Doug  Matthews Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Doug Matthews

Gear Six Creative

My background is in both aeronautical engineering and entertainment. Strangely, the similarities between these fields rather than the differences made it possible for me to run an award-winning special event production company for over 19 years. This was followed by 5 years as a university lecturer in special events. I have since published 6 books in the field, including my latest 2 from Routledge entitled Special Event Production: The Process and Special Event Production: The Resources.


After twenty-two years in the Canadian Armed Forces serving as an aeronautical engineer, Doug Matthews began his second career in the entertainment industry when he joined Pacific Show Productions, located in Vancouver, Canada, in 1985. This company produced special events and entertainment in Canada and overseas for many diverse clients. For example, these included: original musical theater productions in Barkerville, BC; the millennium First Night celebrations in Vancouver, BC; the annual Leo Awards for BC film and television; and four entertainment show tours for the Canadian Armed Forces to the Arctic, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia, Egypt, and Israel. Pacific Show Productions was regularly nominated for special event awards both in Canada and the United States and won several under Matthews's leadership. The company was sold in 2004. He was also president of TEAMNet (now called Creative Event Team), an international consortium of special event production companies, in 2002-04.

Doug is an accomplished speaker, delivering seminars at conventions and courses at universities in the areas of entertainment, creativity, and event production management.

Doug has been writing since he was in the air force. His first book was a self-published work on special events, How to Create Fantasies and Win Accolades: A Practical Guide to Planning Special Events, which received critical acclaim in the USA and Canada. Another two books on event production entitled Special Event Production, Part One: The Process and Special Event Production, Part Two: The Resources were published by Elsevier in 2008 and are currently marketed around the English-speaking world. Updated versions of these two books have just been re-published by Taylor & Francis.


    BEng, Royal Military College of Canada
    MEng, Royal Military College of Canada

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Present areas of expertise and research include special event production and the anthropology and archaeology of entertainment and special events.

Personal Interests

    Writing, photography, archaeology, music



Featured Title
 Featured Title - Special Event Production: The Process, Matthews - 1st Edition book cover


International Journal of Event Management Research

The Analysis of Historical Spectacle and Its Impact on Event Studies

Published: Jul 01, 2012 by International Journal of Event Management Research
Authors: Doug Matthews
Subjects: History, Religion, Tourism, Hospitality and Events, Anthropology - Soc Sci, Archaeology

Eight planned historical spectacles are analyzed from the point of view of a modern event manager. Potential impacts of this analysis on event studies and modern event management are proposed in three areas: the categories of key stakeholders in events; the relationship amongst these key stakeholders; and the importance of ritual in the design of historical and hence modern events.