Sharon Bonner, VEMM
CEO & Founder
Sharon Bonner is an industry pioneer who forged her way independently through the event business during the early day of computers and cellphones in the late 1980’s. She tells stories of hand writing her proposals on paper and driving them over to her clients’ office. With over 3,000 events under her belt, she has some very interesting stories to tell and a wealth of experience and knowledge to share.
In the three decades since the inception of Bright Ideas Events, Sharon has mentored over 200 local and international personnel in the ‘Art of Event Planning’. She shares her tips, secrets and empowers them to think outside the box and the importance of networking & building relationships.
She has been an ILEA (International Live Events Association) member since 2004, sitting on the board several times and is currently active with the Vancouver chapter, inspiring young budding event entrepreneurs to follow their dreams.
Sharon penned her first book called The Bright Ideas Adventure chronicling her 25 year journey of event excellence. As she enters her 32nd year of Event Production, she is working on her 3rd book called The Bright Ideas European Adventure where she travels through Europe interviewing Event Producers throughout France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.
In 2019 Sharon was chosen as an Influencer for the GoWest2019 annual conference that focuses on education, innovation and networking bringing together global industry thought-leaders to present the latest trends and ideas to enhance attendees’ knowledge. In the summer of 2019, Sharon was named one of the top 20 Meeting and Event Trendsetters by Meetings Today magazine.
In January 2020 she was listed by Bizbash Canada as one of the TOP 250 Most Influential Event Professionals in Canada.
When COVID hit in mid-March, Sharon formed The Global Events Community (GEC) to provide support and inspiration during the current global pandemic. The community’s mission is to offer resources and information for the challenges facing the event industry. In these troubled times where the future is unknown, Sharon wanted to bring event professionals together from all over the world in knowledge as the daunting task of looking at dozens of event websites daily to gather current news in our industry was overwhelming. Together now in one solid platform, event professionals can share, bond, gather tips and strategies and rebuild our businesses to come back stronger in the future.
In July 2020 Sharon was shorted listed as one of the top 72 women in Canada for the BMO Grant Program for Women Owned Businesses with winners being selected mid October 2020.
In February 2021, Sharon will release her first digital E-Book called Donuts In The Lunchroom, bridging the divide to make teams feel valued in a virtual world.
With a track record of 43 Industry Nominations garnering 35 Industry Awards, Sharon Bonner is one of the top Event Producers in Canada. Find me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Event Planner
Beth works with Bright Ideas as a Senior Event Planner, brainstorming event concepts, activities and entertainment ideas, conducting research, working events at particular stations, as well as occasionally assisting in running an event. Born in Eastern Ontario, she moved to Vancouver on a whim upon completing Bachelor’s Degrees in Linguistics and Political Studies. She has a wide variety of interests from travel to reading a good book, from inventing in the kitchen to growing her own organic veggies, from working out the stress at the gym to working out a lunch date with life-long friends. She has been involved with Bright Ideas since December 2008 and looks forward to participating in many more events to come. Find me at email@example.com
Senior Event Planner
Jennifer grew up in Saskatchewan and moved to British Columbia in 2011, where she studied dance with Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program (ITP) and Event Management at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Upon graduation she volunteered with Bright Ideas and is now happily working as a Senior Event Planner.
In her spare time Jennifer loves dancing, acting, and showing off Canada as the best country in the world! Find me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoe Kelly, born and raised in Ottawa, is working as a Junior Event Assistant with Bright Ideas. She is an uOttawa alumnus in the Social Work program and has worked for several mental health organizations since she graduated. She graduated from the Event Management Program at Algonquin College in April 2021. She enjoys hosting and attending events, and decided to take the Event Management program at Algonquin College because she believes events are a great way to bring people together.
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