For more than 30 years, the IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards has offered the communications profession an opportunity to present its best work. It advertises the excellence of individual award winners while fostering a greater appreciation of the communications profession.
With 17 categories to choose from, there is one that matches the exceptional work you are doing. Download the 2017 OVATION Award Call For Entries for more complete information.
Divisions and Categories
|This division includes projects, programs and campaigns defined by a communication plan. Entries in these categories might include a combination of communication materials OR focus on a single communication initiative within a larger campaign. In the work plan, entrants must demonstrate how their project applied a full range of planning and management skills, and address how the entry relates to and affects the organization’s overall business strategies.||The communication skills division includes marketing and communication elements that showcase technical skills such as editing, writing, design and multimedia production. Entries in this division are generally tactical in nature. Entrants must demonstrate strategic alignment, the creative process and measurable results.
Note: An individual communication product may also be entered as part of an overall program in the Communication Management Division.
For Division 2, please complete the Division 2 Entry Form.
Eligibility & Time Frame
IABC/Toronto’s OVATION Awards are open to all Greater Toronto Area communications practitioners, members and non-members, from juniors to independents to veterans and all those in-between.. Each submission must have been planned, produced and completed within a period of three years prior to submission.
An entry that has been previously entered in the OVATION Awards program, and has not already won an OVATION Award in the category being entered in the last three years of the OVATION program, can be re-submitted as long as the work was produced and measured between January 1, 2014 and the date of submission.
You may submit as many different entries as you wish. Each entry must meet the requirements of the selected category. The same program/project can be entered into several categories as long as each entry is tailored to the specific category criteria. Each entry must be submitted separately. Entry fees apply for each entry.
The online OVATION Award Submission Tool will open on January 9, 2017.
Entry Deadlines and Pricing
(ALL DEADLINES 11:59 P.M. EST)
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Thursday, March 2, 2017
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|IABC Member Employed by a non-profit or charitable organization**||$97.35 + HST =
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|Non-member||$141.59 + HST =
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* Member must be a key contributor to the project submitted.
** Member must be employed by a not-for-profit, non-profit or charitable organization (excludes government agencies, public sector organizations and industry associations). Agencies or consultants entering a project implemented for a not-for-profit, non-profit or charitable organization client do not qualify for this reduced rate.
OVATION Winning Entries Booklets
IABC/Toronto members have FREE access with OVATION Winning Entries booklets for years 2005 to 2010, and 2012 to 2015. Non-members can purchase access to these booklets for $40 plus HST by calling IABC/Toronto’s office at 416-968-0264.
OVATION Awards Sponsorship
Please contact us IABC/Toronto’s office for sponsorship information.
Winners of an Award of Excellence will receive a one-of-a-kind OVATION statue, hand-crafted in glass by a Canadian artist. Winners of an Award of Merit will receive a decorative plaque. Please refer to the Call for Entries for judging and scoring information.
All OVATION winners will be recognized at the 2017 OVATION Awards Ceremony on May 31, 2017 and have their winning entry (or entries) included in IABC/Toronto’s 2017 OVATION Awards Winning Entries Booklet (with entrant’s permission).
In addition, winners will be included in marketing materials (news release, etc.), acknowledged through social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) and will also have permission to use IABC/Toronto’s official 2017 OVATION Award winning logo in their print and online marketing materials.
All 2017 OVATION Award of Excellence winners will be eligible to win The People’s Choice Award. There is no additional entry fee required for this award. The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced at the 2017 OVATION Awards Ceremony.
There is no limit to the number of awards that can be presented in each category. Entries do not compete against each other; rather, the individual entry is judged against an established score card.
Notification of Winners and Awards Ceremony
Mid April 2017: All 2017 OVATION award entrants will receive a one-page evaluation with scores and brief comments from our judges for each entry submitted. The email will be sent to the person and email address listed as the main contact on the OVATION Awards online entry system. It is the responsibility of the entrant to follow up with the IABC/Toronto office if results have not been received by mid April.
May 31, 2017, Arcadian Court, Toronto: IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards Ceremony. Winners of the People’s Choice Award and other awards will be announced. Winners will be posted on the website toronto.iabc.com following the ceremony.
Awards of Distinction
These six awards celebrate exceptional OVATION winners. For each OVATION Award of Excellence won, a winner receives three points, and for each Award of Merit won, the winner receives one point. The company with the highest point total in its Awards of Distinction category wins the award. In the event of a tie, the total scores of each OVATION entry will be calculated and the entrant/organization with the highest average will be the winner.
All entrants are considered for one of the following Awards of Distinction:
- Boutique Agency of the Year (Five or fewer employees)
- Small Agency of the Year (Six to 20 employees)
- Mid-Size Agency of the Year (21 to 50 employees)
- Large Agency of the Year (51 or more employees)
- Corporate Communication Department of the Year
- Non-for-profit Communications Department of the Year