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Rob Charnetski
Rob Charnetski
As a sales professional since 1982, Rob Charnetski has worked with a diverse range of employers serving an equally broad spectrum of customers. Beginning his career as a technician with a Toronto based audio-visual company, his interest in working closer with project decision-makers grew into a more focused sales role at Stronco A/V, The Southam Audio Visual Group, and Interactive Personalities Inc.
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Rob Charnetski

Rob Charnetski

As a sales professional since 1982, Rob Charnetski has worked with a diverse range of employers serving an equally broad spectrum of customers. Beginning his career as a technician with a Toronto based audio-visual company, his interest in working closer with project decision-makers grew into a more focused sales role at Stronco A/V, The Southam Audio Visual Group, and Interactive Personalities Inc.

In 1990, Rob left Ontario for Vancouver, and hooked up with David Marsden, the founder of Torontos' CFNY 102.1 radio. Mr. Marsden was launching a music station of similar alternative format on Canadas' w est coast, and for the next two years Rob excelled at selling commercial air-time to retailers in the greater Vancouver area.

Married to Robin in 1991, a job transfer by her employer saw a move to Calgary in 1992, where through sheer determination Rob landed a sales and marketing role with the Calgary Stampeder Football Club. That same year the Club acquired Doug Flutie, who led the team through a league-dominating season that culminated in a Grey Cup victory. Responsible for creating revenue for the Club in any way possible, Rob developed promotions and interacted with advertising agencies, local retailers, business groups and individual season-ticket holders.

In 1994 a regional brewer hired Rob to market their craft-brews and a stellar line of imports that included Grolsch, Guinness, and Smithwick's, to licensed establishments and hundreds of retail outlets in southern Alberta. The dream job as a beer rep lasted until 1995 when another transfer for Robin saw a return to Ontario. Back in familiar territory, Rob re-entered the event production industry after a chance encounter with Huntly Christie, who had supplied par cans and dimmers out of his fathers' garage to Robs' projects with the AV companies, over ten years prior.

Now a father of two kids, Kaitlyn and Kevin, and enjoying his ninth year of employment at Christie Lites Toronto, Rob specializes in providing illumination solutions for producers and lighting designers of corporate, trade exhibit, incentive travel, and special event projects.

Ian Gordon
Ian Gordon
Ian Gordon's Bio will be forthcoming.
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Ian Gordon

Ian Gordon

Ian Gordon's Full Bio will be forthcoming.



Alan Niebur
Alan Niebur
Alan's introduction to the entertainment industry began as a percussionist playing in rock, stage, and symphonic bands throughout grade and high school. He bounced around the local music scene for a while and then decided to attend college to pursue a business degree.
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Alan Niebur

Alan Niebur

Alan's introduction to the entertainment industry began as a percussionist playing in rock, stage, and symphonic bands throughout grade and high school. He bounced around the local music scene for a while and then decided to attend college to pursue a business degree.

After graduating from the University Of Tennessee with a BA Degree in Marketing Alan took a sales position with a Dallas based telecommunications company. After several years in telecommunications sales he by chance ran into an old friend who was in the lighting / special effects touring industry. Being a musician, and with the lure of the road, Alan decided to leave the corporate world behind and began working in the lighting industry as a technician. In 1996, after 10 years of concert touring as a freelance technician/programmer, he took an opportunity to get off the road and help build the US division of Concert Production Lighting, the conventional lighting branch of Vari-Lite, Inc. His role included inventory control, tour support, and purchasing. In 1998 Alan became the General Manager of the newly formed VLPS Dallas office where he was responsible for all rental and managerial duties. After 2 years the VLPS Dallas office was closed due to restructuring.

Alan joined Christie Lites in January 2000 as the primary salesman responsible for developing new business for the newly formed Christie Lites Dallas office. As Alan continues to grow with the company and within the industry his commitment to providing the highest level customer service is stronger than ever.

When not working Alan is most likely spending time with his family, on the lake wakeboarding, or at the race track driving BMWs.

Denis Richard
Denis Richard
Denis's first gig in the entertainment lighting industry was for the 1976 Olympics that took place in Montreal.

While studying to be an archeologist in Hull Quebec he was asked to do the lighting for a Christmas show in the college auditorium. At first he refused wanting to focus on his studies but eventually accepted the task.
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Denis Richard

Denis Richard

Denis's first gig in the entertainment lighting industry was for the 1976 Olympics that took place in Montreal.

While studying to be an archeologist in Hull Quebec he was asked to do the lighting for a Christmas show in the college auditorium. At first he refused wanting to focus on his studies but eventually accepted the task. After seeing the show, Denis was hit with the bug and decided this was the career he wanted. He spent the next 5 years lighting shows for the college.

In 1980 he decided to move to Montreal to work for a band called Offenbach. During this time he worked on the first ever Quebec Rock Tour that included various bands. On this tour Denis met Louis Racine and Jacques Tanguay and was soon offered a job at ETI as Head Electrician in Toronto.

