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Banking and Optometry Come out on Top at the 2016 CPRS Toronto ACE Gala

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CPRS Toronto Recognizes Award-Winning PR Campaigns

TORONTO, May 5, 2016 /CNW/ – The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) in Toronto hosted the Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) Awards Gala and recognized award-winning public relations campaigns from across the Greater Toronto Area. More than 360 professionals attended the event at the Arcadian Court to celebrate their campaigns, showcase client work, and support their colleagues.

“The industry continues to evolve in many ways and the work presented this evening reflects that evolution and dedication behind the public relations profession,” said Diane Bégin, Co-President, CPRS Toronto. Jeff Rohrer, Co-President, CPRS Toronto added, “There is an immense amount of talent found within the Toronto community of public relations professionals and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to be a part of a ceremony that recognizes that.”

The Best in Show awards two outstanding campaigns with creative approaches to meeting the clients’ business and brand needs. Narrative PR received the Best Creative Campaign of the Year for their work with Scotiabank and its SCENE Fall campaign targeting millenials during Frosh Week, combining experiential and creative marketing. The Public Relations Campaign of the Year Award went to Edelman Toronto for its informative and engaging 20-second Daydreams campaign, which brings awareness to computer vision syndrome for the Ontario Association of Optometrists.

“We introduced a new category this year called Marketing Communications Campaign of the Year in response to the shift underway in our industry. The long list of winners in this category is proof of how far we’ve come,” said Carolyn Merchant, ACE Awards Chair, CPRS Toronto. “It is a pleasure to once again lead a team of committed volunteers and judges dedicated to the advancement of the communications profession.”

The 2016 ACE Award recipients include:

Best PR Campaign of the Year

  • Edelman Canada – Ontario Association of Optometrists 20-Second Daydreams

Best Creative Campaign of the Year Award

  • Narrative PR – Scotiabank SCENE Fall

Leadership Awards

  • Lois Marsh Award: Christina Marshall, APR, Vivant Communications
  • CPRS Toronto PR Professional of the Year Award: Lauren Dineen-Duarte, American Express Canada
  • Volunteer of the Year: Terrence Freeman, Humber College
  • CPRS Toronto Public Relations Student of the Year: Charzie Abendanio, Humber College

Investor / Financial Relations Campaign of the Year

Bronze

  • Kaiser Lachance Communications – PUDO Lists on the CSE

Crisis or Issues Management Campaign of the Year

Silver

  • De Beers Group of Companies – Closure of Snap Lake Mine

Community Relations Campaign of the Year

Silver

  • Kaiser Lachance Communications – Sears Canada Milestone Celebrations Program

Bronze

  • Edelman Canada – Canadian Women’s Foundation Get Consent Campaign
  • Veritas Communications – Microsoft Code Generation
  • Weber Shandwick – Ronald McDonald House Charities

Government Relations / Public Affairs Campaign of the Year

Gold

  • Counsel Public Affairs – Ontario Real Estate Association

Bronze

  • Sussex Strategy Group – Dairy Farmers of Canada “Canadian Milk Matters”

New Product or Service Launch Campaign of the Year

Silver

  • MAVERICK Public Relations – Amope PediPark
  • Weber Shandwick – WOW Air Canadian Launch Announcement
  • Weber Shandwick – McDonald’s Canada Restaurant of the Future Launch

Bronze

  • Weber Shandwick – McCafe Standalone Launch
  • Narrative PR – The Journey Begins Here: Scotiabank GM VISA Launch

Brand Development Campaign of the Year

Gold

  • Edelman Canada – KD Rebrand
  • DDB Public Relations – CIL Beauty on a Small Budget

Silver

  • PRAXIS – Quaker Canada “The Recital”
  • Weber Shandwick – McDonald’s Canada Restaurant of the Future Launch

Bronze

  • Weber Shandwick – McCafe Standalone Launch
  • Edelman – Go RVing Canada #BringBackWildhood”
  • North Strategic – AIR MILES “Brand Rejuvenation”

Best Use of Special Events

Gold

  • Narrative PR – BACARDI PALADAR
  • North Strategic – Airbnb “Stay At Air Canada Centre”
  • Veritas Communications – Stella Artois’ Sensorium
  • Weber Shandwick Canada – McFlurry 20th Anniversary

Silver

  • Media Profile – Google Canada “Youtube FanFest”

