Major and Special Awards

The CPRS Major and Special awards are presented annually to celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional involvement in the profession by CPRS members.

Unlike the CPRS Awards of Excellence, participation in the program is reserved exclusively for CPRS members in good standing, with winners being nominated by peers. 

Major Award recipients will be invited to accept their award at the CPRS National Conference, where they will get the chance to accept the award and deliver an acceptance speech to their fellow members.

Winners will also be featured on the CPRS website and celebrated at the local level.

Nominations for the 2024 CPRS Major and Special awards will open soon!

2023 Major Awards
For your reference, please find the entry forms and detailed nomination criteria & instructions for each of the 2023 Major and Special Awards below: 

  • Philip A. Novikoff Memorial Award [EN]  [FR]
  • Mentor of the Year Diamond Jubilee Award [EN]  [FR]
  • Lamp of Service [EN]  [FR]
  • Joan Hollobon Award [EN]  [FR]
  • Award of Attainment [EN]  [FR]
  • Sheild of Service [EN]  [FR]
  • Outstanding Achievement Award [EN]  [FR]
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership Award [EN]  [FR]
  • Don Rennie Memorial Award [EN]  [FR]
  • Heather Pullen Memorial Award [EN]  [FR]
  • (NEW!) Notified Student Award  [EN]  [FR]
  • (NEW!) The CPRS Thought Leader Award  [EN]  [FR]

New Major Award in 2023: the CPRS Thought Leader Award

CPRS is pleased to announce the establishment of the CPRS Thought Leader Award as part of the Society’s Major Awards program. The award is endowed in honour of Daniel Tisch APR, FCPRS, Chairman of Argyle and former chair of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management. Our Major Awards are our most prestigious and recognize significant professional achievements by our most experienced industry leaders.

The inaugural CPRS Thought Leader Award, which includes an honorarium of $1,000, will be presented at the CPRS National Conference taking place from June 4-6, 2023, in Whistler. 

We look forward to receiving the initial submissions and look ahead with pride as we envision the first recipient being announced in a few weeks.

Thank you to Argyle for supporting this Award and helping in its establishment and execution.

Vincent Power

President, CPRS



Browse the tabs in the table to your left  to learn more about each CPRS Major and Special awards and view the past winners.

Please note:
While no entry fees are required to nominate, due to the stringent criteria, some Major Awards may not be awarded every year. 

For more information on Major Awards, contact the National Office .