The 2017 Canadian Spa & Wellness award winners were featured in the 2017-18 Winter Edition of Spa Inc. and were presented with an award logo to use on their website and other promotional materials in recognition of their achievement.
Travel Marketing Experts
As the panel’s travel expert, Chris has a wealth of knowledge in the travel and tourism industry. As President of Travel Marketing Experts, he works within a large breadth of the tourism industry, including airlines, resorts and tourism wholesalers, to offer a range of sales and public relation services. Using his background in journalism, Chris has two regular columns in TravelIndustryToday.com, titled “The Ryall Report” and “The Spa Scene.” He also freelances for publications such as Yahoo! and The Toronto Star.
Spa Profits Consulting
Vivienne O’Keeffe, founder and principal of Spa Profits Consulting Inc., is recognized for expertise in wellness spa concepts, therapeutic programming, business development, product development/launches, risk management and mergers/acquisitions, facilitating a smooth transition for all stakeholders.
Vivienne is passionate about developing quality systems for sustainability and growth, and for finding ways to mitigate the effects of risk to spas, spa owners and spa goers. Always ready to contribute towards the betterment of the industry, Vivienne has been an instrumental member of the Standards and Practices Committee for the Spa Industry Association of Canada since its inception in 1997, sharing her knowledge and experience of standards, practices, risk management and quality systems.
Rob’s 23 years of experience of working with entrepreneurs has provided him the progressive and creative mindset required to make meaningful and productive change quickly and efficiently. During his leadership as Vice-President and General Manager of Hockley Valley, the resort received numerous awards including multiple designations as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies award, regional business awards, several gold medals at culinary competitions, and medalist as the Best Resort Golf Course in Canada.
Among the various boards and associations Rob has participated on, he was a Founding Member, Director and Vice-President of Spas’ Ontario, the Association of Premier Spas. Since then, Rob has worked with numerous organizations and shared his knowledge and experience to improve and expand their business.
Spa Inc. Magazine
As Assistant Editor of Spa Inc. magazine, Hermione has spent more than three years talking to and writing about Canadian Spas. Having assisted with the Canadian Spa & Wellness Awards last two years, Hermione applied her enthusiasm for the spa and journalistic eye to the judging process.
“What this award means to me? Words cannot express how proud I am of my amazing team. I am thankful every day that I have a strong team that supports my vision and believes in my goals. I am especially thankful that we are able to enjoy this beautiful award together. We are humbled and very excited to be a part of this prestigious honor. Thank you”
"Canada offers some of the best spa experiences in the world, so to be considered a member of the top ranked spas is such an honour. We wish we could be there today to celebrate with our members, we wish everyone a big congratulations for all you have offered to our industry.”
“Biophora recognizes the indispensability of maintaining best practices, current trends, and projected direction for the of the spa and wellness industry. Spa Inc. masterfully highlights these shared values with every publication, so it is with great pride and gratitude that we accept this significant acknowledgment.” Winner of Top Spa Partner, 2017
The Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs is honored to be achieving one of the top spas in Canada at the 2017 Canadian Spa and Wellness Awards. We strive daily to enhance our guests lives with wellness, luxury and a tranquil spa experience. To be recognized means we are getting it right and our guests are finding their Energy while enjoying our facility.
“It is an honour to receive the 2017 Canadian Spa Consumer’s Choice Award. To be recognized by our valued Pacific Mist Spa guests is incredible. This award was possible due to our amazing spa team whom are extremely passionate about going above and beyond to ensure that all our guests leave relaxed and rejuvenated." (Winner of Consumer's Choice Award, 2017)
“To receive these awards means so much to our team here at Spa My Blend by Clarins at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. To be recognized amongst so many amazing Canadian Spas is an incredible accomplishment and we are over the moon. Thank you!" Winner of Top Hotel Spa
“Thank you for selecting Scandinave Spa Whistler as the winner of Top 25 Spas in Canada in the 2017 Canadian Spa & Wellness Awards. We are honoured to have won this award and are humbled to be in such prestigious company.”
“We are incredibly proud to be a winner of both of these awards. We strive to provide our guests with a high level of service and an all-encompassing wellness experience, all while constantly looking for new opportunities to elevate our offerings and maintaining our goal of being a sustainable spa.” Winner of Top Destination Spa 2017
“Iwa Spa is honoured to be recognized at the Canadian Spa & Wellness Awards for the third year running. Since opening in 2015 and winning Canada’s Top New Spa, we have committed to providing a high quality guest experience through all aspects of our Spa, Yoga and Boutique offerings. At iwa Spa, our goal is to Inspire Wellness Always (IWA). We are thrilled to see our focus on wellness and delivering an outstanding guest experience be recognized. This prestigious award aligns our vision to our actions - for that we thank you! ”
“Being a 5 Star 4 diamond property branding is very important. I believe the support of the industry is key, what better way to be recognized within and across the country than having been awarded a prestige Canadian Spa & Wellness Award as one of the Top 25 Spas in Canada…it’s a necessity to advance your brand. Next Year..Top Destination!! Thank You Spa Inc from Dol-as Spa Fox Harb’r Resort”
“Winning this award is great validation of what, we all as a team, have achieved to date and an honour to be recognised by our peers and by the Spa industry of Canada.”
“Glow Medi Spa has successfully combined Medical Aesthetic and Injectable Treatments with Spa Services to provide excellent clinical results in luxurious spa settings. This award supports an innovative approach which Glow Medi Spa has incorporated for over 15 years.” Winner of Top Medi-Spa 2017
“We are elated that once again Rosewater Spa of Oakville has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Spas in Canada. We are immensely proud of this achievement …and our extraordinary team of dedicated professionals.”
“Winning Top Day Spa and one of the Top 25 Spa’s Canada in 2017 is such an honour and we are excited for what’s to come in 2018. We will continue to give our guests the best experience and expand our treatment list to have the best and newest services in the city. We look forward to being the Top Day Spa for years to come.” Winner of Top Day Spa 2017