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.

Congratulations to the Winners!

Due to the increased amount of nominations this year, we’re delighted to announce 4 honourable mentions.

Honourable Mentions

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mentorship

Presented to: Anna Chernyakhovsky


Esteemed Judges

Chris Ryall

Chris Ryall


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, titled “The Ryall Report” and “The Spa Scene.” He also freelances for publications such as Yahoo! and The Toronto Star.

Vivienne OKeeffe

Vivienne O’Keeffe


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.

Robert Cass

Robert Cass




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.

Hermione Wilson

Hermione Wilson

Assistant Editor,

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.

Winners Were Featured In


  • Spa Inc. Winter 2017 – 18
  • Leading Spas of Canada’s 2018 Directory

Voice of the Winners