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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!

 

MEGAN MCDONALD
LEAD ACCOUNT MANAGER
megan@firedog.events

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

Megan McDonald. Just Megan.

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences!

I love the outdoors - whether it's winter or summer, sun or rain - I can always find the upside. I am always game for trying something new. I believe anything is possible.

3. What is your role at Firedog Collective?

Lead Account Manager.

4. What did you study in school?

Electrical!

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

Encountering a problem that doesn't seem possible and finding a way to make it possible.

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

A Muskoka engagement party with John Maher as the headliner. The event and the team couldn't have been better.

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

Breaking my pelvis playing football. I had to be in a wheelchair for a month and a half, and it completely changed my perspective on how much we take for granted.

 

8. The scariest thing?

The "It's a Small World" ride at Disney. Shudder.

9. What’s your favourite food?

It's a stand-off. Anything Greek with lots of lemons VS eggs florentine (lemons are a bonus here too!)

10. What’s the last book you read?

‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline.

11. What is the coolest event you can imagine?

A steampunk themed event with Jules Verne in mind. Lots of copper hues. Lots of Edison bulbs.

12. What is your favourite movie and why?

Beauty and the Beast, because I'm a closet romantic and I am a Disney kid at heart.

13. Coloured or white lighting for a room?

Coloured because it reminds me of Christmas in the country.

14. Beer or champagne?

Tequila?

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

A life sized working carriage, complete with horses to move it.

 

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.

 

DARREN MOORE
PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR, RUN YOUR SHOW RESOURCES
darren@firedog.events

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

Darren James Moore — but you can call me Darren!

2. Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences.

I like to think of myself as a strong leader who prides himself on creating a positive environment where people not only enjoy working, but have obtainable goals for self-improvement. I’m very serious when it counts, but generally walk through life with a smile on my face, I’d rather have fun than be cool. I’m witty, caring, honest and loyal and my friends and family mean the world to me.

3. What is your role at FireDog Collective?

My current role is to lead up the creation of the Event Rentals Department “Run Your Show Resources”, but I also help to bring knowledge from years of working on the venue side of events, rather than the supplier side. This helps to bring further insight to an already amazing and knowledgeable team.

4. What did you study in school?

I have an English Degree from McMaster University with studies in Economics. I really wanted to be a writer and still love to tell a good story.

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

The People! Working in the events world brings you in touch with so many different people, who come from all different places, and are working towards a common goal. It’s amazing, and there is nothing more wild, random and crazy than people.

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

After having been operationally responsible for literally thousands of events it’s hard to choose just one, so many had memories for so many reasons. I watched former President Bush give a wedding speech where he liberally used the term ‘son-of-a-bitch’, one where the fire sprinklers went off in the kitchen during service, which caused the elevators to lock down and a floor to weaken to the point that a security guard fell though it to land on the lighting grid in the room below, suspended 15 feet off the ground (yup that happened), and so many pure and amazing successes that made me proud of both myself and my team. But my favourite would still have to be one of the first events I did with FDC up north. It was a billionaire’s engagement party and was just incredible. It was memorable because I truly got to know some of the amazing people that work at/with FDC. I loved working with the team and felt I had a skill set to truly contribute to all our successes. The event turned out to be truly amazing and led to some fantastic future business.

 

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

I did a 100% tear of my ACL which resulted in a very invasive surgery, where they harvested my ham strings, causing several years of rehab. The worst part was living alone in an apartment where I basically was completely on my own for 6 weeks, thank goodness for Netflix. All good now!

8. The scariest thing?

Being asked questions about the scariest thing...oh the irony.

9. What’s your favourite food?

To all the chefs in my life who have fed me amazing foods, I apologize for this. Fried chicken...specifically some Karaage which is a soy deep fried chicken with a spicy Asian mayo. Oh man, I could go for some of that right about now and it’s 9 a.m.

10. What’s the last book you read?

I am an avid reader so this is constantly changing, so instead I will tell you my favourite series, ‘The Malazan Book of the Fallen’. Thirteen, 1000 + page books all telling one story. Epic!

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

A room filled with charming people, stunning décor, awesome tunes and amazing lighting. A fantastic array of food and beverages, served on tableware that not only compliments the décor but the food being served. All flawlessly executed with zero glitches in timing and service.

12. What is your favourite movie and why?

There are no absolutes! Depends on my mood, but some that are always up there; ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Princess Bride’, ‘Platoon’ and ‘Snatch’.

13. Coloured lighting or white lighting for a room?

White lighting with pin spots and movers on the dance floor.

14. Beer or champagne?

MMMmmmmmmm beer, gaaaaahhhh.

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

A life-sized Darren James Moore!!

