Professional Lighting & Production - Fall 2017 - Page 14

Mark “Drifter” Desloges Drifter Rigging Opens in Toronto Production veteran Mark “Drifter” Desloges has launched Drifter Rigging in Toronto. The company’s aim is to offer the Canadian mar- ket access to the most widely used automation products for mid- to higher-range productions. The company’s first formal job was the extensive automation for the 2017 Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show, featuring Drifter Rigging’s Kinesys Elevation 1+ variable speed chain hoists and Libra load cells. Additionally, in early July, Drifter Rigging and Kinesys USA hosted a Demo Day at Christie Lites’ To- ronto location that featured the first North American deployment of Kinesys’s new Apex system. “We’re proud to have Drifter Rigging as our first and only Canadian customer, offering Kinesys products for rental and show services. High production values are in demand in Canada, safety concerns are paramount, and creative drive is consistent and constant. This interest in pro- grammable chain hoist control, integrated load cells, and other movement elements is a very positive sign. This is the start of a new chapter in automation for Canadian productions,” says David Bond, VP of Kinesys USA. For more information, contact Drifter Rigging at 902-223-1036 or CETEC Group Adds Ed Lockyer as Sales Rep CETEC Group President Wayne Korhonen has announced the addition of Ed Lockyer to the company’s sales team. Lockyer will operate as CETEC Group’s sales representative for Vivitek visual display and presentation products. Lockyer has worked in concert produc- tion, media rental/sales, the MI industry, and CETEC Group’s Ed Lockyer corporate managerial responsibilities. “Very well known in the Ontario AV market, Ed brings a wealth of experience and an energetic approach as CETEC continues to experience rapid growth,” says Korhonen. “Ed’s varied and extensive background in lighting, video, and sound along with his technical depth and customer-centric approach adds great value to our sales team.” Lockyer can be reached at or 647-455-0374. For more information, contact the CETEC Group: 888-759-1170, Paul Pelletier Named Global Brand Manager of Chroma-Q Chroma-Q has appointed Paul Pelletier as its global brand manager. Pelletier is a 30-year veteran in the performance lighting industry and most recently worked for Martin Professional as its solution manager. Chroma-Q’s Paul Pelletier Reporting to Jean-François Canuel, director of Canadian operations for Chroma-Q distributor A.C. Lighting, Pelletier will provide the direction to promote and continue the growth of the Chroma-Q brand, with support and training for clients and users. He will also work closely with Chroma-Q’s R&D department on product development efforts that anticipate and fulfill end-user lighting design needs. “Paul Pelletier has built a solid reputation in the lighting industry through product development, brand management, and in building business relationships. I am honoured to welcome Paul to the Chroma-Q Team,” says Canuel. Pelletier will be based near Chroma-Q’s North American manufacturing operations in Toronto and can be reached at For more information, go to 14 | Fall 2017 LpS 2017 Returns for 7 th Edition The seventh international LED professional Symposium + Expo (LpS 2017) is taking place from Sept. 26-28 in Bregenz, Austria. The event is dedicated to exploring the next generation of LED lighting concepts and the associated interdisciplinary developments. LpS is primarily aimed at technology experts from industry and research, as well as those who are curious about the latest develop- ments in lighting technology. There will be approximately 100 special- ist lectures, workshops, and forums. In the exhibition, more than 1,600 visitors will be discussing the topics surrounding smart technologies for lighting innovations. The conference program encompasses strategies and markets, en- gineering and design, testing and applications, and covers the central building blocks of lighting systems from the component or materials through to the application. For more information, go to