FEO Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2018 FEO Award Program recipients! The 2018 FEO Awards were handed out on Friday, March 2nd during FEO’s Annual Conference “Create the Experience” in Hamilton, Ontario and were judged by an independent panel of judges early December 2017. 

FEO Service Excellence Awards

Hall of Fame

  • Guy Lamarche, Manager Tourism & Events – City of Timmins (Timmins)
  • Maria Fortunato, Executive Director – Hamilton Halton Brant RTO 3 (NOTL)
  • Mike Mueller, Retired (Coordinator Festivals & Events) Formerly – City of Burlington (Burlington)
  • Stephen Hollingshead, Director – Tourism North Bay (Sault Ste. Marie)

FEO Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Carol Parsons – Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival/Georgian Bay Folk Society (Owen Sound)

FEO Municipality of the Year

  • Population less than 50,000 – City of Timmins www.timmins.ca
  • Population more than 50,000 and less than 150,000 – City of Thunder Bay www.thunderbay.ca
  • Population more than 500,000 – City of Ottawa www.ottawa.ca

FEO Achievement Awards

Best New Festival or Event

  • $100,000 or less – 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge:   Nov. 11, 2018 www.brampton.ca
  • $100,001 to $500,000 – Live on the Waterfront:   July 11-Aug. 29, 2018 www.thunderbay.ca/live 
  • $500,001 or more – Deck the Falls – Holiday Walking Tour:   Nov.  – Jan. 31, 2019 www.wfol.com

Best Promotional Campaign

Sponsor of the year       

Best Community Partner Outreach Program      

  • $500,001 or more – *Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest:   Oct. 5 – 13, 2018  www.oktoberfest.ca

Best Fundraising Idea   

Best Social Media Campaign      

Best Youth Initiative

  • National Indigenous Peoples Day:   June 21, 2018 www.hhp.on.ca

Best Volunteer Program

Best New Single Sponsorship

Student Leadership Award

2018 TOP 100 Festivals & Events

These Top 100 recipients represent Ontario’s festivals and events that excel within the industry. Included in the Top 100 are the Festivals & Events of Distinction (LOD) representing a select group of the most well-known and respected celebrations in the province; celebrations which draw both an international and domestic audience.

PROVINCE WIDE

RTO 1 – SOUTHWEST ONTARIO TOURISM REGION

RTO 3 – HAMILTON, HALTON AND BRANT TOURISM REGION

RTO 4 – HURON, PERTH, WATERLOO AND WELLINGTON TOURISM REGION

RTO 5 – GREATER TORONTO AREA TOURISM REGION

RTO 6 – YORK, DURHAM AND HILLS OF HEADWATERS TOURISM REGION

RTO 7 – BRUCE PENINSULA, SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY AND LAKE SIMCOE TOURISM REGION

RTO 8 – KAWARTHA AND NORTHUMBERLAND TOURISM REGION

RTO 9 – SOUTHEASTERN ONTARIO TOURISM REGION

RTO 10 – OTTAWA AND COUNTRYSIDE TOURISM REGION

RTO 11 – HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS TO THE OTTAWA VALLEY TOURISM REGION

RTO 12 – MUSKOKA, PARRY SOUND, AND ALGONQUIN PARK TOURISM REGION

RTO 13 – NORTHERN ONTARIO TOURISM REGION

*Events with an asterisk represent Level of Distinction Festivals and Events.