This guest blog is provided by Excellence Canada, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping businesses and organizations (large and small) improve performance, and recognizing them with the Canada Awards for Excellence under the patronage of the Governor General of Canada.

Great news! If your business is at least three years old and has annual revenues of more than one million dollars, you are eligible to apply for National Awards Recognition from Excellence Canada.

Do your existing customers, employees, and suppliers already know that yours is an excellent company to work with? Share this incredible knowledge with others, through third-party validation and national awards recognition.

Excellence Canada and PwC Canada are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Canadian Business Excellence Awards for Private Businesses. This national award recognizes private businesses from all industries for their ability to earn the loyalty and satisfaction of their stakeholders which include customers, employees, suppliers, investors and the communities in which they do business.

There is no charge to apply for or to receive recognition under this award program. Applications can be submitted directly from Canadian-owned private businesses or nominations can be submitted on their behalf from customers, employees and other stakeholders that believe a business is deserving of recognition. Applications are made online and the deadline for submissions is August 1st, 2016. The award presentation ceremonies will take place on November 1st, 2016 at The Carlu in Toronto.

Organizational excellence drives results and differentiation among private businesses. Recipients of this award have demonstrated a strategic approach to improving their business performance and achieving their goals. Businesses will be evaluated for excellence based on the following key performance indicators:

  • Delighted Customers
  • Engaged Employees
  • Innovation

Award submissions are evaluated and benchmarked on their own merit against criteria reflecting industry best-practices as determined by Excellence Canada. The award adjudication committee is comprised of business experts from prestigious organizations that include BC Business Magazine, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Carleton University, CBC, CEO Global Network, CPA Canada, MaRS, PwC Canada, and Excellence Canada.

What's in it for you to apply?

Tangible benefits for Award Recipients include:

  • Brand profiling on the national stage as an excellent organization to do business with
  • Third-party validation of excellence by Excellence Canada, PwC Canada and a panel of experts
  • An attractive award certificate for display
  • Listing on the Excellence Canada website
  • Name and logo celebrated in a feature article in Excellence.ca magazine
  • The right to display the Awards logo on recipient's marketing materials and websites
  • The opportunity to receive a complimentary strategic working session from Excellence Canada or PwC Canada

All applicants will receive feedback from Excellence Canada on the merits of their submission, regardless of whether or not they qualify for an award.

For complete details regarding submitting applications for the Canadian Business Excellence Awards for Private Businesses please visit excellencesummit.ca or call Excellence Canada at 416-251-7600 (ext. 233).