Each year, the International Special Events Society Toronto chapter brings together many of the industry’s top professionals from an array of disciplines to meet up, discuss trends and just enjoy a great evening! This year’s gala was hosted in downtown’s The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. Helping celebrate the spectacular achievements of our fellow industry colleagues, EventSource was thrilled to be a part of the action!

A special thanks to George Matthew Photography for capturing the evening.

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Guests perused the silent auction items and mingled away while enjoying the delicious food stations by Ninutik, Oyster Boy and passed hors d’oeuvres by Victus Services.

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A master of his craft: music by Bob De Angelis sets the perfect tone for the cocktail reception.

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As cocktails wrapped up, guests were treated to a live performance by A2D2~ Aerial Dance Cirque Co. – what a show!


Keeping consistent with the library-themed event, Fifth Element Group provided much of the evening’s décor.

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Below: current ISES Toronto president Aaron Kaufman starts off the evening with opening remarks. Beth Kawecki, manager of the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon shares exciting news about the venue’s upcoming expansion plans. Special hosts Jodi Collen CSEP (President Elect of ISES International) and Judy Brillhart CSEP (Treasurer of ISES International) co-MC the evening.

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Guests enjoyed a fabulous three course dinner by prepared by renowned caterer Daniel et Daniel Catering & Events.

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Celebrating the achievements of Toronto ISES members, below: Julie Danaylov, Rennie Colelli and Jared Golberg (among others) arrive at the podium to receive their Leadership Awards.


To commemorate one the industry’s most outstanding contributors, ISES announced the creation of the Leslee Bell Lifetime Achievement Award – a heart-warming moment for all in attendance. (In case you missed it, you can check out coverage of Leslee Bell’s surprise 25th anniversary and retirement party).

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Leslee leaves the podium with parting words and sage advice for those getting into the industry:

“You bought the ticket, now take the ride.”

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