Behind the Scenes with Outgoing President Miglena Nikolova



Each July 1st, the existing AMA Toronto president hands over the chapter reins to the incoming president. Last year, Past-President Michelle Flynn, passed on her legacy of an operationally and financially strong chapter with positive momentum to Miglena. This was no small feat given the impact of COVID on our organization which traditionally had relied on in-person events and mentoring programs.


This fiscal year, Miglena has been a passionate and tireless leader. She’s worked with the Board, our committees, and our local, Canadian, and international communities to navigate a pandemic and amp up both existing and new AMA initiatives. She’s handing over a strong chapter on a positive trajectory to the incoming president, Tina Portillo.


Miglena’s leadership has helped inspire a year of change and new accomplishments for AMA Toronto. A new brand promise focused on empowering the leadership potential and diversity of our community. A soon-to-be-launched new website. New tech tools such as Slack. New mutually beneficial partnerships with the Canadian Marketing Association, ACCES Employment, and local colleges and universities. A new Career Centre job board. New sponsors. And more…


We’ve also revamped or leveraged existing programs to provide more opportunities for our chapter and community. We’ve strengthened relationships and profile within both our Canadian and international community through new connections, more participation in our international network initiatives and by hosting international speakers. Our relaunched virtual Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends gala celebrated the impact of Canada’s marketing leaders. Our mentorship programs were recognized as a gold standard within the international AMA community and at the DX3 marketing and sales industry conference where we shared our learning. We’re on a great path!


Thank you Miglena for your passion, dedication, inspiring leadership and your countless contributions. You’ve had an AMAzing impact in a year!


Meet our May Rockstars


Every month I have the good fortune to highlight the outstanding behind-the-scenes contributions of some of our Rockstar volunteer leaders. Their efforts have an impact on our operations but also add value to the AMA Toronto community. Thank you!   



Meerah Jayakumar: Director Events


Meerah juggled her busy day job managing virtual events worldwide, with the complicated organization of the successful Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends virtual gala in April. It was a multi-faceted project. She managed Jury Day logistics, the shipment of Mission Hill wines to over 150 locations, supervised the event volunteers, oversaw attendees, and more. Thank you to Meerah for all the time and effort she put into this outstanding event!


Karen Garcia Director and Faizan Shujaat Manager Member Networking


Karen and Faizan are the volunteer energy behind AMA Toronto's very first peer-to-peer Member Networking Slack channel. Thanks to Karen and Faizan, members now have an online channel where they can connect and share ideas and requests. If you’re an AMA member, here’s the link to join.


Karen started by learning best practices from the AMA Colorado chapter and AMA Toronto VP Technology, Vincent Mok to develop an online networking channel. Her strategy and enthusiasm is bringing her vision to life with engaging channels and a robust content strategy.


Faizan has quickly become the master of the nuts-and-bolts operations behind the scenes of the new Member Networking Slack Channel. Working with Karen, he has already created the how-to guide and usage policies for our new networking platform and will be the driving force of the content going forward.



Thank you to the many volunteers who help lead the Toronto Chapter. We couldn’t do it without you!


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