Innovation celebrated at Sign Expo Canada 2018

The Sign Association of Canada (SAC-ACE), together with Sign Media Canada, honoured the outstanding work of signmakers from across the country at Sign Expo Canada 2018, which was held last weekend at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.

The winners of this year’s Best of Canada’s Sign Industry Awards (the BOCSIes), a joint awards program between Sign Media Canada and SAC-ACE, were announced on Friday, Sept. 21 at a dinner and reception party. Nearly 300 projects were submitted for consideration across 12 categories.

This year’s winners included:

Building signage
Wayside–North Okanagan Neurological Association

Commercial tenant signs
Enseignes Pinecrest–Cacao 70

Digital signage
Eventscape–Coty Canada

Display graphics
Mattatall Signs–Bedford Institute of Oceanography

Fascia signs/channel letters
SRS Signs & Service–Canada Summer Games Host Society

Free standing signage
Imperial Sign Corporation–B.C. Women’s Hospital

Historic signage
Banff Sign Company–Mount Royal Hotel

Illuminated signage
TDH Experiential Fabricators–Telus

Out-of-home (OOH) media
Media Resources–Clear Channel

Sign systems
Form:Media–Delmore ‘Buddy’ Daye Learning Institute* (*also won best in show)

Unique signs
Tie: Form:Media–Halifax Regional Municipality and Eventscape–Cadillac Fairview

Vehicle graphics–Owen Sound Transportation Company

In addition to the BOCSIes, several other awards were also announced at the event.

Wrap-design competition
Doug Downey (Image Factory Design Studio)

Young professional award
Andray Brady (Tremblay Signs)

Sign professional of the year
Robert Ascenzi Jr. (Spectra Advertising)

Volunteer of the year
Andy Grougrou

SAC-ACE also recognized the expo’s best booths, which were evaluated based on design, promotion, signage, and customer service. This year’s best overall booth award went to Allanson International. Global Lux won the award for best small booth and Mutoh won for best medium booth.

The expo also featured two screenings of The Signmakers of Montreal (Les Enseignistes de Montréal), a documentary about the history of signmaking in Montreal, which was well received.

For full coverage on the trade show and BOCSI competition watch for the November issue of Sign Media Canada.

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