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GILLES PAQUIN, CEO / PRESIDENT
PATTI CAPLETTE, CREATIVE PRODUCER
JULIEN PAQUIN, PRESIDENT – PAQUIN ARTISTS AGENCY
TODD JORDAN, VICE PRESIDENT – PAQUIN ARTISTS AGENCY
MICHELLE SZETO, ARTIST MANAGER / TOUR MARKETING DIRECTOR
AL FOSTER, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING / PUBLIC RELATIONS
RENEE MANDZIUK, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Possessing a rare blend of artistic passion, creativity and business savvy, Gilles Paquin has been involved with the North American arts and entertainment industry for over 30 years as a manager, promoter, producer and entrepreneur.
He is the President and CEO of Paquin Entertainment Group, which encompasses four divisions: artist management, talent agency, theatre & film and corporate services. Today, Gilles personally manages legendary icons Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bachman & Turner and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Del Barber. He supports, oversees, and directs each artist's creative ventures, which includes producing a bio-documentary for Buffy Sainte-Marie, in-studio concert special with Bachman-Cummings called First Time Around and a live concert special/3D production shot at the Roseland Ballroom in New York for Bachman & Turner.
Gilles founded the agency division in 1985. It has since become one of Canada's premier entertainment agencies, representing a roster of international clientele that includes musicians, such as Serena Ryder, The Sheepdogs, Whitehorse and K'NAAN, along with ballet and theatrical companies. In 2004, he launched a theatrical subsidiary, Koba Entertainment, focusing on large-scale family-oriented productions, such as Dora the Explorer, The Backyardigans, Toopy and Binoo, and Franklin the Turtle, among others.
Always looking for his next entrepreneurial endeavor, Gilles recently spearheaded Act 5 Entertainment, which involves the management of an array of entertainment projects including live theatricals, exhibitions, and merchandising opportunities. Selected Act 5 productions include: Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, 50 Shades! The Musical Parody of 50 Shades of Grey, and a theatrical version of Degrassi, to name a few.
Gilles also co-founded the Venue Coalition, representing a network of 55 premier North American arenas. He recently sold his share of the company, but still works as an advisor.
As a producer of film, television and theatre, he continues to work on select projects, and has a slate of exciting works that are currently in development, including a feature-length film of Moulin Rouge® – the Ballet, starring Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
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Patti Caplette is a director/choreographer of ballet and contemporary dance and conceptual visionary for concert stages, theatre, film and television.
She danced professionally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. Noted for her versatility and theatricality, Patti danced soloist and principal roles in works by world-renowned choreographers such as Balanchine, Bejart, Kylian, van Manen, Tudor, Christie, and Limon.
Between 1973 and 1993 she travelled the globe, performing in more than 400 cities in 19 countries including United States, Canada, England, France, Russia, Japan, Egypt, Mexico, and starred in numerous ground-breaking productions by international choreographers. Highlights include: an international tour of The Who's seminal rock opera ballet, Tommy; Stravinsky's Firebird at the Herod Atticus theatre in Athens, Greece; Peter Wright's Giselle in Tokyo, Japan, and Van Danzig's Romeo and Juliet at the famed Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her love of dance and film was whetted whilst starring in Agnes de Milne's Fall River Legend, and Brian MacDonald's Tam Di Delam.
Following her stage career, Patti became an award-winning choreographer, creating original works for dance companies, opera, theatre, television, national award shows – including working with numerous stars in the Canadian music and musical theatre industries – the symphony and even the circus! Her credits include the Pan-American Games, The Juno Awards Gala, Her Majesty the Queen's Royal Visit to Winnipeg, "The World Needs More Canada" for the federal Government of Canada's tour of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, and "Opening Night," an original evening of musical theatre that starred Michael Burgess (Les Miserable), Ma Anne Dionisio (Ms. Saigon), Tyley Ross (West Side Story) and Melissa Thompson (Beauty and the Beast).
She has also worked on a number of projects in the tele-visual field, including the original dance drama Journey – A Mythical Dance Fantasy for BRAVO! Television, which starred prima ballerina Evelyn Hart, and won a Blizzard Award for Best Performing Arts Film and a Gemini Award for Best Production Design. Other credits include: Autumn Lady for Global Television, which took home the bronze medal at the New York International Film and Television Festival, and the CBC's "Canada Day" Indigenous Peoples Tribute on Parliament Hill starring singer Tom Jackson and actor Graeme Green. Additionally, actor/dancer couple Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi recruited Patti to take on the role of dance coach for the feature dance film Without a Word.
Her undeniable talent for translating a creative vision to stage was of invaluable use on the recent feature film production of Moulin Rouge ® – the Ballet, starring Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where she acted as creative producer.
As artistic director of Koba Entertainment, Patti continues to deliver unparalleled productions through personalized attention to detail, overseeing all aspects of creative direction, choreography, script writing, set, costume and lighting design and assembling quality teams for every project. Koba Entertainment's touring shows feature much-loved characters from children's literature and television including The Backyardigans, Dora the Explorer,Toopy and Binoo and Franklin the Turtle.
