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.

#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...

Event in Review: Savanna Bazaar Ground Breaking & Community Event

  Vibrant [vahy-bruh nt] Moving to and fro rapidly; vibrating. Pulsating with vigor and energy: the vibrant life of a large city. Vigorous; energetic, vital: a vibrant personality. Exciting; stimulating; lively: vibrant colours; a vibrant performance. Vibrant is the word being used to describe the up-coming, open-air, market-style retail centre, Savanna Bazaar, which is being built in one of Calgary’s new North East communities, Saddle Ridge, Savanna. Boom Goes the Drum was onsite on June 17, 2018, to produce Savanna Bazaar’s Ground Breaking and Community Event in partnership with Daughter Collective, which acted as an introduction for Royop Development Corporation to the Savanna community, and also afforded the opportunity to discuss the unique space. The 92,000-square-foot project is modelled after traditional bazaars in South East Asia and the Middle East, with an exciting opportunity for businesses to own their own retail space instead of leasing it. Community members were hosted with a day of free family fun and entertainment at the Savanna Bazaar construction site. To kick-off the event, Royop Development Corporation executives; ward 5 Councillor, George Chahal; and future Savanna Bazaar business owners broke ground with golden shovels and articulated the importance of having a gathering spot that brings together the vibrancy of a multicultural community and shopping destination for all of Calgary. Savanna branded drawstring backpacks were passed out and filled with balloons, snacks, and swag. Guests were treated to lunch from one of the largest food trucks in North America, Kurry Up, serving the most delicious butter chicken (truth be told, we’re still pining after it). Understanding that this space would be a family-focused, community venue meant...

#IndustryInterview: Calgary Show Services

*Sponsored Boom first began working with Calgary Show Services (CSS) back in 2016, when they came alongside us as the audio visual partner for the Wyne & Godfrey Wedding. Besides helping us create a gorgeous, award-winning wedding experience, Kris Benoit and his team also showed us that they value partnership and collaboration above all else, something we repeatedly look for in suppliers. We recently sat down with Kris, the owner and production manager of CSS, to talk about his experience in the AV and lighting world, and what makes him tick.   Thanks so much for sitting down with us, Kris! My pleasure! We’ve worked with your team on some great projects over the years, but we only connected in 2016. How old is Calgary Show Services? Well, we’ve been around since 2009, so that would make us 9 years old.  Every time we chat it feels like you’re jumping into a new project. I know your team is really busy and working on lots of things, but I’m curious if there is a project in the last year or so that you felt particularly excited by? That’s a hard one… I’m not sure if excited is the right word, but I think I’d say it was the celebration of life that we were asked to support on at the Boyce theatre. It was someone who wanted to honour their father and really tell the story of his life in a way that would do it justice. They wanted visuals, lighting, recording, streaming, multiple speakers, and a live band, so it was a pretty complex show. I felt a lot...

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