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Paul Runnals

SVP, Creative & Production,
Brand Live Group
Vancouver, BC, Canada
@paulrunnals
With a career spanning over 25 years Paul has established himself as one of Canada’s leading producers of major concerts, events and festivals.

After having served for many years as technical director and then production manager for countless live events and festivals throughout Canada he went on to oversee multiple worldwide concert tours for Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Dido, Prince, INXS and many others. During this period of over 15 years spent on the road, select highlights included managing production and logistics for the Lilith Fair Festival from 1997-1999 as well as producing two major Pacific Tsunami benefit concerts in 2005 that raised over $3m for relief efforts.

In 2006 he stepped away from touring to launch brand.LIVE as a boutique concert and event agency, where within 18 months he had hired six fulltime staff. In 2008 brand.LIVE was awarded several major Olympic contracts, and Paul oversaw all aspects of the design and build of both Vancouver House and Alberta house, with the latter winning the “Best Pavilion” award.

In 2009 he had joined the Olympic Ceremonies senior executive team to produce the nightly Winter Olympic medal ceremonies and Headline talent concerts at BC Place stadium and produced the live presentation of the first ever gold medal awarded to a Canadian Athlete on home soil. Following this in Paul orchestrated the creation and launch of the "LIVE at Squamish music festival" which is now entering its fourth year and has steered its growth to a current daily capacity of 19,000.

In 2011 he once again took on the responsibilities as lead producer on the Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver, a role he had also played in the 2009 Festival in Calgary. More recently he was the Executive Producer for Sarah McLachlan’s “Voices in the Park” fundraising concert at Stanley Park, which featured Stevie Nicks, Bryan Adams, President Bill Clinton and many others as well is the ongoing Executive Producer for the Celebration of Light fireworks festival, recognized as the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world.

When not busy orchestrating his latest event inspiration, Paul serves as a director of the Vancouver chapter of Kids up Front and where he lives with wife Catherine and their son Griffin.