His first Canadian tour with ETI was Chiliwack. It was tough for a Francophone who spoke very little English but he got through it. After this he began touring with Anne Murray and was with her for 13 years. During the 80's Denis was also Head Electrician for bands such as April Wine, Corey Hart, Glass Tiger, Men Without Hats, Kim Mitchel, Harlequin, Street Heart, Honeymoon Suite, Luba, Larry Gowen, Red Rider, and Tom Cochrane.

In 1990 Denis's son Matthew was born. He quickly came to the conclusion that he wanted to quit touring to spend more time with his family but didn't know where to go from here. In 1992 Huntly Christie and Louis Racine offered him a solution, a computer and a phone. So, he took the job! He has been with Christie Lites as a rental rep for 16 years now and enjoys coming to work where he gets to talk to his friends all day.

In his spare time Denis loves spending time with his wife Fran'oise and plays the electric guitar.



Chris McMeen
Chris McMeen
Chris McMeen brings in a broad base of knowledge in market sectors of TV, corporate, theatre, theater touring, concert touring, film, and special events with over 20 years of experience in the industry.
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Chris McMeen

Chris McMeen

Chris McMeen brings in a broad base of knowledge in market sectors of TV, corporate, theatre, theater touring, concert touring, film, and special events with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He was most recently northeast regional sales manager at High End Systems, a Barco group. Prior to that, he spent six years as VP sales at Scharff Weisberg Lighting NYC. His industry career started in 1997 with High Output in Boston, where he served as director of theatre and special events.

Larry Thomas
Larry Thomas
Larry Thomas has been in professional theatre since 1972. Growing up in Charlotte, NC, Larry was very active in theatre in high school, and later persued a BFA in set and light design at East Carolina University. A summer job at a theme park (Carowinds) turned into a full time position as Technical Director for Entertainment. From there, Larry held positions as Tech Director for Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and Master Carpenter for Brea Summer Theatre.
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Larry Thomas

Larry Thomas

Larry Thomas has been in professional theatre since 1972. Growing up in Charlotte, NC, Larry was very active in theatre in high school, and later persued a BFA in set and light design at East Carolina University. A summer job at a theme park (Carowinds) turned into a full time position as Technical Director for Entertainment. From there, Larry held positions as Tech Director for Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and Master Carpenter for Brea Summer Theatre.

After college, he served as the Tech Director for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for two years and moved on to Spirit Square as Lighting Designer (A Concert hall in Charlotte with over 235 performances a year).

Larry became Tech Director for Michigan Opera in the late 70's. After a few seasons with MO he took up residence in New York and worked as Stage Manager for Paul Taylor Dance Company. After touring the world and month long runs on Broadway, Larry moved to Orlando in 1986.

He has worked freelance with many production companies in Orlando, and has served as a house rigger for the Arena and the Convention Center. He also spent ten years with a sound and lighting company in the area. . Larry eagerly joined the Christie Lites team on April 1, 2000.

He currently lives in southwest Orlando. When not out riding motorcycles, he enjoys the perks of living in sunny Florida.



Robert A. Roth
Robert A. Roth
Robert Roth came to Christie Lites in 2008 with a very long and successful history in the Concert Touring, Television and Corporate Event marketplaces across North America and world-wide. His previous self-owned company – RA Roth Inc – was started in 1975 and was for over 20 years a mainstay in the concert touring industry. Through RA Roth, Robert supplied lighting equipment and design for many well known acts over a span of 3 decades and virtually all music genres – from R+B to Country to Metal to Pop.
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Robert A. Roth

Robert A. Roth

Robert Roth came to Christie Lites in 2008 with a very long and successful history in the Concert Touring, Television and Corporate Event marketplaces across North America and world-wide. His previous self-owned company – RA Roth Inc – was started in 1975 and was for over 20 years a mainstay in the concert touring industry. Through RA Roth, Robert supplied lighting equipment and design for many well known acts over a span of 3 decades and virtually all music genres – from R+B to Country to Metal to Pop.

Following the sale of RA Roth Inc to a large multi-national Production organization, Robert served a decade of tenure based in their Atlanta office while continuing to maintain and build his ongoing relationships with major production contacts throughout the world.

Robert’s history of supply experience and client relationships include working with such artists as: Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Justin Bieber, Reba, Tim & Faith, Enrique Iglesias, Shania Twain, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church, Willie Nelson, 'NSync, Britney Spears, and many more.

TV and video support activities over the years have included: MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Numerous MTV, CBS, ABC, NBC, and HBO specials as well as Deal or No Deal Game show (pilot and 1st season). In 2008 Robert was involved in Barack Obama’s Election Night Rally, and several portions of the 44th Presidential Inaugural in 2009.

Festival work includes Lollapalooza, Electric Forrest, and Hangout, over many years. In addition, recent projects have involved many Top EDM Festivals including Sensation, TommorrowWorld as well as tours with Top EDM DJ’s.

