Immigrants of Distinction Awards, supported by Global Calgary – Calgary


The Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) is an awards gala dedicated to the remarkable contributions immigrants and refugees have made to create a strong and prosperous Canada. The annual awards ceremony uses the power of storytelling to recognize how Calgary’s mosaic of ethnicities, languages, cultures, and talents has enriched and positively shaped our communities.

The 25th Immigrants of Distinction Awards will honour and celebrate the talent, excellence, and positive impact of immigrants and refugees in arts & culture, civics, academics, and industry. Click here to learn more about the award categories.

Join prominent business and non-profit leaders, government dignitaries, and community ambassadors for an evening dedicated to recognizing the remarkable resilience and outstanding achievements of inspiring individuals in Calgary and the surrounding area.

IDA 2022 has nine award categories:

  • Achievement Under 35
  • Arts & Culture
  • Community Service
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Youth Achievement
  • Organizational Diversity
  • Community Development Through Sport


5:00 p.m. – Doors open
5:30 p.m. – Networking with light snacks
6:30 p.m. – Award ceremony begins
8:00 p.m. – Reception with music and desserts (VIP reception includes hot food)
9:00 p.m. – Event ends

Dress code:

The event is a somewhat formal, but totally fun affair. Black tie, business or ethnic attire is appropriate and encouraged, but not required.

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