Patti builds shows that are cohesive, consistent and, above all, excellent entertainment for some of the toughest audiences in the world.
Raised in an environment infused with music, creativity and entrepreneurial values, Julien Paquin displayed an inherent wisdom for the live entertainment business from an early age. In 1993, he joined his father Gilles as an agent at Paquin Entertainment Group. Julien's instinctive knack for discovering new artists has helped shape Paquin Artists Agency into an industry leader, cementing his reputation as one of the premier agents in Canada.
Under his direction as President of Paquin Artists Agency, the company's roster has steadily grown to over 150 acts spanning a broad spectrum of musical styles. Julien represents such notable artists as Randy Bachman, The Sheepdogs, Serena Ryder, Old Crow Medicine Show, Coeur de Pirate, Josh Ritter and K'NAAN. The diversity of these acts reflects his vision for the Artists Agency: a people-oriented organization, providing distinguished service to its artists and thereby fostering their careers.
Julien currently serves on the boards of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), an organization whose main focus is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music; the Unison Benevolent Fund, an assistance program for music industry personnel; and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA), a national arts service organization for Canada's presenting and touring sector.
Julien's contribution to the industry continues to be widespread; he has been recognized as "Agent of the Year" at CAPACOA and at six Canadian Country Music Awards.
Todd Jordan is Vice President of Paquin Artists Agency. Joining the team in 2001, Todd has represented a diverse roster of artists, including iconic performer Buffy Sainte-Marie, award-winning country act Corb Lund, world-music titans Afro Celt Sound System, and prestigious dance company, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, among many others.
Todd has been an integral part in establishing Paquin Artists Agency's reputation as a premiere booking agency, representing over 150 acts globally. Under the direction of Todd and President Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency has been honoured as Agency of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards for 11 years in a row. Todd has also received three nominations for Agent of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.
Among his many accomplishments, Todd has worked to develop and expand Paquin Artists Agency's business ventures in Asia. Constantly travelling to countries around the world in pursuit of new talent, Todd has discovered and signed many ground-breaking world-music artists to tour in North America, such as Calypso Rose, LA-33, Dulsori, Manou Gallo, Peatbog Faeries, and more.
Todd has also lent his expertise to Manitoba's music community, sitting on the Manitoba Music Board from 2006 to 2012.
Michelle Szeto got her first taste of the entertainment industry at an early age in her hometown of Hong Kong, working in concert production for international superstars such as Oasis, Celine Dion, Boyz II Men, Sean Lennon and Prodigy.
Since joining Paquin Entertainment Group over 10 years ago, Michelle has held the position of Director of Marketing/PR, where she was pivotal to the expansion of the company’s Tour Marketing Division. During this time, she has launched successful national tour campaigns for a diverse client list which includes Nitro Circus, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Blue Man Group, Aerosmith with ZZ Top, and The Wiggles.
In addition to her role at Paquin Entertainment Group, Michelle also lends her marketing and publicity expertise to the company's family theatrical affiliate, Koba Entertainment, which brings popular family characters to stages across four continents.
Today, in her new role as Artist Manager / Tour Marketing Director, Michelle personally manages Polaris Music Prize and Juno Award nominee Donovan Woods; continues to lead global marketing and press initiatives for management clients, including iconic artists Buffy Sainte-Marie and Randy Bachman; works alongside the Agency division in international talent acquisition and tour marketing support for its roster of artists; and oversees all business development and campaign strategies for the Tour Marketing Division.
Al brings to Paquin more than 20 years of professional experience in communications and journalism. Most recently he was the Communications Manager for a Winnipeg based NGO. Before that, Al served as a Press Secretary for the Government of Manitoba.
Prior to being a communicator, Al had lengthy and successful career as a journalist with public and private broadcasters. Much of that time was spent with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Al was a producer, reporter and host, creating content for local, regional and network shows including As It Happens, The National, World Report and The Inside Track. He also co-produced a Blizzard Award Winning documentary with CBC Manitoba’s I-team.
Along with this professional skill set, Al brings a passion and enthusiasm for the arts and entertainment community both as a consumer and participant.
Renee Mandziuk is the Director of Finance of Paquin Artists Agency. Joining the team in 2014, Renee oversees Paquin's financial analysis and financial systems. She has re-vamped the financial policies and standard operation process with a focus on cost control.
She began her career in 1999 at Terracor Business Solutions, as an Accounting Software Consultant. Renee analyzed the current business workflow processes and provided more cost efficient solutions. Her robust approach in implementing effective business models earned a lot of attention as she received numerous job proposals from many of her clients.
One of those offers came from Portland's Nautilus Fitness, to run the Canadian financial operations. As their Canadian Controller, she accomplished reducing the monthly financial reporting results from 10 to five days and received a cost control award. In 2007 Nautilus Fitness closed its Canadian operations and Renee facilidated this process.
She then went on to become Chief Financial Officer of Krevco Lifestyles, expanding their business model with acquisitions of several companies and opening several new locations.