The Gala, presented by Chair-man Mills, was held on May 8 at the beautiful La Primavera Event Space. Four hundred event professionals from across Canada attended this fabulous and chic affair. Thank you to all our amazing event partners, our sponsors, performers, team, and the venue for their support in making this community celebration a success. Please watch our social pages and magazine website, canadianspecialevents.com, for all the coverage.

Best Event By An In-House Team (Venue, Corporate or NFP)
♦ Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Toronto, ON, Toronto Maple Leafs Outdoor Practice

 

Best Event by an Association Board or Committee
♦ TIAO – Tourism Industry Association of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Ontario Tourism Summit 2023

 

Best Conference – Social and Community Impact
TIE
♦ Bob, Montreal, QC, Dream the Impossible 2023
AND
♦ CanPlan Event & Conference Services Inc., Richmond Hill, ON, 18th Deafblind International World Conference

 

Best Conference – Innovation in Industry
♦ Charlie & Sprocket Inc., Toronto, ON, Ripple Swell Global

 

Best Brand or Product Launch
♦ Bond Brand Loyalty, Toronto, ON, Mr. Porter’s House Party

 

Best Private Experiential Marketing Event
TIE
♦ YBIMC Inc., Toronto, ON, Kenada: Barbie Movie Fan Event
AND
♦ prspktvMEDIA, Toronto, ON and Tania Pollack Design, Vaughan, ON, Snapchat FASHION HAUS at the CAFA Gala

Best Public Experiential Marketing Event
♦ Citizen Experiential and Citizen Relations, Toronto, ON, Vizzybility Booth Experience

Best Event for a Community-Based Non-Profit
♦ hala inc., Toronto, ON, Reconnect 2023: Community Foundations Conference Kick-Off Event

Best Event for a High Profile Non-Profit
♦ Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, Toronto, ON, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair

Best Small-Scale Fundraising Event
♦ Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Ice Crystal Gala 2023

Best Large-Scale Fundraising Event
♦ OneWest Event Design & Production, Calgary, AB, L23K

Best Technical Support for an Event
♦ AV-CANADA INC., Mississauga, ON, and CanPlan Event & Conference Services Inc., Richmond Hill, ON, Deafblind International World Conference

Best Audio Visual for an Event
♦ bb Blanc, Vaughan, ON, Honda of Canada Manufacturing 2023 Holiday Party

Best Private Social Event
♦ Fab Fête Event Planning Boutique and Rock Paper Events, Thornhill, ON, Josh’s Bar Mitzvah

Best Cultural Event
TIE
♦ Niagara Casinos, Niagara Falls, ON, Fallsview Casino Resort Lunar New Year – Year of the Rabbit
AND
♦ Reveal Events Group Ltd., Port Coquitlam, BC, and GO2 Productions, Vancouver, BC, Aurora Spirits

Best Event For a City or Municipality – Community Impact
♦ City of Surrey and MRG Events Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Surrey Fusion Festival

Best Event For a City or Municipality – Cultural & Heritage
♦ Moore Carlyle Consulting and MCC Destination Management, Toronto, ON, 2023 Carbon Neutral City Alliance Annual Meeting in Toronto

Best Market, Fair or Festival
♦ Brandlive, Vancouver, BC and Squamish Nation, Squamish, BC, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation 100th Amalgamation Day Festival 2023

Best Event By an Academic Institution
♦ McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, McMaster Welcome

Best Corporate Team Building Event
♦ Sénik The Event Agency, Montréal, QC, 2023 MAXI Chef’s Challenge

Best Trade Show Booth, Display or Pavilion Design
♦ TK Events, Oakville, ON, Dell Technologies at Siggraph

Most Creative Floral Design
♦ Flower Artistry and Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, AB, A Dance in the Clouds

Most Creative Table Design
♦ Peace Arch Hospital Foundation, White Rock, BC, Alice – Curiouser & Curiouser – The Peace Arch Hospital Gala

Best Event Design/Decor Under $50,000
♦ Nulink Events, Ancaster, ON, BayBiebs World

