Award Categories

The categories for the Alberta Export Awards recognize the innovative approaches and unique contributions of Alberta registered export companies across sectors and in all region of the province as well as the individuals who contribute to their success. Award categories, descriptions and judging criteria are available below.
Exporter of the Year
Recognizes an Alberta exporter who has excelled in international exportation and made a significant contribution to the development of the Alberta economy.

Emerging Exporter
Recognizes an Alberta exporter who has excelled in international exportation and has made a significant contribution to the development of the Alberta economy.

Leadership
Recognizes an organization or individual known for championing the cause of exporting in Alberta within their industry or field of expertise.

International Business Studies
Recognizes a post secondary student who has shown leadership and excelled in international studies while contributing to the Alberta export community.

Sector Awards

Sector Awards recognize those companies in various sectors who have made an outstanding contribution to the economy in Alberta through the export of products and services.

  • Eligibility & Criteria for Sector Awards
Manufacturing - Includes companies that are engaged in secondary manufacturing, AGRI processing, production of value added products or components, machinery and /or equipment for industrial use.
Agricultural and Consumer Products – The Agricultural and Consumer Products Award recognizes an Alberta company that specializes in and exports end products for direct-to-consumer or retail markets.
Manufacturing: Oil and Gas – Includes companies that are engaged in manufacturing for the oil and gas industry.
Services – Includes companies or organizations that provide professional services, expert advice, technical support, engineering, consulting or educational programs which is specialized expertise to Alberta firms.
Technology and Media – Includes companies or organizations that produce technology products and/or services for media.

Eligibility

Each award category has specific eligibility requirements and criteria that candidates must meet. The following gives a breakdown of each.

Exporter of the Year

Eligibility
To be eligible, the company must be a winner in one of the seven category Awards.

Selection Criteria
The successful nominee will be deemed to be the “best of the best” out of sector winners, and will have demonstrated that they have significantly contributed to the Alberta economy through economic growth in their community, new investment and job creation.

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Emerging Exporter

Eligibility

To be eligible the company must have:

  • Produced goods or services that have significant Canadian content
  • Earned foreign exchange
  • Been operating for a minimum of two years and have entered a new market within the last three years

Selection Criteria

The successful nominee will be deemed to be the “best of the best” out of the sector winners and will have demonstrated that they have significantly contributed to the Alberta economy through economic growth in their community, new investment and job creation.

The successful nominees will have the following attributes:

  • A sound capital base with sufficient working capital to support their export activity
  • Demonstrated significant year-to-year percentage growth in value of export sales or increased sales volume over the past year
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles or other unique challenges in entering new international market
  • Demonstrated quality of their export plan through use of innovation and strategies to promote brand awareness in their new market(s)
  • Shown notable growth in their overall business as a direct result of entering that new international marketplace

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Leadership

Eligibility

To be eligible the organization or individual must be in a private company or not-for-profit organization in Alberta with demonstrated leadership capabilities and have played a significant role in exporting.

Selection Criteria

The successful nominees will have the following attributes, namely:

  • Publicly recognized by their peers in industry and the general public of Alberta as leading efforts to promote exporting in the province
  • Demonstrated vision and entrepreneurship by taking risks and managing for the future
  • Seen as an innovator who thinks outside the box and who motivates and inspires others by their efforts
  • Has worked for the betterment of people and the industry

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International Business Studies

Eligibility

To be eligible the individual must be attending a post secondary school in Alberta, in their final two years of the program and be actively involved in programs that involve international studies.

Selection Criteria

The successful nominees will have the following attributes:

  • Letter of recommendation from their faculty and educational institution for their initiative and potential to become a leading contributor to the International trade community
  • Submit a CV, including the following information;
  • Put into action, through business and/or enterprise development, what he or she learned
  • Studied or worked in other countries, or have gained other notable international experience
  • Excelled in international studies and have a grade point academic standing in the top quartile of the faculty

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Sector Awards

Eligibility

To be eligible the company must have:

  • Produced goods or services that have significant Canadian content
  • Earned foreign exchange
  • Been operating for a minimum of two years and have entered a new market within the last three years

Selection Criteria

The successful nominees will have the following attributes:

  • Has a sound capital base with sufficient working capital to support their export activity
  • Demonstrated significant year-to-year percentage growth in value of export sales or increased sales volume over the past year
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles or other unique challenges in entering new international market
  • Demonstrated quality of their export plan through use of innovation and strategies to promote brand awareness in their new market(s)
  • Shown notable growth in their overall business as a direct result of entering that new international marketplace

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