Why hire an Event Planner?

Planning that perfect event requires a tremendous amount of work and ingenuity, unflinching attention to detail, and nerves of steel when that inevitable crisis arises. With our experience and industry knowledge, we provide expert advice, access to the best suppliers, and a superior end result.

What types of Services do you offer?

  • Consulting on Events
  • Negotiating Contracts
  • Registering Attendees
  • Developing a Theme and Program
  • Hiring Speakers
  • Establishing and Maintaining a Budget
  • Site Selection
  • Selecting a Caterer and Menu
  • Designing Print Materials
  • Choosing Decor
  • Providing Music and Entertainment
  • Organizing Audio Visual
  • Coordinating Website Design
  • Confirming Vendors and Suppliers
  • Orchestrating Day Of Event

How far in advance of an event should I contact you?

Depending on the type of event, timelines do vary. Large fundraisers, multi-day conferences or reunions are best initiated a year ahead of time but we have produced them in much shorter timeframes with resounding success. Smaller conferences and events can be planned within months.

Is an Event Planner expensive?

We will stay within your budget. Don’t have a budget in mind? We will work to bring you the best quality, yet most economical event possible, always keeping your best interests in mind. We provide an initial proposal so that realistic expectations are set, and we promise to keep you advised of any and all expenses.

Rest assured - unless you love planning as much as we do, our price will feel more than worth it once you see the end result.

Am I going to lose control of my vision if I work with an Event Planner?

We have unlimited ideas for themes, menus, entertainment, speakers. This, however, is YOUR event. You’re the boss – you decide what you want, and our level of involvement. We take care of everything “behind the scenes”, and you get the credit!

Am I tied to using certain suppliers if I work with you?

While we know countless suppliers across North America - and we do have our favourites – we are happy to work with suppliers of your choosing as well. The suppliers we work with deliver top quality, on time, and on budget.


  • "Classy, inspiring and so well organized. You made the winners feel like superstars. I was honoured to be part of such a spectacular event. Bravo."

    Rita Celli
    Host, Ontario Today, CBC Radio One

  • "I can honestly say that Pelly is a delight to work with. Not only is she extremely professional in all aspects of project delivery but her relationship with the conference committee, conference delegates and service providers has been exemplary. Most of all she is very organized which may explain the air of quite calm that surrounds her. Finally, she is also fun to work with."

    Debbie Walker
    Director, Ontario Ministry of
    Economic Development & Trade

  • "Working with you was a dream, very organized, all questions answered. I've done a million of these things and this is at the top of the pile."

    Lucy van Oldenbarneveld
    CBC News at Six

  • "Just a short note to thank you so much for doing a really first class job at our national event. I've received a record number of favourable comments on our evening's program."

    Wes Nicol
    of the Tartan Group of Companies

  • "Our conference was a spectacular success thanks to Next Wave Events. The event was planned to the last detail and things flowed smoothly, on-time and on-budget."

    Stephen Chris
    National Director
    of Marketing & Administration, Collins Barrow National Office

  • "Pelly's work was extremely professional, as she managed to move us through the Businesswoman of the Year Nomination process. I was very impressed with her ability to juggle a number of priorities with enthusiasm. "

    Robin McIntyre
    Regional President, Rogers Cable Communications Inc.

  • “I enjoyed the whole experience and the role your incredible level of organization played in that. I found you and your team to be that rare mix of super organized, and very personable and professional at the same time.”

    Clemens Rettich
    Clemens Rettich Business Consulting Ltd.

  • “A big thank you for all the support you and your team gave at COUNTERMEASURE 2013. You did a fantastic job - one of the most well-run and friendly events I've been to.”

    Dave Ockwell-Jenner
    Speaker & Senior Security Architect,
    Corporate Information Security Office (CISO)

  • "It was a pleasure working with you on the Teen Ranch Foundation Fundraising Gala. I would definitely recommend your services and would love to have you do work for AMJ. Thanks for pulling together a great event. "

    Bruce Bowser
    AMJ Campbell Van Lines

  • "I would like to thank Next Wave Events for providing outstanding conference management services. Next Wave brought professionalism, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail to every aspect of our ambitious 5-day conference, involving networking events and more than 100 speakers. I would highly recommend them to other organizations requiring first-class conference management services."

    Michael Murr
    Manager - Economic Development, City of Ottawa

  • "Thanks so much for including me in a truly special evening...it was very moving to hear the winners speak about the honour. And what a pro you are! You had it so organized we were bang on time...that's incredibly rare."

    Deirdre McMurdy
    Vice President, Public Policy Forum

  • "Our sincere thanks to Next Wave Events for your help coordinating Hydro Ottawa's multi-day conference and trade show. The event was presented flawlessly. You negotiated better rates at the conference centre for us and were meticulous in your approach to the conference. Our attendees were very pleased."

    Bruce Bibby
    Manager - Marketing Services, Hydro Ottawa

  • "Thanks again for your outstanding contribution to our event. I feel we owe much of the success to you. Although I always thought I was good at event planning, I was pleasantly surprised at how much you added to the event, and how much you were able to relieve me of many of the stressful decisions and details. It was really a pleasure to work with you."

    Kathleen Lauder
    Director of Programs - World Vision Canada

  • "As a member of the Ottawa Host Committee of The Competitiveness Institute's 2004 conference, I had the pleasure of working closely with Next Wave Events. The entire committee, as well as our internationally-based clients and delegates, were very impressed with their professionalism, creativity and ability to successfully manage a most complex conference."

    Mike Darch
    Executive Director, Ottawa Global Marketing, Ottawa Centre for Research & Innovation (OCRI)

  • "I had the responsibility of managing the relationship of Next Wave Events and working extremely close to the event management team. The level of service I received from their team was outstanding. They treated our event with a high level of service and we are confident that they had huge impact into making this event extremely successful. It was a pleasure working with them and they were highly respected by our local staff and senior volunteers."

    Paul Bauman
    Senior Fundraising Manager, Canadian Cancer Society

  • "Next Wave provided outstanding service and exemplary attention to detail. Every task was handled adeptly and inspired confidence throughout the event. It was a pleasure working with them from beginning to end."

    Bruce Alyea
    Account Manager, gordongroup

  • "THANK YOU so much for the superb job you did, not only at the Businesswoman of the Year Awards Gala, but over the entire time we were finalists. You played a huge role in making us all truly feel like winners and I can’t thank you enough."

    Laurel Murray
    President, Murray Management Consulting

  • "The event would not have been nearly as successful without Next Wave's involvement. Your company's flawless ticket sales tracking, minute-by-minute breakdown of the day of the event, and daily updates made the whole event seamless and very professional. You really know what you are doing."

    Fred Cappuccino
    Founder & Director, Child Haven International

  • "Next Wave Events provided event planning services above and beyond what was promised. Not only has their work been highly efficient, it has also been of exceptional quality and professionalism. We would definitely recommend their services for anybody in need of having an event organized."

    Luanne Winchiu
    VP Sponsorship, Engineers Without Borders

  • “Pelly's ‘can do’ attitude, professionalism and strong organizational skills play extremely well with customers and business partners alike. She is able to adapt quickly to changing requirements, and this flexibility coupled with her strong program management skills leave me with little doubt of Pelly's ability to contribute significantly to any event.”

    Jim Davies
    Vice President, Mitel Networks

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