The Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) Aspire Program concluded for the year with the Aspire Awards Ceremony, held this morning at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
With over fifty-five applications and only eleven awards available there was incredibly strong competition amongst all applicants wanting to secure the opportunity to receive professional development funding to attend and attract conferences to Western Australia.
Mr Peter Carr, the winner of the City of Perth Convention Scholarship is a Lecturer at The University of Western Australia. Peter’s research interest surrounds the insertion of a needle and catheter into patient’s veins called a peripheral intravenous cannula (PIVC), which is performed to allow patients to receive intravenous therapy. Peter will use the award to attend the 4th World Congress on Vascular Access (WoCoVA) 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal to meet delegates and promote the 2nd Australian Vascular Access Society scientific meeting and World Congress on Vascular Access “Special Event” taking place in Perth next year, of which he will be the scientific convenor.
Other winners include: Ms Tanya Langford (Peel Youth Services) winner of the City of Mandurah Convention Scholarship, Mr Matthew Wittorff (Senses Australia) winner of Giving West Aspire Conference Scholarship, Associate Professor Anthony Kicic (Telethon Kids Institute) winner of the Telethon Kids Institute Aspire Conference Award, Associate Professor Ute Mueller and Professor Pere Masqué (Edith Cowan University), Associate Professor David Miller (Murdoch University), Associate Professor Ajmal Mian (The University of Western Australia), Dr Joan Squelch (The University of Notre Dame Australia) and Associate Professor Daniel Gucciardi and Dr Kylie Coulson (Curtin University) City of Perth (COP) is a founding member of PCB and continues to be a major stakeholder and sponsor of the Aspire Awards City of Perth Convention Scholarship.
COP continues to recognise the importance of business tourism and its role in underpinning the development of the city’s accommodation and venue infrastructure. PCB CEO, Paul Beeson commented “the program has been responsible for contributing more than 100 million dollars to the WA economy as well as playing a key role in securing conferences that have and will continue to contribute to advancing the State’s broad expertise and knowledge in a wide range of industries”.
Held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 2nd June, the Awards were presented by Master of Ceremonies, Karen Tighe, and winning applicants joined a number of prestigious guests including The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, Lisa-M. Scaffidi to celebrate the winners’ achievements.
The event was supported by Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, AV Partners, The West Australian Newspapers and The Scene Team.