Inspiring all DJs through Education, Networking and Support

Association Leadership

The Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association is managed and led by a volunteer Executive Committee, volunteer Regional Team Leaders and a member-voted volunteer Board of Directors. Association business, accounting and administration is handled by a contracted Operations Manager.

The Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association Board of Directors is comprised of individuals that have been voted in by the membership of the CPDJA or, in the case of unexpected vacancies, temporarily appointed by the Board. The Board of Directors are responsible for the legal status and governance of the organization, as it applies to acts that govern the operation of not-for-profit corporations in Canada. The Board of Directors are responsible for appointing the Executive Committee and hiring staff and independent contractors. The Board of Directors oversee all aspects of the association and volunteer their time in this position.

2022 Board of Directors

  • Derek Schwartzentruber (London, Ontario) - (3 Year Term Ending Mar 2026)
  • Stefan Jez (Dorval, Quebec) - (3 Year Term Ending Mar 2026)
  • Rod McMahon (Calgary Alberta) - (3 Year Term Ending Mar 2024)
  • Michael Roberts (Barrie, Ontario) - (3 Year Term Ending Mar 2024)
  • Mackenzie Chornawka (Brandon, Manitoba) - (3 Year Term Ending Mar 2024)
  • Kent Gudmundson (West Pine Ridge, Manitoba) - (3 Year Term Ending Mar 2025)
  • Stephan Gonthier (Orleans, Ontario) - (3 Year Term Ending Mar 2025)

The Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association Executive Committee is the Board of Director appointed management team that manages and leads the day-to-day operations of the association. They are responsible for the implementation of new ideas and projects as well as maintenance of in-place programming. Each Executive Committee member is appointed for a 1-year term (and can be renewed for a maximum of 5 terms) and volunteers their time for this role.

National President (Intrim)

Pascal Lévesque (Executive Committee Term Jun 3, 2021 to Mar 31, 2026)

Animateur/DJ depuis 1993, Pascal est reconnu au Québec, au Canada et même aux États-Unis comme étant un leader dans son domaine.  Après avoir été sous-traitant comme animateur/DJ pendant plusieurs années, il a décidé de lancer officiellement sa propre entreprise Pascal.Party en 2015.  Après avoir ajouté l'aspect Célébrant à ses services, il a fondé, en 2019, l'entreprise Escouade.Party pour laquelle il gère une équipe d'animateur.  En 2020, il a ajouté une corde à son arc en créant, une boutique en ligne dans laquelle on retrouve des guides mariage qu'il a composé, des noeuds papillon en bois qu'il confectionne à la main, des parfums exclusifs et d'autre produits.

En 2013, il a remporté le titre de l'animateur de l'année (DJ of the Year Runner Up) au DJ Expo présenté à Atlantic City en plus de mettre la main sur le titre de "Best Dance".  En 2015, il a été nommé MC All-Star aux États-Unis.  Depuis 2017, il est l'un des juges de la compétition "Entertainer of the Year" qui couronne le meilleur animateur au DJ Expo.

Pascal adore s'impliquer dans son domaine en échangeant régulièrement avec ses pairs.  C'est donc naturel de le voir impliqué dans la CPDJA !

A DJ since 1993, Pascal is recognized in Quebec, Canada and even the United States as a leader in his field. After being a subcontractor as a DJ for several years, he officially launch his own company Pascal.Party in 2015. After adding the service of officiant, he founded, in 2019, the company Escouade.Party for which he manages a team of DJ. In 2020, he added a string to his bow by creating, an online store in which we find wedding guides he composed, wooden bow ties he makes by hand, exclusive perfumes and other products.

In 2013, he won DJ of the Year Runner Up at the DJ Expo held in Atlantic City in addition to winning the title of "Best Dance". In 2015, he was named MC All-Star in the United States. Since 2017, he has been one of the judges of the "Entertainer of the Year" competition which crowns the best entertainer at the DJ Expo.

Pascal loves getting involved in his field by regularly exchanging with his peers. It is therefore natural to see him involved in the CPDJA!

Executive Committee Member

Debbie Deschambault  (Term Apr 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2024)

Debbie got her start as a DJ in 2006, after tripping and falling in to it through competitive ballroom dancing.  Thanks to a series of lucky opportunities and a dose of serendipity, Debbie began to learn how to DJ in 2006, and quickly caught the event bug.  It was something that she did part time, on a one-off basis, while maintaining a career in IT consulting focusing on software development and quality assurance.  That consulting career allowed Debbie to live in, and travel throughout the US for work over the course of ten years.  During that time, she always maintained her dancing thanks to the availability of coaching, social dancing and training, in addition to DJing weddings and events thanks to word of mouth, mostly through the dance community.

Now that she is back in Canada, and working with Absolute Sounds, Debbie is still DJing weddings, fundraisers, corporate events, ballroom dance competitions, and other dance-related events.  Her specialized knowledge in the area allows her to play to a dancing crowd in a way that also appeals to those who don't have partner dancing experience.  In addition to DJing, Debbie is also teaching ballroom, latin and swing dancing, including first dance choreography for wedding couples.

When she isn’t working on events, the CPDJA software implementation, or other association business, Debbie is currently a full time student at Trent University, working on a degree completion in Business Administration with a focus on Information Systems and E-Commerce.  In her “spare time” (ha ha), Debbie loves to explore new places, try new foods, indulge in a cocktail or two and, when there’s snow on the ground, fly down mountainsides on her skis at speeds that most cars hit on highways.

Executive Committee Member

Chris Briscoe (Term Apr 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2026)

Chris Briscoe has been a fixture on the Canadian Music Scene as a musician, DJ, and promoter for over 30 plus years. He has shared the stage with Jimmy Eat World, Finger 11, Dekoze, Manzone and Strong, Yves Larock, Mark Oliver, The Tragically Hip, Colin James, Jim Cuddy and Big Sugar. Promoted for Danko Jones, Great Big Sea, Frank Black, Henry Rollins, Tegan and Sara, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, and Metric just to name a few.

Born in England and lived with extended family in California before emigrating to Canada. This multi-talented musician grew up listening to the sounds of Motown, Funk, Soul, Latin rhythms & Rock which has become the musical backdrop of his musical career.

Chris received a Recognition Award for Entrepreneurship in the Arts for his contributions to the City of Hamilton's Arts community. This award was presented by the Mayor on behalf of the City of Hamilton.

Executive Committee Member

Dennis Allan (Term Apr 1, 2021 to Mar 31, 2026)

Dennis has been an Alberta boy his entire life.  He was born and raised in the Edmonton area until moving to Red Deer for a radio practicum in 1998.  It was at this point he also went from being that "hobby DJ in his parents' basement" to actually earning revenue from the craft.  Dennis has since retired from broadcasting and is now self-employed full time in the mobile event business with his company Juiced Audio & Lighting, Inc.

Dennis is on the CPDJA's Executive Committee and is the Regional Team Leader for Western Canada.

Executive Committee Member

Amanda Oling (Term Apr 1, 2022 to Mar 31, 2027)

Executive Committee Member

Michael Roberts (Term Apr 1, 2022 to Mar 31, 2027)

The Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association Regional Team Leaders (RTLs) are Executive Committee appointed individuals tasked to organize Networking Nights and other special events, locally in regions across Canada. RTLs are also a local point of contact for members and non-members that have questions about the association and its programming, such as insurance and membership types.

Many RTLs also participate in various committees in order to help the Executive Committee and Board of Directors with their work. The role of a Regional Team Leader is a voluntary, unpaid position.

Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association

1085 Water Street

Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3P7

(833) CPDJA DJ

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software