When the International Live Events Association (ILEA) throws a party and invites the world to attend, you can count on Canadians to represent and this year, at ILEA Live we were out in full force, proving once again, Canadian event planners are among the best on the planet!
Toni Griggs, Kelly White, Tara Sweeney.
Nick James Borelli, International Marcom Chair at ILEA-The International Live Events Association and President / Strategist at Borelli Strategies who is not Canadian, but a huge force in ILEA shared his thoughts on the success of the events.
Highlights of the event included the high level networking, Canadian singer Jenn Beaupre performing @ the SEARCH Foundation Gala, Canadian Tech Genius Alan Smithson showcasing Metavrse and the sweep of Canadian winners at the 2016 Esprit Awards. The SEARCH Foundation was formed in 1997 to assist special event, meetings and hospitality professionals faced with a life threatening illness. Since that time the foundation has expanded to include not only illness, but also any catastrophic occurrence. It is a critically important and hardworking organization run by volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours to ensuring the foundation remains strong and is there when and if it is needed.
The event, called a Shot of Adrenaline (to the heart…) was a tribute to the films of Quentin Tarantino, far exceeded its fundraising goals and netted over $30,000 for the foundation.
- Best Catered Event – TED2015 Welcome Reception – Katherine McCartney PDW Inc. ILEA Chapter: Vancouver
- Best Entertainment Production $25,000 – $75,000- 2015 Teddy Bear Affair, Keri Miller, CSEP e=mc2 events ILEA Chapter:Calgary
- Best Event Photography- Swing from the Chandelier- Stephanie Leblond Leblond Studio Inc. ILEA Chapter: Calgary
- Best Print Marketing/Design Collateral -PC Pop Up – Aaron Kaufman, CSEP Fifth Element Group Inc. ILEA Chapter: Toronto
- 2016 Best Event Design/Decor Ovr $75,000 – Shaw Celebrate –Dustin Westling, CSEP OneWest Events Inc. ILEA Chapter: Calgary
- 2016 Best Public Event – Ontario’s Celebration Zone Sarah Tammemagi Parléview ILEA Chapter: Toronto