Silver Leaf Awards (National)

IABC Canada’s Silver Leaf Awards recognize excellence across the country

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) recognizes excellence in organizational communications at the international, national and chapter levels. Silver Leaf Awards are Canada’s national recognition program.

Let’s put BC communicators on the national stage

The 2017 call for entries is now open for IABC Canada’s national awards program, Silver Leaf. Over the course of the next two months, professional communicators from across the country are invited to submit the best of their work for evaluation and have the chance for national recognition through the prestigious Silver Leaf award.

With 47 categories for entry that reflect all aspects of the work of professional communicators, the Silver Leaf awards are only available to Canadian members and are an excellent stepping stone to the next level of achievement, Gold Quill.

Don’t miss out on the reduced entry fee by entering before the early-bird deadline on June 6. The final deadline for all entries is July 7.

More information and access to the online application system are available on the IABC Canada website.

Congratulations to our 2016 Silver Leaf Award winners

Congratulations to IABC/BC members who are the recipients of the 2016 Silver Leaf Awards, the premiere professional awards program celebrating excellence in business communication from the Canada West and Canada East Regions of the IABC. Our chapter had six members honoured with the coveted awards, which were announced in December.

The winners are:

Issues Management/Crisis Communication
Fraser Health Communications & Public Affairs and Public Health Harm Reduction
Entry Title: Opioid Overdose Communications Response
Award of Excellence

Community Relations
Maureen Healey, Downtown Vancouver BIA
Entry Title: Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver 2040
Award of Excellence

Richard Truman, CopperMoon Communications
Entry Title: United community decisions on LNG pipeline agreements
Award of Excellence

Internal Communication
Brandy Shymanski, Communicate Better Consulting Inc. and Fraser Valley Real Estate Board/The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
Entry Title: The Move to a new MLS® System
Award of Merit

Non-Profit Campaign
Jeff Pelletier, Basetwo Media
Entry Title: 2016 Vancouver Trail Running Calendar
Award of Merit

Social Media Programs
Brenda Lea Brown, BC Securities Commission
Entry Title: Smarter Investor Campaign
Award of Excellence

The complete winner list is available on the IABC Canada website.

IABC Canada’s Silver Leaf Awards program is open to all communication professionals, students, and suppliers and partners in the Canadian communication, advertising, journalism and marketing industries. All work must originate in Canada. Like other IABC award programs, each entry is evaluated against set criteria, and all entries that earn the required score will receive an award.


  • Earning a Silver Leaf award is among IABC Canada’s highest achievements, and recognizes excellence in strategic communication planning and execution.
  • This year, for the first time, Silver Leaf is part of the IABC International awards alignment program. All entries must be submitted electronically using the Award Sentry platform and will be evaluated by trained, experienced evaluators drawn from a world-wide pool.
  • Submitting an entry will help you develop your professional knowledge and skills, and prepare for entry into the international Gold Quill program.
  • Earning a Silver Leaf award will help you build reputation and credibility, and be recognized by your peers and senior management for great work.
  • IABC Canada is committed to maximizing opportunities for you to enter the program and succeed by providing online information that will inform you of expectations and guide you through the process, and offer fair, objective evaluation and feedback.

Visit the IABC Canada site for full details on the Silver Leaf Awards.