For Immediate Release
May 4, 2023

Burlington, ON – The AMC Institute announced on May 4, 2023 that Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE will be recognized by the Institute with their Excellence in Leadership Award during their Awards of Excellence Gala in Oklahoma City on June 6, 2023.

A transformative leader in the association and AMC milieu, Constance started her association career in 1990 when she was hired by the Ontario Restaurant Association as an event planner.

Constance is the co-founder of the AMC Institute Canadian Chapter. In 2014 she approached Serge Miceli, a colleague and AMC competitor, with an idea to bring together the association management company sector in Canada. This led to the formation of AMCI’s first international Chapter in 2016. Constance is immediate Past-President of the Chapter, served on the AMC Institute Board of Directors, volunteered on the Member Engagement and Associations Engaged committees and was an AMCI mentor. One of her favourite contributions over the years was co-facilitating AMCs by Size a half dozen times with her colleague Shari Bricks at AMCs Engaged and the AMCI Annual Meeting.

Constance has been recognized by the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) Trillium with their President’s Award (2009) and in 2021, received their Service Excellence Award – Executive Member. She was inducted into the M&IT Hall of Fame (2016) in the Mentor category and was also the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution by a Chapter Executive Award (2011) from NAIOP – the Commercial Real Estate Association based in Washington, DC.

Constance currently serves on Destination Victoria’s Client Advisory Board and two Burlington (Ontario) Chamber of Commerce committees.

About Essentient Association Management –  Essentient Association Management (Essentient A.M.C. Inc.) is a premier Canadian association management firm founded in 2005 by Constance Wrigley-Thomas, a seasoned association executive. We specialize in providing strategic leadership and operational expertise to not-for-profits, helping them achieve their objectives and create impactful communities. Over the past 18 years, Essentient has established itself as a leader in the AMC space, serving a diverse range of clients from national to local levels. Our team of five full-time and two contract staff members takes a collaborative approach to deliver full-service management to our clients.

About the AMC Institute – AMC Institute advances professionalism and high industry standards for association management companies. We provide expert support and resources to drive new business to our members and keep them in the forefront of emerging trends and knowledge. We champion accreditation to promote industry best practices. We also create educational and networking opportunities for AMCs to engage and learn from each other. The AMC Institute represents over 180 association management companies that manage over 1,800 associations. The total budget for associations managed by AMC Institute members is more than $1.5 billion.

About AMC Institute Canadian Chapter – The Canadian Chapter is the first, and currently only chapter of the AMC Institute. Encompassing association management companies in most provinces the organization was incorporated in April of 2016. The first board was established in June that same year.

For more information, Contact: Constance Wrigley-Thomas, CAE – 289-259-9623 or