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We are an international team based in Ottawa, Canada, specializing in charity and benefit fundraising through live and silent auctions. Our seasoned auctioneers and experienced emcees create energetic and entertaining experiences that exceed fundraising goals and keep guests coming back year after year.

Our team's passion lies in generating large donations and helping our clients make a significant impact in their communities. With years of experience, we have refined our skills and techniques to ensure that every fundraising event is a success. We are dedicated to providing personalized and tailored services that meet the unique needs and goals of our clients.
Ryan E. Watson
Principal Auctioneer & Master of Ceremonies (Emcee)

For over 19 years, Ryan has been traveling the world conducting live & silent auctions and hosting as an emcee, on land and at sea.  In that time, he has help raise millions of dollars for deserving charities worldwide.

Always striving to exceed expectation, Ryan's experience is apparent from the moment he walks on stage. He developed a unique passion at a young age for vocal percussion (beatbox), which he now uses to capture the attention of his audiences and keep them engaged.


As Principal Auctioneer at Raising the Bid, Ryan works with our clients from the planning stages of an event straight through to completion.  His primary goal is to raise more money than you have before whilst leaving your guests with a positive memorable experience.




"Through the Kanata Chamber of Commerce I have had the pleasure of working with Ryan (Raising the Bid) on several fundraising auctions and I look forward to many more. Ryan has an innate ability to get the audience’s attention and his energy and powers of persuasion are second to none! The recent auction we did for the Kanata Food Cupboard will allow us to present to them our largest donation cheque to date. Ryan has one of the most aptly named companies, because “raising the bid” is exactly what he did for us."

"Thanks to Mr. Watson and many generous supporters of Sacred Heart, this year's auction raised a record $106,450!

Mr. Watson led guests in an entertaining live auction of items including a trip to the Vatican, artwork from Peter Max, along with other exciting trips and gifts."

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