Cynthia Richards (2014)

  • Position when inducted: President, Event Spectrum Inc.
  • Current position: President, Event Spectrum Inc. & Director-Corporate Division, MCI Group
Cynthia has demonstrated vision, integrity and leadership every day of her 30 years in the event management industry. As president of her own company since 1997, she has been celebrated as one of Toronto’s Best Bosses and been on Profit Magazine’s list of the top Canadian Women Entrepreneurs for seven years. She has mentored—and continues to mentor—many members of the industry. Recognizing the need to give young people meaningful work experiences, she launched the innovative “Stand Up, Stand Out” competition this year. It gives a recent event management grad the chance to participate in a FAM to Jamaica and the opportunity to stand up and stand out from the competition. Cynthia preaches—and practices—coaching, collaboration and celebrating an industry she believes in passionately.