Doug Self, Account Executive
Brookline has planned and executed several large announcements for our client, the Edmonton Arena District, but none bigger than the launch of the official brand for the development. We knew the launch of the brand – Ice District – would be a major story in the Edmonton area and even across Canada.
The launch of the brand featured two events on July 13th, 2015, a VIP event in the morning followed by a media event for the public unveiling in the afternoon. Brookline oversaw event planning and media relations for both launch events, which also took place at and marked the official opening of Ice HQ.
Coordination of the VIP event, from save-the-dates through to thank-you gifts, saw Brookline manage setup and event flow and also hire and manage catering, A/V, DJ, security, and even an ice sculptor. Ice District partners, community officials, and executives including Daryl Katz, Darren Durstling of WAM Development Group, Bob Nicholson, CEO and Vice-Chair of Oilers Entertainment Group, Edmonton City Councillor Scott McKeen were treated to a breakfast and a private launch of the brand.
During the media event, Brookline coordinated media for the press conference, which saw more than a dozen outlets and over thirty members of the media in attendance. The event debuted the brand launch video, featured speeches from Bob Nicholson and Councillor McKeen, and even a ceremonial ice breaking in lieu of a ribbon cutting.
The launch of Ice District was leading news in every major outlet in Edmonton and was also covered extensively in Calgary and throughout national and trade publications. A total of 214 unique media stories were captured related to the launch of the brand. Local and regional outlets included Edmonton Journal, Global Edmonton, CBC Edmonton, Edmonton Sun, Metro Edmonton, CTV, Alberta Venture and several radio stations. National outlets that covered the news included The Globe and Mail, MSN, CBC, Global, TSN, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, SportsNet and Yahoo! News, and more.
-Doug Self is an Account Executive in Brookline with a background rooted in the technology industry. His expertise lies in media relations, content creation, and communication and marketing strategy.