August 18, 2022 | By Graeme Kemlo Image: From left to right, Stephen Durkin, Mary Lawson, Simon Crowe, Thas A. Nirmalathas and Matthew Jackson

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) celebrated its Club Melbourne Ambassador program last night recognising another seven Victorians’ contributions over the past three years of the initiative.

Surrounded by the sights and sounds of the immersive Van Gogh experience at THE LUME, those acknowledged for their contribution to business events in Melbourne for the first two pandemic years were:

For 2020:

  • Stephen Durkin for his work on the 5th Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference – AusRock
  • Mary Lawson for her work on the Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions

For 2021:

  • Professor Simon Crowe for his contribution to the International Congress of Psychology
  • Professor Thas A. Nirmalathas for his work on the Opto-Electronics and Communications Conference and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress

For 2022, CEO of Parks Victoria, Matthew Jackson, was recognised for his outstanding achievement.  Melbourne researchers Dr Gemma Sharp and Dr Shoujin Wang were named this year’s Club Melbourne Fellowship recipients.

Since its launch in 2015, the program has grown from 40 ambassadors to 126.  Each ambassador plays a role in helping secure business events for Melbourne. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds including medicine, science and environment, technology, engineering, business and education.

To date, with the support of Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian government, the ambassadors have helped secure 156 events that have attracted 177,400 delegates and contributed $1.02 billion in economic benefit to Victoria.

MCEC owns and leads the program.

“I’m proud of the investment and commitment we have made to Club Melbourne,” said MCEC’s CEO Peter King.

“Through our ambassadors’ hard work, MCEC regularly hosts some of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the world.

“These events connect world thought leaders and share knowledge, creating memorable experiences for our visitors and a lasting legacy for the community.”