President + Technical Director
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If you ask anyone he knows, they have known Terry to be a man with a great strong work ethic. He acquired his first job at age 14 and has not stopped since. In 1992, he began his career in Technical AV at Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts, while simultaneously attending Humber College studying Technical Theatre, eventually graduating in 1998. He then went on to work at Toronto’s tallest office tower, First Canadian Place (now owned by Brookfield Properties) as Technical Director for Arts and Events for 10 years. During that time, he worked with many musical artists, TV hosts, local celebrities, and also served several years at the Canadian National Exhibition as the Production Manager for all their live stages performances.
In 2007, Terry and Marina founded Q ideas Inc. and his first contract was serving as exclusive AV Supplier for the The Distillery District in Toronto. In 2010, Q ideas Inc. was awarded the contract as Exclusive AV Supplier for Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. In between that, Terry also acts as Technical Director for Molly Johnson, as well as works on numerous projects involving Canadian Musical Artists, Live Performances, Tour Management and Corporate Events.
In his spare time, Terry is known to be a gadget nerd, a burger fanatic and his mission is to one day beat his 6 year old son in Mario Kart.
Technical Production Associate
A a Graduate of Humber College’s Tehcnical Theatre Production Program, Chris began his career in Technical Production in 1996. He has worked with many AV companies and shows and events such as the Toronto Film Festival to serving as Lead Audio Technician for the Reality TV Show “Impossible Heists”. Chris’ broad range of skills encompasses everything between acting as head lighting designer, to FOH and monitor engineering, stage managing, rigging, carpentry, and wireless IEM systems. His knowledge of digital audio programming includes Avid D-Show systems, Digico Product Line, Yamaha Product Line, Soundcraft Vi and Si series consoles, Meyer Galileo.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys cycling, golf, cooking and spending time with his 2 daughters. He is also a Poutine fanatic and his goal is to one day proclaim that he has tried every possible combination of toppings that Smokes Poutinerie has to offer. One off his proudest moments as a dad was when he took his 13 year old daughter to have her first Hog Town poutine, which brought tears to his eyes.
VP of Operations
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Marina co-founded Q ideas Inc. in 2007 and is a wearer of many hats. She may the first person you encounter upon you inquiry. You will find her very much behind the scenes engulfed in a plethora of spreadsheets where she is responsible for all areas of office administration, event booking, staff scheduling, financial matters, accounts payable and receivable. She also works her magic in marketing, web and graphic design, social media and shoots the occasional event photography for Q ideas.
Marina comes from a background of art and design. She graduated in 1999 with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Her other life involves designing over at www.marinaduque.com. She loves coming up with the next creative project, whether it be a painting, designing a new website, or re-arranging furniture for the 29th time.
Technical Production Associate
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Starting out as a junior crew person for a small sound reinforcement company, Evan eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from U of T. He then went on to FOH audio mixing in Toronto nightclubs which lead to touring regionally and nationally spending months on the road working in roles such as FOH mixer, monitor engineer, production coordinator and tour manager over a period of 10 years. He then went on to work as an audio engineer’s assistant in a TV and radio post-production house. Following that, he worked at the Royal Ontario Museum as Technical Services Coordinator.
In 2008, he settled in Paris, France for 9 months working various contracts before returning back to Canada. Some artists that Evan has worked with include: The Barenaked Ladies, Choclair, Jamie Lidell, Gord Downie, Jacksoul, Dragonette, Tift Merritt, Sarah Harmer, and Ron Sexsmith to name a few.
Evan’s interests, beyond cables and wires, of course, range from cycling to speaking French and playing guitar with local groups, ‘Les Cactus’ and Toronto’s only francophone choir ‘Les Voix du Coeur’.
Senior Technical Production Manager
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Ben joined Q ideas in 2011 and prides himself on his talent for taking a client’s creative vision and breaking it down into a practical process that achieves a rewarding final product. He adapts quickly in a challenging, fast paced environment. On top of being a people-person, Ben brings to the table experience and understanding of all facets of entertainment including business development, creative direction and production process. With a solid foundation in the technical side of entertainment, he ensures a seamless journey from conception to curtain.
In his spare time, Ben practices wizardry and world domination through board and card games.
