Given to an Executive Leader (the most senior person in an organization) for their outstanding contribution and commitment to diversity and inclusion or human rights and equity within their organization. The Senior Executive of the Year takes ownership of the diversity agenda and is responsible for driving change in their workplace. They have diversity as part of their performance accountabilities and provide the necessary gravitas to ensure diversity and inclusion objectives are met.

Nominee criteria:

  • A nominee must be the most senior person in their organization (based on authority and accountability), or report directly to the most senior person in the organization.
  • A nominee must be considered to be part of the executive leadership of their organization, regardless of what their actual title is. This includes individuals working in the public and not-for-profit/charitable sectors, as well as the private sector. Titles may include (but are not limited to): CEO (or any other C-level title), President, General Manager, Managing Partner, Deputy Minister, Executive Director, etc.
  • A nominee must have ultimate accountability for diversity and inclusion or human rights and equity within their organization. That accountability must be part of the nominee’s annual performance goals.
  • A nominee must have been active in their role as of the close of nominations.

Nominations for the 2020 Awards of Success are now closed. 


  • January 16, 2020: Nominations open
  • March 31, 2020 April 30, 2020: Nominations close (deadline extended)
  • May 1 - 31, 2020: Nomination review by judges
  • July 2020: Winners notified

If you have any questions regarding the Awards of Success, contact [email protected].

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