For over two decades, the Canadian Event Awards have been the most sought-after mark of excellence for Canadian event professionals. The national program recognizes outstanding achievements in events, meetings, catering, technology, entertainment, weddings, photography, conferences, design, production and exhibition management. Since its inception, over 1100 awards have been presented, and the competition has become a globally recognized brand and a powerful launching pad for companies looking to establish themselves in a competitive marketplace.

The work submitted by Canadians into the CEA competition represents the most creative, technically challenging and highly respected events in the country. From west coast foraged wedding feasts to downtown Toronto Pride paraded, national charity galas in Montreal to small-town festivals in PEI, the Canadian Event Awards offers a diverse and inclusive program based on merit, innovation and talent.

The esteemed panel of judges comes from various disciplines and are recognized as leaders in their fields. After a two-stage, online judging process, finalists are announced in each category, and the winners are revealed live at spectacular Canadian Event Awards Gala held in conjunction with Canada’s national conference for event professionals. The Gala is the most anticipated event of the season, where the industry icons come out to walk the pink carpet, not only to celebrate their accomplishments but to support their peers from across the country, reward the hard work of their teams and to raise a glass to the vision and trust of their valued clients. For Canadian event and meeting professionals, there is no professional accolade more valued and more recognized than the coveted Canadian Event Award.

In 2020 the event and meeting industry, along with the rest of the world, was devastated by the COVID19 crisis resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of events. In response to the changing ecosystem of the event industry, this year’s award categories have been modified temporarily and will remain in place until the 2023 awards season. 


Key Dates

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 within or outside of Canada. The program does not require entrants to be members of an event industry association. 

  • All qualifying events for the 2021 awards must have taken place between January 1, 2020, and  December 31, 2020.
  • This year’s award program will include 4 special categories that cover a four-year space from 2017-2021. See rules and guidelines for more details.
  • All entries must be submitted by midnight May 15, 2021.


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

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 $25,000 advertising bank
  • Winners in each category win a $10,000 advertising bank
  • Most creative entry competition wide wins an additional $10,000 bank 

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