Canada’s foodservice industry is powered by passionate, innovative and creative people, from business owners and chefs to frontline staff, suppliers and the many others who team up to serve more than 18 million customers every day.

Restaurants Canada recognizes excellence in our industry through an annual awards program.


We invite you to nominate a deserving individual for a 2019 Award of Excellence. The winners will be recognized at RC Show 2019 taking place February 24-26 in Toronto.

Deadline for Nominations: Friday, January 25, 2019 at midnight PST

Categories & Criteria

The recipients will exemplify the spirit of hospitality and meet the specific award criteria outlined below:


  • Made an outstanding and pioneering contribution to Canada’s restaurant and foodservice industry
  • Had a positive and measurable impact in their community
  • The impact could be based on one major initiative or several smaller actions over time pertaining to employment opportunities, arts and culture, sustainability, philanthropy, community involvement or other worthy areas


  • Made an outstanding contribution to Canada’s culinary landscape
  • Set a new standard for creating culinary experiences that delight the senses
  • Inspires others through their culinary knowledge, passion and skill
  • Practices the highest standards of food quality and safety


  • Created a game-changing Canadian product or service for foodservice operators
  • This innovation must make a significant positive impact on foodservice operations and add measurable value, such as generating traffic, reducing costs, enhancing the customer experience, etc.
  • This innovation must be highly relevant to a clearly defined target market

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QUESTIONS? Please contact us at or 1.800.387.5649.

Read about our previous winners: 2016 Leadership Award