Award Categories

The Canadian Event Awards are a dynamic celebration, honoring the diversity and innovative spirit of Canada’s event industry. With an emphasis on innovation and excellence, the Awards feature diverse categories that reflect the full spectrum of the industry’s expertise. for 2024, we’ve streamlined the entry process, making it more accessible and efficient for participants to display their exceptional work

There are five sections below listing the award categories. Click on the arrows beside each category below to reveal its description and read the judging criteria.

Remember all events or projects must have taken place within the 2023 calendar year with the exception of NYE events which took place on December 31, 2022. These are also eligible. You may register your events at anytime, and you have until March 5, 2024, to complete and submit your entry. Good luck, and we can’t wait to see you take your place in the spotlight.

Corporate | Marketing | Non-Profit | Public Events

This category honours events designed and executed for corporations with budgets under $150,000 (excluding taxes). A corporate event aims to meet specific business goals such as building relationships, launching new products/services, team building, reinforcing brand identity, and achieving positive exposure.

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate the logistics, innovation, design, aesthetics, sustainability, accessibility, budget management, technology integration (if applicable), overall strategy, vision, entertainment value (if applicable), outcomes, wow factor and catering (if applicable).

  • Videos: Videos are recommended for visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via YouTube, Vimeo or other online viewing platform. 
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category honours events designed and executed for corporations with budgets between $150,000 and $450,000 (excluding taxes). A corporate event aims to meet specific business goals such as building relationships, launching new products/services, team building, reinforcing brand identity, and achieving positive exposure

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate the logistics, innovation, design, aesthetics, sustainability, accessibility, budget management, technology integration (if applicable), overall strategy, vision, entertainment value (if applicable), outcomes, wow factor and catering (if applicable).

  • Videos: Videos are recommended for visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via YouTube, Vimeo or other online viewing platform. 
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category honours events designed and executed for corporations with budgets between $450,000 and $750,000 (excluding taxes). A corporate event aims to meet specific business goals such as building relationships, launching new products/services, team building, reinforcing brand identity, and achieving positive exposure

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate the logistics, innovation, design aesthetics, sustainability, accessibility, budget management, technology integration (if applicable), overall strategy, vision, entertainment value (if included), outcomes, wow factor, and catering quality (if relevant). 

  • Videos: Videos are recommended for visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform. 
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category honours events designed and executed for corporations with a budget over $750,000 (excluding taxes).A corporate event aims to meet specific business goals such as building relationships, launching new products/services, team building, reinforcing brand identity and achieving positive exposure

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate the logistics, innovation, design, aesthetics, sustainability, accessibility, budget management, technology integration (if applicable), overall strategy, vision, entertainment value (if applicable), outcomes, wow factor and catering (if applicable).

  • Videos: Videos are recommended for visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via YouTube, Vimeo or other online viewing platform. 
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

A corporate team-building event is a structured gathering with activities designed to foster stronger social bonds and enhance teamwork among employees within an organization.

Judging Criteria:

Judges will consider the effectiveness of event logistics, innovation, facilitation of team interaction, the event’s impact on participants and organizations, entertainment value, technology integration (if applicable), accessibility, and sustainability practices used to create outstanding team-building experiences.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be provided as links to YouTube, Vimeo, or other non-password protected platforms.
  • Budget: Not required
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images is required.

Category Description:

A successful conference is characterized by well-planned and executed logistics, engaging and informative presentations, opportunities for networking and collaboration, and a positive overall attendee experience. The conference should effectively communicate its core message, provide valuable insights and knowledge to attendees and foster a sense of community among participants. 

Judging Criteria:

Judges will evaluate logistics, innovation, attendee engagement, achievement of defined outcomes, design, aesthetics, sustainability, budget management, accessibility, program quality and catering excellence (if applicable).

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: A detailed budget s required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required to visually represent different aspects of the event, including setup, decor, engagement, and highlight the attendee experience.

This category celebrates excellence in event planning  by academic institutions. It recognizes an educational organization’s efforts and creativity in designing and hosting exceptional events that contribute positively to their communities, foster learning experiences, showcase innovation and advance institutional strategic goals.

Judging Criteria:

Judging will focus on the strategic alignment with institutional goals, community engagement, creativity and innovation, marketing effectiveness, logistical efficiency, measurable outcomes, design aesthetics, sustainability initiatives, and efforts to ensure accessibility and inclusivity. Share your institution’s success stories and execution skills that left a lasting impression on attendees.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category honours exceptional in-house teams and boards that have showcased remarkable skill and creativity in planning and executing events. Recognizing the efforts of corporate teams and nonprofit boards, this award is for those who have excelled in creating memorable and impactful experiences, setting a high standard in event management.

