Stephanie Leblond is the President and Creative Director at Leblond Studio Inc. With over 10 years of experience in the events industry and honoured by many national and international awards, Stephanie regularly works with many of Canada’s top event planners.
Stephanie’s commitment to the event industry is well established. She served on the ISES Calgary board for 4 years, including as VP of Programs and Education in 2011-2012, following which the Calgary chapter was recognized with the ISES Spirit of Excellence award for Best Programming.
Through her seminar series “Working with Your Photographer”, Stephanie shares expert tips and strategies with event students and professional planners on subjects such as supplier agreements, onsite management and award submissions, speaking at professional associations and events management programs such as Bow Valley College and Mount Royal University.
She is also a strategic team leader with GoBe Collective, a global movement aimed at mentoring photographers and other creative entrepreneurs. She recently acted as Conference Chair for the GO Summit, GoBe Collective’s annual leadership conference held in Newport Beach, California.
I always knew that I would create for a living. I took private music lessons from the age of 7, studying flute, alto, tenor and the soprano sax, all the way to university. When I was a young adult, not much else mattered to me but jazz. Leaving my hometown of Quebec City, I then travelled, worked and lived aboard for a few years, which eventually took me to the British Virgin Islands. It is at that time, working as the general manager of a busy day spa in the Caribbean, that my dream of being an entrepreneur was born. While in the Caribbean, I took on underwater video as a hobby and topside photography. I still remember the day when the first digital camera appeared on the island; my mind was blown with the possibilities. My first event was around then; when I was asked to capture an award reception aboard a Caribbean Princess cruise ship, which was published in the local paper. When my husband and I moved back to Canada 2005, I started to shoot events in Calgary and was immediately in love with shooting entertainment, stage lighting and décor elements. I felt that I was reconnecting with my previous life as an aspiring musician. Years and hundreds of events later, I could not be happier calling myself a creative entrepreneur, and having the joy of creating opportunities for our talented team.