The Canadian Event Awards National Program is designed for companies interested in showcasing their work and competing for top honours at a national level. The 2018 awards entry portal will open December 15, 2017  and will be open until the deadline for entries which is February 4, 2018. There is a late entry deadline of February 11, 2018.

New for 2017, the Canadian Event Industry Awards Program has added a regional awards competition. This regional based program celebrates the best in local event planning and design.  Winners in each regional category will advance directly to a finalist position in the national awards. However you do NOT need to enter the regionals to compete in the nationals, one may still ONLY enter the one national competition and you may also enter both the regionals and the nationals for a shot at both titles. Please see rules and regulations for more information. 

Who Can Enter? 

Any Canadian company or individual who qualifies for the specified category criteria with their event or event component may enter. Also, Canadians who produce events outside of Canada may enter, as long as their company resides in Canada. 


All events need to have taken place between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017.  All entries must follow the guidelines laid out on the Rules & Guidelines page. There are two awards which cannot be entered but are chosen by the advisory council. They are Spirit of the Industry and Emerging Leader. For these two awards, suggestions for nominations can be submitted to Canadian Special Events Magazine by email during the entry period. See the category criteria page for more information on these two awards.

Why Enter?

Recognition: Winning provides your team with hard earned recognition for both your work and for your commitment to event excellence.

Leadership: The coveted award provides an opportunity to be seen as an industry leader by your peers, your clients, and your community and gives you the ownership of the right to say you are the BEST in the country at what you do!

Marketing: Winning an award or being short-listed can act as a 3rd party endorsement for your business. Receiving an award acknowledges your excellence in a category or industry providing a distinct competitive advantage over competitors.

Reward: An award gives due recognition to your staff, and bringing your team to the awards ceremony is a great way of celebrating their success.

Competitive Edge: Winning an award can provide that distinguishing factor in a crowded marketplace and best of all, entering and winning a business award can be achieved at a relatively low cost.

Prizes: NEW THIS YEAR!  As part of the judging process, points are assigned to each entry, the entries with the highest points will win fabulous prizes including a $10,000 platinum advertising campaign for their event or event company. 

Take Stock: The application process for entering an award competition represents a great opportunity to review and take stock of your business and think about the future direction of the business and set goals to be achieved

Need more convincing? Read Canadian Special Event Magazine’s recent article, “Entering Industry Awards Offers BIG Marketing Value” to learn why thousands of event professionals apply to the awards each year.

See How the National Program Works