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Global Convention Services Ltd. expands into new territory with Calgary location

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Global Convention Services Ltd. “Global” is proud to announce its entrance into the Alberta market with the acquisition of Calgary’s GAZ Exhibits Inc. “GAZ”.

Global is one of Canada’s leading trade show and special event decorating contractors and continues to grow rapidly. The new Calgary location becomes Global’s seventh full-service location following the 2011 and 2018 expansions into Abbotsford and Victoria, B.C., respectively. The latest acquisition further establishes Global as a coast-to-coast event service provider strategically located to work with nationwide event organizers.

“When we first discussed the potential of working with George and Pamela Ziwani by acquiring GAZ, I was very impressed with the company they had built from scratch,” explains Mark Howes, president, Global Convention Services Ltd. “George and Pamela built a family business and worked diligently to get to where they are today. The values that have contributed to their success and customer loyalty are aligned with what has built Global into one of Canada’s leading trade show decorators. We look forward to infusing new inventory, resources, and people into GAZ’s current business model, and working together to extend these enhanced services to events throughout Alberta.”

GAZ Founder George Ziwani will be joining the Global family, bringing his expertise, inventory and loyal customer base to the role of operations manager for Alberta.

“As I approach 40 years in the trade show decorating, exhibit install, and special event decor industry, I look back on all I have accomplished. It has been an exciting ride and I have enjoyed building GAZ with my wife, Pamela. I look forward to this next chapter; the opportunity to join Global and their nationwide network is an excellent development for our staff and valued customers.”

Global Convention Services Ltd.: Established in 1989, Global has become one of Canada’s premier display companies and is now the preferred decorator for many major facilities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia. Global is a full-service display company that is fully stocked, fully staffed from coast-to-coast. For more information, please visit

GAZ Exhibits Inc.: Based out of Calgary, Alta., GAZ specializes in trade show and event rentals as well as labour services across Western Canada. Since 2002, GAZ has provided clients with high-quality services and a full inventory of trade show and special events products.

Media inquiries:
Mark Howes, President
Global Convention Services Ltd.
48 Broad Street, Saint John, N.B., E2L 1Y5

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Event Industry Celebrated at Regional Chapter's Annual Awards Gala

June 24, 2019
For Immediate Release

It was a night of celebration for winners of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Atlantic Chapter 7th Annual Industry Awards Gala, held in Halifax on Thursday evening at Halifax Convention Centre. With over 135 attendees, the gala put the spotlight on some of Atlantic Canada’s leading event professionals and was hosted by Tyler Hayden.
It was the second year for new awards at this year’s event; Rising Star Award which was awarded to Laurel Lea from the Charlottetown and the Volunteer Award which was awarded to Bob MacKinnon from Nova Scotia Gaming. 
The annual gala distinguished winners also included Kaitlyn Touesnard of Crescendo Events as Planner of the Year, Halifax Convention Centre for Supplier of the Year and Lady Ball for Ovarian Cancer Canada for Event of the Year.
“Our winners this year are at the heart and pulse of Atlantic Canada’s thriving meeting and event industry,” said chapter President, Moira Pellerine.  “I would like to extend a sincere congratulations and thanks for their contribution to the meetings and event industry as a whole, and especially their impact across our growing region.”
The awards event tops off an exceptional year for the regional chapter holding strong in membership with new and veteran members since the chapter’s creation 13 years ago.  In 2006 a small group of event industry natives established the chapter under the passionate direction of Barbara Broome, currently conference services manager with The Prince George Hotel.  In honor of her dedication the Barbara Broome Legacy Award was created in 2013 to honor others who are committed to advancing the event industry in the Atlantic Region.  This year’s recipient was Nadine Poirier, Director of Sales at RCR Hospitality Group past-President of the MPI Atlantic Canada Chapter, Nadine also served on the MPI Foundation Canada Council.
Thank you to generous sponsors of the event: Limelight Group, Tourism Moncton, Discover Halifax, Meetings & Conventions PEI, Fredericton Tourism, Give to Live & Energy Atlantica,  Golden Dog Productions, Halifax Convention Centre, FMAV, Timothy Richard Photography, Blossom Shops, Registration Solutions, Freeman AV, Advocate Printing, and Ignite Magazine.
Meeting Professionals International is the largest global meeting and event industry association bringing together a broad network of skilled event professionals to provide networking, premier education and business opportunities.  Go to to apply for membership.
For more information, please contact:
Frankie Mason, President Elect
MPI Atlantic Canada Chapter
Cell: 902.478.1026

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