Bronze

  • Canadian Tire – “Canadian Tire presents Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 2015”
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies – Maytag Ultimate Laundry Room, 2015 Pan Am Games Sponsorship
  • FleishmanHillard – Temptations “Just for Cats”

Best Use of Media Relations Under $50,000

Silver

  • Paradigm Public Relations – Kid Poker Documentary Debut
  • Weber Shandwick – WOW Air Canadian Launch Announcement
  • High Road – American Express Canada “Entertainment on Cloud 10”
  • Kwittken Canada – Re-introducing The Keg to Canadians
  • FleishmanHillard – Concord Adex “Nineteen Century Schooner Discovery”

Bronze

  • Porter Novelli Canada – Kids Help Phone’s BroTalk launch
  • Strategic Objectives – MEGA BLOKS “Building Kids Up Through Play”
  • MSLGROUP – RandStad Workmonitor: from thought leader to game changer
  • Narrative PR – NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto
  • Argyle Public Relationships – Beating the ‘Cancer Blues’ on World Cancer Day
  • Kaiser Lachance Communications – Sears Canada Holiday Media Relations

Best Use of Media Relations Over $50,000

Gold

  • APEX Public Relations – Get Ready for Back-to-School with Walmart Canada

Silver

  • Argyle Public Relationships – Sugary September: Diabetes and the Canadian Election
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies – FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola
  • Paradigm Public Relations – Add A Little Joy with Nutella: 2015 Truck Tour
  • Edelman Canada – Canadian Women’s Foundation Get Consent Campaign
  • Strategic Objectives – Kellogg’s Breakfasts for Better Days
  • APEX Public Relations – Discover Another Side of Walmart Canada
  • Strategic Objectives – #YouAreWelcome from MNCFN: The Official Host First Nation of TO2015
  • APEX Public Relations – Nestle Canada launch of the new SMARTIES packaging
  • MSLGROUP Canada – P&G Always #LikeAGirl: Turning an insult into a confidence

Bronze

  • Weber Shandwick Canada – PetSmart Charities of Canada National Adoption Weekends 2015”
  • Edelman Canada – Baking with Becel ® and Demystifying Margarine News Bureau
  • Kaiser Lachance Communications – Royal LePage “Thought Leadership in Canadian Real Estate”
  • North Strategic – Cadillac Fairview National Black Friday 2015 Campaign
  • FleishmanHillard – MARS Pet Mixed Feeding
  • Woods Canada – Ultimate Dream Job
  • Strategic Objectives – Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats for Toys Holiday Program
  • Edelman Canada – KD Rebrand
  • MSLGROUP Canada – Indigo Holiday 2015
  • Citizen Relations and Loblaw Companies Ltd. – President’s Choice® Insiders Collection™ Holiday Boutique

Best Digital Communications Campaign of the Year

Gold

  • APEX Public Relations – POLYSPORIN®: Targeting the Quebec Market on Facebook

Silver

  • Strategic Objectives – Second Cup Coffee Co. Hot Chocolate: #TasteItRateIt
  • High Road – Canadian Labour Congress “Better Choice”
  • Paradigm Public Relations – Edgewell Personal Care “Be Carefree. Everyday”
  • MSLGROUP Canada – P&G Always #LikeAGirl: Turning an insult into a confidence
  • Cohn & Wolfe – Coleman Canada “Get Outside Day”
  • MSLGROUP Canada – P&G’s “Pantene #ShineStrong Tag Challenge

Bronze

  • Edelman Canada – Canadian Women’s Foundation Get Consent campaign
  • Veritas Communications – Kimberly-Clark “Buckle Up, Creampuff”
  • Sussex Strategy Group – Dairy Farmers of Canada TPP Campaign

Marketing Communications Campaign of the Year

Gold

  • Edelman Canada – Ontario Association of Optometrists 20-Second Daydreams
  • APEX Public Relations – Get Ready for Back-to-School with Walmart Canada
  • Narrative PR – Scotiabank SCENE Fall
  • APEX Public Relations – Discover Another Side of Walmart Canada”\

Silver

  • Edelman Canada – Intuit Canada “Know Your Worth”
  • FleishmanHillard – Uncle Ben’s for “Ben’s Beginners”
  • Media Profile – “Starbucks Canada Sparkle Shop”
  • Toronto Public Health – “The Truth about Smoking Hookah”
  • Government of Ontario – Public Education Campaign to Prevent Sexual Violence and Harassment”
  • Paradigm Public Relations – Add A Little Joy With Nutella: 2015 Truck Tour
  • Weber Shandwick – McCafe Standalone Launch
  • Woods Canada – “Ultimate Dream Job”
  • Media Profile – Cancer Care Ontario “My CancerIQ Online Risk Assessment Tool”
  • Weber Shandwick – McDonald’s Canada Restaurant of the Future Launch
  • PRAXIS – Quaker Canada’s “The Recital”

