Dear Russ,

I think that next year I can just stay home on Event day because I know that with D&D handling the Awards Dinner, the event will be flawless!

Year after year, you and your team bring absolute excellence, talent and professionalism to the Canada Gairdner Awards. From the minute we start planning until the final paperwork is filed, you are on top of every detail. You help us pick and deliver a menu that delights our guests. You stay on top of the ever-changing critical minutia. You ensure that every guest is made to feel like a VIP. And you make me look like a star!

Your talented chefs, led by Vel Sivapragasam, must be singled out for their incredible abilities. I just don’t know how they can cook dinner for 550 people and have every meal turn out perfectly. As well as your remarkable wait staff, headed by Steven Creelman, who serve the guests in what looks like a choreographed ballet. It is precise, efficient, skilled and quite beautiful to watch. Your team is unrivaled!

And then Russell, there is you. I can’t imagine putting together a team for any Event without you. You are such a professional and a sincere pleasure to collaborate with. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

On behalf of WaterCooler and my client The Gairdner Foundation, I would like to thank you and your entire team for making our event such a success. As always, you were the stars of the evening! I look forward to working with you all again very soon.