Hala Bissada’ Rocks the RBC Innovator’s Ball

This will be the last time we talk about a past winner for a bit because today we’ll be announcing the 2022 Canadian Event Award nominees.

Then we are going to tell you about each one of those nominees because at heart a fan of the experiences being designed, produced, and executed by this community like the “Ontario Science Centre’s 50th Birthday RBC Innovators’ Ball”, 2020 winner for “Best Fundraising Event” produced by

The RBC Innovators Ball is the signature fundraising event for the Ontario Science Centre, one of my favourite places to visit in Toronto.

The Ball shined a spotlight on the 50th celebration embracing the theme: “Pushing the Boundaries of Possible”.

One of Toronto’s must-attend events of the year, this high-profile event attracted more than 500 Toronto corporate leaders, influencers, philanthropists, and dignitaries including The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; , Ontario Science Centre Architect; Director X, Film and Music Video Director & Producer; Commander Chris Hadfield (via Video); and Donna Strickland, Ph.D., 2018 Winner—Nobel Prize for Physics

Guests began their journey down a 150’ tunnel accented with pink up-lighting and low lying fog before being welcomed by the newly installed and massive multimedia spectacular, Life of the Earth | Death of the Sun, that premiered at Nuit Blanche Toronto in 2016 and 2019, created by the talented Director X.

Attendees then made their way to the Rock Paper Science Hall, where they enjoyed a highly-interactive cocktail reception before moving on to the ballroom where the Hala Bissada and her team created an immersive environment that was enveloped with 17 custom made circular projection mapping screens that featured captivating imagery through-out the evening, enhancing the guests’ visual experience.

The tables draped in black and pink silk napkins added a beautiful contrast to the tablescape. Inspired by the circular screens, the centrepiece arrangement was a spherical vase filled with stunning pink orchids.

Guests enjoyed buttermilk biscuits with honey butter and peach scotch bonnet jam; heirloom tomato salad with candied tomatoes; sous vide Ontario Beef with truffle cauliflower purée and heirloom beets; and a sweet ending of liquid nitrogen strawberry ice cream.

The ball raised a record amount for the Science Centre and it’s easy to see why this event won in such a tough category

Congrats again to everyone at Hala Events & Communications Inc. for producing this outstanding event and stay tuned next week when we start featuring the 2022 Canadian Event Awards nominees

Author: Jason Koop