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Applicants for the 2020 CPDJA Board of Directors

April 11, 2020 11:02 PM | Dave Ternier (Administrator)

On behalf of the Election Committee, the following individuals, listed in alphabetical order with their photo and provided bios, have submitted their applications and been approved to stand as Directors for the CPDJA Board.


Board Applicants for the 2020 CPDJA Board



CHRIS COOPER

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, I began as a DJ at the high school radio station, then the local rollerskating rink as a teenager. I also did my first paid DJ gig for a company called After Eight back in 1982. After working at several night clubs, I ventured into a radio broadcasting career that spanned 15 years while working weekend gigs for mobile DJ companies including Celebrated Sound in Saskatoon and Gary Robertson Music Services in Moose Jaw in 1985. In 1990 I moved to Pembroke, Ontario to continue my radio career and began working for Ottawa Valley DJ's before starting Chris Cooper DJ Services in 2000. In 2003 I made the decision to go full-time, and recently re-branded my company to CCDJ Events & Entertainment.



STEPHAN GONTHIER

Stephan has 1000's of events under his belt since he started in this industry. He DJ-ed in the best night club in the 2000's where he had many residencies at the time. He also DJ-ed with many international DJ's where he performed opening sets.

He has attended many conferences over the years where he received some professional training, networked along the top rated DJ's in the industry. He has also received countless awards and nominations for offering the best DJ service in the industry. He is referred by the top venues in Ottawa / Gatineau that just loves working with him and his team. Stephan is well spoken and believes in an elevated experience that no one else can offer in Ottawa.



STEFAN JEZ

I have been DJing for over 20 years, now specializing in weddings for the last 10 years. I offer a highly personalized service to my couples focusing on uniqueness and story telling. I have attended DJ conferences the last 10 years and have seen the huge benefit of doing so and also created many friendships and networking opportunities. I feel strongly about spreading the word of the association and why others should join and benefit from it.

On a personal note, I'm married, we have a 13 yr boy, love hockey (go habs go!) and love animals, dogs especially!



RHONI MOHANRAJ

I was born and raised in India until I was 16 years old and then moved to Canada with my parents. We moved from Toronto to Brandon, Manitoba three months after landing in Canada! I was entering my grade 12 when I became interested in producing music on my laptop! I'd ask my dad, "Dad! What do you think of this track?!" Without really hurting my feelings of what he felt about the track he'd say, "Try something else!" What he meant was this sounds like crap. But, he suggested Djing was something I'd be into! And that was the start of Trident Music. I started off as just a single op for a year and started building a team around it over the next few years. Now Trident has 4 divisions of industries. Music, Video, Photo and photobooths. With 14 team members now, we have been established as one of the top private event entertainment providers in the area.

This industry has been my passion from the very start and can't see a better way to enter our 11th year.



DEREK SCHWARTZENTRUBER

I have been the National President for the CPDJA for the past 3 years, and before that volunteered as a Regional Team Leader in the London Area. I'm a co-host for the Electro-Voice Canada Wide DJ Calls and sit on different committees for the CPDJA. I have  a great understanding for the ByLaws of this association. I am not done trying to grow this group we call the CPDJA.



TAMMIE SCHWARTZENTRUBER

Tammie started working at the age of 16, as a telephone switchboard operator with MacLean Hunter Communications in London Ontario.

From there she would stay in the corporate world for another 35 years with most of her experience coming from her Customer Service role at Canada Trust (which ultimately became TD Canada Trust) held for 15 years.

Tammie took some time off when she had her 2 children, Cayla 29 and Casey 26. She took many temporary contracts to stay in the business world that included The Public Guardian and Trustee, Office of the Attorney General, The London Club and The Beer Store.

Tammie met Derek in 2009 and they have been happily married since June 2012. Soon after they met, she began to realize her full potential outside the corporate world, the professional world of dj’ing! While she only ever dj’d at family functions, parties and get togethers, she has been enjoying an award winning, successful career for 10 years now.

She would also spend 2 1/2 years as the London Regional Team Leader and the Social Media Administrator, and sat on a couple of committees as well as the Facebook Group Admin team for the CPDJA.

Tammie has a very passionate red personality. She is strong, outgoing and positive! Her smile is her trademark. Currently Tammie is the Resident DJ and Bartender at a Country bar in Listowel. 

She enjoys spending time with her adult children and has a 6 year old granddaughter Chloe, who is the light of her life. She is a country music guru, loves hockey and is a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan!!



The number of applications received is equal to the number of Board vacancies available, thus, all applicants should find themselves soon on the Board. The process by which each applicant will be placed into the available positions will be announced shortly. DJ members of the CPDJA should stay alert for an announcement about this shortly.


- The 2020 CPDJA Election Committee






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