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From gown designers to vintage jewellery collectors and more, Etsy has grown to a community of over a million creative sellers from around the world—including heaps of homegrown Canadian talent!

We’re thrilled to announce Laura Gutkin, Etsy Canada Brand Representative, has joined the CWIA judging panel. Laura is a member of the Etsy marketing team and a former buyer for the Canadian online luxury retailer eLUXE. The Winnipeg-native has an eye for style along with a passion for all-things-wedding related!

Find out more about the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards presented by WedLuxe, Birks and Etsy Canada, here: here.

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Ellen Black’s iconic stationery company Lehr & Black is the go-to stationery company for Hollywood’s superstars, including the Kardashians, Gwen Stefani, and Jessica Simpson.

With the use of sumptuous fabrics, fine details, and superior workmanship, Lehr & Black revolutionized custom invitations and, recently, Ellen partnered with event planner Mindy Weiss to create an online boutique of bridal accessories called Love Me.

We’re so thrilled to share that Ellen will be a judge at this year’s Canadian Wedding Industry Awards. Visit the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards website to learn more about the accomplished stationer.

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Francis Guindon is the Public Relations Manager at Maison Birks, the iconic Canadian jewellery house.

Francis joins this year’s distinguished Canadian Wedding Industry Awards judging panel.

Since joining Birks, Francis has successfully led a number of the brand’s integrated multi-platform events including Birks 135th anniversary, Birks for bees program and the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. You can learn more about Francis on the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards website here.

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Rebecca Grinnals is one of the foremost experts on the business of weddings and honeymoons.

She is an industry consultant, speaker, trainer, and business trend expert who has appeared on multiple tv and radio programs and serves as the Chairperson of the Leadership Advisory Board of WIPA (Wedding Industry Professionals Association).

Rebecca was recently named as one of the “Top Ten Social Media Influencers in the Wedding Industry” by WedBiz Journal.

Prior to creating her own company, Engaging Concepts, Rebecca co-founded Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons for The Walt Disney Company, turning Disney into the #1 Domestic Honeymoon Destination.

She has been quoted in scores of wedding & honeymoon related articles and the Canadian Wedding Industry Awards is happy to announce Rebecca as one of its six judges.

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