Andrew B. Nuttall

Master Resumé

Skills List > Event Coordination

Combined Skills
Freelancing + Editing + Journalism + Proofreading + Scripts + Copywriting + Research + Literature Reviews + Custom Digital Artwork + Online Retailing + Websites + SEO + Landing Pages + Chatbots + Event Coordination + PHP Coding + Microsoft Office + Interpersonal Communication + Desktop Publishing + Current Position

Experienced and Reliable

These 3 steps ensure successful outcomes, both for your project and our relationship. Following step 3, you'll gain access to a secure portal for easier collaboration.

1. Assessment

By asking relevant questions and actively listening, I will identify your specific needs and challenges. We'll quickly find out whether I can deliver the value you want for a reasonable price, or provide a suitable referral.

2. Solutions

Your situation and requirements are most likely unique. I will tailor solutions to meet your specific needs. This enhances the chances of delivering effective results, and leads to more successful collaborations.

3. Agreement

Before we commit to anything, we'll clarify the processes, methodologies, timelines, and potential outcomes so we know what it will cost and how our collaboration will proceed.

Free Consultation

Combined Skills
Cultural Sensitivity + Scheduling + Budgeting + Leadership + Event Coordination + Fundraising + Publicity + Interpersonal Communication + Organizing + Creativity + Festivals + Public Speaking + Volunteer Management + Project Management + Logistics

During the summers of 1993 and 1994, I organized 4 public festivals in Prince George BC. After that, I stayed on as a community organizer for the Multicultural Heritage Society.

Over 10,000 people attended each festival, in addition to entertainers, food vendors, nearly 60 volunteers, and representatives of over a dozen local cultural groups. I met with leaders, made budgets, negotiated contracts, handled publicity, recruited and managed volunteers, and dealt with the city.

I was the production assistant the first year, and the team lead the second. Both years, I was tasked with raising all the money for the city's Canada Day fireworks display. In the second year, I had an assistant whom I trained to replace me.

"Andy was instrumental in increasing the attendance of both the Canada Day Celebrations and the International Food Festival through his excellent publicity work."
- Patty Lumb, Executive Director, Letter of Recommendation

As a community organizer, I was tasked with implementing initiatives related to multiculturalism. My largest initiative was to develop and implement a resolution mechanism for disputes between organized cultural groups. When I could, I helped settle new immigrants in the community.

I also assisted in an anti-racism workshop, surveyed attitudes and opinions on related cultural issues, and worked with printers, galleries, and retailers to develop a fundraising project that featured the work of local artists.

My position as an organizer lasted until the spring of 1995. After that, I went to South Korea to teach English.

Combined Skills
Leadership + Copywriting + Organizing + Interpersonal Communication + Business Networking + Fundraising + Publicity + Project Management + Event Coordination

In the February 22 1999 edition of the Camosun College student newspaper, Nexus, there was a full-page article with the headline: March 4 Feed A Student For A Day.

"Feed A Student was started by CCSS Interurban Board of Governors rep. Andrew Nuttall to help raise awareness about hungry students."
-John Overall, Camosun Feeds Students, Nexus, March 8, 1999.

Posters were already up around campus because I had been working on the project since the middle of the previous semester with a mentor in the alumni office. I was able to approach multiple groups and offices on campus.

By the time the article ran, I had formal endorsements from 19 campus groups - including students, staff, faculty, and administration. Their logos or titles appeared on the poster and beside the full-page article in Nexus.

As the founder of Feed a Student For A Day, it was my job to write a compelling full-page article inviting the college to come together over a lasagna dinner, which would be served in the cafeteria on Lansdowne campus.

I gathered the content for my article by having conversations with members of the 19 groups, and used it to craft a unifying narrative around the mission.

The Student Finance Board uses a grocery allowance to calculate student loans, so we were asking employees of the college to buy vouchers for the daily amount. Tickets to the lasagna dinner were just slightly more expensive.

"Over 100 people came, and there were more tickets sold than people who showed up."
- Chris Green, Student Society President, Nexus, March 8, 1999.

With the help of Chris Green, president of the Student Society, I compiled a list of all the resources and every step we took into a single binder. The Student Society produced 7 in total. The dinner took place annually in early March, because that was when the money from student loans ran out and students started turning to foodbanks.

Combined Skills
Event Coordination + Teamwork + Leadership + Organizing + Consulting + Negotiation + Logistics + Graphic Design + Copywriting + Volunteer Management + Project Management

In the summer of 2005, I was approached by the team at Pine Street Productions to consult with them on producing a costume party for about 100 people at the Victoria Event Center. The team's leader, Matt Armstrong, heard about my experience organizing large-scale festivals and producing comedy shows from a mutual friend, and asked me to sit in on a meeting.

