about UNITY EVENTS

For the fans.

MISSION

Unity Events is dedicated to creating an uncompromising fan experience with pop culture conventions and events through a professional manner. Our mission with our consulting clients is to assist them in succeeding by reaching their goals through teamwork, integrity and compassion.

VISION

To be a leader in the world of conventions through excellent customer service and providing a unique experience which contributes to the quality of the pop culture community.


MEET THE TEAM

 

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Leana Santos

Co-Founder / Executive Director / Consultant

Talent Booking, Marketing, Communications

Email: leana@unityeventscanada.com

Leana has been growing her experience in marketing, communications, public relations, and entertainment since 2010. Her passion grew from working behind the scenes at some of the largest electronic music events in Western Canada. In 2014, she moved to Los Angeles to intern at a major film studio in Santa Monica, working in international marketing and promotions on one of the most successful franchises in Hollywood, The Hunger Games.

When she moved back to her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, she met her business partner, Miah. Their friendship quickly formed and they created Unity Events Canada in 2016 with the goal of creating unique conventions and helping others do the same.

Leana continues to develop her entrepreneurial mindset, leadership skills and personal growth by attending conferences and reading books regularly; her favourite authors include John C. Maxwell, Dale Carnegie, and Simon Sinek. When Leana isn't working, she stays active with CrossFit and hiking in the Canadian Rockies, and spends time with her Corgi pup, Porter.


Miah Bannerman

Co-Founder / Executive Director / Consultant

Operations, Production, Creative

Email: miah@unityeventscanada.com

Since 2003, Miah has been passionate about growing her skills and experience in production, event planning, business process and logistics, and graphic design. Miah completed her Business Analysis Certification and Supervisory Development Certification which allows her to think strategically and critically to execute a well organized and creative event. Aside from Unity Events, Miah currently works as a Team Lead Coordinator at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta. Her focus is improving the college’s processes and managing program logistics with her team.

For over 15 years, Miah has enjoyed giving back to the community by volunteering her time and skills working with the production and media team at her church. She also volunteers as a Youth Leader, mentoring youth and inspiring them to have an impact in their community.

Miah met her business partner, Leana in the summer of 2016. They both realized they have the same passion and goals, Unity Events was then created.


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SHAYNE BANNERMAN

Technical Site Manager / Consultant

Email: shayne@unityeventscanada.com

One of Shayne’s greatest joys in life is helping others enjoy their life to its fullest capacity. Starting as an Architectural Technologist in 2002, Shayne has grown his experience across various construction related industries. With over 10 years of residential design and 7 years in the demanding industrial sector, Shayne has learned the importance of staying calm in stressful situations. Shayne is an experienced problem solver and can see the big picture while working out the details.

Within Unity Events, Shayne’s primary focus has been creating floor plans to ease the setup and simplify the movement of people around the event, as well as the design and supervision of the operation of the audio/visual experience for the events.

Shayne volunteers his time and grows his skills setting up and leading a team of volunteers to run the audio/video equipment at his church on a weekly basis.


Linda Suurhoff

Talent Coordinator

Email: linda@unityeventscanada.com


MELISSA CHRISTENSEN

Volunteer Coordinator


COLIN CHRISTENSEN

Volunteer Coordinator