At ILEA Live, networking happens everywhere. In addition to ILEA Live’s educational offerings, the conference provides unique opportunities to connect one-on-one and build relationships during the ILEA Live opening and closing events and other off-site activities. Network with colleagues at several dedicated receptions and evening events which provide ample opportunity to connect throughout the conference. Check back for more information as it becomes available. 

Opening Event

Thursday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Western Duds
Calgary Stampede

The hoards have left, but the rodeo isn't over. In the Stampede's backyard there are still neon lights flashing, food carts sizzling, and western entertainers hollering... they’re all hanging on for one thing... you cowboy!

Experience the Calgary Stampede like never before as we unleash decades of midway fare into a back alley event space that rounds up the senses. The flavours, the entertainment, and that untameable rodeo energy will all be condensed into an After Party we guarantee will knock your boots off. 

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Esprit® Awards Gala

Friday, August 11, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Dinner served and awards at 7:00 p.m. Entertainment to follow.
Formal or 80's Formal Attire
Calgary Telus Convention Centre

I want my Esprit Awards Gala!  Let's step back in time to the decade that birthed our association.  It's everything 80's, as we gather to celebrate and cheer on our industry brothers and sisters that are going for the gold - the Esprit Award! Join us for a glamorous dinner and award presentation to recognize how exceptional creative event professionals improve and extend their achievements and drive continued innovation in the industry. In addition, Ciaran Gribbin will be performing a 90 minute set. 
See a list of all 2017 Esprit Award Nominees.

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Closing Event

Saturday, August 12, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Business Casual Attire
National Music Centre

It's all about the music! Canada has brought the world some of the best musical artists, and at the first-ever ILEA Live closing night event, we will pay homage to Canadian musicians. Join us to celebrate with music, 30 years of ILEA, 150 Years of Canada, with a look ahead to next year in the Mile High City. 

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SEARCH Foundation: #Converge2017 Calgary

Wednesday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
The Foundry

Supporting others is what we do day-to-day, but we can’t do that without raising funds. One place we do that is ILEA Live. And this year it’s in Calgary!  This is  the first time in 10 years this event has been held in Canada, and it’s a fitting time to celebrate not only 20 years of SEARCH, but also 30 years of ILEA and 150 years of Canada.  All of this makes it the perfect time to come together for the people who bring us together – those in need of SEARCH. It’s time to #Converge2017. This event requires a separate ticket purchase through the SEARCH Foundation.

Learn more and register for the SEARCH Foundation event.