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ALAN BISSON
PRESIDENT & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
alan@firedog.events

1. What is your name? What do people call you while on the job?

Alan Bisson. Alan – but never "Al"...really...please don’t!!! Oh, and I’m also known as an avid Lego collector!

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences.

I am a control freak at the highest level. I am always up for a challenge that won’t cost bail money. I love creating pretty things.

3. What is your role at FireDog Collective?

Some would call me the President / Creative Director while others would call me the man who makes the impossible happen!

4. What did you study in school?

Actually, I left high school in my last semester to work with a ‘video roadshow’, and finished my last couple credits via correspondence. I eventually went to college for Law & Security as I have the highest respect for police, fire and ambulance services. However, the lure of live events always drew me back. I later took Business Administration & Accounting.

5. Which part of your job do you love the most?

The most challenging bits – how to rig 7000 florals or 80000 lights or 150 sails when others might say it cannot be accomplished. And then there’s all the interesting people. I love all the people.

6. What’s the most memorable event you were a part of?􀀄

SAIL!!! This event involved 3 different sizes of sails (yes, as in sailboats) arranged as a major architectural focal point during an event. It took so much mental, physical and emotional energy to create that event, I think we all slept for a week after!

7. What’s been the most challenging thing you’ve ever had to do?

Grow a small company with 2 owners to a larger corporation with 16 full-time employees and 140 sub contracts. Rapid growth brings about many challenges.

8. The scariest thing?

Riding that insane Leviathan at Wonderland with my 13 year-old roller coaster enthusiast daughter Alexandra. Now I bribe my employees to ride it with her! Lol!

9. What’s your favourite food?

Straitjacket Club Wrap with Onion Rings and Mayo from the Village Idiot in the 6.

10. What’s the last book you read?

The owner’s manual to a 3D – 4 axis CNC Foam Carving table – Author unknown.

11. Describe the coolest event you can imagine in 3 sentences.

250000 hanging things. Motion controlled lighting. Projection mapping tables.

12. What is your favourite movie and why?􀀄

Back to the Future 1, 2 and 3 – always wanted a time machine.

13. Coloured lighting or white lighting for a room?

ALWAYS white with a touch of colour.

14. Beer or champagne?

Rum flavoured beer?

15. If you could build anything out of Lego, what would it be?

I would build the city clock set in full size for Back to the Future, then I would let lightning take care of the rest ;)

 

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TAMMY (TY) MCCOURT BISSON  
VP, HR & ADMINISTRATION
tammy@firedog.events
hr@firedog.events

1. What is your name? What do people call you while on the job?

Tammy McCourt Bisson. Short form of ‘Ty’ works!

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences.

Mom, wife, daughter, sister, the oft-unseen half of FireDog Collective, artist, designer, seamstress, ardent reader, cat person, coffee addict, dreamer. Like many working moms/women, SuperWoman!

3. What is your role at FireDog Collective?

The Queen of all manner of paperwork and organization – colour coding is an obsession! It is my job to take care of all things Administrative, Accounting and Human Resources and so on. I police, a.k.a ‘nag’, everyone to make sure proper paperwork is filed, invoices are sent and received, policy and procedures are followed and so much more.

4. What did you study in school?

Fine Arts (major: printmaking), Museum Management & Curatorship, Human Resource Management (focus: training and development), seamstress training from age 6!

5. Which part of your job do you love the most?

Meeting people and learning all the fascinating ways their lives have zigged and zagged to bring them to where they are today.

6. What’s the most memorable event you were a part of?

I find all events equally fascinating, especially since I spend most of my time behind a desk. When I am able to go to an event site in progress, I particularly enjoying seeing it from conception through to the very end, witnessing each facet and piece come together to form the whole, and all the incredible hard work that goes into it.

7. What’s the most challenging thing you’ve ever had to do?

Be a MOM! And take time away from my career path to do so.

 

8. The scariest thing?

And then, years later, rebuild a career! My time away ended up being much longer than planned and I had to find a new purpose for myself.

9. What is your favourite food?

Coffee….and yes, it is a food group in my world!

10. What’s the last book you read?

‘The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo’ by Amy Schumer.

11. Describe the coolest event you can imagine in 3 sentences.

My favourite events are those that create an ‘atmosphere’…such as an enchanted forest, a vintage 1950s era ballroom, a wintery garden wonderland. Many events are beautiful, but creating an atmosphere…well that is pure magic!

12. What is your favourite movie and why?

‘The Breakfast Club’ of course! Regardless of what age we are, I think we still tend to put people into categories such as “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, a criminal…” and so on.

13. Coloured or white lighting for a room?

Cool white lighting.

14. Beer or champagne?

Champagne!

15. If you could build anything out of Lego, what would it be?

A library with lots of shelfs for all my books!

