Award Categories

Our industry is evolving, and so are we. In the last two as event professionals, you have been challenged to find new ways of creating live experiences. You have had to pivot, redirect, reimagine and develop innovative new ways for your clients to express themselves, do business, grow their brand and celebrate their success.

At the Canadian Event Awards, we recognize the new landscape and are here to honour the journey and hard work it has taken to succeed in the ever-changing world of live events. That’s why we have created new categories that better represent the work you have done in 2021; with more flexibility and breadth to allow for the many nuance specialties that have evolved throughout the last two years. We’ve also streamlined the entry process to make entering more accessible and faster. Use the guides below to help you choose the right category, download the information you need and get prepared to put together a winning entry. Good luck and we look forward to helping you celebrate your event success.

In Person / Hybrid Events

This category is for IRL /hybrid events produced for a corporation by a third-party planner or in-house team. 

Judging Criteria: Logistics, innovation, imagination, creativity, engagement, objectives, outcomes and metrics, complexity, creative solutions, overall design, sustainability, accessibility, visual aesthetics, use of budget and use of technology where applicable, effective use of platform and user hybrid experience if applicable.

PRO TIP:  In your description include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Include audience, objectives, challenges, outcomes, metrics and data if applicable, client feedback and any key production elements.

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category applies to single or multiple-day  
IRL /hybrid events.

Judging Criteria: Strategy, programming, creativity, metrics and outcomes, logistics, scheduling, food & beverage, technology, accessibility, engagement, challenges, event design, visual esthetics, sustainability, sponsor profiling if applicable, effective use of the platform and user hybrid experience if applicable.

PRO TIP:  In your description include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Include audience, objectives, challenges, outcomes, metrics and data if applicable, client feedback and any key production elements.

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category is for public events produced for a particular district, region, community, holiday, cultural group or non-profit. This can include farmer or artisan markets. 

Judging Criteria: Guest experience, engagement, creativity, logistics, overall design, unique features, use of budget, meeting objectives, crowd management, accessibility, pandemic health and safety considerations, marketing, sustainability, risk management, impact on the community and cultural significance if applicable.

  • Videos are recommended, but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category refers to engagement marketing events, sometimes called “experiential marketing,” “event marketing,” or “on-ground marketing.” These events are designed to engage consumers, influence buying decisions and encourage them to participate in the evolution of a brand.

Judging Criteria: Strategy, metrics, objectives and outcomes, complexity, creative solutions, engagement, logistics, success in profiling the brand, storytelling, innovative marketing tactics, use of technology if applicable, use of budget, attendance, media reach, effective use of platform and user hybrid experience if relevant.

PRO TIP: Describe how a consumer participated, shared and interacted with a brand. How did you create engagement? Include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Include objectives, challenges and outcomes, metrics and data if applicable.

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required. 

This category refers to any event produced by an association, internal board or volunteer committee.

Judging Criteria: Logistics, innovation, imagination, creativity, engagement, objectives, outcomes, complexity, creative solutions, accessibility, overall design, metrics if applicable, visual aesthetics, use of budget, sustainability, use of technology, use of platform and user hybrid experience if applicable.

PRO TIP: Outline the roles that board members played in the event and highlight unique collaborations and individual/team wins. 

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category refers to an event designed to celebrate a private (not business or public) occasion such as a birthday, religious passage, anniversary or private celebration.

Judging Criteria: Logistics, innovation, imagination, creativity, engagement, objectives, outcomes, complexity, creative solutions, accessibility, overall design, visual aesthetics, use of budget and use of technology where applicable, effective use of platform and user hybrid experience if applicable.

PRO TIP: Include a description of your client’s goals in your entry and how you met them. Include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Include objectives, challenges and outcomes, client feedback, and key production elements.

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category is for the production and creative design of weddings with budgets under $100K. The entry should include everything the planner was responsible for, such as the ceremony and event coordination, design, decor, guest management, client management, transport, venue, catering, entertainment, virtual /hybrid elements, religious rituals, + anything else that the planner organized. 

PRO TIP: 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, floor plans to show your work. Explain your hybrid strategy if applicable. Ensure budget is in retail dollars, not including shipping.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, logistics, use of budget, design, innovation, romance factor, wow factor,  visual aesthetic, complexity, creative solutions, programming, visual impact, guest engagement, sustainability and accessibility if applicable, production quality, unique touches, effective use of platform and user hybrid experience if applicable.