Judging Criteria:

For this category, we will evaluate the effectiveness of logistics, level of innovation, design aesthetics, sustainability practices, accessibility measures, budget management, technology integration (if applicable), entertainment quality (if applicable), the ‘wow’ factor, and catering excellence (if applicable). Submissions should demonstrate how creative solutions, efficient logistics, and effective budget management have significantly contributed to the success of the event

  • Videos: Videos are recommended for visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via YouTube, Vimeo or other online viewing platform. 
  • Budget: A detailed budget is required, 
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Successful events planned by associations and committees are characterized by collaboration among members, with a clear understanding of the objectives and goals of the event. This planning process brings together diverse groups of people, fostering a sense of community and engagement. 

Judging Criteria:

Judging will focus on logistics, innovation, attendee engagement, outcomes, design, aesthetics, sustainability, accessibility, overall entertainment value, collaboration among members. Elements like catering and decor will be assessed if applicable. Showcase how collaboration was crucial to your event’s success and its positive impact on your member community.

  • Videos: Videos are not required but are recommended to provide visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

A product launch is an event that marks the introduction of a new brand, product, or service to the market. The event typically showcases the product’s features, benefits and unique aspects, and may also involve demonstrations, interactive experiences and media coverage.

Judging Criteria:

Judges will focus on the event strategy, logistics, technology integration (if applicable), brand alignment, engagement, storytelling, media reach, outcome, metrics, accessibility, overall entertainment value and innovation. Provide specific examples and anecdotes to illustrate your event’s excellence in these areas.

  • Videos: Videos are required to provide visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Experiential Marketing events are dynamic and interactive forms of event marketing or on-ground marketing initiatives. These events are designed to engage consumers directly, shaping their buying decisions and involving them actively in the brand’s growth story. They typically create immersive experiences that not only showcase the brand’s values and products but also foster a deeper, more memorable connection between the brand and its audience. This category celebrates events that excel in creativity, consumer involvement, and effective brand messaging.

 Judging Criteria:

Experiential marketing events will be evaluated based on strategy, logistics, engagement, brand profiling, storytelling, media reach, outcome metrics, accessibility, and overall entertainment value. Share how your event effectively engaged the audience, profiled the brand, and leveraged storytelling techniques to create a compelling experience.

  • Videos: Videos are required to provide visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category recognizes exceptional events organized by small, local, community-based charities dedicated to positively impacting their immediate neighbourhoods. These charities typically operate on a grassroots level, often with limited resources, volunteer-driven initiatives, and a profound commitment to addressing specific community needs. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will assess the event’s impact on the community, logistical proficiency, creative solutions, volunteer/staff dedication, goal attainment, aesthetics, sustainability, inclusivity, catering excellence (if applicable), budgetary usage and entertainment value. Highlight the resourceful strategies employed, the seamless orchestration of logistics, and how astute budget management contributed to the event’s remarkable success. Elevate your submission by furnishing specific examples and compelling anecdotes that illustrate how the event fulfilled its objectives and brought about positive change for the community. 

  • Videos: Videos are not required but are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category recognizes outstanding events organized by high-profile charities with a significant presence and a broad reach across regions or the entire country. These charities often have substantial resources, extensive networks, and a strong national or international reputation. These events effectively leverage their high-profile status to advance their mission, raise funds, engage supporters, and make a substantial impact on a national or global scale.

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate logistical prowess, potential global influence (where relevant), ingenious problem-solving, dedicated volunteer/staff involvement, successful goal attainment, aesthetic allure, sustainability, inclusiveness, catering excellence (if applicable), budgetary efficiency, and entertainment value. Illuminate the creative solutions employed, the seamlessness of logistics, and how prudent budget utilization contributed to the event’s triumphant execution.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category recognizes the excellence and effectiveness of small-scale fundraising events designed to fund a charitable cause or organization. This category focuses on elements that support fundraising-specific goals. Entries should highlight innovative and impactful strategies that successfully generated donations, fostered donor engagement, and achieved fundraising objectives.

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we’ll consider community impact, logistical excellence, innovative fundraising, volunteer/staff engagement, fundraising success, aesthetic appeal, sustainability, inclusivity, catering quality (if relevant), budget management, and entertainment value. Highlight creative solutions, efficient logistics, and how a well-utilized budget contributed to your event’s success. Enhance your submission by providing specific examples and anecdotes illustrating how the event achieved its objectives. Include measurable outcomes, such as increased awareness, fundraising success, or community improvement, where applicable.

  • Videos: Videos are not required but are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Large-scale fundraising events are characterized by their expansive reach, significant attendance, and ambitious fundraising goals. These events are typically organized by well-established charitable organizations with the resources to execute grand, memorable experiences. They aim to mobilize a large community of supporters, donors, and participants to raise substantial funds for a charitable cause. This category focuses on elements that support fundraising-specific goals.  

