Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence


Tourism Innovator
of the Year

Tourism Event
of the Year

Tourism Champion
of the Year

Escape Manor & Diefenbunker Museum —
Escape the Diefenbunker

Great Spirit Circle Trail —
Authentic Indigenous Cultural Tours

Waterloo Warbirds

Lumina Borealis

Kingsville Folk Music Festival

2016 World Cup of Hockey

Adriano Ciotoli

Deb Dalziel

Patti Kendall

Tourism Employer
of the Year

Tourism Award

Tourism Award

Tourism Toronto

Caesars Windsor

Chelsea Hotel Toronto

Taste Real Local Food Fest

Spirit Tree Estate Cidery

Yours Outdoors

Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada

Ontario Science Centre

Kingsville Folk Music Festival


Closed for Nominations

How To Apply

  1. Download the award nomination form of your choice, and carefully read over the descriptions and criteria.

  2. Be sure to answer each criterion to the best of your ability. Every answer must be labelled with the appropriate question number or letter. Submissions will be accepted in sentence, paragraph or point form. Written submissions must not exceed five (5) pages.

  3. Print five (5) copies of your nomination and five (5) copies of your nomination checklist (signed and attached to each copy as a cover page).

  4. Mail your submission to: Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) c/o Taylor Poelman, 439 University Avenue, Suite 1400, Toronto, ON M5G 1Y8.

  5. Nominations must be received no later than Friday, July 14, 2017. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt, or if you have any questions, please contact Taylor Poelman at or 416-483-1691

Tourism Innovator of the Year

Recognizes an organization or individual that created a new innovative product, policy or service to promote and enhance tourism in their local community, region or the province of Ontario.


Tourism Event of the Year

Presented to an event or festival that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operation. Entries are open to the following types of events: cultural, musical, sporting, culinary and more.


Tourism Champion of the Year

Given to an individual who embodies the spirit of tourism in Ontario. This person should be directly involved with the industry, and be able to give evidence of their contributions.


Tourism Employer of the Year

Recognizes an organization or business that has developed an admirable reputation as a great place to work and as an upstanding example of Ontario’s tourism industry.


Sustainable Tourism Award

Recognizes a business, individual or initiative that makes a viable and maintainable contribution to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in Ontario.


Accessible Tourism Award

Highlights an outstanding accessible business that complies with Ontario Accessibility standards, and is recognized by employees and customers as a leader in providing inclusive experiences for tourists.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and promotion of the tourism industry in Ontario. Whether through business ventures, efforts towards the sustainability of the industry, or raising awareness of Ontario as a tourism destination, this person’s contributions must have benefitted tourism in the province. Their contributions must also have resulted in positive outcomes for the social, economic, natural or cultural environment in which they have operated.