Awards FAQ

DRI CANADA - Awards of Excellence Program FAQ

Q: What are the DRI CANADA Awards of Excellence?
A: DRI Canada is committed to recognizing excellence through the annual Awards of Excellence Program. The DRI CANADA Awards of Excellence honour individuals who are leaders and innovators in the fields of Business Continuity and Technology Recovery (BC/DR). 

Q: What are the Categories of DRI CANADA Awards?
A: There are four separate awards, covering different types of accomplishment:

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award is granted to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional professional achievement in the industry over the course of their career.
  • The DRI CANADA Builder Award is granted to a professional who has made a significant contribution to the development and growth of DRI CANADA.
  • The Volunteer of the Year Award is granted to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional achievement and commitment to the industry through volunteer efforts.
  • The 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.
Q: Which individuals are eligible for the DRI CANADA Awards of Excellence?
 Nominees for Lifetime Achievement, DRI CANADA Builder and Volunteer of the Year must be DRIC members in good standing.
  • Lifetime Achievement: nominees will have at least the CBCP or CFCP certification and will have made a significant contribution in the BC/DR industry
  • DRIC Builder: nominees may be active or retired members
  • Volunteer of the Year: nominees will be active in the BC/DR industry

Nominees for the Student Award and Scholarship will be in a relevant post-secondary program and have endorsement from their academic institution.
Q: What is the value of the scholarship associated with the Student Award and Scholarship?
A: $2,000

Q: Are eligible candidates for the DRI Canada Awards of Excellence allowed to nominate themselves?
A: Yes.

Q: May I nominate an individual even though I am not a member of DRI CANADA?
A: Yes.

Q: How are nominations submitted?
A: The Awards of Excellence nomination forms are available on the DRI Canada website.

Q: How are the award winners determined?
A:  The DRI Canada Awards of Excellence Committee, comprising senior members of the professional community, will judge the submissions in all categories against pre-defined criteria.

Q: When will the awards be decided and presented?
Judging will take place following the nomination deadline. Winners will be notified early in September. The awards will be presented during the Continuity and Resiliency Today (CRT) Conference in Toronto.  Should the CRT not be able to proceed in 2020, award recipients will be announced on the website and given the option of receiving their award by mail or at the 2021 CRT.

Q: When is the nomination deadline?
A: The on-line nomination form must be completed by Thursday, August 13, 2020. 

Q: Can two awards be presented in one category?
A:  No. Only one individual will be recognized in each category.

Q: Can an individual who has been recognized as the Lifetime Achievement recipient be nominated again?
A:  An individual is only eligible to receive the Lifetime Achievement award once. However, an individual who was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award and was not successful can be nominated again in subsequent years.

Q. Can an individual who has been recognized in one award category be nominated in a different category?
A. Yes.

Q:  The titles for the Professional Practices are different than those in the training that I have taken or that I have been using.  Will this affect the nomination that I submit?
A:  No. The Professional Practices were changed in 2017 and the nomination forms reflect these changes.  Submissions may be made using the previous titles.

Q: How can I learn more about the DRI CANADA Awards of Excellence?
A: Please call 1-844-228-8135 or e-mail