  • Video is suggested but not required. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category is for the production and creative design of weddings with budgets between $100K and $250K. The entry should include everything the planner was responsible for, such as the ceremony and event coordination, design, decor, guest management, client management, transport, venue, catering, entertainment, virtual /hybrid elements, religious rituals, + anything else that the planner organized. 

PRO TIP: 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, floor plans to show your work. Explain your hybrid strategy if applicable. Ensure budget is in retail dollars, not including shipping.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, logistics, use of budget, design, innovation, romance factor, wow factor,  visual aesthetic, complexity, creative solutions, programming, visual impact, guest engagement, sustainability and accessibility if applicable, production quality, unique touches, effective use of platform and user hybrid experience if applicable.

  • Video is suggested but not required. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category is for the production and creative design of weddings with budgets over $250K. The entry should include everything the planner was responsible for, such as the ceremony and event coordination, design, decor, guest management, client management, transport, venue, catering, entertainment, virtual /hybrid elements, religious rituals + anything else that the planner organized. 

PRO TIP: 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, floor plans to show your work. Explain your hybrid strategy if applicable. Ensure budget is in retail dollars, not including shipping.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, logistics, use of budget, design, innovation, romance factor, wow factor,  visual aesthetic, complexity, creative solutions, programming, visual impact, guest engagement, sustainability and accessibility if applicable, production quality, unique touches, effective use of platform and user hybrid experience if applicable.

  • Video is suggested but not required. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category is for drive-through experiences/events, including holiday events, social, corporate, graduation or commencements.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, logistics, use of budget, aesthetics, entertainment value, challenges, creative solutions, flow/design, risk management, traffic and crowd safety, meeting of objectives, use of technology, unique features and guest experience, visual impact, digital elements, hybrid integration if applicable 

PRO TIP: Illustrate the event’s impact on the audience; show creative solutions in your description.

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category is for IRL or hybrid events held on behalf of small to medium-sized non-profits raising funds or supporting a local cause. Examples include animal rescues, advocacy groups, historical boards, museums, regional libraries, small foundations, grassroots orgs and schools. 

Judging Criteria: Creativity, design, logistics, visual impact, creative solutions, meeting objectives, strategy, success in profiling the charity or cause, metrics and outcomes, sustainability and accessibility, digital elements if applicable, use of technology, effective use of the platform if applicable, user hybrid experience if applicable, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, social media integration if applicable. 

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Please include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible.
  • Images are required.

This category refers to a nationally recognized charitable organization with a significant public presence and/or public initiatives in more than one region of the country. Examples include Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Run for the Cure, Ronald McDonald House. universities, hospital foundations and national charities fall under this category.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, design, logistics, visual impact, creative solutions, meeting objectives, strategy, success in profiling the charity or cause, metrics and outcomes, sustainability and accessibility, digital elements if applicable, use of technology, effective use of the platform if applicable, user hybrid experience if applicable, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, social media integration if applicable. 

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Please include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible.
  • Images are required.

This category is for events with less than 50 guests at a private (not business) social occasion such as a birthday, religious passage, anniversary or private celebration.

Judging Criteria: Logistics, innovation, imagination, creativity, engagement, creative solutions, overall design, visual aesthetics, use of budget and use of technology where applicable, effective use of platform and user hybrid experience if relevant.

PRO TIP: Include a description of your client’s goals in your entry and describe how you met them. Include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Describe any adaptations you made to the event given the capacity limit. 

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images are required.

This category is for events with less than 50 guests at a business event such as a corporate meeting, association event, sales event, promotional event or client appreciation event.

 

Judging Criteria: Logistics, innovation, imagination, creativity, engagement, creative solutions, overall design, visual aesthetics, use of budget and use of technology where applicable, effective use of platform and user hybrid experience if relevant.

PRO TIP: Include a description of your client’s goals in your entry and describe how you met them. Include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Describe any adaptations you made to the event given the capacity limit. 

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is not required.
  • Images are required.

This category is for any event held outdoors for any cause or celebration, private or public. This can include farmer or artisan markets. 