Bronze

  • Narrative PR – Bayer “Break up and move”
  • Veritas Communications – Microsoft Canada for “Microsoft Surface Studio”
  • Engagers – Bay of Quinte: Isn’t It time
  • Cohn & Wolfe – Coleman Canada “Get Outside Day”
  • Paradigm Public Relations – Tim Hortons Warm Wishes

Student Public Relations Communications Plan of the Year

Bronze

  • Centennial College – Civic Action “Up All Night”
  • Centennial College – Civic Action/Project Fusion “Know the Signs”

The Canadian Public Relations Society is a national professional organization focused on establishing and upholding educational and ethical standards in Public Relations. CPRS Toronto is one of the largest local societies with nearly 600 members. For more information, please visit: http://www.cprstoronto.com.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

CNW, the ACE Awards title sponsor

Business Wire

CNW Creative

ConsumerVision

Fifth Story

Freeman Audio Visual Canada

Leger Marketing

MarketWired

McMaster University

The Canadian Press

Edelman

The Edelman Team with their PR Campaign of the Year Award for Ontario Association of Optometrists: 20-Second Daydreams

Narrative

The Narrative PR Team with their Creative Campaign of the Year Award for Scotiabank SCENE Fall

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For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Charzie Abendanio
Lead, ACE Marketing/Communications
CPRS Toronto ACE Awards Committee
ace@cprstoronto.com

 

Photos from the CPRS Toronto 2013 ACE Awards now available

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This year’s ACE Awards gala was, as promised, a night to remember! Well, now you can reminisce as much and as often as you like because the pictures are available through CPRSToronto’s flickr.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Wednesday, and congratulations again to all of this year’s winners.

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CPRS Toronto recognizes the best public relations campaigns at the 2013 ACE Awards

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Toronto, ON, April 24, 2013 – The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Toronto honoured the best in the Toronto PR industry this evening at the annual Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) Awards gala. Held at the Arcadian Court, the ceremony acknowledged and celebrated the accomplishment of PR professionals in Toronto and the GTA.

“ACE awards are given to those who have positively influenced the PR industry with exceptional communications campaigns,” said Vincent Power, APR, president, CPRS Toronto. “Many outstanding submissions were received this year, and with the help of our judging panel, we were able to select the best of the best in Toronto public relations.”

The ACE Awards concluded with the presentation of the two most prestigious awards: Best PR Campaign of the Year and Best Creative PR Campaign of the Year.  Argyle Communications received top prize of PR Campaign of the Year for the exceptional strategic planning and execution of the 30% off Ontario Tuition campaign and the Best Creative PR Campaign of the Year was awarded to Strategic Objectives for the innovation and creativity behind the 100th birthday of Oreo celebrations.

“The ACE Award recipients are selected by a judging panel of seasoned PR professionals,” said Heather Agnew, ACE Awards chair, CPRS Toronto. “Being recognized by industry peers with an ACE Award is a symbol of quality and mutual respect amongst Toronto’s PR community.”

The 2013 ACE Award recipients include:

Best PR Campaign

  • Argyle Communications and Free for All – 30% off Ontario Tuition

Best Creative PR Campaign 

  • Strategic Objectives and Mondelēz Canada – 100th Birthday of Oreo

Leadership Awards

  • Lois Marsh Award: John Muldoon, APR
  • PR Professional of the Year: Cathy Cowan, Cowan & Company Communications Inc.
  • Volunteer of the Year: Heather Agnew, RBC
  • CPRS Toronto Young PR Professional of the Year: Adrian Seeley, PRAXIS
  • CPRS Toronto Public Relations Student of the Year: Hannah Sunderani, Centennial College

Media Relations – Budget Over $50,000

Gold

  • Strategic Objectives and Mondelēz Canada –  100th Birthday of Oreo
  • Argyle Communications –  The Canadian Pain Summit

