AND THE NOMINEES ARE! 

The Northwest is well represented among the 2017 ILEA Esprit Award Nominees. The winners will be announced at the Esprit Awards Gala during ILEA Live, Aug. 10-12 in Calgary, but in the meantime, join me in congratulating your regional peers for their nominations in the following categories: 

Best Catered Event 
Zones

Shelby Sewell
Foodz Catering
ILEA Chapter: Seattle 

Best Culinary Innovation 
Cowell Culinary Chaos!

Sharon Bonner
Bright Ideas Events
ILEA Chapter: Vancouver 

Best Technical Production 
Alaska Airlines Rebrand

Niki McKay
Blue Danube Productions
ILEA Chapter: Seattle 

Best Event Design/Décor (Under $25,000 USD) 
BCCHF’s A Night of Miracles Gala

Gillian Wallis
BC Children’s Hospital
ILEA Chapter: Vancouver 

Best Corporate Event (Under $75,000) 
Cowell Culinary Chaos! 
Sharon Bonner 
Bright Ideas Events
ILEA Chapter: Vancouver

Best Corporate Event ($75,000 - $150,000)
Wizard Holiday

Kelli Bielema
Shindig Events
ILEA Chapter: Seattle 

Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization (Under $75,000 USD)
Taste of the Valley 2016

Gazala Uradnik
GFS Events
ILEA Chapter: Seattle 

Best Event with a Legacy 
30th Annual Crystal Ball
Lana Mador
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
ILEA Chapter: Vancouver

The Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and it definitely has a lot to celebrate. Since adding its west building, which tripled the facility's capacity, the VCC has welcomed more than 9 million guests from around the world and generated more than $2.4 billion in direct spending for British Columbia.