Calgary White Hat Awards

Calgary White Hat Awards
White Hat Awards

Calgary White Hat Awards

The Calgary White Hat Awards return for 2023!

Nominations are now open.

This is a milestone year as the Calgary White Hat Awards celebrate 60 years. This one-of-a-kind event rolls out the red carpet to recognize inspiring Calgarians in the tourism industry who go above and beyond to make their guests' experience truly memorable. The gala and live awards event is scheduled for May 23, 2023 at the Jubilee Auditorium.

Does your organization want to nominate a White Hat worthy employee who has helped create that WOW experience for a guest? Nominations are open for all 20 categories from now until 11:59pm on January 15, 2023. All nominees will be scheduled for an interview in late February or early March of 2023. Please review the nomination form and eligibility requirements carefully and keep an eye on the deadline. Nominations received after January 15 cannot be considered.

Good luck to all the nominees! Your dedication exemplifies Calgary's warm western hospitality and means the world to travellers visiting our city.

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White Hats - 2018

Standard Category Nomination

Calgary White Hat Award standard category nominations are open!

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. 


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. 


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Honorary Award

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.  

58th Annual White Hat Awards

58th annual Calgary White Hat Awards Winners

In 2020, Tourism Calgary reimagined the traditional White Hat Awards Gala into a series of socially distanced, in-person presentations where each of the 20 Calgary White Hat Award winners were surprised with a coveted Smithbilt White Hat at their place of employment.