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. It is designed for companies interested in showcasing their work and competing for top honours at a national level.

Since its inception, over 840 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.

The 2019 national competition has now closed for entries. Winners will be announced live on March 28, 2019 in Toronto at the CEIA Awards Gala.


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, and December 31 of the preceding year.  All entries must follow the guidelines laid out in 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.

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


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 platinum advertising campaign for their organization.

The National Prizes?

  • Overall winner with most points $25,000 – 2019 Advertising Campaign
  • 2nd Place  – $15,000 – 2019 Advertising Campaign
  • 3rd Place  – $10,000 –2019 Advertising Campaign