About us

Diane Laundy

Principal Planner
Behind the Scenes Conference Planning

My event and organizing skills were honed early on. First organizing my brother and sister in theatrical ventures in our basement and then with the neighbourhood kids in role playing on our back porch and creating themed birthday parties for school friends.

An interest in theatre and performance lead me to study at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario and from there I worked with various theatre companies in Toronto administering their public relations, theatre seasons and fundraising events.
It was through a Board member at one of the theatre companies that introduced me to the world of event planning and that is the path I have traveled ever since.

I quickly learned that conferences were my specialty and I loved the way they bring people together to learn, renew friendships and strengthen the organizations that produce them.

In 2004 I created Behind the Scenes Conference Planning, an independent conference planning company.

My focus is on small to medium sized organizations that are looking to establish their first conference or event or move from a volunteer driven event to incorporating a professional planner.

With over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector I still love the passion and commitment that association members and staff bring to their work in this field. It inspires me to do my best for you.

I also love connecting people to information and I see this happen all the time at conferences where delegates get inspired by what they learn and in making connections with others.

Through my blog Meeting Toolbox, I share my knowledge and expertise in meeting planning with others, connecting them to tools, tips and templates to help other planners create great events.

When you hire Behind the Scenes Conference Planning, you are making the decision to hire a meeting planner who is an attentive professional, who brings strength in planning, strong organizational skills and who will work in a proactive partnership with you to make your event the best it can be.

That’s my commitment to you.