Catalyst Canada Honours Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Catalyst Canada Honours?

The Catalyst Canada Honours annually recognizes exceptional role models for accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. Since 2010, more than 20 outstanding individuals have been honoured as Champions, representing the gold standard for leadership in corporate Canada. Champions and Emerging Leaders are honoured at a gala event in the Fall in Toronto.

  1. What makes this recognition unique?

The Catalyst Canada Honours salutes individuals who make a difference. Champions and Emerging Leaders challenge their colleagues to greater achievements. They encourage communities to become better than they thought they could be. Their example motivates people they have never met to change others’ lives for the better. This recognition is a valuable platform for sharing individual successes with the broader Canadian business community. 

  1. Why should I nominate my colleagues?

The Catalyst Canada Honours program seeks to create role models for diversity and inclusion among business leaders across the country, exemplifying the positive change that can be made through the action and leadership of an individual. The Catalyst Canada Honours is a chance for leaders who are committed to workplace inclusion and the advancement of women to have their achievements recognized by their colleagues and peers.

Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and Emerging Leaders are celebrated at the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference and Dinner, attended by senior business leaders from across the country and across industries. Catalyst will also publish a public profile of each Champion, outlining his or her outstanding achievements. Champion names will also appear in promotional material for the Catalyst Canada Honours.

  1. Who can apply? How do I know if someone is qualified?

Catalyst Canada Honours is designed for individuals who creatively and skillfully approach the topic of diversity and inclusion. We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds and with different experiences and accomplishments. If you believe a colleague’s background might be of interest, we encourage you to complete and submit a Nomination Package.

  1. Can I nominate myself?

We encourage you to nominate champions you have seen make a difference in their industry. If you are interested in applying, you must be endorsed by a colleague who is familiar with your accomplishments and who completes and submits the Nomination Package.

  1. What experience should an applicant have?

Champions mentor and sponsor women, challenge the status quo, influence others within the organization and the broader community to commit to diversity and inclusion, actively participate in diversity and inclusion programs/initiatives, and have a marked impact on the advancement of women, including diverse women.

Emerging Leaders are creating demonstrated impact and influence others to support diversity and inclusion within their organization or in the community.

  1. What do previous champions look like?

The Catalyst Canada Honours has recognized Canadian business leaders hailing from various industries and with differing backgrounds and experiences. All previous Champions have demonstrated outstanding commitment to and achievement in advancing women. Read more about past champions

  1. What is the nomination process?

To nominate a candidate for the 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours, a completed Nomination Package must be submitted by March 31, 2016, to [email protected]. A completed Nomination Package consists of the following items:

  • Completed Nomination Form

  • The Nominee’s bio or CV

All Nominees will be alerted as to whether or not they will be honoured prior to the public announcement in June 2016.

  1. What is the time commitment?

The Nomination Form consists of the nominee’s contact information and a recommendation describing the nominee’s diversity championship. A letter of reference is also required from someone other than the Nominator

Individuals named as a Catalyst Canada Honours Champions will be required to review a public profile written by Catalyst, and to attend the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference and Dinner in Toronto in the Fall of 2016.

  1. When will I hear about the result of my nomination?

Individuals selected as Catalyst Canada Honours Champions and Emerging Leaders will be notified in June 2016.

  1. If I am not selected this year, can I be nominated again next year?

Yes, we encourage all individuals who meet the eligibility criteria to be nominated in subsequent years.

  1. Who should be references?

We encourage Nominees to select references who are very familiar with the Nominee’s accomplishments, and who are able to provide tangible examples of how the Nominee has created impact around workplace inclusion. The written reference must be someone other than the Nominator

  1. The Nominee’s organization does not have any diversity initiatives. Should I still nominate him or her?

Yes. The Catalyst Canada Honours recognizes individuals who accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion; we seek to honour behaviours, not initiatives.

  1. What is the difference between the Catalyst Award and the Catalyst Canada Honours?

The Catalyst Award is open to organizations across the globe and recognizes specific initiatives or programs that promote diversity and inclusion within an organization. In contrast, the Catalyst Canada Honours recognizes Canadian business leaders who accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

If you have further questions, please contact Catalyst Canada at [email protected] or +1 416 645 5868.