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we’ll assess logistical proficiency, global impact (if applicable), innovative fundraising, volunteer/staff engagement, fundraising success, aesthetic appeal, sustainability, inclusivity, catering quality (if relevant), budget management, and entertainment value. Enhance your submission by providing specific examples and anecdotes illustrating how the event achieved its objectives. Include measurable outcomes specifically focused on generating revenue.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category recognizes outstanding event planning and execution in creating memorable and engaging market fairs and festivals. These events celebrate culture, commerce, and community, where meticulous planning and execution are crucial in delivering a remarkable experience. From logistics to engagement, this award highlights excellence in event planning within this vibrant category.

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we’ll evaluate logistical excellence, creative vendor engagement, innovative attendee engagement, community involvement, aesthetic appeal, sustainability, inclusivity, entertainment value, successful promotion, risk management, and cultural representation (if applicable). Highlight creative solutions, efficient logistics, and how a well-utilized budget contributed to your event’s success. Showcase innovative approaches to vendor coordination and engagement that set your event apart.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category recognizes outstanding events organized by or in collaboration with city or municipal governments. These events aim to engage and celebrate the local community, promote tourism, and enhance the city’s reputation. Whether it’s a cultural festival, a holiday celebration, or a civic initiative, this category acknowledges events that contribute to the vibrancy and cohesion of a city or municipality.

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we’ll consider aesthetic appeal, community involvement, logistical excellence, creative solutions, innovative attendee engagement, risk management, volunteer/staff engagement, entertainment value, sustainability, inclusivity, successful promotion, and cultural representation (if applicable). Highlight creative solutions in your meticulous planning process, emphasizing how every detail contributes to the event’s success. Showcase innovative approaches to vendor coordination and engagement that set your event apart.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category, excellence in event planning takes center stage. These events focus on preserving, promoting, and showcasing the richness of a specific culture or community. Outstanding event planning plays a crucial role in delivering an immersive and educational experience that fosters cultural appreciation and understanding. 

Judging Criteria:

This category looks at aesthetic appeal, community involvement, logistical excellence, volunteer/staff engagement, creative solutions, innovative attendee engagement, risk management, entertainment value, sustainability, inclusivity, successful promotion, and cultural preservation and promotion. Highlight creative solutions, efficient logistics, and how a well-utilized budget contributed to your event’s success.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Social Events | Creative & Design | Catering | Weddings

This category celebrates excellent floral design that effectively communicates an intended theme, style, or concept through using flowers, foliage, and other natural or artificial materials. A fabulous floral design showcases the designer’s artistic skills, attention to detail, and technical abilities and is visually appealing, creative, and balanced in colour, texture, and form. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate the logistics involved in planning and executing the design, the degree of innovation demonstrated in overcoming challenges, the originality and uniqueness of the design, visual appeal, complexity, sustainability practices, and the “WOW factor” that leaves a lasting impression. Participants are encouraged to provide clear images and, optionally, videos to convey the design’s impact, while budget details are not required.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Creative table design plays a crucial role in elevating the overall event experience. It enhances the visual appeal, setting the ambiance and ensuring guest comfort and satisfaction.

Judging Criteria:

This category examines the logistics required to conceptualize and execute the design, the level of innovation and creativity used to address challenges, originality in design, the use of colour, texture, and form, as well as its visual appeal, composition, balance, and proportion within its surroundings. Judges also assess sustainability practices, accessibility and inclusivity efforts, design complexity, presentation, and the “WOW factor” that sets the design apart. Participants are encouraged to focus on their creativity and attention to detail; good, clear images are essential to convey the design’s visual impact and innovation. 

  • Videos: Not required 
  • Budget: Not required
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Decor and design help create the event’s atmosphere and, look and feel. Well-executed decor and design can contribute to the event’s success by making guests feel more comfortable and setting the tone for the experience. Great decor should have a cohesive theme, an appropriate colour scheme, and well-placed elements that enhance the overall look and feel of the event space. This category requires the budget to be under $50,000 (before taxes) and not include sponsored features if they exceed the budget limit. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate the logistical aspects of planning and executing the design, the innovative and creative elements employed to tackle challenges, originality, use of colour, visual appeal, composition, and proportion. Additionally, sustainability practices, accessibility and inclusivity considerations, thematic integration, design complexity, the role of lighting (if applicable), effective budget allocation, and the “WOW factor” that leaves a lasting impression on attendees are key criteria. Participants are encouraged to provide clear images, optional videos for visual context, and a detailed budget breakdown to showcase their creative and budgetary prowess.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Decor and design help create the event’s atmosphere, look, and feel. Well-executed decor and design can contribute to the event’s success by making guests feel more comfortable and setting the tone for the experience. Incredible scenery should have a cohesive theme, an appropriate colour scheme, and well-placed elements that enhance the overall look and feel of the event space. This category requires the budget to be between $50,000 and $150,000 (before taxes) and not include sponsored elements if they exceed the budget limit. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate the logistical aspects of planning and executing the design, the innovative and creative elements employed to tackle challenges, originality, use of colour, visual appeal, composition, and proportion. Additionally, sustainability practices, accessibility and inclusivity considerations, thematic integration, design complexity, the role of lighting (if applicable), effective budget allocation, and the “WOW factor” that leaves a lasting impression on attendees are key criteria. Participants are encouraged to provide clear images, optional videos for visual context, and a detailed budget breakdown to showcase their creative and budgetary prowess.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required. 

