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Meet The Team

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Founder & CEO

Fabiola Yzeta-Vincent

With over 2 decades of expertise managing meetings and events, Fabiola is a professional who has made her mark by designing and executing unique experiences. Her management knowledge, complemented by her attention to detail, artistic creativity and excellent customer service, are demonstrated through the various events and meetings she has completed throughout her career. Fabiola has a long history of working in the government relations industry as a project coordinator and has participated in the realisation of several prestigious events, such as:

Mexico’s National Day Celebration at the Ambassador’s Residence.

• Mexico’s Pavilion within Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

• 2016 Youth Summit with President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

• Hosting Mexico’s National soccer team within the Women’s FIFA World Cup 2015.

With extensive experience working with various Embassies in the National Capital Region and the City of Ottawa, Fabiola understands government protocols in and out and maintains a good working relationship with them.

 

Fabiola started her management career founding several non-profit organizations in Canada with a bachelor’s degree in Humanities in hand. To enhance her knowledge and skills, she obtained a certificate in meetings and events management from the Canadian Tourism College. She is also a proud member of prestigious associations like Meetings Professionals International (MPI) and Ottawa Festivals. Between her many achievements she was recognized with the “Ohtli Award” in 2011 by the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs for her exceptional contributions to the Mexican community in Canada. In 2010, Fabiola was also honored to be a member of the Advisory Committee for the National University of Mexico in Canada (UNAM).

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Art Director | Special Projects

Mike Taylor

Visual artist and photographer, he has extensive experience as an Arts Programmer with the City of Ottawa and the Shenkman Art Centre in Orléans. Mike has had the opportunity to coordinate hundreds of visual art exhibitions, displays and events by local, regional, and international artists and arts organizations. He serves regularly on exhibition juries for visual arts organizations in Ottawa and provides guidance to emerging artists. 

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Educational Programs Coordinator

Jasmine Vincent

An experienced  elementary school teacher with a background in Ancient History and World Religions, Jasmine has two published research papers under her belt. Having worked for the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War museum as a tour guide and educational program animator, her combined experience allow her to have an in depth understanding of the elements needed to create and execute cultural educational programs and experiences that are authentic and engaging for students of all ages.

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Treasurer

Yessica Lara Torres

After working as a Project Management Assistant and Research Analyst for non-profit associations and international non-governmental organizations such as CEEY and IBCR, she worked at the Mexican Embassy in the Department of Political Affairs. Yessica has valuable experience in understanding, working, and building lasting relationships with governmental actors across various departments (federal and provincial level), embassies, International Organizations, and NGOs. During her career, she has developed an expertise in organizing, scheduling, budgeting, and logistical coordination of meetings including bilateral and trilateral meetings. 

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Artistic Director for Arts & Education

Max K Black

Max Black is an interdisciplinary artist that has studied at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, the Ottawa School of Art and Syn Studios in Montreal. She has worked with the National Gallery of Canada, the National Arts Center, the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa School of Art and Summit Studios, among others.
She has been creating community engaged artwork and projects since 2011 when she opened the AlphaSoul Café, a community focused business that supported and showcased local music, visual arts, cuisine and artisanal local beer. The café was one of the foundational businesses that helped build the Hintonburg community into the cultural arts destination that it is known for today. AlphaSoul also came to the rescue of the 2013 TD International Jazz Festival Late Night Jam Sessions when they were cancelled due to lack of funding. Providing the funds to keep it going and offering itself as host, the café was able to welcome premier artists from around the world including Matt Brubeck and David Murray along with many others.

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Mexico-Canada Cultural Liason

Joaquín Márquez Trinidad

An activist, a migrant leader and a language teacher, he has published two books specialised in teaching indigenous languages as second languages, as well as having collaborated on various translations. He is also the Founder and Director of the Institute for the Teaching of Indigenous Languages whose goal is the recovery, promotion and strengthening of indigenous languages and cultures of the Americas through multiple expressions. 

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Volunteer Coordinator

Marysabel Gonzales

With over 20 years of experience working in international trade, Marysabel works at TFO Canada as Program Director for Latin American and the Caribbean Trade Services. She has been a business development manager in the high-tech sector at Invest Ottawa and a diplomat, in the Economic and Commercial section of the Embassy of Venezuela in Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a master’s in international Trade from Carleton University.

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Graphic Design Coordinator

Philippe Vincent

Ottawa-born Mexican Canadian illustrator and visual artist specializing in oil, acrylic and digital paintings, Philippe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and an Illustration and Concept Art Design Certificate from Algonquin College.  At his young age, Philippe has had the opportunity to participate in various artistic projects in the city for the Shenkman Art Centre, the CECCE, Gallery 115 and Global Affairs Canada. At his young age, he and has already worked on two indie video games as the main illustrator and character design artist.

Want to join our team?

Are you passionate about cultural celebrations, creativity, and community engagement? Join us in crafting extraordinary experiences that honor the rich traditions of the Day of the Dead. We're always on the lookout for dedicated individuals who share our enthusiasm for creating memorable moments. Explore our career opportunities and be a part of a team that brings tradition to life in unique and innovative ways. Your talents could be the missing piece that adds to the vibrancy of our festival and enriches the cultural tapestry of the Ottawa Byward Market.


 

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