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PPPC: New president and CEO

29.08.2018 16:24 Uhr Industry

The Board of Directors of Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC) unveiled plans for a strategic management restructuring to help the association better serve and promote the promotional products industry in Canada. Effective November 1, 2018, PPPC will close its office and outsource the full management of the association to association management company Strauss. Through this partnership, Jonathan N. Strauss has been appointed as PPPC's President and CEO.

"As interim President for the past nine months, Jonathan has led the revitalization of our association including the formalization of our long-term partnership with Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and our technology partnership with SAGE," said Heidi Reimer-Epp, PPPC board chair and CEO and Co-Founder of Botanical PaperWorks. "It has been a difficult decision to close our office but Jonathan's firm has an outstanding track record of success in improving the cost efficiencies and member benefits for many leading Canadian associations. We are excited to be embarking on this next chapter for PPPC under his leadership."

Gladys Kasp, PPPC's current Communications and Planning Manager, will continue her key leadership role with the PPPC through Strauss. As of November 1, Gladys will become PPPC's General Manager, based in Montreal, and will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of the association. Reporting directly to President and CEO Jonathan Strauss, Gladys will continue to provide service to PPPC members in both French and English.

"The promotional products industry in Canada is uniquely dynamic, with a rich history and immense potential in today's evolving marketing landscape," said Jonathan N. Strauss, President and CEO of Strauss. "My team and I are looking forward to expanding our work with PPPC to build a stronger future for the association and its members."

About PPPC
Founded in 1956, Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC) is the national not-for-profit association of suppliers and distributors of promotional products for business gifts, rewards, incentives, premiums and specialty advertising products. Its mission is to lead, inspire and advance the $1.8 billion industry through the strength of more than 6,000 companies involved in the industry and their 20,000 plus employees across Canada. For more information, please visit

About Strauss
Established in 1995, Winnipeg-based Strauss event & association management is one of Canada's leading event and association management companies. The company focuses on serving national healthcare and business associations as well as provincial trade associations. Strauss is also a recognized producer of signature events across Canada for associations and non-profit organizations. For more information visit

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