Decor and design help create the event’s atmosphere, look, and feel. Well-executed decor and design can contribute to the event’s success by making guests feel more comfortable and setting the tone for the experience. Incredible scenery should have a cohesive theme, an appropriate colour scheme, and well-placed elements that enhance the overall look and feel of the event space. This category requires the budget to be over $150,000 (before taxes) and not include sponsored elements if they exceed the budget limit. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate the logistical aspects of planning and executing the design, the innovative and creative elements employed to tackle challenges, originality, use of colour, visual appeal, composition, and proportion. Additionally, sustainability practices, accessibility and inclusivity considerations, thematic integration, design complexity, the role of lighting (if applicable), effective budget allocation, and the “WOW factor” that leaves a lasting impression on attendees are key criteria. Participants are encouraged to provide clear images, optional videos for visual context, and a detailed budget breakdown to showcase their creative and budgetary prowess.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Successfully designed and executed trade show booths or pavilions should be eye-catching, and memorable and effectively communicate the company’s brand and message to attendees. These displays are portable brand expressions, are the first point of contact between the company and potential clients or customers, and set the tone for future interactions. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will evaluate the effectiveness of your trade show booth or pavilion design based on several key criteria. These include the innovative and creative elements you employed to capture attendees’ attention, the visual appeal of your plan, and how well your design communicated your brand and aligned with the event’s theme. We’ll also consider the practicality and functionality of your booth, the integration of sustainable practices, efforts to ensure accessibility and inclusivity, your attention to detail, and how effectively your design encouraged attendee engagement and left a memorable impression. Additionally, we’ll assess the overall impact of your booth on the trade show’s success. Participants are encouraged to provide clear images, optional videos for visual context, and a detailed budget breakdown to showcase their creative and budgetary prowess.

  • Videos: Videos are not mandatory but recommended for visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform. 
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category celebrates excellent wedding design and the planners creativity, attention to detail and the ability to bring the couple’s vision to life. Great wedding design showcases the couple’s personality, interests, and style while meeting their objectives and incorporating their desired elements. 

Judging Criteria:

Judges will assess the logistical aspects of planning and executing the wedding creative design, the innovative and creative elements employed to tackle challenges, originality, use of colour, visual appeal and overall design. Additionally, sustainability practices, accessibility and inclusivity considerations, thematic integration, design complexity, the role of lighting (if applicable), effective budget allocation, and the “WOW factor” that leaves a lasting impression on attendees are key criteria. Judges will also consider whether personal elements, such as unique traditions or cultural customs, were incorporated into the wedding and the effectiveness of creative elements in telling the couple’s love story or narrative. Participants are encouraged to provide clear images and optional videos for visual context, highlighting their creative solutions, innovative ideas, and attention to detail that create a one-of-a-kind experience for the couple and guests.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Category Description:

This is a food and design category. Creative Food Presentation refers to the artistic display of food and drinks in a visually appealing manner. Judges will not consider decor unless it supports the food presentation. The entrant must be the caterer, not the planner unless they are the same. Do not include the overall room design in the application. Entry may be for plated or buffet designs. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will assess the creativity in the artistic display of food and drinks, clever use of plating, staging and props if used to enhance visual appeal. We will also assess practicality, ensuring ease of service, visually appealing and cohesive design, effective showcasing of food items, efficient logistical planning and execution, accessibility for all guests, and the overall wow factor with a unique concept. Participants are encouraged to provide clear images and optional videos to showcase their innovative food presentation.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Category Description:

The catering should have reflected the couple’s personality and style. The entrant must be responsible for the actual catering. Caterers can enter this category jointly with event planners if they intend to include room decor and other event elements in the entry. The submission should include plating, design, table decor (if applicable), food service, menus, floor plans, and scheduling. The judges will consider the set if it enhances the food presentation.

Judging Criteria:

For the Best Catering For a Wedding category, we will evaluate menu selection and creativity, visual appeal of food presentation and table settings, attention to detail in execution, complexity of catering and event management, incorporation of event theme into food presentation, accessibility for all guests, sustainability practices, effective logistics, creativity in food service, and diversity and inclusivity. Participants are encouraged to focus on their creativity and attention to detail; good, clear images are essential to convey the design’s visual impact and innovation. 

