Annual Excel Awards Celebrate Ottawa’s Top Communicators


Thursday, May 14 2014

Ottawa – Tonight IABC Ottawa hosts the 2014 Excel Awards, attracting Ottawa’s best communicators, marketers and creative designers at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

The Excel Awards are the premier recognition program for Ottawa’s communication, marketing and creative design professionals. Recipients are recognized for their contributions in their fields ranging from media relations, crisis communications and branding to graphic design, audiovisual and interactive media. Each category was scored by volunteer evaluators from across Canada, who are leaders in their field.

“The Excel Awards recognize and celebrate professionals who use communication to effect change and achieve results for brands and communities,” said Jennifer Birch, IABC Ottawa President. “There will be many toasts offered to friends and colleagues tonight as this event is the icing on the cake for all their hard work.”

25 awards are being presented this evening, including the coveted Communicator of the Year award, which is presented to the Honourable Mayor Jim Watson for demonstrating that his candid communications with residents — online and in person – can build a stronger more cohesive community. Max Keeping, will be honoured with a special Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing how he has mastered the bridge between traditional media and social media, using it to help make our community a better place.

IABC Ottawa 2014  Award Winners

IABC Canada Master Communicator Award: Barb MacDonald, ABC, MC

Rick Green Student Award: Kayla Isabelle

Volunteer of the Year Award: Meaghan Quinn

Distinguished Service Award: Dyna Vink, ABC

Communicator of the Year: Mayor Jim Watson

Lifetime Achievement Award: Max Keeping

Excel Award Winners 

Audio Visual

Award of Excellence
The CPA Learning Exchange
Campaign: The CPA Learning Exchange

 Award of Merit
inMotion / Statistics Canada
Campaign: Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics


Certificate of Recognition – Design
inMotion / Arctic Bay
Campaign: Arctic Bay Promotional Video

Certificate of Recognition – Design
Fifty Strategy & Creative / Ottawa Food Bank
Campaign: Ottawa Food Bank Christmas Appeal 2013

Community Relations

 Award of Merit
Dyna Vink, ABC, Director of Communications for CRKN
Campaign: Communication Guiding Change

Digital Communication Channels

Award of Merit
bv02 / CAA
Campaign: Canadian Automobile Association North Eastern Ontario Website Redesign and Development

 Award of Merit
Campaign: Advancing the Internet in Canada: 2012-2013 Report to Members

Digital Communication Vehicles

Award of Merit 
McMillan / Macadamian
Campaign: Macadamian web site

Internal Communications

Award of Excellence
Dyna Vink, Director of Communications for CRKN
Campaign: Are we up for change?

Award of Excellence
Thornley Fallis / United Association
Campaign: UA Canada member communications program

Marketing Communications

Award of Excellence
Banfield / NAC Orchestra
Campaign: NAC Orchestra Casual Fridays Series Launch

Marketing, Advertising, and Sales Vehicles

Award of Excellence
McMillan / OIAF
Campaign: OIAF Inner Child

Other Graphic Design

Award of Merit
McMillan / OIAF
Campaign: OIAF Inner Child

Special Events – External

Award of Excellence
Campaign: Banfield XL – 40th Anniversary Party

Award of Merit
McMillan / LexisNexis
Campaign: LexisNexis LegalTech

Award of Merit
McMillan / Unify
Campaign:Unify Brand Launch

Special Events – Internal

Award of Excellence
Phil Gaudreau, Communications Officer for  Algonquin College
Campaign: Algonquin College Spread the Net Student Challenge Campaign 2012-13


Award of Excellence
Sharon Cheung
Campaign: Let’s Grow Together 2015

Award of Merit
Sharon Cheung
Campaign: Take uOPRA to work