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Event Safety Alliance Taps Cirque du Soleil Senior Production Manager to Chair Canadian Affiliate

Pierre Guillotte to oversee development of Canada-specific version of the Event Safety Guide

 
PRLog - May 12, 2014 - LITITZ, Pa. -- The Event Safety Alliance has appointed Cirque du Soleil Senior Production Manager Pierre Guillotte as Chair of the organization’s newly-formed Canadian affiliate. Created in response to tremendous interest from professionals throughout the Canadian event industry, ESA Canada will soon begin the process of adapting the US version of the Event Safety Guide to conform to Canadian guidelines. Guillotte will oversee the activities of the organization and serve as ESA's primary ambassador within the territory.

“Although our efforts to date have been centered on the United States, we’ve always believed that the mission of the ESA would have global implications and are aware there is a global need,” said ESA President and Executive Director Jim Digby. “We’re honored by the support we’ve received from the Canadian event industry, and are excited to have a professional of Pierre’s caliber lead the expansion into Canada.”

Guillotte began his entertainment career in the late 70`s, working with such acts as Simple Minds, Julio Iglesias and Anne Murray. He was recruited by Cirque du Soleil in the early 1990`s to serve as Logistics Director on a Big Top touring show. Following a 2 year venture at the Walt Disney’s Imagineering division, Guillotte returned to Cirque in 2000, and never looked back. In 2006, he spearheaded a small production team that performed the first Big Top to Arena show transition, which eventually spawned a dedicated arena division in 2007.  He currently serves as the senior production manager for arena shows, where he oversees 4 full-time touring productions; including “Michael Jackson the Immortal world tour”. MJIWT has been in the Pollstar top 10 grossing tours since it opened in October 2011.

Although utilizing the ESA name, ESA Canada will function on a day to day basis as an independent organization with its own personnel and operating structure. This arrangement will allow ESA Canada to build on the success of the ESA while serving the unique characteristics and needs of the Canadian event industry. The creation of ESA Canada will be the first of several announcements regarding the ESA’s rapidly expanding presence across the globe in its efforts to improve event safety for all.

To learn more about ESA Canada and to become involved, please email canada@eventsafetyalliance.org

About Event Safety Alliance

The Event Safety Alliance (ESA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit safety trade association dedicated to promoting and supporting the concept of “life safety first” during all phases of event production. Through the development of training programs and resources such as the Event Safety Guide, the ESA strives to eliminate the knowledge barrier that often contributes to unsafe conditions and behaviors. Founded in 2011, the Event Safety Alliance now boasts over 3,000 registered professionals from inside and outside the event industry, including producers, promoters, stagehands, first-responders, and safety specialists. For additional information, visit www.eventsafetyalliance.org.

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Jacob Worek, Event Safety Alliance
jworek@eventsafetyops.com

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