The last seven years with Christie Lites have found Robert adding to his already busy portfolio by becoming deeply involved in major Corporate Presentations as well as a significant part of the Tier One Automotive Shows in North America.

Roth is especially proud of his close ongoing support relationships with many of the top Lighting Designers in the concert, television, and corporate market sectors and looks forward to the next phase of his career development supporting such designers with the Christie Lites multi-office network team across North America.

Robert has a pair of young adult daughters and is an avid cook and physical fitness enthusiast. When not on his extensive travel schedule to provide personal contact and support to his client base, Robert makes his home in Atlanta.

Mike Johnston
Mike Johnston
Mike started his career in the entertainment industry in 1987 in the dark depths of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts as part of a co-op program, at the time Mike thought he wanted to be an actor. This unlikely opportunity during high school gave Mike his first taste of the entertainment industry. Benefits included working long hours, making no money and having little to no social life! SOLD, where do I sign.
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Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston

Mike started his career in the entertainment industry in 1987 in the dark depths of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts as part of a co-op program, at the time Mike thought he wanted to be an actor. This unlikely opportunity during high school gave Mike his first taste of the entertainment industry. Benefits included working long hours, making no money and having little to no social life! SOLD, where do I sign.

During this time, Mike won a scholarship and completed the 2yr technical theatre program at Sheridan College. After completion of the theatre program Mike went on to start a 3yr Media Arts program. It was after his 1rst yr that Mike headed out west for a 3week visit to a college friend to this day he has not returned!!!

In 1992, Mike's first day out west he made his four second BIG screen acting debut in Jackie Chan's 'Rumble in the Bronx' now available on DVD(Mike was actually a lighting tech on site as they had to dress him in character as he was in the shot). Since that day his acting career has been put on hiatus...for now. Anyways, 1992 through 1996, Mike developed his technical skills as a lighting technician at Westsun. In 1996 it was time to explore new opportunities within the company and began as an account manager, it is in this time that Mike started developing key contacts in the lighting industry. During this time period Mike also gained experience in the operations side of the industry and ended his tenure at Westsun as the operations manager in 2002.

Mike has since brought his knowledge/network to the Christie Lites team and continues to work in both the US/Canadian markets.

Over the past 15 years, Mike continues on with a strong client commitment based on leadership, team building and a healthy work ethic. Mike also has been known to crack up a room with his quick wit and has that ability to light up a room... no pun intended!



Rod "Red" Gibson
Rod "Red" Gibson
My first call to the lighting business came in 1981 when a friend’s band needed a lighting guy. After a few stops and starts, a couple of jobs as a truck driver and also as a roughneck on an oil rig, I landed in Vancouver in 1989 as a lighting director. I worked with local club and recording acts over the next few years and eventually ended up working with a company called Westsun as a tech doing corporate events and a few tours here and there.
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Rod "Red" Gibson

Rod "Red" Gibson

My first call to the lighting business came in 1981 when a friend’s band needed a lighting guy. After a few stops and starts, a couple of jobs as a truck driver and also as a roughneck on an oil rig, I landed in Vancouver in 1989 as a lighting director. I worked with local club and recording acts over the next few years and eventually ended up working with a company called Westsun as a tech doing corporate events and a few tours here and there.

It was at this time that I met the late Dino Derose who introduced me to the people at R.A. Roth in Atlanta. I split my time between Atlanta and Vancouver over the next few years until 1995 when I was offered the position of Vari Lite operator on Live Entertainment’s production of Show Boat.

After 2 years and 4 cities I disembarked from the boat to take a position with PRG in Atlanta. I moved to Atlanta from Vancouver in 1999 and continued to work with PRG as touring designer, lighting director and crew chief.

In the fall of 2005 I was approached about the Operations Manager position with Christie Lites in Seattle. With two young children and a wife to look out for and a wonderful opportunity to take a position with a well established company that would allow me to spend much more time at home with my family, the decision was an easy one to make.

I look forward to helping Christie Lites continue to grow and to the many challenges and opportunities that working here will bring.

In my time off I can be found with my lovely wife Leah and our 2 children Tessa and Connor or off in the outdoors somewhere camping, hunting or fishing.

Chris Grant
Chris Grant
Back in 1986 after years of traveling as a musician Chris had an opportunity to make some extra money helping a friend build a second story office space for a local Vancouver company called Westsun Lighting. Chris could have never predicted that he would spend the next 15 years living and breathing lighting with this company.
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Chris Grant

Chris Grant

Back in 1986 after years of traveling as a musician Chris had an opportunity to make some extra money helping a friend build a second story office space for a local Vancouver company called Westsun Lighting. Chris could have never predicted that he would spend the next 15 years living and breathing lighting with this company.

Expo 86 was alive and kicking in Vancouver and Chris spent his time maintaining the lighting in many of the pavilions at this incredible World's Fair. As the company grew so did Chris, learning as much as the industry had to offer. After Expo he worked in the shop and on site, prepping and installing shows.

