Deborah Lewis, CMP, is the Chief Executive Officer of CityEvents, an innovative and detail-oriented event marketing firm, with longstanding and sound contacts in the corporate world, government, and charitable & not-for-profit and community organizations in Toronto. Deborah’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to launch CityEvents in 2006 with a view of creating benchmarks in event planning and promotions in the city
Deborah’s energy and drive allows her to accomplish the skilled organization of multiple events, all representative of her extensive portfolio. These events include corporate meetings, international trade programs, conferences and workshops, social and networking events, high-profile fund-raising events, fashion shows, art auctions, restaurant promotions, sponsor promotions, trade shows, and product launches. Within the event industry and beyond, Deborah is recognized for her hallmark touches, positive working style, distinctly exclusive guest lists, innovative marketing, and consistency and quality in event execution.
The CityEvents’ client list includes a number of professional services firms, large membership associations, charitable and community groups, and many local businesses including new restaurants and lounges. CityEvents planned and assisted in the launch of the Munk Debates, and had a significant role in the launch of The Beer Boutique in Liberty Village, a concept store recently opened by The Beer Store. CityEvents has also co-launched its own event properties and brands including, FastLane Networking, Maple Leaf Digital Lounge, Liberty Social Hour and is currently working on the launch of the King East Design District Exhibition this fall.
A distinguished member of the event planning community, Deborah’s been featured as Women of the Week in the Women’s Post, as well as featured in the National Post, Globe and Mail, VOP, TSEvents, SNAP North and Downtown Toronto.
Deborah attends several events around the city that contribute to the city’s unique character from product and location launches, anniversary parties, political galas, networking, fashion shows, fundraising and community events and many other programs. Attending all the hot events in Toronto allows Deborah to experience first hand the trends in events and venues for many markets. She also reports on events for the St. Lawrence Bulletin, SNAP, and her blog www.deblewis.ca.
Deborah is committed to her community; she was a member of volunteer committees such as The Canadian Opera Company’s Operanation, the PowerPlant, Powerball, Ontario Science Centre, Innovators Ball, and the Women in Capital Markets (WCM) annual Vinifera Awards Gala. She was a mentor with the TRIDEC and WISE mentoring programs, a previous Rotary member, and has lead committee for the New Leaders of Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, and the Luminato Young Professional Group. Deborah is a Certified Meeting Planner with a B.A.Sc in Consumer Studies from the University of Guelph and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College. Deborah also taught special events management at George Brown College.
CityEvents specializes in corporate business and business events as well as a variety of networking and special events.
Our goal is to help your company build your brand, connect with your customers and strengthen relationships and communities. CityEvents will work within your parameters to reflect your image. Each of our events is a marketing success, expertly designed to achieve the greatest impact on your guests within your budget. CityEvents uses its solid supplier relationships, in order to save you time, money and frustration, while bringing your event to life. We’ll also create and build your online branding and social media buzz.
We sweat the small stuff.
We understand the components necessary for success in event planning. We are innovative, we work efficiently, and we execute our resources to manage first class events. CityEvents has extensive experience working with corporations, governments, associations and committees. And we only promise what we can deliver: many years experience in major conferences and special events, excellent contacts, credentials and reputation, financial expertise, and the ability to deliver an outstanding event every time.
CityEvents believes the two main components to an events success is the venue/location of your event and the people in attendance. With this in mind, CityEvents manages its own database and community of 12,000 people and has built a large venue database. By attending launches of new locations, CityEvents is able to ensure that the best venue is chosen for the client, enabling them to tailor the event to the client’s objectives as well as their target demographic.