Spark is a full service event management firm based in Calgary, Alberta that was created by pairing together our passion for business and events. We bring a fresh, unique approach to the event management industry.

Our team understands that a properly executed event can be leveraged to support an organization’s strategic vision, incorporated into a company’s marketing plan,
or used to build networks and client loyalty.

 

Spark approaches every project with meticulous attention to detail and obsessive precision. Regardless of size and scope, we treat your event like a business with clear strategic goals, defined milestones, and a comprehensive plan to ensure that your event is delivered on time and on budget. At Spark, we put your organization first. We learn about your business, we focus on your challenges, and we plan events to support your goals.

 
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Our Approach

LEARN: We want to get to know you

What is your business about? What are your challenges? What are the issues that your members or clients are dealing with? By thoroughly understanding your company’s leadership culture, how your organization operates and your long term strategic plans, we become a part of your team. Our model works best when we can become more than the “hired help” and can become strategic event management partners, so the first step for us is about getting to know you and your business.

 

BUILD: Let us do the heavy lifting.

Because we have taken the time to learn about your business and the goals of your event, you can rest assured that the event will be on target and in line with your objectives. Leave the planning and management to us. Let us look after the details and the heavy lifting that comes with planning a professional event. From our network of preferred vendors, industry connections and years of experience, we can deliver a full service event management experience. The Spark team is well equipped to deliver a world class event, each and every time. Your job is to run your business; our job is to run your event.

 

DELIVER: Sit back. Relax.

Finally, this is where our event management expertise comes into play. At our core, we love events. We love the on-site details, production plans, schedules, deadlines and to do lists that come along with managing an event. From meticulous management of facility details to AV, catering and on-site coordination, we ensure every detail is looked after. Managing your event using a strategic overall plan and a methodical management approach allows you to rest easy. Knowing that every last detail is looked after will allow you to focus on your attendees and stakeholders at the event. Let us look after the rest.

 

 
Working with the team at Spark has elevated a one-day event into a successful two-day summit. Their expertise shines through when it comes to program development, speaker fulfillment, tradeshow management, sponsorship, marketing, and overall customer service. Spark’s professionalism and leadership has transformed the planning and execution of our events into a seamless experience.
— Wayne Morishita, Executive Director, Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance

Our Team

Portraits by Kendal + Kevin Photography

 Anh possesses over 14 years of event production and management experience, having found her passion and enthusiasm for the industry early on while she was completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta.  In 2008, Anh received her event management certificate from Mount Royal University where she earned the E=MC2 Scholarship for achieving the highest grade in her class . In 2011, Anh obtained her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.  She has served as the VP Communications and President of the Meeting Professional International – Greater Calgary Chapter (MPI GCC) and was involved with MPI for over 8 years. Anh is the recipient of the 2010-2011 MPI Rising Star Award and was recently named one of Collaborate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes emerging leaders in the event management industry.  She currently serves as the Director of Membership for the Canada West chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and in 2017 was award Event Planner Professional of the year by the Calgary Event Awards.

Anh possesses over 14 years of event production and management experience, having found her passion and enthusiasm for the industry early on while she was completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta.

In 2008, Anh received her event management certificate from Mount Royal University where she earned the E=MC2 Scholarship for achieving the highest grade in her class . In 2011, Anh obtained her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.

She has served as the VP Communications and President of the Meeting Professional International – Greater Calgary Chapter (MPI GCC) and was involved with MPI for over 8 years. Anh is the recipient of the 2010-2011 MPI Rising Star Award and was recently named one of Collaborate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes emerging leaders in the event management industry.

She currently serves as the Director of Membership for the Canada West chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and in 2017 was award Event Planner Professional of the year by the Calgary Event Awards.

Anh Nguyen B.Comm, CMP
Founder + Principal

 

 Erinn has almost two decades of experience in event branding, promotion, graphic design and communication. Her positive attitude and humble confidence enables her to manage multiple projects from concept to completion whether it’s part of a team, or taking the lead working independently.  Her years of experience has taught her a multitude of skills varying from design techniques, file management, client relations, coordinating with printers and most importantly meeting deadlines and budgets. Her attention to detail adds the perfect touch to her creative endeavours.  With her two trusty sidekicks, MacBook and caffeine, no deadline is impossible, nor any creative challenge too daunting.

Erinn has almost two decades of experience in event branding, promotion, graphic design and communication. Her positive attitude and humble confidence enables her to manage multiple projects from concept to completion whether it’s part of a team, or taking the lead working independently.

Her years of experience has taught her a multitude of skills varying from design techniques, file management, client relations, coordinating with printers and most importantly meeting deadlines and budgets. Her attention to detail adds the perfect touch to her creative endeavours.