Judging Criteria: Engagement, creativity, logistics, overall design, unique features, use of budget,  crowd management, pandemic health and safety considerations, weather mitigation, accessibility, risk management, guest experience. 

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A Budget is required.
  • Images are required

This category applies to a broad spectrum of technical event  support such as rigging, staging, AV support, sound design, power distribution, streaming, digital production etc. 

Judging Criteria: Production value, logistics, creative solutions, complexity, the introduction and use of new technology, impact, outcomes, meeting client objectives, problem-solving, risk management, innovation.  

PRO TIP: Include your process and documents to show the steps taken, challenges overcome, and the creative solution used in supporting the event. You can also send videos, or links to web pages or apps judges can review.

  • Budget not required
  • Include production documents where possible to support your entry.
  • Images are required.

This category includes audiovisual support for any event in any environment, IRL or virtual. You must be the company directly responsible for the AV design and installation to enter this category. It is permitted for a planner to enter as long as it is a joint entry between the producer and the AV supplier.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, production value, logistics, creative solutions, video quality, sound quality, technical design, impact, complexity, use of new or emerging technology, risk management, outcomes, meeting objectives and problem-solving. 

  • Budget not required.
  • Video is suggested but not required.
  • Include production documents where possible to support your entry.
  • Images are required.

This category is open to any kind of event including, but not limited to corporate, public or private events. For events with food & beverage, only include catering as part of your total budget if catering fell under your services as the planner.

Judging Criteria: Logistics, innovation, imagination, creativity, engagement, outcomes and metrics, complexity, creative solutions, overall design, sustainability, accessibility, visual aesthetics, use of budget and use of technology where applicable, effective use of platform and user hybrid experience if applicable, entertainment value, budget allocation, overall wow factor. 

PRO TIP: Submit your production documents like scripts, floor plans, critical paths and production schedules and plans. In your description, please include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Include audience, objectives, challenges, outcomes, metrics if applicable, client feedback and any key production elements.

  • Video submissions are mandatory.
  • Budgets must show any sponsored components.
  • Images are required.

Digital Creative/Food/Decor-Design

This category is about creativity and innovation in floral designs created specifically for an event, styled shoot, video, marketing campaign, venue permanent installations or social media content.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, use of colour, presentation, visual impact, aesthetic, unique elements, spatial context, creative solutions, meeting objectives and wow factor.

PRO TIP:  This is a visual category, so the quality and focus of your supporting images or videos are critical to the success of your entry.

  • Budget is NOT required.
  • A video would be amazing but not required.
  • Images are required. 

This category is for all those innovative event profs who pivoted and created unique and engaging experience boxes/gift sets for their clients or as a new business revenue stream. 

Judging Criteria: Innovation, creativity, uniqueness of the concept, purpose and filling a need, visual impact, engagement, uniqueness of featured products, logistics and overall guest experience.

  • Budget is NOT required.

This category refers to any event/wedding inspired, styled/designed set or photoshoots for social media, event business marketing campaigns, magazines or promotions. 

Judging Criteria: Impact, visual aesthetic, storytelling, innovation, uniqueness of the concept, creativity, composition, visual interest, colour, logistics and complexity.

PRO TIP: Submit a minimum of 10 images. Include all the vendors who participated and links, plus photo credits.

Choose images that:

  • Are unique and relevant.
  • Showcase elements of the shoot and the overall campaign.
  • Form a collection.
  • Speak to the experience.

This category refers to a video or film created specifically for an event. This can include promotional content, pre-recorded entertainment, sizzle reels, social media content, educational content, an animated lead-in, sponsor videos or complete digital webinars/recordings.

Judging Criteria: Impact, creativity, storytelling, focus, audio, background, visuals, music (if applicable), production quality, innovation, narration, complexity.

Video is 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.

Judging Criteria: Impact, lighting, storytelling, technical quality, creativity, composition, visually engaging, colour, impact.

PRO TIP: Submit a minimum of 10 images. 

And try to choose images that:

  • Are unique and relevant to the event.
  • Form a collection.
  • Speak to the event/experience.
  • Tell a story.

