Alberta Business Awards

Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction

The Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction recognizes organizations that embrace diversity in their workforce, encourages respect and inclusion, eliminates discrimination and barriers, and is helping to create welcoming and inclusive workplaces and communities.

“The Chrysalis team of management and staff were honoured to be recognized for their leadership in the area of diversity. With over 150 employees coming from over 20 different countries, it has been essential that everyone openly and creatively embrace the richness such diversity brings to any workplace. Our staff members are all on board to celebrate, learn from and appreciate the uniqueness their differences can bring to the work, while positively influencing their environment.“

Lynn Groves-Hautmann, President/CEO
Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities
2013 Recipient of the Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction


If you would like to nominate a business or organization please proceed to the nominate page.

Award applicants are not required to be a member of an Alberta Chamber of Commerce. 

Entry Deadline:

In order to be eligible, your submission must be received by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce office no later than TBD. Due to the number of entries received, entry packages cannot be returned. If unable to submit your application electronically, please submit a printed copy of this form and all other documents to the following:

2018 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction
c/o Alberta Chambers of Commerce
1808 – 10025 – 102A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2Z2

General Eligibility Requirements

To be a valid entry in the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction, your business must:

  • Have operated in Alberta for a minimum of three years
  • Be operating in Alberta and continue to do so at the time of the awards presentation
  • Employ Albertans to produce goods and/or provide services
  • Not have won in the same category in the past three years
  • Not have anyone in your management, on your board, or in your employ serving on the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction judging committee for this category

Specific Eligibility Requirements

The Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction recognizes and honours organizations that are leaders in integrating diversity and human rights practices throughout their organization so that employees, clients, customers and others are respected and included.

Diversity is all the ways in which we differ. A broad definition includes race, ethnicity, gender, age, place of origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, education, marital status, language and physical appearance. The goal of diversity work is to acknowledge the strengths and capacities that all people, as unique individuals, bring to a workplace and to value these differences.

Inclusion is the act of creating a work environment in which all people feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued, and able to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming workplace embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions by, and for, all people (Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion).

A Human Rights Culture is a workplace environment where human rights are promoted and respected and where employees are free from concerns related to basic equity issues (University of Calgary Cultural Diversity Institute).

Organizations can integrate diversity and be inclusive in many ways. A comprehensive diversity strategy would include:

  • Developing and implementing policies that create inclusive work environments (e.g., duty to accommodate policy, harassment prevention policy, etc.)
  • Implementing programs that create respectful and equitable work environments and services
  • Recruiting, retaining and promoting employees from diverse backgrounds
  • Ensuring that diversity is reflected at all levels of the organization, including in management and on boards of directors

Organizations in all sectors, including businesses, government departments, nonprofits, community groups, municipalities and public institutions, are eligible to apply.

To begin your application process, please provide concise details for each requirement as it relates to your organization in the space provided. All fields are required.

STEP TWO: The Alberta’s Best of Business Award of Distinction form is mandatory to apply for this award and must be completed.


Business Profile

Business Legal Name

Business Operating Name
(as you require it to appear in print)

Name of Owner(s) or CEO



Address (Head Office)

Address (Operating Office)



Number of Employees in Alberta

Date of Incorporation (if applicable)


Date Operations Commenced in Alberta (DD/MM/YYYY)

Product and/or Service Supplied

Submitter Profile

Submitter Name


Submitter Email

Submitter Phone

Submitter Fax

How did you hear of the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction

Submission Details

Why did your organization decide to address diversity and inclusion? Outline the issues you faced that drove the need for action.

Describe your organization’s diversity strategy/plan (i.e., goals, objectives, target audience).

What activities did you implement to operationalize your diversity strategy? Describe what you actually did.

How do you encourage all staff to live the values of your diversity strategy? How do you ensure that your employees feel respected and included?

How do you deal with conflict within your organization, including addressing harassment, bullying and other disrespectful behavior in the workplace?

*Outline the results of your diversity strategy. How did you evaluate/measure your activities? What were the outcomes/your achievements? How has your strategy impacted your employees, organization and community? Did it address the needs you identified? Please explain.

Provide any additional information you feel is relevant to your submission for this award.

Alberta's Best of Business Award of Distinction

Finalists in all award categories are eligible for the Alberta's Best of Business Award of Distinction and must complete the form fields below with this specific category entry application to be eligible for the Award.

This prestigious award is presented to an Alberta business that:

  • is helping to build a better Alberta
  • demonstrates outstanding achievement and leadership
  • demonstrates ongoing, consistent involvement in community events and organizations locally and/or provincially.

The winner will be announced to media across the province and will be presented with a special award at the Gala.

How does your organization build a better Alberta? (For example, leading edge thinking, risk taking, entrepreneurial practices, environmental responsibility, global focus, fun, friendly attitude)

How does your organization demonstrate outstanding achievement and leadership in Alberta? (For example, describe your organization’s productivity, successful ventures, innovation, diversity, ethical practices)

Describe your organization’s ongoing and consistent involvement in community events and local and/or provincial organizations.

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