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CCAE is excited to announce, and invite you to the 2024 Prix d’Excellence Awards!

The announcements will be made via CCAE’s YouTube channel on June 18 & 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET.  Find out who the recipients are and join in the recognition of your institution and your peers.

Be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel and receive direct notifications of the premiere date.

The 2024 recipients and their associated medallion levels (Gold, Silver & Bronze) will be announced each day. 

June 18 @12:30 p.m. ET

  • Category 1: Best Alumni Event
  • Category 2: Best Alumni Initiative
  • Category 3: Best Young Alumni and/or Student Initiative
  • Category 4: Best Fundraising Event
  • Category 5: Best Fundraising Initiative
  • Category 6: Best Fundraising Campaign Materials (print or online)
  • Category 7: Best Annual Giving/Giving Day Initiative
  • Category 8: Best Special Event
  • Category 9: Best Special Initiative
  • Category 10: Best Donor Relations/Stewardship Initiative
  • Category 11: Best Report to Donors
  • Category 12: Best Advancement Services Initiative
  • Category 13: Best Community Outreach Initiative
  • Category 14: Best Indigenous/Reconciliation Initiative

June 19 @12:30 p.m. ET

  • Category 15: Best Indigenous/Reconciliation Event
  • Category 16: Best Creativity on a Shoestring
  • Category 17: Best Marketing/Communications Initiative
  • Category 18: Best Use of Social Media
  • Category 19: Best Podcast
  • Category 20: Best Website
  • Category 21: Best Use Of Video/Film – Engagement
  • Category 22: Best Use Of Video/Film – Information
  • Category 23: Best Use Video/Film – Announcements
  • Category 24: Best Publication (print or online)
  • Category 25: Best Feature Writing – English
  • Category 26: Best Feature Writing – French
  • Category 27: Best Print Brochure, Newsletter, or Flyer
  • Category 28: Best Advertisement or Poster (online & print)
  • Category 29: Best Photograph

Thank you to Tempo Framing Systems for their continued support of the Prix d’Excellence Award program for over 20 years!