Silver 

  • Kraft Canada and Edelman –  MiO Trick Squirts
  • Revera Inc. and Environics Communications –  Thought Leadership – The Revera Reports
  • LOFT and Edelman –  LOFT Canada Launch
  • Novo Nordisk Canada and GCI Group Canada –  Igniting the VA Dialogue
  • NATIONAL Public Relations –  P.F. Chang’s Canadian Launch
  • NATIONAL Public Relations –  Capital One Credit Education Week
  • DDB Public Relations –  autoTRADER.ca: The Most Cars in One Place
  • Shaw Media and Edelman –  The Real Housewives of Vancouver Campaign
  • APEX Public Relations and George Brown College –  George Brown College Waterfront Campus

Bronze 

  • APEX Public Relations, Morin Public Relations and Walmart Canada –  Mom of the Year Award
  • APEX Public Relations and Kao Canada –  John Frieda Precision Foam Colour
  • Environics Communications –  The Talk
  • Citizen Optimum / Future Shop –  Future Shop Holiday 2012
  • eBay and Edelman –  eBay Canada 2012 Holiday program
  • Kraft Canada and Edelman –  Kraft Food for Families
  • NATIONAL Public Relations and Direct Impact –  Ford of Canada Power of Choice Campaign
  • Argyle Communications and PC Financial –  PC Canadian Family Finance Series

Media Relations – Budget under $50,000

Gold

  • APEX Public Relations and Nike Canada –  Sustainable Olympic Track Uniforms

Silver 

  • TD and Paradigm PR –  Credit Cards & You
  • energi PR –  MFPA: Canvassing the Country
  • APEX Public Relations and Nestlé Canada –  Nestlé Assorted Paints the Town Red
  • PRAXIS –  Lifesaving Society: Swim to Survive+
  • Argyle Communications and Staples Canada – Back to School with Staples
  • Fleishman-Hillard Toronto –  One Direction 1D World Toronto
  • SiriusXM and NATIONAL Public Relations – SiriusXM’s Siriusly Sexy Survey

Bronze 

  • APEX Public Relations and Kao Canada –  Summer Beauty with John Frieda and Jergens
  • Citizen Optimum –  ACE Bakery Canada’s Best Sandwich
  • TD and Paradigm PR –  TD Educates About Cyber Fraud

Best Use of Special Events.

Gold 

  • RONA Inc. and MSL Canada –  The Nature of Colour
  • DDB Public Relations –  Subaru’s BRZ Scorches the Competition

Silver 

  • Citizen Optimum / IKEA Canada –  IKEA Winnipeg Store Opening
  • PRAXIS –  CCMadMen Event

Bronze

  • APEX Public Relations and Kao Canada –  YWCA Facility gets a Makeover
  • PRAXIS –  Dean and Todd’s Banff Ice Party at Blue Mountain
  • PRAXIS –  CARSTAR Dirty Car Art Exhibit

New Product or Service Launch Campaign of the Year 

Gold 

  • Energizer Personal Care –  Launch of Schick Hydro Silk
  • McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd.  –  Our Food. Your Questions.

Silver 

  • Shaw Media –  Continuum Series Launch Campaign
  • Kraft Canada and Edelman –  MiO Trick Squirts
  • Kaiser Lachance Communications –  Sears Canada LOOK! Report Launch
  • NATIONAL Public Relations –  P.F. Chang’s Canadian Launch
  • APEX Public Relations and Kao Canada –  Bioré Welcomes You (Back) to Your 20s

Bronze

  • APEX Public Relations and Nike Canada –  Measuring Movement to Make Life a Sport.
  • Ketchum PR Canada and Philips Canada – Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Launch

Employee Communications Campaign of the Year

Silver 

  • Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited –  Grow Your Mo’ for Movember Campaign
  • Bombardier – Employee Communications Campaign of the Year Bombardier Aerospace Toronto Site

Community Relations Campaign of the Year 

Gold 

  • Argyle Communications and Free For All  –  30% Off Ontario Tuition

Silver 

  • Citizen Optimum –  Hyundai Hockey Helpers
  • Argyle Communications –  The Crosstown and the Community

Bronze 

  • Ontario Tire Stewardship, OARA and Environics Communications –  Ontario Tire Stewardship and OARA: Annual Tire Take Back Events
  • PRAXIS –  The Courvoisier Collection
  • Environics Communications and Stewardship Ontario –  Make the Drop, Battery Recycling Program

Best Digital Communications Campaign of the Year 

Silver 

  • Energizer Personal Care and Paradigm PR –  Playtex Gentle Glide Communications
  • Unilever Canada and Edelman –  Salty’s Missing Again’s Digital Journey
  • Kraft Canada and Edelman –  Kraft Foods DessertCentre.ca Program

Best Use of Communication Tools (Internet, A/V, Research & Measurement, Print and Publications)

Gold

  • Environics Communications and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare –  Advil Nighttime Year II

Brand Development Campaign of the Year

Gold

  • McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd.  –  Our Food. Your Questions.