This category is for catering an in-person event and includes food, design, preparation, and service. It is recommended that the planner and caterer joint enter and the entry contain details about the event itself. Include plating, design, table decor if applicable, food service, menus, floor plan, scheduling, etc. Judges will consider decor if it supports the food presentation. 

Judging Criteria: Creativity, logistics, theme integration, food service, meeting objectives, menu, design, presentation, visual impact, aesthetic, spatial context, creative solutions and wow factor.

PRO TIP: Include a wide variety of food and event photos showing the food in relation to the surroundings. Close-ups are a valuable asset in this category. Also, the complete menu is requested. 

  • Budget is NOT required.
  • Images are required.
  • A video would be amazing.

This category refers to the design/decor for an in-person event, photoshoot or designed activation of any size with a budget of up to $50K.

Please include clear pictures that showcase the decor both alone and in the surrounding environment for context. 

Judging Criteria: Creativity, logistics, theme integration, design, colour, storytelling,  quality, wow factor, appropriateness, unique features, innovation, visual impact, aesthetic, 

PRO TIP: Showcase all aspects of the work, including the surroundings. Tell the story and inspiration behind your design. 

  • A budget is required.

This category refers to the design/decor for an in-person event, photoshoot or designed activation of any size with a budget of $50k – $150K.

Please include clear pictures that showcase the decor both alone and in the surrounding environment for context. 

Judging Criteria: Creativity, logistics, theme integration, design, colour, storytelling,  quality, wow factor, appropriateness, unique features, innovation, visual impact, aesthetic, 

PRO TIP: Showcase all aspects of the work, including the surroundings. Tell the story and inspiration behind your design. 

  • A budget is required.

This category refers to the design/decor for an in-person event, photoshoot or designed activation of any size with a budget over $150K.

Please include clear pictures that showcase the decor both alone and in the surrounding environment for context. 

Judging Criteria: Creativity, logistics, theme integration, design, colour, storytelling,  quality, wow factor, appropriateness, unique features, innovation, visual impact, aesthetic, 

PRO TIP: Showcase all aspects of the work, including the surroundings. Tell the story and inspiration behind your design. 

  • A budget is required.

This category refers to designing and installing a backdrop or stage used for IRL or virtual events. 

Judging Criteria: Creativity, innovation, aesthetic, quality, colour, complexity, creative solutions, visual impact, use of technology if applicable, wow factor, scale, problem-solving. 

  • Budget not required.
  • Include production documents where possible to support your entry.

Virtual Events

This category refers to any digital, virtual or otherwise online event designed and produced by or for a corporation with a budget under $100K

Judging Criteria: Content quality and innovation, format, strategy, programming, design, visual impact, user experience, audience engagement, use of technology, meeting objectives, interactivity, production quality, effective use of the platform, graphics, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, metrics, social media integration. 

  • A recording or animation is helpful but not required. 
  • Include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Screenshots or images required.
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This category refers to any digital, virtual or otherwise online event designed and produced by or for a corporation with a budget between $100K and $250K.

Judging Criteria: Content quality and innovation, format, strategy, programming, design, visual impact, user experience, audience engagement, use of technology, meeting objectives, interactivity, production quality, effective use of the platform, graphics, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, metrics, social media integration. 

  • A recording or animation is helpful but not required. 
  • Include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Screenshots or images required.

This category refers to any digital, virtual or otherwise online event designed and produced by or for a corporation with a budget over $250K.

Judging Criteria: Content quality and innovation, format, strategy, programming, design, visual impact, user experience, audience engagement, use of technology, meeting objectives, interactivity, production quality, effective use of the platform, graphics, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, metrics, social media integration. 

  • A recording or animation is helpful but not required. 
  • Include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Screenshots or images required.
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This category refers to any stand-alone virtual marketing event, exercise or digital activation designed to attract attention to a product, service, celebrity, message or brand or influence buying decisions.

Judging Criteria: Strategy, complexity, creative solutions, engagement, success in profiling the brand, storytelling, innovative marketing tactics, use of technology, attendance, media reach, effective use of the platform, design, visual impact, user experience, graphics, metrics, social media integration. 

PRO TIP: Include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Include objectives, challenges and outcomes, metrics and data if applicable.

  • A recording or animation is helpful but not required. 
  • Include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Screenshots or images required.
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This category refers to any virtual event designed to launch or introduce a brand, product or service to the market.

