Calgary White Hat Awards

Calgary White Hat Awards
White Hat Awards

Calgary White Hat Awards

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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.

Event update

As of April 3, Mayor Nenshi and Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) Chief Tom Sampson announced the cancellation of events and event permits to June 30, 2020. In following recommendations from CEMA and Alberta Health Services, and in doing our part to support the need for physical distancing to flatten the curve of COVID-19, Tourism Calgary has made the difficult decision not to host the 58th annual Calgary White Hat Awards in May 2020. The Calgary White Hat Awards are a demonstration of community spirit, and of the great work of Calgary's dedicated tourism industry, who are truly Calgary's ultimate hosts. We know that while we won't be hosting the Awards Gala this May, the spirit of the event will carry on through our industry members and through every interaction they have with visitors to our city.

We will keep White Hat Award nominees, their employers and all of our industry updated as we confirm alternates to the event.


Nominations for the 58th annual White Hat Awards are now closed. We are pleased to announce that with the help of more than 177 volunteers, 543 ultimate hosts were interviewed as part of this year's program.

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Meet the winners

Calgary White Hat Award Nominations

White Hats - 2018

Standard Category Nomination

Calgary White Hat Award standard category nominations are now closed. 

Mayor's White Hat Award

Mayor's White Hat Award

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. Due to the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to accept nominations in this category this year. 


Doug Johnson Service Award

Doug Johnson Service Award

Past Tourism Calgary President, Doug Johnson, spent 20+ years promoting tourism in Calgary and its surrounding area.

The Doug Johnson Service Award honours an individual’s commitment and longevity in the tourism industry with 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. Due to the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to accept nominations in this category this year. 


Honorary Awards


Calgary White Hat Restaurant Award

This award honours Calgary restaurants that are uniquely local, and have made a significant contribution to the community, while enhancing awareness of Calgary and its culinary reputation. This award recognizes restaurants that have participated in a wide variety of activities that have helped to raise the city's profile as a culinary destination, driving more visitors to Calgary.