TORONTO, ON (Oct. 9, 2012)—Maryam Bayoumi is a self-motivated leader and a knowledgeable, innovative Event Specialist with more than 7 years of experience managing all facets of strategic event marketing, logistics and production.

Her knack for event planning came from her Mom, a social queen who planned and hosted events since before Maryam was born. “When you come from a family with 64 first cousins, every occasion needs planning,” says Maryam.

Maryam and her family immigrated to Dubai from Palestine when she was less than 1-year-old and then from Dubai to Toronto in 1992 leaving behind her large family. Being the oldest of her 64 first cousins, Maryam says it was hard visiting and seeing everyone all grown up year after year.

One of the Maryam’s first influences was her uncle who has been a resort and event manager in multiple, popular United Arab Emirates hotels. Marcy Blum became another strong influence for Maryam by branding herself as the “eventiste” of her time. “Marcy established her company when I was born, so she has been around for a long time,” adds Maryam. Later on, Maryam would grow to read about and admire industry experts like Colin Cowie and Maneesh Goyal.

Her career started in 2003 when she was unexpectedly roped-in to lead the event marketing team for Western Union’s Middle Eastern division at all major Arab concerts, venues, stores and exhibits in and around Toronto. Thanks to her uncle, by 2006 her portfolio grew and expanded to Dubai where she planned and managed weddings and ethnic celebrations as well as corporate events and she worked with multiple resorts in the UAE with the tourism department until 2008.

From 2008 to 2011, Maryam became the lead event coordinator at The Arab House where she successfully organized 2 major events for more than 300 people for the Eid Dinner & Band Celebrations.

With a strong desire to gain more experience in all facets of event planning, Maryam volunteered a lot of time and many weekends to get the experience she needed. She worked on the What Women Want Sex in the City event and she was the team lead for all event setup at the Fashion Design Council of Canada for LG Fashion Week. This is where she got the opportunity to work one-on-one with Rob Dittmer of Three Events Planning & Design (, a prestigious event planning company in Toronto. Maryam’s work was so outstanding that she was often asked to join the team on a more permanent basis.

Finally, in 2011 Maryam took her love for event planning and established her own corporate and social events planning agency: Ritzy Events ( With her mounting experience and after the official launch of Ritzy Events in January 2012, Maryam managed to generate a load of opportunities in the space of 7 months including being a part of the 1Direction Music Symposium during the 2012 Winter Music Conference in Miami, Florida, hosted by Grammy award-winning producers Boi1da and T-Minus; she also worked at the Gifting Lounge of the 2012 Stylus Awards and Much Music Video Awards. Currently she has become the National Events Manager for the Strategy Institute where she is responsible for full conference logistics planning for 40 overlapping conferences.

Maryam’s level of connections in the event planning and hospitality world are unmatched. She has single-handedly closed contracts with 85% of the hotels in downtown Toronto and the airport area, including 2 large conference contracts at the Trump Toronto and the Shangri-La before they had even opened their doors.

Despite her growing success and with philanthropy constantly present in her mind, participating and donating to different charities like Walk so Kids Can Talk, is a natural decision for her. Maryam also gives back to the community in many ways including hosting the Rise Above Event Planning & Fundraising Workshop where she taught girls between the ages of 12 to 19, how to raise funds and awareness and get sponsors for causes that are close to their hearts and she is also a founding member of Soho House Toronto where she goes to let the creativity flow and network with other creative industries and peers alike.

Not only does Maryam’s cultured involvement in events allow her to satisfy her clients by ensuring a successful production, but because she has worked with a diverse clientele, she has an understanding of the urban nature which every client personally experiences. Ritzy Events thrives through Maryam’s leadership and attention to detail and her drive to collaborate truly displays itself through successful events and satisfied clients.

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Media contact: Sandra Gabriel | 1-888-336-3763 x: 47 | [email protected]

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