In 1988 he was involved with the Winter Olympics in Calgary. This was a massive undertaking including lighting, cabling, power and data distribution, and so forth. A highlight of this event was the freak "chinook" weather system that blew in and threatened to melt the outdoor ice surface used for the Opening ceremonies. Just another day at the office in the entertainment industry, right"

From 1992 to 1997 Chris was Manager of Rentals Operations in Vancouver and in 1997 became General Manager and remained there until 2002.

It was a wonderful roller coaster ride for him being a part of a company that went from having two small offices in Canada to eight offices across North America generating revenue in excess of 70M. The company unfortunately ran into financial difficulty and was subsequently forced into receivership.

During all this time Chris had been developing a great working relationship with Ken Alexander and David Lloyd (two of the founders of Christie Lites Vancouver). We had often joked about working on the same team and now the opportunity was clear so in Jan. 2002 he joined Christie Lites Vancouver to start a new growth period in his life and theirs.

Chris is a big believer in teamwork, quality workmanship and helping the company achieve it's full potential. He loves the "art" in what we do, the passion in the way we do it, and all the challenges along the way. Chris believes in open, honest relationship and always tries to 'do the right thing'. In addition to his work with Christie Lites he also continues to play bass in a newly rejuvenated band from his past 'Skaboom'. The band is fronted by his fellow CLV teammate David Neal and they are back with a vengence. Watch for them - they may be in your town soon!



Alfred Larter
Alfred Larter
Alfred Larter began his career in the entertainment industry mixing sound for the Janus band at the early age of 15. Over the course of his career, Alfred continued to find himself in the music world from the Blues with The Mason Chapman Band to Celtic with Natalie MacMaster.
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Alfred Larter

Alfred Larter

Alfred Larter began his career in the entertainment industry mixing sound for the Janus band at the early age of 15. Over the course of his career, Alfred continued to find himself in the music world from the Blues with The Mason Chapman Band to Celtic with Natalie MacMaster.

Alfred set his sights on sales of audio and lighting equipment early in the game and discovered that his people skills came naturally. Building relationships began with Musicstop (a music store) in Halifax. After approximately 6 years he started to channel his energy towards the production rental market and found himself working in the Atlantic Canadian sales and rental industry for both sound and lighting.

In August of 2002 a plan came together Alfred joined the Christie Lites team. With Christie Lites' dedication to the lighting industry, honest business practices, standardization of equipment and procedures, a personally rewarding partnership has developed.

Over the past few years Alfred can be found on a fairly regular basis at many special events in Atlantic Canada. However now he is traveling quite frequently between Halifax, Nashville and Toronto looking after clients on a much more global scale.

Gary Meiklejohn
Gary Meiklejohn
Gary Meiklejohn has been involved in the stage lighting and entertainment industry for over twenty years. Upon graduating from the University of Regina in 1988 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, he opened and was the manager of Production Lighting in Regina.
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Gary Meiklejohn

Gary Meiklejohn

Gary Meiklejohn has been involved in the stage lighting and entertainment industry for over twenty years. Upon graduating from the University of Regina in 1988 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, he opened and was the manager of Production Lighting in Regina. In 1992 he moved to Edmonton to assume the role of general manager at Production Lighting where he remained until August of 2004. He is a past board member of the Alberta section of CITT and the Advisory Board for the Grant MacEwan University Theatre Production Program.
His client base includes corporate presentations, festivals, special events, concerts, theatre, and more. Projects range from complete packages to dry hire rentals.
Follow Gary on twitter @clitesgarym for industry news and new products!



Graeme Rivers
Graeme Rivers
Graeme started his career in the entertainment world as a dancer at the age of four. After getting accepted to Cawthra Park Secondary School in the dance program it didn’t take him long to also start working on building sets, audio, rigging and lighting. His first job came when the Peel Board hired him as the in house Lighting Designer for outside organizations during rentals of the theatre, including the Mississauga Symphony.
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Graeme Rivers