2024 Emcee:

Ben Chapdelaine

Director, Advancement & Communications, Hillfield Strathallan College

2023 Prix d’Excellence Celebration & Results

Categories & Award Winners

Category Gold Silver Bronze
Category 1 Best Alumni Event University of British Columbia - Lunar New Year Celebration Red Deer Polytechnic - Palate A Taste of Local Université de Montréal - Les Grandes Retrouvailles 2022
Category 2: Best Development Event Queen's University - Estate Planning as an Act of Love St. Francis Xavier University - Top Left: X - Women Rugby Locker Room Opening Université de Montréal & McGill University - Trottier Gift Announcement: Joining forces to amplify impact
Category 3: Best Special Event Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - International Student Summit Université de Montréal - La poésie des bactéries : immersion dans l’infiniment petit Queen's University - Missing & Missed: An Evening with the Honourable Gloria J. Epstein
Category 4: Best Alumni Initiative Concordia University - 2022, 50 Under 50 Shaping Tomorrow University of Waterloo - Women in Pharmacy Leadership Program University of Manitoba - Distinguished Alumni Awards
Category 5: Best Donor Relations Initiative McMaster University - To Hamilton, With Love University of Victoria - New donor welcome email series Queen's University - Cause and Effect Podcast
Category 6: Best Community Outreach Initiative Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Co-creating a community charter for international student success McMaster University - Be a good neighbour McGill University - Dementia, Your Companion Guide
Category 7: Best Indigenous Relations Initiative Toronto Metropolitan University - Reconciliation in Business 2022 University of Waterloo - A Commitment to Reconciliation | University of Waterloo’s Indigenous Commitment Ceremony Wilfrid Laurier University - The Indigenous Knowledge Fund
Category 8: Best Marketing / Communications Initiative University of British Columbia - My Town Toronto Metropolitan University - The Next Chapter - Becoming TMU McMaster University - Black Death
Category 9: Best Student and/or Young Alumni Initiative McGill University - Mentorship Programs for Equity Seeking Groups McMaster University - Life After Mac: Alumni Career Services Queen's University - Gaels of the Last Decade
Category 10: Best Annual Giving Initiative McMaster University - McMaster Day of Giving Toronto French School - 2022 Spring Appeal - A Tribute to Mme Hafez University of Victoria - Pathways to Education: UVic's Fall Annual Giving Campaign
Category 11: Best Advancement Services Initiative No Award Queen's University - Social Innovation Approach to Dashboards Design McGill University - Inclusive Communications Project (Prefix, Pronoun, Salutations, Gender)
Category 12: Best Use of Social Media York University - #MeetYU Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics - Physics Frenzy: Battle of the Equations University of Victoria - Giving Tuesday 2022 Social Media
Category 13: Creativity on a Shoestring Saskatchewan Polytechnic - International student testimonials York University - #YorkUConvo 2022 University of Victoria - Where there's a will there's a way....to win!
Category: 14 Best Website Queen's University - Queen's Alumni Review Website Redesign Red River College - Program Explorer York University - 2022 President’s Annual Report: Driving Positive Change
Category 15: Best Publication (print or online) University of Toronto - University of Toronto Magazine University of Manitoba - UM Today The Magazine Queen's University - Queen's Alumni Review
Category 16: Best Use Of Video/Film - Engagement Concordia University - Asian Heritage Month Wilfrid Laurier University - West Hall Reunion Feels Reels McMaster University - Studying Black Death at McMaster University
Category 17: Best Use Of Video/Film - Information No Award No Award Université de Montréal - Vidéo « Individu armé : savez-vous comment réagir ? »
Category 18: Best Use Video/Film - Announcements Toronto Metropolitan University - Our New Chapter Begins Now Cape Breton University - CBU Scholarship Delivery Video Red Deer Polytechnic - Athletics Brand Reveal Video
Category 19: Best Report to Donors University of Waterloo - 2021-22 Report on Giving Thompson Rivers University Advancement - Your Report on Philanthropy 2021-22 Carleton University - Planned Giving Impact Report
Category 20: Best Print Brochure, Newsletter, or Flyer McMaster University - Brighter World: Research Excellence Brochure – 8-Page Insert Carleton University - Giving Insight - Fall 2022 University of British Columbia - The Blue and Gold Book
Category 21: Best Feature Writing - English University of Toronto - University of Toronto Magazine: A prescription for equality University of Toronto - University of Toronto Magazine: Preventing the next pandemic Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Sustainability and lifelong learning at the core of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s first Polar Bear Eco Trip
