Canadian Special Events Magazine presented it’s annual Event Awards Gala on March 21st at the brand new Hotel X Toronto to a sold-out crowd of Canada’s elite event professionals. The spectacular awards show, produced by Corey Mandell, President of Mandell Entertainment Group, featured epic performances by the Jersey Boys, Sean Jones & Myles Rain and Datu (courtesy of the Idea Hunter) and was hosted by Canadian talk show personality Ben Mulroney, who appeared both live and by hologram, courtesy of ARHT’s patented Augmented Reality Holographic Telepresence which is the world’s first complete end-to-end solution for the creation, transmission, and delivery of lifelike digital human holograms, known as HumaGrams™

The CEIA Gala was the very first event ever held at the Hotel X Toronto which opened its doors one day earlier.  Key event partners included AV giant PSAV, the Idea Hunter, Decor & More, Abbey Road, ESP Inc and many others who came together to create this brilliant evening., the in-house caterer for Hotel X Toronto created a masterpiece menu, the decor was elegant and on brand and the entertainment, provided by Idea Hunter was unique and innovative. The event got rave reviews from attendees and the CSE Magagazine team has called this year’s event absolutely outstanding. Kudos to everyone involved and hats off to both the finalists and award recipients. 


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Congratulations to the Following Companies


Best Audio Visual Design for an Event

POP Kollaborative, Calgary, AB & Proshow Audiovisual, Calgary, AB for Onward


Best Event for a Private Individual/Group/Cause 

OneWest Events Inc., Calgary, AB for The Great GatsBEA


Best Event Photography

Photos With Finesse, Calgary, AB for Stephanie & Arnold’s $98,000 Dream Wedding


Best Event Produced for a Corporation/Organization or Business

Cantrav Services Inc., Vancouver, BC for Electric Surge


Best Experiential Marketing Event

Mandell Entertainment, Toronto, ON for Roots Northern Lights


Best Fundraising Event 

 du CHU de Québec, Quebec, QC, for Bal des Grands Romantiques
Solutions with Impact Toronto, ON for Montreal Culinary Showdown


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

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC for All About Me


Best Corporate Team Building Event 

Eventology Canada, Vancouver, BC for  The Big Picture – MTU Maintenance Core Values 2017


Best Technical Support for an Event 

Westbury National, Toronto, ON for the WestJet Desert Lights


Best Trade Show 

aNd Logistix, Toronto, ON for Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery


Best Trade Show Booth, Display or Pavillion 

Citizen Relations, Toronto ON for the Shoppers Drug Mart Top Picks Experiential Campaign


Best Public Event/Fair or Festival

Fifth Element Group,
 Toronto, ON, for RECESS – Ronald McDonald House
 Toronto, ON for the Ontario 150 Festivals


Best Event for a High Profile Charity

Event Strategy Partners (ESP) Inc., Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) & Seneca College – Event Management, Toronto, ON for Bloor Street Entertains 2017


Best Entertainment Production

A2D2 Inc & Jet Entertainment, Toronto, ON for Cirque Cabaret


Best Event Produced by an Association, Board or Committee 

ILEA Vancouver, MPI BC Chapter, and PCMA Canada West, Vancouver, BC  for Through The Wardrobe: The Vancouver Event Industry Holiday Party


Best Event Produced for a Community Based Charitable Organization 

Hala Events & Communications Inc. Toronto, ON for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Moonlight Gala


Outstanding Logistical Achievement 

Regal Tent Productions, Toronto, ON for Fashion Week 2017


Best Conference 

aNd Logistix Inc,
 Toronto, ON for the Mortgage Professionals Canada – National Conference 2017
Tap ResourcesOhsweken ON and Six Nations Polytechnic and AV Canada, Toronto, ON for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE)


Best Multiple-Day Incentive

Cantrav Services Inc. Vancouver, BC for Amway


Most Creative Food Presentation 

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth HotelOutside Catering, Montreal QC for Imagine:  The Beatles & Beyond, The Daffodil Ball


Best Overall Catered Event

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 

Fab Fête Event Planning Boutique & DT Floral and Decor, Toronto, ON for Chantelle & Leon’s White Garden Wedding


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

Bright Ideas Events Ltd,
 Richmond, BC for A Christmas Carol Celebration
OneWest Events Inc., Calgary, AB for WestJet Holiday Party, Steampunk Express-


Best Event Design/Decor Concept $80,000 +

Creative Twist Inc. Canadian Tire Corporation,  Decor & More Inc.& Pamler Audio, Toronto, ON for A 1922 Welcome


Most Creative Table/ Centre Design

Christopher J Design, Vancouver, BC for  Step into Spring


Best Brand or Product Launch

Citizen Relations, Toronto, ON for the SickKids VS Limits Media Launch


Best Wedding Creative 

Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, AB for My Home


Best Wedding Under $75,000

RSVP Event Management, Saskatoon, Sk for Northern Romance 


Best Wedding Over $75,000

Celebrate Events, Whistler, BC for the Giesbrecht Gill Wedding


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

Providence Healthcare Foundation, Toronto, ON for the 17th Annual Cuisine & Cuvée


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

Solutions with Impact, Toronto, ON for Montreal Culinary Showdown


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

BRANDLIVE Group, Vancouver, BC for Honda Celebration of Light Honda Celebration of Light


Emerging Industry Leader 

Amy Nelson, Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, AB


Stacy Wyatt Spirit of the Industry Legacy Award

Chad Brincheski, President, Event Strategy Partners Inc. Toronto, ON


Entertainer of the Year

Danny Kramer, Winnipeg, MB


Wedding Professional of the Year 

Julianne Young, Julianne Young Weddings, Calgary, AB


Caterer of the Year 

Armando Arruda, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, QC


Event Professional of the Year 

Brent Taylor, Timewise Event Management Inc., Edmonton, AB