Sunday, April 30, 2017

Conference 2017 Speakers

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October 20-22, 2017
The National Club
303 Bay Street

Toronto, ON  M5H 2R1
Conference Chairperson: Karen Howard

Conference Includes
Friday evening cocktail reception
Full program of speakers, Saturday & Sunday
Continental breakfast and coffee breaks, Saturday & Sunday
Saturday gala dinner and graduation ceremony. 

Conference Program Speakers:

Odile Civitello-Indpendent
Tammy Cohen-Almod Diamonds Limited Group                                      
Richard Drucker-Gemworld International Inc
Eric Fritz-The Gemmological Association of Great Britain
Alex Grizenko-Lucent Diamonds Inc
Alan Hodgkinson-Scottish Gemmological Association
Jon Phillips-Corona Diamond
Art Samuels -Vivid Diamonds and Jewelery                                        
Chris Smith -American Gemological Labratories

Speaker Biographies

Odile Cilvitello  
Odile Civitello is a graduate from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), from the British Gemmological Association (Gem-A), and from the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA). She is also a Certified Appraisal Professional from the Canadian Jewellers Association.

In 1993, she opens an office where she offers gem and jewellery appraisal services. In 1995 she founds the Montreal School of Gemmology (EGM), an education institution now internationally recognized. Her experience and dedication for teaching make it possible for her to initiate courses at all levels and fields of specialization (foundation courses in gemmology, preparatory courses for the Gem-A exams, practical workshops, courses for rough diamond grading, coloured stones grading and jewellery appraisal). While at school, she also organized study trips to Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Tanzania.
After twenty years with the Montreal School of Gemmology, she now offers exclusively appraisal, gemmological and consultation services, gemmology remaining a never ending passion.  

Tammy Cohen
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Tammy Cohen serves as Director of Crown of Light Education and Marketing.

 She first joined Almod Diamonds Limited Group in 2007 to launch the Pink Desire Collection, an ancillary mid-tier jewelry line for the Pink Panther motion picture franchise, marketed jointly with MGM and Sony Films

By 2013 she rejoined Almod Diamonds Limited Group spearheading a multi–phase Crown of Light Education Initiative and marketing
campaign; broadening brand awareness and liaising with the trade and consumers for all Crown of Light products along with the development of Crown of Light brand strategy.

Prior to Almod Diamonds, Ms. Cohen opened Tammy Cohen Marketing & Consulting; lauded for 
its results oriented and affordable corporate marketing strategies. From 2008 to 2012 Ms. Cohen aligned with various US and global firms to develop traditional and social media marketing campaigns. 
Ms. Cohen earned her MBA from Baruch College in New York City in 1992. She resides in Manhattan with her husband and 3 sons.

Richard Drucker

RichardDrucker-2017      Richard Drucker, GG (GIA) is the president of Gemworld  International, Inc. in Glenview, Illinois. His credentials include: Graduate  Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America; Honorary Fellow of  the Gemmological Association of Great Britain; Senior Member of the  National Association of Jewelry Appraisers; Senior Gemologist,  Accredited Gemologists Association.

As a third generation in the jewelry industry, he began a pricing publication in 1982 now known as the GemGuide. This publication is used in more than 40 countries and is the industry leader in gem pricing and market information. In 2002, he became the owner of GemGuide Appraisal Software. In 2014 he co-developed the World of Color nomenclature and grading system for colored gemstones.

In 2006, Drucker was bestowed the Antonio C. Bonanno Excellence in Gemology industry award. In 2012 he was awarded honorary fellowship in the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (FGA). Drucker now serves as publisher, appraiser, consultant, lecturer, and author. He has hosted four international gemological conferences brining gemologists, jewelers and appraisers together from around the world with a fifth planned for fall 2017.

Jon C. Phillips GG (GIA), CG (AGS)   JONP PIC 500x500

Jon has been in the jewellery business for over 35 years and worked in all of its “facets”. He is currently the Divisional Manager for Canadian Diamonds at Corona Jewellery Company Ltd. in Toronto, Canada. Part of Jon’s responsibilities includes managing the rough to polish systems for Canadian Diamonds including purchasing of the rough directly from mining companies to working with diamond polishing factories to produce the final product.

Jon is also the lead instructor for Corona and travels worldwide to promote Canadian diamonds and gold. He is Corona’s first contact for anti-money laundering (AML) and Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) compliances.

He has worked for BHP Billiton Diamonds as a Marketing Manager in both Vancouver and Antwerp and as a service Manager for Birks in Vancouver. Jon and his wife Carol ran their own custom jewellery business in Vancouver for fifteen years which is where Jon obtained his training as a journeyman goldsmith.

Jon is a Certified Gemologist (CG) from the American Gem Society (AGS) and a Graduate Gemologist (GG) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Jon also currently sits as the chairman of the Accreditation and Certification committee of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) and is a past member of the Standards Committee.  Jon is a member of the GIA Alumni Advisory Council and past vice-president of the diamond commission for CIBJO. He currently sits on the boards of the Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) and Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct Committee (CDCC).



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