Our success as a city relies significantly on the leadership of individuals and organizations who push the economy forward with their efforts. Through a nomination process, the editorial team at Edify wants you to identify the Edmonton-and-area residents and organizations who exemplify the energy, focus, innovation and creative thinking that builds this city.
The Winter 2023 issue of Edify will honour the contributions, profile the people and tell the stories of those who are contributing to our city’s economy and business community, with a subsequent event in Jan/Feb to bring together business leaders, entrepreneurs, community members and other influential Edmontonians.
The annual Edifier awards will honour up to five individuals and five organizations. This year, Edify introduces the Diversity Award category. This an important new category in the Edifier Awards program, that we’re pleased to introduce for 2023.
Up to five organizations — no matter how large or small — that are acting as change agents in our rapidly shifting economy. This could be an existing business that has found new ways to thrive, or a new business that is opening up exciting new possibilities. These are organizations that are committed to growing and remaining in Edmonton, or using Edmonton as the base of their national/international operations.
A trailblazer is someone who is at or near the top of their area of interest or expertise and leads the way for others to follow. Trailblazers are those rare individuals with a sense of direction and the fortitude to lead the way.
Whether it’s a large corporation, a family business or backing an idea that has disrupted an industry, this award honours a businessperson who has shown a great track record — in both dollars and cents, and building the reputation of Edmonton. This is a person who has shown he, she or they can lead a business during a difficult period, and puts the best interests of others, first.
This is a person who is making a major difference in his, her or their community. A person who supports neighbours through ethical, positive business practices, volunteerism and willingness to make the city a better place in which to live. The Edifier can be a business person, community organizer, coach, philanthropist — really, anyone who sets a great example of what it means to be plugged into Edmonton.
The diversity award will go to an individual or organization that is making great strides in making Edmonton a more inclusive, welcoming place. This award will be specially judged by Edify’s Diversity Advisory Council. This an important new category in the Edifier Awards program, that we’re pleased to introduce for 2023.