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Announcing GS1 Canada's Innovator's Award, supported by
the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG).

GS1 Canada is the proud sponsor of the new Innovator's Award, which honours companies who have implemented an innovative solution, service or strategy in their business. Through this award, we will celebrate innovation - regardless of size of spend, type or reach. We recognize innovation in all its forms, whether implemented by a large company or a small one.

GS1 Canada believes that innovation strengthens the economic future for the Canadian grocery industry and benefits the sector, as a whole.

The Innovator's Award will be presented to CFIG member that best demonstrates the principle of innovation through their actions and business activities. Applicants will be judged on how they have brought innovation to their business.


Examples include (but are not limited to) innovative uses of:
  • Technology advancement
  • Loyalty programs
  • eCommerce initiatives
  • Online marketing
  • Social media
  • Digital applications (in the form of digital piece of software; typically found on a smart phone) which complement and enhance business strategies (for example consumer insight applications)
  • Utilization of GS1 standards to drive innovation

The Winner Will Receive:

  • $2,500 scholarship or bursary to a student studying any field/subject related to technology or innovation. The award can be given to a family member, friend, associate or other of the winner's choosing.
  • A profile on the GS1 Canada website
  • An award certificate for promotional purposes
  • An award plaque for display
  • Recognition across the industry as an innovator and leader

How to Apply

GS1 Canada thanks all applicants for their interest.

Applicants must describe in detail how they have been an innovator in their business. In addition to completing an application form, applicants are encouraged to be creative and provide supplementary content, which may include digital documents, video files or additional reports or documents.

To apply, download the application form found here and submit it with any additional collateral by email to or fax to 416-510-1916.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted via telephone by September 1, 2016 and may be asked follow-up questions regarding their application.

Announcing the Winner

The winner will be revealed on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 during CFIG's Independent Grocery of the Year (IGYA) gala.

This dinner is the final event of the Grocery Innovations Canada Conference and Exhibition, which is the premier grocery and specialty food show of the year. This event takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre with over 65,000-sq.ft. dedicated to the specialty food categories that are in high demand, including health and wellness, gourmet/artisanal, organic and local foods.