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Celebrating excellence

The Circle of Excellence Accounting Awards recognizes and celebrates Sage accountants, bookkeepers and practices making a positive impact to their colleagues, clients, communities and the accounting industry.

Join us in acknowledging the success and contributions of Canadian accountants and bookkeepers by nominating deserving accountants, bookkeepers or practices in any of the award categories below. Tell us their stories, what has set them apart and how they have shown innovation, perseverance, client service and community in what has been a year like no other.


Award Categories and Nomination Forms

Nominate an accountant, bookkeeper or practice using the forms linked below. When nominating, please make write-ups around 200 – 400 words, and provide a clear explanation and examples of how your nominee meets the description of the award. Winners will be judged on nomination write-ups so please make sure to be as detailed and specific as possible.  

Accountant Partner of the Year

The Accountant Partner of The Year award recognizes the outstanding leadership and achievements of an accountant or accounting practice. Outstanding achievements may include but are not limited to their effective use of Sage products in their practice, and the positive impact their contributions have made to their practice, clients and community. 

Bookkeeper Partner of the Year

The Bookkeeper Partner of the Year award recognizes the outstanding leadership and achievements of a bookkeeper or bookkeeping practice. Outstanding achievements may include but are not limited to their effective use of Sage products in their practice, and the positive impact their contributions have made to their practice, clients and community. 

Trainer of the Year

The Trainer of the Year award recognizes a person or practice that has excelled in training or educating accountants, bookkeepers or businesses on Sage products and industry insights. Training and education include but are not limited to formal training, classes, speaking sessions, events, 1:1 consultations or client training sessions.

Innovator of the Year

The Innovator of the Year award recognizes a person or practice that pushes through conventional boundaries and innovates to adapt to the ever-changing industry. This could be through the adaption of Sage cloud-native solutions such as Sage Accounting or AutoEntry, or providing new ways of solving problems. The winner of this award is a trailblazer and fully embraces change, innovative thinking and new ideas to better their practice, their clients and the community.

Rising Star of the Year

The Rising Star of the Year award recognizes emerging talents or new practices. These up-and-comers are within the first few years of their accounting or bookkeeping careers or if they are a practice, they are in the first few years of operation. Rising stars have demonstrated an early and ongoing commitment to the development, growth and success of their career or practice, and look to make a difference to their team and community.  

Judges


Rick Johal, CAE

Chief Executive Officer
Certified Professional 
Bookkeepers of Canada

Elizabeth Kohl

Director of Communications & User Experience
TaxCycle, Trilogy Software

Neal Cranna

VP Marketing, Canada
Sage

Terms and Conditions

  • Nominees do not need to be Sage Accountant Network members, however nominees must support and use Sage products.
  • Nominees must meet the criteria for the category they are nominated for. For example, nominees for the Rising star of the Year award must be in the first few years of their accounting or bookkeeping career or a new practice. 
  • Nominees for the Accountant Partner of the Year must be certified accountants.
  • Nominators can nominate themselves.
  • Nominators can nominate multiple nominees.
  • Employees of software companies cannot be nominated.
  • Nominees should be based in Canada.
  • Nominees may be nominated for a maximum of two categories. If nominees are nominated for more than two award categories, once nominations close, nominees will be contacted about which category they would like to keep their nominations in. 
  • To nominate, nominators must provide the following information in the nomination form: nominees' full name, nominees’ contact details and a write-up (approximately 200 - 400 words) explaining why the nominee is deserving or embodies the award.
  • Once a nomination form is submitted, nominees will be notified by an email from [email protected]
  • Nominees have the option to decline the nomination and be removed from consideration.
  • The deadline for nomination form submissions is July 15, 2021 at 5 pm PT.
  • Nominees have the option to provide their own write-up stating why they think they deserve the award. Nominee write-ups are due by July 22, 2021 at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. 
  • Nominator information is not shared with the nominee.
  • Nomination submissions that have exceeded the specified word counts will be disqualified.
  • Sage can alter or cancel the awards and amend these Terms of Entry without prior notice.
  • Once nominations close, all nomination write ups with references to specific names and companies will be substituted with generic names and companies (e.g. XYZ Company) for judging purposes only. All genders references will also be removed. 
  • A panel of independent judges will rank nomination write-ups based on its embodiment of the award.
  • The highest ranked nomination write-ups will be the winner in each award category.
  • The Alan Salmon Lifetime Achievement Award is selected by a panel of Sage staff.
  • No feedback will be given on individual nomination submissions.
  • Winners and respective nomination submissions may be featured in Circle of Excellence-related videos, written stories, media opportunities and additional marketing and PR campaigns. 

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