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Category Description:

The Best Corporate Catering category celebrates the seamless integration of catering services into corporate events, reflecting the client’s unique personality, style, and objectives. Entrants in this category are responsible for the catering aspect of the event, and catering companies can collaborate with event planners to include room decor and other event elements in their entry.

Judging Criteria: In this category, the evaluation will consider menu variety and innovative approaches, the visual allure of food presentation and table arrangements, meticulous execution and attention to detail, the intricacy of catering and event coordination, the integration of the event theme into the food display, accessibility for all attendees, eco-friendly sustainability practices, efficient logistical planning, imaginative food service, and a commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Entrants are urged to include high-quality images and may opt to include videos for a more comprehensive presentation.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Category Description:

An event planned for a private individual, group or cause is designed to celebrate a personal, non-business related occasion such as a birthday, religious ceremony, anniversary, or private celebration. It could also be an event planned for a group or cause that is not publicly funded or organized. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will assess logistical planning and execution, innovative and creative elements, design and aesthetics enhancing attendee experience, sustainability practices, accessibility and inclusivity efforts, overall entertainment value, wow factor, catering quality if applicable, personal touches, and risk management. Clear examples and anecdotes are recommended for submissions.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Category Description:

This category recognizes the production and creative design of weddings with budgets under $100,000. The entry should encompass all aspects that the planner was responsible for, including but not limited to ceremony coordination, event design and decor, guest and client management, transportation, venue selection, catering, entertainment, hybrid elements, religious rituals, and any other elements organized by the planner. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, judging criteria include logistical planning and execution, innovation and creativity, sustainability practices, accessibility and inclusivity, effective use of budget, overall entertainment value, wow factor, meeting couples’ objectives, catering quality if applicable, personal touches, and storytelling. Participants are encouraged to include additional images and production documents and focus on the unique creative inclusions that made the wedding stand out. Consider including an extra PDF with additional embedded images to show more of the story, but still upload your required and primary pictures as JPGs. Include production documents, scripts, timelines, crit paths, and floor plans to show your work.

  • Videos: Videos are not required but are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Category Description:

This category recognizes wedding production and creative design budgets between $100,000 and $350,000. The entry should encompass all aspects that the planner was responsible for, including but not limited to ceremony coordination, event design and decor, guest and client management, transportation, venue selection, catering, entertainment, hybrid elements, religious rituals, and any other elements organized by the planner. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, judging criteria include logistical planning and execution, innovation and creativity, sustainability practices, accessibility and inclusivity, effective use of budget, overall entertainment value, wow factor, meeting couples’ objectives, catering quality if applicable, personal touches, and storytelling. Participants are encouraged to include additional images and production documents and focus on the unique creative inclusions that made the wedding stand out. Consider including an extra PDF with additional embedded images to show more of the story, but still upload your required and primary pictures as JPGs. Include production documents, scripts, timelines, crit paths, and floor plans to show your work.

  • Videos: Videos are not required but are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Category Description:

This category recognizes the production and creative design of weddings with budgets over $300,000. The entry should encompass all aspects that the planner was responsible for, including but not limited to ceremony coordination, event design and decor, guest and client management, transportation, venue selection, catering, entertainment, hybrid elements, religious rituals, and any other elements organized by the planner. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, judging criteria include logistical planning and execution, innovation and creativity, sustainability practices, accessibility and inclusivity, effective use of budget, overall entertainment value, wow factor, meeting couples’ objectives, catering quality if applicable, personal touches, and storytelling. Participants are encouraged to include additional images and production documents and focus on the unique creative inclusions that made the wedding stand out. Consider including an extra PDF with additional embedded images to show more of the story, but still upload your required and primary pictures as JPGs. Include production documents, scripts, timelines, crit paths, and floor plans to show your work.

  • Videos: Videos are not required but are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform.
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Digtial | Technical | Production

This category refers to a company’s online gathering or presentation to engage with employees, clients, stakeholders, or the public. Virtual corporate events can take the form of webinars, live streams, video conferences, or other digital formats and allow participants to interact and engage in real-time from the comfort of their own devices.

Judging Criteria: 

In this category, judging will assess technical execution, engagement and interaction, content quality, brand integration, audience reach and exposure, user experience, accessibility, logistics, creativity, and a commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Entrants are encouraged to include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work accomplished, including objectives, challenges, outcomes, metrics, and data, if applicable.

  • A recording or animation is helpful but not required
  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category refers to an online event that allows attendees to participate and engage in a conference experience through a digital platform. Virtual conferences typically include live presentations, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and interactive elements such as Q&A sessions and virtual exhibitor booths. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, judging will be based on technical execution, engagement and interaction, content quality, brand representation, programming, audience reach and exposure, sponsor profiling, user experience, return on investment (ROI), accessibility, logistics, creativity, and a commitment to diversity and accessibility. Entrants are encouraged to include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work accomplished. 

