THE 63rd ANNUAL IFEA CONVENTION, EXPO & RETREAT IS DESIGNED TO INFORM AND ELEVATE ALL OF YOUR PERSPECTIVES;providing access to many points-of view; increasing awareness of changing technologies, trends, issues, opportunities and risks; and extending educational and networking opportunities to share and grow your professional experience and expertise.

WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL PLAN NOW TO JOIN US(with your staffs, boards, key volunteers, city representatives, sponsors and vendors) as we welcome the world’s top events, host markets and industry experts, for an unforgettable opportunity to evaluate, prepare for and respond to the many critical and changing perspectives that are influencing our industry and all those that we depend on.


Featured Speakers / Moderators

avatar for Jeannette Hanna

Jeannette Hanna

Chief Strategist
avatar for Donald Getz, PhD

Donald Getz, PhD

University of Calgary
Professor Emeritus
avatar for City of Ottawa Special Event Advisory Team

City of Ottawa Special Event Advisory Team

City of Ottawa
Special Event Advisory Team
avatar for Guy Laflamme, MBA

Guy Laflamme, MBA

Ottawa 2017 Celebration, Executive Director
International Public Speaker

Speakers / Moderators

avatar for Steve Adelman

Steve Adelman

Event Safety Alliance
Vice President
avatar for Gail Alofsin

Gail Alofsin

Newport Harbor Corporation
Director of Corporate Partnerships & Community Relations
avatar for Peter Ashwin

Peter Ashwin

Event Risk Management Solutions
avatar for Erin Atkinson

Erin Atkinson

City & County of Denver
Deputy Director, Office of Special Events
avatar for Ted Baroody, CFEE

Ted Baroody, CFEE

Norfolk Festevents
avatar for Ed Bautista, CFEE

Ed Bautista, CFEE

Bautista Event Specialists Team (BEST), Chief Creative and Strategic Officer
Chief Creative & Strategic Officer
avatar for Vern Biaett, Jr., CFEE

Vern Biaett, Jr., CFEE

High Point University
Assistant Professor of Event Management
avatar for Gary Boyer

Gary Boyer

U. S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Exercise Lead
avatar for Daniel Brisebois

Daniel Brisebois

City of Ottawa
Director of 2017 Operations & Special Events
avatar for Jessica Bybee-Dziedzic

Jessica Bybee-Dziedzic

Director of Partnerships
avatar for Catherine Callary

Catherine Callary

Ottawa Tourism
Senior Director of Destination Development
avatar for Michelle Card

Michelle Card

National Independent Concessionaires Association (NICA)
Executive Direcrtor
avatar for Jeff Curtis

Jeff Curtis

Portland Rose Festrival Foundation , Executive Director
IFEA World Board, 2018 Board Chair
avatar for Stephanie DeLorenzo

Stephanie DeLorenzo

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Support Lead
avatar for Randy Dewitz, CFEE, CFM

Randy Dewitz, CFEE, CFM

Fanfare Attractions, LLC
avatar for Allison Dixon

Allison Dixon

Public Service & Procurement Canada
Senior Manager of Canada 150
avatar for Iain Edmondson, MBA

Iain Edmondson, MBA

International Association of Event Hosts, Director
London & Partners, Former Head of Major Events
avatar for Jeff English, CFEE

Jeff English, CFEE

Kentucky Derby Festival
Senior Vice President - Administration and General Counsel
avatar for Bruce Erley, CFEE, APR

Bruce Erley, CFEE, APR

Creative Strategies Group
President & CEO
avatar for Laura Farber

Laura Farber

Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Executive Vice President
avatar for Annie Frisoli, CFEE

Annie Frisoli, CFEE

Ohio University
Associate Lecturer
avatar for Matthew Geller

Matthew Geller

National Food Truck Association
avatar for Becky Genoways, CFEE

Becky Genoways, CFEE

Genoways Events
avatar for Warwick Hall, CFEE

Warwick Hall, CFEE

Safety Set Consulting
Risk & Event Management Consultant
avatar for Geoff Hinds

Geoff Hinds

SBC Fair
avatar for Jim Holt, CFEE

Jim Holt, CFEE

Memphis in May International Festival
President & CEO
avatar for Dodie Howlett, CFEE

Dodie Howlett, CFEE

Kentucky Derby Festival, Director of Advertising & Promotions
Chicago Christmas Parade, Former Operations Director
avatar for Jim Hutzelman

