Who We Are

Derek MacDonald

Email: info@boomgoesthedrum.com

I am the President and an Event Producer at Boom Goes The Drum. I spend a lot of time asking “what if”, which is then followed by “how?”  I am a technical dreamer.   I love to visualize creative concepts and then work with budgets, spreadsheets, sketches, and plans to make the vision come to life (which is a fancy way of saying that I am a sucker for a cool idea and figuring out how to pull it off).  My role at Boom Goes The Drum is to provide creative direction, Event Production Strategies, provide leadership for our team and contribute to our industry.

For a full bio please check out my LinkedIn profile.

What resonates with me?

Storytelling

Daily Routine

  • Articulating creative ideas 50%
  • Determing client needs 25%
  • Scripting and content writing 15%
  • Listening to Fleetwood Mac 10%

Sommer Smith

Email: sommer@boomgoesthedrum.com

I am the Sales and Marketing Manager at Boom Goes The Drum. I am a graduate of the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication. My past work is full of sales, marketing, PR, and I have been known to carry a tray full of sangria. I thrive on connecting with people through sharing ideas and experiences.  My role at Boom Goes The Drum is to ensure our future and present clients are inspired, informed, and impressed through the experiences and content we create in our sales process and our company values.

For a full bio please check out my LinkedIn profile.

What resonates with me?

A laugh that makes you cry

Daily Routine

  • Engaging on Social Media 35%
  • Content Development 25%
  • Talking with Clients 20%
  • Buying vintage on Etsy (on my break…of course) 5%

Lori D’Agostino

Email: lori@boomgoesthedrum.com

I am an Event Producer at Boom Goes The Drum. Back stage and behind the scenes are where I gained over a decade of experience in the music industry; as an agent touring live talent and concert promoter. My career has included incredible experiences such as assisting in the production of Bill Clinton’s 50th birthday and personally creating and organizing a show tour for the troops in Afghanistan.  Whether it’s a black tie affair or full military fatigues, the goal is to create an unforgettable guest experience! My role at Boom Goes The Drum is to take all the pieces of the puzzle, creative, strategic and logistical, and put them together, taking an event from vision to reality.

For a full bio please check out my LinkedIn profile.

What resonates with me?

Honesty and Integrity

Daily Routine

  • Event Logistics 45%
  • Connecting with Event Partners 35%
  • Searching for the uncomplicated solution within a complicated problem 15%
  • Surfing or thinking of surfing 5%

Jessica Tkachuk

Email: jessica@boomgoesthedrum.com

I am a Production and Communications Coordinator at Boom Goes the Drum. My experience in the non-profit, publishing, and fashion industry has provided me with a passion for impactful, inspired events, and the know-how to make it happen. I am currently studying Event Management and Communications at Mount Royal University. I’m tenacious with a project or deadline, pride myself on being a cool head in a crisis, an avid follower of Calgary’s music and art scene, and I may have a weakness for Italian pasta. My role at Boom Goes the Drum is to contribute and support our event production team with my creativity, PR savvy and logistical aptitude.

For a full bio please check out my LinkedIn profile.

What resonates with me?

Connecting people to their passion

Daily Routine

  • Building event production plans 40%
  • Logistical communication with Clients and Event Partners 35%
  • Finding creative ways to meet event objectives 15%
  • Checking out Calgary’s art and music scene with a glass of Pinot in hand 10%

Jessica Broz

Email: jbroz@boomgoesthedrum.com

I am a Production Coordinator at Boom Goes the Drum.  I’ve spent 17 years in the hospitality industry in a variety of roles. On top of my formal education at Bow Valley College with an Events Management Diploma I’ve also had the opportunity be involved with some of the largest festivals in Western Canada, including Chasing Summer, XFest and Wanderlust 108. My favorite word in our industry is activation.  It is my goal to ensure that every part of an event activation is smooth and seamless. My role at Boom Goes The Drum is to be an integral part our event production team and leading our clients and projects to successful activations.

For a full bio please check out my LinkedIn profile.

Daily Routine

What resonates with me?

A perfectly steeped cup of tea

  • Organization (On All Fronts!) 35%
  • Logistics 35%
  • Providing Positive Solutions 20%
  • Planning my next trip 10%

Jan Wittig

Email: jan@boomgoesthedrum.com

 I am a Project Manager at Boom Goes The Drum. From large scale logistics projects to high end client and corporate management I bring over twenty five years of experience in GTD (Getting Things Done). Working in a diverse range of industries has allowed me to enhance my skills, utilize my creative drive, and fulfill my passion to see all projects from concept to successful completion (usually in a great pair of high heels).   My role at Boom Goes The Drum is to provide support to our event team members on special projects, connect people and companies looking for exciting and creative design with our team.

