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Calling All Innovative Independent Grocers!

Get recognition for your innovation with GS1 Canada's Innovator's Award, supported by the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG).

GS1 Canada is the proud sponsor of the Innovator's Award, which celebrates innovation—regardless of size of spend, type or reach.

If you are an innovative independent grocer, we invite you to apply for GS1 Canada's Innovator's Award.

All applications must be received by August 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST.

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, employee, 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 Win

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

Examples may 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 a digital piece of software, typically found on a smart phone) which complement and enhance business strategies (e.g. consumer insight applications)
  • Utilization of GS1 standards to drive innovation
Winning the GS1 Canada Innovator’s Award truly convinced us that we are on the right direction where the market is flowing. I would strongly recommend any organizations to enter.

- Galleria Supermarket, 2016 Innovator’s Award Winner

How to Apply

To apply, complete the application form, along with any additional collateral, by email to or fax to 416-510-1916.

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

All applications must be received by August 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted via telephone by September 1, 2017 and may be asked follow-up questions regarding their application.

Announcing the Winner

The winner will be revealed on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 during CFIG’s Independent Grocer of the Year (IGYA) gala.

This gala is the final event of the Grocery Innovations Canada Conference and Exhibition, the premier grocery and specialty food show of the year.


For more information

Contact GS1 Canada at