Silver

  • Environics Communications – airmilesshops.ca Holiday Campaign
  • PRAXIS –  Canadian Club 2013 Brand Development

Bronze

  • Veritas Communications Inc. –  SUBWAY Restaurants Commit to Fit
  • Environics Communications –  Panasonic Cooking Canada Campaign
  • Randstad and MSL Canada –  Randstad: 2013 Public Relations Program
  • Ketchum PR Canada and Philips Canada –  Philips Consumer Lighting Campaign
  • Citizen Optimum –  ACE Bakery Canada’s Best Sandwich
  • NATIONAL Public Relations –  Hankook Tire Canada, The Road to the Top
  • PRAXIS –  Pepsi Ultimate Taste Challenge
  • Real Estate Council of Ontario –  RECO’s Consumer Awareness Campaign

Crisis or Issues Management Campaign of the Year 

Bronze 

  • MAVERICK–  Crisis at Toronto Eaton Centre

Best Student PR Campaign of the Year 

Gold

  • Talk is Cheap 5.0 Team, Centennial College –  Talk is Cheap 5.0

Silver

  • BraveArt Committee, Centennial College –  BraveArt
  • Cheryl, Hannah, Kassandra, Jessica & Brittany, Centennial College –  It’s Your Moment LGFB Fashion Show

The Canadian Public Relations Society is a national professional organization focused on establishing and upholding educational and ethical standards in Public Relations. CPRS Toronto is one of the largest local societies with nearly 600 members. For more information, please visit: http://www.cprstoronto.com.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Nicole Laoutaris
Lead, ACE Marketing/Communications
CPRS Toronto ACE Awards Committee
ace@cprstoronto.com

Strategic Objectives celebrates CPRS Toronto ACE Award win for Best Creative PR Campaign

Strategic Objectives celebrates CPRS Toronto ACE Award win for Best Creative PR Campaign

Argyle Communications take home the CPRS Toronto ACE Award for Best PR Campaign

Argyle Communications take home the CPRS Toronto ACE Award for Best PR Campaign

 

 

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Open doors with a CPRS Toronto Leadership Award

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By Miranda Germani

A Beatles’ top award was accidentally used as a doorstop for 30 years* (intrigued? See footnote below), but in a not-so-literal sense, awards can truly open many doors to a young PR professional.

Matt Juniper, winner of the CPRS Toronto Young Public Relations Professional of the Year Award in 2012, realized the impact of the recognition almost immediately.

“Receiving my ACE Award was an extremely rewarding experience,” Matt said. “To be honoured for my work in front of some of the most successful public relations practitioners in Toronto was a memorable and rewarding experience.”

In just a year, the award has made a difference to Matt’s career.

“The award has been not only an excellent addition to my resume, it’s given me stronger name recognition in the Toronto public relations industry. I’ve been invited to multiple conferences as a panelist, I’m frequently asked to contribute as a guest writer on public relations blogs and my colleagues in the industry have greater awareness of who I am. In an industry where networking is so crucial, this added name recognition has been invaluable.”

Matt encourages all PR professionals to consider nominating a young PR professional that they know for this award. “Not only will the award open doors for that individual, nominators will be helping pay tribute to younger professionals in the field. In an industry that moves and changes so quickly, young public relations professionals are a valuable asset and I believe it is important to recognize them.”

Tempted to apply and not sure what to include?

Matt thinks a diverse submission made him stand out, giving these tips:

  • A successful award submission shows balance between work and other experience, like volunteering
  • Highlight many areas of experience – Matt has been involved in corporate, political and not-for-profit communications campaigns through his volunteer work
  • Staying informed and involved in industry trends like social media, and other emerging communications trends

But that’s just Matt’s experience – the judges are looking for you to put your personal stamp on your submission.

The CPRS Toronto Leadership Awards recognizes individuals who have achieved excellence in their careers or made significant contributions to the field of public relations. In addition to the CPRS Toronto Young Public Relations Professional of the Year Award, there are also award categories for Public Relations Student of the Year Leadership Award, Public Relations Professional of the Year, Mentor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

More information is available on the CPRS Toronto Leadership Awards page.

