Meet Our Esteemed Panel of Judges

The Canadian Event Industry Awards is one of the most rigorous and challenging award competitions in the world for event professionals. The judging is now a 4-stage process including pre-screening to eliminate non-qualified entries, a first-round analysis to determine shortlists, an in-depth evaluation where the entry is critically examined in detail for its caliber and merit and then, final judging to select the winners. To win a CEIA is an absolute true measure of excellence. Canadian Event Industry Awards judges represent a diverse cross-section of our industry’s top experts and offer a breadth of knowledge on the critical elements that are needed to create successful events.


Thank you to this year’s judging panel who donated hundreds of collective hours to score this year’s entries.


  • Carly Silberstein, DES, CED, Chief Executive Officer, Redstone Agency, Toronto
  • Mia Halabi, Business Development Manager, Oliver & Bonacini, Toronto
  • Alex Bickers, President and Creative Director, Reveal Events Group Ltd., Vancouver
  • Carla Felicella, Associate Director, Conference Production at TED Conferences, Vancouver
  • Daniela Caputo, EDC CiS WPICC CMP CMM President Montreal Event Planner, Montreal
  • John MacBride, Professor and Program Coordinator, Event Management – Event and Exhibit Design, Seneca College, Toronto
  • Stacy Wyatt, Publisher, Founder Canadian Special Events, Director Events & Special Projects, University Manitoba
  • Trish Knox, Owner, TK Events Inc., Toronto,
  • Julia O’Grady, Owner & President, ITM Events, Ottawa
  • Evan Babins, Manager, Events at Equitable Bank, Toronto
  • Leanne Calderwood, CMP, Vice-President, Global Accounts, Conference Direct, Kelowna
  • Janel Snider, Experience Producer, e=mc² events, Calgary
  • Trevor Howes, Experience Producer, e=mc² events, Toronto
  • Dwayne Maurer, Experience Producer & Team Lead, e=mc² events, Calgary
  • Carolyn Luscombe, CSEM, CSEP, CMP, President, Eclectic Events, Toronto
  • Jordan Reznick, Principle, Resnick Carpets, Toronto
  • Wendy Boon, Events and Sponsorship Specialist, Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association, Calgary
  • James King, President at Power Play Production Group Inc., Toronto
  • Kari Lynn Larsen, President & CEO, Dragonfly Meeting Solutions Inc., Thornhill

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