Originally from Temiskaming Shores, a small town in Northern Ontario, Vanessa has built her event planning career in Ottawa. With a passion for events, she attended Algonquin College to pursue her diploma in Hospitality Management. After successfully completing this program, she went on to work for different venues in the city.
Vanessa joined the Shaw Centre team in February 2016 as the Event Services Coordinator assisting with the planning details of multiple events within the facility. Determined to grow in this field, she was rapidly promoted to Event Services Manager in July 2016. In this position, Vanessa worked alongside industry partners gaining experience planning food and beverage events. Primarily galas, weddings and corporate meetings. She flourished in her new role.
Vanessa’s most rewarding event was the 105th Grey Cup in 2017 where she expanded her skills as a planner. This was a turning point in her career that has led her to plan larger events such as conventions, conferences, trade and consumer shows. Vanessa’s desire to learn and past experiences bring a wealth of knowledge to the Event Services Department at the Shaw Centre.
In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys teaching Zumba classes at GoodLife to keep active and energized! She also volunteers throughout the year at numerous hospitality events in the nation’s capital.