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

The 25th annual awards ceremony was held on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at the Arts Commons Jack Singer Concert Hall. 

The 25th Immigrants of Distinction Awards honoured and celebrated 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 was held on Thursday, November 3, 2022


This is the first time the Immigrants of Distinction Awards was held at the Arts Commons Jack Singer Concert Hall.

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 2022 has ten 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
  • Leadership Award (In partnership with The Calgary Black Chamber)

IDA 2022 Finalists

Meet your 2022 IDA finalists!

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

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