OUR TEAM

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Anh Nguyen, B.Comm, CMP

If the Spark Event Collective had a face, it would probably look and sound a lot like Anh. She is our hustler and resident closer, who leads our business development and branding efforts. She thinks she has the easiest job on the team because convincing people to trust their events to this community of talented planners is such a privilege - it doesn’t even feel like work.

 

Anh founded Spark Event Management, an award-winning, full-service event management firm, from which the Collective is spun off from. Having experienced first-hand the challenges, excitement, disappointments, and thrill of entrepreneurship, she is passionate about supporting independent planners in the pursuit of their professional goals.

 

Anh possesses over 15 years of event design, production, and management experience. She has managed everything from intimate corporate functions to large, international events and is known for her keen eye for detail while being able to lead, inspire and manage large, global teams.

 

She’s won a tonne of awards, is internationally recognized as an industry leader, and has accomplished a bunch of cool things that you can Google, but she is most proud and passionate about her 2-year-old daughter, Elliot, who challenges, inspires, and motivates her every day to (drink!) and to build something awesome for future generations.

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Stephanie Barkley, CMP, CMP

Stephanie is the Collective’s Santa Claus. If there’s a list, you can bet she has checked it twice. Our resident administration, finance, process and list leader, Stephanie is responsible for our standard operating procedures and process management.  Her keen attention to detail, obsessive love of lists, rules, regulations, and instructions ensures that every planner in the collective is well-trained and is set up to successfully deliver to our standards.

 

Stephanie, or “Steph”, as she’s known to the Collective, founded her own event management firm, Mosaic Event & Travel Management and gets how important the right operational backbone is for a business’ success. Steph brings that strong operational mind and background to the team.

 

Stephanie has over 20 years of experience planning and implementing events. Most of her project work has been for non-profits, government, and associations, so she has extensive experience guiding committees (read: herding cats!) to translate ideas into execution.

 

Stephanie loves to travel and help others have memorable experiences, including traveling through the Rockies with her husband and fur baby.

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Kyla Arneson

If we could put, Get Shit Done, on a business card, that is what we’d put on Kyla’s card. Oh wait, I guess we can? As head of operations for the Spark Event Collective, Kyla is responsible for leading our team of independent planners through their assignments, providing project oversight and is the face of the Collective when it comes to supporting our client events. 

 

Kyla discovered her love for bringing people together while working in a hotel banquet department and was always questioning how things could be done more efficiently and effectively, which inspired her to complete an Event Management Certificate through Bow Valley College.

 

She has been planning events for over 10 years and her vast experience in trade shows, conferences, annual general meetings, virtual events, and hospitality make her a source of endless knowledge and information for our Collective planners.

 

She’s also a master in the kitchen and runs her own side hustle as a baker, chef, caterer, culinary extraordinaire – if you are nice to her, she will bring you pie.