Judging Criteria: Strategy, complexity, creative solutions, engagement, success in profiling the brand, storytelling, innovative marketing tactics, use of technology, attendance, media reach, effective use of the platform, design, visual impact, user experience, graphics, metrics, social media integration. 

PRO TIP: Include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished. Include objectives, challenges and outcomes, metrics and data if applicable.

  • A recording or animation is helpful but not required. 
  • Include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Screenshots or images required.

 

This category is for any digital or virtual trade show planned for a B2B audience.  

Judging Criteria: Strategy, design, programming, exhibit booth design, user experience,  metrics, logistics, content quality, format, visual impact, engagement, use of technology, client feedback, outcomes, effectiveness, production quality, networking elements, sponsorship profiling, registration, social media integration. 

PRO TIP: In your description, please include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished, including audience, objectives, challenges, and any stand-out or key elements of the production. Include production documents like scripts, critical paths, and production schedules to explain the planning phases and how you executed them.

  • Recording or animation is helpful but not required.
  • Please include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images /Screenshots are required.

This category is for any digital or virtual trade show planned for a public/consumer audience. 

Judging Criteria: Strategy, design, programming, exhibit booth design, user experience,  metrics, logistics, content quality, format, visual impact, engagement, use of technology, client feedback, outcomes, effectiveness, production quality, networking elements, sponsorship profiling, registration, social media integration. 

PRO TIP: In your description, please include as much information as possible to allow the judges to understand the work you accomplished, including audience, objectives, challenges, and any stand-out or key elements of the production. Include production documents like scripts, critical paths, and production schedules to explain the planning phases and how you executed them.

  • Recording or animation is helpful but not required.
  • Please include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible.
  • A budget is required.
  • Images /Screenshots are required.

This category refers to any virtual event produced by an association, internal board or volunteer committee.

Judging Criteria: Content quality and innovation, format, strategy, programming, design, visual impact, user experience, audience engagement, use of technology, meeting objectives, interactivity, production quality, effective use of the platform, graphics, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, metrics, social media integration. 

PRO TIP: Outline the board members’ roles in the event and highlight unique collaborations and individual/team wins. 

  • A recording or animation is helpful but not required. 
  • Include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Screenshots or images required.

A virtual event platform creates an online ecosystem by using various digital tools to plan, promote, and execute digital experiences. There are varied types of virtual event platforms used to manage and host different types of online events. This category judges platforms based on criteria that can be applied to all constructs and online environments.

Judges will be looking for: 

Webcasting capabilities, interactive content, 1:1 networking, functionality, landscape architecture, accessibility, responsiveness, flexibility, event registration, supporting stages in the event life cycle, analytics, scalability, customization, design, user experience, gamification, immersion, app integration and more.

  • Video required. 
  • Judges VIP demo site ideal but not required
  • Screenshots are required.
  • Reviews are helpful but not required.

This category refers to any virtual or digital conference. Explain your choice of platform and how it impacted the event’s success. Focus on the event’s impact, creativity, the attendee experience and the delivery of that experience.

Judging Criteria: Content quality and innovation, format, strategy, programming, digital design, user experience, sponsor profiling, creativity, complexity, storytelling, visual impact, ease of use,  use of technology, meeting objectives, production quality, effective use of the platform, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, metrics, social media integration. 

PRO TIP:  Include production documents like scripts, critical paths, and production schedules to explain the planning phases and how you executed them. 

  • A video or screen recording is required. 
  • Budget is required 
  • Please include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible.
  • Photos /screenshots are required.

This category refers to the presentation of awards through a virtual or digital experience.

Judging Criteria: Content, quality and innovation, format, scripting, strategy, programming, digital design, visual impact, user experience, engagement, engagement, use of technology, meeting objectives, production quality, effective use of the platform, graphics, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, metrics, social media integration. 

PRO TIP: Include production documents like scripts, critical paths, and production schedules to explain the planning phases and how you executed them. 

  • A recording or animation is helpful but not required. 
  • Include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible. 
  • A budget is required.
  • Screenshots or images required.

 

This category is for small to medium-sized non-profits raising funds or supporting a local cause. Examples include animal rescues, advocacy groups, historical boards, museums, regional libraries, small foundations, grassroots orgs and schools. 

