Committee Members

Formed in 2001, The Kirkland Lake Festivals Committee is an organization of volunteers. The committee hosts Kirkland Lake's 18-day Winter Carnival (late Feb & early March) plus Kirkland Lake's Homecoming Week (late June & early July).

With the assistance of hundreds of volunteers, the committee organizes and hosts live concerts, pubs, family events, kids shows, sporting events, fish derbies, fireworks, Canada Day celebrations and other events for the people of Kirkland Lake and area.

The Kirkland Lake Festivals Committee is a registered non-profit organization and operates as a subcommittee of The Corporation of the Town of Kirkland Lake.

Julie Richard
(Director, Chair)

Lawyer and partner at Richard & Chamaillard Law. Called to the New Brunswick Bar in 2007, and currently on the Office of the Children’s Lawyer panel for the Attorney General of Ontario. Member of the Temiskaming Law Association executive. KL Festivals Director since 2012

Robin Connelly
(Director, Entertainment Coordinator)

Owner/Operator of CJKL FM/CJTT FM. Past President of KL Rotary Club and KL Golf Club, Former Director for the KL Chamber of Commerce and Kirkland & District Hospital. Founding member & Past Chairman of KL Festivals. KL Festivals Director since 2001.

Bonnie Sackrider
(Director, Heath & Safety Manager)

Director of Community Services for the Corporation of the Town of Kirkland Lake. Past President of Kirkland Lake Rotary Club. Chair of KLDCS School Council, Member of Grant Review Team for Ontario Trillium Foundation. KL Festivals Director since 2004.

Eugene Ivanov

Owner/Manager of St Cyr & Associates Insurance & Financial in Kirkland Lake. Director Kirkland & District Hospital Board, President of Kirkland & District Hospital Foundation, member of KL Kinsmen Club and The Frog's Breath Foundation local advisory committee. Past President of KL Rotary, Past Director Team Northern Thunder, Past President of Advocis Temiskaming Chapter. KL Festivals Director since 2006.

Liz Robazza
(Director, Bar Manager)

Retired Senior Nurse, Sexual Health Program at the Timiskaming Health Unit. KL Parks & Rec Ride team member and former member of Kirkland Lake Rotary Club. KL Festivals Director since 2009.

Erin Robazza
(Director, Canada Day Coordinator)

Owner/Operator of Goldland Pizza and Billiards in Kirkland Lake. Volunteer with Hockey Heritage North Foundation and Festival of Trees. KL Festivals Director since 2010.

Kyle Sinclair
(Director, Treasurer)

Administration Superintendent at AuRico Gold Inc.'s Young Davidson mine. Former Director of Finance at Temiskaming Hospital, former CFO of Grant Forest Product Inc. and former Vice President, Finance of Kirkand Lake Gold Inc. Chartered Account since 1992. KL Festivals Director since 2012.

Drew Enouy

Facility Administrator at Heritage North. Graduated from University of Guelph in 2010 with a BA honours English. Director with Kirkland Lake Rotary Club. KL Festivals Director since 2013.

Jennifer Rosko-Fong

District Business Coordinator for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Proud volunteer of the Kirkland Lake Festivals Committee for 8 years. Hockey Heritage North donor. KL Festivals Director since 2015.

Dan Maille

Automotive technician/ Shop Foreman at Pinewood Park Motors. Coach and volunteer with the Kirkland Lake Minor Hockey Association. Former Chair of the local Ducks Unlimited Committee. KL Festivals Director since 2015.

K.L. Festivals Committee Coordinators:
Kevin 'Bearcat' Sasseville: hospitality
Elsa Beaudoin: security
Dean Soon: crew chief
Dan Belanger: lights & sound
Laura Dorrell: website maintenance
Tom Wadey: fireworks coordinator
Comfort Inn Kirkland Lake: accommodations partner
First Impressions Entertainment: representing agent
Ticketfly: online ticketing agency
Ross Pope & Company: chartered accountants

Former Directors:
Anna Sawicki
Dale Montpetit
Dan Miller
Don Lively
Doug LaBerge
Jim Fox
Joanne Woollings
John Gagnon
Kathy Barnes
Lionel Despres
Steve Cox
Steve Harvey
Tabitha Guertin

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