Celebrating and recognizing outstanding achievements – The Calgary Awards

Calgary – Recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions made for a night of celebration as The City of Calgary hosted the 23rd annual Calgary Awards on June 13, 2018. The Calgary Awards are presented each year by The City of Calgary to recognize deserving individuals, corporations, community groups and organizations. The recipients of the 12 awards highlight the excellence of our community and recognize the significant contributions made by our citizens.

“The Calgary Awards highlight the very best in citizenship in our city. I am proud of the individuals and organizations that make Calgary even better with their innovative and passionate contributions to our community, economy and culture,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The Calgary Awards is The City’s official citizen recognition program celebrating Calgarians and local organizations for their outstanding achievements and significant contributions to making our city a better place to live.

Citizen of the Year recipient J. Murray McCann said, “I feel honoured by receiving this award. There are so many incredible people in Calgary who deserve this Award and I am humbled to be in their company.”

The list of 2017 Calgary Awards recipients include:

The Community Achievement Awards

The Community Achievement Awards recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in community life and provide an opportunity to honour Calgary's exceptional citizens.

  • Citizen of the Year – J. Murray McCann
  • Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement – Mary Rozsa de Coquet
  • Arts – Edmond Agopian
  • Commerce – Ian MacGregor
  • Community Advocate – Gail E. Simper
  • Community Advocate Organization – Distress Centre Calgary
    Community Advocate Organization, Honourable Mention – Children’s Hospital Aid Society
  • Education – Cynthia Joy Prasow
  • Heritage – Hugh A. Dempsey
  • Youth – Yuvraj Singh

The Signature Award

The Signature Award recognizes an exceptional individual whose personal and/or professional activities have gained international acclaim and who brought significant recognition to Calgary.

  • Brian Felesky

The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

Recognizes literary achievement by a Calgary author for an outstanding book of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, children's literature or drama published in the preceding year.

  • Taylor Lambert – “Darwin’s Moving

The Award for Accessibility

The Award for Accessibility recognizes buildings or facilities in Calgary that significantly exceeded the minimum requirements of Section 3.8, "Barrier-Free Design" of the Alberta Building Code for accessibility by persons with disabilities.

  • Calgary International Airport – YYC LINK Passenger Shuttle

In 1994, The City of Calgary established the Calgary Awards to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions made by Calgarians. Each year, individuals, corporations, community groups and organizations are nominated in five major award categories. The City of Calgary encourages all Calgarians to look to their neighbours, colleagues, community leaders and local organizations and businesses for those who could qualify as recipients of the Calgary Awards. For more information visit The City website at

Photos and biographies of the award recipients are attached. Film footage is available via this link.