• The Highest Honour a Canadian Event Professional Can Earn
 

Canadian Special Events Magazine is proud to announce the following companies have been named finalists in the 21st Annual Canadian Event Industry Awards Competition. Congratulations to all the entrants and those who have been shortlisted. Winners will be announced live at the Xperience Awards Gala on March 21st, proudly hosted by Hotel X Toronto. 

 

Best Audio Visual Design for an Event

bb Blanc Audiovisual & Entertainment, Toronto, ON for Right To Play Tribute Dinner 2017
FMAV,
Calgary, AB for the ILEA Esprit Awards Gala 2017
Go2 Productions,
Vancouver, BC  for Façade Festival
Mandell Entertainment Group,
Toronto, ON for the David Foster 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala and Concert
POP Kollaborative, Calgary, AB & Proshow Audiovisual, Calgary, AB for Onward
Quest Audio Visual,
Toronto, ON for the Arbonne CNTC 2017

 

Private Individual/Group/Cause 

Dt Floral and Décor, Vaughan, ON for Tyler’s Bar Mitzvah
Jennifer James Events, Calgary, AB for Jamboree – Two Stepping For Change
OneWest Events Inc., Calgary, AB for The Great GatsBEA

 

Best Event Photography

Phot-O-Holic Imagery, Toronto, ON for the Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer
Photos With Finesse, 
Calgary, AB for Stephanie & Arnold’s $98,000 Dream Wedding 
Photos With Finesse,
Calgary, AB for A Night In Monte Carlo

 

Best Event Produced for a Corporation/Organization or Business

Boom Goes The Drum Inc., Calgary, AB for Rendez-vous Canada 2017 “All The Stars”
Bright Ideas Events Ltd., Richmond, BC for A Christmas Carol Celebration
Cantrav Services Inc., Vancouver, BC for Electric Surge
Citizen Relations, Toronto, ON for the Spotify 3rd Anniversary Party
Creative Twist Inc. & Canadian Tire Corporation for the Canadian Tire – a 1922 Welcome
curated by m incorporated, Toronto, ON Toronto Life Most Influential 2017 Event
aNd Logistix, Toronto, ON for Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy Conference

 

Best Experiential Marketing Event

Citizen Relations, Toronto, ON, for the Mentos Gum Hello Freshness Campaign
Citizen Relations, Toronto, ON for Quaker Oat Lodge
GTA Selfies, Toronto, ON for Raptors 905 Home Opener Game for Bell Canada and MLSE
Mandell Entertainment, Toronto, ON for Roots Northern Lights 
McMaster University, Hamilton ON for McMaster University’s #Goals Week
POP Kollaborative, Calgary, AB for Women for Conserving Canada’s Wetlands

 

Best Event Produced By an In-House Team at a Venue or Corporation

Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB for the Grand Opening Big Four Roadhouse
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC for All About Me
Great Events Group, Calgary, AB for Foodies in the Park
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, for #Goals Week
Sheridan College, Oakville, ON for Welcome Back Breakfast 2017
WestJet, Calgary, AB for the 2017 WestJet Corporate Christmas – The Steampunk Express.

 

Best Fundraising Event 

BC Cancer Foundation,  Vancouver, BC for the 2017 Hope Couture
Fondation du CHU de Québec, Quebec, QC, for Bal des Grands Romantiques
Hala Events & Communications Inc., Toronto, ON, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Moonlight Gala
Providence Healthcare Foundation,  Toronto, ON for the 24th Annual Silver Ball
Solutions with Impact, Toronto, ON, for the Montreal Culinary Showdown
The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC for Monet’s Secret Garden Summer Gala

 

Best Corporate Team Building Event 

Eventology Canada, Vancouver, BC for  The Big Picture – MTU Maintenance Core Values 2017
Senik, Montreal, QC for Merch Discount Townhall
The City of Red Deer for the Staff Forum 2017: Step Out

 

Best Technical Support for an Event 

bb Blanc Audiovisual & Entertainment, Woodbridge, ON for Honda of Canada Manufacturing Holiday Party 2017
FMAV, Mississauga, ON for the  2017 Peace Arch Hospital Gala
FMAV, Mississauga, ON for the 2017 Curve Ball Gala
Westbury National, Toronto, ON for the WestJet Desert Lights

 

Best Trade Show Booth, Display or Pavillion 

Citizen Relations, Toronto ON for the Shoppers Drug Mart Top Picks Experiential Campaign
Citizen Relations, Toronto ON IIDEX
Citizen Relations, Toronto ON WB Games 2017 Tradeshow Booth
Production Canada, Vaughan, ON for Target Commons