Jim Hutzelman

Port of San Diego
Special Events Director
avatar for Rich Jarvis

Rich Jarvis

Portland Rose Festival Foundation
Public Relations Manager
avatar for Jessica Kaminskas

Jessica Kaminskas

The Parade Company
Chief Operating Officer
avatar for Stephen King, CFEE

Stephen King, CFEE

Des Moines Arts Festival
Executive Director
avatar for Christine Lafontant

Christine Lafontant

County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation
Region Manager
avatar for Ghislain Lamothe

Ghislain Lamothe

City of Ottawa
2017 Operations Project Manager of Communications Planning
avatar for Janet Landey, CFEE

Janet Landey, CFEE

Institute of Events Management
IFEA Africa President
avatar for Sam Lemheney, CFEE

Sam Lemheney, CFEE

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Chief of Shows & Events
IFEA Foundation Board, 2018 Board Chair
avatar for Cindy Lerick, CFEE

Cindy Lerick, CFEE

Sausalito Arts Festival
President & CEO
avatar for Kim Lowell-Leverett

Kim Lowell-Leverett

The Parade Company
Director of Volunteer Services & Tours
avatar for Karen Massicotte, CMP, CMM

Karen Massicotte, CMP, CMM

Pacific National Exhibition
Director, Corporate Partnerships
avatar for Diana Mayhew, CFEE

Diana Mayhew, CFEE

National Cherry Blossom Festival
avatar for Penny McBride, CFEE

Penny McBride, CFEE

Fredericksburg, Texas Chamber of Commerce
President & CEO
avatar for John Melleky, CFEE, CFRE

John Melleky, CFEE, CFRE

FiG Solutions
avatar for Johan Moerman

Johan Moerman

Rotterdam Festivals
Managing Director
avatar for JoAnn Nasser

JoAnn Nasser

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Director of Operations
avatar for Mark Nethercott

Mark Nethercott

Ottawa Police Service
2017 Operations Planner
avatar for Britt Nevetsky

Britt Nevetsky

San Diego Union-Tribune
Director of Events & Strategic Partnerships
avatar for Jeff O'Konek

Jeff O'Konek

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Exercise Lead
avatar for William O'Toole, CFEE

William O'Toole, CFEE

Event Project Management System (EPMS)
Events Development Specialist
avatar for David Olivares

David Olivares

Kaliff Insurance
Director of Sales
avatar for Carol Porter

Carol Porter

Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
avatar for Terry Powers, CFEE

Terry Powers, CFEE

BAM Weather
Managing Director, Sports & Special Events
avatar for Ray Pulver

Ray Pulver

Upbeat Parade Productions
avatar for Vanessa Van de Putte

Vanessa Van de Putte

avatar for Pete Van de Putte, CFEE

Pete Van de Putte, CFEE

Chairman of the Board
avatar for Bob Richards, III, RPLU

Bob Richards, III, RPLU

Chubb Insurance North America
Senior Underwriter, RPLU - Cyber/Privacy, Tech, Media, & Professional...
avatar for Ira Rosen, MA, CFEE

Ira Rosen, MA, CFEE

Temple University School of Sport Tourism and Hospitality Management
Assistant Professor/Program Director - Event Leadership Executive...
avatar for Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE

Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE

International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World)
President & CEO
avatar for Karen Shostak, CFEE

Karen Shostak, CFEE

Friends of the Festival / Riverbend Festival
Director of Sales
avatar for Lisa Simmons

Lisa Simmons

State of Massachusetts Cultural Council
Program Manager, Festivals Program
avatar for Chris Swenson

Chris Swenson

City of Seattle Office of Economic Development
Film + Special Events Program Manager
avatar for Gil Tait

Gil Tait

City of Ottawa
Program Manager of Traffic Management
avatar for Wright Tilley, CFEE

Wright Tilley, CFEE

Watauga County Tourism Development Authority
Executive Director
avatar for Rachael Trice, CFEE

Rachael Trice, CFEE

PHBA, Vice President of Marketing & Events
Portland Rose Festival, Former Marketing Director
avatar for Andrew Vandepopulier

Andrew Vandepopulier

Haas & Wilkerson Insurance
Producer - Festival Specialist
avatar for Jan Willett

Jan Willett

New South Wales (Australia) Department of Premier & Cabinet
Director of Events
avatar for Kaylee Williams

Kaylee Williams