Event Management

Event Management Extension Certificate


Please note: All required courses with the exception of Introduction to Event Planning are now only offered online.

Prepare for a career in event management with the skills you need to manage events of all sizes. Gain practical skills and professional knowledge to successfully organize, promote and execute any type of event.


The Event Management program is a recognized member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA).CE Logo - Event - ISES Member 

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  • Prepare to become a professional event manager
  • Enhance your job or volunteer responsibilities for planning and organizing events
  • Earn a professional credential
  • Learn to plan weddings and other social events
  • Complete the 7 required courses (174 hours)
  • Can be completed within 2 semesters up to a maximum of 3 years

Earn Credit Toward a Degree/Diploma
This program is eligible for transfer credit. For more information, contact Business and Professional Education cebusiness@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.6861.

Program Notes

  • We strongly recommend completion of Introduction to Event Planning before beginning any other courses.
  • You must complete all of the first 6 courses in order to begin the Event Management: Final Project. Please ensure you meet all requirements before registering.
  • Check the technical requirements for using the Blackboard online learning platform before registering.
  • The listed online course hours indicate the estimated time for students to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.
  • A grade 12 level of written and spoken English is strongly recommended to successfully complete the requirements of this certificate.
  • Intermediate skills in MS Word, Excel and Windows are strongly recommended In order to succeed in this program.
Required Courses
Recommended Order
Introduction to Event Planning
Resource Management
for Event Planning
Event Logistics
Event Risk Management
Event Marketing
Event Production
Event Management: Final Project
The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester.
Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March.


Required Courses

Recommended order

Introduction to Event Planning
Be introduced to the art and science of event management in this overview of the certificate program. Gain an overview of the event industry and its associations and designations. Discuss various types of events, the 5-phase approach to event planning and the core competencies of event planners. This course is also the first required course in the Wedding and Social Event Planner Certificate of Completion. (click Here)

Subject code: XEVT 10011 15 Hours. Fee: $249  
Online May 1-29    

Resource Management for Event Planning
Event planning involves awareness of who the intended audience is, what the event consists of, where and when the event is held and why the event is being held. Clearly comprehending the goals and objectives of the event and the needs and desires of the stakeholders provides a basis for ongoing decision-making and successful management of the event.
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Event Planning

Subject code: XEVT 20001 30 Hours. Fee: $375  
CRN 50034 Online May 29-June 26    

Event Logistics
Event logistics provide the opportunity to plan how attendees get to the event, what they do at the event and how they leave the event. Managing the logistics of multiple components of the event requires organizational skills and the ability to attend to detail while maintaining the big picture.
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Event Planning

Subject code: XEVT 20002 30 Hours. Fee: $375  
CRN 50058 Online May 1-29    

Event Risk Management    
Identify the best ways of preventing and reducing loss to ensure that your event is conducted in the safest possible manner. Find out about permits, licenses and insurance, legal issues and bylaws, contract negotiation, protocol, and national and international considerations. Effective planning can and does reduce risk.
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Event Planning

Subject code: XEVT 20003 30 Hours. Fee: $375  
CRN 50078 Online May 1-29    

Event Marketing
The success of your event is measured by the participation of its target audience. Effective event marketing includes strategy, timing and evaluation components, all critical to the event’s success. Differentiate between revenue-generating, fundraising, cost-recovery and marketing events. Develop a comprehensive event marketing plan, and identify and develop sponsorship opportunities.
Recommended prerequisite: Introduction to Event Planning

Subject code: XEVT 20004 30 Hours. Fee: $375  
CRN50079 Online May 15-June 12    

Event Production   
Event production requires the involvement of a variety of experts, including sound, lighting, special effects, audiovisual and more. Differentiate between an event timeline, a production schedule and production scripts. Acquire an understanding of common terminology and learn to assess technical requirements in order to have meaningful negotiations, discussions and event execution with all vendors.
Recommended prerequisites: Previous 5 Event Management courses

Subject code: XEVT 20005 30 Hours. Fee: $375  
CRN 50094 Online May 1-29    

Event Management: Final Project
Review and apply the concepts, elements and processes of event planning. Use real-life examples to integrate your knowledge of the multiple components of successful events. Each student is required to submit a final project outlining specific components of a detailed event plan.
Recommended prerequisites: Previous 6 Event Management courses

Subject code: XEVT 20006 9 Hours. Fee: $315  Choose 1 of the CRNs below
CRN 30217 Online Apr. 10-May 1    
CRN 50057 Online May 29-June 26    


Students must provide CE Registration with a current and valid email address. When registered , students will receive a welcome/orientation message by email. Course materials will be available through blackboard prior to course start date. 

Once you have downloaded your course materials, please bring them to class on a laptop, iPad or other tablet, or a printed paper copy.