Best Event Design/ Decor $50,000 – $150,000
♦ Fête Chinoise (PALETTERA INC.), Markham, ON, Fête Chinoise 2023 Lunar New Year Signature Gala + Showcase

Best Event Design/ Decor $150,000 +
♦ Decor and More, Oakville, ON, and Fluid Events, Toronto, ON, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair 2023

Best Corporate Event Under $150,000
♦ Vocation Events Inc. Westmount, QC, 70s Roller Disco – Corporate Holiday Party

Best Corporate Event $150,000 – $450,000
♦ The Concierge Club, Toronto, ON, and SCA ( Sinclair Creative Agency Inc)., Collingwood, ON, Canadian Women Entrepreneur Industry Gala (CWE’s )

Best Corporate Event $450,000 – $750,000
♦ Citizen Experiential and Citoyen, Toronto, ON, Groupe Touchette- 2023 Innovation Summit

Best Corporate Event $750,000 – $1M
♦ OPC Événements, Montréal, QC, SNC-Lavalin rebranding to AtkinsRéalis : Employee Reveal

Best Corporate Event $1M+
♦ Debonair Corporate Events, The Creative Connoisseur and Events by Dionne, Toronto, ON, Multifamily Conference

Best Wedding Creative
♦ Fab Fête Event Planning Boutique, Thornhill, ON and R5 Event Design, Toronto, ON, A + G’s Italian Inspired Vineyard Wedding

Best Wedding Under $100,000
♦ Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, AB, Surrounded By Love

Best Wedding $100,000 to $300,000
♦ The Good Party, Victoria, BC, Aly & Julianne: A Wedding Story of Love, Logistics, and Creativity

Best Wedding $300,000 +
♦ Cava Rose, Montreal, QC, Dream Wedding in Santorini, Greece

Best Virtual Corporate Event
♦ TK Events, Oakville, ON, Race to Attach

Best Virtual Conference
♦ Reveal Events Group Ltd., Port Coquitlam, BC, CSHP Together: Live From Banff

Best Entertainment Production for a Public Event
♦ e=mc² events, Calgary, AB and Jeffrey Latimer, Toronto, ON, Canada’s Walk of Fame presents Canada’s Rock of Fame

Best Entertainment Production for a Private Event
♦ DeAngelis Entertainment Inc., Toronto, ON, bb Blanc, & ARB Productions, Toronto, ON, John’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Best Entertainment Production for a Corporate Event
♦ BADANG inc., Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, QC, Beyond 100

Outstanding Logistical Achievement
♦ Event Strategy Partners (ESP) Inc., and Chair-man Mills, Toronto, ON, Bloor Street Entertains

Most Outstanding Event Under $450,000
♦ Cantrav Services Inc., Vancouver, BC, Québec Gold De Lys

Most Outstanding Event Over $450,000 +
♦ e=mc² events, Calgary, AB, and Jeffrey Latimer, Toronto, ON, Canada’s Walk of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration

Most Outstanding Spectacle
♦ BADANG Inc., Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, QC, Beyond 100

Event Industry Volunteer of the Year
♦ Jessilyn Forigo,  Vuepointe Group, Calgary, AB

Emerging Leader Award
♦ Luisa Alvarez, Reveal Events Group, Port Coquitlam, BC

Leslee Bell Spirit of the Industry Award
♦ Bob DeAngelis, DeAngelis Entertainment

Entertainer of the Year
♦ Lorie Hamel, Lorie Hamel Maquillage Artistique, Montréal, QC

Caterer of the Year
♦ Chef de la Mesa Inc., Thornhill, ON

Wedding Professional of the Year
♦ Saaraa Premji Virani, Blush & Co. Weddings and Events, Calgary, AB

Event Professional of the Year
♦ Dustin Westling, OneWest Event Design & Production, Calgary, AB

Congratulations to the Following Companies Awarded Best in Their Respective Categories:

Best Event Photography
Magnolia Studio, Montreal, QC, Santorini Destination Wedding

Most Creative Food Presentation
♦ Chef de la Mesa Inc, Thornhill, ON

Best Video or Filmmaking for an Event
♦ Encore Canada, Mississauga, ON, PCMA CIC 2023 Wrap Video