About the Awards

DRI CANADA - Awards of Excellence Program

In its fourteenth (14th) year, the Annual Awards of Excellence reflects DRI Canada’s commitment to recognizing excellence. Our awards provide a unique opportunity for individuals to be honoured and publicly acknowledged as leaders and innovators in the fields of Business Continuity and Technology Recovery (BC/DR).  In 2021 we are pleased to announce the COVID-19 Response and Recovery award which will recognize an organization that has demonstrated a capability to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19.
 
The 2021 Award categories are:
 
  • COVID-19 Response and Recovery
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • DRI CANADA Builder
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Student Award and Scholarship
Nominations are open from August 9th until October 1st, 2021. 

The DRI CANADA Awards of Excellence Committee reviews each nomination based on the criteria for the award and respects all nominations that are submitted.  
 
Awards will be presented at the Continuity and Resilience Today (CRT) conference in Toronto (December 1-2, 2021). The 2021 CRT conference will be delivered in a hybrid model, and should award recipients be unable to accept their award in person, DRI Canada will recognize all award winners during the awards ceremony.

For more information on the Awards of Excellence Program, please click on the above awards categories.  If you have questions regarding nominations or the awards program, please contact awards2021@dri.ca or Perry Ruehlen at 1-844-228-8135 or perry@dri.ca.
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COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY


The COVID-19 pandemic is the most significant and wide-ranging business continuity incident of the century. This Award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated a capability to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 - not only to the organization itself, but also to the community it serves. Such commitment would include maintaining operations and ensuring the viability of the organization, providing a safe environment for its employees, relieving the financial pressure that employees face, aiding medical personnel, and providing support for the welfare of the community as a whole.

Nominations must be submitted by a DRIC certified professional, in good standing, and the honour will be granted by DRIC following a judging process. 
 
Nominations must outline, in a maximum 1000-word statement, the nature of the organization’s COVID-19 response: the impacts of COVID-19 on the organization, how the organization responded, and the lessons learned. Judging criteria: include the identification of the impacts of COVID-19 to the organization; how the DRII professional practices informed the response, supported by concrete examples or data; how the organization supported employees and the community; and lessons learned for future health emergencies or other business continuity incidents.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

This Lifetime Achievement award is granted to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional professional achievement within the Business Continuity and Technology Recovery (BC/DR) industry over the course of their career.

Nominees must be a DRIC member in good standing with a minimum CBCP or CFCP certification and have made a significant contribution in the BC/DR industry. Nominations must demonstrate, in a maximum 1000-word statement, expertise covering the DRI Professional Practices, professional credibility and involvement in the industry.

Nominations can be submitted by any member and the honour will be granted by DRIC following a judging process.

 
DRI CANADA BUILDER

This DRI CANADA Builder award is granted to a professional who has made a significant contribution to the development and growth of DRI CANADA.

Nominees must be a DRIC member in good standing. Nominations must be submitted in a maximum 1000-word statement describing how the candidate has demonstrated commitment and leadership.

Nominations can be submitted by any member and the honour will be granted by DRIC following a judging process.
 
 
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 

This Volunteer of the Year award is granted to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional achievement and commitment to the Business Continuity and Technology Recovery (BC/DR) industry through volunteering efforts.

Nominees must be a DRIC member in good standing and be active in the BC/DR industry. Nominations must demonstrate, in a maximum 1000-word statement, expertise covering the DRI Professional Practices, professional credibility and involvement in the industry through volunteering efforts.

Nominations can be submitted by any member and the honour will be granted by DRIC following a judging process.


STUDENT AWARD AND SCHOLARSHIP

This Student Award and Scholarship recognizes a post-secondary student who has, in the past year, presented an exceptional scholarly work (academic paper, report, project, presentation, etc.) to mitigate or resolve business operational issues.

Submissions must include an executive summary that demonstrates how the scholarly work is relevant to the DRI Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management (maximum 1,000 words). The application must also be endorsed by a professor, instructor or senior member of the institution, validating the educational program and the student achievement. 

The award will be granted by DRIC following a judging process. This award includes a $2000 scholarship.  

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