what red’s clients are saying

IQ Business Events – Board of Director’s Program
St. Andrew’s, NB
September 2021

“I can’t thank you enough. You made this program happen, you always had a can-do attitude and went above and beyond at every turn. I hope we get to work together again. Once again, thank you for everything.  You are a gem and so glad we got ‘er done under such a short timeline.”

Nathalie Hatter, Senior Project Manager
IQ Business Events

Aquila – 35th Anniversary Celebration

“red is a key reason Aquila’s 35th Anniversary “Party with Purpose” was such a success. Working with Debbie was a delight. She pulled together an Aquilamazing team, who took our vague vision and worked their magic to turn it into a stunning event that far exceeded our expectations. red is our favourite combination of professional and fun to work with, and we would highly recommend Debbie to anyone looking to host an unforgettable event.”

Beth Hatt, Founder
Melanie Colpitts, Partner
Danielle Timmons, Partner
Aquila Tours Inc

Kingsbrae Garden

“We have had the pleasure to work with Debbie on several large events, and we appreciate the professionalism she brings in providing a “wow’ experience to our guests. Her attention to detail, positive attitude, and ability to execute makes her a welcome addition to our team. Thank you Debbie and we look forward to the next opportunity at showcasing our attraction, town, and province.”

Brad Henderson, Director of Sales and Marketing
Kingsbrae Garden

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Heritage and Culture 2015

“I would like to thank Debbie for her incredible hard work with helping to plan and deliver the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Heritage and Culture 2015 meeting in Saint Andrews. Her professionalism, attention to ensuring all the details were looked after, as well as her resourcefulness and high energy, made our event a great success.”

Nathalie Dubois, Director, Arts and Cultural Industries branch
Tourism, Heritage and Culture
Government of New Brunswick

Major Drilling Group International Inc. – Board Meeting’s

“Our recent Board of Director’s meeting took place in Arizona. Debbie Rathwell was tasked with the entire event planning over a three-day period and the results were outstanding. Not a detail was missed and her creativity and attention to detail were very much appreciated by our entire Board of Director’s and their spouses. I would highly recommend Debbie for any event planning needs.”

Francis McGuire, President & CEO
Major Drilling International

Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies – Annual Convention
October 2012

“Just a short note to tell you that I was very pleased with your professionalism in handling our activities, spousal program and entertainment during our annual convention held in Saint John Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2012. I had never used a DMC before, as I like to control everything. I must now say that I was wrong. You carried the torch so well that I am now convinced that I should always call upon a DMC for my future conventions. Thank you very very much!”

Normand Lafrenière, President
Canadian Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick – 50th Anniversary Celebrations
September 2012

“It was a pleasure working with you. Your attention to detail was meticulous and you always talked with us and not at us, this was the most pleasurable aspect of the event. Your combination of creativity, knowledge, professionalism and work ethic was apparent in all aspects throughout the planning process and event. We know the uniqueness of our organization was a challenge in many ways but you always rose to the occasion and presented us with options that allowed us to make a conscientious decision. We continue to receive positive reviews of the event and for that we can’t thank you enough!”

Gaye Cail, Executive Director
The Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick

Industry Canada – UNB Commerce Research & Training Centre Workshop
December 2009

“I had the distinct pleasure of working with Debbie Rathwell of red event planning for a small national two day conference we were tasked with organizing for Industry Canada’s Small Business Internship Program delivery. Debbie’s creative flare tied to what seemed like an endless attention to detail helped make this an extremely successful event. In a true testament to Debbie’s work, one of the participants suggested that this was the best-organized conference he had yet to attended. It truly was a pleasure to work with Debbie on this event. I am looking forward to our next project together.”

Daniel Doiron, Director Electronic Commerce Research and Training Centre
University of New Brunswick Saint John

Advantage New Brunswick – Meeting & Event Planner Tourism Showcase

“I have worked with Debbie Rathwell for some time now, most recently when she was the Event Manager for the Advantage NB Showcase which took place at the Fredericton Convention Centre this past January 18th, 2011. This event brings Association, Corporate and Government meeting planners together for educational sessions & a supplier Trade show. Debbie’s attention to detail from the very beginning planning stages resulted in the most attendance ever since its inception more than 10 years ago. Debbie’s energy, professionalism and attention to detail comes through at every Event/Project that she is involved in.”

Shawnna Dickie-Garnhum
Sales Manager, Conventions Meetings & Sport
Discover Saint John

WorkSafeNB – Annual Health and Safety Conference Trade Show

“I would like to thank you for your outstanding organization and constant attention to detail while planning the Trade Show component of our 30 Annual Health and Safety Conference. Each of my team members commented on how professional, competent and pleasant you remained throughout the planning process, as well as on the Trade Show floor. We were specifically impressed by your excellent interpersonal skills while negotiating with vendors, and your ability to deliver on your promises. I am certain that without your involvement, we might have faced unexpected challenges or distractions that would have adversely affected our conference. Thankfully, even with a record number of Trade Show booths for the location, you manage it all seamlessly. Debbie, your efforts truly are appreciated. Thank you for working with us to make our conference such a great success.”

Mary Tucker, Manager Communications

“Debbie Rathwell excels in a team environment. I had the great pleasure of working with Debbie in my role as Event Manager for both the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) in 2002 and the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) in 2006. Debbie was an active and reliable volunteer. She aptly chaired the Transportation, Signage & Marketing Committees, respectively, for each event. Debbie brings an enthusiasm and passion to her work that translates into a passionate and enthusiastic committee. Her volunteers are motivated, excited and want to be on her team. She embodies a philosophy that supports the unique combination of hard work and fun and it’s contagious! I would welcome the opportunity to work with Debbie again, I only wish it could happen soon!”

Wendy Connors-Beckett, 
Former Event Manager
2002 East Coast Music Awards / 2006 Canadian Country Music Awards

Tourism Sales Excellence

“Without a doubt, Debbie’s ability to establish and tackle a strategy for lead generation in the Meetings and Conventions sector have been instrumental in our ability to grow this critical piece of business for our region. Debbie’s experience and her unparalleled willingness to roll her sleeves up and get down to business are her true trademark.”

Kelly Cain, Former Director of Tourism and Events
City of Moncton

“Debbie has been tasked with lead generation projects with Hilton and continues to deliver quality leads that allow for effective follow up by our sales managers. Debbie has led three Sales Blitzes for Hiltons in Canada and has always generated excellent quality leads, and detailed and organized information resulting in new business. Debbie is a great asset to have engaged on any project and is an absolute pleasure to work with!”

Mary-Frances Gingras, Director of Sales
Worldwide Accounts, Hilton Worldwide

“Debbie’s services and professionalism have proven instrumental to our business time and time again.”

Jean Pierre Benjamin, Former General ManagerFormer Regional Director of Operations,
Travelodge Ottawa Hotel & Convention Centre
Royal Host Corporation

“Our sincere thanks to Debbie Rathwell of red sales consulting & event planning for the excellent work on our March 2009 Sales Mission. We wanted results and that’s exactly what was delivered…and more! Debbie took care of it all – from organizing the mission itself to sourcing out qualified business leads, securing appointments and providing detailed follow-up reports. With our Mission in Debbie’s capable hands I was able to focus on additional business opportunities for Niagara Falls Tourism and our partners. In business today it’s all about making strategic business decisions that will bring a return on your investment and that’s exactly what we received when we decided to work with Debbie Rathwell.”

Joyce Morocco, Former Director of Sales, Meetings Conventions & Incentive Travel
Niagara Falls Tourism