2017 Finalists

Congratulations to the 2017 Canadian Event Industry Awards Finalists.  

We are proud to announce the finalists in the 20th Annual Canadian Event Industry Awards Competition.  

All entries were judged by an esteemed panel of experts who represent a diverse cross section of the industry and offer a breadth of knowledge on the critical elements needed to create successful events. The Canadian Event Industry Awards are one of the most rigorous and challenging award competitions in the world for event professionals. The judging is 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 a final judging to elect the winners. To win a CEIA, is an absolute true measure of excellence.

Winners will be announced live at the 2017 Awards Gala Dinner & Celebration on March 30, in Toronto, at the Paramount Event Space, proudly hosted ByPeter&Pauls.com. 

Event Marketing Awards

Best Experiential Marketing Event

BiG Entertainment Inc. Toronto, ON for Adidas Athletics Lounge
WestJet, Calgary,Alberta WestJet Christmas Miracle: Fort McMurray Strong
SDImktg,Toronto, ON for Rogers Fan Hub at World Cup of Hockey
BC Event Management, Burnaby, BC for Tsawwassen Mills Launch
Black Chalk Marketing, Toronto, ON for Spotify Festival Tour
Black Chalk Marketing,  Toronto, ON for Europe VIA Icelandair

Best Brand/Product Launch

The Substance Group, Toronto, ON for Mitchell & Ness Black and Gold Launch Event 
BC Event Management, Burnaby, BC for Tsawwassen Mills Launch 
Black Chalk Marketing, Toronto, ON for Visit California DREAM BIG 
Black Chalk Marketing, Toronto, ON for Brussels Airlines Canadian Launch 

Best Trade Show/ Exposition

aNd Logistix Inc., Toronto, ON for Discovery 2016
Ontario Hospital Association, Toronto, ON for HealthAchieve

Best Show Booth/Brand Display or Pavilion

Black Chalk Marketing & Impact XM, Toronto, ON for The WB Games Tradeshow Booth
BOLD Event Creative, Burnaby, BC & Go2 Productions, Vancouver, BC, for Mirage Room
Ontario Hospital Association, Toronto, ON  for HealthAchieve
DX Design, Quebec, QC for VIP Booth for a Major Sponsor of a Summer Festival
Dragonfly Meeting Solutions Inc., Thornhill, ON for The MCAP Tradefair

Technology Awards

Most Innovative Use of Event Technology

GTA Selfies, Brampton, ON for Security Education Conference Toronto (SecTor)
MetaVRse, North York, ON for Timeless 360 Photo Time Machine
Dynamic Mind Inc, Toronto, ON for The JTI HORECA Event
S4 Entertainment and Audio Visual, Vaughan, ON  for The BILD Annual Awards Gala
SDImktg, Toronto, ON for The Rogers Fan Hub at World Cup of Hockey
Olga Pankova, Markham, ON for The DT Floral & Decor and Olga Pankova Open House

Best Audio Visual Design for an Event

Mandell Entertainment Group, Toronto ON for The 2016 Cures Gala
TKNL, Boucherville, QC for CS300 Swiss Air Plane Delivery
Quest Audio Visual, Toronto, ON for The Ontario Canadian National Training Conference
bb Blanc Inc., Woodbridge ON, for Cisco Connect Toronto 2016
Dragonfly Meeting Solutions Inc., and Solotech Inc. Thornhill, ON for The Canadian Leadership Conference
Go2 Productions, Vancouver, BC for Mirage

Best Event Photography

Phot-O-Holic Imagery, Markham, ON for the SOCO Kitchen + Bar Patio Opening Party
Photos With Finesse,
Calgary, AB for Dragonfly In Action
Photos With Finesse,
Calgary, AB for The CPMA 2016: Learn, Network, Build, Celebrate
J&J Lawrence Photography,
Calgary, AB for Remembrance Day, The Military Museums, Calgary

Best Technical Support for an Event

e=mc2 events, Toronto, ON  for The SOCAN Awards
bb Blanc Inc., Woodbridge, ON for Honda of Canada Manufacturing Holiday Party 2016
Nasco Staffing Solutions, Toronto, ON for The Beyonce: Formation World Tour