Category 22: Best Feature Writing - French Université de Moncton - Entretien avec le récipiendaire de l'Ordre du mérite 2022 Université de Montréal - Les arts et les sciences se rencontrent à la Station de biologie des Laurentides Université de Montréal - Partage en terre autochtone pour élargir les horizons
Category 23: Best Advertisement or Poster (online & print) McMaster University - H_manities: A Brighter World Needs U No Award Université de Montréal - « Construire sur la montagne » : exposition sur la construction du pavillon Roger-Gaudry
Category 24: Best Photograph Queen's University - Rewilding of the Castle British Columbia Institute of Technology - BCIT's Future Student Guide 2022 - Microsoft Motion Capture Brock University - Grapes Galore
Category Gold Silver Bronze
Category 1 Best Alumni Event Wilfrid Laurier University - Beyond the Book British Columbia Institute of Technology - BCIT Alumni Virtual Tea Tasting University of Guelph - #GuelphGradOnTour
Category 2 Best Development Event University of Guelph - A 'Drive-By' Gift Announcement Concordia University - A celebration of George Lengvari's gifts to his two alma maters Toronto Metropolitan University - Generous Futures: Power and Politics in Charitable Giving
Category 3 Best Special Event McMaster University - Nursing 75th Anniversary Queen's University - The Golden Ticket University of Guelph - OVC Legacy Medal
Category 4 Best Alumni Initiative University of Guelph - You Are Important to Us - Mac Ladies Alumni Survey SAIT Polytechnic - Level Up Alumni Awards Carleton University - The Thursday Night Live
Category 5 Best Fundraising Initiative McGill University - 200 for 200 Legacy Challenge Concordia University - Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award University of Waterloo - Varsity Giving Challenge
Category 6 Best Donor Relations Initiative University of Victoria - UVic's Impact Day University of Guelph - Recurring Donor Thanks University of Toronto - Landmark Project Donor Recognition App
Category 7 Best Community Outreach Initiative Dalhousie University - Atlantic Promise Scholars Initiative Trent University - Discover Peterborough Bingo University of Toronto - Online Playful Math
Category 8 Best Volunteer Initiative No Award No Award No Award
Category 9 Best Indigenous Relations Initiative Trent University - Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan University of Calgary - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day University of Guelph - Nokom's House
Category 10 Best Marketing/Communications Initiative Toronto Metropolitan University - PSA Campaign to Stop Asian Hate University of Toronto - Insulin 100: Celebrating a Century of Health Innovation Cape Breton University - Capers Never Miss a Shot
Category 11 Best Student and/or Young Alumni Initiative University of Alberta - Life After University Conference University of Victoria - UVic students play it forward! McGill University - McGill World Restart a Heart (WRAH) Campaign 2021
Category 12 Best Annual Giving Initiative University of Victoria - Equity, Diversity, Inclusion: UVic's 2021 Comprehensive Fall Appeal Trent University - Trent Day Concordia University - Engaging Concordia's Former Student-Athletes Through Giving Tuesday
Category 13 Best Advancement Services Initiative University of Guelph - SharePoint Gift Agreement Intake & Workflow Queen's University - Special Email Acquisition Project University of British Columbia - Geo-Market Statistics Dashboards
Category 14 Best Use of Social Media Toronto Metropolitan University - International TikTok Campaign Concordia University - 2021 Black History Month social media campaign University of Toronto - Alumni Reunion – Home Edition Social Media Videos
Category 15 Creativity on a Shoestring University of Victoria - UVic: The Great Giving Gram-alanche University of British Columbia - alumni UBC Around the World Concordia University - Gina Cody School Day
Category 16 Best Website University of Toronto - Insulin 100: Celebrating a Century of Health Innovation McGill University - McGill Bicentennial Digital Time Capsule University of Guelph - Online Giving Experience
Category 17 Best Publication (Print or Online) University of Toronto - University of Toronto Magazine University of Manitoba - UM Today The Magazine Acadia University - Fall 2021 e-Bulletin magazine
Category 18 Best Use of Multi-Media Queen's University - Cause & Effect Podcast Université de Montréal - Balado - Ça a changé ma vie McGill University - Alumni webcast series: The Future Of…
Category 19 Best Use of Video/Film (1 Min or Less) British Columbia Institute of Technology - BCIT - Hands On Student Recruitment Video New Brunswick Community College - AT NBCC, YOU COULD BE Toronto Metropolitan University - The Chang School 2021 Repositioning Campaign
Category 20 Best Use of Video/Film (1-5 Min) University of Guelph - Fiscal Year End Thanks University of Manitoba - Fall Convocation Mini Doc McGill University - This is the year.
