"Since the dawn of the 90's JM Exhibitor Support Centre has been assisting Exhibitors and Attendees maximize the benefits of show participation by providing all the administrative, accessibility, and business center services they need to carry on with "Business as Usual", while giving Show Management, the flexibility to carry on with "Show Business".

About The Founder - Jennifer Monteith

Founder - Jennifer Monteith

 

 

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Born in Kingston Jamaica, hailed to Canada in 1964, and what a diverse career this devotee to the Power of Positive Thinking has had.

Jennifer Monteith started out in the Fashion Industry and was the first Black model to appear in the Eaton's catalogue in the 60's.

Later, she appeared in other catalogues such as, JC Penny, Sears & Roebuck, King Patters and Bride & Groom Magazine. Jennifer also enjoyed a successful runway career doing Eaton's Young Toronto Shop shows across Canada.

From Fashion, Jennifer went on to open a Model & Talent Agency; called DIFFERENT FACES "for the world of difference, faces makes." Different Faces mission at the time was to have more visible minority featured in the media and she was successful. Jennifer showcased the many cultures that gave Toronto its signature "The most multicultural city in the world."

The Different Faces show team was comprised of: Canadian Indian, East Indian-Indians, Orientals, Jewish, South American, Mature male and female, and children. Due to the lack of work available in Toronto, Canada at the time (1976 - 1982) the business was forced to close.

Jennifer moved to Belleville, Ontario in 1985 where she attended Loyalist College in an accelerated Business Administrative course. While in Belleville, Jennifer and husband opened a catering service at The Belleville Fitness & Squash Club but the business got too big for the small location and they decided to move. Now gifted with two sons, Jennifer moved back to the Big city (Toronto) to find her niche, and " The Exhibitor Support Centre" was born.

Jennifer lived with her parents for 2 years while she worked at re-establishing her name in the Fashion and Trade show industry. Insightful and determined to be in "Show Business" she registered with General Show & Convention Services (GSCS), Toronto's leading service provider for Trade Show & Convention staff. With eyes opened, Jennifer seized the opportunity to bring to the Trade Show & Convention platform, a much needed service… The Exhibitor Support Centre Your Office away from the Office" On-site Trade Shows Conventions."

1990 - 1997 Determined to establish The Exhibitor Support Centre in every Trade Show & Convention venue, Jennifer persevered by contacting every Show Manager she ever seen, heard of, worked for, and convinced then how important an "Office away form the office" would be on their show floor. The first chapter in the history of The Exhibitor Support Centre had began "Construct Canada", Canada's' premier construction business show.

Starting with a borrowed thermal fax machine, a borrowed Monochrome computer, loaded, with Lotus 123 and WordPerfect she took The Exhibitor Support Centre on the road in any friends car that was available. After two years of borrowing friends & family vehicles, Jennifer grew… to needing her own vehicle and storage for the growing supplies now demanded by this tiny idea of the "office away from the office".

The drill would be to contact show manager and convince them, that, in lieu of renting a booth The Exhibitor Support Centre would provide all on-site services to show management and pay per service, to Exhibitors, thus giving show management the flexibility to carry on with the main operation of their "Show Business".

Honors and Achievements

Entrepreneurial/Industry Firsts

Introduced Wheelchairs, Scooter & Stroller rental to the mix of services on-site Trade Show & Conventions

Onsite Point Of Sale (Equipment Rental) service to International vendors, at the Canadian National Exhibition. This service has grown and embraced by small business owners participating in shows (Most without retail locations) throughout the GTA and still growing.

2005 Guest panelist "Black History Month" Career days at Central Technical School, grade 9 -12 students.

Nominee for the Canadian Women's Entrepreneurs Award by Carol Denman (President) Atchison & Denman.

1993 Recipient, "Canadian Woman Mentor Award"

2004 Recipient of The United Way Volunteer Award for Mentorship Program - Micro Skills women Entrepreneurs program.

2000 Community award "Good Bears Canada" for fundraising efforts.
1996 "Diversity in Motion" Assistant coordinating of, segment for "Caribana '96" Under the leadership of North York Committee on Community Race and Ethnic Relations.

1982 - 1988 Special Events & Fashion show coordination for: Belleville, On. Downtown Businessmen's Association Award for Main Stage program (Street Carnival) coordinator.

"Stepping Out for Epilepsy" a fundraising events for the Belleville Chapter with Rob Duetta.

"Look at us Now" - seasonal fashion show presentation for the Quinte Mall, Belleville, On.

1978 - 1979 Founded Different Faces Model & Talent Agency "For the world of difference faces made"

Cochrane, Ontario – "Cochrane Winter Carnival" (Home of the Polar Bear Express and the Polar Bear dip) Princess pageant and fashion show coordinator.

Miss Jamaica/Canadian Association - (1st Runner Up – 1969)

Miss Caribana - Finalist

Miss Metro Caravan – Finalist

Miss Chin Bikini - Finalist

Former Board Member with :

The Black Business & Professional Association, along with Dennis Strong (One of the Founders of the BBPA), Beverly Mascoll, Bromley Armstrong to mention a few.

Caribana Cultural Committee

Eva Smith Saturday Morning Youth Program – Jane & Finch (Driftwood Community Centre)

Some Quotes

" The Exhibitor Support Centre is a value added service to the NTC," said Director of Event Services, Jeff Gay.

"If Jennifer doesn't have it, then you don't need it." Said show manager of Jewellery World Expo 2002 (Reed Exhibition Companies)

"What a great idea, every thing I forgot…it's right here, Thanks for being here."

"You've saved the day again…Socks, Deodorant, Staples by the sleeves? What haven't you got in here?"

"Even the music you play (Jazz Radio - 91.1) it so calming in here."

"You're even a city Guide/Ambassador, we had a wonderful time at the restaurant you suggested and thanks for finding the cuff links too."

" The Exhibitor Support Centre services made our first Trade Show experience a success…the missing ingredients was right here…thanks for being here."

"I can't imagine what we would have done if The Exhibitor Support Centre was not here. You're smart… and every Convention & Trade Show facility should have an Exhibitor Support Centre. Not just a fax and copier, but all the other supplies and services you've though of."

"My wife is going to love this idea. When are you going to take The Exhibitor Support Centre other cities?"