Professional Awards

2021 BC Economic Development Awards

The BC Economic Development Association’s BC Economic Development Awards recognizes the Province’s best economic development marketing materials; programs and partnerships. These prestigious awards honor organizations and/or individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Two awards will be given in each category – based on population. One award for population under 20,000 and one award for population over 20,000.

Online Application - BCEDA Members

Online Application - Non-Members

View the Nomination Guidelines

Download the Preparing Your Entry Webinar

Timeline & Entry Fees

Call for Entries Begins:  November 9, 2020
Final Deadline:  February 5, 2021
Awards Presented:  March 8-11th, 2021
Entry Submission (per entry): BCEDA Members $30.00 + GST/ Non Members $100 + GST. 


Marketing Innovation 

These awards recognize innovative and effective marketing materials used for attracting, retaining and fostering business as well as communication vehicles used by economic development organizations.

Examples of Typical Submissions:
  • General Purpose Brochure
  • Special Purpose Brochure
  • General Purpose Promotion
  • Annual Report
  • Paid Advertising Campaign
  • Newsletter/Newspaper
  • Magazine
  • General Purpose Website
  • Special Purpose Website
  • New Media
  • Special Event
  • Branding
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Marketing Campaign

Community Project 

This award recognizes a community or regional partnership that works together in on-going economic development work and activities.
Examples of Typical Submissions:
  • Technology Based Economic Development
  • Multi-Year Economic Development
  • Economic Development Training
  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Neighbourhood Development
  • Human Capital Program
  • Responding to Globalization
  • Sustainable and Green Development
  • Real Estate Redevelopment & Reuse
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Partnerships with Educational Institutions
  • Regionalism and Cross-Border Collaboration

Economic Resiliency and Recovery 

This category includes submissions for programs, activities, and projects that represent a successful recovery initiative from natural and man-made disasters, including COVID-19, as well as submissions that represent replicable measures undertaken to promote long term resiliency and/or sustainability from future disasters.   Examples include strategies that account for ups and downs in local and regional economic conditions, projects that incorporate standards and practices to address the potential of disasters common to the particular area, or projects that begin to celebrate successes of recovery from disasters. 

BCEDA may decide to issue more then one award at each population level for this category.

Past Winners

2020 BCEDA Awards News Release
2019 BCEDA Awards News Release
2018 BCEDA Awards News Release
2017 BCEDA Awards News Release
2016 BCEDA Awards News Release
2015 BCEDA Awards News Release
2014 BCEDA Awards News Release