Calgary White Hat Awards

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Calgary White Hat Awards

Amazing ambassadors wear white hats.

The Calgary White Hat Awards, a one-of-a-kind event that includes a red carpet, live awards and gala reception. The Awards celebrate inspiring Calgarians in the tourism industry who go above and beyond and strive to make their guests' experience a memorable one.

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The Honorary Calgary White Hat Awards

Mayor's White Hat Award

Mayor's White Hat Award

This award signifies a true Calgary ambassador who has proven to be both a positive role model and a leader with an exceptional team player attitude and approach.  

The Mayor's White Hat Award honours an individual who has made a significant and recognizable contribution to the tourism industry in Calgary.

This individual has created a legacy or positive recognition program or event that has enhanced or promoted Calgary either locally, nationally or internationally. With a minimum of five years related experience, this individual continues to a show a strong commitment to the industry. 

Doug Johnson Service Award

Doug Johnson Service Award

Doug Johnson spent 22 years promoting tourism in Calgary and its surrounding area. Johnson ignited the city and its tourism industry after entering a Calgary float into the world-famous Pasadena Parade of Roses for the very first time. The Calgary float, the first-ever Canadian entry, captured first place in the 'cities of more than 200,000 population' category and gained non-stop publicity for the city.

The Doug Johnson Service Award honours an individual’s commitment and longevity in the tourism and hospitality industry.

This individual has served in the tourism and hospitality industry providing continuous service for a minimum of 20 years. Through holding high standards of service throughout their career, this individual continues to contribute to the enhancement of the industry.

Calgary White Hat Legacy Award

Calgary White Hat Legacy Award

This new award celebrates milestone achievements and major enhancements to Calgary’s tourism and hospitality community. This award honours an organization that has made a significant contribution in elevating Calgary’s reputation and capacity as a world-class tourism destination. 

This organization has created a legacy and made a recognizable impact measured through financial/economic growth of the visitor economy. This honorary award recognizes major anniversaries, and large-scale development, expansion, or enhancement of tourism facilities and programs including attractions, accommodations, restaurants and airlines. 

Please note we will no longer accept independent submissions for this category. Judging criteria and selection for the Calgary White Hat Legacy Award will now be facilitated by an independent committee.

Winners & Semi-finalists

Meet the winners behind Calgary's western hospitality.

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