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When CanWEA 2019 show director Glenna Gosewich, BSc, was in her mid-20s and studying radiation therapy in Toronto, she began donating blood on a regular basis.
This was, and is, a cause she cares deeply about — she’s donated 107 times to date — and it eventually led to a managing role at Canadian Blood Services, where she worked in donor recruitment and ran a series of outreach programs in the National Capital Region aimed at encouraging others to give.
“It’s something I’m really passionate about,” said Gosewich, who also has an extensive background in event planning and management.
As show director for CanWEA 2019, Gosewich is part of the Hannover Fairs Canada organizing team, and she brings a wealth of event management experience to her new role — as well as a passion for renewable energy.
“I missed working on events … I love working on a project, putting my heart and soul into it.
“This is a great team, and I love working with the people — working with them to make this project a success.”
She is a former conference and events manager for the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (now called Children’s Healthcare Canada), a national non-profit devoted to accelerating advancements in pediatric healthcare.
Gosewich has also worked as an events planning officer for the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, a non-profit that provides evidence, analysis, and advice to healthcare decision-makers.
Her extensive resume also includes time as a reporter/producer with Rogers Sportsnet, as transportation manager with RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, and several other event planning roles stretching back to the early 2000s.
“I’m very much a people person,” she said. “I enjoy developing and building relationships, so I’m really eager to get to know the people that I’ve only had the chance to meet via phone or email.”
As CanWEA 2019 approaches, there’s plenty to be excited about.
The show is expected to draw approximately 1,200 wind energy business leaders, industry experts, influencers and decision-makers to Calgary’s BMO Centre from October 8-10.
CanWEA 2019 is also wind energy’s networking event of the year, with several fantastic opportunities to meet with influencers and help companies grow their businesses.
All this, plus more than 100 exhibitors, amazing technology displays, and exceptional education sessions that will help show attendees stay on top of industry trends.
“If people are looking for an opportunity to network and to meet with thought leaders within the wind energy industry, then this is the place to do it,” said Gosewich.
“The main players are there, and this event provides attendees the opportunity to interact with them. If it’s about building your brand or developing your business, this is the chance to do it.”
On a personal level, Gosewich is looking forward to meeting CanWEA members and putting faces to the names of people she’s corresponded with in the months leading up to the show.
“I would just ask for people to please come up and introduce themselves if they have the chance,” she said.
“I really look forward to meeting everyone and beginning long-lasting and collaborative relationships.”