Photo credit for the thumbnail photo: Kaeli Khaos
As our community and event grows, so to does the team behind the scenes that make it all possible. AEMCON is so excited to introduce you to four new team members that will be joining us to make the 2019 event the best we’ve ever had.
Christine Hunter, Kootenays
Artist Hospitality & Admin Manager
Christine Hunter has held down many pinnacle roles for some of Canada’s most well known music festivals, events and award panels. Her experience is primarily of large-scale event management and her 17 years of experience and knowledge drives her on-going career in festival and event management.
She’s connected to every aspect of any show, event or festival she touches: advancing, artist relations management, contract procurement, FOH support, hospitality, marketing, merchandise, production management, stage management, transportation, venue management and volunteer management. She also has curated panels and been a guest speaker at Canadian Music Week, served as a juror on five panels for: Creative BC, Factor, Juno’s, Kootenay Music Awards and BC Music Awards.
She’s actively contracted for festivals and events throughout western Canada. Her clients include: AEMCON, Valhalla Sound Circus, Shambhala Music Festival, Blueprint Events (Canada Snowbombing, Contact & FVDED in the Park), Banff’s The Gathering, Croatia's Outlook & Dimensions Festival, Pemberton Music Festival, Union Electronic, Tough Mudder, Canadian Music Week, PK Sound Bass Cannon, City of Calgary Snowblower, Kelowna’s Pop Okanagan, Breakout West Music Festival (Kelowna and Calgary), Whistler Ski & Snowboard Festival, Motion Notion Arts and Music Festival, Tall Tree Music Festival, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Victoria Jazz Festival, Victoria Blues Bash, Cowichan North American Indigenous Games, VANOC (Vancouver Olympics) and various film productions.
Katie Kershaw, Nelson
Katie Kershaw is a dedicated festival and events professional. Music has been an integral part of her life since a young age. Growing up on Vancouver Island, she studied piano up to the Royal Conservatory grade 9 level and was actively involved in concert band and choir groups. She is an alumna of the Thompson Rivers University Events & Conventions Management diploma program. After graduating from TRU, Katie worked as the Administration and Events Coordinator for the Kamloops Symphony, and coordinated fundraising events for the Kidney Foundation of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Now living in Nelson, this will be her third summer working as the Recruitment Coordinator for the annual Shambhala Music Festival in the West Kootenays region of BC. With a focus on human resources, Katie brings a wealth of first-hand experience in recruiting and coordinating volunteers. 2019 will be her first year attending and working at AEMCON. She is excited to be a part of this incredible conference and looks forward to establishing new relationships within the Canadian electronic music industry.
Suzy Kenny, Edmonton
Social Media Manager
Suzy is passionate about how storytelling, music and special moments can bring people together and build communities. With 10 years of experience in DJing and digital marketing throughout her career, Suzy has worked with a wide range of organizations -- from hospitality and retail, to wellness and non-profit to cultivate meaningful connections. No matter which hat she’s wearing, her goal is simple -- to make magic moments through music -- to empower organizations and thought leaders to differentiate themselves and drive change through creative content and experiences.
Since an early age, Suzy has loved finding new music and sharing it with whoever was willing to listen. In 2007, after seeing Daft Punk live in Seattle, the obsession with electronic music became real and Girls Club DJs was born. As co-founder of Girls Club DJs, Suzy spends her time hunting for the latest and greatest in house music, producing dance floor edits and collaborating with brands to execute momentous special events while fostering the careers of aspiring female DJs.
Kate Roberts, Revelstoke
Content & Media Coordinator
Kate fell in love with the Alberta electronic music scene while she was completing her BA in Communications & Media Studies at the University of Calgary, where she spent a few more late nights at venues than a student really should.
Her background in the music industry began humbly, as a volunteer at music festivals and events. Driven by the attitude that things are much more fun if you’re fully involved and get to see how things happen behind the scene, she would help set up stages, wrap cables, or bartend. In 2013 she first volunteered with the artist relations team at Shambhala Music Festival. This is where she hit her stride, and she rose through the ranks. Her hard work and dedication to the scene have seen her become Manager of Artist Relations at Shambhala Music Festival and Assistant Manager of Artist Hospitality at Bass Coast Electronic Music & Arts Festival.
Outside of the music industry she lives in a small mountain town, and can be found snowboarding, mountain biking, or rock climbing .
We’d also like to bid farewell to a few amazing team members who have been incredible contributors to the event over the years. Big thanks to Vicki Perreault, Max Martel, and Dane Hanson for being such wonderful people and we wish you all the success on your new adventures.
Interested in attending AEMCON? Grab your early-bird tickets before June 1st!