About

ABOUT LEO TEATERO

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I discovered my love for entertaining at a very young age. I grew up in the country, in a family of all boys. I was the brother who loved to cook and was always experimenting to create new and delicious takes on the traditional. Our diet may have been simple, but it was ahead of its time. I was raised on good local ingredients long before people even knew what organic meant, and I learned it was better to make things from scratch. What I remember most about my childhood is a house full of people talking, drinking, laughing, eating and making food. Everyone cooked, and we cared about putting love into the meals we prepared and shared as a family. My eye for entertaining is rooted in these memories and experiences – they made me the man I am today.

In my 25-year career, I’ve built a diverse portfolio, with over 1,000 events produced for a prominent Canadian university, including homecoming and convocation celebrations, as well as hundreds of corporate and private receptions (some welcoming thousands of guests), weddings, small dinner parties, meetings, seminars, and presentations. I’ve got what it takes to concurrently create and produce multiple events spanning a range of dates and locations.

I’ve worked in politics, education, healthcare, fashion, the arts, and non-profit development, focusing on client and public relations, event management and production, as well as event logistical design and production.

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My diverse professional experience has helped me build many event production skill sets. Thanks to my advanced technical capacities, I can easily adapt to complex administrative systems and databases. I also love working with people, and I’m recognized for my ability to immediately build rapport with others. I always maintain solid relationships with industry people on the cutting edge of their fields.  To quote my kindred spirit, Coco Chanel, “Fashion changes, but style endures”.  I pride myself on staying beyond current.

I have a wealth of experience handling tricky and sensitive situations calmly and efficiently. I stand firm in the face of the unexpected, so the client experience remains stress-free. Over the years, I’ve learned to keep smiling, even under great pressure, and I always keep my role as a leader and team player in the foreground.

I currently make my home in Montreal, a city that gives me the perfect mix of French, English and many other cultures. I also love to travel – and whether at home or abroad, I love to entertain wherever I go. From experiencing the epicurean delights of southern France, to sampling the latest wares in Paris, London, Barcelona and Toronto, I live to meet new people and discover new cultures. This helps me find new and exciting ways to bring the best elements from around the world to the event creation experience I design for my clients.

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EVENTAE

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PUBLIC

  • The UnNatural Ball, Canadian Museum of Nature (1993)
  • The Black and Blue Festival – Member, Organizing Committee, BBCM Foundation (1999–2003)
  • Producer, Bal en Cuir, BBCM Foundation (2000–03)
  • The Names Project – Quilt (2001)

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ACADEMIC

  • On the Hill – Faculty of Arts Dinner & Lecture Event – Chateau Laurier (2003–05)
  • Homecoming events – luncheons in Montreal, Toronto and Calgary, (2005–07)
  • Medical student orientation (2007 to date) The White Coat Ceremony (2007 to date)
  • Homecoming & Dean’s Award ceremonies (2007 to date)
  • Ovation – Vice-Principal & Dean’s Staff Award ceremony (2007 to date)
  • Faculty of Medicine Convocation – Dean’s Award ceremony (2007 to date)
  • Health Sciences Convocation Breakfast (2007 to date)
  • Several major donor recognition events, including the naming of a school and centre, and inauguration of a campus complex

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WEDDINGS

  • Bruce & David (2011), House of Parliament, Ottawa
  • Jenni & Bruno (2011), Pierre deCalvet, Montreal
  • Sol & Varant (2012), Birks Chapel, Montreal
  • Melina & Jean-Marie (2013), L’entrepôt Dominion, Montreal

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PRIVATE

  • Ron & Scott – 20 Years Ensemble (2009), Campbell House, Toronto
  • Citrus Beach en Blanc – a 40th Birthday Celebration (2009), The Laurentians
  • Memorials & life celebrations

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PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • The Special Event 2011 Show, Phoenix, AZ
    Poise & Persuasion: the Art Behind Party Politics
  • The Special Event 2013 Show, Chicago, ILL
    The Arts and Science of Gala Fundraising

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