Category 21 Best Use of Video/Film (5 Min or More) University of Toronto - UofT Defy Gravity Campaign Launch Announcement Video Université Laval - Découvrez les trésors de l'Université Laval – Rendez-vous du Cercle de la rectrice University of Toronto - Sneak Peek of UC's Revitalization Project
Category 22 Best Report to Donors McMaster University - McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Leadership Program Donor Report McGill University - Report on Giving 2020-21 University of Victoria - Your UVic, Your Impact: 2021 Report to Donors
Category 23 Best Print Brochure, Newsletter, or Flyer University of Guelph - Legacy Brochure University of Waterloo - 2022 National Viewbook McMaster University - McMaster Key Messages Pamphlet
Category 24 Best Feature Writing - English University of Toronto - “The miracle of insulin” University of Toronto Magazine University of Manitoba - Remember Me University of Toronto - “The Extremism Machine” University of Toronto Magazine
Category 25 Best Feature Writing - French Université de Moncton - Pleins feux sur Gene Cormier Université de Montréal - Des films de Noël féministes et queers, c'est possible? No Award
Category 26 Best Advertisement or Poster (Online & Print) University of Toronto - Insulin 100: Celebrating a Century of Health Innovation St. Francis Xavier University - ThanX British Columbia Institute of Technology - "Hands-On" Fall Recruitment Campaign
Category 27 Best Photograph Brock University - Campus Reawakening St. Andrew's College - Dem Rogers Photo Queen's University - Mission to Mars
Category 28 Best Fundraising Materials No Award No Award No Award
Category Gold Silver Bronze
CATEGORY 1: BEST ALUMNI EVENT Wilfrid Laurier University - Virtual #LaurierHomecoming 2020 McGill University - At-Home-Homecoming Queen's University - SmithConnect Live Goes Virtual
CATEGORY 2: BEST DEVELOPMENT EVENT University of Manitoba - Front & Centre Campaign Wrap Concordia University - Shuffle 31 Algonquin College - Ciena Lab Recognition Event
CATEGORY 3: BEST SPECIAL EVENT Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning - Virtual Convocation Wilfrid Laurier University - Black Women in Leadership Concordia University - Virtual launch of Applied Science Hub
CATEGORY 4: BEST ALUMNI INITIATIVE Concordia University - CU at Home St. Francis Xavier University - Alumni Chapter Challenge British Columbia Institute of Technology - BCIT Alumni Holiday Market
CATEGORY 5: BEST FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE St. Francis Xavier University - The Circle of Abundance - Coady Institute St. Francis Xavier University - Point After Club Northern Alberta Institute of Technology - NAIT COVID-19 Student Relief Fund
CATEGORY 6: BEST DONOR RELATIONS INITIATIVE No Award - No Award Queen's University - Mitchell Hall Anniversary Videos University of British Columbia - Holiday Extravaganza
CATEGORY 7: BEST COMMUNITY OUTREACH INITIATIVE Neighbours Helping Neighbours - St.Francis Xavier University Ask a Scientist - McMaster University CU Cares - Concordia University
CATEGORY 8: BEST VOLUNTEER INITIATIVE Dalhousie University - Dal Insight Circle Mount Allison University - AVATARS Queen's University - Arts & Science Student Outreach Initiative
CATEGORY 9: BEST INDIGENOUS RELATIONS INITIATIVE Cape Breton University - Learning About the L'nu Way University of Saskatchewan - māmowi āsohtētān Internal Truth and Reconciliation Forum University of Manitoba - Indigenous Scholar Profile and Speaker Series
CATEGORY 10: BEST MEDIA RELATIONS INITIATIVE No Award - No Award St. Francis Xavier University - CJFX Radio Interviews with StFX President No Award - No Award
CATEGORY 11: BEST PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS INITIATIVE University of Manitoba - Spring Convocation 2020 University of Waterloo - Pharmacy on the Frontlines Université de Montréal - #RestonsChezNous
CATEGORY 12: BEST STUDENT AND/OR YOUNG ALUMNI INITIATIVE Wilfrid Laurier University - Laurier welcomes first-year students virtually McMaster University - Creating Class to Class Connections McGill University - Welcome Class of 2020 Campaign
CATEGORY 13: BEST ANNUAL GIVING INITIATIVE University of British Columbia - We are at a turning point in history - Annual Alumni Appeal Dalhousie University - Giving Tuesday: Increasing food security for Dalhousie students Wilfrid Laurier University - Our Laurier Campaign 2020
CATEGORY 14: BEST ADVANCEMENT SERVICES INITIATIVE McGill University - Advancement U: Fundraiser's Core Bootcamp Queen's University - Briefcase Report Initiative Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning - Implementation of Blackbaud Award Management
CATEGORY 15: BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA Algonquin College - Algonquin College Convocation Ceremonies Cape Breton University - A Life of His Own - CBU Caper University of Toronto - Stay At Home Club
