Jen thrives bridging creative analytical thinking with strategic implementation and excels at driving new business development by establishing partnerships whether as a conference or event planner, producer for television projects, or communications lead.
Jen is responsible for programming the thriving international event, TEDxToronto, focused on showcasing local thought leaders and multifaceted performers. With an eye for finding killer talent she has recruited speakers such as Ariel Garten and Joshna Maharaj as well as artists BADBADNOTGOOD and the Lemon Bucket Orkestra.
Prior to this success she managed the creative, logistics and sponsorship efforts for award-winning television series such as the National Geographic Kids’ travel program, “Are We There Yet?: World Adventure” field producing in Italy, Haida Gwaii, Ecuador, Jordan and the UAE.
Through her work as the Toronto Regional Representative for Burning Man, Jennifer has used her strategic communication talents and skills in mobilizing volunteer forces to raise the profile of the established brand while building community through outreach and events. Her passion for community development and education is fulfilled through her work with the Greenest City youth community kitchen and Growing Futures program in Toronto.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Marketing from Ryerson University and is currently enrolled in the certificate program with Ryerson’s Centre for Studies in Food Security.
What people have said…..
Darius Bashar, Co-Chair, TEDxToronto: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Jen. She is a consummate professional. One of the most resourceful and enthusiastic people I have worked with. She brings a “Get It Done” attitude to the job everyday and is the person you want on your side when you hit that inevitable bump in the road. Her immense background in TV/film production definitely comes in hand as she knows the right buttons to push to get the absolute best out of her team. Jen is a great asset to have on you side and I look forward to working with her again.”
Sarah James, Funny Bunny Films: “I’ve known and worked with Jen for many years. She is a brilliant and tenacious negotiator at any task she is set to. She excels at finding innovative, creative ways to problem solve whether it be finding the perfect shooting location or marketing and publicizing a specific event or product. I can count on Jen’s strong work ethic, integrity and friendly communication style. She’s charming, smart and she genuinely cares about delivering the very best.”
Neil St. Clair, Owner, Sassafras Films: “Whenever I need help on a project, the absolute first producer I call is Jennifer Polyzotis. Whether it’s arranging locations, hiring and supervising cast and crew, or doing on-camera interviews, Jennifer always delivers. She’s smart, friendly, and incredibly resourceful. Clients and crew love her and no project is ever too big or too last minute.”
Rob Bolton, Digital Marketing at Warner Music Canada: “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jen for many years and working with her directly at Iceberg Media. She is a dedicated, knowledgeable media professional with a great passion for her work and is someone I highly recommend.”
Keith Greco, Greco Décor: “Jen is one of those people you can rely on to get the job done. She took care of production managing the build for Cirque du Soleil’s sets at the Toronto Luminato Festival in 2009 so I could concentrate on the overall artistic look. Her ability to lead and organize a crew is truly remarkable and I would work with her again in a heartbeat.”