 

Best Public Event/Fair or Festival

BRANDLIVE Group, Vancouver, BC for the Drum is Calling Festival
City of Richmond,
Richmond, BC for Canada 150
City of Surrey, Surrey BC & John Donnelly & Associates Surrey Canada Day
Fifth Element Group,
Toronto, ON, for RECESS – Ronald McDonald House
Parléview,
Toronto, ON for the Ontario 150 Festivals
Canada Place Corporation
, Vancouver, BC for the Canada 150 at Canada Place
Toronto Cider Festival Inc., Toronto, ON for the 2017 Toronto Cider Festival

 

Best Event for a High Profile Charity

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Vancouver, BC for the Teck Acute Care Centre Premiere
Citizen Relations,
Toronto, ON for the SickKids VS Limits Media Launch
Event Strategy Partners (ESP) Inc., Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) & Seneca College – Event Management,
Toronto, ON for Bloor Street Entertains 2017
Hala Events & Communications Inc.,
Toronto, ON for the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Black Tie Gala: Bright Lights for Brighter Futures
Solutions with Impact,
Toronto, ON for the Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer

 

Best Entertainment Production

A2D2 Inc & Jet Entertainment, Toronto, ON for Cirque Cabaret
Hala Events & Communications Inc.,
Toronto, ON for the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation Southlake Black Tie Gala
Mandell Entertainment Group,
Toronto, ON & Mr. Productions, for the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala and Concert
Ottawa 2017 (Celebrations Ottawa Inc.),
Ottawa ON for La Machine, The 24th Annual Silver Ball
Providence Healthcare Foundation,
Toronto, ON for the 2017 Silver Ball
The Idea Hunter,
Toronto, ON for Fly Away with Westjet 

 

Best Event Produced by an Association, Board or Committee 

Calgary Stampede, OneWest Events & PM Gigs, Calgary, AB for the  ILEA Live Opening Night
Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation Gala Committee,
Midland, ON for the Moonlight Masquerade…An Evening in New Orleans
Managing Matters Inc.,
Toronto, ON for ACG Toronto Capital Connection 2017
Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 
Kamloops, BC for the Royal Affair
ILEA Vancouver, MPI BC Chapter, and PCMA Canada West,
Vancouver, BC  for Through The Wardrobe: The Vancouver Event Industry Holiday Party for ILEA Vancouver, MPI BC Chapter, and PCMA Canada West
Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
, Toronto, ON for the Ontario Tourism Summit

 

Best Event Produced for a Community Based Charitable Organization 

Cava Rose. Montreal, QC for the Great Conductor Great Chef’ Benefit Gala
Events with Vizability, Fort McMurray, BC for  Bodega – 8th Annual SMS Equipment Wine Auction in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters
GBGH Foundation Gala Committee, Midland, ON for the 12th Annual Gala
Hala Events & Communications Inc. Toronto, ON for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Moonlight Gala
Hala Events & Communications Inc. Toronto, ON for the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation Black Tie Gala Inc.
RSVP Event Design, Saskatoon, SK for the PotashCorp Cultural Gala for the Saskatoon Community Foundation “Waskeswan – the Sky is Clearing”

 

Outstanding Logistical Achievement 

Event Strategy Partners (ESP) Inc., Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) & Seneca College – Event Management, Toronto, ON for Bloor Street Entertains 2017
Pacific Destination Services, Vancouver, BC for Boundary Ranch Rodeo
Parléview Ontario, Toronto, ON for 150 Festivals at Ontario Place
Rare Indigo, Vancouver, BC for the VIP European Corporate Incentive
Regal Tent Productions, Toronto, ON for Fashion Week 2017
Robin Cooke, Toronto, ON for the 2017 National HOG® Rally
Westbury National, Toronto, ON for WestJet Desert Lights

 

Best Conference 

aNd Logistix Inc, Toronto, ON for the Mortgage Professionals Canada – National Conference 2017
aNd Logistix Inc, Toronto, ON for the 25th Annual CCPPP National Conference on Public-Private Partnerships
BC Non-Profit Housing Association, Vancouver, BC for the Housing Central Conference
Citizen Relations, Toronto, ON for ELEVATE Toronto 2018
Tap Resources, Ohsweken ON and Six Nations Polytechnic and AV Canada, Toronto, ON for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE)

 

