Applications for this year’s Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) Aspire Program were at record levels. With only 10 awards available there was incredibly strong competition amongst all 55 applicants wanting to secure the opportunity to receive professional development funding to attend and attract conferences to Western Australia. The funding totaled $57 thousand dollars across all 10 awards.
One of the most topical winners being Dr Kara Yopak and Winthrop Professor Shaun Collin from the University of Western Australia who will use the funding to bid for the International Sharks Conference to be held in Perth in 2018. Other winners included; Mrs Monnia Volpi-Wise, (Sids and Kids WA) winner of the City of Perth Convention Scholarship, Rebecca Cassells (Community Landcare Officer) winner of City of Mandurah Scholarship, Tiffany Rochester (Senior Clinical Psychologist Kids R Kids) winner of Giving West Scholarship, Dr Mohamed Shahin & Dr Erik Champion (Curtin University), Maryam Omari (Edith Cowan University), Dr Christopher Lee (Murdoch University), Dr Chris Skinner (Notre Dame University), and Sven Ouzman (University of WA).
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 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”.
The Awards were held at Crown Convention Centre on Tuesday 10thJune 2014 and presented by Narelda Jacobs, winning applicants joined a number of other prestigious guests including The Right Hon. the Lord Mayor, Lisa-M. Scaffidi and Mayor of Mandurah, Marina Vergone to celebrate the winners achievements. The event was supported by Crown Perth, Staging Connections, The West Australian Newspapers and The Scene Team.