CATEGORY 16: BEST NEW IDEA: CREATIVITY ON A SHOESTRING University of Victoria - UVic: Engaging students in philanthropy in a virtual world. University of Toronto - Back to Skule Wilfrid Laurier University - Laurier Rezoomions – a reunion, on zoom!
CATEGORY: 17 BEST WEBSITE McGill University - Made by McGill microsite University of Victoria - UVic Website Redesign McMaster University - Digital Delight: Re-imagining the Online Student Experience in a Pandemic
CATEGORY 18: BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION Wilfrid Laurier University - Laurier Campus Magazine University of Toronto - University of Toronto Magazine (online) Northern Alberta Institute of Technology - NAIT - Techlifetoday.ca
CATEGORY 19: BEST USE OF MULTI-MEDIA Western University - Western University Virtual Tour McGill University - Made by McGill Alumni Webcasts Ryerson University - The Forefront: Ideas for Cities
CATEGORY 20: BEST USE OF VIDEO/FILM (5 mins or less) University of Victoria - UVic: A cookie recipe - the university budget and why donations matter University of Toronto - The Twelve Days of Skule University of Waterloo - The Arts First program at University of Waterloo's Faculty of Arts
CATEGORY 21: BEST USE OF VIDEO/FILM (5-45 mins) University of Alberta - Let’s Powwow with the Faculty of Native Studies! University of Waterloo - Campus Tour McGill University - Marc Bieler: Portrait of a Donor
CATEGORY 22: BEST PRINT MAGAZINE University of Toronto - University of Toronto Magazine Université de Montréal - Tous contre la COVID-19, une mobilisation sans précédent University of Manitoba - UM Today The Magazine, Spring 2020
CATEGORY 23: BEST REPORT TO DONORS McGill University - McGill University Report on Giving 2019 University of Toronto - Fletcher-Clark Scholarships in Science and Economics "Thank You" Report Queen's University - 2020 Fund Reporting
CATEGORY 24: BEST PRINT BROCHURE, NEWSLETTER, OR FLYER Ryerson University - Elevation Concordia University - Momentum Dalhousie University - Better Together
CATEGORY 25: BEST FEATURE WRITING - ENGLISH University of Toronto - "The Truth Saved My Life," University of Toronto Magazine Queen's University - This is what nurses do Western University - The Forgotten Ones: Untold and unseen consequences of COVID-19
CATEGORY 26: BEST FEATURE WRITING - FRENCH McGill University - L'humour, c'est du sérieux! No Award - No Award No Award - No Award
CATEGORY 27: BEST ADVERTISEMENT OR POSTER No Award - No Award University of Saskatchewan - Maclean's University Rankings Discoverers Ad Fall 2020 University of Windsor - University of Windsor "Made in Windsor Maclean's Magazine Ad"
CATEGORY 28: BEST PHOTOGRAPH Saint Mary's University - Introducing Charisma Grace, SMU's first African Nova Scotian/Black Student and Community Liaison Acadia University - Bulletin cover "Five Deans" No Award - No Award
CATEGORY 29: BEST FUNDRAISING MATERIALS Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - The Canadian Music Theatre Project: The Next 10 Years Concordia University - Canada's Next-Gen Hub of Interdisciplinarity Queen's University - Isabel Bader Chair in Art Conservation Pro
Category 30 : Best Fundraising Materials No Gold Awarded -  Campaign for Acadia - Acadia University Landmark Paver Mailing - University of Toronto
Category Gold Silver Bronze
Category 1 : Best Alumni Event Wilfrid Laurier University - 15th Anniversary Criminology Dinner Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning - Humber Film at 50 St. Francis Xavier University - Homecoming 2019
Category 2 : Best Development Event McMaster University - Juravinski Gala: Celebrating a Philanthropic Journey & Lasting Legacy McGill University - Made by McGill Campaign Launch University of Saskatchewan - RBC Learn to Work, Work to Learn Program Gift Announcement
Category 3 : Best Special Event Trent University - Celebrating 90 Years Carleton University - Welcome Home Dominion-Chalmers Pipe Organ Event Queen's University - Bader International Study Centre 25th Anniversary
Category 4 : Best Alumni Initiative St. Francis Xavier University - Celebrating 50 years of Women Athletics McMaster University - How a Free Trial Led to a Big Welcome Queen's University - Queen's Venture Network & Supporting the Ecosytem for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Category 5 : Best Fundraising Initiative University of Saskatchewan - One Day for Students University of Toronto - FY20 ALG Fall Campaign Queen's University - MBA Legacy Fund
Category 6 : Best Donor Relations Initiative St. Francis Xavier University - Mulroney Liaison Officers McGill University - Centralized Annual Fund Stewardship Dalhousie University - 2019 Thankathon
Category 7 : Best Community Outreach Initiative University of Saskatchewan - Food For Thought Film Screening and Forum Algonquin College - Estetics Program for Syrian Refugees Queen's University - Queen's University Canada Day Celebration in England
Category 8 : Best Volunteer Initiative University of Alberta - Alumni Student Support & Engagement Team (ASSET) McGill University - Leaders Alliance Lunch and Workshop No Recipient