Technical Production Newbie
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You take direction well, motivated, able to operate independently and in a group environment, working 14 hour shifts is nothing new (even to your pets, parents, spouse/better half), wearing black at all times doesn’t compromise your dress code. If you have fall arrest certification, able to operate a scissor lift, boom lift, vertical lift, troubleshoot stuff that has cables and wires and have working knowledge of Digital Consoles for audio, lighting and video, then we want you. Oh ya, you have a vehicle (bonus!) and a sense of humour (double bonus!).
We are always looking at awesome techs to add to our roster of awesome techs. Send us your resume, however if we do not contact you back, please do not have hard feelings.
We are so grateful to have been able to present such incredible, world-renowned artists – alongside such top “notch” “ideas” – for the launching of Bravo Niagara! It was an absolutely unforgettable evening that we all will cherish. We still feel like we’re on Cloud 9! We’ve had nothing but glowing reviews, and we can’t wait to have you all back again real soon! A big Bravo!!! to all.
Alexis & Chris, Bravo Niagara!
Thank you once again for joining us on October 25 for our very first OktoberFEAST!
We began this journey with a vision of bringing together Ontario’s top brewers with Toronto’s most in-demand food trucks and pop-ups, and you made it a reality. It is hard to articulate how grateful we are to you for generaously donating your time, your skills and your product.
Thanks to your participation, together we engaged more than 600 supporters – many of them new – and raised over $35,000 to fund a joint initiative between the Canadian Cancer Society and Evergreen to develop a sun safety program for elementary school students. With your help, the Canadian Cancer Society continues to have more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity in Canada. You have helped make OktoberFEAST an exciting (and delicious!) new way for people to join the fight against cancer and the glowing feedback we have received from attendees speaks to the quality of our partners like Q ideas Inc.
On behalf of Mike, our other guests, and the staff and volunteers of Canadian Cancer Society, thank you once again for making OctoberFEAST a tremendous success. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
Your friends in the fight against cancer.
Don’t bother with a second opinion: working with Q IDEAS was the best decision ever. Terry, Marina, and the entire tech team were simply incredible. From ideas, planning, and strategy through to set-up, execution, and tear-down, the Q IDEAS team far exceeded our expectations. They are professional, knowledgeable, friendly, resourceful, and deliver everything they promise on time, on budget, and exactly as we envisioned. We strongly recommend working with Q IDEAS for your event and project needs. You will quickly realize that they are not a supplier, vendor, or contractor, but a core and indispensable part of your team. Thank you immensely for making our event beautiful, connected, and seamless. We look forward to working with you again.
Josh Snider, Manager, Accelerate: Collaborating for Sustainability Conference
(June 2014, Evergreen Brick Works), The Natural Step Canada
I just wanted to share a note that was sent to all our guests who attended the Wednesday night Home for Life event. It was a wonderfully upbeat evening and a fundraising success! I want to personally thank the you for making this challenging project that much easier for me. It was comforting to know you were in the trenches with me! Truly Terry, your support was greatly appreciated.
Donna-Lee, Manager Special Events, Eva’s Initiatives Home for Life 2014
On behalf of Special Olympics Canada and the more than 35,000 Special Olympics athletes, thank you for all your hard work and support on the 30th Annual Special Olympics Festival. The event looked and sounded spectacular thanks to Q Ideas.
Judging by the positive feedback received from our many guests, this event was a resounding success. Thanks to the commitment and passion of volunteers and community leaders like you, we succeeded in pulling off a fantastic event, which not only raised more than $300,000 for Special Olympics, but also inspired new champions and re-energised the Special Olympics movement in Canada with a truly memorable, authentic 30th anniversary Festival celebration.
The Special Olympics Festival has always been an occasion to share moving stories of determination, commitment and accomplishment. Throughout this year’s event, these stories were brought vividly to life, whether by athletes like our keynote speaker, Tess Trojan, or this year’s Special Olympics Canada Award honourees. Each story underscores not only the tremendous role of this organization in the lives of the athletes and their families, but also the value of an ardent community of supporters, like you, who have embraced the movement.
We are already looking forward to next year’s Festival! In the meantime, we encourage you to cheer on Special Olympics Team Canada as they compete at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea from January 29 – February 5.
With gratitude and appreciation,
Sarah Eyton, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Special Olympics Canada
On behalf of Eva’s Initiatives, we want to sincerely thank you so much for your ongoing support and co-operation in making our annual Home for Life Auction event “work” at your venue! You and your staff were fantastic from the tweaking of the floor plan, to assisting the junior designers suspend chairs from the ceiling, expanding some of their rooms, then loaning us your white sheers which made a statement at our entrance and much more… It was a real pleasure working with you!