Best Multiple-Day Incentive

aNd Logistix Inc, Toronto, ON for the Mortgage Professionals Canada – National Conference 2017
aNd Logistix Inc, Toronto, ON for the Loblaw Corporation and Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy Conferences 2017
Cantrav Services Inc.
Vancouver, BC for Amway
MacGillivray & Associates Destination & Event Management, Inc.
Victoria, BC for  a Travel Client Incentive
Pacific Destination Services,
Vancouver, BC for President’s Club Banff

 

Most Creative Food Presentation 

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Outside Catering, Montreal QC for Imagine:  The Beatles & Beyond, The Daffodil Ball
SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts, Calgary, AB for the 2nd annual Event Planners Appreciation dinner – A seasonal dessert tour
Toque Catering Inc., Victoria, BC for Alice in Wonderland for the Miller Wedding

 

Best Overall Catered Event

Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC for Monet Secret Garden Summer Gala
Daniel et Daniel Catering and Events,
Toronto, ON for ASAE’s Closing Event
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, QC, for Imagine, The Beetles & Beyond
Great Events Group,
Calgary, AB, for Foodies in the Park
Toque Catering Inc.
Victoria, BC for Rustic Chic Farm Wedding
Toque Catering Inc.
Victoria, BC for Dedicated to David: A Legendary Evening Honouring David Foster David Foster

 

Best Event Design/Decor Concept $0 – $30,000 

Bright Ideas Events Inc, Richmond, BC for the Gold Bar Gala
POP Kollaborative, & Decor & More. Inc, Calgary, AB for Women for Conserving Canada’s Wetlands

Events with Vizability, Fort McMurray, BC for the Dia de Los Muertos- 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball in support of the Fort McMurray SPCA
Fab Fête Event Planning Boutique & DT Floral & Decor Inc. Toronto, ON for Chantelle & Leon’s White Garden Wedding
OneWest Events Inc., Calgary, Ab for Blakes Adult Holiday Party
Stardust Events, Arato Entertainment & Events Inc. and RTG Special Events, Toronto, ON for the Venetian Masquerade
The Creative Bride, Cambridge, ON for the  Mammoet 2017 Circus Gala

 

Best Event Design/Decor Concept $30,000 -$80,000 

Bright Ideas Events Ltd, Richmond, BC for A Christmas Carol Celebration
Cantrav Services Inc., Vancouver, BC for Musical Elegance
Decor & More Inc. Oakville, ON and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Toronto, ON for Raps City Social 2017
Fifth Element Group, Toronto, ON for Atomic
FOS Rental Group, Toronto, ON for Sierra’s Jungle
OneWest Events Inc, Calgary, AB for Shell NCPC Gala
OneWest Events Inc., Calgary, AB for WestJet Holiday Party, Steampunk Express-

 

Best Event Design/Decor Concept $80,000 +

BOLD Event Creative, Burnaby, BC for the Shipbuilders Event
Creative Twist Inc. Canadian Tire Corporation,  Decor & More Inc.& Pamler Audio, 
Toronto, ON for A 1922 Welcome
Decor & More Inc., 
Oakville, ON for Casino Rama Holiday Memories  
Elizabeth Stanley Event Design,
Richmond, BC, for  “Through the Wardrobe” The Vancouver Event Industry Holiday Party
OneWest Events Inc. 
Calgary, AB for Shaw Celebrate

 

Most Creative Table/ Centre Design

Cantrav Services Inc. Vancouver, BC for Vibrant Elegance
Christopher J Design,
Vancouver, BC for  Step into Spring 
Fine Floral Designs, 
Victoria BC for the Grand Opening Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria
POP Kollaborative Inc. & Designing on the Edge, 
Calgary, AB for Inside Out
R5 Event Design & Fab Fete Event Planning Boutique,
Toronto, ON for #BlushLove; A Wondrous Wisteria Table Design
Westmount Florist,
Westmount, QC for the Rubin/Whitefield Wedding. 

