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Awards and Honours

GS1 Canada is proud to honour those who have implemented best practices in supply chain and/or asset management within their organization. GS1 Canada's Innovator's Award encourages the progression towards the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the operations of the supply chain as efficiently as possible. GS1 Canada has also been the recipient of honours within the community and industry that have recognized our continued efforts in improving our industry through innovative technology.

GS1 Canada Awards

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, strategy or service 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.

Learn more about the Innovator's Award.


GS1 Business Case Award
GS1 Canada received global recognition when it was honoured with the GS1 Business Case Award for its leadership in establishing ECCnet Image & Validation services, standards and solutions for product image and dimension specifications. GS1 Global Office grants this prestigious award to leading edge GS1 member organizations that have successfully implemented projects using GS1 global standards for the benefit of businesses around the world


Canadian Information Productivity Award (CIPA)
GS1 Canada was honoured with the 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Gold Award (CIPA) of Excellence, in the Organizational Transformation, Not for Profit category. GS1 Canada is honoured to be awarded the CIPA Gold Award of Excellence for the development of ECCnet Registry, Canada's national product registry


Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards Collaborative Commerce Achievement Award
GS1 Canada was selected as one of three finalists in the Supply Chain Excellence Category of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards (VICS) Association 10th Annual Collaborative Commerce Achievement Awards. GS1 Canada was selected based on an entry that outlines the development and implementation of ECCnet Registry, Canada's national product registry.


Galleria Supermarket is a leading Korean grocery retailer and wholesaler in Toronto, ON. With locations in Thornhill and York Mills, Galleria offers a wide selection of imported products in addition to an extensive in-store ready to eat food offering, along with eat-in area. It also is a leader in community engagement by providing cooking classes and Korean language instruction. Learn more at


The Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) opened its first store in March 1915, on Columbia Street in New Westminster, BC. Since then, OFG has grown to become Canada’s largest western-based food store chain. OFG stays true to its roots by staying close to customers and community, leading the way in the West with innovation and local value – that’s the OFG tradition. Today, OFG operates more than 120 stores under the Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, Urban Fare, Cooper's Foods, PriceSmart Foods and Bulkley Valley Wholesale banners – proudly local stores designed to match the communities they serve.


CJR Wholesale Grocers Ltd. (The Rabba Group) has more than 35 stores throughout the Greater Toronto Area with several new locations underway. Every Rabba store is always open... 24/7. Each Rabba store has been designed to offer the product selection of large supermarkets with the individual attention of a smaller food store. Rabba has come to know what customers want and is determined to meet and exceed those expectations.


Stong's Market has been a Canadian grocery fixture since the1890s. The first store in Vancouver opened its doors in 1943, and ever since then, the independent grocer has been providing customers with fresh produce, brand name products and a unique selection of gourmet, natural and organic products.


On October 20, 1955, Freson Market Ltd. opened its first butcher shop in Hinton Alberta. The butcher shop further evolved into a meat and produce store, which then expanded into a three department grocery store. Freson Bros. IGA plans to broaden their market with stores in fifteen communities across Alberta.


Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. Established in 1956, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc is a family owned business operating 23 retail food stores in the Greater Toronto Area.


The Country Grocer, Ottawa, ON - Since 1995, The Country Grocer has been successfully serving customers with their retail store and catering services. The Country Grocer was the first Ottawa-area supermarket to offer their products via the Internet for pick up or home delivery.


Colemans Food Centre, Corner Brook, NL – Established in 1934, Colemans operates 12 corporately owned retail food outlets throughout Newfoundland including its own warehouse distribution centre.

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Quality Foods, Qualicum Beach, BC – Quality Foods is a privately held, independent food company located exclusively on Vancouver Island, operating nine retail food stores and self-distribution facilities in Errington, BC.