Dale Johnson, Manager, Special Events, Eva’s Initiatives
On behalf of the team here at Toronto Life, we just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for last night. It was a great event in support of a worthy cause so we thank you for all of the efforts from your team in making it a great success!
Yen Tran, Marketing Manager, St. Joseph’s Media | Toronto Life
I can’t begin to express how much of a pleasure it was working with you and your team. They were extremely helpful and accommodating and it’s very refreshing. You guys made my life a million times easier and I can’t thank you enough.
Gillian Freeman, Brookfield Properties
Thank you so much for everything you did for us at Meeting of the Minds 2013. You did an amazing job. So smooth, flawless and well executed. I can’t thank you enough. You really made our event world-class.
Jessie, James, and Kristi
Meeting of the Minds
A huge thank you for helping to make our event a huge success! It was quite the night and from all reviews so far, everyone had a great time. We really enjoyed working with you and we truly thank you for your over-the-top generosity and patience with us through the whole process. We look forward to working with you again soon.
Jamie Lamont, Managing Partner, One to One Communications
I wanted to write and express our sincere thanks for doing such a great job on the Canwest event. You were a dream to work with – you handled every one of our MANY requests with professionalism and a smile and we are very appreciative. All of your team was great as well – good-natured and accommodating. We’d love to work with you again!
Gwen Kennedy, Partner Details Event Coordination Inc.
The service I received at Q ideas Inc. was fantastic. Terry was wonderful to deal with and the rates were reasonable. The tech’s that we had at our event were friendly, knowledgeable and quick on their feet. I’ll be looking to Q ideas for future events.
Laura Johnston, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
A selection of our clients/events.
Molly Johnson, Jane Bunnett, Holly Cole, Sophie Milman, Denzal Sinclaire, Michael Kaeshammer, Jesse Cook, Loverboy, Sharon Riley and the Faith Chorale, BTO, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Richard Street, Doodlebops, Jacksoul, INXS, Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, David Usher, Philosopher Kings, Michelle Wright, Chantal Kreviazuk, Opera Atelier, Jann Arden.
2014 Cardiac Walk of Life, 2014 Bravo Niagara International Music Festival, 2014 Beerlicious Event, 2013 Meeting of the Minds, 2013 La Carnita, 2010 – 2013 Mayor’s Lunch at the Arcadian Court, 2012 Ontario Summer Games, 2012 – 2013 Lifford Ladies Night Out, 2009 – 2013 Lifford Boys’ Night Out, 2011 + 2012 + 2013 Special Olympics Gala, Brookfield Bay/Adelaide Tower Launch, Gay Pride Toronto/Montreal, Brookfield Beam Topping, Blue Rodeo @ The Design Exchange, Lifford Boys’ Night Out, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, One Night Live, Women’s College Hospital Wine Event, Virgin Mobile Launch, 18 Bremner Ground Breaking, Nike Air Force One (Baltimore, USA), Sony Playstation (Vancouver, Canada) Bell WIC (Wireless Integration Conference), Chilean Wine Show, East Coast Music Festival at the Distillery Historic District, Toronto Marathon, Forever Plaid, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Motus O Dance Theatre, Soulpepper, Art of Jazz, City of Brampton: Mayor Susan Fennell’s Gala, Yorktown Music Festival, Grolshe Beer Event, HMV In-store Performances, Peanut Town Festival.
Hogan Lovells, Philip Aziz Centre, Rosehaven Homes, Cisco Canada, The Arthritis Society, Toronto Life, Stratus Wines, Teknion, CIBC, TD Bank, Providence Health Care, UN Global Compact, SickKids, Google, Juno’s 2012, Transcontinental, Women’s College Hospital, Kenwood, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto International Film Festival 2011, RBC Dexia, Canwest, Waddingtons, Bayer, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, The Toronto Underground Market, Distillery Historic District, First Canadian Place, Brookfield Properties, Brampton Brick, Scotia Plaza, Feldman and Associates, Women’s Post, Markham Theatre, The Duke of Westminster, The Walrus Foundation, Sony Center, Canadian Family, GWL Realty, Australian Consulate, Branksome Hall, Jennifer Bassett Events, Zygoht, Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, Tapestry New Opera Works, Harris Institute + many more…