About

Canadian Special Events Magazine is proud to announce the launch of the Canadian Venue Awards (CVA). This exciting and groundbreaking awards program is designed to showcase, recognize, and celebrate outstanding achievements in event venue management, venue sales and marketing, innovative venue design, in-house catering, planning, and customer service. The competition will highlight venue excellence not only in business but also in the venue's location, features, and creativity. From spectacular wedding venues to modern warehouses, conference rooms to charming lofts, interactive venues to intimate locations, hotels to banquet halls, the Canadian Venue Awards will honour the country's most incredible and successful event spaces and the talented professionals behind them. With 30 distinguished categories, the Venue Awards provide a unique opportunity to be recognized and celebrated for your exceptional work in the venue space. Participating in these awards elevates your venue’s profile and acknowledges the dedication and hard work of your team, setting a benchmark for industry-wide acclaim. Join us in this esteemed celebration of Canada’s top event venues.

Why Enter the Event Awards

Generate Attention

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 Brand

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

Categories

Corporate Events

These awards are dedicated to honouring corporate events, spotlighting creativity, design, production, and logistical execution

Creative/Food

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

Technical/Support

These Awards honour events that stand out for their innovative use of technology and recognize those that push the boundaries of production

Fundraising /Community

These awards celebrate the impact of fundraising and community events, highlighting engagement, philanthropy, and community-building

Signature Awards

These awards spotlight the most outstanding events of the year. These events demonstrate exceptional creativity and set industry benchmarks

Legacy Awards

Celebrating professionals doing amazing work, giving back to the industry, leading by example, and inspiring others to do the same

Event Stories

The Entry Process

1. Choose Your Category

Read all the categories here.
Choose the one that best fits the work you are entering. 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 client, unless you joint enter the work.) Each category has a description of the judging criteria to help you decide.

4. Submit Your Entry

Your entry will consist of questions curated specifically for your category. Take your time and complete each question. You will be asked to describe your work, provide key details like date, location, venue (if applicable),  speak to goals, objectives, strategy etc. then upload your images, video and other materials as required.

2. Read the Guidelines

You can find a complete guide to entering the Canadian Event Awards here. Each category describes the judging criteria to help you craft your answers in the entry portal. 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.) It’s a simple and easy process to enter.

5. Wait for the Nominations

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 share your entry information.  Nominations will be announced online in last week of March 2024 on our social media and website and you will also be notified by email. 

3. Go to the Entry Portal

When you are ready to enter, click on the Enter Now button at the top 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 February 18, 2024, and the final deadline is March 7, 2024. If you need assistance during the entry period, send us an email or use the chat button on this website to reach our team. 

6. Celebrate & Promote

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 Canadian Event Awards Gala on May 8, 2024, in Toronto. The event will be held during the CSE Live EventFest. 

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