Paul Runnals

Partner & Senior VP Creative & Production

Widely regarded as one of Canada’s premiere producers of major events, Paul has built a reputation of delivering innovative and entertaining events on time and on budget.

After years serving as a technical director for live events and festivals in and around Vancouver, he went on to manage numerous worldwide concert tours for Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Dido, Prince, INXS, and others. Career highlights include managing production and operations for the wildly successful Lilith Fair Festival, as well as producing two Pacific Tsunami benefit concerts in 2005 that raised over $3 million for relief efforts — and of course, forming BRANDLIVE Management Group with partners Jordan Melville and Catherine Runnals.

In 2009, Paul 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 gold medal ever awarded to a Canadian athlete on home soil.

Paul was the lead producer of the 2009, 2011 and 2014 Grey Cup Festivals in Calgary and Vancouver. He also orchestrated the launch and delivery of the new three-day Squamish Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2010, which has now grown to attract 35,000 people a day.

In 2012, he oversaw the creation and delivery of the first major ticketed concert event at Brockton Oval.  The Voices in the Park fundraising gala and concert raised over $1 million for the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, and featured performances by Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, and Bryan Adams, as well as an appearance by President Bill Clinton.

Paul is the ongoing executive producer of the BC Children’s Hospital Crystal Ball Fundraiser, as well as the Celebration of Light fireworks festival, which is recognized as the largest public event in Western Canada.