Karen NorrisKey Account Senior Manager Projects & Operations
Key Account Senior Manager
Projects & Operations
Karen is a passionate event professional dedicated to highlighting the importance of the meetings & events industry.
Karen has a degree in Political Science and Sociology from Queens University, a diploma in Event Management from Algonquin College and in 2015 she achieved her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation by the Events Industry Council.
She is a Senior Conference Manager with International Conference Services (ICS) and manages the World Conference on the Study of Lung Cancer attracting 7,500+ delegates annually. Before her position with ICS, she managed conferences with the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, The Coaching Association of Canada and The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.
She has sat on numerous boards and committees with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) (Ottawa Chapter) and The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) (Canada-East Chapter). She has also sat on various tourism advisory boards for major Canadian cities who host business events. Currently, she is the President-Elect for MPI Ottawa and sits on the Business Events Victoria Client Advisory Board and the Algonquin College Event Management Program Advisory Board.
She was awarded Planner of the Year in 2018 by the Ottawa Chapter of MPI and was a member of the team who won the 2019 RISE Award for most Innovative Educational Programming by MPI Global for the 2018 edition of ‘The EVENT’.
Whenever she can, she works with Meetings Mean Business Canada, the advocacy arm of the business events industry for Canada to garner support from government officials and the public about the economic impact of conferences and events.