Tuesday Talks with FEO

Festivals and Events Ontario is planning Tuesday Talks with FEO. This weekly online gathering is envisioned to be a round table discussion, with guest speaker, you and our moderator, Debbie Mann, to share industry insights, adapting to the ever-changing landscape of live events and festivals in 2020 and beyond, and how new ideas and technology may help.

The first 30 – 40 minutes will be dedicated to the speaker and questions from Debbie, and then we will open up for Q & A from the audience for the last part of the hour.

Click on the link to register for each the event, and once you do, the Zoom link and password will be forwarded to you.  These Tuesday Talk sessions will be FREE to start. Please note that these will be recorded for future use.












Here Are The Speakers We Have Confirmed For The Next Few Weeks.


December 1, 2020 @ 11:00am
Susan Patterson from SPG Consulting
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Session Title: The ABC’s of Reading the Room

Session Description: Everyone is Unique, the way they look, the way they move, the words they use and the way they present themselves. We can gain valuable insight into our co-worker’s personalities and analyze how best to communicate with and influence them.  Whether you are a salesperson pitching a customer, a manager trying to motivate an employee, a Facilitator attempting to make a point, in any of these situations, the power to "read" another person can be a powerful advantage.

BIO: Susan brings to you over 30 years in Human Services in both non-profit and corporate sectors. During her diverse career, she has worked in insurance, education, government, hospitality and personal growth development. She is a Business Owner, Trainer, Facilitator, Lay Chaplain, Personal Coach, and a Licensed Wedding Officiant. 


December 8, 2020 @ 11:00am
Darrell Sherman from Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of  Commerce
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Session Title: Diversity and Inclusion in the Tourism Industry

Session Description: It’s ever more important to be aware of the tremendous diversity across the various spectrums that make us human. People in the LGBT+ community often face discrimination for not conforming to what is seen in our society as “normal.” The tourism industry can be a key player in championing inclusivity across the board from businesses to festivals and live events. Darrell Schurmaan, CEO and Co-Founder of Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, will shine a light on the importance of diversity and inclusion and talk about strategies to be accommodating of all genders during events.

BIO: Darrell is an advocate of effecting social change through the economic empowerment of LGBT+ entrepreneurs. He is the co-founder and CEO of the CGLCC, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, a national not-for-profit organization with a mission to expand the opportunities and advancement of the LGBT+ business community in Canada.

Darrell is also passionate about strengthening Canada’s tourism industry. He was the co-founder of Travel Gay Canada, an organization focused on increasing tourism receipts to Canada, and Managing Partner at DNA Marketing Group, a specialized marketing company for the tourism industry. Prior, he spent 6 years with VIA Rail Canada and 5 years with the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council.

Darrell completed his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Calgary, and completed his Executive MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University.


December 15, 2020 @ 11:00am
Kyle Sipkens from Incirque
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Session Title: Partnering IN Innovation

Session Description: It’s no secret, COVID has created many challenges for the festival & event industry. Suppliers are your Partner IN Innovation, collaboratively building your roadmap to resilience in the year head. Engage your supplier network to explore how we can be nimble through uncertainty. Let’s share our COVID best practices, war stories and more from this year as we look ahead to many unknowns  2021. Join us with your questions, ideas, frustrations, and hopes - let’s brainstorm as a community! Kyle will also share what it’s been like performing in a pandemic along with helpful tips for "Jugging Mental Health" over the holidays! 

BIO: Kyle Sipkens, BFA, is founder of INCIRQUE and creator of Lucky Barber Show - a SHARP! juggling busker show. For 16 years, Kyle’s been working as a professional street performer, actor, and award-winning entrepreneur building up people and communities. Kyle was also the first OUT LGTBQ+ Busker on North America’s busker festival circuit to his knowledge! He walks on stilts, juggles knives, breathes fire, stands on nails … and he's making a BIG impact! 

During the pandemic, Kyle’s rising to meet the evolving needs of his festival partners with innovative solutions like “Physical Distancing Officers” on stilts, turning his living room into a virtual studio, and creating free online #JugglingMentalHealth video tutorials teaching juggling & mindfulness skills together!

In addition to performing at festivals & events internationally, Kyle actively works in Ontario’s film & television industry; he’s been a festival artistic director, he’s worked with Toronto’s top experiential marketing companies, and he’s appeared on hit TV shows like CBC’s Dragons Den and The Goods. 



