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Karey Billyard

Project Manager

A natural history and adventure/travel storyteller at heart, Karey takes pride in her endless pursuit of creating memorable and lasting experiences — both on the screen and in the event space. As a seasoned factual Television Producer, she has a keen eye for zooming in on the golden moments and take-home messaging — partnered with an extensive Production management portfolio, where she has flexed her organizational muscle , leading with energy and accuracy in the delivery of every project. This passion for delivering one seamless production package has lead her to creative content development and communications roles for some of the top independent television producers, international broadcasters and not-for-profit organizations in London, UK, Toronto, Ontario, and now Victoria, BC.

Karey began her communications career with one foot planted firmly on either side of the Arts/Science fence — stemming from a background in programming and public engagement at both the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and then the Natural History Museum in London, UK where she assisted in the grand opening of the Sir David Attenborough Studio. These combined interests led her to researcher, story producer and Associate Producer roles on a wide variety of ambitious specialist-factual projects for such television networks as PBS, BBC, IMAX, Travel Channel and Smithsonian Channel. Along the way, she has been given the incredible opportunity to put her flare for production management and site coordination towards being an extremely effective and integral part of notable large scale, and culturally significant live event productions, including CBC's The JUNO Awards, Pride Festival Toronto, and several other live CBC Specials.

Recent Successes

  • Juno Awards, 2017 (Insight Productions for CBC): Production Coordinator assigned the task of planning and execution of the entire backstage production and talent relations programming of over 30+ artists and presenters: Working directly with a multi-faceted team of everyone from the Executive Producer Lindsay Cox to plan and execute Bryan Adam's dressing room and management team, through to coordination with the Prime Minister's office and RCMP to successfully facilitate a meet & greet and private photography session with PM Justin Trudeau.
  • Pride Festival Toronto: Operations Manager in charge of the street festival portion of the Pride experience. This included site, schedule, entertainment and presentation execution, technical run downs + scheduling, volunteer management, food & beverage support, and extensive Artist travel, accommodation and logistics management.
  • 6 Degrees Toronto — Presented by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, the immersive annual three-day Toronto event anchors a series of one-day pop-up events across Canada and around the world. 16 public events, 50 global speakers, 5000 attendees, 20 corporate & media sponsors all coming together to discuss the pressing social matter of inclusion, diversity and immigration policy. As Senior Event Coordinator, Karey was tasked with the coordination and execution of the entire AGO lecture programme production, including several flagship roundtable panel discussions, interactive modules, Virtual Reality experiences, participant media interviews, artistic installations, coffeehouse group discussions, professional concept presentations, branded attendee engagement booths, and corporate/political fundraising dinners & luncheons.
  • Cream Productions, Toronto — Director of Digital & Communications Management directly with internal Communications departments within International Broadcast Networks such as Discovery Channel and Smithsonian Channel's publicity and digital marketing teams to develop cohesive, creative and dynamic show launch and social media strategies (Television Show premieres, online engagement, new series brand awareness). The process for developing science and wildlife programming involves extensive communication and dialogue with scientists, experts, guides, local fixers, and major stakeholders. Key messaging and core story objectives must be refined and pulled from this research, and ultimately communicated to Network Executives. These presentations, highlighting target demographic Program development is an essential role that ultimately works to trigger multi-million dollars worth of funding for new production projects. The most exciting highlight of this experience was developing to green light a primetime paleontology series for History Television — Dino Hunt Canada, narrated by Dan Aykroyd.

Education Training & Awards

  • Bachelor of Arts, Communication: Production Design, York University, Toronto
  • Foundation Year: Radio + Television Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • Extensive Special Events training modules, Natural History Museum, London, UK
  • Production Best Practices – BBC London Factual, London, UK

Memberships and Boards

  • Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society — Board Member
  • Victoria Guest Services Network — Member

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