Board of Directors

Calgary Chapter Leadership





President -  Megan Sawchuck

Email - megan@ileacalgary.com


     

Megan Sawchuk, PhD, CSEP is the owner of Megan Sawchuk Weddings based in Calgary, Alberta. After finishing her PhD, Megan made the decision to hang up her lab coat and look for a new career. 

Luckily, she discovered the event industry while organizing competitions with DanceSport Alberta and fell in love with creating events to bring people together. 


Megan currently sits on the ILEA Calgary Board of Directors and loves to spend time outside hiking with her partner, Scott, and her dog, Leon.





Immediate Past President, VP Finance - Julia Rooney
Email - julia@ileacalgary.com

Julia Rooney is an experienced live event producer and communications specialist. She is the Owner and Chief Creative Officer of Rooney Creative Solutions where she brings a boundless passion and fervour to her work creating detail-oriented events and comprehensive communications solutions that complement, enhance and elevate her client's brand. She recently stepped into a role with your Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Alberta & East Kootenay as the Marketing & Content Specialist where she is eager to grow her communications portfolio.

Julia has been an active member of ILEA Calgary for the past 6 years (as a student member for 3 years prior to that). She has been an ILEA Calgary board member for the past 8 years and has served as president of the chapter for the past two years. She is no stranger to leaning into her volunteer work and is happy to be sitting in the immediate past-president role for the next chapter year.

When not working or volunteering Julia is planning her next adventure, travelling, enjoying a glass of red wine and watching the Toronto Blue Jays. Little known fact: Julia spent three years living overseas in South Korea and has a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology; ask her about gorillas.






VP, Sponsorship & Membership - Nicole Claiter
Email - nicole@ileacalgary.com



Nicole Claiter began her events career 11 years ago managing large group and wedding bookings at an award winning Spa on Vancouver Island. Since moving to Calgary, she has held roles in a large corporate Calgary downtown hotel as an Events and Wedding Specialist and most recently as Event Specialist at the Calgary Chamber.

Nicole boasts experience in venue management and sales, sponsorship and planning events from 10-1,500. From social networking events to luncheons with the country's leaders, there is not an event that doesn’t excite her!

When she is not planning events, Nicole is an avid spinner at YYC Cycle, coffee enthusiast, foodie and mental health advocate.





VP, MarComms - Aya Gins
Email - aya@ileacalgary.com



Aya Gins joined the Event Industry in 2019, shortly after finishing her Event Management Certificate from Mount Royal University. 

After finishing her certificate, Aya created her own events company, Daughter + Dust Events, to pursue her dream of creating events for local businesses. 

Currently, Aya works at the B!G ART DRIVE-IN at TELUS Spark as the General Manager and Special Events Coordinator. Aya is an active member of ILEA Calgary for the third year and is joining the board for the second consecutive year. 

Outside of work, you can find Aya visiting all of the local events happening across the city, produced by her fellow event industry professionals and local businesses. If she’s not out and about, you can catch her snacking on hot cheetos and queso (you need to try this combination), binging youtube videos, playing sims, or deliberately trying to reach 10,000 steps on her apple watch

 



VP, Education & Programs 

Emma Blake
Email - emma@ileacalgary.com
Emma Blake, CMP, is a dedicated event professional with over 13 years of experience delivering exceptional corporate events to audiences across the globe. She recently joined United Way Calgary and Area as their Strategic Events Manager and has held previous event roles with the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the TED Conferences. A born and raised Calgarian, Emma loves spending time outdoors with her husband and dog, travelling to new countries (she’s visited nearly 40 so far), pop-culture gossip, and a nice glass of red wine.



Directors


Director - Chad Kultgen
Email - chad@ileacalgary.com

Chad Kultgen is the Manager of Events at Calgary Economicc Development.

Since joining the industry in 2005 I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of business, social and non-profit events in Calgary and across Canada, including nine years at WestJet, where my team was recognized for our award-winning holiday events. 

In my free time I love to travel, get outside and spend time with friends, family and dogs.


Director - Nancie Huneault
Email: nancie@ileacalgary.com

While completing her Event Management Certificate at Mount Royal College, Nancie Huneault began her career in events over 15 years ago. Planning events is her creative outlet and she thrives on making people feel “special” and going the extra mile to make that happen.  Nancie grew her skill set working with DEW Production, The Muse Group, Table Talk and EMC2. Currently she works for the City of Chestermere as the Lead Event Planner managing and overseeing internal and external events.

Working for the City of Chestermere gave Nancie the opportunity to obtain her ICS 300 which came in handy during the height of the pandemic where she was deployed into the ECC for four months as one of two Logistic Chiefs for the City, when a State of Local Emergency was declared.  The experience aligned with her interest in safety  procedures and protocols within the event industry and found the work stimulating. Nancie continues to explore other areas of interest within the industry, recently completing her Event Technical Production, Virtual Event Production and Pandemic Safety Protocol Training.

As a member of  ILEA for several years Nancie looks forward to taking a more active role as a Board of Director for the ILEA Calgary Chapter, in finding new ways to support the industry’s recovery post  pandemic.

When Nancie isn’t planning events, she is kept busy with husband and family, is an avid reader, enjoys swimming, riding, and has discovered an old love, home decorating  since the pandemic.


Director - Oma Ebojah
Email - oma@ileacalgary.com




We'll have more about Oma soon...


Director - Roxana ile
Email - roxana@ilecalgary.com

Roxana Ile started in the events industry 3 years ago, first joining the team of Chair Flair Event Décor & Linen Rentals. She has recently joined Calgary Stampede as an Event Coordinator. 


With a degree in Hospitality Industry, and French and English Language and Literature, Roxana obtained her Event Management Certificate from Mount Royal University and is looking forward to growing her event career personally and professionally. 

Roxana’s passion for events started as a student helping out with a summer school, while doing an internship for the Event & Marketing department of a 5-star hotel. She was an active part of a club that organised business events for students. 


Born and raised in Transylvania, Roxana moved to Calgary 5 years ago after spending a couple of months in Turkey as an ESL teacher for a private school. In her free time, she likes to explore Calgary surroundings, read books and taste various cuisines.


Director - Steve Klintberg Nagy
Email - steve@ileacalgary.com

Steve Klintberg Nagy began his events career as an actor who was quick to take on production roles. Having now been in the industry for 15 years, Steve's experience includes years as an IATSE crewmember, work with many Calgary theatre companies, a lot of emceeing and hosting across the country and hundreds of shows as a stage manager. 

In 2013, Steve and his partner, Zoë, founded RocketHouse, a production company based in Calgary and working internationally. RocketHouse adapted over the pandemic to include a full-service streaming film studio. Their portfolio has also expanded to include Spin For Life - an indoor cycling cancer fundraiser - and a joint production venture called VIRTU.

 


Director - Suzan McEvoy
Email - suzan@ileacalgary.com

Suzan McEvoy, owner and Chief Exposure Officer of Photos With Finesse, began her career in event photography when she captured World Skills 2009 from inception to stage performance.  The experience led to a 4-year partnership with Globalfest Calgary, and her passion for live events continues today.  She is now a sought-after award-winning event photographer who captures intimate cocktail parties, multi-day conferences and everything in between!  

Suzan is an active 6-year member of ILEA Calgary (2 years photography sponsor, and now Director at Large), Tourism Calgary, the Calgary Chamber, and MPI Greater Calgary Chapter.  During the pandemic she took on communications, social media and advocacy as part of the Alberta Live Events Coalition (ALEC) team, working actively with the Government of Alberta to promote the safe reopening of the event industry. 

Suzan is an ambassador to the event and hospitality industry.  She loves nothing more than showcasing and celebrating the successes of her clients, industry colleagues and friends. 

Passionate about animals, Suzan lives with 4 cats, 2 dogs, (all rescues) a veritable hoard of reptiles, and fish, and owns a horse.  She resides in Calgary, loves to travel, buys way too many plants for her garden. Her idea of ‘downtime’ is taking off with camera in hand and exploring Alberta’s backroads.

 


Director - Tokie O'Tona
Email - tokie@ileacalgary.com

Tokie O. is a lover of all things unique and exciting! As the owner and lead designer of Nuola Events Planning & Design she spends her time dreaming up the most gorgeous events and executing them for her clients to a T.

When she's not designing celebrations she's working in finance and sustainability, and in between all this looking for the next best thing to eat and/or drink with family and friends