Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Catalyst Canada Honours?

The Catalyst Canada Honours celebrates champions of women in Canadian business. Recognizing that what’s good for women is good for business, these exceptional individuals are personally and visibly committed to the advancement of women into leadership and serve as powerful role models for Canadian corporate leaders. Each year, three awards are given at a gala event in the fall in Toronto to champions from the following categories: Company/Firm Leader, Business Leader, and Human Resources/Diversity Leader.

What makes this award unique?

The Catalyst Canada Honours recognizes that individuals do make a difference. They challenge their colleagues to greater achievements. They encourage communities to become better than they thought they could be. Their example motivates people they have never met to change others’ lives for the better. This award is a successful platform for sharing individual successes with the broader Canadian business community.

Why should I nominate my colleagues?

The Catalyst Canada Honours seeks to create role models for diversity and inclusion among business leaders across the country, exemplifying the positive change that can be made through the action and leadership of an individual. The Catalyst Canada Honours is a chance for leaders who are committed to the advancement of women to have their achievements recognized by their colleagues and peers. The Catalyst Canada Honours champions are celebrated each year at the Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner, attended by senior business leaders from across the country and across industries. Catalyst will also publish a public profile of each champion, outlining his or her outstanding achievements. Champions’ names will also appear in The Globe and Mail as part of the official announcement, as well as on promotional material for the Catalyst Canada Honours.

Who can apply? How do I know if someone is qualified?

The Catalyst Canada Honours is designed for individuals who creatively and skillfully approach the topic of diversity and inclusion. We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds and with different experiences and accomplishments. If you believe your colleague is a role model for inclusive behavior, we encourage you to complete and submit a nomination form.

Can I nominate myself?

We encourage individuals to nominate champions they have seen make a difference in their industry. If you are interested in applying, you must be endorsed by a colleague who is familiar with your accomplishments and who completes and submits the Nomination Form. 

What experience should an applicant have?

Champions of women in business mentor and sponsor women, challenge the status quo, influence others within the organization and the broader community to commit to diversity and inclusion, actively participate in diversity and inclusion programs/initiatives, and have a marked impact on the advancement of women, including diverse women.

What do previous champions look like?

The Catalyst Canada Honours have been awarded to Canadian business leaders hailing from various industries and with differing backgrounds and experiences. All previous champions have demonstrated outstanding commitment to and achievement in advancing women.

What is the nomination process?

The Catalyst Canada Honours has a simple nomination form requesting the nominee’s contact information and a 750-word recommendation describing the nominee’s diversity championship—how she or he has furthered the advancement of women and diverse individuals in Canadian business. Eligible nominees will be invited to move on to the evaluation phase and will receive a supplementary questionnaire in which they can describe their efforts in greater detail. From this information, the Catalyst Canada Honours Evaluation Committee selects a slate of finalists. We interview each of the finalists, as well as one of their references. All nominees and references must be available for an interview between March 11 and April 12, 2013. 

What is the time commitment?

The nomination form consists of the nominee’s contact information and a 750-word recommendation describing the nominee’s diversity championship. Eligible nominees invited to the evaluation phase will be asked to complete a supplementary questionnaire that consists of six questions about how the nominee demonstrates the evaluation criteria (responses should be approximately 500 words each). The questionnaire also requires the nominee to provide contact information for three references, and a written response by a woman reference who has benefitted from the nominee’s championship. Nominators are encouraged to submit their nomination in advance of the recommended deadline. Supplementary questionnaires will be sent to eligible nominees upon receipt of the nomination form, so the earlier an eligible nomination is submitted to Catalyst, the more time a nominee will have to complete the supplementary questionnaire. If advanced as a finalist, the nominee and one reference will each participate in a one-hour interview. 

Each individual who is named the Catalyst Canada Honours Champion will be required to review a public profile written by Catalyst, and to attend the Catalyst Canada Honours Conference and Dinner in Toronto on October 21, 2013.

When will I hear about the result of my nomination?

The Catalyst Canada Honours Evaluation Committee will contact all applicants by mid-December 2012 to advise them of the status of their nominations. Eligible nominees will be invited to the evaluation phase and asked to complete the supplementary questionnaire. Finalists will be notified in early March 2013, when interview times will also be scheduled. Individuals named as the Catalyst Canada Honours Champions will be notified in May 2013.

If I am not selected this year, can I be nominated again next year?

Yes, we encourage all individuals who meet the eligibility criteria to be nominated in subsequent years. 

Who should be references?

We encourage nominees to select references who are very familiar with their accomplishments, and able to provide tangible examples of how they have demonstrated championship. The supplementary questionnaire requires contact information for one woman that the nominee has championed, one reference from within the nominee’s organization, and one reference external to the nominee’s organization. If the nominee advances to the finalist stage, the Catalyst Canada Honours Evaluation Committee will choose one reference to interview. 

The nominee’s organization does not have any diversity initiatives. Should I still nominate him or her?

Yes. The Catalyst Canada Honours recognizes individuals who champion women in business; we seek to honour behaviours, not initiatives.

What is the difference between the Catalyst Award and the Catalyst Canada Honours?

The Catalyst Award is open to organizations across the globe and recognizes specific initiatives or programs that promote diversity and inclusion within an organization. In contrast, the Catalyst Canada Honours recognizes individuals who are champions for women in Canadian business.

Can someone be nominated for the Catalyst Canada Honours if his or her organization has applied for the Catalyst Award?

If an organization’s diversity initiative is a finalist for the Catalyst Award, employees from that organization may not be nominated for the Catalyst Canada Honours for the same year. 

How will I know if my company’s initiative is a finalist for the Catalyst Award?

If you are not certain about whether or not your organization’s initiative has reached the finalist stage for the Catalyst Award, please contact us at [email protected]

If you have further questions, please contact Catalyst Canada at +1 416 645 5869 or [email protected].