September 26th, 2016 – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are thrilled to have received nine (9) awards from the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA). The awards recognize excellence and creativity in promotional materials produced by festivals and events around the world.

“This is a terrific endorsement of the excellent work that the Ottawa 2017 Bureau has done so far to prepare for our city’s celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We thank the international festival and events industry for these accolades and look forward to welcoming Canadians and visitors from all over the world to Ottawa next year to celebrate with us.”

The prizes were awarded last night during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony, held at the IFEA’s 61st Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat, in Tucson, Arizona where Guy Laflamme was a keynote speaker and Ottawa 2017 was the main buzz.

“What an incredible boost for Ottawa 2017 to be recognized on the international stage alongside some of the world’s most reputable and longstanding events,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and 2016 Chair of the IFEA World Board of Directors. “We’re pleased to work with and highlight the ingenuity of creative Canadian organizations, such as Mediaplus, Orkestra and Moment Factory as we prepare to launch a year-long celebration in our nation’s capital for Canada’s sesquicentennial year.”

The professional competition, judged by an independent international jury, draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events, such as the Kentucky Derby Festival (USA), VIVID Sydney (Australia) and the Rotterdam Festival (Netherlands).

Ottawa 2017 (Celebrations Ottawa Inc.) won awards in the following categories:


GOLD! Best Organization Website (Ottawa 2017’s official website:

GOLD! Best Miscellaneous Media (A high-energy video showcasing what’s to come in Ottawa in 2017:

SILVER! Best Social Media Site (Ottawa 2017’s official Instagram account:


GOLD! Best Company Image Pieces (Ottawa 2017’s colourful, vivid and bold business cards)

GOLD! Best Single Newspaper Display Ad (An eye-catching Ottawa 2017 ad displayed in newspaper Le Droit “L’année à ne pas manquer”)

GOLD! Best Single Magazine Display Ad (An eye-catching poster advertising 4 of Ottawa 2017’s signature events “Be Here for Canada’s Big Year”)


SILVER! Best Pin or Button (Ottawa 2017’s official lapel pin)


GOLD! Best Targeted Sponsor Solicitation Proposal (Ottawa 2017’s proposal to CIBC, the organization’s lead partner)


GOLD! Most Creative/Effective News Stunt (Ottawa 2017’s innovative announcement for signature event, the Underground Multimedia Experience

Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.