The Canadian Event Industry Awards are the hallmark of achievement in the Canadian event and meeting industry.  The program was established in 1997 as a platform for event and meeting professionals from each major discipline of the industry to be recognized and celebrated for their talent, hard work and success.

Since its inception, over 700 Canadian professionals have been recognized for their achievements in events and the competition has become a globally recognized symbol of excellence, as well as a powerful launching pad for companies looking to establish themselves in a competitive marketplace.

Two Distinct Competitions

Canadian Special Events Magazine runs two award annual competitions.

The Regional Event Awards, which run in the fall are designed to recognize success and achievements in 5 local regions in Canada; BC & Northen Canada, AB, Prairies (MB & SK) ON & Eastern Canada (QC, NB, PEI, NS, NF). 20 awards are given out as part of this competition.

The Canadian Event Awards runs in the spring and is designed for companies interested in showcasing their work and competing for top honours at a national level. 40 award categories cover the diverse specialties that make up the vibrant event and meeting industry.  The 2019 awards entry portal will open December 10, 2018, and will be open until the final deadline on February 10, 2019. Winners are announced live on March 28, at the 2019 Canadian Event Awards Gala.

Key Dates

2019 National Awards

Monday, December 10, 2019

Portal opens to enter National Awards.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Early bird deadline to enter for national program.

Sunday February 10, 2019

Late deadline to enter for national program.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

National finalists announced.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Winners announced at Gala

2019 Regional Awards

Monday, September 3, 2018

Call-for-entries period opens for regional program.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Deadline to enter for regional program.

Friday, November 6 2018

Regional finalists announced.

November 26, 2018

Regional winners announced

Why Enter?

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

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!

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.


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.


BIG $ Prizes:
As part of the judging process, points are assigned to each entry, the entries with the highest points will win fabulous prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize ad package for the Nationals.


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.