Our Management Team
Nils Daugulis, CEO

Nils Daugulis has over 30 years experience in the practice of International Maritime Law as a litigation lawyer acting for major ship owners, charterers, international insurers of shipping and shipping interests generally. Over the years he served as Chair or Member of the Organizing Committee of numerous International Conferences. Nils brings to Venue West the prospective of the International Congress client and ensures that Venue West meets the highest standards offering state of the art technology and professional, dedicated staff.

Sue DaugulisSue Daugulis, President

Sue is a graduate of Western University with a degree in Psychology. Sue began her career in the convention business as Accommodation, Registration and Accreditation Manager for the United Nations Habitat Conference, attended by heads of state and delegates from 147 countries with 5000 attendees. From this prestigious beginning, Sue has enjoyed a successful career in the conference and tourism industry and looks forward to many more years in the international conference business.

Stephanie StevensonStephanie Stevenson, Vice President Operations

Stephanie has worked in the meeting and association management sector for over 20 years. She graduated with an MA from UBC and has provided public relations, executive director, and meeting management services to a number of medical and scientific societies on a national and international level. Stephanie, acting in the capacity of VP of Operations, provides systems and needs analysis to Venue West and ensures that the company’s high standards and progressive policies are met and exceeded. Her work includes the management of operational matters in house as well as bringing her meeting and association management skills to the needs of our clients’ conference planning committees.

John DaugulisJohn Daugulis, Vice President Sales and Marketing

John is an Honors graduate of the University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business with a double major in Service Management and Entrepreneurship. Within those disciplines John excelled in marketing, management accounting, strategic planning, as well as service business operations and sustainability. As a well rounded individual John is also a superb tennis player and golfer, holds seven university intramural sports championships, and has played professional hockey including a season as the goalie for the Sydney Bears in Australia. Over his university years, John worked with Venue West during the summers, during his business degree co-op, throughout the final year of his degree and joined Venue West full time in 2012. In that time John was instrumental in implementing many new processes to ensure that Venue West’s conference management technology stays at the leading edge in all respects, as well as implementing processes to reduce the environmental impact of Venue West and its clients.

Kat Duda, CMP, Director of Operations

Kat is an internationally-experienced project manager, having managed meetings and conferences in Poland, Australia and Canada. Her experience is in end-to-end management of conferences in the corporate, healthcare and education sectors. Kat holds a Masters of Finance and Banking and has strong financial acumen which combined with her project management capabilities, consistently provide her clients with reassurance of a well-managed conference within defined budgets. Kat speaks Polish and English fluently, and has lived and worked around the world. Kat brings her great passion for conference organizing and practical commercial expertise to every project she works on.

Francesca VelottiFrancesca Velotti, CMP, Project Manager

Francesca holds a Master's Degree in Corporate Communication. For several years, she has worked in event planning as well as organizing sailing competitions hosted by prestigious Yacht Clubs throughout Italy. After moving to Canada, she specialized in Tourism Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, with a special focus on Meeting and Convention Planning. Francesca joined Venue West in 2012 and is now a valuable addition to the team, managing national and international conferences and exhibitions.

Kim AndersonMaria Lefebvre, Project Coordinator

Maria is fresh to our industry and brings over 10 years of customer service and sales experience including 3 years in management. She is consistently remembered for her superb and effortless flair for client relations and attention to details. Despite some very busy days and tight project timelines, she is always smiling while delivering perfectly executed events and is known to build a very warm rapport with everyone she comes in contact with.

Bringing energy, enthusiasm, patience and detail to each project, she delivers exceptional results while managing our DMC projects. Her first client at Venue West boasts, "you’re in good hands when Maria is onsite".

Quick JiangQuick Jiang, Manager IT and Web Services

Quick is a Microsoft Certified Professional Systems Engineer, with over 20 years experience in computer data analysis, web program design and network administration. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Management, is proficient with .NET, Visual Basic, C Sharp, SQL development on Windows environment. Quick ensures that Venue West stays on the cutting edge of the latest in technology and supports the development of Conference Registration pages and customized Conference Websites.