February 15, 2015
Congress announces best booth winners
With over 600 exhibitors at Congress this year, judges had a hard time deciding on the best booth awards. In photo, Kubota Canada National Marketing Manager Rob Allison holds the Paul J. Day Award for best in show presented by, left to right, trade show committee member Michael LaPorte CLT, trade show manager Heather MacRae and trade show committee chair Terry Childs.
With nearly 600 exhibitors on the floor at Congress 2015, judges had a difficult decision to choose this year’s best booth award winners.

Winning the Paul J. Day Award for best of show was Kubota Canada for its outstanding display, which included a full-sized loader done up as a cellophane and cardboard-packaged toy. “We had fun with tweets like, ‘This toy doesn’t depreciate when you open it,’" said Jillian Kleovoulos, Kubota Canada marketing specialist.

Another top winner was NewRoads National Leasing of Newmarket, honoured with the Congress Special Promotion award, for its creativity in promoting show attendance electronically. The other winners were Best Booth - 100 sq. ft., excluding heavy equipment, Hutcheson Sand and Mixes; Best Booth between 100 and 400 sq. ft., excluding heavy equipment, Mar-co Clay and Stone of Bright; Best Booth over 400 sq. ft., excluding heavy equipment, Techo-Bloc; Best Booth heavy equipment, Battlefield Equipment Rentals of Stoney Creek; Best Booth small equipment, Stihl Limited.

Judges this year were John LeRoy of J.C. Security Consulting, Paul Day of P. Day Management, and Lee Ann Knudsen of Landscape Ontario. Winners are judged on a set of pre-determined criteria, including design, visual impact and quality of construction.

Show manager Heather MacRae said, “It’s always a difficult choice selecting the best booth winners. Vendors deserve to be recognized for the time and effort that gets put into not only making their booth special, but also making Congress a better show.”