  • A recording or animation is helpful but not required
  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category refers to the design, planning, production and execution of audiovisual for an event. 

Judging Criteria:

In this category, the evaluation will consider AV design, meeting objectives, complexity, creative solutions, logistics, innovation, overall visual impact, new technology elements, sound quality, video quality, technology performance, and a commitment to diversity and inclusivity. If applicable, entrants are encouraged to provide comprehensive information about their work, including objectives, challenges, outcomes, metrics, and data.

  • Videos: Videos are not required but are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform.
  • Budget: Not required.  
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

Technical support for an event refers to providing technical assistance and equipment necessary to ensure the smooth and successful delivery of the event. This can include audio and visual equipment, lighting, stage setup, and other technical elements required for the event to run smoothly.

Judging Criteria:

In this category, our assessment centers on several key factors, including originality, effective problem-solving, alignment with client objectives, meticulous attention to detail, project complexity, sustainability practices, technical execution, contingency planning, support quality, integration with other event elements, and a commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Entrants are strongly encouraged to furnish comprehensive details about their work, encompassing objectives, challenges, outcomes, metrics, and relevant data where applicable.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category refers to the production of an entertainment show as part of an event or a stand-alone production. Judges are looking for captivating and well-crafted storylines, high production values, and the ability to evoke strong emotions in the audience. It should also have a unique and memorable aesthetic, engaging and skillful performances, and leave a lasting impression on the audience.

Judging Criteria:

In this category, the evaluation will consider production value, artistic and performative excellence, logistics, innovation and creativity, sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity, use of technology (if applicable), overall entertainment value, complexity, lighting (if applicable), WOW factor, and risk management. Include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Include objectives, challenges and outcomes,

  • Videos: A copy of the entire production is required, and if possible, a 2-minute highlight reel. Videos must be in the form of links to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.

This category refers to photographs from events, weddings, designed photo shoots, social media or other promotional images that reflect the celebration or spirit of an event. Event photography is a key element in evaluating the success of a business, social or marketing event, as it helps to capture the essence and celebration of the event and create a lasting visual memory for attendees. Good event photography can also be used for promotional activities such as online, print, editorial, and advertising, providing a valuable tool for reaching a wider audience and promoting the brand. 

 Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will assess and consider complexity, storytelling, overall collection, imagery, quality, visual appeal, detail level, theme expression, and relevance. Entrants should select images that are unique and relevant to the event, form a cohesive collection, speak to the event/experience, and tell a story. Videos are not required, and budget details are not necessary.

  • Videos: Not required. 
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: Choose images that:
    • Are unique and relevant to the event
    • Form a collection
    • Speak to the event/experience
    • Tell a story

This category refers to video or film production for events. It can encompass content from promotional material and pre-recorded entertainment to educational videos and complete digital webinars.

Judging Criteria:

In this category, entries are judged based on impact, creativity, originality, and imaginative execution. Compelling storytelling, message clarity, and precision are also essential. The overall aesthetic includes audio and visual quality, music effectiveness and relevance, production quality, and innovative techniques. Narration quality, including clarity, pacing, and relevance, is considered. Lastly, the complexity of the production, involving multiple elements and techniques to tell a compelling story, is considered.

  • Videos: A copy of the entire video is required, and if possible, a 2-minute highlight reel. Videos must be in the form of links to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality stills are required.

Signature Event Awards

This category focuses on the ability to overcome obstacles, tackle logistical challenges, and implement complex solutions during the execution of an event or event element. These challenges may encompass a range of scenarios, such as tight timelines, intricate load-in processes, multi-location events, adverse weather conditions, site-specific issues, compliance with city by-laws, structural considerations, intricate schedules, client-related challenges, or even the management of events across different time zones. Entries can pertain to either the entire event or a specific event element.

Judging Criteria:

The judging criteria for this category encompass complexity, meticulous planning, effective resource allocation, coordination, risk management, innovative problem-solving, timeliness, adaptability, and tangible results. Entrants should provide comprehensive explanations of strategies and approaches used to address challenges, emphasizing the complexity of the task and innovative solutions. Clearly articulate the objectives and challenges faced and provide a comprehensive explanation of the strategies and steps taken to overcome them. Judges seek a deep understanding of the complexity of the task and the innovative approaches employed to address it.

  • Videos: While not mandatory, videos are recommended to provide visual context and highlights of the event, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere.
  • Budget: Not required.
  • Images: A minimum of 10 high-quality images are required.
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This category is open to any public, corporate or private event celebrating overall event excellence. This category’s budget must fall under $450,000 before taxes. For events with food & beverage, only include catering as part of your total budget if catering falls under your services as the planner.