Best Lighting Design for an Event

Mandell Entertainment Group, Toronto, ON The David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert
Mandell Entertainment Group, Toronto, ON for The Cures Gala 
Orange Frog Productions Inc., & e=mc2 events, Calgary, AB for Season Of Lights
FOS Decor Center, Toronto, ON for The Fall Gala at Blue Mountain

Meeting /Convention Awards

Best Conference

aNd Logistix Inc., Toronto, ON for Mortgage Professionals Canada National Conference
Fifth Element Group, Toronto ON for Discoverability Summit – Content in The Age of Abundance
aNd Logistix Inc. Toronto, ON 24th Annual CCPPP National Conference
Details Convention & Event Management & Travel Alberta, Calgary, AB  for Tourism Works
Ontario Hospital Association, Toronto, ON for HealthAchieve
The Idea Hunter & Moniker Partners, Richmond Hill, ON  for YPO Culture Shock

Best Multiple Day Incentive or Convention

Pacific Destination Services Inc., Vancouver, BC for The Global New Partner Program
Rare Indigo, Burnaby, BC  for The 2016 Round Table Convention
aNd Logistix Inc., Toronto, ON  for Mortgage Professionals Canada National Conference 
Cantrav, Vancouver, BC  for The Whistler Education Forum

Event Planning/Production Awards

Best Corporate Team Building Event

e=mc2 events, Calgary, AB for WestJet IGNITE20
Senik Montreal, QC  for Hackathon
Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS, Thornhill, ON  for The Canadian Tire PartSource Conference

Best Event Produced by an Association, Board or Committee

Managing Matters Inc, Toronto, ON for ACG Toronto – Capital Connection
Canadian Credit Union Association,
Toronto, ON for The 2016 National Conference for Canada’s Credit Unions “Framing Our Future”
Calgary Stampede,
Calgary, AB for The 2016 President’s Event
BC Cancer Foundation,
Victoria, BC for The 2016 Jingle Mingle
ILEA Vancouver & MPI BC Chapter,
Vancouver, BC for It’s a Wonderful Life: The ILEA Vancouver and MPI BC Chapter Holiday Event
Royal Inland Hospital Foundation,
Kamloops, BC  for The Royal Affair

Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival

The Food Dudes Inc., & City of Toronto, ON for Summer Series
Curated By M, Toronto, ON for The Cabbagetown Festival
Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill, ON for The Tastes of the Hill Multicultural Festival
The City of Richmond and Anigraph Productions, Richmond, BC for The Richmond Maritime Festival
PM GIGS Inc, Calgary, AB for JUNOfest Calgary ’16

Best Event Produced for a Community Based Charitable Organization

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Vancouver, BC for Night at the Aquarium
Engagement Unlimited Events,
Vancouver, BC for The PCMA Convening Leaders Hospitality Helping Hands
Cava Rose,
Montreal, QC for The Valentine’s Day Ball ‘Street Ball’
Croce Creative.
Niagara Falls, ON for The St. Catharines Mayor’s Au Marche
Jennifer James Events,
Calgary, AB for Jamboree
Kelowna General Hospital Foundation,
Kelowna, BC for Heart of Gold Gala
Hala Inc.
Toronto, ON for Laugh Out Loud

Best Event Produced for a Corporation by 3rd Party Planner

Mandell Entertainment Group , Toronto, ON for The Klick Town Hall & Holiday Party 2016
Site 6 Events Ltd, Edmonton, AB for BioWinter Lodge
Cantrav Services Inc., Toronto, ON for Nissan Club Excellence
BC Event Management, Burnaby, BC and Centerplate Catering, Vancouver, BC for The PCMA Opening Reception
Curated By M, Toronto, ON for Toronto Life Magazine’s 50th Anniversary
Loungeworks, Vancouver, BC for Sin City | Holiday Party
Wexler Events & Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, ON for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Women’s College Hospital

Best Fundraising Event

Providence Healthcare Foundation, Toronto, ON 2016 Silver Ball
Boom Goes The Drum Inc., Calgary, AB LOOK2016
BC Cancer Foundation, Vancouver, BC 2016 Inspiration Gala
Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal, QC The Daffodil Ball
Solutions with Impact, Toronto, ON Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer
Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Kelowna, BC Heart of Gold Gala
Portage, Montreal, QC 13th Soiree des Grands Philanthropes – Tribute to Monique Leroux

