Canada on the World Stage at ILEA Live!

Calgary recently played host to ILEA Live, one of the largest gatherings of international live event professionals. Produced by the International Live Events Association (ILEA), ILEA Live is about the business of experiential creativity. It is an educational and collaborative experience for creative event professionals to strengthen their creative output, sharpen their business strategies and find inspiration along the event horizon.

ILEA Celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2017, and it was only fitting that one of the first Canadian chapters should host this celebrated event.

The highlight of the 3-day conference was the ILEA Esprit Awards. FMAV was pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor of this marquee event which recognizes the exceptional professional achievements of individuals and organizations from across the ILEA membership. Designed with an 80’s theme in mind, the Calgary Convention Centre was transformed to a time of bright neons, big hair and the dawn of video games.

As hosts, Canada was well represented in the nominations and our congratulations go out to our Canadian clients and friends who took home awards that evening including:

Best Event Photography – WestJet Christmas Party, Midnight in the Park – Stephanie Leblond, Leblond Studio Inc.

Best Industry Contribution – Edmonton Event Awards 2016 – Nela Kovacovic, Timewise Event Management

Best Event Logistics and Support Services – JUNOfest Calgary ’16 – Patrick McGannon, PM GIGS Inc.

Best Event Design/Décor (under $25,000) – Dustin Westling, CSEP, OneWest Event Design and Logistics

Best Corporate Event ($75,000 – $150,000) – Carolyn Luscombe, CSEM, CSEP, CMP, Eclectic Events International Inc.

Best Public Event – JUNOfest Calgary ’16 – Patrick McGannon, PM GIGS Inc.

Best Wedding ($75,000 – $150,000) – The Wyne & Godfrey Wedding – Derek MacDonald, Boom Goes the Drum Inc.