Graeme Rivers

Graeme started his career in the entertainment world as a dancer at the age of four. After getting accepted to Cawthra Park Secondary School in the dance program it didn’t take him long to also start working on building sets, audio, rigging and lighting. His first job came when the Peel Board hired him as the in house Lighting Designer for outside organizations during rentals of the theatre, including the Mississauga Symphony. In his last year, he took on a co-op job at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts where his experience helped secure him a spot in the Sheridan College Technical Theatre Program in 1998. After finishing first year, he got a job at Canada’s Wonderland as the Assistant Head of Lighting as well as being an part of the special events team.
In 1999 during his 2nd year at Sheridan College he was hired by Christie Lites in the shop to help prep equipment for the opening of the Orlando Christie Lites shop, as well as being hired as the Head of Lighting for Paramount Theatre, Canada’s Wonderland. After a short time in the latter position he was asked to design a Mad Science show which would run in the theatre and as well asked to re-design the lighting at Showplace Theatre. Graeme graduated from Sheridan College and soon after, along with another Sheridan student, was awarded the job of supplying labour and being the Head of Lighting for the Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion run in Toronto.
After working with Christie Lites for a short time Graeme was recruited as a Rigger and Lighting Technician by the lighting department at Much Music where he worked for on and off for 12 years. In 1999 Graeme also started working with IATSE #873 as a Grip and an Electric working on projects such as Bless the Child, X-men 1, Music Man, Welcome to Mooseport, Take the Lead and Man of the Year. In 2000, he was awarded his union card to work on the Oscar-winning movie Chicago as the Dimmer Tech. After that, Graeme decided he missed the excitement of live productions so he focused most of his time working with Christie Lites, Much Music and InFrame Designs. Working on shows like MMVA’s (2001-2009), Canada’s Next Top Model, The Juno Awards (2007-2009), Grey Cup halftime shows (2006-2008), Kiss – Alive 35 World Tour in Montreal, MTV’s Behind the Scenes with New Kids on the Block in Boston, Bon Jovi live in Central Park for MLB Allstar game, Michael Buble tour, and the Loreena McKennitt tour.
At the end of 2002 Graeme also took a bit of time away from the Toronto entertainment industry to work as the Head of Lighting for various Norwegian Cruise Line ships. After 4 months working as an employee he was recruited by the company Techworks as a Project Lead for various projects including theatre and disco retrofits, as well as various ship-wide media installations.
In 2009 Graeme decided a new challenge was required and was hired as a Rental Account Manager for Christie Lites. During his time as an Account Manager, he has been proud to be a part of such projects as Canadian Special Olympics Gala, North by Northeast, TSN Kraft Tour, NYC Fashion Week for Adidas, New Year’s Eve at Toronto City Hall, The Luminous Veil Torch Relay Stage for the Pan Am games, and Jackson and Triggs Summer Concert Series. He has also had the opportunity to work with such bands as Metric, Olivia Newton John, Hey Rosetta, Wintersleep, Jill Scott, Coldplay live at CTV, Arkells, Our Lady Peace, City and Colour, Serena Ryder, Shawn Mendes. Other events including yearly shows for Mazda Canada, Canadian Royal Winter Fair and Christ Embassy Church. Graeme is also very proud to support the Toronto theatre and dance industry working on such projects as Evil Dead, Ross Petty Pantomime, The Railway Children, Potted Potter, Sherlock, Cannibal and various projects with independent theatre companies.
In 2014 Graeme expanded his Christie Lites responsibilities to being a Sales Rep as well, working on project installations such as The Vogue, The Yale Saloon, Adelaide Hall, Garfinkels, Rock ‘n’ Ranch Saloon and Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon, as well as supporting various customers with their acquisitions.
In 2015 came one of Graeme’s proudest moments when he was asked to sit on the Professional Advisory Council for the Technical Theatre program at Sheridan College as well as being a part of the lighting curriculum review board.
When Graeme has spare time, you may see him at the theatre, live music or sporting events. He has recently taken all his certifications to be a soccer coach and is working with the High Park Football Club which, since retiring from playing soccer, has become his new passion.

Ron Eliovitz
Ron Eliovitz
Originally from Toronto, Ron began his lighting career in 1988 doing 12k rock n roll bar gigs while attending the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology in London, Ontario. Upon completion of the course he found work doing live sound with intensions of pursuing a future in audio but quickly realized lighting interested him more.
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Ron Eliovitz

Ron Eliovitz

Originally from Toronto, Ron began his lighting career in 1988 doing 12k rock n roll bar gigs while attending the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology in London, Ontario. Upon completion of the course he found work doing live sound with intensions of pursuing a future in audio but quickly realized lighting interested him more.

During the 90s Ron worked with several production companies, including Christie Lites, providing his services as a Lighting Designer and Board Operator. He gained valuable experience working on many high profile events across North America.

In 1997 he left Canada to experience life abroad and continued his lighting career globally; providing his services in all capacities to production companies and touring artists from around the world was a priceless life experience.

After returning to North America in 2001 Ron relocated to the West and landed in Calgary, Alberta where he joyfully lives with his wife and kids.

“I am very happy to be at Christie Lites supporting my clients in all markets. I look forward to growing with them and their businesses, meeting new people, pursuing all opportunities, and am continuously learning more along the way.”



Dan Tulloch
Dan Tulloch
Dan Tulloch has been at Christie Lites for approximately eleven years. During this time, Dan has developed his skills of providing lighting solutions for System Integrators for many projects found in Theme Rides, Science Centers and Museums with his other love of lighting Sanctuaries in Houses of Worship.
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Dan Tulloch

Dan Tulloch

Dan Tulloch has been at Christie Lites for approximately eleven years. During this time, Dan has developed his skills of providing lighting solutions for System Integrators for many projects found in Theme Rides, Science Centers and Museums with his other love of lighting Sanctuaries in Houses of Worship. Dan applies this versatile lighting experience to assist, Houses of Worship as they upgrade their lighting systems in a multi media environment. Dan has been involved in Church presentations large or small the last thirty years of his career and averages thirty church productions a year. Dan blends his knowledge of lighting design, problem solving, sales and rentals to all his customer’s lighting presentations.

