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Event Description

(FE)ST is a one-day professional development symposium for festival & event organizers, staff, board members, and volunteers. The full-day conference includes two keynote speakers, a panel discussion, two breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain insights from subject matter experts and successful organizers, and to meet and mingle with key members of the festival and events community. Complimentary breakfast, lunch and cocktail hour are included in ticket price.

Diversity and Inclusion Opening Keynote: Olivia Nuamah

Social justice and LGBTQ rights advocate, Olivia shares the importance of taking into account integrative and inclusive programming when planning public events.

Rewards of a Healthy Team Culture Closing Keynote: Michael Prosserman

Original founder of Unity Charity and the annual Unity Festival, Mike reveals how supporting your people is the most worthy investment.

Sponsorship and Partnership Panelist: Alicia Rose

Having over 15 years experience in the non-profit sector, and now with a key role supporting the roll-out and execution of TD’s Corporate Citizenship strategy, Alicia joins the Panel to provide insight into corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsorship and Partnership Panelist: Marie Zimmerman

A seasoned festival organizer herself, Marie achieved success through collaboration as one of the founding member of the Guelph Fab 5. She joins the Panel to share some effective partnership strategies that they were published in a Manual for Festival Collaboration.

Sponsorship and Partnership Panelist: Laura Richards

With a background in helping businesses measure success, Laura is well versed on leveraging partnerships to achieving optimal results. She offers the Panel a professional consultancy perspective, drawing on her own personal experiences and method to approaching corporate partners.

Event Security and Risk Management Breakout: Sean Spence

A former military officer, Sean is an accomplished security risk management practitioner with leadership and planning experience. Leading the discussion on event security and risk management, he will highlight important safety factors when organizing mass gatherings, emergency procedures, and ways to mitigate public risk.

Marketing and Promotion Breakout: Abidah Shirazi

An award-winning strategic communications, brand management, marketing

and sponsorship professional, Abidah reveals important key features of a successful and innovative communication plan that organizers can take into account when promoting and marketing their festivals and events.

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Additional Information

Please note if you purchase a YRFA, YRAC or Affiliate Member ticket your name will be cross-referenced with the appropriate database to verify your membership.