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 2023 Awards

The 26th annual awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park.

The awards gala 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.

Date and Time

The annual awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023.


BMO Centre at Stampede Park in downtown Calgary.

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!

Award Categories

IDA 2023 has ten award categories:

  • Achievement Under 35
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Community Service
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Youth Achievement
  • Organizational Diversity
  • Community Development Through Sport
  • Leadership Award (In partnership with The Calgary Black Chamber)

IDA 2023 Nominations

Do you know an inspiring immigrants who has made a remarkable impact on our community? Nominate them today!

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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IDA 2022 Sponsors

We are grateful to the following organizations who sponsored the 2022 Immigrants of Distinction Awards:


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