Category 9 : Best Indigenous Relations Initiative St. Francis Xavier University - Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Alumni Gathering Trent University - Michi Saagiig Protocol Guide Book Université de Montréal - Cérémonie des réussites autochtones
Category 10 : Best Media Relations Initiative Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics - Black hole breakthrough St. Francis Xavier University - Mulroney Institute and Mulroney Hall Grand Opening Leaving a legacy: $100 million research gift for three institutions
Category 11 : Best Public Relations/Marketing/Communications Initiative Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Blown Away - Partnering on a Netflix Reality Show to Highlight Sheridan's Expertise in Glass Education University of Saskatchewan - Saskatchewan Rush Fan Appreciation Night Honouring U of S Alumni University of Manitoba - Peebles - Our Nobel Laureate
Category 12 : Best Student and/or Young Alumni Initiative No Recipient Holland College - Earn a Car Lakehead University - LUSAA is Born - The building of a team
Category 13 : Best Annual Giving Initiative Wilfrid Laurier University - Making Space for Music Giving Day University of Waterloo - Calendar Year-End Appeal 2019 University of Victoria - Giving Tuesday - Add Sprinkles UVic
Category 14 : Best Advancement Services Initiative No Recipient University of Toronto - ALG Campaign CUBE Carleton University - Behind the Scenes on Giving Tuesday
Category 15 : Best Use of Social Media Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics - Science trip contests McMaster University - Encouraging Students to Think Global University of Manitoba - @umstudent
Category 16 : Best New Idea: Creativity on a Shoestring Wilfrid Laurier University - Our Contest Doesn't Suck University of British Columbia - Alumni UBC Career Development Webinar Series - Career Planning for UBC Alumni, By UBC Alumni Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics - Physics wallpapers
Category 17 : Best Website McGill University - Giving website McMaster University - Discover McMaster website University of Waterloo - Waterloo-Connecting imagination with impact
Category 18 : Best Online Publication Université de Moncton - ALLUMEZ - votre magazine web St. Mary's University - 2019 Report to the Community University of Alberta - Folio: Building a better brand journalism platform
Category 19 : Best Use of Multi-Media University of British Columbia - alumni UBC VR video Dalhousie University - Sciographies University of Guelph - The Why & How Podcast
Category 20 : Best Use of Video/Film McGill University - Made by McGill in Motion Picture University of Guelph - The Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics Announcement Concordia University - "Concordians: take pride in your alma mater" - video
Category 21 : Best Print Magazine University of Toronto - UofTMed Magazine - The Art of Dying Issue (Winter 2019) University of Manitoba - UM Today The Magazine St. Francis Xavier University - 2018-2019 Donor Impact Report
Category 22 : Best Report to Donors University of Waterloo - 2018-19 Report on Giving University of Toronto - Boundless: Final Campaign Report - University of Toronto Acadia University - The Giving Report
Category 23 : Best Print Brochure, Newsletter, or Flyer Queen's University - Gift Planning Flyer for the Isabel Bader Centre McGill University - Legacy Giving Newsletter 2019 McMaster University - Brighter World: Research Excellence Brochure, Times Higher Education 8-Page Insert
Category 24 : Best Feature Writing - English Queen's University - A decade at the helm University of Saskatchewan - Truth and doubt Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Fifty Years at the Forefront of Teaching Art in Motion
Category 25 : Best Feature Writing - French Université de Montréal - Pas de vacances pour la recherche! McGill University - Cinéma québécois : Le vent dans les voiles (McGill News) Université Laval - Stéphan La Roche Un homme et son musée
Category 26 : Best Advertisement or Poster Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics - Black hole posters University of Waterloo - Waterloo Innovation Summit University of Manitoba - Peebles Airport Execution
Category 27 : Best Photograph University of Manitoba - Dorthe Dahl-Jensen: Below the Surface Branksome Hall School - On the Frontlines Acadia University - The Giving Report
Category 28 : Best Fundraising Materials McGill University - Made by McGill Campaign Materials McGill University - The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection & Immunity: Solving Humanity's Deadliest Puzzles Mohawk College - Giving The Gift of Education - How the gift catalogue
Category 29 : Best Photograph Momentum - Mount Allison University Skule Bnad Pride - University of Toronto University of Toronto Magazine - University of Toronto
Category 30 : Best Fundraising Materials No Gold Awarded -  Campaign for Acadia - Acadia University Landmark Paver Mailing - University of Toronto