Joe Foley
Joe Foley
From his beginnings in Thunder Bay where after discovering the guitar at age 13, Joe became involved in the local music scene. His first foray into the biz was as a lighting person (read lackey) for one of the more prominent bands in the region. From there he endeavoured to learn and operate as a lighting and soundman where a chance to replace the bass player turned into a 7 year touring, music and production partnership with fellow musician, Rob Jardine of Thunder Sound and Lighting, Thunder Bay.
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Joe Foley

Joe Foley

From his beginnings in Thunder Bay where after discovering the guitar at age 13, Joe became involved in the local music scene. His first foray into the biz was as a lighting person (read lackey) for one of the more prominent bands in the region. From there he endeavoured to learn and operate as a lighting and soundman where a chance to replace the bass player turned into a 7 year touring, music and production partnership with fellow musician, Rob Jardine of Thunder Sound and Lighting, Thunder Bay.

Upon returning to Thunder Bay, he took on the position of assistant electrician at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium for 4 years where there was huge opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. From there it was off to Sheridan College as a student in the Technical Theatre Production course for a couple of years where he graduated 2nd highest in the class of 1992.

It was after this that the long slow trek West began. First returning once again to Thunder Bay for a short period, and then to Winnipeg where he spent a year and a half at Westsun, and I.A.T.S.E. local 63, where it became quite clear that people with knowledge and drive, could excel in the field of lighting production.

But Winnipeg wasn't enough so in the fall of '93; Joe took a 3-week vacation to the West coast of Canada. Quite literally landing a job within 5 minutes of arriving to Vancouver. In very short time it was obvious there was no going back to the prairies.

Joe spent the next 3 and a half years with Westsun Vancouver, first as a general tech, then as a rigger and a crew chief. It was during this time that Christie Lites began to rise up and be noticed in the marketplace. He took the opportunity to meet with Ken Alexander and Ian Arnold to learn more about their operation.

The first gig he was offered was as the board op for the 1997 APEC conference. Thus began a relationship with the company, which quickly lead to making the full change from working for both to working strictly for Christie Lites Vancouver by the end of April of that same year.

He spent the next year and a half running crews on the larger events until a knee injury sidelined him where he was then offered the position of running the warehouse. But alas, this would not be his final move within the company.

For the last 8 years, Joe has been an account rep in the area of film production where he has spent time learning and teaching the ins and outs of dealing with clients' needs and matching them with what Christie Lites has to offer for every aspect of film production from trussing and motors, dimming and control, to conventional and moving light product.

Joe still takes time to play music professionally on a part time basis, skis every chance he gets, and spends his summer weekends in the wilds of British Columbia, or on the beach.



Warren Flynn
Warren Flynn
“If you combine all the best lighting techniques from live theatre, television, film and concert tours into one package, then you are guaranteed to get a better show. You can’t and don’t want to limit yourself to one way of thinking, it’s just that simple!"

This sums up the industry philosophy of Warren Flynn, a 25-year veteran of the lighting industry.
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Warren Flynn

Warren Flynn

“If you combine all the best lighting techniques from live theatre, television, film and concert tours into one package, then you are guaranteed to get a better show. You can’t and don’t want to limit yourself to one way of thinking, it’s just that simple!"

This sums up the industry philosophy of Warren Flynn, a 25-year veteran of the lighting industry.

Warren began his lighting career at 18 years of age in New Jersey. Hired as a roadie for a local band in the early 1980s, he was soon running a follow spot and then operating the light board. By 20, Warren was designing light shows for a roster of local New York and New Jersey bands and never looked back.

Tired of limited local opportunities, Warren went to work for See Factor based out of NYC. He was initially hired to work in the shop, but his obvious aptitude made for a quick transition to road work. As his reputation grew, so did Warren’s portfolio. Within a year he was touring the world with acts such as Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Steve Winwood, and many more.

In 1985 Warren was hired as an operator for Vari-Lite. He soon began programming moving lights and by1988 he was developing moving light designs and collaborating with conventional lighting designers to produce some of the most exciting light shows seen at that time. He was now recognized as among the finest in the business with a reputation that ensured he was sought out for international tours with artists that included Michael Jackson, Kiss and Barbra Streisand.

Working on live music tours also gave Warren the introduction to participate in other types of productions including Dick Clark’s "New Year’s Rockin Eve" and Barbra Streisand’s “Farewell Concerts” at Madison Square Garden. He has also enjoyed similar success as moving light programmer for such Broadway hit productions as “Lion King”, “LaCage Aux Folles” and “Wicked”.

It was in 2000 that Warren was introduced to Huntly Christie when as it turned out both were investigating the opportunity to open a new stage lighting operation in Orlando FL. When Christie Lites opened its doors it was with Warren in a key Rentals role and he spent the next years working very hard to introduce the ‘Christie’ way of doing things in a marketplace which at first did not understand the benefits of the systems and processes for which CL is now well known.

