2018 Canada’s Most Admired Nominations Now Open!

Let’s Start Celebrating Your Culture

This national program annually recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that have helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

Winning Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ allows organizations to use the logo and trademarks for three years as a mark of excellence in culture and performance.

Once nominated by others, or self-nominated, organizations are asked to make a detailed written submission to the program. 10 winners in each category will be chosen annually, for a total of 40 winners.

How It Works

Our dedicated awards team works together with nominated organizations through every step of the awards process:

Get Nominated or Self-Nominate – August to May

   Create Your Submission – May to June

 Submission Interviews – June to August

  Board Votes – November

  Awards Announced – November

 Gala to Celebrate – March

Nominate an Organization

Canadian organizations can be nominated, or self-nominate, to the program. Nominations for our 2018 Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ awards are now open, and submissions will open in late spring 2018.

FAQ

  • Who is eligible to participate?

    Canadian or Canadian subsidiary organizations, either privately-held or publicly-traded, are eligible. These organizations must have over 25 employees and a head office, or a subsidiary office, in Canada. Canadian public-sector organizations are also eligible (e.g. not-for-profit organizations, government agencies and crown corporations).

    The 2018 program is not open to the 2017 and 2016 winners of the program.

  • Is there a cost to participate?

    No, there is no cost to participate in Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™.

  • What happens after my organization is nominated?

    Once nominated, candidate organizations are approached and asked to make a detailed submission to the program that speaks to their corporate culture. You can download the detailed submission guidelines below.

  • Who votes on the winners?

    Waterstone Human Capital does not vote on the submissions. Review and voting on the submissions is done by our Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ Board of Governors.

    The Board is made up of leaders of past winning organizations. They are experts in knowing what makes a great corporate culture and leading organizations that exemplify winning cultures.

  • How long would we hold the award?

    Winning Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ allows organizations to use the logo and trademarks for three years as a mark of excellence in culture and performance. You are permitted to reapply for the award in your third year.

  • What are the award categories?

    • Growth (revenues over $10 million under $50 million, and over 25 employees)
    • Mid-Market (revenues of $50 million to less than $500 million)
    • Enterprise (revenues of $500 million and above)
    • Broader Public Sector (not-for-profit, government, charitable organizations and crown corporations)

    10 winners in each category will be chosen, for a total of 40 winners annually.

  • How do you nominate an organization?

    Canadian organizations can be nominated, or self-nominate, to the program. Nominations for our 2018 program are now open, and submissions will open in late spring 2018.

    If you would like to nominate an organization please fill out our nomination form below.

  • What are submission interviews?

    The Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ awards program is unique in the level of feedback you receive throughout the submission process.

    Each summer, our team at Waterstone Human Capital schedules 30 minute interviews with the CEO of each submitting organization. We review the submission with you, and provide feedback for improvement, before the final submission is provided to the Board for voting.

  • How are winners announced and celebrated?

    10 winners in each category will be chosen annually, for a total of forty winners. Winners are announced in November of each year and featured in a special section published by our media partner, The National Post.

    They are then celebrated at the annual Canada’s Most Admired Gala in March of the following year. This is an evening of celebration with 700+ of Canada’s preeminent executives and leaders. It is mandatory that winners attend the gala.

    Preceding the Gala, there are also two daytime learning events – a Corporate Culture Summit and a CEO-only Summit.

    The Corporate Culture Summit is a unique gathering of leaders from organizations participating in the Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ awards, as well as those passionate about the importance of corporate culture.

    It features breakouts, interactive Q&A’s and lively panel discussions with leaders in talent management, marketing, human resources and culture.

    The CEO Summit features speeches, Q&A’s and in-depth panel discussions with about 100 CEO’s from a wide variety of highly successful organizations across Canada.

  • What is the Hall of Fame?

    The Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ Hall of Fame is a prestigious designation given to organizations that have won the award four times.

    Click here to view the current Hall of Fame members.

Download Submission Guidelines

Once nominated, candidates are approached and asked to make a detailed submission to the program that explores six key areas of their corporate culture.

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