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 920 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. Today this program is the hardest to win and the most coveted by recipients and an acknowledgment by your peers that you are among the very best in your field in the country.

The Canadian Event Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in live events, meeting management, conference planning, production, technology, weddings, food service, design, photography, logistics and exhibition management. The program is open to any Canadian company that has produced an event or qualifying element of an event within the eligibility period. Membership in any particular association is NOT a prerequisite.

All qualifying events for the 2020 awards must have taken place between January 1, 2019 and  December 31, 2019. 

All entries must be submitted by midnight on February 23, 2020.   EXTENDED to midnight February 29. 

Judging is done by an esteemed panel of 15+ event professionals from all over the world.

Finalists will be announced online on April 14, 2020.

Due to COVID19  the winner’s announcement is postponed. Please stand by for an update on the new date. 

Why Enter?



  • Best Event Produced for a Corporation/ Organization by a Third Party  Planner
  • Best Corporate Team Building Event
  • Best Event by an In House Corporate or Venue Team
  • Best Experiential Marketing Event
  • Best Brand or Product Launch
  • Best Conference
  • Best Multiple-Day Incentive
  • Best Trade Show or Exposition
  • Best Public Event/Fair or Festival


  • Best Technical Support for an Event

  • Best Audio Visual Design for an Event

  • Best Trade Show Booth, Display or Pavilion

  • Best Event Photography

  • Best Entertainment Production

  • Outstanding Logistical Achievement

Social & Catering

  • Best Event for a Private Individual/Group/Cause
  • Most Creative Food Presentation
  • Best Overall Catered Event
  • Best Wedding Under $150,000
  • Best Wedding Over $150,000

Non Profit 

  • Best Fundraising Event

  • Best Event  by an Association or Board

  • Best Event for a High Profile Charity

  • Best Event  for a Community Based Non-Profit


  • Best Design/Decor Concept $0 – $50,000

  • Best Design/Decor Concept $50,000 -$150,000

  • Best Design/Decor Concept $150,000 +

  • Most Creative Table/ Center Design

  • Best Wedding Creative

Signature Awards

  • Most Outstanding Event Up to $250,000 

  • Most Outstanding $250,000 -$500,000

  • Most Outstanding $500,000 +

  • Spirit of the Industry

  • Wedding Professional of the Year

  • Entertainer of the Year

  • Caterer of the Year

  • Emerging Industry Leader

  • Event Professional of the Year

For specific category criteria click here.

Popular Questions

How Do I Enter the Event Awards?

Start by reading through the categories page, paying attention to the criteria for each category. Then decide which categories best fit your event or agency. Once you have decided what to enter, review the rules and guidelines, then click enter now and follow the step by step directions in the Entry Portal.


Which Category is Best For Me?

There are many categories to choose from and you can enter more than one. What you choose depends on your event’s goals, objectives, budgets and strongest components. It also depends on your marketing and business goals. If you are looking for more wedding business and you believe your wedding event was one of the top weddings in Canada, then enter the Best Wedding. Likewise for AV, conference or catering.

What Do We Win?

You will win the title of “Best” in Canada in your category, along with a huge exposure after the event, plus valuable advertising dollars to use to market your company including, print, web and social media marketing.

  • Top score competition wide $35,000 advertising bank
  • Winners in each category win a $25,000 advertising bank
  • Most creative entry competition wide wins an additional $ 20,000 bank