Over the next 10+ years, Warren continued to work as a designer, programmer, and lighting director for an every-expanding array of clients and market sectors, including Concert, Corporate and Special Event, and Television. He has enjoyed a very close working relationship with Christie Lites for over a decade and now returns to CL as a member of the Rental team. Warren’s incredible array of on-site and touring experience qualifies him to be a very hands-on and involved Rental Rep – combining creativity with business and value in every way.

Warren resides on Merritt Island in Florida where he loves to ride his Harley and spend time with his 4 lb Yorkie named Lili.

Mathew Ilott
Mathew Ilott
Mat’s career in the entertainment industry has spanned the last 20 years, working in the Television, Corporate, Theatre and Concert Touring markets.

He began working for an in-house film & television department of a large Pharmaceutical company. It was during this time that he developed an interest in lighting and subsequently progressed to work for Essential Lighting, a leading corporate & event company.
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Mathew Ilott

Mathew Ilott

Mat’s career in the entertainment industry has spanned the last 20 years, working in the Television, Corporate, Theatre and Concert Touring markets.

He began working for an in-house film & television department of a large Pharmaceutical company. It was during this time that he developed an interest in lighting and subsequently progressed to work for Essential Lighting, a leading corporate & event company. From there Mat went to work freelance in the TV, corporate & theatre markets. With a successful road life well established, Mat hung up his spurs in favor of family life and turned once again to full time employment, this time at PRG. He started as a project manager then moved onto account manager. Working on the Broadcast Overlay of The London 2012 Olympic Games was one of his many career highlights during this time.

Joining CL in May 2017 offered Mat a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with a company that held the same core values he enjoyed during his time with Essential.

Away from work is spent with my wife Jo and two young girls Lily & Gracie. When time permits I can found either running or cycling with the odd round of golf.



Peter Eady
Peter Eady
Peter has worked professionally in the entertainment industry steadily for the last 20 yrs. He started in the business taking classes at the Manitoba Theatre School while living in Winnipeg. While attending Sisler High School, in the notorious North End, he and a few other outcasts produced plays and films instead of joining the football team.
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Peter Eady

Peter Eady

Peter has worked professionally in the entertainment industry steadily for the last 20 yrs. He started in the business taking classes at the Manitoba Theatre School while living in Winnipeg. While attending Sisler High School, in the notorious North End, he and a few other outcasts produced plays and films instead of joining the football team.
He graduated with a degree in Mass Communications/Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa. Instead of pursuing a career in politics, which seemed a natural choice in Ottawa, he took a job banging risers together for the Canada Dance Festival. He worked in scenic construction and staging for many years doing custom work for theatre, TV, film and museums. Peter then moved on to William F. White Ltd. He became the Ottawa Regional Manager in 1992, managing the sales department and then the rentals department in 1998.
After numerous discussions with Huntly Christie over several months, Peter agreed to open an operation for Christie Lites in Canada's Capital. Peter officially started in late August 2001 with no office, no gear and no staff but with a considerable amount of enthusiasm and dedication to customer service. Peter's goal is to build Ottawa's best-quality stage lighting supplier.
Christie Lites Ottawa is located in the downtown core, close to many convention, hotel, theatre and festival venues. Peter and his family live strategically just a few minutes west of the shop, near Dow's Lake and the Experimental Farm... call him in to the shop on a Sunday and see how fast he gets there!

Olivier Alarie
Olivier Alarie
It all started in 1999 when Olivier Alarie was a student in Civil Engineering at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa. He volunteered as a stage hand to setup the lighting rig at the Festival Franco-Ontarien in the Bi-Ward Market. His aptitudes, energy, hard work and creativeness did not go unnoticed for long and in June of 2004 he was recruited as an account representative for Christie Lites.
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Olivier Alarie

Olivier Alarie

It all started in 1999 when Olivier Alarie was a student in Civil Engineering at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa. He volunteered as a stage hand to setup the lighting rig at the Festival Franco-Ontarien in the Bi-Ward Market. His aptitudes, energy, hard work and creativeness did not go unnoticed for long and in June of 2004 he was recruited as an account representative for Christie Lites.
Design builds are his bread and butter, Olivier brings with him Focus, Value and creative solutions in every details of your project. The knowledge acquired from years of field work and product training sessions has allowed Olivier to build strong Relationships with various members in the theatre community. In recent years he has found a great deal of satisfaction helping small community theatre, schools and various live event production companies in achieving their lighting requirements by introducing new LED products and innovative lighting controls.
Olivier is a family man with devotion to his beautiful wife and three children. In the winter you will find him on the slope or on a frozen lake for the occasional ice fishing trip. The summer is reserved for camping, relaxing and more fishing. Although born in the Province of Québec, Olivier grew up all over Canada and the world, and can answer all your inquiries in French or English.



