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* indicates Keating wrote some or all of the scripts for these presentations.

David Billington Award for Outstanding Achievement in Alberta Film & TV  (12 yrs.)*
Written and hosted this event for 12 of 18 years and received the award in 2003.

Alberta Excellence in Teaching Awards – Alberta Education (17 yrs.)*

“You’ve been a great team player and deserve much of the credit for helping to make this program the success that it is. Each year you bring a fresh approach to your script, the presentation and to the whole event. I’ve been impressed by your excellent rapport with not only the educational community, but also our corporate sponsors, stakeholder groups and the public.”

Joanne Riediger-Duebel, Coordinator
Excellence in Teaching Awards Program, Alberta Education

Alberta Science and Technology Foundation Awards (13 yrs.)*

The Emerald Awards – The Emerald Award Foundation (9 yrs.)

Alberta Business Awards of Distinction – Alberta Chambers of Commerce (8 yrs.)

“My idea of a consummate professional. Easy to work with, full of ideas that always make our event better, able to roll with anything that gets thrown his way, great with the VIPs and little Ps alike.”

Jim Stang, Producer, Alberta Business Awards of Distinction

CIM Awards - Canadian Institute of Mining (6 yrs.)*

Tech for Success – Symposium – Economic Development Edmonton (5 yrs.)*

Consulting Engineers of BC (4 yrs.)

Banff Comedy Cabaret (3 yrs.)*

“I enjoyed your comedy during the breakfast sessions. It was great to have you involved in the Award Show and Tribute Night and I want to draw particular attention to your moderating the Comedy session. This was full of good humour and wisdom and the feedback on your performance throughout the week has been excellent. We look forward to working closely with you again next year.”

W. Paterson Ferns, former President & CEO, Banff World Television Festival

Group Telecom Annual Sales Conference – GTC (3 yrs.)*

Above and Beyond Awards – MDS Labs (3 yrs.)*

College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (2 yrs.)

“Fred makes our job as event planners so much easier.  As Fred walks to the stage I can hand him a napkin with a quickly scrawled but important piece of information and by the time he reaches the microphone you would think he’d had the information in his notes for a week. His ability to pull important messages from speakers, weave them together throughout the program and provide relevant and compelling closing statements is a rare gift.”

Tracy Dalzell-Heise, Partner, TL2 Project & Event Management

A Chocolate Affair – Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation (3 yrs.)*

Canada’s Cowboy Festival -  CCF Foundation (3 yrs.)*

ICE – CIPS Edmonton (2 yrs.)

“Keating creates a climate of trust, energy, fun and excitement. With his clear voice, wry humour and focused presentations, he gets an event to move and keeps it moving … just what one is looking for in the ‘voice’ of the event … an excellent member of the conference team of organizers … very responsive to changes in the program and the needs of speakers and guests.”

Professor Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD, Chief  Scout and CEO
The Innovation Expedition Inc.

A Celebration of Canadian Film – CCF Foundation (2 yrs.)*

International Winter Construction Symposium & Trade Show (2 yrs.)

“When you hire Fred as MC, the second he commits, he becomes part of the planning and delivery team. Fred does research on the speakers, always asks to meet the client before the event, spends time at the event talking to speakers, presenters and delegates, arrives extra early in case there are last minute changes, works through every break with the upcoming speaker, with us, or on his own, and stays late in the evening to recap the day and prepare for the next.”

Lorrine Hamdon, Partner, TL2 Project & Event Management

Alberta Youth Forum 2005 – Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services

“Extraordinary to work with … brought the event to life … a perfect balance of humour and seriousness … even when speaking to an audience of 1000 … you make us look good.”

Ministry of Alberta Children’s Services

Provincial Roundtable on the Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying – Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services

“Superb as our Master of Ceremonies, bringing a calm and light touch to the proceedings and setting an appropriately open, communicative mood for the day. Your amazing demonstration of grace under pressure will live on as a special memory. Thank you for your crucial contribution.”

