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

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We’re Hiring!

Boom Goes The Drum is currently seeking a Vancouver based senior events professional to join our Western Canadian production team. From concept to completion, the Event Specialist acts as the project fulfillment lead. Supporting the creation and execution of event strategy to assist our diverse range of clients in identifying and achieving their objectives. The ideal candidate possesses strong communication, interpersonal and client relation skills combined with a proven project management background in the event production area. Advanced knowledge of budget management, Microsoft Office (internal and external document development), and familiarity with technology based team collaboration tools are all required. Candidates must have at least 5 years experience in event production planning. Preference will be given to candidates with agency and strong client portfolio management experience. Fluency in English and an ability to travel internationally are requirements for this role. Boom Goes The Drum is one of Canada’s leading event agencies building the influence of brands and organizations who value/unite/connect people through live events. Our team of Strategists and Producers believe that bringing people together and uniting them in a meaningful live experience is the most influential and persuasive force for growth and change. We offer an exciting, creative and flexible work environment with a growing and dynamic team. Event Specialist – Job Description Based in Vancouver BC, the Event Specialist role is an integral part of our Western Canadian based production team. The Event Specialist is responsible for carrying projects from conception to close. Strategy & creative concept development, project management, client relationship building and ideation are all a part the scope of this role. Tasks will change...

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...

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