“I feel like this certificate program will give me an advantage over other job applicants.”-Kim Valleau

“This course was exactly what I needed to understand the event management industry. It helped me evaluate my skills and understand that a linear approach is not necessary, an integrated approach is how it is done.”-Desiree Haight

“This course was great for getting a taste of what the event industry is all about. It is informative for those new to event planning, but also seemed to be useful for those already active in event planning type careers.”-Aaron Blair

“This course was a great starter to the overall program. It was informative and by no means overwhelming. My instructor was knowledgeable, friendly and outgoing towards my newfound career path and continued education.”-Brittany Rondeau

Sharon Barwick, CSEP
Sharon is a Certified Special Event Professional and has been a manager with Simply Elegant since 2004. She has served as operations manager, florist, decorator, wedding and event planner.  Prior to Simply Elegant, Sharon Barwick Designs was a successful Vancouver floral and event decorating company that served the Vancouver lower mainland and Vancouver Island.  Sharon is an key note speaker and enthusiastic educator in the event industry and has been an active member of the International Live Events Society (previously known as ISES) for the past 25 years.




Kathy Felice
ce_photo_ev_feliceWearing her best dress and eating hot dogs, at the age of 5 Kathy was the guest of honour at a "Happy Little Helper" party organized by her 11-year-old sister. The pride and magic she felt turned out to be the foundation of what was to become her journey of life.

Kathy spent 15 years working in residential and educational settings with individuals that faced a multitude of physical and mental challenges. She pursued her interests through volunteer work coordinating musical productions, building parade floats and haunted houses. She created costumes and mascots, learned balloon decorating and became Kokomo the Clown!

Accepting an entry-level position with the Winter Festival of Lights afforded her the opportunity to learn from the bottom up. Four years later, as festival manager, she produced the 1999 millennium celebrations bringing together 100,000 people in celebration, televised live, at the brink of Niagara Falls. During these years she participated on numerous committees at major festivals throughout the Niagara Region.

Through the coordination of career fairs, employer tours, skill competitions, robotic tournaments, community forums and conferences, Kathy currently assists youth and the unemployed to discover viable career choices. She sponsors special event apprentices and continues to volunteer for causes that touch her heart. A belief in education necessitated her to obtain her Special Event Coordinator and Management Certifications. A belief in people leads her to mentor and inspire others. A belief that magical moments can change lives ensures she creates great events.

Lynn Fletcher
ce_photo_ev_fletcherLynn began her career in Vancouver after experience and studies in fashion and costume design, floral design, marketing and entrepreneur courses. With 15 years in the industry, 3 international event planning awards and hundreds of weddings to her credit, Lynn Fletcher has the experience and creativity to ensure an event that perfectly reflects the unique vision of each client. Specializing in weddings and other social events, Lynn is honoured to bring her passion for the industry to the Mount Royal Event Management instructor team, mentoring new event managers taking the program.

It all starts with listening. Then, with the boundless enthusiasm of a true romantic, Lynn gets to know each of her clients well, ensuring that their day is a true reflection of who they are. She becomes more than their wedding producer; she becomes a friend and confidant. Lynn has an intuitive instinct for seeing and understanding the needs and desires of brides and grooms. It often is difficult to tell who is more excited about the wedding, her or her clients.

Lynn plays an active role in the event industry as an instructor in the Mount Royal Event Management Certificate program, delivering The Business of Wedding Planning and Event Logistics courses, as well as contributing to the curriculum development for the Event Management program itself. As a member and past board member of the International Special Events Society (ISES), Lynn attends training conferences and trade shows worldwide to ensure that she stays on top of the latest trends and best ideas in the industry. That wealth of knowledge is priceless and her students have an all-access pass!

Alissa HurleyAlissa Hurley - Event Management Instructor

Alissa has over 20 years of consultative and operational event experience in a variety of corporate, agency and supplier roles. Her corporate experience spans various industry sectors and includes work with such leading brands as BlackBerry, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Nike and United Technologies.

Currently, Alissa is Marketing Events Specialist for Kinaxis and Chair of Bark for Life Ottawa (a fundraising event for the Canadian Cancer Society). Her passion is all things digital, including social media and productivity tools.

Alissa has been active in the meetings and events industry, contributing to industry associations such as Meeting Professionals International, publications and educational institutions. She achieved her Certification in Meetings Management (CMM) in 2003.

Cynthia J Lamont, CMP, CMMce_img_CynthiaLamont
Cynthia is a senior meetings professional with over 19 years of industry experience working and attending University in both Denmark and New Zealand.  She graduated from Massey University, New Zealand in 1991 with a Graduate degree in Human Resources  and a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada.  In addition, she holds two significant meetings industry designations - Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certification in Meetings Management (CMM).

During Cynthia's career, she helped to open the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.  In addition to owning her own event management company, Cynthia was also the provincial event manager for the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta.  In 2012, Cynthia accepted a contract position with Meetings + Events Calgary (MCC) where she developed and launched two departments for the City - Events Services as well as the Calgary Ambassador Program.  Both departments supported MCC in their successful bids to attract international conferences to the city of Calgary.

