Doreen Lorenzo announced as keynote speaker for Ottawa Festivals Pitchfest + Expo

Doreen Lorenzo

Doreen Lorenzo, former CEO of global design firms including frog design, and acclaimed advisor on innovation and creativity, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Ottawa Festivals Pitchfest + Expo taking place November 20, 2015 at Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park, Ottawa. Joining other internationally and locally recognized thought leaders who will address the theme Partnerships for Extraordinary Events, Lorenzo will deliver the keynote about Bringing Creative People Together to Produce Extraordinary Things.

“We are very pleased to have Doreen speaking at Pitchfest + Expo,” said John Brooman, President of Ottawa Festivals and CEO and President of Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. “Festivals and events offer a tremendous opportunity for innovative people to come together and produce amazing experiences for audiences while also creating better business opportunities. Doreen’s track record speaks for itself. I look forward to hearing about her experience building creative teams, especially as we prepare for celebrations for Canada’s 150th in 2017.”

Local industry experts and business leaders participating in a panel discussion and series of coffee talks include Brennan Loh (Shopify), Mark Monahan (RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Cityfolk, Festival of Small Halls, Bluesfest School of Music and Art), Kevin Keohane (CHEO Foundation), Peter O’Leary (Ottawa Senators), Adrian Sciarra (Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group), Manjit Basi (Citizens Academy), Janice McDonald (The Beacon Agency), Jenny Mitchell (Chavender) and John Brooman (Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival).

“We are very excited to have such respected and recognized leaders join us for Pitchfest + Expo,” said Carole Anne Piccinin. “It will be a day full of valuable insights, information and take-a-ways that can be used immediately.”

For more information about attending or exhibiting, or to register for Pitchfest + Expo, visit ottawafestivals.ca/expo2015. Early bird rates are in effect until October 16, 2015.

About Doreen Lorenzo
Doreen Lorenzo is the former president of global creative and design firms including frog design, which she helped scale from a boutique firm to a global consultancy. She has advised Fortune 100 companies on design and innovation issues for decades. Lorenzo has been featured on ABC News, Bloomberg Radio, Fortune, and The New York Times, and writes a monthly column for Fast Company.

About Pitchfest + Expo
This first-of-its-kind event is uniquely tailored to create effective partnerships and successful events while generating new business opportunities in Canada’s Capital Region. Pitchfest + Expo is designed to inspire synergies between businesses and festival and event producers including arts and culture organizations, not-for-profits and other associations in support of Mayor Watson’s vision for an extraordinary 2017.

About Ottawa Festivals
Ottawa Festivals is a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to providing support, presenting a united voice, and creating an effective networking environment for festivals, special events, and fairs to operate more effectively and contribute to the socio-economic prosperity of Canada’s Capital Region.

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