Events & festivals have evolved; participants are now at the core of the experience.
Discover tricks and tips that attract and retain participants & sponsors from innovators that are disrupting the established « laws & orders » with new technologies, new approaches and a fresh spirit !
Sebastien Nasra - Avalanche Prod, M for Montreal, HUBmtl
Sébastien Nasra has established an impressive network of contacts throughout the world namely in the music industry where he launched the international careers of many successful Canadian artists. In its second decade the Company he founded in 1994 changed course and developed event formats that contribute significantly today to the ecosystem of festivals that make Montreal an international cultural metropolis.
In 2006, he founded M for Montréal, an indie music showcase festival and conference, renowned internationally and celebrated locally. In 2011, he created Mundial Montréal on a similar model but specializing in the genre of world music and celebrating cultural diversity. Additionally, in 2013 he became the co-producer and creative director of Festival OUMF, Montreal’s main back-to-school event.
2017 will see him launch a new initiative called HUB Montreal which will likely mark an important step into his prolific career as an event architect and an export expert !
Anthony Palermo - Connect&GO
Anthony Palermo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Connect&GO, a global leader of RFID deployments in the entertainment industry. Mr. Palermo has led engineering teams in design, development and deployment of RFID projects since 2006 when he co-founded the RFID Academia Centre of Excellence and the International RFID Institute. Connect&GO was founded in 2012 and offers premium services in ACCESS, PAYMENTS and EXPERIENTIAL to event industry professionals around the world.
Alec Lacroix - Questology
CEO of Questology, a SaaS platform that transforms the retail & events experience through user generated content & smart social displays, Alec will share Questology’s vision of a consumer centered brand experience through social displays.
Prior to Questology, Alec founded digital agency CC&Co, working with the most admired brands in Canada such as Keurig, Fairmount Bagel & Intersand in adapting their marketing efforts to the digital era.
Elizabeth Brooks - Ex: Live Nation Entertainment & Napster
Elizabeth Brooks is a business strategist, marketer, and investor with a focus on disruptive concepts. She is a leader in anticipating and understanding technological change and how it impacts consumer behavior and culture.
Elizabeth is a board advisor for global human answers platform Lucid and acted as Lucid’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2015 and 2016. Prior to Lucid she served as Senior Vice President, Content and Marketing, at Live Nation Entertainment and as Chief Marketing Officer at 3D technology leader RealD. Before RealD, Elizabeth was EVP, Marketing, at GoTV and SVP, Business Development at Buy.com (now Rakuten).
Her first technology venture was as VP, Marketing, at the original Napster.
Elizabeth started her career in the music industry as an A&R executive at Virgin Records, and Sony Music.
Elizabeth has also held senior consultant/advisor roles at Electronic Arts, EMI Music, and DivX, and currently holds board or advisory roles at Quest Media, Lucid, East African Social Ventures, and Crushroom.
This is all the fault of whomever encouraged her to join the high school radio station
Craig Snyder - ReverbNATION
Craig is part of the music partnership team at ReverbNation where he leverages his over 11 years in the music industry to build deep relationships with brands, music festivals, labels and artists. Combining these relationships with technology and curation is what allows ReverbNation to create impactful and unique music experiences for clients such as Pepsico, Bonnaroo, Atlantic Records, Fader, SummerFest, Firefly, Sturgis, Liverpool Sound City and many others
His experience and passion has made Craig a thought leader in the industry, speaking at top-tier industry conferences such as SXSW, CMJ, Music Biz and M for Montreal. Craig often speaks about the intersection of technology and music and its vital importance as the industry continues to experience shifts.
Craig is a card-carrying member of the Grammy Association and NY MusicTech. He’s received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Ramapo College. When he isn’t working, you’ll probably find him watching or playing hockey, producing podcasts, catching up on his Netflix queue (who isn’t) or attempting to cook the perfect frittata.