Kalen Pilkington

kalen In-house Sustainability Manager
Consultant
Event Producer with sustainability expertise

Location: St. Albert / Alberta / Canada
Years experience in sustainable event practice: 5

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Details of experience:
I integrate holistic sustainability into all of the events I plan, not only focusing on the environment, but also the social and economic aspects as well. I believe in seeking out sustainable solutions through event planning and delivery at the community level that help contribute to a shared global responsibility. I look for unique and innovative ways to plan and deliver events that are enjoyable for guests and provide aspects of education about the host organizations and their commitment to sustainability. I specialize in designing sustainable events and marketing materials that focus on specific demographics from youth to seniors, and everyone in between.

Some of the highlighted projects I have completed include:

  • Planned and executed the largest public engagement in St. Albert's history (7,000 people) which represents about 10% of our population. There were several events (approximately 15 to 20) smaller events planned and executed to gather the input and celebrate with the community (all done with a sustainability focus)
  • Large scale music festivals
  • Flash mob to increase awareness about water conservation
  • Zero Waste events
  • Behaviour change campaigns communicated through sustainability community events
  • Unique and creative public engagement events that spur community connection and conversation

I also believe in creating comprehensive event reports so that the successes and lessons learned can be incorporated for other upcoming events. Key to this is the development and measurement of targets and event indicators.

I am an out of the box thinker and like to be at the forefront of sustainable events. Employing innovative event management techniques and infusing sustainability along the way makes my planning and execution process highly valuable and unique. My ultimate goal is to provide sustainable events to meet the clients expectations while making a positive impact environmentally, economically and socially. I want the events I plan to help positively demonstrate the clients commitment to sustainability and help position them as good global citizens.

Qualifications/Degrees/Training:

  • Honours BA (Sociology, Geography - minor in Global Studies and Business)
  • Master of Environment and Sustainability - University of Western Ontario
  • Green Architecture - Algonquin College
  • Event Planning Certificate - Mount Royal University
  • Project Management Certificate - University of Western Ontario
  • Leadership Certificate - Grant MacEwan University
  • Public Engagement Certificate - IAP2

List of events and projects worked on:
I believe in seeking out sustainable solutions through event planning and delivery at the community level that help contribute to a shared global responsibility. I believe in infusing sustainability into the event from conception to closing. I do this through designing and executing:

  • Small meetings to large conferences that promote social responsibility, environmental protection while upholding economic accountability
  • Numerous Zero Waste Events
  • Large scale education campaign events
  • Large scale public engagement events that spur community connection and conversation
  • Diverse event typologies that are for targeted demographics
  • Corporate team building events
  • Change management initiatives and celebrations
  • Music festivals with sustainability initiatives
  • Community building programs and events that help increase local resiliency and empower the residents
  • Event branding and marketing materials to support holistic sustainability
  • Events for community development and planning
  • Unique events that stand out and get the cause or organization positive recognition
  • Events that incorporate sustainable elements that guests have the opportunity to learn about while in attendance

To make a great event, I believe it is important to have a comprehensive process that includes the incorporation of targets and indicators that are reported on in the post-event report. In addition to overall event targets, I also include social, environmental and economic indicators to measure the impact and sustainability of the event.

Examples of Kalen's Work: