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 Director of Operations 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%

Jessica Broz

Email: jbroz@boomgoesthedrum.com

I am an Event Specialist 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.

What resonates with me?

A perfectly steeped cup of tea

Daily Routine

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

Jessica Tkachuk

Email: jessica@boomgoesthedrum.com

I am an Event & Marketing Specialist 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%
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.

Event in Review: Converge 2017 for ILEA

  It’s a tall order to organize an event for event producers in support of event producers. When you are your target audience, how can you possibly accomplish everything you’d like to achieve? The answer: bring together generous and talented partners who believe in the cause and value experience as we much as you do. We were honoured to host CONVERGE 2017 for the Search Foundation in our home, The Foundry, last night, during ILEA LIVE 2017. Hundreds of industry heavyweights and local influencers gathered together to connect and catch up. From the innovative lighting (hello exterior wash and infinity dance floor!) by Orange Frog Productions to the dramatic nitro dessert station by Great Events Catering, guests were treated to sweet surprises around every turn, starting in our neighbour’s space Uniquities, moving through The Foundry, and concluding outside on the pop-up patio. We have lots of people thank: Orange Frog Productions (lighting), FMAV (AV), Great Events Catering (food), BassBus (music & entertainment), OneWest (furniture), Designing on the Edge (florals and ceiling decor), Givergy (silent auction), SOS Charging Solutions (charge stations), Picture This Digital (photo booth), and Eventful Planning (drink sponsor). *Thank to our friends at FMAV for the photos, and to all of the guests who shared their experience on social media! Check out #Converge2017 for more great shots.   We love this shot that our member & friendor, @viewitdoit captured at #ilealive! We can’t wait to hear all about it at next week’s meeting! #Repost @viewitdoit ・・・ Our Vanessa is attending @ilealiveconference in Calgary Canada and spent the evening at @searchfound #Converge2017! So many great people there and...

#EventInReview: SocialWest and The Hashtag Awards 2017

*Photo Credit: Neil Zeller The Hashtag Awards were not only the kick off to SocialWest 2017, but spectacular awards created to honour the work done by Western Canadian business this year. As Mike said, the social and digital work being done in the West is often overshadowed and under -celebrated because we’re do-ers, not promoters. Well, no longer! The Hashtag Awards were held at the history Palace Theatre (formerly Flames Central), and featured 8 categories. Great food, Wild Rose Brews and hundreds of SocialWest-ers filled the joint to champion the best of the digital west. Check out the Facebook post below for a full report of the winners and a highlight video produced by our friends at Full Swing Productions. #Repost @boomgoesthedrum ・・・ 10 minutes until we open the doors… go time! #SocialWest #palacetheatre #HashtagAwards #yyc 📸 @neil_zee A post shared by Yyc events (@yycevents_) on Jun 14, 2017 at 6:20pm PD Yaass! My girl @laahteeda on the big screen. Winner: Community Manager of the Year. Catch her on @cbceyeopener at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow & follow @socialwestca for the best in the digital west panel discussion w/ @westjet @greghounslow & @td_canada@akgland . . . . . 📸@l.y.s.h #hashtagawards #yyc #yyccc @cityofcalgary @mikesbloggity A post shared by Sheila Johnstone (@sheilagramyyc) on Jun 14, 2017 at 7:13pm PDT Me and the @rockster last night at the #hashtagawards @socialwest A post shared by Mary Kapusta (@marykapusta) on Jun 15, 2017 at 9:05am PDT By the time SocialWest kicked off the following morning at the Globe Cinema and hundreds of social and digital professionals buzzing with Rosso Coffee and True Buch Kombucha took...

#BoomGoesOut: Contemporary Calgary Patio Party 2017

An invite to a patio party? You know what that means… Summer is officially here! This June, we attended Contemporary Calgary‘s Patio Party. CC’s loading dock was transformed into an urban lounge, with disco balls and video projections.  The evening kicked off with a talk on social spaces and urbanism by FRANK Architecture & Interiors, whose projects include some of Calgary’s chicest new bars and restaurants. Afterwards, the patio was open and drinks, music, and food completed the celebratory evening. Despite an Environment Canada thunderstorm warning, the art and party enthusiasts could not be deterred – the beat went on indoors with DJ Sonidef and beer provided by Last Best Brewing & Distilling. Always a joy to hang out with our pals at Contemporary Calgary. Happy Summer everyone!    Not Over You by @mark.clintberg. I 🖤 Canadian contemporary art. A post shared by Kait Kucy (@kaitkucy) on Mar 30, 2017 at 6:00am PDT Not even an #EnvironmentCanada weather warning can stop the party fever! Our patio party will be moving indoors tonight and will feature a talk from @_frankarchitecture, @djsonidef will be spinning some beats, and we’ll be pouring @lastbestbrew! #yycnow #yycevents #yycpatio #yycarts A post shared by Contemporary Calgary (@contemporarycalgary) on Jun 8, 2017 at 3:15pm...

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