Celebrating the very best in our profession

Aligning  the profession’s most innovative people, projects, and programs
with the Institute’s standards of excellence.

The Institute’s Awards of Excellence program is an evolution of the Canadian Awards for Training Excellence – showcasing the best of the best by sharing our members’ dynamic and innovative work with the world.

We stand for excellence.

We are a thriving community of professionals dedicated to excellence in the design, creation and implementation of workforce solutions. These solutions engage, enable, and inspire employees to perform at their best and make the organizations where they work more successful, innovative, and productive.


Winners will be recognized at The Institute for Performance and Learning’s Awards Gala on November 2, 2016 and will be invited to showcase their award-winning innovations at the Institute’s annual conference November 3-4, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto.



  • Entries will be assessed on: project planning and execution, solution strategy and design, and solution effectiveness and impact.
  • The scope of the entry can be a strategic plan, program, individual course or other deliverable that supports performance and learning in your organization.
  • Partnerships between organizations and vendors, vendor-only submissions, or individual consultants are all permitted.
  • Must provide evidence of a Canadian connection for international submissions.
  • The subject of the submission should not be more than 3 years old

Awards Timeline


What is the cost to submit?

The non-refundable application fee is $350 for members.
You must be a member to apply. The first step in the application process is to register online. Applications for the awards are now closed

What are the qualifications for entry?

See above for the qualifications for entry or download our Awards of Excellence manual, qualifications and process document.

How do I pay?

You submit payment at the time of online registration. Note: you will need to sign into your account to proceed with payment. If you do not have an account you can easily create one. Forgot your username or password? Contact

How do I submit?

After you register online, you will be sent an online application via email. Application forms must be submitted by May 20, 2016.

You may download a PDF summary of the online application questions for your reference. Please note that only applications submitted through the online system will be accepted.

When is the deadline to submit?

May 20, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET

I don't have a membership. Can I still apply?

You must hold a valid membership with The Institute for Performance and Learning in order to submit.
Joining is easy–sign up for membership today.

I have more questions!

Download our Awards of Excellence manual which contains detailed information about the program and judging process.

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