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GEOFF EISFELD
VP, TENTING & CONSTRUCTION, FIREDOG STRUCTURES
geoff@firedog.events

1. What is your name, what do people call you onsite?

My name is Geoff Eisfeld and most people onsite would call me a monkey. I have the tendency to have the need to climb on top of tents that I work on. It’s not the act of being on top of the tent, it’s how I get up there.

2. Tell us about yourself in three sentences.

I am the father of two amazing kids and been married to my beautiful wife for 11 years. In my younger days, I had aspired to be an actor. I have a passion for life and love meeting interesting people.

3. What is your Role at Firedog?

I am responsible for any tent related or construction related project that comes our way. I sub contract the tent company based on the clients’ requirement and location and oversee the process from start to finish. I also design custom tents for customers and facilitate the purchase, installation and service of that customer’s tent.

4 What did you study in school?

I was primarily into the arts and had my goal set to become an actor. I did well in most subjects and through life’s ever changing plans, I found myself being educated on the event industry and learn to love it. You could say that I went to the school of life and learned everything I needed to know to succeed along the way. That learning processing is never ending.

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

I love when a client has one concept of their event and I provide them something completely different and blow them away. Being able to create an entire tented event from a few photos and measurements to show the client exactly what they will be getting gives me the greatest sense of accomplishment.

6. What is the most memorable event you were part of?

I would have to say one of either amazing weddings I helped design and install at Magna Golf Course in Aurora. By far the most extravagant weddings that I have had the pleasure of being part of. Large tent structures bridged over a water fountain. Flooring and air conditioning along with satellite tents lined with drape. The finished product both times was breathtaking.

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

I used to manage the tenting installation for Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. A 3 day long farmers’ tradeshow that takes place in Woodstock Ontario. For 3 weeks, we install tents and flooring on a 100-acre field in the scorching sun and torrential downpours. My last year there, my wife was 8.5 months pregnant for our daughter. She had a very difficult pregnancy both times so taking care of our son alone in her condition was not possible. I did the only thing I could do and that was take my 3-year old son to Woodstock to live with me in a hotel. He came to the field everyday while I installed and supervised tent installation, and all the staff made sure to keep him entertained. Was it the smartest decision from a safety stand point? Probably not. I however did not have a choice and my commitment to my clients and ensuring a seamless event was a very high priority for me. My wife had three false labor calls of which always happened at night. I would get the call around 10pm after just about being ready to go to bed. I would quickly pack up all our belongings and my son and I would head out on the road. Two hours later we would arrive at the Ajax Hospital only to be told that today wasn’t the day. One night we returned to our home and headed back to Woodstock in the morning. One night we jumped back in the truck and made our way back to the farm. The event was September 12th to the 14th and my daughter held out until September 20th. It was one of the most stressful times in my life.

8. The scariest thing?

Never been fond of snakes. Heck, I don’t even like touching worms. When I was 12 years old, my grandfather asked me to climb under his house into a dark tunnel and retrieve a hammer of his that he had left there years before while installing air conditioning in his home. With a flashlight in hand, I crawled into this hole which seemed to go for miles. Hands rustling in the dirt hoping to find the hammer and get the hell out of there. For fear of not knowing what spiders or snakes were around me, I didn’t even turn the flashlight on. I finally found the hammer and couldn’t believe the torture was over. I slid backwards through the dirt and spider webs, threw the hammer on the ground and ran down the 100 stairs to the lake and jumped in. You ever have the feeling that there are bugs crawling all over you? I couldn’t see any but it sure felt like I did.

9. What’s your favourite food?

We don’t eat red meat very often so when I can get my hands on a good, homemade burger, I’m a happy guy.

10. What’s the last book you read?

Well, last night I read “Don’t Talk to Strangers” to my two kids. Does that count? To be honest, I have never been much of a reader. Like most, I sometimes have the intention to read however I never get around to actually looking for a good book. I read a lot of news articles and other worldly things but unfortunately I don’t have much time to sit down and read a book.

11. Describe the coolest event you can imagine in three seconds.

Dome tent structure for an intimate wedding on a private property. Video projection over the entire ceiling of images and movies creating the most unique wedding you have ever seen. Guests eat and dance under a solar system of lights and colours for a night they will never forget.

12. What is your favourite movie and why?

I had to think about this one a bit. I have a fondness for all sorts of movies, however the ones that I particularly like are ones about the future where civilization has somewhat regressed and only real goal is for survival. ‘Mad Max’ series were great but I’d have to say ‘Water World’ was the best for me. Although it did horribly in the theatres, the concept of the water levels rising so much and very little land to survive on seems very possible in my eyes.

13. Coloured lighting or white lighting?

Anyone that knows of my new-found passion knows that I love colour light and especially neon colours. Colour represents life, so why not be surrounded by it?

14. Beer or champagne?

Come on, I’m a guy. Do I need to answer this?

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

Anything? Well, the best answer would be a Lego making machine so I can continue to make more Lego.