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Award Categories

The Alberta Export Award categories are divided into 2 sections:

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.

Awards of Excellence

Awards of Excellence are awarded to companies demonstrating outstanding achievement.

SECTOR CATEGORIES

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.

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

Oil and Gas Service/Supply

Includes companies that are engaged in service/supply for the oil and gas industry.

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

Clean Technology

Appropriate for companies exporting products, goods or services geared toward sustainability, reduction of carbon emissions, water conservation, renewable energy and related products and services.

Eligibility

To be eligible the company must have:

  • Produced goods or services that have Canadian content
  • Earned foreign exchange
  • Been operating for a minimum of two years and have entered a new market within the last three years or has demonstrated growth in existing export markets

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

Consumer Products

The Consumer Products Award recognizes an Alberta company that specializes in and exports end products for direct-to-consumer or retail markets.

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

Agriculture, Food/Beverage

Includes companies that are engaged in exporting food, beverage and agri-based products and services.

Eligibility

To be eligible, the company must have:

  • Produced goods or services that have Canadian content
  • Earned foreign exchange
  • Been operating for a minimum of two years and have entered a new market within the last three years or has demonstrated growth in existing export markets

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

Professional Services

Includes companies or organizations that provide expert advice, technical support or educational programs to international customers.

Eligibility

  • Must be an AB registered company
  • Produce goods and/or services that have significant Canadian benefits
  • Have been in business for more than three years and exporting for a minimum of 2 years
  • Established a presence in one or more geographic markets

Selection Criteria

The successful nominees will have the following attributes:

  • Have 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(s)
  • Demonstrated quality of their export plan through use of innovation and strategies to promote brand awareness in their export market(s)
  • Shown notable growth in their overall business as a direct result of their export activities

Advanced Technology and Innovation

Includes companies or organizations that have effectively harnessed the powers of intellectual property and value-added know-how.

Eligibility

To be eligible, the company must have:

  • Must be an AB registered company
  • Produce goods and/or services that have significant Canadian benefits
  • Have earned foreign revenue in excess of $100,000 in the past fiscal year
  • Have been in business for more than three years and exporting for a minimum of 2 years
  • Established a presence in one or more geographic markets

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 markets
  • 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

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Exporter of the Year video

Exporter of the Year

Recognizes an Alberta exporter who has excelled in international market penetration and made a significant contribution to the development of Alberta’s economy.

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.

 

Emerging Exporter

This award honours an Alberta exporter who is starting to excel in international exporting and contribute to the province’s economic development.

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

Leadership

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

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


Nominations

  • You can nominate a client, your company or a company you believe fits the criteria of the award categories via the Nomination Form.
  • Once we receive the nomination, we will contact the company and request further information for the judges to complete their examination.

Applications