Freeman Audio Visual Canada Announces Heidi Welker as Winner of 2019 Smart Women in Meetings Award

By March 12, 2019 Press Releases

Freeman Audio Visual Canada is proud to announce that Senior Vice President, Business Development and Industry Partnerships, Heidi Welker has been named a 2019 Smart Women in Meetings Award winner in the Visionary category. This prestigious awards platform honors women who are making significant impacts on the meetings industry and inspiring female meeting ambassadors worldwide.

The Smart Women in Meetings Awards recognizes the industry’s top female meeting professionals in seven prestigious categories including Hall of Fame, Visionaries, Industry Leaders, Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Stellar Performers and Rising Stars. Nominated by their industry peers and colleagues, and ranked against hundreds of remarkable, qualified meeting candidates, these award winners have earned top honors for their commitment and significant contributions to the meetings industry.

“As the leader of a Woman Owned business under the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), I am honored to promote such a worthy cause for my fellow women in meetings to celebrate our industry, and support and salute each other’s goals and accomplishments,” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO Marin Bright. “The Smart Women in Meetings Awards are especially close to my heart. I am proud to provide a platform for all the women in our industry who drive change and celebrate our progress together as one united community.”

Freeman EVP & Chief Operating Officer, David Campbell responded to Heidi’s award stating, “It’s no surprise to our team that Heidi has been selected for this award!  Heidi is a vital member of our team, representing all of Freeman who is passionately involved in improving various aspects within our industry through her involvement with the advocacy group, Meetings Means Business. Furthermore, she’s an avid volunteer within the industry, contributing to associations like the Professional Convention Management Association and her ongoing mentorship. We are so proud of her!”

Heidi was quoted on Smart Women In Meetings website, sharing thoughts on her leadership, saying, “My role is not to provide answers. Instead, I ask the right questions, stay engaged in thought-provoking dialogue and support decisions regardless of the success or consequences that go with it.”

Smart Women in Meetings Award winners will be featured in the March issue of Smart Meetings magazine and will receive on-stage honors at the fourth annual Smart Women in Meetings Awards gala on May 8 at the Smart Woman Summit in Las Vegas.

2019 Smart Women in Meetings Awards Winners

The Smart Woman Summit

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About Freeman Audio Visual Canada

As part of the world’s largest brand experience organization, Freeman Audio Visual Canada (Freeman) uses the power of technology to make meaningful connections with a multitude of audiences through the production of meetings, conventions, special events and trade shows. Freeman provides a full range of services to support the way audiences engage with content as the landscape continues to change. Freeman has a deep, rich history of success and has received numerous awards recognizing its outstanding performance in technical, staging, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, customer service excellence and partnerships. Together with its customers and partners, Freeman will continue to serve clients throughout North America and the rest of the world through its growing global network. For more information, visit


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