Best Entertainment Production

Mandell Entertainment Group, Toronto, ON for The 2016 Cures Gala
Mandell Entertainment Group,
Toronto, ON forThe David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert
Cantrav,
Vancouver, BC for The Cargill President’s Club Gala

Best Event Produced for a Corporation by an in House Team or Planner

Providence Healthcare Foundation, Toronto, ON  for The 2016 Cuisine & Cuvee
WestJet Airlines, Calgary, AB for Midnight in the park
Canadian Tire Corporation, Toronto, ON for Pin Party 2016
Centennial College, Toronto, ON for Paint the Town Green
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON for Light Up the Night
Economical Insurance, Waterloo, ON for The 2016 Leadership Summit

Best Event for a High Profile Charity

Mandell Entertainment Group, Toronto, ON for The 2016 Cures Gala
e=mc2 events and Fluid Events, Toronto, ON for The Teddy Bear Affair
Alison Silcoff Events, Montreal, QC for The Daffodil Ball
e=mc2 events, Vancouver, BC for The Night of a Thousand Stars Gala
Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), & Seneca College, Toronto, ON for Ontario Bloor Street Entertains (BSE)
Solutions with Impact, Toronto, ON for The Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer
Sensix Communications and Events Inc. & The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Montreal, QC, for Light the Night Montreal

Outstanding Logistical Achievement

TKNL, Boucherville, QC for Northern Arena Montreal
WestJet Airlines & FMAV,
Calgary AB for Midnight in the Park
PDW Inc,
North Vancouver BC for  TEDWomen 2016 Welcome Party
Boom Goes The Drum Inc.
Calgary AB for Beakerhead Trico Presents: The World of Social Entrepreneurship
Production Canada,
Vaughan ON for Galaxy – A Night Under the Stars
Pacific Destination Services Inc.
Vancouver, BC & Dragonfly Meetings, Toronto, ON & The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for National Partner’s Meeting Tunnel 9 Welcome Event
McMaster University,
Hamilton, ON for  MacQuest
PM GIGS Inc,
Calgary AB for JUNOfest Calgary ’16

Design & Decor Awards

Best Event Decor $0 – $30,000

Reflections Weddings and Events, Calgary, AB  for Turner Valley Transformation
RSVP Event Design,
Saskatoon, SK for The Secret Garden
Fifth Element Group,
Toronto, ON for Fairmont’s Hottest Place To Be
BC Cancer Foundation,
Vancouver, BC, for The 2016 Hope Couture Fashion Show & Luncheon
aNd Logistix Inc.,
Toronto, ON for Decades – The Start of Something Amazing Celebration
R5 Event Design & Management and Fab Fete Event Planning, 
Toronto, ON for The Whimsical World of Avatar – Madelyn’s Bat Mitzvah

Best Event Decor $30,000 – $80,000

OneWest Events Inc., Calgary, AB for The Legacy Gala
Rare Indigo and Christopher J Designs, 
Burnaby, BC  for Party in the Park

Decor & More Inc., Oakville, ON, e=mc2 events Calgary, AB and Orange Frog Productions, Calgary, AB for Season of Lights
BOLD Event Creative, Burnaby, BC for Northern Lights
OneWest Events Inc., Calgary, AB for Midnight in the Park
POP Kollaborative Inc., Calgary, AB, Decor & More Inc., Oakville, ON and Designing On The Edge, Calgary, AB for Every ONE Has A Story

Best Event Decor $80,000 +

Decor & More Inc., Oakville, ON for Let It Snow
R5 Event Design & Management, Toronto, ON for Crystal Dreamscape Wedding
Kim Miyama Events & Artam Design, Toronto, ON for Ladies Night
DX Design, Quebec, QC  for VIP Lounge for the Major Sponsor of Summer Festival

Best TableScaping

R5 Event Design & Management, & Fab Fete Event Planning, Toronto, ON for Surreal Romance Photoshoot
POP Kollaborative Inc., Calgary, AB, Decor & More Inc., Oakville, ON and Designing On The Edge, Calgary, AB for Every ONE Has A Story
Christopher J Design, Vancouver, BC for Birch & Snow