Terry Crain
Terry Crain
Terry has had a long and successful career in the stage lighting business since his first start as a stagehand for the circus. He spent time on the road for Electro Tech from Nashville on tours with Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Willie Nelson, The Judds and others. When his son came along Terry came off the road and settled back in the Orlando area.
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Terry Crain

Terry Crain

Terry has had a long and successful career in the stage lighting business since his first start as a stagehand for the circus. He spent time on the road for Electro Tech from Nashville on tours with Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Willie Nelson, The Judds and others. When his son came along Terry came off the road and settled back in the Orlando area. He has worked as a freelancer with many production companies regionally and across the US and served as a Rigging Coordinator for the Orange County Convention Center.

Most recently, Terry served for several years as Production Coordinator with Vanco (now Production Resource Group). His wide range of production assignments included clients from Ford, GM, and Lexus, among many others. While at PRG, Terry worked on making some of the important changes that took place within the company - including the addition of a video department, the acquisition of VLPS, and the combining of two major shops as the company formed a whole new department with a totally different product.

Terry was born and raised in Florida. When he’s not at work he likes to fish out of his kayak with his son or friends. Mosquito Lagoon rocks when the red fish are turned on!

Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson
Jeff started his career in lighting in 1977 and spent his first seven years touring with the Ice Capades as Lighting Designer and Director. Those years provided a lot of experience in the entertainment industry as well as helping to secure life long business contacts and friends.
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Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson

Jeff started his career in lighting in 1977 and spent his first
seven years touring with the Ice Capades as Lighting Designer
and Director. Those years provided a lot of experience in the
entertainment industry as well as helping to secure life long
business contacts and friends. Jeff and his first wife Lori (a
skater) were total Gypsies by the end of those tours - traveling
in a RV with car in tow - staying at the arenas even in below
zero temperatures. Not how you want to camp for recreation let
alone for a gig!

After the birth of their daughter Kirby in 1985 it seemed time to
make a change so Jeff decided to move on and start a free lance
career while the family settled down in his home state of Maine.
Jeff started out with singer Laura Branigan - moved on to the
Bejart Ballet, Marlboro Country Music tour, and then spent a
year with Madonna in 1987.

In 1988 Jeff moved to Los Angeles to work with LD Marilyn
Lowey. This relationship provided the opportunity to work with
Siegfried & Roy and eventually Jeff became Lighting Director
for their Japanese/New York tours. When in Japan Jeff met his
current wife Robin, a dancer with the show for almost twelve
years. After the tour Jeff and Robin returned to Las Vegas to
open Siegfried & Roy’s new show at the Mirage Hotel/Casino
where Jeff spent the next couple of years before it seemed time
to head back into the freelance market again.

Jeff designed for Cher for nearly ten years during which he
earned two Technical Emmy nominations. He also worked on
other touring projects including Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon,
Fleetwood Mac, Diana Ross, Gino Vanelli , and many more.

After years of concert touring Jeff wanted to return closer to
home and family in Las Vegas. He shifted his focus to the
corporate side of lighting design, working on a broad range of
projects from trade shows to meetings and general sessions. He
also designed many large special events for some of the major
hotels in Las Vegas as well as architectural lighting design for a
large mall in Cancun and the dragon in front of the Excalibur
Hotel.

In 2007 Jeff accepted a position heading up the lighting
department for MGM Grand Productions at the Hotel/Casino in
Las Vegas. He continued to focus on corporate clients coming
to the MGM Conference Center as well as dealing with all the
in-house events throughout the property.

Jeff and Robin have now been in Las Vegas for over twenty
years and share their home with their two boys, Matthew and
Kyle. Jeff’s daughter Kirby still resides in Maine. The whole
family is excited about joining the Christie Lites team in the
company’s newest location in Las Vegas, as well as having the
opportunity to serve many of Jeff’s long-term contacts across
North America.




Norman "JR" Sander
Norman "JR" Sander
I started my professional career in 1980. My first show was Bob Seger at the Checker Dome in St. Louis and I never looked back. I worked at TERI Productions setting up Staging, Roofs and Lighting from 1980 to 1992.
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Norman "JR" Sander

Norman "JR" Sander

I started my professional career in 1980. My first show was Bob Seger at the Checker Dome in St. Louis and I never looked back. I worked at TERI Productions setting up Staging, Roofs and Lighting from 1980 to 1992. Dec of 1992 I started at Bandit Lites as a warehouse manager, implementing the policies and procedures of preps, books and stickers. Inventory Control Manager, Production Team Captain, and Client Representative for 21 Years. I also owned Sound Ventures which was an Audio Video Company. In 2014 I started at Digital Console Rental as Director of Business Development. In 2017 I landed at Christie Lites as Account Executive for Rentals. It is a perfect fit and I Love IT! Cheers to the Future!

Ben Kantorovich
Ben Kantorovich
Ben Kantorovich's Bio will be forthcoming.
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Ben Kantorovich

Ben Kantorovich

Ben Kantorovich's Full Bio will be forthcoming.