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The 2018 Golden Owl Awards Vancouver Panelists have been released! The panel is an important part of our voting process and represents 60% of the final decision for our winners. Panelists also cannot vote in categories that they are in conflict with.

  • Andrew Platt
    PMA Western Canada
  • 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
  • Danny Fazio
    Arrival Agency
  • Dave Brown
    VIP Host
  • Desmond Chen
    Thai House
  • Flipout
    Radio DJ
  • 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
  • James Iranzad
    Owner, Wildebeast
  • Jason Sulyma
  • Jay Wallace
  • Jennifer Dolnik
    Business Development, e=mc2 events
  • Jonathan Evans
    Farmhouse Fest
  • Juno Kim
    Juno Kim Catering
  • Karm Sumal
    Daily Hive
  • 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
  • Marlon J English
  • Michael Wiebe
    Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner
  • Michelle Mouseau
    F&B Director, Four Seasons
  • Natasha Lands
    Emily Carr / Cherchez La Femme
  • Nicholas Simon
    Bread Magazine
  • Nick Black
    Strange Fellows Brewing
  • Paul Grunberg
  • Paul Stoilen
    President, Safe and Sound
  • Pedro Serra
    Owner, Soulgood
  • Randa Salloum
    Social Media Robson Street
  • Riaz Khan
    Blueprint & LCU
  • Richard Wolak
    Founder, Vanfoodster
  • Rob Mangelsdorf
    Editor, Growler
  • Sophia Cheng
    Sophia Cheng PR
  • Sophia Rizos
    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.