February 15, 2012
Congress says goodbye to Paul Day
Colleagues, friends and family took the opportunity at the Congress 2012 Tailgate party to say goodbye.
Day was the driving force behind the growth of Congress into one of North America’s largest green industry shows. He also went on to start Expo.
On hand to have a few words at the event were LO executive director Tony DiGiovanni, LO president Tom Intven, Ken Tuckey of Chrysler Canada, Tim Lillyman, vice president, special projects at Toronto Congress Centre, Brian Lofgren, past chair of the show committee, and Beth Edney, present chair of the show committee. Paul Day also took the opportunity to publicly thank his wife Janice for all the years of patience while he travelled to shows across North America.
“My night at Tailgate is a blur. There were 47 emotions all in one that night. I was so surprised by everything, especially with two out of my three kids (Adam of London and Lindsay of Toronto) there,” said Day. Son Ryan was in Montreal working at a car show. “I thank all the staff, exhibitors, and members; everyone who contributed to the evening.
“This decision has not come easily or lightly, but my wife Janice and I are looking forward to the next stage of our lives and what the future may bring,” said Day. “I would like to thank each and every one for your friendship and support during my 17 years at Landscape Ontario, and hope that our paths will cross again in the future. I shall cherish these relationships forever.”
Although retiring from Landscape Ontario as a full-time employee, Day is re-starting his own company as a consultant in the exhibition industry under P. Day Management Services.