Judging Criteria:

Judging in this category will be based on logistics, strategic planning alignment with goals, innovation and creativity in problem-solving, attendee engagement, measurable outcomes, design and aesthetics, sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity efforts, budget utilization, technology integration, entertainment value, long-term impact, wow factor, catering (if applicable) collaboration, and risk management.

  • Videos: Videos are required for visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform. 
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 20 high-quality images are required to visually represent different aspects of the event, including setup, decor, engagement, and attendee experience

This category is open to any public, corporate or private event celebrating overall event excellence. This category’s budget must be over $450,000 before taxes. For events with food & beverage, only include catering as part of your total budget if catering falls under your services as the planner.

Judging Criteria:

Judging in this category will be based on logistics, strategic planning alignment with goals, innovation and creativity in problem-solving, attendee engagement, measurable outcomes, design and aesthetics, sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity efforts, budget utilization, technology integration, entertainment value, long-term impact, wow factor, catering (if applicable) collaboration, and risk management.

  • Videos: Videos are required for visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform. 
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 20 high-quality images are required to visually represent different aspects of the event, including setup, decor, engagement, and attendee experience.

The “Most Outstanding Event Spectacle” category celebrates the creation of breathtaking, awe-inspiring, and unforgettable events. This category encompasses events or event elements that go above and beyond visual and sensory impact, leaving a lasting impression on attendees. Entries should showcase the ability to craft immersive and visually stunning experiences, transporting participants to extraordinary realms of wonder and excitement.

Judging Criteria:

In this category, we will look at the level of creativity and innovation demonstrated, the originality of ideas, artistic vision, and groundbreaking concepts. Visual impact, sensory engagement, technical execution, storytelling and narrative will be examined. Evaluation of the logistical planning and execution required to stage the spectacle successfully will be considered along with safety, crowd management, and overall event operations. To stand out in this category, emphasize the unique and awe-inspiring aspects of the event spectacle and demonstrate how it pushed creative boundaries to deliver an unforgettable experience.

  • Videos: Videos are required for visual context and event highlights, showcasing key moments and the overall atmosphere. Videos must be accessible via a YouTube, Vimeo or online viewing platform. 
  • Budget: A detailed budget breakdown is required, demonstrating how the allocated budget was utilized across various event components.
  • Images: A minimum of 20 high-quality images are required to visually represent different aspects of the event, including setup, decor, engagement, and attendee experience.

The Event Industry Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their time, expertise, and resources to support a cause or help others in need. It celebrates volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their event community. The award is an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of volunteers who have made a significant impact.

By celebrating the efforts of volunteers, we inspire others to get involved and make a difference. The Volunteer of the Year Award helps build a supportive and collaborative event industry.

You are invited to nominate someone for this award. 

There is no fee to enter this category. Use the entry portal and choose this category; when you reach the payment page, it will show as $0.00.

Those selected for nomination will be notified and asked to accept the nomination and named as finalists. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Event Awards Gala on May 8 in Toronto.

The Spirit of the Industry Award is presented in memory of Leslee Bell, the founder of the legendary Canadia design house Decor & More Inc. and a visionary in the event industry. Leslee inspired hundreds of industry professionals with her passion, dedication, integrity, and leadership. She navigated the event industry gracefully, guiding her team through the challenges and changes of a rapidly evolving field. This award is a testament to the legacy and is given to individuals who embody Leslee’s qualities: leaders, innovators, motivators, and doers in the industry. They are passionate advocates who participate in key initiatives, volunteer their time and talent for their peers and causes, and conduct their work and business relationships with ethics and integrity.

Do you know someone who fits this description? Someone who embodies the spirit and passion of the event and meeting industry and is someone deserving of recognition for their drive, commitment, and passion? If so, submit a recommendation by using the entry portal. There is no fee to enter this category.

Those selected for nomination will be notified and asked to accept the nomination. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Event Awards Gala on May 8.

The Emerging Leader has been in the industry for less than five years and has made a significant impact. They have set themselves apart through their exceptional commitment to their field and professional development. They have demonstrated a drive to succeed and exceed the goals they set for themselves as a young professional.

They have contributed proactively to the industry, volunteered their time and skills, took on additional projects, and became involved in key initiatives. They understand the importance of giving back, are a team player and have helped their organization succeed by going above and beyond. They are a future leader who will continue to make a lasting impact in the industry and is not just competent in their field but also driven to make a difference and inspire others to do the same.

Do you know an exceptional young professional making huge strides early in their career? If so, submit a recommendation by using the entry portal. There is no fee to enter this category.

Those selected for nomination will be notified and asked to accept the nomination. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Event Awards Gala on May 8.

Presented exclusively to performers, this award celebrates outstanding success in entertainment.

The recipient will have in the last year experienced outstanding success, growing their portfolio of clients, performing at a diverse range of events and experiences, contributing to the industry and growing in popularity. Judging will be based on referral letters, video footage, innovation, creativity, entertainment value, popularity, artistic merit, business growth, social media, uniqueness, industry participation and professionalism.

