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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  
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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 201

  
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  President of the Scottish Gemmological Association, Freeman of the      Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Honorary Member of the Canadian  Gemmological Association, Honorary Registered Valuer.
 
 Lifetime awards by AGA, AGTA, Gem-A and SGA, Author of Visual Optics,   Author of Gem Testing Techniques and Originator of the synthetic emerald filter and the stained green jadeite filter.







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).


Art-SamuelsArt Samuels
Art enlisted in the U.S. Navy, became an expert in anti-submarine warfare and after 24 years of service, retired as a Commander. Art founded and is a partner in a high-end six-store retail jewellery chain. He also founded and is president of two wholesales gem and jewellery companies (Vivid Diamonds & Jewelry and EstateBuyers.com).

Art is active as a top gemmologist, and an active buyer and seller of estate gems and jewellery. He is a Senior Member and on the Board of the Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA), and the Diamond Bourse of the Southeastern United States.

Chris Smith

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             Chris Smith is a 30 year veteran of the gem and jewelry industry with a distinguished international career. He began his interest in gemology in 1986, when he joined the GIA Laboratory, then in Los Angeles, CA, after graduating from their graduate gemologist and graduate jeweler's programs. Although initially a diamond grader, he quickly transitioned into the Gem Identification department where he worked with such notable gemologists as Shane McClure, Robert E. Kane, Chuck Fryer, Emmanuel Fritsch, and many others.

He also pioneered research into several areas of gemology, including the further development and refinement of country-of-origin criteria for rubies, sapphires, emeralds, alexandrites, spinel and other gemstones. This innovative work included the characterization of ruby and sapphire from a number of newly discovered deposits, such as rubies and sapphires from Mong Hsu, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Vietnam, as well as other localities.

In 2003, Chris returned to the GIA Laboratory, this time in New York. As the Director of Identification Services, he was involved with the development of colored gemstone services and research. In December of 2006, Chris joined the American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) as Vice President and Chief Gemologist to spear-head the growth and development of their colored gemstone services.
In April of 2009, Chris became President and owner of AGL.

Along with his identification and research work, Chris has published and lectured extensively on various gemological topics. In 2016 he was honored with the Excellence in Gemology award by the Indian Diamond and Colored Stone Association (IDCA). In 2012 the Jeweler’s Circular Keystone included Chris in its Power List of the Industry’s 50 most influential people. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary Fellowship (FGA) by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) for his career-long commitment to the advancement of gemology. In 2009 Chris received the Antonio C. Bonnano award for Excellence in Gemology from the Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA). In 2007, Chris was awarded the Richard T. Liddicoat award by the American Gem Society (AGS). He is a past recipient of the Most Valuable Article Award in Gems & Gemology and has been a member of their technical review board since 1993. He also was a founding member of the Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC) and he is a current member of the board for the British Gemmological Association (Gem-A).










 


   



    

Conference 2017 Registration


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CGA Conference 2017

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

Toronto, ON  M5H 2R1

Conference Cha
irperson: Karen Howard
 
 Pricing for Conference
 
 
Click link below to register- register early for discount pricing!

 
Click for Registration form 2017

CGA, AGA, FGA or GIA Alumni Members CGA and VCC Students
Early Bird rate effective until September 15, 2017


  Member  

Feb 1 to


Jul 1 2017

Member

Jul 2 to

Sept 15 2017

Member

Sept 16 to

Oct 20 2017

Non-Member

 Feb 1 to

Jul 1 2017

Non-Member
  
Jul 2 to


Sept 15, 2017

Non-Member 

  Sept 16 to


Oct 20 2017

Full Conference & Graduation
                 
$523.95

$628.95

$733.95

$628.95

$733.95

$838.95

Conference Only (Saturday only)

$204.75

$261.45

$313.95

$261.45

$313.95

$366.45

Conference & Graduation
(Saturday only)
$334.95

$397.95

$460.95

$397.95

$460.95

$523.95

Graduation Only

$156.45

$198.45

$240.45

$198.45

$240.45

$282.45

Sunday Conference Only

$240.75

$261.45

$313.95

$261.45

$313.95

$366.45


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. Please advise of any dietary restrictions.

 

3-Day Schedule
Friday October 20, 2017 5.50pm  Conference Registration and Cocktail Reception
Saturday October 21, 2017 8.00 am Breakfast and Conference Registration
  9.00 am Conference Speaker Program
  5.00 pm  CGA General Meeting-open to members in Good Standing 
  6.00 pm Cocktail Reception 
  6.30 pm Graduation Ceremony 

  7.00 pm Gala Dinner
Sunday October 22, 2017 8.45 am Breakfast
  9.30 am Conference Speaker Program
                      


Hotel Accomodations:

Suites have been set aside for attendees who require accommodations at One King West Hotel & Residence  for the  Canadian Gemmological Conference 2017.