With her two trusty sidekicks, MacBook and caffeine, no deadline is impossible, nor any creative challenge too daunting.

Erinn Johns
Creative Director

 Andrea’s academic experience lies in elementary education and art history. Discovering a fervent interest in event planning, she was hired as office & event manager for a conference management company in Edmonton.  Since that time, she has worked as an event manager and events consultant refining her project management and communication skills. She has gained experience in all aspects of event planning, including registration, marketing, speaker and sponsor fulfillment, and logistical details, for various types of events.    To fulfill her profound interest in art history, Andrea completed her Bachelor of Arts Honors degree (with distinction) in 2012. She has been able to meld her passions for art history and event planning through prior employment with The Art Gallery of Calgary and continues to stay involved within the Calgary arts scene.

Andrea’s academic experience lies in elementary education and art history. Discovering a fervent interest in event planning, she was hired as office & event manager for a conference management company in Edmonton.

Since that time, she has worked as an event manager and events consultant refining her project management and communication skills. She has gained experience in all aspects of event planning, including registration, marketing, speaker and sponsor fulfillment, and logistical details, for various types of events.

To fulfill her profound interest in art history, Andrea completed her Bachelor of Arts Honors degree (with distinction) in 2012. She has been able to meld her passions for art history and event planning through prior employment with The Art Gallery of Calgary and continues to stay involved within the Calgary arts scene.

Andrea Zurawicz
Senior Event Manager

 

 As a graduate from the Bachelor of Commerce Program at MacEwan University, Ciara values the opportunity to bridge the gap between her theoretical business knowledge and practical real-life applications, in her professional work environment with Spark Event Management. Ciara has a keen interest in event planning and supports the company’s expertise in strategic event management.  Ciara is comfortable working in a continuously changing environment while supporting a fast-paced team of professionals. Her ability to prioritize tasks and demonstrate high attention to detail, while continuously exercising excellent time management skills, proves especially valuable in the planning and execution of professional events.

As a graduate from the Bachelor of Commerce Program at MacEwan University, Ciara values the opportunity to bridge the gap between her theoretical business knowledge and practical real-life applications, in her professional work environment with Spark Event Management. Ciara has a keen interest in event planning and supports the company’s expertise in strategic event management.

Ciara is comfortable working in a continuously changing environment while supporting a fast-paced team of professionals. Her ability to prioritize tasks and demonstrate high attention to detail, while continuously exercising excellent time management skills, proves especially valuable in the planning and execution of professional events.

Ciara Leibel
Event & Administrative Assistant

 Kimberly is a dynamic marketing and communications professional with a passion for storytelling. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Communications with a major in Public Relations. Kimberly's professional experience has given her exposure to a variety of client brands, strategic goals, and the opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of clients and vendors. Her communications background working in corporate, not-for-profit and start-up organizations, has given her the quick skills to adapt to a variety of work settings and understand diverse audiences.  Kimberly is able to create, collaborate and innovate through strategic planning and implementation. She enjoys being creative and seeing those ideas come to life. Her passion for writing and communications, coupled with her experience in marketing and brand management has given her a creative eye for social media, digital marketing, graphic design, web development and community engagement.

Kimberly is a dynamic marketing and communications professional with a passion for storytelling. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Communications with a major in Public Relations. Kimberly's professional experience has given her exposure to a variety of client brands, strategic goals, and the opportunity to collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of clients and vendors. Her communications background working in corporate, not-for-profit and start-up organizations, has given her the quick skills to adapt to a variety of work settings and understand diverse audiences.

Kimberly is able to create, collaborate and innovate through strategic planning and implementation. She enjoys being creative and seeing those ideas come to life. Her passion for writing and communications, coupled with her experience in marketing and brand management has given her a creative eye for social media, digital marketing, graphic design, web development and community engagement.

Kimberly Mercader, BCMM
Marketing Manager

 

 Kendal brings a broad scope of creative solutions and marketing expertise to any project she takes on. As a creative specialist, her experience in an agency setting ranges from corporate identity to the conceptualization and implementation of national advertising campaigns.  With over a decade of experience in the field of visual communications, she can take your ideas, sketches and thoughts and bring them to life across many applications. As a graduate from the University of Alberta, her design training coupled with her experience as a project manager and freelance photographer give her very well rounded approach to every project.

Kendal brings a broad scope of creative solutions and marketing expertise to any project she takes on. As a creative specialist, her experience in an agency setting ranges from corporate identity to the conceptualization and implementation of national advertising campaigns.

With over a decade of experience in the field of visual communications, she can take your ideas, sketches and thoughts and bring them to life across many applications. As a graduate from the University of Alberta, her design training coupled with her experience as a project manager and freelance photographer give her very well rounded approach to every project.

Kendal Dyer
Creative Specialist