Judging Criteria: Creativity, digital design, logistics, creative solutions, digital engagement, strategy, success in profiling the charity or cause, metrics and outcomes, format, visual impact, backdrop design, graphics, use of technology, production quality, effective use of the platform, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, social media integration. 

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Please include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible.
  • Photos /screenshots are required.
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Refers to a digital or virtual event produced for a nationally recognized charitable organization with a significant public presence and/or public initiatives in more than one region. Examples include Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Run for the Cure, Ronald McDonald House. Universities and hospital foundations fall under this category.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, digital design, logistics, digital engagement, creative solutions, strategy, success in profiling the charity or cause, metrics and outcomes, format, visual impact, backdrop design, graphics, use of technology, production quality, effective use of the platform, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, social media integration. 

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Please include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible.
  • Photos /screenshots are required.

The category refers to an online entertainment performance, concert or show. 

Judging Criteria: Performance quality, clarity, sound and digital visuals, audio quality, use of technology, user experience, entertainment quality, visual impact. 

  • Images required.
  • Video required.
  • Client feedback recommended. 

This category is for virtual events that showcase or celebrate arts, cultural or multicultural groups or organizations. 

Judging Criteria: Digital design, logistics, creative solutions, digital engagement, strategy, success in profiling the culture, metrics and outcomes, format, visual impact, use of technology, accessibility, effective use of the platform, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, diversity and inclusion, social media integration. 

  • Videos are recommended but not mandatory.
  • A budget is required.
  • Please include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible.
  • Photos /screenshots are required.

This category refers to any virtual or digital event, including private, public or business events. Explain your choice of platform and how it impacted the event’s success. Focus on the event’s impact, creativity, the attendee experience and the delivery of that experience.

Judging Criteria: Content quality and innovation, format, strategy, programming, digital design, user experience, creativity, complexity, storytelling, visual impact, ease of use,  use of technology, meeting objectives, production quality, effective use of the platform, sponsorship profiling if applicable, registration, metrics, social media integration. 

PRO TIP: Explain why your event was the best event of 2021. Include production documents like scripts, critical paths, and production schedules to explain the planning phases and how you executed them. 

  • A video or screen recording is required. 
  • Budget is required 
  • Please include attendance metrics and KPIs where possible.
  • Photos /screenshots are required.

Signature Awards

This category refers to the obstacles, logistical challenges and the extent to which complex solutions were required to execute the event or event element. This could be a tight timeline, complicated load-in, multi-location event,  weather issues, site issues, working around city by-laws, structural issues or even complex schedules, boards, client issue opinions, daylight hours or time zones; For virtual events, this may be a complex multi-location streamed event, a time zone challenge, events in areas with low signal.. etc.

Judging Criteria: Logistical complexity, creative solutions, problem-solving, execution, time management, meeting the client’s objectives, risk management, mitigation factors, ingenuity. 

PRO TIP: Clearly describe objectives and challenges and explain how you overcame them. The judges want to understand how complex a task was and how you addressed it. Show this by detailing the steps you took to implement a solution. 

  • Budget NOT required.
  • Video is suggested but not required.
  • Include production documents where possible to support your entry.

This category refers to those companies that took a live experience of any kind, reimagined it, redesigned it and executed it in an entirely new way. This entry does not need to have been an event by definition; it may have been a venue tour, a fam trip, incentive, marketing campaign, gifting experience, product, product launch, conference or personal milestone experience. The critical element to winning is category will be how you pushed forward in times of great challenge to produce a positive and successful outcome using creativity, problem-solving, innovation and creative solutions.

Budgets are not required.
It will be helpful to include collateral or visual aids. Video is accepted if it helps the entry.

No dream is too big for this category, from creative pivots to new products, services and technology, or something entirely out of the blue that serves the event community in a new or now needed way, this category is about that crazy idea that turned into  a BIG win. The only caveat being you will have to have begun to put this big idea into production or have completed it within the year being judged.

Judging Criteria: Ingenuity, complexity, meeting a need, the success of the idea. 

PRO TIP: Be sure to include comments on the size of the leap you took to bring this idea to life and how the pandemic influenced your concept, if at all.

