Published: June 20th, 2018

Strong sales certainly help drive businesses forward, but so does innovation.

Building on the recently retired Channel Elite Awards, Computer Dealer News is announcing the new Channel Innovation Awards program to recognize companies working on innovative technology solutions that are helping their partners and customers become more efficient, and more profitable.

“Innovation is the centerpiece of the future,” said Fawn Annan, President of ITWC and Chair of the Canadian Channel Chiefs Council. “It’s not just something that’s nice to have – it’s fundamental for growth. As publisher of the nation’s largest digital publication focused exclusively on the technology channel, we felt an obligation to create an awards program that recognizes this imperative.”

The important details:

    • Nominations are now open. All submissions must be received by midnight July 27.
    • Nominations are open to any Canadian Channel business offering a technology solution across any vertical.
    • Nominations from ISVs and born-in-the-cloud operations are welcome.
    • There is a maximum of three nominations per company.
    • There is no nomination process for the C4 Award. The judges will determine the winner by determining the “most innovative solution” submitted by any C4 member in any category.
    • Winners will be notified shortly after judging is completed. Winners will be interviewed and may be asked to provide b-roll to be used during the awards gala.
    • The gala will be held September 19 at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, Ont.


A total of 15 awards will be presented in five categories at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, Ont., Sept. 19. Those five categories include B2B, B2Enterprise, B2Government, B2Employees, and Business Leadership. MSPs, VARs, professional services and consulting partners are encouraged to submit nominations. An independent panel of judges will assess all nominations. Lloyd Bryant, retired VP for HP Canada, and business and technology columnist David Crane will lead the panel.

The Canadian channel has been quick to embrace technologies such as cloud, AI, IoT and blockchain, and according to Brian Jackson, IT World Canada’s editorial director, it was time to celebrate the innovative solutions it’s produced.

“As the channel has transformed, we too saw the need change, so we reimagined our fall awards program to enhance the recognition opportunities for all channel players,” said Jackson. ”We also saw it as an opportunity to tell the stories of the new generation of channel leaders who are generally focused on building rather than marketing their businesses.”

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