forward to applying her knowledge of marketing and her varied skill set to supporting the Sea to Sky team as Project Coordinator.
I love the moment of being at a successful event and realizing that you are part of the team that is making it happen. That one moment makes all the hard work that went into the event completely worth it.
Carleigh Soo, BA (English, Psychology)
Carleigh is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia where she attained her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Psychology. She has gained experience as a marketing, communications, and events assistant for non-profit organisations as well as positions in the wedding and film industries. Her interest and growing experience in events stemmed from her passion for helping others and volunteering for many community and international organizations. Carleigh brings a mix of design, online communication and promotion skills, along with her love for event planning to the Sea to Sky team and looks forward to continuing her development in event and conference management.
Working in events is like putting together a puzzle. There are many pieces, it’s quite time consuming, and can easily become overwhelming. But when everything comes together, you can’t help but feel proud and want to give yourself and your teammates a pat on the back.
Christina Fraser, BA (International Relations, Commerce)
Christina has experience working in the non-profit sector where she gained skills in fundraising, relationship management, and event planning. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Commerce from the University of British in Vancouver, BC, where she volunteered to organize various conferences and gained a strong passion for meeting planning. Christina is an avid traveller and recently spent two years living and teaching English in Madrid, Spain. She speaks fluent English and conversational Spanish.
There is so much I love about working in conference and association management – from the beginning planning stages to the amazing relationships built with clients, suppliers, members and teammates. I especially love bringing people together and providing them with memorable and authentic experiences. To me, success is when people meet, learn from one another, and create a connection that lasts.