President & CEO
What do you get when you combine a Spanish-born, English raised expat in Canada? You get the one and only Miki Reeder, who has spent the last 25 years planning and executing large-scale events across the globe, in a variety of verticals. Throughout his career, Miki has developed long-lasting relationships with senior decision makers within National Oil Companies, government, and regulatory bodies. He has organized over 150 events and has connected tens of thousands of businesses in face-to-face marketing environments, digital channels, and white labelling. Through all of his experiences, Miki has developed the secret sauce for creating exceptional events. (If only he could bottle and sell it). Miki is truly passionate about launching and developing businesses and brands. He co-founded Connect Partnership Group to bring never-seen-before events to Calgary. Miki has created an environment of empowerment, knowledge sharing, and straight-up fun. His leadership style is unconventional (in the best possible way), and he inspires those around him to grow and succeed.
Chief Operating Officer
Believe it or not, there are people who like to play with Microsoft Excel and databases in their free time…Cintia is one of those people. In Events, the devil is in the details, and Cintia is our devil (but the nicest one you’ve ever met). Whether she’s reviewing a vendor contract, planning a move-in, or working with the budget, Cintia doesn’t miss a beat. Cintia brings highly developed skills in Communications, Media Buying, and Project Management to our team. Her pure love for logistics, analytic brain, and the ability to think ten steps ahead make Cintia the perfect fit as Operations Manager. She’s also an amazing mom, a great listener, and keeps all the best snacks in her desk drawer.
Marketing and Conference Analyst
As a recent Marketing graduate, Jack brings a fresh and modern perspective to our team. Responsible for identifying opportunities, forging meaningful relationships, and managing data sets, Jack combines his congenial personality with his marketing knowledge and research abilities to meet his goals. It’s not easy to navigate the nebulous world of potential event participants and sponsors, but Jack has the unique ability to find the diamonds in the rough. And when he connects with them, he clearly communicates the value of participation and the return on investment. Originally from the West Side of Staines in the UK, Jack has a broadened world view and the ability to assess a situation from all angles. He can always find common ground and is an engaging conversationalist and networker. He keeps us laughing using his quick wit and freakishly good ability to mimic accents. Outside of work you might find Jack at a kickboxing gym, watching footie at a pub, or eating a burger at A&W (sans lettuce and tomato).
Business Development Associate
Small-town prairie upbringing meets big city optimism in our newest team member, and business development guru, Kelly Hall. Coming to Calgary in the early 2000’s from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Kelly has seen Western Canada grow and thrive. Spending most of his career (and life!) in business development across Canada, Kelly’s helped countless businesses engage within their local communities, grow their National business networks, and open international doors. His fondness for building positive, collaborative relationships has allowed him to excel as an industry thought leader, trusted advisor, and casual mentor. Kelly’s passion and excitement shows up in his work, and in the office, it’s truly infectious. It’s also almost impossible not to enjoy reading his social-media posts!
Meet Katie Comb: the rare hybrid of an analytic accountant and a creative conference producer. With over ten years of business, finance administration, and management experience, our Scottish firecracker has produced and coordinated some of the most respected energy conferences in North America, including World Heavy Oil Congress, Global Petroleum Shows, and the Oilsands Conference. Katie is the architect of our events, designing them from the ground-up and setting the stage (no pun intended) for meaningful exchanges and maximum value for all participants. That means connecting with hundreds of professionals and taking a Goldilocks approach to find just the right fit for the show. As a Co-Founder, Katie has been instrumental in establishing our company and she’s driven to provide Calgary with new events that not only enhance the profile of the city, but also make a positive impact. Like a true Scot, Katie is forthright, funny, and focused; always willing to lend a hand and go the extra mile.
Marketing & Conference Manager
Hailing from the beautiful city of Montreal, Aaron has travelled to Calgary to pursue his career in the events industry. Aaron is a passionate digital marketer with experience building brands and growing 6 figure businesses. Aaron bears a unique skillset combining digital marketing, project management and business development, making him an online expert with a focus on collaboration and the ability to grow the bottom line. Aaron’s passion is to provide exceptional inbound marketing tactics and systems with a focus on the customer experience. He looks forward to jumping in to Connect Partnership Group at the early stages and adding tremendous value by helping connect people to products.
Business Development Manager
John was admittedly never the quiet one at the back of the class. Unlike his high school days, we won’t be scolding him for socializing. His outgoing personality and ability to have a sincere conversation with absolutely anyone is exactly what makes him such a great asset to our team. John started his career in logistics but being more driven by making human connections, John transitioned into the Events industry, where he has successfully paired his meticulous organization skills with his outgoing personality to create memorable experiences across the continent. Over the past ten years, John has worked on everything from galas, tradeshows, and conferences, to fundraisers, networking and launch parties. To expand his knowledge of the event industry, John is currently earning his Certified Exhibition Manager designation. John gives back to the community by helping aspiring Olympic athletes raise the funds they need to live out their dreams. He also loves driving to the mountains with his wife and chilling out at the lake in his community.
Operations and Conference Analyst
Originally from Krakow, Kinga moved to Canada 7 years ago to change things up. Prior to moving here, she lived in the Netherlands and had a short stint in the UK, but Calgary is the pace she calls home. Kinga’s diverse career blends creation of high-impact international conferences, fundraising galas, cultural projects and festivals. She has a strong background in fund development, project writing and logistics. Kinga loves the detail and at the same time, never looses sight of the big picture. She is a connector whose focus is on building long-lasting relationships with all event stakeholders. Fun facts – Kinga loves OCR, tennis and MotoGP almost as much as reading a good book in the hammock with a glass of red. She’s not super picky in that department.