12.April Toronto

In partnership with the Event Safety Alliance

Event Safety Summit Spring 2017

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About the event

As you prepare for your summer events and fall season, we invite your to continue the safety conversation at our third summit. Starting with our Crowd Safety expert, Eric Stuart, we’ll bring you a full slate of relevant topics, as well as a panel of our colleagues who will share their own event safety experiences.

This event is designed to provide practical insights for production suppliers, event production companies, festivals, roadhouses, municipalities, colleges and universities, labour organizations, and all those who provide support to the live event industry.

Join us for a day of inspiring speakers and an opportunity to connect with fellow event professionals - promoters, venue staff, suppliers - and all those who make the shows happen.

Co-Chairs & Keynote

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Janet Sellery

Janet Sellery

Co-Chair and Moderator

Janet is one of Canada’s leading experts in health and safety and the arts. After a career in stage management, she pioneered the health and safety program at the Stratford Festival. As a Health & Safety Consultant (Sellery Health + Safety), she focuses on customizing programs, training, and resources to reflect the constantly evolving and unique demands of the live event environment. Janet led the working group that created the Temporary Performance/Event Structures Safety Guideline (Ministry of Labour) and is involved with the Event Safety Alliance. She has been awarded the “Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement” (Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology) and “Canada’s Safety Manager of the Year” (Canadian Occupational Safety Magazine).

Samantha Slattery

Samantha Slattery

Co-Chair

Sam has been working in the music industry in the US, UK and Canada for almost 20 years and is currently Executive Director for Capital Presents.  Her music industry experience has focused primarily on concert promoting, working for 15+ years producing music festivals for some of the largest promoters throughout North America and the UK, including Mean Fiddler (Reading & Leeds Festivals), AEG Live (Coachella Music Festival, Stagecoach Music Festival and Virgin Music Festival) and House of Blues (Lillith Fair and Edgefest) to name just a few.  She brings brings a wide range of concert production knowledge and experience to the Republic Live team, most notably her specialized knowledge of festival legal and risk management.

Eric Stuart

Eric Stuart

Keynote Speaker

Eric is the director of Gentian Events, a Crowd Safety Management Company established in 2009. Engaged in Crowd Safety Management for 15 years and working with crowds since 1980, his 33 year police career in London culminated in a planning role for Notting Hill Carnival and London New Year’s Eve, with viewing audiences of 1 million and 450k respectively. As ‘Chief of Staff’ for the planning and delivery of the 70 day London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, he was the only person to see the event through from initial planning through delivery and debrief. Eric writes and delivers crowd safety plans at events from major music festivals to motor sports and from large carnival processions to New Year’s Fireworks. He works closely with private organisers, police and local authorities to achieve mutual understanding of each other’s roles in keeping crowds safe at major events. Eric is keen to ensure there is a better balance between the mathematics, physics and human behaviours when planning for crowds.

Speakers

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Steven A. Adelman

Steven A. Adelman

Head of Adelman Law Group, PLLC and Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance

Sports and entertainment lawyer Steven A. Adelman is widely recognized as an authority on the law related to live events. His practice focuses on risk management and litigation regarding safety and security at live events, and he also serves as an expert witness in crowd-related lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada. Steve writes the monthly Adelman on Venues newsletter, and he is frequently invited to provide analysis of incidents related to sports and live entertainment.

Steve Beatty

Steve Beatty

Partner & Vice President, cultureONE Inc. / Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.

Steve has been instrumental in the development of specialized insurance programs for producers of film, television, digital media, theatre and performing arts and launched his specialty boutique insurance brokerage, cultureONE, in 2011. In May 2015 he completed a merger with Front Row Insurance Brokers to create Canada’s largest insurance brokerage specializing in entertainment & media, arts & culture.  With offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles, they are able to provide seamless service to clients.

Jim Brett

Jim Brett

International Representative, IATSE

Born and raised in Toronto, Jim has been working in the live entertainment industry for over 40 years. During his long and varied career Jim has toured extensively, primarily as an electrician, with companies such as the Stratford Festival, Mirvish Productions, Livent and the Canadian Stage Company. Prior to joining the IATSE as an International Representative, Jim was an IATSE Local 58 Executive Board member, Vice President, and served as the Local’s President for 6 ½ years. Jim has been a proud member of the IATSE since 1982.

