I was the Chair of the Annual Gem, Mineral and Jewellery Show and Sale of the Ottawa Lapsmith and Mineral Club for over 15 years. I am delighted to write a testimonial for the Canadian Gemmological Association (CGA). I am proud that the Ottawa Show has become one of the best shows in Ontario and I have received this feedback from dealers for many years now. Our volunteers say that they hear this every year. And I have no doubt in believing that the rave reviews that our show receives are enhanced by the presence of the booth of the Canadian Gemmological Asociation. CGA has been attending the Ottawa Show since I became the Chair, and going back to the 1980s (about 30 years). Our dealers and volunteers tell us that they refer visitors to the booth of CGA whenever there is a question about the identity of a stone in jewellery. The dealers say that the presence of CGA lends credibility to their products. There is always a lineup for the services of CGA. Their volunteers work for two entire days during the show with virtually no time off even to eat. The professionalism of their services is greatly appreciated year after year.
Karen Lochhead, Show Chair, Ottawa Lapsmith and Mineral Club Show March, 2013