The Sessions Below Can Be Watched Back If You Missed Them Live









September 15, 2020 @ 11:00am
Louise Jackson from Louise Jackson Media

Session Title: How To Stay Connected With Your Guests When You Are Inable To Host Your Event In Person

Session Description: Festivals and events are the backbone of our communities. We all need each other more than ever before. What can you do to make this happen without blowing the budget? 

BIO: Louise is a seasoned event professional from hosting large scale sporting events to a festival with over 250,000 guests. She is a graduate of Tourism Management from Georgian College. Louise understands what people need and goes above and beyond to enhance the guest and sponsor experience. Louise is a strategic thinker and prides herself on integrity and innovation. Partnerships and relationship building is the key to Louise's success.

CLICK HERE To Watch The Sept 15 Roundtable If You Missed It













September 22, 2020 @ 11:00am
Landon Logie from the Culinary Tourism Alliance

Session Title: Making Your Virtual Event Seamless, Engaging, and well...a Little Less Virtual

Session Description: After flipping two large-scale and world-class events to virtual platforms, Landon shares virtual platform recommendations, logistics insights, and ways to bring that in-person event feeling to your attendees at home. 

BIO: Landon Logie is currently the Event Manager for both the Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA) and the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO). Landon specializes in the design of culinary events and more recently, virtual events. Through her role at the CTA she spearheads planning and logistics for Canada’s leading hospitality symposium, the Terroir Symposium, as well as numerous Feast OnⓇ events across the province.

As an active member of the hospitality industry, Landon currently serves on the Board of Directors for Festivals & Events Ontario, an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario, as well as speaks at workshops and conferences across the province.

Landon’s experience includes event curation and execution for brands such as Amazon, Oxford Properties, and Destination Canada, and as a 2019 Kostuch Media Ltd Top 30 Under 30 honouree, Landon is celebrated for the passion, social consciousness, and meticulous attention to detail that she brings to every project. 

CLICK HERE To Watch The Sept 22 Roundtable If You Missed It




September 29, 2020 @ 11:00am
Mary Beth Kyer from Sponsor Circle and Brian Wylie from Connected Interactive

Session Title: Uncovering Valuable Digital Assets for Festivals and Events

Session Description: In an instant, the world has changed. In-real-life events are delayed....for now. But their audiences have not disappeared.  Join Mary Beth as she discusses how to uncover ways to leverage digital assets to continue engagement for sponsors and the audiences they want to connect with.

BIO: Sponsor Circle helps festivals and events to connect brands with events and the consumers that love them. Mary Beth and her team have extensive knowledge in building technology to solve problems. She has experience working with Fortune 500, festivals and events to achieve their desired goals founded in rigorous analysis and measurement.

BIO: Brian is a well respected leader of the media industry with over 25 years of experience.  Having worked at agencies, with publishers and on the client side of the business, he brings a very well-balanced view of the media landscape.  Brian is part of the group that started Connected Interactive nearly 10 years ago, and has lead the data focused approach they use today.  Being frustrated by how data is utilized in the digital ecosystem, he forged a new transparent approach with big brand data partners like Mastercard and Environics.  The result is a future-ready solution that is cookie free, transparent, scalable, fraud sheltered, privacy compliant and 100% Canadian data driven. 

CLICK HERE To Watch The Sept 29 Roundtable If You Missed It




October 6, 2020 @ 11:00am
Rebecca Cotter - Manager, Communications Operations & Events City of Markham and
Dan Di Ruscio - Acting Manager, Event Services City of Richmond Hill 

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Session Title: Ontario Network of Municipal Event Planners - Return to Events Guide

Session Description: Hear from Executive Members of the Ontario Network of Municipal Event Planners who developed a recovery guide suitable for municipalities planning and supporting festivals and events in a post COVID – 19 era.

Rebecca BIO: Rebecca Cotter is an established event production and strategy professional, owner of the event supplier company Water-on-Wheels, and post-secondary event management instructor. Her experience includes the production and delivery of large-scale festivals and community events in both the public and private sectors, municipal event strategy development, and the development of and instruction in several post-secondary event management courses. Rebecca is an Executive Team member of the Ontario Network of Municipal Event Planners.

