Jill GoertzenEventsage was thrilled to speak with Jill Goertzen, Vice President of IAAP Vancouver about planning this year’s Administrative Professionals Day Breakfast (APD). Taking place April 23rd, the annual event is a blend of activities, including career development, networking and a business expo, that will stimulate the minds and appetites of this year’s 190 attendees. As Jill’s first year planning the event, she brings a fresh perspective to APD 2014.


What excited you the most about planning APD 2014?

The challenge of planning such a large scale event is exciting. As an annual event, there are many expectations, but I was given a lot of decision making authority. The IAAP’s Vice-President always leads the event, but a lot of groundwork had been completed for me and I felt that I was well prepared by past event leads. I’m also lucky that my workplace is supportive; IAAP Vancouver is a volunteer driven organization, and I was planning the event in conjunction with my daily workplace responsibilities.

When you started searching for a venue, what were your defining criteria?

Size, it had to seat 200 people for a sit down breakfast and accommodate a business expo, be transit friendly and in-line with our budget. As a non-profit the budget was very important. I also wanted to ensure that the venue had windows, which I feel really brings energy to an event. The Vancouver Convention Centre was a great match for our needs and our established relationship with its staff really made it worthwhile to continue using the facility.

What do you wish someone had told you before you starting planning the event?

Delegate early and often. If I could do it again, I would engage others earlier in the process. There is a lot to do and even though you need to take care of some tasks by yourself, I would recommend leveraging your event team as much as possible.

A big thanks to Jill for her time and insight. You can find Jill on Twitter @JillGoertzen.


Eventsage is pleased to be a Platinum sponsor of the International Association of Administrative Professionals’ Vancouver Chapter. Watch our blog for news and pics from the APD Breakfast later this week.


About The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP

The IAAP Vancouver Chapter was chartered on May 17, 1958 with 14 Charter Members. We are one of the largest chapters in the association, and the second largest in Canada. The Vancouver Chapter prides itself on its professionalism, commitment to quality programs and professional development. For more information on the IAAP Vancouver Chapter, please visit: http://www.iaap-vancouver.ca/


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Kimberly Rohachuk

Kimberly Rohachuk

Over my career I've had the honor of working on some major events, including the World AIDS Conference in Vancouver, G8 Foreign Ministers meeting, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics bid delegation to Prague. I’ve also worked with a number of corporate clients all over the world delivering hundreds of events for groups ranging from 50 to 1,500 people.

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