Industry recognizes Phyllis Richard and Pierre Akkelian


This year’s Annual General Meeting held by the Canadian Jewellers Association welcomed the new chairman for the 2015/2016 term, recognized past chairmen, and honoured two key industry members for their achievements over the years.

In a formal collar ceremony, Tanya Parrish was officially elected to the office of chairman of the CJA and recognized Geoffrey Beattie for his 2014/2015 term in office as well as Yakup Tecimer for the 2013/2014 term.

Following the collar ceremony, Parrish presented Pierre Akkelian, president of Canadian Gem with the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes members of the Canadian jewellery industry who have gone “above and beyond” to enhance the profile of our industry.

Lastly, Executive Director of Jewellers Vigilance Canada Phyllis Richard was honoured for her outstanding efforts in support of the Canadian jewellery industry with the 2015 Erol Paylan Award, which was presented by Mariam Paylan in memory of her late father. CJ

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