Programs

Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence

Awards Ceremony: February 5, 2017 Halifax, Nova Scotia (at the Atlantic Craft Trade Show)
Nomination Form: Downloadable PDF
Nomination Deadline: November 4, 2016

These awards are ACTS principal form of recognition for leadership and excellence in a professional craftsperson's life and for those who are strong supporters of the industry. These awards are given annually in conjunction with the Atlantic Craft Trade Show, at a gala ceremony to be held in Halifax, NS in February 2017.

Recipients of the Atlantic Canada Craft Awards for Excellence are CRAFT AND GIFTWARE PRODUCERS THROUGHOUT Atlantic Canada who, by their professional example, personify outstanding standards within the industry. Through dedication and commitment, recipients are those who have achieved prominence in their community's and creditability in the industry.

The 2017 awards will be the 20th annual presentation of the ACCAE Awards. Be sure to check our show archives page which contains all the awards nominees nad winners since the awards program was initiated.

One Atlantic Canada Craft Award for Excellence is presented in each of the following categories:

  • Excellence in Product Design
  • Outstanding Exporter
  • Outstanding Retailer
  • Industry Leader/Supporter


Awards Criteria for Nomination

Excellence in Product Design

The purpose of this award is to recognize a producer who has demonstrated outstanding quality and creativity in the design of a product.

Out of 100 points, scoring is based on (but not limited to):

  • 40 points for innovative & creative approach to solving technical problems
  • 20 points for how well the product responds to trends through it's design
  • 30 points for how well a producer has responded to volume production demands through the design of a product
  • 10 points for the general overall quality and impression of the design of the product

Outstanding Exporter

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual, organization or company for exporting achievement of crafts/giftware outside Atlantic Canada for a minimum of 2 years.

Out of 100 points, scoring is based on (but not limited to):

  • 30 points for showing a substantial increase in export sales on a regular basis
  • 30 points for introducing new product to export markets
  • 10 points for accomplishing creative activities to improve the competitive edge in an export market
  • 10 points for showing ingenuity and aggressive marketing techniques used to sell products in an export market
  • 20 points for finding new export markets for existing products

Outstanding Retailer

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual, organization or company showing excellence in display, merchandising and service to the public and, through retailing, represents their Province with quality craft and giftware products.

Out of 100 points, scoring is based on (but not limited to):

  • 30 points for representing Atlantic Canada with quality craft and giftware products in a retail setting for more than 3 years
  • 30 points for showing excellence in quality of merchandise from one or more of the Atlantic Provinces
  • 25 points for contribution to the growth of the industry by assisting the development of craft and giftware producers and their product lines
  • 15 points for outstanding display, merchandising and service to the public

Industry Leader/Supporter

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual, organization or company that has shown superior leadership, excellence in the development of quality crafts or giftware and has made exceptional contributions to the industry in Atlantic Canada over the past 5 years.

Out of 100 points, scoring is based on (but not limited to):

  • 10 points for having been in operation for more than 5 years
  • 15 points for supporting more than one craft or giftware industry segment
  • 15 points for enhancing the development of excellence in the industry in Atlantic Canada
  • 15 points for working cooperatively with a wide range of individuals
  • 45 points for displaying excellence in management skills, setting and achieving goals, motivating, directing, prioritizing, scheduling and meeting deadlines in a timely fashion


Nomination Procedures

Submissions

Nominations can be made in more than one category. Self nomination is acceptable. Use the Nomination Form to submit a name for consideration.

Within 30 days of nomination, the nominee must submit a portfolio of supporting documents on which judging will be based. Supporting documentation should be a combination of photographs, letters of support, newspaper articles, product brochures, written descriptions and anything else that would better inform the Review Committee of the accomplishments or excellence of the nominee (See Check list). Nomination Forms are available from the ACTS office or your ACTS government representative, see our contact page for more information.

Deadline

The nomination must be received by the provincial representative no later than November 4, 2016. Nominees are required to submit a portfolio of supporting documentation within 30 days or the nomination will be considered withdrawn. Nomination forms for the 2017 ACCAE Awards will be available by July 2016. Nominations received after the deadline will be entered in the following year's awards.

Eligibility

All craft/giftware producers or retailers having their operations located in one or more of the Atlantic Provinces and working in the industry full-time will be eligible for nomination for the Excellence in Product Design, Outstanding Exporter and Outstanding Retailer awards.

Any individual, commercial producer, retailer, association or industry contributor from Atlantic Canada will be eligible to be nominated for the Industry Leader/Supporter award.

Review Committee

A review comprised of members of the ACTS Board of Directors and four (4) appointees from the industry will review all nominations and their decisions will be final.

Winning Nominations

The winners will receieve the Atlantic Canada Craft Award for Excellence.


Nomination Checklist

The following list is provided to assist you with the nomination process. The Review Committee will base their decisions for award winners in each category on supporting documentation that is provided by the nominee. The documentation you provide should highlight your accomplishments and abilities.

In your "portfolio", you might want to include things like photographs, brochures, catalogues, newspaper articles, written descriptions and/or letters of support. It is perfectly acceptable to submit your documentation organized in a simple binder or folder. To benefit those making a nomination submission, we have included the jurors point values for weighting the nominations, see individual award criteria. Should you have any questions, please contact your provincial representative.

Excellence in Product Design

  • Include color brochures, catalogues or photographs.
  • Illustrate your complete range of design abilities.
  • Indicate your design training and/or experience.
  • Describe how you produce your product.
  • Note any awards or recognition by the industry.
  • Identify your contribution to designIdentify their contribution to design.

Outstanding Exporter

  • How have you increased volume of exports on a sustained basis?
  • Identify new products you have introduced to export markets.
  • Describe how you have improved the competitive situation in export markets or how you have entered new export markets successfully.
  • Indicate how your aggressive marketing and ingenuity have contributed to your success.
  • List the export marketing barriers that you have overcome to penetrate the market (i.e. pricing, packaging, foreign distribution, etc.).
  • Include marketing materials you have used in the market identified.

Outstanding Retailer

  • Provide color brochures, catalogues, advertisements, photographs, newspaper clippings.
  • Identify your complete range of product lines.
  • Identify your unique marketing abilities.
  • Indicate your number of employees and shops.
  • Briefly summarize how you have had significant impact on the growth and/or development of the industry.

Industry Leader/Supporter

  • How have you demonstrated support and leadership over the last 5 years?
  • Indicate which sectors of the craft industry you support.
  • Briefly describe how you have contributed to the level of quality of crafts / giftware.
  • Briefly summarize how you have had a significant impact on the growth and/or development of the industry.
  • Describe how you have been able to work with a wide variety of people.
  • Identify ways in which you have been able to advise, mentor, inspire and support the industry.