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Festival & Events Ontario Appoint Kathrin Delutis as New Executive Director

An accomplished leader who will work alongside the Board and staff to take FEO into the future

Toronto – Board President Rosemarie O’Brien is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathrin Delutis to the position of Executive Director of Festival and Events Ontario (FEO). Ms. Delutis will start with FEO on March 16, 2015.

“Festival and Events Ontario provides leadership and support to hundreds of festivals, events and suppliers,” explained Ms. O’Brien. “In Kathrin, we have found an accomplished leader who will work alongside the Board and staff to take FEO into the future with vision and confidence. She has extensive experience in the not-for-profit realm, firm roots in events and great competence in strategy development and annual planning.”

"I am truly honoured to lead this organization," said Ms. Delutis. “FEO has been led by a dedicated group of staff and board members, looking to build its capacity, and I look forward to working together, to build an even stronger association."

FEO’s former Executive Director Gary Masters resigned from FEO in August of 2014 to pursue an academic opportunity with Fanshawe College. Since that time, FEO has benefited from the interim leadership of Debbie Mann. “Ms. Mann has demonstrated extraordinary leadership over the last few months by overseeing the general operations of FEO and spear heading the plans for the annual Conference which takes place from March 4 to 6,” said Ms. O’Brien. “The Board is grateful to Ms. Mann for her leadership.”

Ms. Delutis joins us from Habitat for Humanity Canada, where she has served as Director Affiliate Development since 2009. Over the course of her career she has become known for her commitment to relationship building, as well as her skills in organizational development and strategic planning. A champion of healthy, active lifestyles, she has held leadership positions for a variety of festivals and community events, and was also a Senior Manager for the 2001 Canada Summer Games.

Festival and Events Ontario, a not-for-profit organization based in Woodstock, provides members with a networking forum, professional development opportunities, advocacy efforts and marketing support. The annual conference draws together members from across the Province linking event organizers with suppliers and providing a range of professional development sessions. There are 2,500 events that take place in Ontario and these festivals and events contribute $1 billion of economic impact each year.

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