Award Submission Guidelines

Now Accepting Submissions for 2021

Deadline July 1, 2021

Read this First: Awards of Excellence Categories and Requirements

Career Professionals of Canada (CPC) is committed to setting the standard for excellence in our field. Recognizing outstanding individuals in our profession is one of our most important activities.

Submission Guidelines

Active members of Career Professionals of Canada are eligible to strive for our prestigious Awards of Excellence.

Only CPC members can be nominated. Professional members may submit their name and their work for nomination. For categories requiring résumé samples, members must submit their work themself. For all other categories, anyone may submit a member’s name for consideration. The nomination form can be found here.

For consideration in the current year, CPC Awards of Excellence submissions are due by July 1. Any submissions received after this date may be considered for the following year.

All Awards of Excellence Categories and submission requirements are outlined in detail. Submitters are eligible for one (1) distinct entry per category for a maximum of three (3) different categories. They must follow submission procedures exactly. Failure to follow submission guidelines results in elimination from the competition. Only those submissions selected by our Awards Judging Team will be nominated.

For the Outstanding Volunteer Contributor category, submissions are not accepted as the selections are made by the Executive Director.

Upon receipt of all submissions for the current year, the Awards Judging Team will convene to determine award recipients (Winners, Honourable Mentions, and Nominees). If submission(s) do not qualify for the current year based on the category outline and/or these submission guidelines, the submitter will be notified via email.

Submitters grant CPC the right to disclose the complete nomination submission to judges for evaluation. If all or part of a submission is to be published widely for marketing and/or educational purposes, CPC will request prior approval from the submitter. Depending on the purpose of the publication, CPC reserves the right to edit the submission.

Awards of Excellence Judging

Nominations are evaluated by an independent Award Judging Team. Judges volunteer their time and expertise to the process. CPC selects each award winner based upon the most stringent standards outlined here.

Judges make their award recipient selections independently and impartially on a ballot (evaluation form), in accordance with the nomination procedures.

  • Judges may not be nominated through CPC’s Awards of Excellence Program.
  • To ensure a fair and equitable process, nominees in any category may not be judges in the current year.
  • When more than 3 nominations are received for one CPC member, only the first 3 submissions are eligible.
  • Entries that are not suitable for a specific category may be moved to another category or disqualified.
  • If ja submission has not satisfied all the requirements of the category, that nomination will be disqualified.
  • Entries that do not follow submission guidelines outlined here will be disqualified.
  • Résumé samples with significant structural, spelling, and/or grammatical errors will be disqualified.
  • If there are no suitable entries for a specific category, there will be no winner awarded for that category.

Award nominees and recipients are formally announced in September in the Career Connections Newsletter.

All qualifying candidates will receive a soft-copy award logo for self-marketing purposes. Winners and Honourable Mentions will receive a certificate via email. All names will be listed on the CPC site.

If you have any questions about the Awards of Excellence program, please e-mail