The Calgary Awards celebrates over 20 years of outstanding Calgarians

For over 20 years The City of Calgary has been recognizing outstanding citizens and organizations with The Calgary Awards. As one of the largest citizen recognition programs in our city, Calgarians are encouraged to recognize fellow citizens, local organizations and businesses for their contribution in making Calgary a great place to make a life. Calgarians can nominate someone they know starting today by visiting

“We regularly see the incredible work that residents of our city are doing to make Calgary better every day, but we are so busy that recognition of these efforts is often an afterthought. The Calgary Awards are a great way to recognize the passion and civic commitment of our fellow Calgarians.” said Councillor Gondek. “I hope Calgarians will consider nominating their fellow neighbours, friends, community leaders and local business owners for The Calgary Awards. There are many outstanding and deserving Calgarians in our community and by nominating them we thank them for their contributions in making Calgary a better place to live.”

With 13 awards in five major categories, The City proudly celebrates the difference Calgarians make in our city.

Citizen of the Year recipient J. Murray McCann said, “It is an honour to have received the Citizen of the Year Award for 2017. I look forward to meeting this year’s recipient knowing that The Calgary Awards recognizes the outstanding contributions of deserving Calgarians who inspire and lead our community.”

​The Calgary Award nomination categories are:

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
  • Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement
  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Community Advocate
  • Community Advocate Organization
  • Education
  • Heritage
  • Youth

The Environmental Achievement Award

This award recognizes environmental achievement contributions that reduce our impact on and/or restore our city’s natural environment.

The International Achievement Award

The International Achievement Award (formerly known as The Signature Award) recognizes an exceptional individual whose personal and/or professional activities have gained international acclaim and who brought significant recognition to Calgary.

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.

The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

Named in honour of Calgary writer W. O. Mitchell, this award recognizes literary achievements by Calgary authors. NOTE: the submission deadline for the book prize was Dec. 31, 2018.

This is a chance for Calgarians to recognize someone in their community whose efforts stand out and make a difference. For more information, criteria, and the nomination form, go to or e-mail The nomination deadline is Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.