STARFISH creative events + inspiration was founded on the premise that every event should be special and unique. That's why we take the time to get to know our clients and won't let budgetary limitations get in the way of creating flawless, memorable events.
STARFISH has worked with companies and individuals on a variety of events, weddings and parties. From guest lists of 5 to 5000 our expertise is in creating extraordinary events that leave lasting impressions. Our specialty is to make our clients happy and over-deliver on all aspects of event planning and hospitality.
“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” – Theodore Levitt
SID - CEO & Senior Events Specialist
Specializing in Lifestyle Events and Event Design
As the CEO and owner of STARFISH creative events + Inspiration, my vision is to not only build a great team of event and marketing specialists who are passionate at what they do but to, more importantly, ensure the client is our number one priority and every project is met with the utmost level of satisfaction. Growing up in the heart of New York in a large family of entrepreneurs within the service industry, I learned the essence of passion and commitment from a very young age. Over the years I have gained considerable experience coordinating numerous social, charity galas, weddings and corporate events as both an event planner and event designer. My keen sense of style and creativity directly influences my personality which can be seen in the work I do. I look forward to leading STARFISH with commitment to excellence and innovation.
“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – Alan Lakein
AARON - Creative Director & Senior Events Specialist
Specializing in Project Management and Event Protocol
With over 10 years of experience in developing and managing a variety of events Aaron is a versatile and skilled member of the STARFISH team. Trained in etiquette and protocol, Aaron has experience working with diplomats and government officials in a variety of cross-cultural settings. With a well-trained eye for detail and a passion to please, Aaron works hard to create an affair that exquisitely reflects your taste and style. He is a talented coordinator and graphic designer who creates unique invitations, advertisements, and marketing materials for our clients. As one of the company’s co-founders Aaron is genuinely committed to surprising clients with even more than they expect.
FRED - Marketing Director & Senior Events Specialist
Specializing in Project Management and Event Protocol
With his experience in project management and client relations, Fred brings a unique touch to the STARFISH team. His attention to detail and execution, and his fun personality ensures that every project not only goes smoothly, but everyone has fun doing it too! Specializing in event planning and coordination, Fred goes above and beyond to ensure that every client and every guest is well taken care off. Fred grew up in Kenya but has spent the last 15 years in the Nation's Capital. His passions include traveling, exploring new cultures, and finding the newest restaurants in Ottawa.
RENITA - Senior Events Specialist
Specializing in Marketing and Strategy
Renita has a real passion for the Marketing field with a history of successful event execution within the technology field. Her experience with corporate events within the high-tech field has given her experience in planning large scaled events ensuring that brand guidelines are met where brand awareness is key part of the event without losing focus on fun making both her vendors satisfied with the outcome and her audiences having a great experience. She has a unique ability to balance working with several sponsors and vendors simultaneously ensuring customer satisfaction for all parties involved. She is passionate about working closely with her partners defining goals, target audiences and selection of the right format and venue ensuring each event resonates with the audiences at hand providing true return on investment for her vendor partners. Renita is very resourceful and driven and stops at nothing to deliver high quality events.
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
SAMANTHA - Senior Events Specialist
Specializing in Marketing and Social Media
Samantha is a media strategist, event planner, dreamer and visionary of STARFISH. As a founding owner of the company, Samantha has built a solid team of event and marketing specialists who are passionately connected to their clients and willing to over-deliver on every project. Specializing in new media technologies, a career in strategic communications with the Government of Canada and with hundreds of event marketing projects under her belt, Samantha is able to create original, fresh solutions for STARFISH clients. Samantha’s strategic communications background help clients solve their business problems via the infusion of fresh marketing and communications campaigns. She devotes herself fully into every project in order to ensure a client’s investment and expectations are not only reached, but also exceeded.
KARINA - Events Specialist
Specializing in Lifestyle Events (Bilingual)
Karina was captivated by the arts from a very young age. Influenced by her father’s career as a writer and musician, she enrolled in Art History studies. Various work opportunities developed her skills in graphic design and nourished her interest in event planning. After working in the non-profit sector for a few years, she developed a special interest in projects related to humanitarian and social causes where she cultivated an ability to work around tighter budgets. She demonstrates an eagerness to learn, a desire for efficiency and success in all current and future endeavors, as she pursues accreditations in event management. Karina’s artistic side is reflected in her keen eye for design and nurtured by her meticulous attention to details. She looks forward to using her wide and diverse skill set in order to make your unique ideas come to life in the most creative and remarkable ways.