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Lucy Felicissimo - Partner
Lucy Felicissimo is a seasoned international meeting planner with a worldwide reputation of excellence for organizing large medical conferences. In particular, Lucy organized the large AIDS Conference for ten years and has a specialized expertise in planning large, logistically complex meetings involving many social, political and scientific issues.
With more than 30 years experience within the business and scientific communities, Lucy has developed a unique working relationship with the pharmaceutical industry and has successfully obtained their sponsorship for many medical conferences. She has organized conferences for Gynaecology, Sleep Disorders, Telemedicine and Transplantation, among others. Her non-medical conferences include International Civil Aviation Organization (IACAO), Science Journalists, World Religions, and World Energy.
Altogether, Lucy has successfully managed more than 100 conferences, servicing the needs of more than 500,000 delegates covering four continents, and has successfully raised more than $100 million dollars from sponsors and exhibitors.
For the better part of three decades, Lucy served in an executive capacity for the International Society of Endocrinology (ISE), the International AIDS Society and The Transplantation Society.
Lucy is also an active volunteer. She served on the Board of Vanguard School from 1997 to 2007 (Vanguard is a school for children with special needs). She chaired the Fund Raising Committee and organized the first For the Love of Vanguard Valentine Fund Raising Event.
Lucy’s expertise lies in her excellent organizational skills, her ability to establish priorities, set up infrastructure, the planning and execution of objectives, problem resolution, and coping with contingencies. Her ever-present sense of humour is one of her greatest assets!
Victoria Pickering - Partner
A Montreal native with international connections, Victoria is a fluently bilingual communications expert. Victoria has a proven track record for helping globally competitive organizations develop strategies to enhance their organizational credibility, manage reputations and effectively engage stakeholders. Her 15 years’ experience as a communications consultant spans many industry sectors, including healthcare, telecommunications, forestry, non-profit and insurance.
Victoria has developed creative communication platforms for many landmark organizations of the business world, such as: Sandoz (Novartis), Insurance Bureau of Canada, Labatt, Rogers, National PharmaCom, AV Group of Companies (Birla), Lafarge Coppée, BDC, and The UPS Store. Through expert communication strategy and execution, Victoria has played an important role in: helping position Sandoz (Novartis) as an innovative, research-based partner in healthcare; securing patent protection for prescription medications; offsetting the threat of nationalization to the auto-insurance industry in New Brunswick; and engaging stakeholders through a variety of outreach programs.
Victoria’s areas of expertise include: internal and external corporate communications, corporate reputation and crisis management, media and government relations, and international meeting planning.
In addition to her strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, Victoria brings her signature professionalism, elegance and forthright friendliness to every project and client relationship.