The nominations deadline has been EXTENDED to Thursday, March 7, 2013. This is your last chance to nominate yourself or someone else.

The Leadership Awards will be presented at the ACE Awards Gala on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

* The Beatles’ top gong, a prestigious Ivor Novello award, was given to them after Yellow Submarine sold 1.2 million copies. A woman found it in a derelict London office building in the early 1980s, took it home, and used it to prop open a door for three decades. The now-elderly woman apparently didn’t realize what she had found for 30 years, but found out and sold the award last year at auction.

LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED!

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What better way to set yourself apart at this year’s ACE Awards Gala than by winning an award?

The Leadership Awards nominations window has been extended for ONE more week! This is your chance to nominate yourself, or a deserving peer or colleague for one of these prestigious awards. Please submit your nominations to ace@cprstoronto.com by March 7, 2013.

Entry is free of charge. Winners will be announced and recognized at the ACE Awards Gala on April 24, 2013. Winning an award at the ACE Gala provides valuable recognition in front of a room of PR professionals, industry mavens and communications experts – better than a business card!

Categories include:

CPRS Toronto Public Relations Student of the Year – Recognizing a CPRS Toronto full or part-time student graduating this year who has a solid academic record and has demonstrated interest in professional development. Click here to read about what last year’s Student of the Year is doing now.

CPRS Toronto Young Public Relations Professional of the Year (Under 30 years of age) – Recognizing a public relations professional (under 30 years on March 23, 2013) who has been in the industry for less than three years (i.e., since March 23, 2010) who has made significant achievements in his or her career.

CPRS Toronto Public Relations Professional of the Year – Recognizing outstanding personal achievement within the public relations industry over their career, with particular focus on their successes over the past year (2012-2013).

CPRS Toronto Mentor of the Year Award – Recognizing a volunteer who has served as a mentor to public relations professionals or students in the year of 2012/2013.

CPRS Toronto Volunteer of the Year Award – Recognizing a volunteer within CPRS Toronto during the previous year (2012/2013) year.

Click here for more information about each category, and submission requirements.

Stand out (!) with a CPRS Toronto Public Relations Student of the Year Leadership Award

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By Miranda Germani

It can be tough for students and new grads to stand out from the crowd when looking for that perfect first job. Everyone’s education and work experience tend to be similar, so winning an award can really make you shine.

One person who did just that is Robin Smith, winner of the CPRS Toronto Public Relations Student of the Year Leadership Award at the ACE Awards gala in 2012. Here’s how he used this opportunity to land a role with one of the top agencies in Canada.

“Winning the Student of the Year Leadership Award was a major stepping stone for me. I used my acceptance speech as a ‘pitch’ and advertised myself to the people most likely to make new hires. Before leaving the stage I had received my first business card, and by the end of the night I had met some very important people,” Robin says. This strategy worked, and as Robin went on to explain, “By following up on the contacts I made at the ACE Awards Gala I was able to secure a full-time position with one of the best agencies in Canada, starting my first job after graduating from Seneca College.”

Robin encourages anyone to apply, saying “I think a self-nomination is a great career building move. I knew going into the nomination that it would be a long shot, but the satisfaction and confidence that being recognized brought was a huge reward. If you’re not nominating yourself and you’re giving your colleague the nod, it is a big show of respect for that person. Taking the time to highlight the talents of one of your colleagues is a great way to show that they are appreciated and valued.”

Robin thinks his application stood out to the judges due to a shining reference, with solid volunteer experience sealing the deal.

“Receiving an ACE Award was amazing, totally fantastic. When I got the message from the President of CPRS Toronto it caught me so off guard that I just started laughing. Toronto is one of the most important cities for Canadian PR practitioners, with a large and active community, and being recognized by the group was a huge honour, especially considering how many PR students there are in post-grad programs across the city.”

If you think you or someone else should be recognized, now is your chance to nominate yourself or a deserving peer for the CPRS Toronto Public Relations Student of the Year Leadership Award. And there are no barriers to throwing your hat into the ring – entry is free!

In addition to the CPRS Toronto Public Relations Student of the Year Leadership Award there are also Award categories for Young Public Relations Professional of the Year, Public Relations Professional of the Year, Mentor of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

More information is available on the CPRS Toronto Leadership Awards page. But hurry, the deadline is soon! Nominations must be submitted by February 24, 2013.

The Leadership Awards will be presented at the ACE Awards Gala on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.