For a full bio please check out my LinkedIn profile.

Daily Routine

What resonates with me?

Embracing the daily journey of life!

  • Connecting with great people 50%
  • Finding solution for our clients 30%
  • Creative Design 15%
  • Trying a new salad recipe 5%
ISES International member
Martha Stewart Weddings
Canadian Special Events Star Awards
ISES 2013 Award Recipient

Recent Blog Posts

Ideas, Insights, and Events from our team.

#EventInReview: RVC2017’s All the Stars

Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) is Canada’s premier international tourism marketplace, which takes place in a different Canadian city each year and features a four-day series of marketplace style events, all culminating in a “host night” finale event. This year, Calgary was awarded the opportunity to play host city and welcome over 1,700 international tourism buyers to the great white north, and Boom was given the opportunity by Travel Alberta and Tourism Calgary to produce the host night event. Calgary features five star dining, hundreds of musical and cultural stars, and an unparalleled view of the northern hemisphere’s pristine starry skies. With this in mind, our team worked with Daughter (another Calgary star) to come up with the event identity “All the Stars”. Over the next few months, this identity was slowly brought to life as we envisioned the experience guests would have as they travelled through The National Music Centre, exploring seven floors, each themed and decorated by One West to mimic Alberta’s varying scenery. 86 separate contractors, vendors, suppliers, entertainers, and event partners came together to show the world the best of Calgary, and the result was a delight to witness. Gorgeous lighting highlighted the stunning architecture of the building; Albertan-inspired cocktails and canapés captivated; incredible local talent entertained on every floor, and ambient video of our province’s natural offerings met guests at every turn. Take a look at the photos below for a glimpse into the evening! *All photos by Leblond Studio   Boom was honoured to have worked with such an incredible team on this event, and is very proud to have had the opportunity to show off...

#BoomGoesOut: The Dream Factory

What happens when you mix a lively performance group with one of Calgary’s most unique and well-loved arts buildings, and add a healthy dose of creative imagining? Theatre Junction GRAND‘s Dream Factory event- a fundraiser for their company and venue and fast-becoming of one Calgary’s most looked-forward to events of the year. The second annual event took place this past Saturday at the Grand, and saw hundreds of well-costumed Calgarian’s in various states of dream-like attire make their way through its bricked halls.     The evening began with a VIP reception which soon transformed into a guest-led exploration of the building. A “Queen of Hearts” entertained with her croquet playing companion before inviting guests to choose between two doors. One led to a large, dark room, with five beds in the centre, lit from above with spotlights; the other to a small room with four chairs and little else. In the room with the beds, guests were invited to lie down and put on a pair of headphones, where each was treated to a different auditory experience. In the room with the chairs, it was a visual one, where guests wore a virtual reality headset and toured a mystical fantasy world. In the main theatre, a “massage bed” of pulsing, neon lights continually scrolled, mesmerizing watchers, while a nearby platform displayed a book opening and closing, seemingly of its own accord.     Throughout the evening performance artists roamed the building, performing arial acrobatics and impressive gymnastics, enticing party-goers onto the dance floor. As the night drew to a close, guests enjoyed their last few nibbles and cocktails...

#BoomGoesOut: Make Fashion 2017

The sixth annual Make Fashion show took place at Telus Spark, debuting the work of some of Canada’s premier minds in wearable tech. An apt venue for a runway show dedicated to exploring the ways clothing can interact with modern technology, hundreds of Calgarian’s filled the building, all clamouring to see the future of fashionable technology.     Boom enjoyed a VIP tour of the venue, sneaking behind the proverbial curtain (by invitation, of course) to watch the swath of designers, make up artists and hair stylists buzz around models, carefully adjusting glowing skirts and visual-projection hats. Afterwards, there were drinks and a few bites until we were called to our seats by the sudden radiating glow of the runway, signalling the show’s imminent beginning.       Skirts that glowed like compasses, indicating true north, hats that projected flowery images onto the wearers chest, and head pieces that pulsed with the model’s heartbeat were all evident at this year’s show. Truly delightful, ever surprising, and always entertaining, Make Fashion can tip their LED-filled hats to another successful event. For more information on Make Fashion, click...

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