Why Enter the Event Awards


Create a buzz on social media and use this as an opportunity to share your success story with your peers, clients and prospects.

Celebrate Your Team

Celebrate and recognize the success of your hardworking team, your amazing suppliers and your loyal and valued stakeholders.

Win Valuable Prizes

Winners receive up to $25K in marketing dollars to advertise their business or next year's event with Canadian Special Events.

Build Your

Winning awards raises your profile, provides merit to your work and lets the world know you strive for and achieve excellence.


In Person Events

These awards recognize events that have taken place in person and focus on creative, design, production & logistics. 


Celebrating achievements in catering & creative arts, these awards are focused on presentation, creativity, & innovation.


These awards recognize technical, logistical and solution based innovation in event technology & support.

Virtual Events

Celebrating the best in virtual events,  these awards focus on creative, design, production, logistics & technology. 

Signature Awards

These awards recognize the outstanding individual achievements of Canadian event professionals 

Planner's Choice

Celebrating Canada’s amazing event suppliers, these awards are voted on by Planners across Canada. 

Who Enters the Awards


Event Stories  

The Entry Process

The category you enter must correspond directly to the work you do (i.e. if you enter Best Food Presentation, you must be the caterer, not the contractor.) Each category has a description of the judging criteria to help you decide.

Your entry will consist of a series of questions (NEW format this year). You will be asked to describe your work, provide key details like date, location, venue (if applicable), then upload your images, video and other materials as required.

You can find a complete guide to entering the Canadian Event Awards here. The category you enter must correspond directly to the work you do (i.e. if you enter Best Food Presentation, you must be the caterer, not the contractor.) Each category describes the judging criteria to help you craft your answers in the entry portal. It’s a simple and easy process to enter.

Nominations will be announced online in April on our social media and website. After the portal closes, all entries are reviewed, judged and scored by a panel of experts from across North America. The judging is private and secure in our cloud-based platform. No one can download or share your entry information. You will have the option to request anonymity for your client if you choose. 

Click on the Enter Now button at the bottom of this page. Select your categories and register your company. You will receive a private pin you can use to revisit the entry portal to work on your entries until the deadline. The early bird deadline is March 27, 2022, and the final deadline is Aprl 12, 2022. If you need any assistance during the entry period, send us an email or use the chat button on this website to reach our team. 

If nominated, your work will be showcased by CSE on our website and social media. You will receive a digital badge and social graphics to share with your community and clients. Winners will be announced live at the 25th Anniversary Canadian Event Awards Gala September 28, 2022. The event will be in person during the CSE Live EventFest. Tickets go on sale in May. The event will be streamed live as well as IRL.