Gemma Scott, President
Gemma is the Operations Director of Go2 Productions, a leading edge Vancouver-based creative company, specializing in producing immersive experiences, projection mapping and moving art. She believes strongly in change and innovation and with this vision, the team at Go2 pushes the limits of digital art and technology to transform physical spaces into magical events that thrill and inspire.
Gemma’s love of creating inspiring events also lead her to be a licensee and producer of TEDxEastVan, an event dedicated to discovering, sharing and celebrating great ideas and extraordinary people.
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Shannon Boudreau, President Elect/VP Programs & Education
At the Lazy Gourmet, Shannon oversees the sales team and executes hundreds of events a year, ranging from 6 to 15,000 people. She loves being part of some of the most interesting events in the city, with a team of passionate, creative people. (She also loves getting paid to eat really good food.) Shannon has an inimitable sense of humour – you can see her witty yet educational segments on CTV Morning Live and Noon hour. In her spare time, she loves wine, golfing, theatre and travel and spending time with her cat, Robert Deniro.
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Dana Arsenault, VP of Membership
Dana has over 6 years’ experience in the Live Events industry, 5 of those being spent in not-for-profit. She is a passionate, creative, and engaging event professional who develops meaningful relationships through all of her work. Dana migrated West from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has found her home in the mild weather and incredible surroundings of Vancouver. She has risen well in the charitable world, and currently manages award-winning fundraising events for the BC Cancer Foundation. Dana is always happy to meet over a glass of
bubbles to discuss events and this amazing industry!
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Julie Mandarano, VP of Finance
Julie Mandarano is the Event Planner with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, managing over 20 events per year. With 10 years of event experience, Julie has organized events small and large, including national conferences, golf tournaments, social events, large award galas, and corporate meetings, and loves
infusing fun and creativity in her events to bring unique experiences and engagement to every guest.
When not planning every detail of her life, Julie can be found traveling the world, singing, hanging at the beach, and trying to taste every morsel of food from around the globe.
As ILEA Vancouver’s new VP of Finance, Julie is excited to meet and collaborate with the very inspiring and talented group of professionals that make up Vancouver’s elite event industry.
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Buket Donnelly, Director of Membership
Buket has a bachelors degree and 15 years experience in commercial banking. She immigrated from Turkey in 2010 and while she was working at RBC, she volunteered organizing festivals, picnics, balls and Receptions for The Turkish Charity. Her passion grew from there and eventually she opened her own business, Get2Gether Events, in 2014.
She is currently The President of European Festival and The CEO of Get2Gether Consulting Inc.
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Nicole Kost, Director of Sponsorship
Originally from Winnipeg, Nicole moved to Vancouver 3 years ago to pursue opportunities in the Events Industry. She started planning events in high school, and was encouraged by a teacher to enter into the Event Industry. Nicole has a diploma is Special Event Management from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario and has been working in the events industry for over 8 years. Nicole’s experience is varied, and includes wedding coordination, venue sales, conference coordination, community events management, and volunteer management.
Nicole is currently a Development Coordinator at the BC Cancer Foundation, who works on a variety of projects including: community events, volunteer management and supports Hope Couture, and the Inspiration Gala.
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Gillian Wallis, Director of Communications
Gillian’s passion for events stems from her early high school days where she helped plan several proms and homecoming dances. Fast forward a few years and a college degree later, Gillian found her calling helping organize private events and weddings while living in Whistler. After moving to the city Gillian tested out the non-for-profit sector and is responsible for producing several award-winning galas in Vancouver. She has joined forces with Elizabeth Stanley Event Design where she is known for her ability to create extraordinary and memorable events.
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