Chris’ path into crowd safety and major event management began at the University of Calgary where he was Vice President Events on the Students’ Union in 2001. It was here that he was exposed to the fundamental values of tolerance, patience, and diplomacy in difficult crowd situations. In 2004, he founded the company to staff local live events. In 2005, he brought the company into the security industry and over the following 15 years, grew the team to over 800 with offices in Calgary and Edmonton, and has established the company as a recognized crowd safety leader.
Today, in addition to leading the XA Security team, Chris is also a respected production manager of concert tours, music festivals, and major ticketed events with global experience. Among his many roles, Chris is the Production Manager for Grammy Award winning recording artist Zedd, and the Festival Operations Director for the annual FVDED in the Park music festival in Surrey, BC which hosts 25,000 music fans annually.
His strong relationships with government agencies and regulators are a result of his collaborative approach to site operations and crowd safety, and his successful management of large, ticketed events on government properties.
He is the Vice-Chair of the Event Safety Alliance Canada, and a vocal advocate of elevating global event and crowd safety standards. He is driven by ethics, social responsibility, and community building.