Deadline for Nominations

March 12 at 11:59 ET
2021/03/12 23:58:59

APRIL 28, 2021 | 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET

CHANNEL INNOVATION AWARD NOMINATIONS/ TOP 100 SOLUTION PROVIDER SURVEY NOW OPEN

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SPEND THE AFTERNOON WITH THE CHANNEL

We’ve taken the best parts of our two Channel events and combined them into one great afternoon of learning and celebration.

Join us for a 2.5-hour virtual gathering for ISV’s and Canadian channel players focused on how to excel in the new business normal. During the fast-paced afternoon, there will be panels and presentations, we’ll release the TOP 1OO SOLUTION PROVIDERS RANKING and recognize the top performers by revenue, and we’ll celebrate examples on innovation excellence across six categories. The conference will conclude with the presentation of the coveted Channel Innovator of the Year and the Top Solution Provider of the Year.

Channel Innovation Awards 2021 is an opportunity for both celebration and advancement. It will honour the channel’s top players by revenue and the achievements of IT innovators who have developed pioneering products and services breaking new ground and winning in a crowded and disrupted market. The event’s panels and presentations will provide guidance on the top issues facing channel players.

CHANNEL INNOVATION AWARDS

Channel Daily News (CDN) is inviting ISV and solution innovators from across Canada to submit nominations for six awards that showcase the amazing work done by a broad cross-section of new and evolving technology leaders serving the channel. 

The awards will be presented during Channel Innovation 2021: Adapting to the New Customer Experience. The 2.5-hour conference and celebration will take place on CIA-TV, a unique ITWC platform that allows the audience to take in the show, download related content, and videos, as well as network in live breakout rooms.

Nominations for the 2021 Channel Innovation Awards are open. Submissions must be received by March 12, 2021. Self-nominations and third-party nominations are encouraged.

TOP 100 SOLUTION PROVIDER RANKING

CDN is now accepting submissions online for the 2021 Top 100 Solution Providers ranking. To qualify for the list, you must complete a confidential 10-minute survey. The survey covers topics ranging from channel challenges to market preferences and includes the financial information from which the Top 100 list is created. That ranking is specifically based on total 2020 gross revenues of ICT goods and services sold and purchased by entities located within Canada.

TAKE THE TOP 100 SURVEY NOW

BENCHMARK REPORT

In addition to creating the Top 100 ranking, the information collected is used to create a snapshot of the Channel with information on trends, hiring inclinations and product preferences. You will receive a complimentary copy of the report as thanks for your participation. View the 2020 Benchmark Report sponsored by Jabra.

AGENDA

Welcoming Remarks

  • Corinne Sharp, President, Canadian Channel Chiefs
  • Fawn Annan, CEO ITWC
  • Ingram Micro, County Chief Executive, Bill Brandel

Keynote Presentation

SIx Ways the Channel Has Changed Forever

  • Jay McBain, Principal Analyst, Channel Partnerships & Alliances, Forrester

Top 100 Solution Provider Overview

  • Alex Coop, Editorial Director, ITWC
  • Presentation of C4 Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Presentation of Two Innovation Awards 

    • DATA MANAGEMENT MASTER
    • REMOTE WORK AND COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACES WUNDERKIND
      Presented by Deidre Deacon  Channel Chief, ViewSonic

Panel Discussion

Channel Talent Issues for 2021 and Beyond
Moderated by Ingram Micro

Networking Session

  • Sponsored by VMware

Presentation of Three Awards 

  • NO. 5 SOLUTION PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
  • NO. 4 SOLUTION PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
  • NEW NORMAL NINJA
    Presented by HP

Presentation

The Top Five Service Trends Every Channel Partner Needs to Embrace

  • Jason Bremner, Vice President, Industry and Business Solutions, IDC Canada

Presentation of Two Awards 

  • EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES GURU
    Presented by VWware
  • NO. 3 SOLUTION PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Fireside Chat

Intellectual Property Profitability

  •  hosted by ITWC CEO Fawn Annan

Final Awards Presentation

  • INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
  • NO. 2 SOLUTION PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
  • SOLUTION PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
    Presented by Bill Brandel, country Chief Executive Bill Brandel

Closing Remarks

  • Virtual After Party

Awards

Why Nominate?

Award recognition will bring attention that enhances your reputation, builds potential business opportunities, and solidifies your relationship with existing partners or customers.

You may submit a maximum of three award nominations. You may self-nominate for any award.  

The winning nominations will use a customer success story to demonstrate how a specific innovation or innovation program helped a partner solve a business problem, drive digital transformation, or evolve business value. The identity of the partner remains confidential unless otherwise stipulated. Please include business impact results where possible.

The Awards will honour outstanding innovation and Canadian organizations that provide exceptional customer value. There are six award categories, Any organizations can apply in a maximum of three categories.

DATA MANAGEMENT MASTER

This award recognizes a state-of-the-art data initiative that enables end users to integrate, cleanse, migrate, analyze and manage data across platforms to produce accurate, consistent information in a clear and precise manner.

REMOTE WORK AND COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACES WUNDERKIND

This award recognizes innovative initiatives that increased collaboration, communication, and productivity in the workplace.  The initiative can involve any part of a workspaces transformation from the reconfiguration of physical environments to the enablement of remote environments, the development of collaboration platforms, employee support initiatives, or the introduction of specialized training programs.

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES GURU
The Emerging Technologies Guru Award recognizes partners providing customer value through new and emerging technologies, such as AI/ML, deep learning, blockchain, or AR/VR. The winning nomination will demonstrate how the initiative is accelerating a business journey.

C4 AWARD FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

The award recognizes a channel organization working hard to solve diversity and inclusion challenges. The organization’s nomination must show a commitment to equity, inclusion, social justice, or community and social corporate responsibility.

NEW NORMAL NINJA

This award recognizes the most unique initiative that helped a partner or client negotiate the impact of the recent pandemic, whether it was the move to a remote posture or assisting in the return to work.  New apps, initiatives for frontline workers, tracing software, human resource initiatives, portals are all examples of possible nominations.

THE INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes any initiative or a solution that has helped a partner or client succeed in an extraordinary fashion. Nominations may include any situation from security and backup to HR or infrastructure. The judges’ focus will be on measurable results. 

CIA Judges

We are pleased to have these leading industry figures serving as the judges for the 2021 Channel Innovation Awards.

Luc Villeneuve
President, Benchmark Corp.

Braden Root-McCaig
Director of Communications & Strategy, Ontario Centres for Excellence

Brennen Schmidt
Mackenzie Institute, Board of Governors

2020 Top 100 Solution Providers List

The stories behind 2019 CIA diamond winners

VIDEOS

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SmartOne

Datex

Mobia Technology Solutions

Tickit Health

Benchmark

Tidal Migrations

Shinydocs

WebSan Solutions

ARTICLES

Looking for the Top 100

For 2021 the CDN Top 100 has been combined with the Channel Innovation awards.

Put your company in the national spotlight

CIA winners and all finalists will be recognized at CDN’s Channel Innovation Gala. Submitting solution providers will be invited to a VIP pre-event partner workshop featuring a noted industry expert. All qualified nominations will be posted on the CDN website. Winning solutions will be profiled in CDN Magazine and Direction Informatique, ITWC’s a French language publication devoted to the Quebec marketplace. Winners will also receive a digital badge for use on their websites and in social media to help gain industry-wide recognition and end-user exposure.