kimball hansen

You just have to meet Kimball once and you know that being a leading merchandise and apparel specialist is the kind of work that stirs his larger than life, non stop imagination. (Sometimes we swear we can literally hear the wheels turning.) He has a solid background working for the “bigs” like the Gap and PacSun. In 2007, he applied his retail acumen to the event side of the world and became the merchandise lead for the Sundance Film Festival, a position he has held for several festivals. The fast paced world of event merchandising turned out to be a perfect fit for Kimball and he went on to take roles with 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 2012 Youth Olympic Games and the 2012 Olympic Games. And just to prove how smitten he really was with the thrills and chills of event management, he directed Kenora’s retail and uniform program for the Toronto 2015 Pan America Games and Winnipeg 2017 Canada Games. (trust us, that is smitten!)

Whatever event Kimball takes on, he lives and breathes it. Translating the creativity and energy of the brand he is working with into memorable “I want to keep this forever” merchandise. His innate and keen sense for trend spotting and sourcing, mixed with his attention to detail, makes the success he has achieved repeatable. We really love that about him! Apparently we are not alone, as a show of appreciation, Toronto 2015 awarded Kimball with a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a torchbearer runner during the Manitoba leg of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay. He just has that kind of unforgettable effect on people!

trevor walsh

Trevor thinks outside the box. In fact he does it so naturally that we sometimes think he doesn’t even know there is a box to think outside of! It all comes from his deep well of inquisitive curiosity that he translates into unique solutions – that work! Nothing says unique solutions better than events, so it is only natural that Trevor thrives in this environment! Trevor feels very privileged to have contributed to the organization of some of the worlds most prestigious events which all started with the Winnipeg 1999 Pan American Games. His event resume includes involvement in every level of the national and international sport competition including 3 Canada Games, 2 Commonwealth Games, 3 Pan American Games, and 6 Olympic Games. (Yes, Trevor is synonymous with level headed and unruffled). His roles with these volunteer driven operations have shaped his appreciation for outfitting large workforces in apparel that elevates an organizations’ brand.

We just can’t write a bio about Trevor without also mentioning his laser sharp business acumen and strategic approach that has also helped special events and sports teams to generate new revenues through the planning and delivery of event retail programs.

He has an uncanny ability to make the complex simple, build teams that thrive, and to routinely deliver the results that matter to the client. Because doing what matters, is what matters to Trevor.

crystal bootsma

Core audience targeting is a mouthful, but it so succinctly describes Crystal's area of expertise. As our marketing & brand specialist, Crystal goes beyond storytelling, design collaborations, and generally making sure we look professional to help our Clients make smart decisions using marketing analytics. With event staff recruitment experience from 3 Olympic Games and 1 Pan American Games, Crystal will easily quote the 2,190 days that she has worked on Games and 21,410 staff recruited. This detailed focus on numbers also speaks volumes in our retail environment where profit is won by ensuring you have the products available to satisfy every customer group. If you want to elevate your brands potential, you will want to have Crystal's ideas and data in your corner.

jakob swalm

Transitioning from competing in sport to working in sport, Jakob brings a fresh energy and non-stop athletic endurance to the Kenora Team. He applies a sensible approach to all of the big (and small) projects that he signs up for. Jakob plays a crucial role in revenue strategy development, apparel production, event logistics, and order fulfillment - in a pinch, he is our go-to when we need to deliver under pressure.

With event merchandise practise from the 2019 Canada Winter Games and operational experience from the BMO Vancouver Marathon, Jakob has the reins on our next major project, the 2019 Western Canada Summer Games.