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: Hearts Out for the Youth Singers of Calgary

The Youth Singers of Calgary is one of our city’s most established organizations, having been hitting the high note and shimmying their jazz hands for over 30 years. Started by Shirley Penner in the 1980s, with just a small group of big-dreaming kids, The Youth Singers has since grown to see thousands of young people pass through its doors. Though not all, or even perhaps most, became famous singers or started top-charting girl and boy bands, they did go on to become creative, dedicated, tremendous men and women: doctors, designers, dancers, all of whom contribute to our city and, indeed, Canada at large with their talents and work ethic. Talk to any of them and they will quickly credit their years at Youth Singers as a pivotal influence in their lives. To celebrate this organization, the newly annual “Hearts Out” event was born. Taking place in Studio Bell: The National Music Centre, the event saw hundreds of Calgarians come together for an evening dedicated to applauding and supporting the staff and students that make up The Youth Singers. The evening began with musical stylings from The Youth Singers’ ON CUE ensemble and Calgarian rising star, Justine Tyrell, and led into a lively “reverse auction”, which sent all VIP, Sponsors and “Friends of” guests home with an auction item valued anywhere from $200 – $6,500. Spirits now soaring, Premium guests began to arrive and, after an hour of Hotel Arts award-winning canapés and cocktails, the main program began.               Our talented host, Ken Lima-Coelho guided the rest of the evening. Personal testimonials, a performance...

Live Boom Reactions: Academy Awards Red Carpet 2017

4:33 pm MT The carpet is down, showtime is nearly here, and the boom team is nestled together with an unhealthy supply of popcorn and twizzlers for the Academy Awards. If you know our President, Derek Macdonald, you know that today is his Christmas. We’ll keep you posted on the success of his predictions – but we can tell you right now he’s like rainman of Oscar season.  So gather your fellow movie buffs and red carpet watchers and join us! 5:00 pm MT A few things we’re noticing on the red carpet: ACLU ribbons: Many of the stars are wearing blue ribbons in support of the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Stand With ACLU” initiative. Bedazzling is dead: Could it be the La La Land influence? Bobs: No need to cut your hair – a nip and a tuck and you can rock a fake bob. 5:40 pm MT All agreed: Janelle Monae has been our favourite voice on the red carpet tonight. These ladies have made early statements… 5:54 pm MT If you’ll allow us to geek out on production for a moment… ABC’s screen is appropriately showing film posters behind the stars they’re interviewing, but the images are pixelated behind them. Missed opportunity! These are problems you can solve before the show goes on – the editors playing fast and loose with calling shots and sad Ryan Seacrest… you deal with live. 6:57 pm MT Our Trump mention drinking game is already getting us in trouble. Nice to start the show with some energy – thank you JT. Production note: that white lav mic on Jimmy Kimmel. So...

BOOM is Hiring

  Boom Goes The Drum is seeking a talented Event Producer to join our dynamic team of project managers. We are a boutique creative agency that believes in the power of story telling, and we are passionate about helping our clients uncover their story and find platforms to broadcast to a wider audience. If you love the medium of live-experience storytelling as much as we do and have some of the talents listed below, please send us your resume. We want to hear your story!   The Job – Event Producer   The Event Producer acts an account manager and is responsible for carrying projects from conception to completion. Leadership in Ideation, Concept development, Project/technical strategy & management, Client relationship building and Marketing are all a part the scope of this role. We are a project focused team, so tasks will change dependent on the project load and the changing needs of our production team.   Requirements: 5 years of event management experience (preferably at the Producer level)   Assets: Event Management Certificate and/or Degree Marketing experience Experience in large scale project management   Please send your resume to our confidential email: jobs@boomgoesthedrum.com by February 24th,...

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