We were fortunate to attend the 2018 Bid & Proposal Conference in San Diego in May (seems a long time ago now). It was Matt’s fifth time attending the conference and Edith’s second time and like always it was a great event. The energy of being with fellow proposal people is fantastic and being around people who "get" what you do and go through makes it enjoyable.
This year there was a move to more panel discussions in an effort to make sessions more interactive and give attendees a chance to ask questions of panelists to understand how they have dealt with situations or provide insight on tools or technology they use. It was great to see a lot of attendees from Canada and many that were presenting or participating in panels as part of the conference including:
- Regina Antonio presented “Find your own voice,” It was a fresh and educational session!
- “Ignite Talks” on the Friday morning, we were delighted with the creative “Ignite talks” from Tracie Bretecher, Jesse Legge, Shannon Smith, and Ashley Carpenter.
A couple of highlights were:
- Our Chapter Won the 2018 “Evolving Chapter of the Year” https://www.apmp.org/page/awards2018?
- The Canadian participation was outstanding:
- Many Canadians became APMP certified!
- Tracie Bretecher became the first ever Canadian to earn the APMP Professional certification
- Executive Summary of the Year Award was presented to a Canadian company McElhanney
- Seeing a Canadian, Kenzie Kelterborn of SNC-Lavalin, recognized as part of APMP's 40 Under 40 award recepients, https://www.apmp.org/page/40Under40_2018?#kelterborn
- APMP launched https://winningthebusiness.com/, dedicated to the bid and proposal profession, with news and information to help us with our daily work
- The APMP Board of Directors voted to establish the Charlie Divine APMP Certification Scholarship program to benefits dozens of potential APMP certification participants annually.
The Maple Leaf Chapter held a meet and greet for Canadian attendees on the Wednesday night so that people could connect early on at the conference. We had 25 people attend and it was nice to catch up with people and get to know fellow Canadians.
Next year's conference is in Orlando from June 3-6, 2019 and then Nashville, Denver and Dallas the following years. If you have the chance to attend we really encourage you to. This conference offers so much from the sessions, discussions and networking with other attendees.
Some highlights from the conference are posted on the new Winning the Business website from APMP,
APMP is starting to post materials from the conference on the APMP website here, https://www.apmp.org/page/sandiego_wrapup?