About the Awards

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 2022 Awards

Due to ongoing public health concerns, and to protect the health and safety of our guests, the 25th IDA has been moved to February 24, 2022. If you have already purchased a ticket and can no longer attend, please contact 403-294-9494 for your refund. Alternatively, you can choose to donate your ticket cost to Immigrant Services Calgary to support our work in the community.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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.

Date and Time

The event will take place Thursday February 24, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.


This is the first time the Immigrants of Distinction Awards will be held at Arts Commons the Jack Singer Concert Hall. The space represents a nexus for arts and culture in Calgary and is the perfect venue to recognize the cultural mosaic that exists within our city.

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. Have fun and join as you are!


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

Award Categories

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

IDA past Recipients

Since the Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) were first awarded in 1997, Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is proud to have honoured the following individuals for their achievements and contributions to the city of Calgary and its immigrant community. By clicking the button below to see IDA recipients from different years or in different award categories. 

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