Colin Mathie

Colin Mathie

Health, Safety and Risk Manager, Canada, Live Nation

Colin joined LIVE NATION Canada in 2014, and has been focused on the analysis of operations within the festival, stadium and arena space, working with production teams to enhance safety, risk management and emergency response planning. He has worked on large-scale multi-million dollar projects owned and operated by BHP Billiton and the Port Hedland Port Authority. He has a focus on operational risk mitigation and emergency response to guide the implementation of scalable controls to suit any size project.

Angela McGowan

Angela McGowan

Manager of OH & S and Labour Relations, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Following successful careers in law enforcement and health and safety consulting, Angela McGowan joined Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment as the Manager, Occupational Health & Safety and Labour Relations. Angela has extensive safety compliance and due diligence experience in the live entertainment and performance industry. She’s has been involved with events such as the Molson Indy, National Home Show, Canadian International Auto Show, Much Music Video Awards and large scale concert productions across Ontario.

Morgan Myler

Morgan Myler

Education Coordinator and Executive Board member of IATSE Local 58

A graduate of Sheridan College, Morgan has worked for 25 years in movies and television with a primary focus on live events. He has been designing systems, educating, and incorporating his knowledge of rigging and practical effects into shows across North America. After an injury prevented him from working for about a year, he refocused on education, skills, and safety for the Entertainment Industry. Each Halloween, Morgan produces a large theatrical haunt for children in Hamilton.

Bronwen O’Hara

Bronwen O’Hara

Director of Operations, Eastern Canada, Nasco Staffing Solution’s

During Bronwen’ s 10 years at Nasco she has held positions in Recruitment, Human Resources, Training and Management. Now as Director Bronwen oversees all day to day operations including all hiring and training initiatives. She has developed a Health and Safety program that translates to one person staff event or 400. In addition Bronwen and her team have developed one of Canadas most robust Rigging, Training and Rescue programs for live concert and festival events.

John Sabourin

John Sabourin

Owner, Snap Hoek Productions, Snap Hoek Staffing and Datum Rigging Inc.

With 24 years’ experience, John ‘Snappy’ Sabourin is a valued leader in the Toronto production scene, and he has worked across North America providing concert, television and major event rigging. Select clients include: MMVA’s, CityTV New Years Eve at Nathan Phillips Square, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Grey Cup half-time, Canadian International Auto Show, Invictus Games, and Luminato 2016 at the Hearn Generating Station. John is certified in NFPA High Angle Rescue Instructor and Technical Rescue Plan Developer.

Jennifer Smysnuik

Jennifer Smysnuik

Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Toronto’s Office of Emergency Management

For the past 17 years, Jennifer has been directly involved in all aspects of emergency management including, planning, training, exercises and operational response to major emergencies. As a certified emergency manager she has worked on a variety of projects including the development of emergency plans, standard operating procedures, public education program development and implementation, and the coordination of the City’s Risk Communicators network.

Michael Sorowka

Michael Sorowka

President, Paradigm Rigging Inc.

Michael founded Paradigm Rigging in 2014 with the goal to promote, sell and lease wireless load cells for use within the theatre and live industry. He travels extensively throughout the US and Canada managing wireless load cell systems between events including concerts and festivals as well as large tradeshows, such as the LA, Detroit, New York, and Toronto Auto Shows. His technical background also includes projects leading crews in video LED, audio, lighting and large scale staging.

Cindy Sypher

Cindy Sypher

Designated Consulting Engineer and President, Sypher & Associates Field Engineering Ltd.

Cindy Sypher is a Designated Consulting Engineer and the President of Sypher & Associates Field Engineering Ltd. She has bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Her consulting interests include amusement rides, risk management, temporary structures, mechanical and structural design, fire and life safety, machine guarding, playground design and inspection, emergency preparedness, rigging and general public safety initiatives. She has consulted to major fairs and event promoters.

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

Emergency Management Coordinator, City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management

As the lead for Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) she is focused on strengthening the methodology for the City's all-hazards risk assessment, which informs emergency planning efforts. She brings a wide spectrum of knowledge from across Canadian EM programs, community groups and non-profits, including the Red Cross, and the City of Vancouver. Sarah is also a graduate of the York University’s Master of Disaster and Emergency Management.

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