Dan BIO: Dan Di Ruscio has a robust background including over 15 years of event project management, business development and marketing communications experience in both the private and public sectors. During this time, Dan has managed multiple event projects involving a variety of stakeholders within the industry. He currently sits as a Board Member with Festivals and Events Ontario and serves as the Executive Team Lead for the Ontario Network of Municipal Event Planners.

CLICK HERE To Watch The October 6 Roundtable If You Missed It



October 13, 2020 @ 11:00am
Peter Ashwin from ERMS

Session Title: The Covid-19 Event Risk Horizon: Is Covid-19 the risk or merely the risk trigger” for other risk events ?

Session Description: Peter will challenge your perception of Covid-19 as the ‘risk du jour’ and will offer his insights into the Covid-19 event risk horizon out to 2022 and his approach to planning within an evolving and uncertain operating environment.   

BIO: Peter Ashwin is the principal of Event Risk Management Solutions (ERMS), a consulting practice committed to enhancing the organizational resilience of event organizing committees through innovative risk management practices, operational readiness programs and integrated event security solutions for today's uncertain world.

A former Australian Army special forces officer, Peter has led multi-national teams in seven countries encompassing  six Olympic Games (2000 – 2012), the Baku 2015 European Games (Azerbaijan), the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (Australia & NZ) and the G8/G20 Summit (Toronto 2010). Peter has also consulted to some of North America’s most iconic festivals and events including the Calgary Stampede, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Memphis in May International Festival, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Canadian National Exhibition “The EX”, Toronto.

Peter is an author, speaker, lecturer and expert witness on event risk management and security. He is based in Montreal and is currently completing a MSc in Security & Risk Management (University of Leicester, UK).

CLICK HERE To Watch The October 13 Roundtable If You Missed It



October 20, 2020 @ 11:00am
Rodola Sibuma from WSPS

Session Title: Festivals & Events; Innovation and Risk during challenging times.

Session Description: The economic benefits of festivals are easiest to see and most often cited–festivals attract visitors, which stimulates the growth of tourism and other businesses in a town or region. The social benefits of festivals are just as important, fostering community pride, teaching people new things, and strengthening relationships. But hosting festivals and events also poses challenges especially in these difficult times. Prioritizing innovation today is the key to post pandemic economic growth. Join our discussion on how crisis fosters innovation and the work of balancing safety and risk.

BIO: Rodola Sibuma is a Senior Account Manager, Strategy and Government Relations with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS). Bringing a combined 20 years of experience in Occupational Health and Safety and Construction Project Management to her role, Rodola works with provincial and national trade associations to demonstrate a holistic approach to health and safety. 

CLICK HERE To Watch The October 20 Roundtable If You Missed It




October 27, 2020 @ 11:00am
Matt Sobhy and Josh Taylor from X Events
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Session Title: Products and Services for The New Event World

Session Description: X Events is known for consistently providing exciting new product activations and concepts to the event industry that work best for their clients. As Covid-19 continues to change the event industry, X Events has focused on initiatives that work for the new world to promote a safe but engaging event environment. From a virtual event platform to photo op product installations, X Events will showcase a few different initiatives they have created and explain how they can help event producers keep their events running and entertaining.

BIO: Founded in 2013, X Events is an interactive event production company that is always evolving to reflect the changing industry. Matt Sobhy and Josh Taylor have worked in various avenues of the event and entertainment industry for the better part of a decade and currently serve as Directors of Sales and Operations for X Events. 

CLICK HERE To Watch The October 27 Roundtable If You Missed It



November 3, 2020 @ 11:00am
Dave MacNeil CEO of Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO)
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Session Title: Fireside Chat with FEO’s CED, Dave MacNeil

Session Description: Since March, Dave has attended numerous meetings with government and industry associations, representing festivals, and he will be here to share his experience, and answer any questions you may have around what he has learned.

BIO: Dave has an extensive 35 year background in programming, operations, production, sales, marketing and promotions in the broadcasting and events industry, including a long career at CTV, teaching Event Management at Conestoga College and volunteering in various positions over the past 20 years with KW Oktoberfest events, including past Vice President, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Before assuming the FEO CEO role in 2017, Dave spent 4 years as the Executive Director of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest., Dave has a reputation for getting things done in a team environment. His favorite quote comes from Walt Disney “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

CLICK HERE To Watch The November 3 Roundtable If You Missed It




November 10, 2020 @ 11:00am
Juliet Dunn and Bonnie Baker from TD Niagara Jazz Festival
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Session Title: Staying connected to your audience during a pandemic - It's virtually possible.