Conference delegates have until September 20th 2017 to reserve their suites at the following group rate:


October 20-22, 2017:

·         $209 CAD (per night, plus taxes) Tower Deluxe Suites

Attendees can make their reservation by calling the reservations department (toll free) 1-866-470-5464 or sending an email to 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attendees must quote: Canadian Gemmological or Group Code 171020CANA

Attendees can also make their reservations directly on the website www.onekingwest.com-171020CANA.



 

CGA Gem Conference 2017


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

Toronto, ON  M5H 2R1

Conference Cha
irperson: 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. Please advise of any dietary restrictions.
3-Day Schedule
Friday October 20, 2017 5.50pm  Conference Registration and Cocktail Reception
Saturday October 21, 2017 8.00 am Breakfast and Conference Registration
  9.00 am Conference Speaker Program
  5.00 pm  CGA General Meeting-open to members in Good Standing 
  6.00 pm Cocktail Reception 
  6.30 pm Graduation Ceremony 

  7.00 pm Gala Dinner
Sunday October 22, 2017 8.45 am Breakfast
  9.30 am Conference Speaker Program

Conference Program Speakers
Speakers confirmed to date:

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

Hotel Accomodations:

Suites have been set aside for attendees who require accommodations at One King West Hotel & Residence  for the  Canadian Gemmological Conference 2017.

Conference delegates have until September 20th 2017 to reserve their suites at the following group rate:


October 20-22, 2017:

·         $209 CAD (per night, plus taxes) Tower Deluxe Suites


Attendees can make their reservation by calling the reservations department (toll free) 1-866-470-5464 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attendees must quote: Canadian Gemmological or Group Code 171020CANA

Attendees can also make their reservations directly on the website www.onekingwest.com-171020CANA.




 Pricing for Conference.
 
 
Click link below to register- register early for discount pricing!

 
Click for Registration form 2017

CGA, AGA, FGA or GIA Alumni Members CGA and VCC Students
Early Bird rate effective until September 15, 2017


  Member  

Feb 1 to


Jul 1 2017

Member

Jul 2 to

Sept 15 2017

Member

Sept 16 to

Oct 20 2017

Non-Member

 Feb 1 to

Jul 1 2017

Non-Member
  
Jul 2 to


Sept 15, 2017

Non-Member 

  Sept 16 to


Oct 20 2017

Full Conference & Graduation
                 
$523.95

$628.95

$733.95

$628.95

$733.95

$838.95

Conference Only (Saturday only)

$204.75

$261.45

$313.95

$261.45

$313.95

$366.45

Conference & Graduation
(Saturday only)
$334.95

$397.95

$460.95

$397.95

$460.95

$523.95

Graduation Only

$156.45

$198.45

$240.45

$198.45

$240.45

$282.45

Sunday Conference Only

$240.75

$261.45

$313.95

$261.45

$313.95

$366.45



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Conference 2014

CGA Gem Conference 2014

April 3 - 6, 2014
The National Club
303 Bay Street
Toronto, ON  M5H 2R1

Conference Chairperson: Anita Beardwood
Workshops Coordinator: Karen Howard


The CGA's 2014 conference was a tremendous success, with a lineup of renowned speakers from different segments of the gemmological world, and an outstanding set of hand-on workshops, some offered in Canada for the first time. Conference information is posted here for the historical record.

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. Please advise of any dietary restrictions.
Member price: $395;  Non-Member price: $445; Guest registration for gala dinner & graduation: $95 per guest
Student price: $340 (currently registered CGA, GBC, VCC & CIJT students, plus anyone receiving a CGA preliminary or professional certificate)

Navigation
5-Day Schedule
Conference Speaker Program (download here)
Speaker Biographies
Workshops

5-Day Schedule

Thursday, April 3

 
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Pearls Practical Workshop
Instructor: Cigdem Lule, GemWorld International
CGA Classroom, 55 Queen St W, LC105
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm Emerald Treatments and Pricing Workshop
Instructor, Cigdem Lule, GemWorld International
CGA Classroom
Friday, April 4

 
9:00 am to
4:00 pm
Corundum Treatments and Pricing Workshop
Instructor: Cigdem Lule, GemWorld International
CGA Classroom     
5:50 pm Conference Registration & Cocktail Reception
Marconi Lounge
Sponsored by Jewelers Mutual
Saturday, April 5
8:00 am     
8:00 am Breakfast & Conference Registration
Main Dining Room
9:00 am Conference speaker program
5:00 pm CGA Annual General Meeting
Open to members in good standing
Marconi Lounge
5:30 pm Cocktail Reception & Hors D'ouvres
Bar Lounge
6:30 pm  Graduation Ceremony
Main Dining Room
7:00 pm Banquet Dinner
Main Dining Room
 Sunday, April 6    8:45 am  Breakfast
Main Dining Room
 9:30 am  Conference speaker program
Monday, April 7  9:00 am - 12:30 pm Diamond Types & Synthetic Diamonds
Instructor: Branko Deljanin
CGA Classroom
1:30 - 5:00 pm Diamond Types & Synthetic Diamonds (repeat)
Instructor: Branko Deljanin
CGA Classroom

 



Conference Program Speakers
Download Speaker Program here.

Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
Saturday 9:00 am -

Dr Cigdem Lule  Archaeogemmological View on Ancient Gem Trade GemWorld International,
Chicago
Branko Deljanin Update on production of CVC-grown
colourless and coloured small diamonds
CGL-GRS Swiss-Canadian
Gemlab, Vancouver
Willow & Quintin
Wight
Gem Travels in Vietnam Editor Emeritus, Canadian Gemmologist, Ottawa
David Sexton  Jewellery Crime in Canada Jewelers Mutual, Toronto
David Ritter Establishing a Web Presence Canadian Jewellers
Association, Toronto
Ryan Taylor Fair Trade Jewellery & Sourcing Materials Fair Trade Jewellery Co
Toronto
Sunday
9:30 am -
Chris Smith Spinel: A once forgotten gem on the rise  American Gemological Laboratories, New York
   Duncan Parker  Jewels in Art: Establishing the Age of Jewels  Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers
   David Hustler  Arts and Crafts Jewellery Enamel Artists  
  Alex Barcados Developments in the Coloured Gem Market CD Barcados Co Ltd

 

Speaker Biographies

Branko Deljanin, BSc, GG, FGA, DUG

  • expert in the identification of natural, treated and synthetic diamonds and coloured stones.
  • highly skilled in the use of traditional gem-testing instruments along with advanced spretrophotometes in detection of new diamond treatments (irradiation and annealing, HPHT, coatings, combinations of treatments)
  • field experience in Russia, Brazil, Australia and Sri Lanka with rough diamonds, coloured stones, treatments and synthetics

 

Workshops

Location:
CGA Classroom
55 Queen St East, Lower Concourse #105, Toronto, ON  M5C 1R6

Pearls
Instructor: Dr Cigdem Lule, GemWorld International
Thursday, April 3, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; CGA Member $195/Non-Member $245

Cultured pearls are one of the fastest growing sectors in the gem trade. Many varieties of Chinese freshwater pearls have earned widespread consumer acceptance acreoss the global market. However, the visual similarity of these pearls to the once dominant seawater varieties like Akoya and South Sea pearls has created some challenges for buyers, sellers and appraisal professionals whose responsibility it is to accurately grade and price pearl products for their clients.

 

Emerald Treatments and Pricing
Instructor: Dr Cigdem Lule, GemWorld International
Thursday, April 3, 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm; CGA Member $195/Non-Member $245

Half-day, hands-on program working with treated and natural emerald specimens, with pricing information. Participants will examine emeralds treated by various methods and learn the practical techniques used in the field to recognize them. The degree to which an emerald has been enhanced is one of the major considerations when accurately pricing these popular gems. Tips regarding how to estimate the treatment level are also presented. Value factors such as colour, clarity and transparency are discussed based on the GemGuide pricing system. Emerald specimens have been specifically treated for this program to illustrate the common treatment types and levels of enhancement encountered in the market.

 

Corundum Treatments and Pricing Workshop
Instructor: Dr Cigdem Lule, GemWorld International
Thursday, April 4, 9:00 am -4:00 pm; CGA Member $395/Non-Member $445

The sale of treated corundum has dramatically increased the supply of products sold as ruby and sapphire. Accurately pricing corundum requires the professional gemmologist to distinguish not only between treated and natural, but also between the various treatments encountered in today's global market.

This workshop is designed to reconcile the pricing of rubies and sapphires by specific treatment type. Participants will examine a variety of natural and treated ruby and sapphires, and then be introduced to pricing considerations. This hands-on session is supported by a PowerPoint presentation featuring high quality images of characteristic features that reveal whether stones have been enhanced, and how.

 

Identifying Diamond Types and Synthetic Diamonds with UV Lamp, Microscope and Polariscope
Instructor: Branko Deljanin, BSc, GG, FGA, DUG
Monday, April 7, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm OR 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm; CGA Member $185/Non-Member $195
Includes CPF booklet ($25 value)

The use of treatments based on high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) annealing, low pressure annealing, and irradiation wit energetic particles with the aim to alter the colour of diamonds has become increasingly popular in the past 10 years. Diamonds can also be grown in the laboratory (HPHT or CVD) and these synthetic diamonds can be colourless (type IIa), yellow (type Ib) and blue (type IIb).

This lecture and workshop is designed for dealers, gemmologists and appraisers. You will learn to identify different types of diamonds and snthetic diamonds. You will also learn about the relationship between diamond types and possible treatments or synthetic origin, in order to know when to send stones to an advanced lab for further testing.


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