Verney Conference Management (“VCM”) was founded in 2002. Over the past
15 years, the company has grown to produce over 250 events from coast to
Dustin Rivers, the company's co-Founder, was working in Toronto for what
he calls a "conference production factory", and even though he was proud
of the conferences he was creating, he also knew they were very
over-priced. He was quickly able to identify an opportunity, and with an
eye towards working with the public sector to produce the same type of
high quality events, but at a drastically less cost per delegate.
Dustin (and then partner Sean Downey, who recently got into the family
real estate business downeyteam.com) packed up their meager belongings
and moved to Ottawa to start Verney Conference Management.
It wasn't until 2003 that things really began to take off, and Dustin
began formulating a new Event Production Business Model - what he now
calls Community-Based Developed events. In April of that year, VCM was
joined by now Partner and Co-owner, Chris Lutz.
Over this time, as Dustin and Chris honed their negotiation skills and
learned more about the financial intricacies of the event industry. VCM
took a "let's try to do it ourselves before paying someone else"
mentality and quickly became a one-stop shop for complete Event
Production. Not only did the team at VCM manage event logistics along
with its associated vendors, it procured an AV arsenal capable of
servicing a 300+ person event with 5 concurrent sessions running at any
given time. VCM also began supplying in-house Graphic Design services,
but perhaps most impressively of all, they created what is now known as
EventSystemPro - VCM's custom built event registration and event
~ Built by event planners for event planners.~