There are 25 award categories designed to recognize employers of choice, Canadian HR teams, HR leaders and HR strategies. Canadian HR professionals and teams are invited to nominate themselves, their company, team or peers to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to HR in the last 12-18 months. After the nomination process, finalists for each category will be chosen and required to submit supporting documentation in order to become a Finalist.


Winners will be announced live at the Canadian HR Awards gala on September 23, 2020, followed by a news publication on HRD online, a special commemorative spread on HRD magazine, official press releases to national and regional media, and more.




Before all else, make sure that you have read the Awards Criteria.

When you are ready to submit a nomination, proceed to the Online Nomination Portal (Update with the 2020 CHRA nomination portal) where you can submit a nomination. The Online Nomination Portal will only be open from March 25, 2020, Wednesday, to May 25, 2020, Monday, 11:59 PM EST.

For each nomination, you are required to provide the nominator’s contact details, the nominee’s contact details, and a brief reason for nomination in under 300 words that best encapsulates why the Nominee deserves to be recognized in that award category and fits the criteria. The brief reason for nomination serves as an important basis for the selection process for Finalists. Touching on the criteria and why your Nominee fits best the award description in your nomination will strengthen the quality of your nomination.

A nominator can enter the same nominee in several categories.

Several nominators can enter the same nominee in a category.

Only nominations submitted via the Online Nomination Portal will be counted and forwarded to the shortlisting team for evaluation.

There is no cost to submitting a nomination.


Once nominations close, the shortlisting team from HRD Canada magazine (HRDC) will conduct research to verify all nominations received.

The shortlisting team will read through and evaluate all verified nominations.

The shortlisting team will also research to ensure that no one deserving is missed. Finalists will be selected from both pools of information.

The shortlisting process usually takes 2-3 weeks depending on the number of nominations received. With the uptrend of number of nominations received every year (more than 1500 last year!), nominees are asked to be patient and be on standby for the Finalist Notification to be sent by the events team via email.


If you are selected as a Finalist, you will receive an official Finalist Notification email sent by our Events team.

The Finalist Notification email contains a unique link to the Finalist Submission to be filled out by each Finalist in order to proceed to the final round of judging. Please see ‘Step 4: Completing the Finalist Submission’ for more details.

Following this notification, you will be listed as an Official Finalist on the Canadian HR Awards website, as well as being the subject of a Finalist announcement in both the print and online version of HRD Canada. The awards will also be covered in a 30-page commemorative issue of the magazine, and a series of dedicated newsletters, articles and national press releases.

You will also receive an Online Promotional Kit of promotional materials which can be used to announce your finalist status far and wide – via your website, advertising, newsletters, social media, email signature or whatever else you can think of. Remember to use the hashtag #HRAwardsCA.

Seat reservations will be made available at this point/upon the public announcement of Finalists.


If you are selected as a Finalist, you must complete the required Finalist Submission within 3-4 weeks (deadline TBC but will be provided in the Finalist Notification email) in order to proceed to the final round of judging.

Finalists who fail to complete the Finalist Form may be removed from the list of Finalists upon request.

The Finalist Form is an online questionnaire that asks for both quantitative and qualitative data in order to support the Finalist’s nomination and provide further detailed information needed by the jury for winner selection. If you are a Finalist, you may be asked to provide success metrics and key performance indicators where significant.

Upon completion, the Finalist Form will be forwarded to the panel of independent jury. All answers in the Finalist Form are protected by the Non-Disclosure Agreement Form signed by the judges.


The panel of independent jury is a group of handpicked, diverse thought leaders and experts in HR.

Each judge will carefully and meticulously read and evaluate the submitted Finalist Forms. Upon evaluation of the submitted Finalist Forms, each judge will submit their scores based on the scoring matrix provided by HRD Canada magazine.

Because all answers in the Finalist Form are protected by the Non-Disclosure Agreement Form signed by the judges, judges’ scores are fully independent and impartial and there is no deliberation in any category between or among judges.


Winners will only be announced live at the Canadian HR Awards gala.

The annual Canadian HR Awards gala organized by Key Media International, is set to take place on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, in The Beanfield Centre, Toronto.

Those, including Finalists, who wish to attend the gala to witness the live reveal winners must reserve seats. Seat reservations will be made available online upon the announcement of Finalists.

Finalists are not required to attend the Awards gala. However, attendance is highly encouraged. Why? If you are a finalist and are announced as the winner of your category, you and/or your team get your moment to take the stage, receive the trophy and deliver an acceptance speech in a room of 700 top professionals in the industry.

Attendees take this once-a-year opportunity to join a stellar community of high-performance HR teams, senior-level HR professionals, young guns and rising stars in the HR industry.

Expansive media coverage by HRD Canada, including a special commemorative spread on HRD Canada magazine, and our media partners will make it a night for the books.


GOT QUESTIONS? Don't hesitate to reach out to someone in our team.

READY TO BEGIN? Submit a nomination via Online Nomination Portal.

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