our story

50 years of Planning with Purpose!

Venue West Vancouver was originally founded in 1969 by four brave women – Betty Fata, Mae Yee, Olga Nazarchuk and Lou Cox – as a small catering and service business. In 1970, they decided to focus on organizing meetings for local associations. They cancelled their travel plans to Mexico, and used their money to incorporate the business as Venue West Executive Services Ltd.

They received discouragements that no one would need their services because secretaries did the work when meetings or events happened. But after volunteering their services to get their word out, they accepted their first paid offer after being flown to Berlin for a meeting of ICCA and IAPCO in 1975.

After this experience, they realized that the international congress business was the right path for the company. From this time on, Venue West was organizing multiple small and large conferences and congresses around the globe every year, and in December 1991, changed its name to Venue West Conference Services Ltd.

The company was bought by the Daugulis family in 2005, and has continued to be a proud family-owned and operated business in Vancouver, BC.

Venue West is one of only 5 companies in Canada and less than 150 in the world who are certified by the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) to manage an international congress.