Annual COPA Stars Gala

COPA Stars Gala: The Perfect Mix of Business and Pleasure

COPA Stars Gala

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Vue, 195 Galaxy Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 6R7 | Directions

Ticket: $180 + HST per person | Groups 8+: $165 + HST per person

Dress code: Dressy Casual

The COPA Stars Gala is held each year on the third Thursday in November. This event brings together the Canadian OP industry’s luminaries as we honour the winners of our Awards Program and raise proceeds for the COPA Scholarship Fund.

Networking Fun

To ensure our members get the most out of the night, the Gala format has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind networking event where you can sit down (or stand up) with key people in the OP industry whose calendars are otherwise full. Guests are free to move around the room throughout the night and connect with their colleagues and meet new faces. Name badges are used to facilitate the networking process (we apologize in advance if they clash with your outfit!).

Food and Drinks

Each year the Stars Gala features the most delicious assortment of foods, fully catered by Peter and Paul’s and served up at thoughtfully placed stations around the room. Fresh sushi, sizzling stir-fry, zesty fajitas, tender roast beef, delectable cheeses and cold cuts, and sensational funnel cake are all prepared fresh in front of you! And that doesn’t include the passed hors d’oeuvres that can include anything from lollipop lamb chops to sliders. The abundant food is accompanied by an open bar to keep you hydrated throughout the evening. One thing for sure, you will not leave this event hungry!

I had a really nice time at the COPA Awards gala and was able to connect with some great people.
Always good to learn what other companies are doing on the sustainability front and share best practices.
Also thank you to COPA for recognizing Staples Business Advantage with the Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership Award – Leading with Intention.

– Susan D’Souza, Senior National Manager, Quality, Sustainability & Regulatory, Staples Business Advantage

2017 COPA Stars Gala

Call to Action: Help Make this Event a Success!

You can greatly contribute to the success of this event by taking advantage of the sponsorship opportunities that are available, as well as by making a donation to our Chinese Auction table. All proceeds from the Auction go directly to the COPA Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to first and second year students who have a connection to our member companies (employees or children or grandchildren of employees). Contact Nicole Gamble at or 905-624-9462 ext. 223 to support this event.


Dinner Sponsor – $2,500

This sponsor will contribute to all the delicious food stations scattered around the room and serving up memorable dishes throughout the night. The sponsor will receive:

– Logo on event page
– Logo placement in event slides
– Mention from podium
– Logo in all event communications
– Mention in “Thank you” article in monthly Industry Update newsletter

Drink Sponsor – $1,000

This sponsor will contribute to the open bar that quenches the thirst of all our guests. The sponsor will receive:

– Logo on event page
– Logo placement in event slides
– Mention from podium
– Onsite logo placement
– Mention in “Thank you” article in monthly Industry Update newsletter

Gift Card Sponsor – $500, $250 SOLD, or $150

This sponsor will fund the purchase of gift cards for our raffle. Cards valued at the three differing sponsorship levels will be purchased from major companies such as the LCBO, The Bay, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, The Keg, Cineplex, etc. The sponsor will receive:

– Logo on event page
– Onsite logo placement
– Mention from podium
– Mention in “Thank you” article in monthly Industry Update newsletter


We’re switching it up a bit this year! Instead of the usual Silent Auction we’ll be hosting a Chinese Auction instead. We’ve identified six great themed-packages for bidders — all we need now are your pledges to help make them a reality:

  1. Sports Buff: Sporting event tickets, gift cards to sporting stores, sports memorabilia, etc.
  2. The Spa: Spa treatment, spa retreat, do-it-yourself spa products, etc.
  3. Car Care: Car maintenance, professional cleaning, roadside assistance, products for the car, tickets to car shows or car events, etc.
  4. Night on the Town: Dining, shopping, accommodations, entertainment, driver/transportation, etc.
  5. The Coffee Lover: All things that lead to a coffee-related caffeine fix SOLD
  6. Kitchen Inspiration: If it belongs in the kitchen, it belongs in this package

How to Donate:

There are three ways to donate to the Chinese Auction:

  1. Sponsor a themed-package: You will be responsible for putting together the package in its entirety.
  2. Donate an item(s) toward a theme: You can pick your favourite theme to contribute to or donate to multiple themes.
  3. Donate cash toward the purchase of an item(s): You provide the cash, pick which theme you want to support (or we’ll pick for you), and we’ll do the shopping.

Our 2018 Excellence in Leadership Honourees

This year’s event will honour two special industry individuals in our most prestigious award category, Excellence in Leadership (formerly, Individual Award of Excellence). Jim Edmonds and Nineeta Drepaul will be our honoured guests as we celebrate their career achievements and contributions to the business products sector in Canada. Read more about this year’s winners

We will also recognize some of the industry’s longest serving employees, each of whom have been working in this sector for 30 years or more.

In our core categories, we will hand out awards in two new categories, The Showstopper and Made in Canada, along with the Marketing Campaign and People’s Choice categories.

Gift Card Drive for Children's Aid Foundation of Canada

COPA has partnered with the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada to support children in our local communities. Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is our country’s leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth growing up in the child welfare system.

To kickstart our partnership we’ll be doing a gift card fundraiser in support of the CAFC’s 39th Annual Holiday Season Celebration which brings hope and fun to children during the holiday season who have been abused, neglected and abandoned.

CAFC is looking for grocery store (PC brand would be ideal), Walmart and VISA gift cards that will go directly toward the planning of the Holiday Season Celebration. We encourage Gala attendees to bring their gift cards to the COPA Stars Gala on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Vue in Etobicoke, ON. For a tax receipt on gift cards of $20 or more, please bring the receipt along with the card.


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