Industry Panel

  • Alvaro Prol
    Principal, Blueprint
  • Ariel Swan
  • Aussie Jiwani
    Formerly Molson
  • Barry Rabold
    Owner, Smiths Pub / Argyle Attic
  • Casey Mackay
    National Manager, Corby’s
  • Chris Bjerrisgaard
    Vancouver Island Brewing/VCBW
  • Craig Stowe
    President, Luxury Alliance Group
  • Curtis Gerke
    Glazer Distribution
  • Danny Fazio
    Arrival Agency
  • Dave Brown
    Drai’s Nightclub
  • Desmond Chen
    Thai House
  • Gailea Momolu
    VIP Host, Blueprint
  • Gerry Jobe
    Jack Daniels
  • Gez McAlpine
    Rémy Martin
  • Grant Sceney
    Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • Isaac Terpstra
    Sin City Fetish Night
  • Ivan Lee
    Formerly Blueprint
  • Jenna Earnshaw
  • James Grass
    Vancouver Club
  • James Iranzad
    Owner, Wildebeast
  • Jason Sulyma
    Fortune / Celebrities / Blueprint
  • Jennifer Dolnik
    Business Development, e=mc2 events
  • Jens Marquardt
    Owner, Canthrill
  • Jonathan Chovancek
  • Jonathan Evans
    Farmhouse Fest
  • Juno Kim
    Juno Kim Catering
  • Karm Sumal
    Daily Hive
  • L. Curtis Wong
    Quality Check Services
  • Lauren Mote
    Bittered Sling
  • Leah Heneghan
  • Liam Peyton
    Northam Beverages / BC Beer Awards
  • Mark Brand
    Save On Meats, The Diamond, Persephone Brewing, ABLF
  • Mark Rasta
    Spotlight Concerts / Harbour Event Centre
  • Michael Wiebe
    Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner
  • Michelle Mouseau
    F&B Director, Four Seasons
  • Natasha Lands
    Emily Carr / Cherchez La Femme
  • Nicholas Simon
    Publisher, Bread Magazine
  • Paul Grunberg
  • Paul Stoilen
    President, Safe and Sound
  • Pedro Serra
    Owner, Soulgood
  • Riaz Khan
    Blueprint & LCU
  • Richard Wolak
    Founder, Vanfoodster
  • Rob Mangelsdorf
    Editor, Growler
  • Sophia Cheng
    Sophia Cheng PR
  • Steve Brooks
    GM, Drai’s Nightclub
  • Steve Geszler
    Fox Cabaret
  • The Food Gays
  • Trevor Kallies
    Donnelly Group
  • Trevor Risk
    Fox Cabaret / DJ
  • Tyson Villeneuve
    Partner, Social Concierge

How does voting work?

The Golden Owl Hospitality Awards winners are voted on by both public and industry panel voters. Public voters represent a 40% weighting and the industry panel has as 60% weighting in the final result. Industry Panelists are not allowed to vote in any categories that are in a conflict of interest with the nominees. For example, anyone from “Donnelly Group” can’t vote for any of their venues and “Blueprint” can’t vote for their nominees. After twelve years of running this awards show, we have found that this formula brings the most accurate results to what most people feel should be the winners.

Why do you need a panel?

The industry panel was first brought in for our 2012 show and we felt it was needed to curb the “popularity” vote feel of a public only vote. Having 60% of weight on the panel we feel curbs the ability to campaign to win and feel it almost discourages it. We’d like nominees to focus on being the best at their job rather than campaigning for votes.


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