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?


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

  • Working with clients and their goals 35%
  • Day to day operations 25%
  • Crunching numbers 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 & Communications 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%

Alison Dumenko

Email: alison@boomgoesthedrum.com

I am the Manager of Production Services at Boom Goes The Drum. I am a Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Prior to graduating from the Event Management program at Mount Royal University, I gained a full appreciation for logistics and critical thinking while working for two of North America’s largest Airlines. I love a good checklist, being efficient with my time, and red wine. My role at Boom Goes The Drum is to guide the production team through all phases of the event with a focus on good process and collaboration.

What resonates with me?

When a plan comes together

Daily Routine

  • Event Production 50%
  • Operations 35%
  • Heath & Safety 10%
  • Poppin’ (wine) bottles 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.

In the News: UNICEF Water for Life Gala

On Nov. 3, 2018, UNICEF hosted their 26th annual UNICEF Water for Life Gala, and Boom Goes the Drum was proud to be the production sponsor. The event raised over $1.1 million to support UNICEF’s work in Uganda, providing water and sanitation structures to more than 210,000 girls in secondary schools. To read more about this event in the Calgary Herald, click here....

#BoomGoesOut: Arts Umbrella: Splash2018

Art, singing, dancing, and supporting good causes; these are just a few of the things that the Boom team lives for, which is why we were so delighted to attend the 2018 instalment of the Splash fundraiser for our friends at Arts Umbrella. There was a lot to celebrate this year at the 36th annual major fundraiser held at the Fairmont Vancouver this past Saturday. Just about a year ago Arts Umbrella announced that the Province of British Columbia would be generously backing the youth arts organization to undertake a renovation and renewal project to move into the former Emily Carrs Arts institute on Granville Island. But with this big announcement also comes a big financial commitment on the part of the organization and their supporters. And Saturday’s fete was another example of the immense support behind this Canadian Arts institution.            View this post on Instagram Student art work from instructor @emilyteachesfineart 's Advanced Drawing & Painting class. On display with the support of MLT Allen's 🏛📖 . . . #ausplash #splash2018 #mltaikens #studentart A post shared by Splash 2018 (@au_splash) on Oct 13, 2018 at 7:24pm PDT   View this post on Instagram Celebrating the joy of @artsumbrella @fairmontvan #splash2018 gala A post shared by Fred Lee (@fredabouttown) on Oct 13, 2018 at 8:25pm PDT View this post on Instagram All is calm. Ready to get our auction on. Thank you @fairmontvan for hosting 🌹💜 A post shared by Splash 2018 (@au_splash) on Oct 13, 2018 at 5:10pm PDT Featuring an impressive line up of art up for grabs in both the silent and live...

#EventInReview New Calgary Central Library Opening

How are chapters of a city’s life marked? By growth in population? Through international recognition? Years of existence? We believe the indicators of a city’s growth are measured by the collective experiences of the people who live there, and we were so pleased to be a part of one of those collective experiences this past week with the opening of your new Calgary Central Library, and the beginning of a new chapter in Calgary’s history. Boom had all hands-on deck November 1, 3 and 4, 2018, to oversee the success of the Central Library Public Grand Opening and weekend programming for all to enjoy.           The New Central Library was built not on the east or the west side of the train tracks, but rather directly above to signify the inclusivity of the building, thus gaining the name “The People’s Library.”  On Thursday morning, guests of all ages waited in line by the hundreds for the doors to swing open for the opening ceremony. While they waited, masked jugglers, whimsical fairies, and a Pokémon or two entertained, and volunteers handed out cups of hot chocolate from Luke’s Drug Mart, which were adorned with scannable smartphone codes so guests could sign up for their free library cards while they enjoyed their treat. Finally, the doors opened to reveal the splendour of the highly-anticipated interior architecture, and a drum beat from a traditional indigenous drumming and dance group led guests into the foyer. Mayor Naheed Nenshi welcomed the crowd and spoke earnestly about Calgary being a place where people can dream and dream big, a place that attracts the...

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