Entry Info

Online entry submissions are closed for 2024

New Pilot Prix d’Excellence Awards for Colleges & Institutes, and Independent Schools

This year CCAE will be piloting a new way of judging for the following 5 categories for College and Institute and Independent school members:

  • Category 1: Best Alumni Event
  • Category 3: Best Young Alumni and/or Student Initiative
  • Category 7: Best Annual Giving/Giving Day Initiatives
  • Category 8: Best Special Event
  • Category 13: Best Community Outreach Initiative

What does that mean?

If CCAE receives a sufficient amount of entries (5 or more entries) from schools of the same type- type 1, Independent School and type 2- Colleges, Institutes and Polytechnics, CCAE will pull those entries out of the total category submissions and have them judged by school type.

Should there not be enough institutional entries by type 1 or type 2 institutions, the judging reverts to all entries within that category – so spread the word and encourage your CCAE member colleagues to submit!

To recap:

  1. If 5 or more entries from Colleges & Institutes entries are received in the same category,  these entries will be judged outside of the larger pool of entries and awarded only against their College and Institute peers.
  2. If 5 or more entries are Independent School entries are received in the same, these entries will be judged outside of the larger pool of entries and awarded only against their Independent School peers.
  3. If 5 or more entries of a certain type, ex. Colleges & Institutes are received, and another type, ex. Independent schools do not receive 5 entries, the colleges and institutes will be judged together, and the Independent schools would be judged within the larger pool of entries.
2024 Judging Rubric

Quality and Organization Weight = 3 points

  • Was the entry well written and easy to understand
  • Did the entry flow well, responding to all category and entry requirements
  • Were there errors (grammar, syntax, spelling) found in the document
  • Did the entry paint a good picture of the initiative
  • Did the entry use the required 4-page entry template
  • Was the overview 150 words or less
  • If the entry is over its 4 page allotment, remove 1 point PER page

Budget Information Weight = 4 points

  • Did the entry include a detailed budget for the initiative, INCLUDING staff time and costs?
  • Did the entry demonstrate a return on investment by demonstrating cost per dollar raised, cost per view, etc.?
  • If the services were outsourced, was the impact on the departmental budget demonstrated?
  • If applicable, was the budget for paid social media content and media production included in the budget?
  • If applicable, did the analytics of paid content demonstrate a relevant return on investment?

Content and Category Requirements Weight = 9 points

  • Were the initiative’s goals clearly explained?
  • Were the initiative’s goals linked to institutional/departmental mission/strategy?
  • Did the entry demonstrate how this initiative fits within the institutional/departmental mission/strategy?
  • Did the entry provide conclusive evidence of success?
  • Were metrics provided that demonstrated return on investment?
  • Was there a clear demonstration of qualitative metrics to determine the initiative’s success and overall impact?
  • Was there a clear demonstration of quantitative metrics to determine the initiative’s success and overall impact?
  • Did the entry identify its target audiences/stakeholders?
  • Was there a clear connection between the audiences/stakeholders and the initiative’s strategic goals?
  • Did the initiative demonstrate a notable positive increase in the relationship between the institution and the community within which it resides?
  • Did the entry thoroughly demonstrate and evaluate the initiative’s implementation process, success & challenges?
  • If applicable, did the entry demonstrate funds raised, participation, and impact on the institution?
  • If the initiative is executed annually, does the entry demonstrate how it has changed, improved and/or adapted year over year?

Best Practices & Thought Leadership Weight = 9 points

  • Did the initiative demonstrate expertise in a particular field, area, or topic?
  • Did the initiative demonstrate areas of benchmarking, innovation and big picture thinking?
  • Did the initiative capture unique qualities of the institution?
  • Did the initiative demonstrate collaboration amongst departments?
  • Did the initiative demonstrate alignment with best practices in its industry (i.e. social media, MARCOM, events/meetings)?
  • Did the initiative present uniqueness and/or creativity in its concept and implementation?
  • Did the initiative demonstrate high quality or innovation in methods used to engage and influence the intended audience of the initiative?
  • Did the initiative have a positive impact on the institution?
  • Is this initiative innovative for the Institution as outlined in their 4-page entry form?
  • Did this initiative demonstrate forward thinking as it relates to existing or potential Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives?

Creative / Visual component, Weight = 5 points

  • Did the provided materials give a good sense of the initiative and its success/execution?
  • Were the provided materials compelling and of high quality?
  • Did the provided materials highlight the unique qualities of the institution?
  • Did the overall selected medium prove effective in communicating information or a message; usability and navigation; mobile accessibility; innovation, interactivity, and design?
  • If applicable, does the layout suit the medium and the message?
  • If applicable, do the creative materials connect to the institution’s brand and image?
  • If applicable, did the initiative demonstrate innovative ideas, content, script, photography/videography, soundtrack and/or editing?

FAQs

Is there a file size limit for online entries?

The CCAE Office can accept any size file sent electronically via a file sharing URL. If using the online form there is a maximum of 20MB. However, we recommend that submitters compress file submissions to under 10MB. Larger files may be rejected by your school’s server and / or may require excessive time to upload. Please verify your institution’s server capacity before attempting to send files electronically. 

What are the submission information requirements?

1. Entries are limited to 3 pages. NOTE: No appendices will be accepted for any category. Categories 16 – 28 require additional creative materials, beyond the 3-page entry form, to be used in judging. There is a maximum of 2 supplementary creative materials allowed.

2. Each submission entered into any category must include a budget. Submissions that do not include a budget will be considered incomplete.

3. Submissions must include an indication of return on investment (ROI). This indicates impact on the school and / or shop, regardless of size of institution or budget. Not necessarily a financial measure, ROI may include enhancement of reputation, increased attendance at events, or other types of return.

In which categories are hard copies required?

None. Hard copy materials will NOT be accepted. For categories 16-28 creative materials are required. Please submit all creative materials in PDF, jpg, or png format. For images resolution must be a minimum of 200dpi and the image must clearly show the item. There is a maximum of 2 supplementary creative materials allowed.

