After a year break, we are pleased to announce that the Silver Leaf Awards, IABC Canada’s celebration of communication excellence, is back!
You worked hard on your communication program by researching, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating. Now, it’s time for you to shine and be recognized for your best work. Put time in your calendar to pull together your entries – the system will open May 1, 2021! Early entries, submitted before May 31, will receive an early bird discounted rate.
Deadline for entry: June 30, 2021


New Categories

  • In alignment with the Gold Quill Awards, a new category was added to the Silver Leaf Awards program this year. Submit your Covid-19-related programs under Division 1: Communication Management – Category 22B: Covid-19 Response & Recovery Management and Communication. You can also enter videos, writing, publications and other communication tools created for Covid-19 communication under the regular Division 4: Communication Skills categories.
  • Category 30: Diversity and Inclusion has also been added to Division 1: Communication Management to align with IABC’s Gold Quill categories.

Access all available categories here.


Entry eligibility dates

  • All work must be implemented, published or broadcast between January 2018 and the day of submission. If a long-term strategy was developed prior to January 1, 2018, and hasn’t been entered in this competition, it is eligible for entry.
  • If a long-term strategy developed before January 1, 2018, has been entered in a previous Silver Leaf competition, only new information and progress will be evaluated.

Entry Fees

Early-bird deadline (May 1-31)
Final deadline (June 1-30)


Questions? Join us at the Silver Leaf Information Session

We will be holding a free virtual information session on Tuesday April 27 at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) to help answer questions. To attend, email to receive the zoom link. A recording will also be posted in IABC Canada’s website.
“The last year has been an especially challenging time for communicators across Canada and I know our colleagues have accomplished some of their best work in our field. I urge all IABC Canada members to pull together their entries and realize the benefits of gaining national recognition for their work,” says Paula Bernardino SCMP, National Programs Director – Canada East Region.
“In IABC, Canada is known for its talented communicators. As a former Silver Leaf award winner, I encourage all of you to take the time to showcase your excellent work and receive national recognition among your peers. Just entering is a rewarding reminder of the high standards that we adhere to as communicators and a great opportunity to reflect on your measurable success,” adds Angela Wilson ABC, National Programs Director – Canada West Region.