2020 IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards | CALL FOR ENTRIES
For more than 30 years, IABC/Toronto’s OVATION Awards have offered communication professionals in the
Greater Toronto Area an opportunity to present their best work for feedback and recognition from their peers.
Submissions for the 2020 program will be accepted beginning Monday, January 20, 2020. For assistance at
any time, please contact email@example.com.
After a successful launch last year, we will once again use Award Force as our online award system for our
Call for Entries. This system is aligned with IABC Gold Quill Awards and IABC Canada Silver Leaf Awards,
making it easier for you to submit the same entry across all IABC award programs.
Regardless of the final award results, the OVATION Awards program offers all entrants an opportunity to:
• Gain peer recognition for excellence in communication;
• Enhance the reputation of your team and organization, both internally and externally;
• Inspire your team to produce show-stopping work and share the glory when it’s complete;
• Build a portfolio of work that opens doors to new opportunities;
• Demonstrate the value of strategic communication to your organization and your clients;
• Receive evaluator feedback that will help you become more strategic.
The program accepts entries from all GTA communications practitioners, including non-members.
Each submission must have been planned, produced and completed within the three-year period prior to
You may submit as many entries as you wish. Each entry must meet the requirements of the selected category
– please note differences between Division 1 and 2. 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 submission.
Note: The same project may not be submitted more than once (i.e., by different individuals) in the same
All eligible work must be implemented, published or broadcast between January 2016 and the day of
submission. If a long-term strategy was developed prior to January 2016 and has not previously been entered,
it is eligible for entry. If you entered your work in 2017 or 2018 and did not win an award, you may revise and
re-enter your project. Entries that have won in previous years may not be resubmitted.
FEES AND DEADLINES
|Entrant type||Early-bird deadline: January 31||On-time deadline: February 14||Last-minute deadline: February 28|
|Member*||$115.04 + HST = $130||$146.02 + HST = $165||$176.11 + HST = $199|
|Non-Profit Member**||$97.35 + HST = $110||$97.35 + HST = $110||$97.35 + HST = $110|
|Non-Member||$141.59 + HST = $160||$172.57 + HST = $195||$203.54 + HST = $230|
DIVISION 1: COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT
Category 1: Internal Communication
Category 2: Employee Engagement
Category 3: Human Resources and Benefits Communication
Category 4: Change Communication
Category 5: Safety Communication
Category 6: Leadership Communication
Category 7: Media Relations
Category 8: Marketing Communication
Category 9: Advertising and Brand Communication
Category 10: Customer Relations
Category 11: Community Relations
Category 12: Government Relations
Category 13: Financial Communication
Category 14: Issues Management and Crisis Communication
Category 15: Corporate Social Responsibility
Category 16: Social Media Programs
Category 17: Government Communication Programs
Category 18: Non-profit Campaigns
DIVISION 2: COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Category 19: Special Events
Category 20: Digital Communication
Category 21: Audio/Visual
Category 22: Publications
Category 23: Writing: JOURNALISM, CORPORATE WRITING, PROMOTIONAL WRITING
Sponsor the Champions of the North at IABC/Toronto’s 2020 OVATION Awards
The annual OVATION Awards Gala is IABC/Toronto’s largest event, attracting the GTA’s brightest business communicators, prominent guests and the most innovative teams from agencies, corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.
Showcase your products and services to our Champions of the North this year by sponsoring the OVATION Awards! The Gala will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, Toronto.
Available Sponsorship Opportunities – click here to view all the sponsorship options and benefits
Interested in a customized sponsorship package or need further information? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 OVATION Awards:
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2019 OVATION Award winners: Click here to view the 2019 winners list.
OVATION Awards Winning Entries Booklets
IABC/Toronto members have FREE access to OVATION Winning Entries booklets for years 2005 to 2010, 2012 to 2015, and 2017, 2018 and 2019. Non-members can purchase access to these booklets for $40 plus HST by calling IABC/Toronto’s office at 416-968-0264.
About the OVATION Awards
The OVATION Awards began in 1985 when Master Communicator, Ken Cherney was asked to lead a team from the IABC/Toronto chapter to examine the existing awards program, which was then called the Toronto Accolades Program. After some consideration, the team determined the rules and regulations upon which the OVATION Awards program was based.
The IABC/Toronto OVATION Awards offers the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) communications profession an opportunity to present its best work. It celebrates and promotes excellence from the communications profession and fosters a greater appreciation of it.