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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.

RICHARD HARDING
PROJECT/VENUE MANAGER
richard@firedog.events

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

Richard Harding. People call me Richard.

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences.

I'm an English immigrant with a heart of gold and only one of those is true. Also, I've been told I'm funny.

3. What is your role at FireDog Collective?

I am a Project Manager, primarily at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

4. What did you study in school?

Professional Sound and Business: Live Production Major at MetalWorks Institute.

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

When a client tells me how much they loved an event.

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

There are too many to name. I've been a part of some incredible events.

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

I had to mix two bands on one console. Being new to saving scenes, I held my breath to make sure I didn't miss anything in the global filter.

8. The scariest thing?

Have I ever told you about the time I got electrocuted?

9. What’s your favourite food?

That's an unfair question, I like food...a lot. In fact, I recently bought machinery and began making sausages from scratch, experimenting with flavours and different ratios.

10. What’s the last book you read?

‘With the Old Breed’ by E. B Sledge.

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

Imagine a pure white room with moving lights shooting void, giving you a reverse effect of moving lights. Moving Darkness.

12. What is your favourite movie and why?

‘Boondocks Saints’. Have you seen it? It's hilarious!

13. Coloured or white lighting for a room?

Coloured ALL THE WAY.

14. Beer or Champagne?

I once mixed the two together — I would not recommend it! Beer.

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

A time machine so I could travel back in time and stop Lego from being invented, thus, creating a time paradox.

 

REBECCA DENURE
LEAD PROJECT/CLIENT MANAGER
rebecca@firedog.events

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

Rebecca DeNure. Rebecca, for the most part.

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences. 

Alberta by birth, Toronto by choice. I am definitely an old soul, which leads to people thinking I am much older than I actually am. Happily married to my best friend in the world. 

3. What is your role at FireDog Collective?

Project Manager for FireDog Creative. I work sometimes on specific events/projects and sometimes with specific clients. I oversee and help Operations to organize and carry out all aspects to great an amazing event.

4. What did you study in school? 

I have a Professional Sound & Business Diploma with a Major in Live Production from Metalworks Institute in Mississauga. The program was focused on Live Sound Production and the business aspects of the music industry. 

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

Just about every day I go to work, it is the best day of someone’s life. It is extremely special to be a part of so many people’s happiest moments.

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

It is so hard to pick just one. Each event has its own unique challenges and pay-offs — they each have something memorable about them.

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

Move across the country at 17 to pursue a career in Live Events. Choosing to go against the more traditional careers that had been encouraged by whole life

 

8. The scariest thing? 

Take a leap of faith and quit my cushy 9-5 job fast-tracked for upper management to take a chance of a small company just starting to really get off the ground. It seems to have worked out pretty well. 

9. What’s your favourite food? 

Oh man. I can’t pick just one. I love most food. Maybe seafood? 

10. What’s the last book you read?

‘John Dies at the End’ by David Wong. 

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

The coolest event would definitely have to be in a challenging location, like an island or a mountain. It would have a design completely unique to that event. And it would have some killer A-list talent. 

12. What is your favourite movie and why? 

"The Princess Bride". It was always a favourite of mine and my Mom’s when I was younger, and was one of the first things my husband and I bonded over when we started dating. I mean, who can say no to a man in a Dread Pirate Roberts costume? 

13. Coloured lighting or white lighting for a room? 

100% white light, conventional if possible. Definitely colour, correctable if not. 

14. Beer or champagne? 

Um, neither. Always a fan of a good cocktail though.

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

A full-size house. Although I’m sure that many Lego blocks would still average out to be the same the price of as a regular home in the GTA!

 
 
 

KRISTOPHER SIWAK
CO-DIRECTOR OF LABOUR, FIREDOG PEOPLE
kris@firedog.events 
people@firedog.events

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

Kristopher Siwak. Just Kris.

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences.

Young, driven, focused.

3. What is your role at FireDog Collective?

Co-Director of Labor, building a new labor division, FireDog People, to better serve our clients, events and venues.

4. What did you study in school?

Live Sound and Event Management.

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

I love constantly being in a different place, continually changing events and people.

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

CMW was my most memorable event.

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

Operating Lighting, Audio and Video for a heavy production wedding.

 

8. The scariest thing?

Someone getting hurt.

9. What is your favourite food?

Steak Dinner and Cheese Cake.

10. What’s the last book you read?

‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho.

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

A TomorrowLand-themed event would be amazing!

12. What is your favourite movie and why?

‘Narcos’ is my favourite tv show. I enjoy seeing things that affected our history.

13. Coloured or white lighting in a room?

White Lighting!

14. Beer or champagne?

Beer.

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

A life-sized Armadillo.

 

BEAU JOHNSTON
CO-DIRECTOR OF LABOUR, FIREDOG PEOPLE
beau@firedog.events 
people@firedog.events

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

Beau Johnston. Beau

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences.

I owned my own labour company for 5 years. I have a passion for computers and technology. I love anything history and space related.

4. What did you study in school?

I studied Network Architecture and Internet Security.

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

I love that I get to work with my team building different events. I love that I get to build parts of the event and watching something come from nothing.

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

Two events come to mind as the most memorable. The first was a wedding that took place on a private property in Caledon, known as 'The Enchanted Forest'. It was a large extravagant wedding that took place outside. We had to hang lanterns in between the trees. It gave the illusion of being indoors, but everything took place outside. The second event was also a wedding, known as 'Sail'. This one took place at the Brickworks. Again, it was a large extravagant wedding held in the open space. For a ceiling, we used about 90 sails hung with aircraft cables. It was a very meticulous and time consuming task, but the outcome was incredible.

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

I was hired to do projection for a gig, but ended up having to also take care of the lighting and audio. I had never used the consoles that were provided. So, I downloaded the manuals on my phone, gave myself a crash course on how to use them and rocked the show.

 

9. What’s your favourite food?

My favourite food is my mother’s homemade macaroni and cheese. Nothing beats it.

10.What’s the last book you read?

The last book I read was A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

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

The event would take place at the Mayan Ruins in Central America. The lights would be set so that the ruins would be lit up against the clear starry sky with the natural sounds of the jungle to accompany. Along the side of the structure would be 3D mapping.

12.What is your favourite movie and why?

My favourite movie is Empire Records. Damn the man! Save the Empire!

13.Coloured lighting or white lighting for a room?

This all depends on the event.

14.Beer or champagne?

Beer!

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

I would love to build the International Space Station.