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 2021 Awards

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 November 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Location

This is the first time the Immigrants of Distinction Awards will be held at 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!

Agenda

coming soon

Award Categories

IDA 2021 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. 

how to get involved

Get a ticket

Purchase an all-access pass, session-only or award-only tickets to enjoy the celebration!

Become a sponsor

Receive community exposure while supporting immigrants and refugees in a tangible way

Make a Donation

Your generosity makes our work possible. Whether you contribute financially or as advocate for good.

IDA 2020 Sponsors

We are proud to recognize the following supporters of the Immigrants of Distinction Awards.

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