By the end of the meeting, the team had asked me about almost every aspect of event production. Then, they unanimously asked me to join the company. My official title was treasurer but leading up to each event I also handled many of the logistics in addition to the bookkeeping. During the actual events, I managed everything but the performers.

I advised the team on licensing, contracts, volunteer management, decorations and cleanup, negotiations with the venue and performers, branding, ticket printing and sales, partnerships with ticket vendors, choosing a suitable caterer, budgeting, and equipment rentals. From the second event onward, I also did graphic design and copywriting.

The original event was simply called "Electric Orchid" and took place on November 5th, 2005. It featured 4 of Victoria's top DJs, a performance by the Glow Dancers with a team of gymnasts, and two video projection artists. The theme was "glow in the dark" and costumes were supposed to "pop" under black lights.

We had about a dozen volunteers and surpassed our goal of selling 100 tickets, and almost reached the full capacity of the venue. Everything went smoothly, except for an unexpected glitch in the sound system that was fixed almost immediately. Two weeks later, we took the volunteers out for dinner to celebrate our success and give recognition to those who went above and beyond.

Electric Orchid II took place on March 18th, 2005. It was called "Carnival" and was based on the Brazilian festival by the same name. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes, which were voted on by our lineup of performers.

This event featured 4 of Victoria's top DJs, a special guest from Vancouver, and the opening slot was reserved for an amateur. This one was sold out. In fact, we had to turn away about 60 people at the door.

We held private auditions the previous February for the opening slot. The winner was selected with input from professional DJs, members of the leadership team, and members of our volunteer team who came to watch. After the event, we continued our tradition of taking volunteers out for dinner and recognizing those who went above and beyond.

Electric Orchid III, "Boogie Nights" took place on June 17, 2006. It had a 1970s movie star theme. Once again, prizes were awarded for the best costumes, and we gave the opening slot to an amateur who had competed in auditions which we held two months prior.

We had 21 volunteers, 7 DJs, an award-winning video projection artist, a new caterer, and an fledgling alternative medicine collective gave massages by donation. In the end, it took about 40 people to decorate, clean up, help in the coat check, and cater this event.

All of the Electric Orchid costume events had the same contract with the venue and licenses from the city. We left the venue in excellent condition, paid everything on time and in full, and handled all of the security ourselves without incident.

That is, until Boogie Nights. We were growing too fast, and municipal regulations were not drafted with what happened next in mind.

This time, we sold out in advance and there were no tickets available at the door. Nonetheless, on the night of the event more than 120 people lined up outside. Some went around the back and tried to sneak in. Others tried to push past our security team.

Eventually, the police arrived. Based on misinformation that they had about the contract and licenses, they ordered us to shut down the event. However, the paperwork showed that we were doing everything both according to the agreements we signed and the licenses. The police had to accept that we were not at fault, and were going above and beyond to be lawful. In the end, we agreed to turn down the volume and wrapped up the event about 30 minutes early.

A few months later, the City of Victoria reached out to Pine Street Productions and asked us to consult with a committee tasked with revising the bylaw that lead to the confusion. Through a dialogue between Pine Street Productions and that committee, the City of Victoria created a new type of event license which is now required for late night events at art galleries, and venues like the Sunset Room (for example).

Combined Skills
Event Coordination + Theatre + Budgeting + Public Relations + Publicity + Leadership + Fundraising + Organizing + Business Networking + Project Management

As an undergraduate student at the University of Alberta in 1990, I was a member of the Kappa Alpha Literary Society. We wanted to raise money to help address the fact that 7% of Canadian Adults could not read or write at the time.

Fun Fact: The 1989 movie, Dead Poets Society, was a re-telling of the history of Kappa Alpha. While the movie is set in 1959, the story is based on actual events and real people who lived during the 1820s.

Thanks to my failure as a comedian, and my role as a volunteer team leader at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, I had several contacts in the local theatre community. So, I reached out to performers, Ticketmaster, and Horowitz Theatre. I made a budget and a marketing plan, and proposed a comedy show.

"It is very rare that we see such success with student run events; especially those who present local acts."
- Gerald Stoll, Horowitz Theatre, Letter of Recommendation

We produced two sold-out performances by a local Edmonton comedy troupe, Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie - in January 1990 and January 1991. The shows raised over $4000, which we donated to a local literacy charity.

"I am pleased to report that he generated a fabulous level of public awareness that led to great word of mouth, and consequently each presentation played to sold-out houses."
- Dave Jackson, Troupe Manager, Letter of Recommendation

Horowitz theatre sat 720. I went on to produce one more show, independently, featuring SAK Theatre from Orlando, Florida. Three Dead Trolls appeared in the production.