Industry nominations choose this category.
You won’t find this category in the entry portal. Look for the online ballot in March, in your inbox and on our social media for your opportunity to nominate someone for this award. 

Volunteers give of themselves, their time, knowledge and services to support a cause or other person. The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates a volunteer who has gone above and beyond to support their event community.

Know someone like this? Watch your inbox for our chance to nominate them.

Industry nominations choose this category. You won’t find this category in the entry portal. Look for the online ballot in March, in your inbox and on our social media for your opportunity to nominate someone for this award. 

In the first five years of their career, the Emerging Leader has stood out among their peers, has shown above-expected commitment to their field and professional development, and has surpassed the goals set for themselves as young professionals. They have volunteered, taken on extra projects, become involved in industry initiatives, and created success for their organizations.  

Know someone like this? Watch your inbox for our chance to nominate them.

 

Presented to performers exclusively, this award celebrates outstanding success in 2021. 

Judging Criteria: Referral letters, video footage, innovation, creativity, entertainment value, uniqueness and professionalism. 

Considering the challenges faced over the last year, please share with the judges how you have adapted your business and the steps you took to safeguard and succeed amid the challenges and uncertainty.

Include:

  • Samples of your performances.
  • A video is mandatory and must be edited to 3 minutes or less
  • Detail the type of entertainment you provide, including the number of clients and events in 2021
  • Include a year in review summary
  • Professional promo shot
  • Personal bio 
  • Two letters of reference from 2021 clients

This award is given to an individual in the catering and food service sector. This person inspires others to achieve success in the field of culinary arts, has made contributions to the catering industry over the past year, displays exemplary innovation and creativity in their work, and is a passionate advocate of professional development and the pursuit of excellence. 

Considering the challenges faced in 2021, please share with the judges how you have adapted your catering business and the steps you took to safeguard and succeed amid the challenges and uncertainty.

Please submit:

  1. A year in review summary showing your work in 2021.
  2. Images from catered events or catering presentations, plating, packaging or boxes. 
  3. A professional headshot.
  4. A bio.
  5. Two letters of reference from colleagues and two from 2021 clients.

This award is given to an individual in the wedding sector. This person inspires others to achieve success in wedding planning, has made contributions to the industry over the past year, displays exemplary innovation and creativity in their work, and is a passionate advocate of professional development and the pursuit of excellence.

Considering the challenges faced over the last year, please share with the judges how you have adapted your business and the steps you took to safeguard and succeed amid the challenges and uncertainty. 

Please submit:

  1. A year in review for 2021
  2. Images supporting your work 
  3. A professional headshot
  4. A bio
  5. Video if you have it
  6. Two letters of reference from colleagues and two from 2021 clients

This award is given to an individual who inspires others to achieve success in the event industry, has made outstanding contributions to the industry, displays exemplary innovation and creativity in their work, and is a passionate advocate of professional development in the pursuit of excellence.

This category is not just for planners; the
 entrant may be involved in the event industry in any discipline such as planning or producing events, meetings, incentives, event design, decor, technical production, coordination, catering, venue or facility management or other areas where they are considered to be an event professional. 

PRO TIP: Illustrate that you have shown exemplary performance, have contributed to the growth and development of the industry, strive for and achieved excellence in events, have gone above and beyond client and peer expectations and have raised the bar for those you work with. 

Considering the challenges faced over the two years, please share with the judges how you have adapted your event work and the steps you took to succeed amid the challenges and uncertainty.

Please submit:

  1. A year in review summary showing all your work in 2021
  2. Images supporting your entry.
  3. A professional headshot.
  4. A bio.
  5. Two letters of reference from colleagues and two from 2021 clients
  6. Video of your work.

Industry nominations choose this category.
You won’t find this category in the entry portal. Look for the online ballot in March, in your inbox and on our social media for your opportunity to nominate someone for this award.  

The Spirit of the Industry Award is given to someone who embodies the spirit of the industry. They are passionate advocates, leaders, challengers, innovators, idea people, motivators and action takers. They push the industry forward by participating in key initiatives, volunteering their time and talent to causes and peers, and proving they conduct their work and business relationships with integrity and ethics. 

Know someone like this? Watch your inbox for our chance to nominate them.