Applicants will be asked to submit:

1. Samples of performances
2. A video – edited to 3 minutes or less
3. Detail the type of entertainment provided, including the number of clients and events in 2023
4. A year-in-review summary
5. A professional promo shot is required
6. Bio
7. Two letters of reference
8. Images of events and performances

The Caterer of the Year award recognizes individuals or companies in the food service sector who have significantly contributed to the catering industry. They have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and expertise in the field of catering and hospitality. Their dedication and commitment to advancing the industry through their innovation and professionalism sets them apart and has resulted in remarkable success.

This award recognizes their achievements and inspires others to pursue excellence in the catering field. The recipient of this prestigious award embodies creativity, innovation, and a passion for professional development.

Applicants will be asked to submit:

1. A year-in-review summary showing their work in 2023
2. Images from catered events, catering presentations and all projects that will support the entry
3. A professional headshot
4. Bio
5. Two letters of reference from colleagues and two from 2023 clients
6. Any professional certifications, PD, courses taught or any professional development they are involved in

The Wedding Professional of the Year award recognizes individuals who have significantly impacted the wedding industry and demonstrated exceptional skills and expertise. This award recognizes professionals passionate about professional development and the pursuit of excellence who continuously work to improve their skills and knowledge.

The recipient of this prestigious award not only provides high-quality services to their clients and leads by example, inspiring others to strive for excellence in their work. They are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards and consistently deliver exceptional results that exceed their client’s expectations.

Judging criteria for the Wedding Professional of the Year award will include:

Quality of service: The recipient’s ability to consistently deliver high-quality services to their clients and exceed their expectations.

Creativity and innovation: The recipient’s ability to bring unique and creative ideas to their work, resulting in memorable and one-of-a-kind events.

Customer satisfaction: The level of customer satisfaction with the recipient’s services and their ability to maintain positive relationships with clients.

Professionalism: The recipient’s professionalism, ability to handle unexpected challenges and provide reliable and efficient services, and commitment to ethical standards.

Reputation: The recipient’s standing in the industry, including recognition by other wedding professionals, clients, and industry organizations.

Breadth and Scope of Work in 2023.

Outstanding Spectacle: Aesthetic design excellence and the ability to create exceptional and brilliant wedding designs.

Logistics: How challenging the projects were in the last year and the level of complexity.

Leadership: Managing and growing a team, leading by example, mentorships, teaching, giving back and building pathways for future planners.

This award is a testament to their dedication, hard work, and commitment to their profession. Their continued success will undoubtedly inspire others to strive for excellence in the wedding industry.

Applicants will be asked to submit:

1. A year-in-review summary showing their work in 2023
Images from weddings and work that will support the entry
2. A professional headshot
3. Bio
4. Two letters of reference from colleagues and two from 2023 clients
5. Any professional certifications, PD, courses taught or any professional development they are involved in either taking or teaching

The Event Professional of the Year award recognizes individuals who have significantly impacted the event industry and demonstrated exceptional skills and expertise. This award recognizes professionals passionate about professional development and the pursuit of excellence who continuously work to improve their skills and knowledge.

The recipient of this prestigious award not only provides high-quality services to their clients and leads by example, inspiring others to strive for excellence in their work. They are committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards and consistently deliver exceptional results that exceed their client’s expectations.

Judging criteria for the Event Professional of the Year award will include:

Quality of service: The recipient’s ability to consistently deliver high-quality services to their clients and exceed their expectations.

Creativity and innovation: The recipient’s ability to bring unique and creative ideas to their work, resulting in memorable and one-of-a-kind events.

Customer satisfaction: The level of customer satisfaction with the recipient’s services and their ability to maintain positive relationships with clients.

Professionalism: The recipient’s professionalism, ability to handle unexpected challenges and provide reliable and efficient services, and commitment to ethical standards.

Reputation: The recipient’s standing in the industry, including recognition by other wedding professionals, clients, and industry organizations.

Breadth and Scope of Work in 2023.

Outstanding Spectacle: Aesthetic design excellence and the ability to create exceptional and brilliant event designs.

Innovation, Creative Solutions, Problem-Solving: How challenging the projects were in the last year and the level of complexity.

Leadership: Managing and growing a team, leading by example, mentorships, teaching, giving back and building pathways for future planners.

This award serves as a testament to their dedication, hard work, and commitment to their profession, and their continued success will undoubtedly inspire others to strive for 

Applicants will be asked to submit:

  1.  A year-in-review summary showing their work in 2023
  2. Images from events, presentations and all projects that will support the entry 
  3. A professional headshot 
  4. Bio 
  5. Two letters of reference from colleagues and two from 2023 clients
  6. Any professional certifications, PD, courses taught, or any professional development they are involved