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DEBORAH BLAIR
VP, OPERATIONS
deborah@firedog.events

1. What is your name? What do people call you while on the job?

My full name is Deborah. People either call me Deborah, Debbie or Deb. All are acceptable.

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences.

I'm marrying the weirdest, most awesome Brit in the world, I'm a crazy cat (and guinea pig) lady and I have Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny's signatures tattooed on my feet, which says a lot.

3. What is your role at FireDog Collective?

I am the VP of Operations for the whole of FireDog Collective Inc. I coordinate logistics such as equipment, cross-rentals, timing, transportation and so much more.

4. What did you study in school?

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Production from Ryerson University.

5. Which part of your job do you love the most?

Hmm…organizing all the working parts of the whole to create amazing events. I'm not obsessive about organization...you are.

6. What’s the most memorable event you were a part of?

SAIL! I think this is everyone’s favourite! So unusual, challenging and stunning when finished!

7. What’s been the most challenging thing you’ve ever had to do?

Learning to balance my passion for my job and my home life.

 

8. The scariest thing?

Has Richard told you about that time he was electrocuted?

9. What is your favourite food?

How is this a valid question?! I'm on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it!

10. What’s the last book you read?

I'm currently reading WE : A Manifesto for Women Everywhere. The last book I finished was The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

11. Describe the coolest event you can imagine in 3 sentences.

My upcoming wedding, because I have no clue what it’s going to look like right now.

12. What is your favourite movie and why?

Toss up between ‘Playing By Heart’ because it’s such an amazing representation of how entwined life can be, and ‘The Holiday’ because it always just makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

13. Coloured lighting or white lighting for a room?

Warm White.

14. Beer or champagne?

Beer. Definitely love me some champagne though.

15. If you could build anything out of Lego, what would it be?

An enormous habitat for our guinea pigs, Porter & Hops, to go on adventures in.

 
 

SCOTT MCLEAN
VP, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
scott@firedog.events

1. What is your name? What do people call you while on the job?

Scott Maclean. Always called Scott on the job site. And my FDC colleagues call me ‘The CAD God’!

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences.

I'm a self-motivated person who has a passion for the events industry. I started off pushing cases and building stages to designing and managing events. I'm a husband, and a father to two young kids who keep me on my toes, and drive me to do better each-and-every day.

3. What is your role at FireDog Collective?

If you ask my kids, I colour. In reality, I colour. My primary role is CAD, Design and Tech Support. Officially my title is VP of Design and Technology. I draw floor plans to 3D renderings, supervise sites/events, and measure/draw new venues.

4. What did you study in school?

I went to Humber college for a year and a half in Theatre Technical Production, but dropped out to focus on work. I tried to go back to Multimedia Design, but didn't find it beneficial, and decided to go back to work. CAD came about from a Saturday morning adult learning course to allow me to draw the sets I was constructing as part of a former company.

5. Which part of your job do you love the most?

The creativity. I enjoy being able to draw the things that people have only seen in their own minds, and to be able to create things they have never envisioned before.

6. What’s the most memorable event you were a part of?

Truthfully, whichever event I'm working on at the time. I'm always looking forward to the next event. I enjoy the ever-changing landscape that keeps us going forward.

7. What’s been the most challenging thing you’ve ever had to do?

Every event comes with its own unique challenge. Typically, when I'm designing the challenge comes in finding enough space to fit everything that the client wants to include. It usually means being Creative to maintain event flow so that the space remains comfortable for guests.

8. The scariest thing?

Heights. Absolutely heights. Although I am a tall man, I very much dislike heights. There have been events in the past where I have had to be in a lift, and have spent the entire time shaking in fear.

9. What’s your favourite food?

Bacon. Or cheese. Maybe both together. I'm fortunate to live around the corner from a butcher shop and a cheese shop which I frequent – a lot!

10. What’s the last book you read?

I don’t read books. I'm more of a news reader. I enjoy movies, but books, not so much.

11. Describe the coolest event you can imagine in 3 sentences.

The coolest event I could envision would be a completely seamless integration of design and technology. Where the production elements are invisible but the event still holds that ‘wow’ factor. It's something I have always worked to create, and FDC gets so very close to achieving every day.

12. What is your favourite movie and why?

‘The Shawshank Redemption’. Hands down. It has such a rich story and brilliant acting. Combined it makes for the very best that a movie should be. It's not filled with glitz, glamour or CGI, and it doesn't need it. It's all about the story.

13. Coloured lighting or white lighting for a room?

Coloured.

14. Beer or champagne?

Rye. After my gastric bypass surgery, I can't drink anything bubbly.

15. If you could build anything out of Lego, what would it be?

I love building vehicles in Lego. My son is always asking to build Lego with me, and we both enjoy making cars, trucks, boats, planes and more together.