Wedding Awards

Best Wedding Creative

Reflections Weddings and Events, Calgary, AB  for Trees in Cascade
Art of the Party, Burnaby, BC  for Kulvinder & Aman Wedding
MB Events, Montreal, QC  for The Tulip Wedding
R5 Event Design & Management & Truly Yours Planning, Toronto, ON  for Crystal Dreamscape Wedding
Kim Miyama Events & Artam Design, Toronto, ON for Stephanie & Jerry’s Wedding
Christopher J Design, Vancouver, BC for Love is a Riddle

Best Wedding Under $75,000

Reflections Weddings and Events, Calgary, AB for Music in the Mountains
RSVP Event Design,
Saskatoon, SK for Ukrainian Chic
Evelyn Clark Weddings,
Calgary, AB for Love in Bloom
Julianne Young Weddings Inc,
Calgary, AB for Gatsby Meets GQ

Best Wedding Over $75,000

Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, AB for Fearless Love
Jennifer Bergman Weddings, Edmonton, AB for Winter Wedding Weekend In The Canadian Rockies
Boom Goes The Drum Inc., Calgary, AB for The Wyne & Godfrey Wedding
Andreanne & Co, Montreal, QC for Sara & David’s Wedding
Can-Indian Food and Hospitality Inc., Etobicoke ON, Can-Indian-Deepak Wedding 
Kim Miyama Events & Artam Design, Toronto, ON, for Stephanie & Jerry’s Wedding 

Most Creative Catering Presentation

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, QC for The 2016 MAC Ball
Toque Catering, Victoria, BC for Farmed & Foraged
Toque Catering, Victoria, BC for Mung Wedding

Best Overall Catered Event

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, The Daffodil Ball
Toque Catering, Victoria, BC for Farmed & Foraged
Toque Catering, Victoria, BC for Mung Wedding
Toque Catering, Victoria, BC for Lafreniere Wedding

Brightest Star Awards

Most Outstanding Event Up to $200,000

Fifth Element Group, Toronto, ON  for The Addams Family Mansion
Cantrav Services Inc., Toronto, ON for The Nissan Club Excellence
Solutions with Impact, Toronto, ON for The Angels Catwalk for SickKids
Hala Inc., Toronto, ON for Laugh Out Loud

Most Outstanding Event Over $200,000

Senik, Montreal, QC for Connect Dev™16
Boom Goes The Drum Inc., Calgary, AB, LOOK2016
BC Event Management, Vancouver, BC and Centerplate Catering, Vancouver, BC for PCMA’s Opening Reception
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, AB for SAIT’s 100th Birthday Party
Solutions with Impact, Toronto, ON for The Rally for Kids with Cancer
Solutions with Impact, Toronto, ON for The Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer
Total Events, Lachine, QC for In the V.I.P

Wedding Professional of the Year

Due to complexities with the judging of this category, the winner will be announced at the gala.

Caterer of the Year

Brent McClenahan, Lindsay Klein , Adrian Niman, The Food Dudes Inc. Toronto, ON 
Armando Arruda, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel,
Montreal QC

Entertainer of the Year

Danny Kramer Dance Band, Winnipeg, MB 
Olga Pankova, Markham, ON
Mega Magic- Magician Mike D’Urzo, Toronto, ON
Hypnotist The Incredible BORIS, Thornhill, ON

Event Professional of the Year

Corey Mandell, Mandell Entertainment, Toronto, ON
Derek Mcdonald, Boom Goes the Drum, Calgary  AB
Michelle Planche, Paradigm Events, Toronto, ON
Hala Bissada, CFRE, Hala Inc. Toronto ON
Alex Bickers, SW Audio Visual, Vancouver, BC

Emerging Leader Award

Kim Miyama, Kim Miyama Events, Toronto, ON
Amy Martin, OneWest Events Inc. Calgary, AB
Eryne Sarabin, Tycoon Events, Edmonton, AB
Jessica Tkachuk, Boom Goes the Drum, Calgary, AB
Meghan Hird, POP Kollaborative, Calgary, AB
Courtney Westwood, Vancouver Rowing Club, Vancouver, BC
Alex Cheng, Boutique Websites Toronto, ON

The Stacy Wyatt Spirit of the Industry Award 

One recipient is chosen for this award, there are no nominees. The recipient will be announced and the award presented at the Gala