Catalyst Canada Honours Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Catalyst Canada Honours?

The Catalyst Canada Honours (CCH) celebrates champions of women in Canadian business. These exceptional individuals are personally and visibly committed to the advancement of women into leadership and serve as powerful role models for Canadian corporate leaders. Each year, Champions in the categories of Company/Firm Leader, Business Leader, and Human Resources/Diversity Leader are honoured at a gala event in the fall in Toronto.

  1. What makes this recognition unique?

CCH salutes individuals who make a difference. Champions 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 the advancement of women to have their achievements recognized by their colleagues and peers.

Catalyst Canada Honours Champions are celebrated each year at the Catalyst Canada Honours 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 The Globe and Mail as part of the official announcement, as well as on promotional material for the Catalyst Canada Honours.

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

CCH 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 Form.

  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 Form.

  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.

  1. What do previous champions look like?

The Catalyst Canada Honours have 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 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours, a completed nomination package must be submitted by January 23, 2015, to [email protected]. A completed nomination package consists of the following items:

Catalyst will select the top candidates in each nomination category to participate in a 60-minute telephone interview with the evaluation committee. Catalyst will also contact one of the references named in the nomination form to participate in an interview.

All candidates will be notified ahead of the public announcement in June 2015, whether or not they won.

  1. What is the time commitment?

The Nomination Form consists of the nominee’s contact information and a 750-word recommendation describing the nominee’s diversity championship.

The Supplementary Questionnaire consists of seven questions, to be answered by the nominee, about how the nominee demonstrates the evaluation criteria (responses to each question should not exceed 500 words). Nominees must also provide contact information for three references, and a written reference from a woman who has benefitted from the nominee’s championship.

If advanced as a finalist, the nominee and one reference will each participate in a one-hour interview.

An individual named as a Catalyst Canada Honours Champion 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 2015.

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

Finalists will be notified and interviews scheduled in early March 2015. Individuals selected as Catalyst Canada Honours Champions will be notified in May 2015.

  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 demonstrated championship. The Supplementary Questionnaire requires contact information for three references who may be contacted for an interview should the nominee advance to the finalist stage. We also request a written reference from a woman who has benefitted from the nominee’s championship. The written reference may also be one of the three references whose contact information is provided.

  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 champion women in business; 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 individuals who are champions for women in Canadian business.

  1. Can someone be nominated for the Catalyst Canada Honours if his or her organization has applied for the Catalyst Award?

If an organization’s diversity initiative is a finalist for the Catalyst Award, employees from that organization may not be nominated for the Catalyst Canada Honours for the same year.

  1. How will I know if my company’s initiative is a finalist for the Catalyst Award?

If you are not certain about whether your organization’s initiative has reached the finalist stage for the Catalyst Award, please contact us at [email protected].

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