Immigrants of Distinction Awards

Immigrant Services Calgary has hosted the Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) since 1997. The Immigrants of Distinction Awards honours the exceptional contributions and achievements of Calgary’s immigrants and refugees. Nominations for the 2019 Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards are officially open and will remain open until 11:59 pm on November 30, 2018. 

The theme for the 23rd Annual Immigrants of Distinction Awards 'Immigration - Building Canada's Prosperity’ aims to recognize inspirational immigrants and refugees in our nation’s ever-expanding mosaic of ethnicities, languages, cultures and talents that have come together to create a strong and prosperous Canada. This year the awards gala will be hosted at the dazzling Bella Concert Hall, Calgary on March 15, 2019. Tickets will be available for purchase in December 2018. 

Immigrants of Distinction Awards categories include: 

  • Achievement under 35
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Service
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Organization Diversity
  • Youth Scholarships

To learn more about the categories, please click here

To nominate someone, please click here.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact

To view photos from the 2018 Immigrants of Distinction Awards, please click here.