hala inc. IS AN INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING EVENT PLANNING FIRM KNOWN FOR CREATING EXCEPTIONAL EVENTS IN CANADA AND ABROAD.
We are explorers and storytellers. Always searching for what is new and interesting and applying what we learn to tell compelling stories.
We understand that events need to go beyond great design & flawless execution. Every detail needs to be strategically and masterfully crafted from beginning to end. Which is why, we always start the event planning process by getting to know you first.
Then we get to work with a personalized plan that delivers a memorable event that resonates and emotionally connects you with your audience. Don’t take our word for it—we have a portfolio of work to prove it.
AT hala inc., WE FOSTER BOTH AN INNOVATIVE AND COLLABORATIVE CULTURE.
Each member of our team is exceptional in their own right. Collectively, we bring together a wealth of talent, vision and creativity to each and every event we design and plan.
Our team tailors every occasion to match your brand personality, taste, style and budget. Our dedication to excellence ensures a seamless and cohesive event, whether it is a high-profile charitable event, a buzz-worthy launch party or a corporate affair for 2,500 guests.
Let us bring a fresh and unique perspective to your corporate events, charity fundraisers, private or social events using our powerhouse team of storytellers.
PRESIDENT & CEO, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Named one of Biz Bash Canada’s Top 250 Event Professionals
Best Industry Contribution, International Live Events Association (CharityVillage
E-Course& Ryerson University Event Certificate Program)
Named one of Canada’s Most Fascinating Woman in Events, Canadian Special Events Magazine.
Outstanding Alumni Volunteer, Alumni Award of Distinction
International Best Industry Contribution, International Live Events Association (Ryerson University Special Event Certificate Program)
Canadian Event Professional of the Year, Canadian Event Industry Awards
Alumni Award of Distinction, Ryerson University
Hala is an event industry thought leader and an international award-winning event producer with over 20 years of experience, yet is still young at heart. Those around her often say her eyes sparkle. She is naturally curious and creates excitement and finds inspiration wherever she goes.
Hala began her career at SickKids Foundation where she developed her passion for events. Later, as Chief Development Officer for Children’s Aid Foundation she honed her fundraising skills and became a Certified Fundraising Executive. Though she loved her 13 years in the not-for-profit sector, she was always drawn back to event planning and started hala inc. in 2004. Building on the success of hala inc., in 2015 she launched Hala Luxury Weddings & Milestone Celebrations, offering an array of specialty services to clients planning private or social events.
Quickly earning a reputation for delivering events that are equally strategic, fabulously creative and flawlessly executed, she always raises the bar. She is a sought-after speaker at industry conferences and has established educational programs at both Ryerson University and Humber College where she has also taught the curriculum. Valued for her teaching techniques and experience she has also been brought in to train internal event teams at various organizations.
Her secret to success? Surrounding herself with talented, energetic event producers and collaborating with some of the most creative people in the business, in Canada and around the world.
In her spare time she likes to swim, bike and run, completing an Ironman in 2004 and loves to ride her motorcycle. She also volunteers her time as a contributing editor to Canadian Special Events Magazine.
HALA’S FAVOURITE STORY:
I have two favourites: first, The Princess Bride—I have always believed in fairy tales with happy endings. Secondly, Love Actually—it is the greatest modern Christmas movie—it’s the perfect mix of sweet & salty, making me both laugh & cry. I watch it every year during the holidays without fail.
DISCOVER THE TEAM BEHIND EVERY STORY
INTERNATIONAL LIVE EVENTS ASSOCIATION ESPRIT AWARDS
2022 Winner for Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization Under $100,000, Virtually Ottawa & The Delegate Journey
2022 Nominated for Most Outstanding Virtual Event – Virtually Ottawa & The Delegate Journey
2022 Nominated for Most Outstanding Virtual Event – Ontario Science Centre’s RBC Innovators’ Ball
2020 Winner of the Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization – Right to Play Heroes Gala 2019
2020 Winner of Best Industry Contribution – CharityVillage E-Course
2016 Nomination for Best Entertainment Production Budget Over $75,000 USD – The Book Lover’s Ball 10th Anniversary 2015
2013 Winner of Best Industry Contribution, Ryerson University’s Applied Event Planning and Management Course - Hala Bissada, CFRE
2013 Winner of Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization Budget Over $200,000 – The Book Lover’s Ball 2012
2013 Nomination for Best Entertainment Production Budget Over $75,000 – The Book Lover’s Ball 2012
2013 Nomination for Best Social Event Budget Over $75,000 – The Book Lover’s Ball 2012
2009 Winner of Best Videography – Oxfam Trailwalker 2009
2009 Winner of Best Entertainment Production – LIVERight Gala 2009
2006 Winner of Best Social Planning Event Budget Over $100,000 – An Enchanted Evening 2005
2006 Nomination for Best Corporate Event Budget Over $100,000 – An Enchanted Evening 2005
2004 Winner of Best Corporate Event Budget Over $100,000 – Teddy Bear Affair 2003
2004 Winner of Best Social Event Budget Over $100,000 – Teddy Bear Affair 2003
SPECIAL EVENTS MAGAZINE GALA AWARDS
2022 Nominated for Best Fundraising and Nonprofit Event – Virtually Ottawa & The Delegate Journey
2016 Nomination for Best Event Entertainment Concept & Execution Budget $25,000-$100,000 – The Book Lover’s Ball 10th Anniversary 2015
2013 Winner of Best Fundraising Event – The Book Lover’s Ball 2012
2008 Nomination for Best Achievement in Logistics – Teddy Bear Affair 2006
2006 Winner of Best Fundraising Event – An Enchanted Evening 2005