FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 3, 2021



Canada’s restaurant and foodservice industry is powered by passionate, innovative and creative people, from business owners and chefs to front-line staff, suppliers and the many others who team up to serve more than 18 million customers every day. Restaurants Canada recognizes excellence in our industry through an annual awards program.

We invite you to nominate a deserving individual for our RC Awards of Excellence. The winners will be recognized at the RC Show taking place February 28-March 2, 2021 in Toronto.

Deadline for Nominations: January 31, 2021 at midnight EST

Leadership Award

Winner will be announced at Breakfast With Champions (Tues, Mar 2).

  • Made an outstanding and pioneering contribution to Canada’s restaurant and foodservice industry
  • Had a positive and measurable impact in their community
  • The impact could be based on one major initiative or several smaller actions over time pertaining to employment opportunities, arts and culture, sustainability, philanthropy, community involvement or other worthy areas

Innovation Award

Winner will be announced at the RC Show Speaker Stage (Tues, Mar 2 at 3:15pm).

  • Created a game-changing Canadian product or service for foodservice operators
  • This innovation must make a significant positive impact on foodservice operations and add measurable value, such as generating traffic, reducing costs, enhancing the customer experience, etc.
  • This innovation must be highly relevant to a clearly defined target market

Culinary Excellence

Winner will be announced at the Opening Night Reception (Sun, Feb. 28).

  • Made an outstanding contribution to Canada’s culinary landscape
  • Set a new standard for creating culinary experiences that delight the senses
  • Inspires others through their culinary knowledge, passion and skill
  • Practices the highest standards of food quality and safety