Working to earn your trust since 1999

Our family-owned business has been designing and managing virtual events for years. 

Our business was created in 1999 to serve non-profits and professional associations. 

Old Clayburn has helped organizations successfully create virtual  and hyrbrid events, online courses and fundraisers using the talents of a robust team of experienced professionals. Our educational experience includes developing and managing partnerships between professional associations and some of the world’s leading academic institutions.

In 2020 we created Virtual Memorial Gatherings, a service helping families plan and produce virtual funerals. 

Our Team

Willis Turner, CAE

Willis Turner has been actively engaged in supporting professional association management through volunteer service on the ASAE accreditation committee, the National Advisory Board for DECA and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Willis holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE which he earned in 2005. Earners of the Certified Association Executive have demonstrated, through experience and passing an exam, that they have practical experience in association management and executive level knowledge in defined competencies. He has a strong aptitude for web-based tools that assist associations and non-profit organizations to be more productive while providing members with high value. Willis is passionate about professional certification and has 20+ years of experience in developing and managing professional certification programs. 

Des Plewman

Des Plewman has been a full-time professional auctioneer since 1987. He is a graduate of the Auctioneering Institute of Canada and a member of the Saskatchewan Auctioneer’s Association.

Des has won a wide variety of awards and recognition at provincial, inter-provincial, and national auctioneering championships which led up to winning the Canadian Auctioneering National Championship in 2002. Des’s professionalism, rhythmic bid calling, and ability to read a crowd make him a favorite on the auction block.

In addition to conducting benefit auctions, Des has a diverse professional background, auctioning everything from livestock, automobiles and real estate to antiques and memorabilia. He has travelled the world performing industrial and transportation auctions in the United Arab Emirates, Holland, Spain, France, and Italy.

Des is passionate about giving back and working for benefit auctions. He is particularly proud to have been the Middleton Benefit Auction for the Children’s Wish Foundation’s go-to auctioneer for 12 years and he was honoured to be the auctioneer at the $1.4 million benefit auction for the BC Cancer Foundation.