The Channel Innovation Awards (CIA) are an opportunity for everyone to come together to celebrate the achievements of IT solution providers in the channel — for their creation of inspired products and services that help their customers thrive.

Computer Dealer News (CDN) invites channel players from across Canada to submit nominations for 15 awards in five categories: B2B, B2C, B2Government, B2Employee and Channel Leadership.

Built on the foundation of the hugely popular Channel Elite Awards program retired in 2017, the CIA showcases the amazing work done by a broader cross-section of new technology leaders serving the channel,  including MSPs, ISVs, VARs, professional services, consulting partners, born-in-the-cloud firms and a vast range of secondary sellers.


When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Where: Universal Eventspace | 6250 Highway 7, Vaughan, ON L4H 4G3


4:00pm to 4:30pmWorkshop registration
4:30pm to 5:45pmWorkshop
5:30pm to 6:15pmGala registration & networking
6:15pm to 7:30pmAwards presentation
7:30pm to 9:00pmNetworking reception & dinner

Some of the award categories are familiar, while others are new, focusing on emerging and evolving areas of the Channel. There will be a maximum of three nominations per company.

The deadline for nominations is July 27

All award nominations are evaluated by an independent panel of experts from within the Canadian technology scene. The selection of winning solutions is based on a variety of considerations, including innovation, design and user experience, and customer service as well as the overall technological advancement for their respective categories.

The C4 Award will be selected by judges based on the top submission in any category that is submitted by any corporate or associate member of the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council in good standing at the time of the submission.

Note: Judges reserve the right to not designate a winner in a given category if none of the submissions are seen as innovative.


Category winners will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Innovation: How original is the application of the IT solution to solving the business problem?
Improved sales or revenue: Is there evidence that the solution benefited the customer by growing sales, improving revenue, or cost reductions?
Improved efficiency: Is there evidence that the solution brought about greater efficiency?
Customer service: Is there evidence that the solution benefited the client by improving internal and/or external customer service?

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.