After graduating in 1994, I organized festivals in Prince George, BC.

Combined Skills
Logistics + Scheduling + Event Coordination + Negotiation + Leadership + Organizing + Teamwork + Project Management

In October 1991, the Kappa Alpha Literary Society at the University of Alberta hosted an international conference entitled "Cunae Concilium" with 108 attendees from 9 different countries.

The event involved a combination of presentations, workshops, and theatrical production. It took place in three separate venues and spanned the course of 5 days. Planning took place over the prior 8 months. There were 7 people on the leadership team, 21 volunteers, 12 speakers, and 3 partner organizations.

As Logistics Officer, I found and booked the venues, accommodations, and equipment as well as handled printing and packaging of all distributed materials. I arranged transportation to and from Edmonton International Airport for guests and speakers before and after the event. As well, I assisted speakers and attendees to obtain the appropriate visas.

It was my job to ensure that we made optimal use of resources, parking, volunteers, equipment, and printed materials. I coordinated with the rest of the leadership team to schedule speakers, breakout sessions, meals, and the final awards ceremony, and arranged for transportation of people, props, and equipment between venues.

Combined Skills
Organizing + Event Coordination + Recreation + Psychology + Interpersonal Communication + Scheduling + Time Management + Negotiation + Microsoft Office + Journalism + Copywriting + Desktop Publishing + Class 4 Drivers License + Current Position

As Leisure Coordinator for an independent-living seniors' residence (since 2023), my role revolves around crafting enriching experiences tailored to the diverse interests and preferences of our senior residents. I take pride in curating a vibrant array of leisure programs and activities that cater to their needs, ensuring they have ample opportunities for socialization, physical activity, and intellectual stimulation. From organizing engaging workshops and driving the bus on outings to fostering a sense of community through social gatherings, my aim is to create a playful, life-extending environment where every resident feels valued and connected.

Collaboration lies at the heart of my work. By actively engaging with residents, staff, and community partners, I gather insights and ideas that fuel the development of innovative leisure opportunities. Whether it's introducing new hobbies or incorporating cultural excursions into our calendar, I strive to keep our programming fresh and exciting, constantly adapting to the evolving interests of our residents. Through regular communication via activity calendars and newsletters, I ensure residents are well-informed about upcoming events, empowering them to actively participate and shape the leisure experience within our community.

Safety and fun are paramount in everything I do. I meticulously adhere to safety guidelines and regulatory standards, prioritizing the well-being of our residents at all times. Additionally, I foster a supportive atmosphere where residents feel encouraged to engage with one another, fostering meaningful connections and peer support networks. By staying attuned to current trends and best practices in senior leisure programming, I continually enhance our offerings, striving to create an environment where every resident can thrive and lead fulfilling lives.

Combined Skills
Leadership + Scheduling + Event Coordination + Logistics + Teamwork + Volunteer Management + Project Management

In 2001, I chaired a conference on Men's Health Issues at Camp Thunderbird in Victoria, B.C. Planning took place over the course of 12 months and the event took place over 3 days in late August.

It was sponsored by Pfizer, the BC Ministry of Health, the Well Foundation, and received numerous donations from private individuals. Speakers included the British Columbia Minister of Health, Colin Hansen; Patrick Harris, co-founder of the Gesundheit! Institute, and David Butterfield, developer of Shoal Point.

The theme was Health Men Healthy Communities. We focused on the connections between men's well-being and the well-being of children, families, neighborhoods, and the physical spaces we share. (In keeping with the emphasis on physical spaces, most attendees slept at Camp Thunderbird and participated in cleaning, cooking, and assisting others throughout the event.)

We took an evidence-based approach to the physical and mental health issues faced by men and boys in Canadian society. This necessarily meant that some of the topics covered were controversial. Indeed, we ended up dedicating an entire morning to a workshop on facing denial and ridicule while addressing the very real issues the conference was intended to address.

As the chair of the conference, I framed controversy as an opportunity to stimulate civil discussion and bring forward new evidence that not only benefited men and boys, but communities as a whole. We surveyed attendees at the beginning and end of the conference to see if this approach was constructive. Almost all of the attendees reported changing their minds on at least one item of importance to them. Most reported learning information that would change their approach to dealing with male-specific health issues going forward.

There were 6 people on the leadership team. 60 people, mostly men, attended the conference from start to finish. However, a few dozen more attended parts of the conference (half-day tickets were available), so the final total was 106.

The conference culminated in a final dinner where every attendee contributed in some way. It brought together men from all 5 tax brackets, multiple ethnic backgrounds, and dozens of occupations.

   Skills List

Make Contact

Book a Meeting
You'll walk away knowing it was time well-spent.

  On Zoom
  In Person

No time to read all this?
Ask my personal chatbot.