Kimberly Beaune CMP, CSEP – President
Kimberly is an accomplished industry professional with over 20 years’ experience in special events. Beginning her career in hotel sales, she quickly fell in love with the magic of event design and went on to explore that passion through senior roles in off-site catering and then as Senior Planner for a Toronto DMC. While building her foundation in events, she also began to create and produce independent theatre projects and design sets and costumes for her award winning theatre company Keystone Theatre.
As her worlds of events and theatre began to blend, a passion for telling stories through design and event animation grew, so Kimberly left the DMC world and joined one of Canada’s most prestigious décor and design firms. It was there that she honed her design aesthetic, leading the concept, creation and design on hundreds of unique projects from tradeshow booths to nationally televised awards galas.
Now as an entrepreneur running her own event production and design firm she is helping clients and organizations bring their event visions to life…with her own Creative Twist.
Jamie Richardson, President-Elect
Throughout Jamie’s career in live event staging and the audio visual industry, one constant has always been present: Creating Experiences. Whether it is a beautifully lit opera duet, an awards gala or a visit by the President of the United States, he knows that experience is paramount to the success of any event.
After completing a BFA in Theatre Production and 5 years as a theatre designer, Jamie accepted his first position in corporate events in 1996…and has never looked back.
Leveraging a strong technical skillset, a passion for event design and two decades in corporate events, Jamie creates memorable experiences for audiences, planners and presenters alike. Always keen to understand the event’s purpose and goals first, he consults on and designs the best live event technology solutions available and is integral the success of any event team.
Elizabeth Nutting CSEP, Immediate Past-President
Elizabeth Nutting graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Drama from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Upon graduation, Elizabeth was accepted into the prestigious workstudy program at The Banff Centre where she studied Theatre Craft, Stage Carpentry, and Stage Management. Later, she furthered her education at the Toronto School of Art; pursuing her dream to work as a set designer. After working in the theatre industry for 10 years, Elizabeth returned to school for a diploma in Event Management – Event and Exhibit Design at Seneca College. Working as an event producer has allowed Elizabeth to combine her natural inclination to manage with her desire to design. And while she sometimes misses her homegrown theatre roots, Elizabeth thrives on the fast paced large scale productions that corporate events are expected to create.
Sarah Tammemagi, VP Education
As a society, we are constantly looking for how to build stronger relationships, whether that is brand to brand, brand to consumer, or even consumer to consumer. I’ve helped global companies and many tiers of government move beyond their traditional marketing mix to enter the realm of experiential and events.
In 2014 I co-founded Parléview, an event company that helps organizations truly see the value of live experiences. Using creative ideas that push the limits of engagement, we can generate fully immersive environments, winning interactions, and produce analytics that help organizations make better business decisions. Parléview has had the privilege of winning several event industry awards, and I personally was recognized in 2016 as the Canadian Event Industry’s “Emerging Industry Leader”.
In addition, I am a Mentor with the Women in Leadership Foundation, and I also enjoy speaking at various conferences to further educate and inspire others working is this extremely dynamic field.
Sebastien David, VP Marketing & Communications – MARCOM
Co-owner of Senik Events, Sebastien discovered his passion for the event business in the late 80’s when he started a part-time job as a kid’s event animator/coordinator. While completing his Political science degree, he rapidly became a senior planner and started to extend to corporate events.
In 1996, Sebastien opened his first event producing company, he was 21. In 2002, he met Nicholas-Olivier and one year later, Senik Events was born. Senik Events is producing around 75 projects per year throughout Canada and the U.S. and has two offices, Montreal and Quebec City.
Lesia Huculak, VP Membership
Jordan Benson, VP Sponsorship
As an event production specialist and business owner, Jordan Benson, is reshaping the way Torontonians experience events. A strategic event innovator with a passion for technical design and production, Jordan is quickly becoming a leader in the staging, design and event production industry. Known for his resourcefulness, operational expertise, and technical knowledge, Jordan has carved a niche for himself and his company, EPiQVision, in Toronto’s growing luxury event market.
Drawing on his international experience, Jordan thrives on exceeding client expectations with new and exciting concepts and technology, produced on-time and within budget. His penchant for delivering unparalleled five-star service has garnered him a prestigious portfolio of clients and partner vendors that is a testament to the quality of his work and service.
Actively committed to community and volunteer initiatives, this year Jordan looks forward to developing a strategic mentorship program with newcomers to the event production industry.
Kyle Brooks, Director
Amber Cunningham, Director
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Simone Holness-Webb, Director
Raviv Krikunets, Director
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Tammy Lo, Director
Tammy Lo Events
Haheel Lodhia, Director
Carol Ford, Association Manager
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