 

Best Brand or Product Launch

Citizen Relations, Toronto, ON for the SickKids VS Limits Media Launch
IMG Canada,
Toronto, ON for the Big Feastival Canada Media Launch
Pacific Destination Services,
Vancouver, BC and the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria BC for the  Return of the Queen
SWIRL Custom Cakes & Desserts,
Calgary, AB & Azuridge Estate Hotel, Priddis, AB for a Seasonal Dessert Tour


Best Wedding Creative 

DT Floral and Decor, Vaughan, ON & Fab Fete Event Planning Boutique, Toronto, ON for Alex and Mario’s Wedding
Fifth Element Group,
Toronto, ON for Hailey & Noah’s Wedding
Lynn Fletcher Weddings,
Calgary, AB for My Home Wedding
R5 Event Design,
Toronto, ON for a Whimsical Fairytale Wedding

 

Best Wedding Over $75,000

Boom Goes The Drum Inc. Calgary, AB for a Modern – Art Deco Wedding 
Cava Rose,
Montreal, QC for Terry & Jean’s Abbey Wedding 
Celebrate Events,
Whistler, BC for the Giesbrecht Gill Wedding
Jennifer Bergman Weddings and Events,
Edmonton, AB for Love in the Canadian Rockies – Kaylee and Zach’s Wedding
Julianne Young Weddings Inc.,
Calgary, AB for Lauren & Jordan’s  Modern White Wedding
Lynn Fletcher Weddings,
Calgary, AB for My Home Wedding, The Kohn Pope Wedding

 

Most Outstanding Event Up to $200,000 Corporate/Business/Association/Non-Profit

Bright Ideas Events Ltd., Richmond, BC for A Christmas Carol Celebration
Events with Vizability,
Fort McMurray, BC for Dia de los Muertos- 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball in support of the Fort McMurray SPCA
Pacific Destination Services,  & Christopher J Design,
Vancouver, BC for Victoria through the Looking Glass Butchart Garden Dinner & Mad Hatter’s Afterparty
Providence Healthcare Foundation,
Toronto, ON for the 17th Annual Cuisine & Cuvée
TK Events,
Toronto, ON for the  Clearstream Gala

 

Most Outstanding Over $200,000 Corporate/Business/Association/Non-Profit

e=mc² events,  Calgary, AB for SOULMEN 60 – The Birthday Boys
Fifth Element Group,
Toronto, ON for the Toronto Board of Trade Annual Dinner
Bright Ideas Events Ltd.  Richmond, BC for the British Secret Garden
Loungeworks Inc. Vancouver, BC for the Mad Hatters House Party
Providence Healthcare Foundation, Toronto, ON for the 24th Annual Silver Ball 2017 Silver Ball
Senik, Montreal, QC for the Lego Battle of the Chefs
Solutions with Impact Montreal Culinary Showdown
ILEA Vancouver, MPI BC Chapter, and PCMA Canada West, Vancouver, BC for Through The Wardrobe: The Vancouver Event Industry Holiday Party 

 

Most Outstanding Over $200,000 Public/Festival/Sporting/Cultural

BRANDLIVE Group Honda Celebration of Light Honda Celebration of Light
City of Richmond, Richmond, BC for Canada 150
City of Surrey, Surrey, BC & John Donnelly & Associates, for the Surrey Fusion Festival
IMG Canada, Toronto, ON, for the Big Feastival Canada 

 

Emerging Industry Leader 

Anjelica Ong, Yellow House Events, Toronto, ON
Sarah Kelly,
Cantrav Services Inc., Vancouver, BC
Tanya Scagnol,
Fifth Element Group, Toronto, ON
Amy Nelson,
Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, AB
Eryne Sarabin,
Tycoon Event Planning & Promotions

 

Entertainer of the Year

A2D2 Inc. Toronto, ON
DeAngelis Entertainment Inc, Toronto, ON
Comedy in Motion with Bob Cates, Cambridge, ON
Danny Kramer,
Winnipeg, MB
PM GIGS Inc. Dueling Piano Kings, Calgary, AB
Hypnotist Incredible BORIS, Toronto, ON
Mega Magic- Magician Mike D’Urzo, Toronto, ON 

 

Wedding Professional of the Year 

Julianne Young, Julianne Young Weddings, Calgary, AB
Lynn Fletcher,  
Lynn Fletcher Weddings

 

Event Professional of the Year 

Corinne Kessel, CSEP, MA, Greenscape Design & Decor, Burnaby, BC
Alex Bickers, SW Audio Visual and Showtime Event & Display, Vancouver, BC
Terri Samson, Pacific Destination Services, Vancouver, BC
Lilli Clark, BRANDLIVE Group, Vancouver, BC
Brent Taylor, Timewise Event Management Inc., Edmonton, AB

 

The Following Winners Have Been Pre Selected

Congratulations to Armando Arruda, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, QC  for winning Caterer of the Year 
Congratulations to RSVP Event Design, Saskatoon, SK for winning Best Wedding Under $75,000 for Northern Romance
Congratulations to aNd Logistix, Toronto, ON for winning  
Ontario Centres of Excellence, Discovery 2017