Must I work at a CCAE member institution to enter the Prix d’Excellence?

Yes. It’s easy and very beneficial to join CCAE. Find out how to become a CCAE member.

Can I be invoiced for my entry?

Yes. Choose the “pay by EFT” option, and forward a copy of your confirmation e-mail to CCAE (prix@ccaecanada.org) with a request for an invoice.

I'm having trouble submitting my entry online. Who can I call for assistance?

Call the CCAE Office at 613-531-9213; or e-mail prix@ccaecanada.org

Please note, the office will not accept calls after 3 p.m. ET on February 7, 2023.

May I include additional materials with my entry?

ONLY categories 16-28 require additional creative materials. The judges will evaluate your submission based on the content of your 3-page entry form, AND in categories 16-28 the creative materials are used for judging. There is a maximum of 2 supplementary creative materials allowed in addition to the 3-page entry form.

How do I demonstrate to judges the uniqueness and innovation as it relates to my entry?

Institutions should provide context and background information that demonstrates why this initiative/event is unique, innovative and how it relates to your advancement shop.

What is the distinction between quantifiable and qualitative goals or outcomes?

Quantifiable refers to amounts that can be measured:
1. Dollars spent or raised;
2. Number of event attendees or website click-throughs;
3. Number of media mentions, awards or recognitions resulting from an initiative.

Who are the Prix d’Excellence judges, and how do they make their decisions?

All judges are volunteers with some level of professional expertise in the category they are judging. They are instructed to review and consider all the factors outlined in their category criteria and requirements.

The judging rubric serves as guidance to our judges and to provide consistency (in scores) across the categories.

In order to ensure consistency in the value of the CCAE Prix d’Excellence Awards, awards are not awarded to entries that receive less than a certain threshold and only one winner per category is assigned.  Once all entries are scored, judges are tasked with determining the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each category and reserve the right, not to assign awards at every level. If scores in the category are low or there are a small number of entries in each category, judges will work to ensure the integrity of the program.

Can I submit my entry individually and then have my institution pay all at once for all our school’s entries?
Yes. Your institution can pay by EFT or online via credit card. Please ask your institution to include a copy of all confirmation e-mails with any EFT payment. All payments must be received by February 7, 2023 – the submission deadline date.
I didn't get a confirmation email. How do I get one?
Check your junk e-mail box. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact CCAE and provide the following information:
  • the first and last name of the submitter;
  • the e-mail address of the submitter;
  • the title(s) of the submissions (e.g. Annual Report of XYZ University, etc.)
I submitted an entry for my institution, can I still volunteer as a Host or a Judge?

 Most certainly! The Prix d’Excellence Program needs volunteers in order to run and each year between 80-90 professionals take the time to review entries and assign winners. CCAE will ensure you assign you on a category that is not conflicted with any submissions from your Institution. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.

When will we find out the results?

There will be no advance notice of winners prior to the awards ceremony. The Prix d’Excellence awards will be celebrated in May 2022, exact details will be shared closer to this date. All recipients are encouraged to attend the online celebration and join in the recognition of their colleagues.

Top Ten Tips for Successful Entries

Organize

Flag great advancement work throughout the year, track your past and potential submissions, and brainstorm with other advancement shops at your school to select Prix-worthy work. Designate one person to compile and proofread all submissions.

Review

This webpage contains useful resources. Comb through the past Prix d’Excellence recipients for ideas, and to ensure you are submitting a unique, innovative entry. Check the Frequently Asked Questions list for guidance.

Strategize

Select the best category for your submission. Your odds may increase if your work fits in a less-populated category.

Examine

Look at the judging rubric and take care to follow all criteria for your entry. Read through all the 2022 categories, as there are changes from previous years.

Persuade

Go with your best data, both qualitative and quantitative. Your entry should answer not just what and how, but also “so what?”

Contextualize

Don’t assume judges are familiar with jargon or your school’s / shop’s culture and context.

Summarize

Be succinct. Limit your entry form to three pages, and do not provide the judges with supplementary material, unless submitting in categories 16-28, where supplementary creative materials are required. There is a maximum of 2 creative material files permitted for categories 16-28.

Network

Check out what your peers are doing and what’s new in your industry, to assess if your work is truly leading-edge.

Articulate

Clearly state your project’s objectives, and how these dovetail with both your outcomes and your school’s overall goals.

Enter

Submit your entry early. Don’t wait until the deadline date, when the CCAE staff and host coordinators will be extremely busy.