Session Description: The TD Niagara Jazz Festival has produced and presented more than 60 livestream performances since March when COVID-related gathering restrictions forced us all to rethink our events. Join us as we invite Festival Co-Founder and Executive Director Juliet Dunn and Programming Coordinator, Bonnie Baker to walk us through their experience and share insights, tips, tricks and lessons learned.  They’ll talk about livestreaming with web-based platform StreamYard and how they’ve worked on crafting their first few “hybrid” events with small live audiences.

About Juliet Dunn: Born in the UK before emigrating with her family to Vancouver. As a young woman, Juliet returned to Europe and settled in Paris, France for 13 years where she worked and trained as an actress and singer.

She returned to Canada and performed for film and television productions as well as in 2 seasons with the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre.  Juliet formed her own jazz bands (Juliet Dunn Quartet + Le Trio Parisien) and started to perform around the Niagara Region. Later, with her husband and musical partner Peter Shea, Juliet performed as a lead jazz vocalist all over the world in both French and English.

Today, Juliet is very active in the Niagara region where she has been producing and presenting the Twilight Jazz Series in Niagara for 8 years, bringing together both local and international jazz musicians.  Juliet and Peter co-created the TD Niagara Jazz Festival in 2014 where she is the Executive Director and the Artistic Producer of the festival.  Juliet also performs regularly in festivals and at various venues and after her 3 years as the radio host of ‘SUNRISE’ on JAZZ.FM91.1, she decided to focus her energy on the TD Niagara Jazz Festival full-time. 

About Bonnie Baker: Bonnie joined the TD Niagara Jazz Festival as a student intern last fall as she completed her 1-year post-grad in Event Management through Niagara College. Her school year didn’t end like she’d anticipated and nothing has been “normal” ever since! She’s stayed on to help the Festival transition all of its programming online and is happy to find events-related work at this challenging time with an organization she is passionate about supporting.

CLICK HERE To Watch The November 10 Roundtable If You Missed It



November 17, 2020 @ 11:00am
Thomas Cumberbatch from GodzSpeed
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Session Title: Anchoring on Purpose in the face of a Pandemic

Session Description: In this session Thomas and I will be discussing the importance of having a "Soul" in business, and the need to reimagine your brand during and after COVID-19. We'll also be discussing ways to set your brand apart by leveraging technology to craft an experience that will keep vendors interested in festivals. 

BIO: Thomas is the CEO/Executive Creative Director at Godzspeed Communications, a growth strategy and creative firm specializing in unearthing and illuminating the souls of brands with purpose. His vision is "a love affair between brands and communities" and his company is founded upon the principle that brands are individuals NOT institutions. He believes that the anatomy of business needs change, and that purpose driven brands are leading the way in modelling a more sustainable, and impactful contribution to the human experience.

CLICK HERE To Watch The November 17 Roundtable If You Missed It



November 24, 2020 @ 11:00am
Janet Sellery from Sellery Health and Safety Consulting Services
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Session Title: New event resources to help us “keep on keeping on”

Session Description: Janet Sellery (Sellery Health + Safety / Event Safety Alliance Canada) will join Debbie Mann in a conversation about new health and safety resources for event planners. These include the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide - Six Month Update and the #Lights-On Venue Guide. We’ll touch on the status of the pandemic, public health guidance, operational lessons learned and current challenges. You’ll have a chance to share your perspectives and ask questions. 

BIO: Janet Sellery is one of Canada’s leading experts in health and safety and the arts, entertainment and live events. She is an active volunteer Chair of Event Safety Alliance Canada and a board member for Event Safety Alliance (U.S.). Her work as a Health & Safety Consultant, with Sellery Health + Safety, focuses on customizing programs, training, and resources to reflect the constantly evolving and unique demands of our work. During this pandemic she has been working hard to support the events community as we all figure out how to return to the work we love the best. 

CLICK HERE To Watch The November 24 Roundtable If You Missed It