Cynthia has been an event industry leader and mentor who is continually recognized for her ability to quickly understand and fulfill clients' needs. She was honoured to be named Meeting Professionals Industry (MPI's) Greater Calgary Chapter's 2010 Rising Star; 2011 President Elect; 2012 President and the Mentor/Coach of the year; 2013 MPI International RISE Award recipient and speaker at the MPI World Education Congress; 2016 Meeting & Incentive Travel Hall of Fame finalist in the category of Industry Mentor.  She currently sits on the International Chapter Membership and Advisory Council for MPI.

Kimberly_Roberts_Bio_ImageKimberly D. Roberts  CMP, CSEP
From the age of 11, Kimberly Roberts has been planning and producing events. She graduated cum laude from Clark Atlanta University (CAU) in Atlanta with a BA in English. While at CAU, she served as business manager of the university’s gospel choir and spent a summer as a White House intern. She earned her MBA in Marketing from Strayer University in 2006.

In 2000, Kimberly founded Pieces to the Puzzle, Inc., The Upscale Event Planning Company, with clients in the corporate, non-profit and private sectors. She has also been on staff with several major Atlanta organizations, planning meetings nationally and internationally.

Kimberly became a member of the International Special Events Society (ISES) in 2000 and served her local chapter as Community Relations Chairperson from 2002-05. She is still actively involved in the Atlanta chapter. She achieved the Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) designation in 2001.

Kimberly began teaching event planning at Georgia Perimeter College and has taught online with Devry University and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Her love of teaching led her to develop a learning institute geared specifically toward event education. Her forthcoming book, The Anatomy of an Event, will be published in 2011.

Her volunteer work includes community service projects with Big Brother Big Sister of Metropolitan Atlanta, Junior League of DeKalb County, Mary Hall Freedom House, Hands on Atlanta and Fernbank Museum. She is affiliated with The Meeting Planners International and the American Marketing Association, Atlanta Chapter.

In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys travelling, reading and mentoring others who have an interest in entering the event planning industry.

CE Bio - Event Management - ScottWes Scott
Wes Scott joined the instructional team of MRU's Event Management program in 2009.

Wes currently works with dmg events (Canada) inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail Group, one of the world’s most prominent trade show and media companies. Since joining dmg in 2000 as Sales Manager, he has moved through the ranks in a variety of roles. Wes’s role is Executive Vice President, Energy Sector. Within this role, he oversees dmg events’ North and South American interests, more specifically energy -related trade shows and conferences, which include the Global Petroleum Show, International Pipeline Exposition, Heavy Oil Latin America, World Heavy Oil Congress and Oil Sands Trade Show.

Prior to joining dmg events, Wes was the Business Manager and Publisher for the Petroleum Society of CIM for three years, where he oversaw the organization’s training activities, conferences and technical publications. Wes’s experience offers over 18 years of management and leadership with a diverse background in international business development, sales, marketing, advertising, operational and start-up experience in global trade shows, conference production and print publishing.

Wes graduated from Mount Royal in 1994 with a diploma in Business Administration. Although he travels extensively, Calgary is home, where he enjoys spending his spare time with his children Kimberly and Rebecca.

CE Instructor_Niesa SilzerNiesa Silzer
Niesa was on the production team as a stage manager for the North American premieres of Ragtime and Mamma Mia! and went on to tour both shows in Canada and the United States. After seven years of living out of a suitcase, Niesa decided it was time to settle in one city and transferred her skills to event management. She believes that events are the same as theatre – the show must always go on.

Niesa has a diploma in Theatre Arts from Mount Royal College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University and a Masters of Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Niesa now works as an independent meeting planner in Calgary and enjoys working with a wide variety of clients with every day being a little bit different. Niesa works on all elements of events from special event galas and fundraisers to tradeshows and a variety of educational events. She also specializes in providing top notch event production to each of her clients and their events.  Niesa is a member of Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN), International Live Events Association (ILEA) and has also served on the board of the Calgary chapter of Meeting Professionals International.

Faith West Gorman
ce_photo_ev_westgormanFaith West Gorman has spent the past 20 years delivering imaginative and original events. In the mid-’90s, she honed her considerable skills in event production, sponsorships and marketing while serving as Executive Director of New Jersey’s largest celebration of the visual and performing arts. She then moved onto corporate work, serving over a decade as the Director of Special Events, Corporate Giving and Donor Relations at a large regional trauma center in northwest New Jersey. In that capacity, she executed corporate events such as successful galas, professional comedy shows, the PGA Championship, celebrity speakers, large community festivals, and meetings and conferences. In 2008, she left the corporate world and established a full-service event management firm, Faith West Events, LLC.

She is the recipient of three IFEA Pinnacle Awards, a JASPER and other awards of distinction. Faith's inspired creativity and award-winning events are not the only features that distinguish this talented event professional. Along with a Master's degree in Management, Faith holds several event certifications including a CFEE (Certified Festival and Event Executive) from International Festival and Events Association®, CSEP (Certified Special Events Professional) from International Special Events Society®, and CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) from Convention Industry Council®. Besides these impressive event credentials, she has also been trained and is certified by the prestigious Protocol School of Washington® as a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant and a Level #1 Protocol Officer.

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403.440.6013 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB   T3E 6K6

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