Sheryl Fricke, Executive Director, Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying

International Conference on Prevention of Family Violence 2005 - AMCS/World Health Organization

Canada 2005/ Canadian Unity Conference– University of Alberta*

“Fred Keating is the most skilled and gifted host of live events I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Whether the subject is technical or metaphysical, Fred has a unique, engaging, even endearing way of connecting with each individual and, at the end, he has the remarkable ability to wrap it all together so that you not only feel good, but you have a solid sense of having benefited from the whole event. How? Simple. He approaches what he does with love for the subject, the event, and the participants.”

Jim Edwards, P.C.   Chair, Board of Governors
University of Alberta

“Fred Keating brings more than superb organization to each assignment. His keen sense of timing, good humour, and sensitivity to the context and content of an event adds to the normally straightforward tasks of an MC.

His professionalism is demonstrated in hours of research and preparation and his flexibility in adapting to the changing needs of an event is astounding. Fred’s ability to provide seamless transitions between disparate speakers and topics allows even the most varied program to appear as a coherent whole.”

Lorna Arndt, Conference Coordinator, Canada Conference 2005

Miss Grey Cup Competition

The Financial Post Business in the Arts Awards – Financial Post

Induction Ceremonies into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame – COC

“Thank you for all your efforts in making the Gala the success it was. Your enthusiasm and your highly valued contribution in writing the scripts and serving as Master of Ceremonies was deeply appreciated.  We will have an opportunity to work together again in the near future.”

J. Thomas West, Senior Manager/Curator
Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum

The Atlantic Film Festival – AFF Foundation

Northlands 125th Anniversary Gala – Edmonton Northlands

“ … a Host/Master of Ceremonies who creates a warm, captivating environment for your next event . With Fred at the helm you can be assured of a quality product with convincing and compelling messages well-designed and well-delivered …”

Dinah Gray, Manager, Corporate Relations
Edmonton Northlands

Progressive Conservative Party Convention (Alberta)– (1991)

Charity Golf Tournaments for The Zajac Foundation (6 yrs.)*

“Webster’s certainly does not describe with justice the job you did for us. Perhaps under the term 'Master of Ceremonies' in the dictionary it should read 'Fred Keating.' Your style and enthusiasm was felt by all in attendance. Keeping the evening moving forward for a room of 400 is no easy task but you made it look like a walk in the park.”

Mel Zajac, Chairman, Zajac Foundation

Charity Golf Tournaments for Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (6 yrs.)*

Charity Golf Tournament for Wood Gundy*

Charity Golf Tournament for St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation*

“My warmest thanks for your great support and talent at the Marshall McLuhan Awards. What an MC! I shall keep you up-to-date on the progress of the Center with regards to your role as host/writer for future programs and ceremonies. Thank you.”

Mary McLuhan, President, Marshall McLuhan Center on Global Communications

“With your help, this year’s Christmas Lights Downtown proved bigger, brighter and better than ever. Over 25,000 eager people gathered to watch Santa’s daring descent and the spectacular fireworks.  Your enthusiastic contribution as MC and your own special magic helped ensure the overall success of the event.”

Lynn Daina, Promotions Manager, Downtown Business Association of Edmonton

“Thank you for your excellent work on the Variety Club Telethon. All areas you were involved in were well received by the Telethon Committee and judging from audience response was effective in helping us achieve our total. Your script for the opening sequence was a hit. Hope we can work together again.”

Maurice Fritze, Northern Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“The role of the MC at a lengthy conference is the connecting link for the entire event. Talent and professionalism are a must. Equally important are the flexibility to handle last minute demands and the ability to put an audience at ease. I would say that description pretty much sums up Fred Keating. Thanks for creating an immediate comfort zone for both the Organizing Committee and our 800 delegates. We hope to work with you again.”

John Matheson, Corporate Affairs,Western Canada Lottery Corporation

“Any hired talent worth his or her salt can handle the performance end of the job in a professional manner.  But you go the extra mile to do the little things that made our conference a success. Your coming in advance and meeting with the delegates to learn about our industry, your suggestions concerning our script to add spice to the show, your upbeat nature which helped pep up an exhausted staff when we needed it … those little things really add up.”

Kurt Wise, Public Relations Director, Hoosier Lottery

“I wish he’d been that helpful and effective at home.”

Jeanne M. Keating, Fred’s mother

“You can say that again!”

Rosie Keating, Fred’s wife

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