Awards 2019-03-13T17:25:06+00:00

10 Awards: Endless Gratitude

MAX uses a robust nomination and application process to select its award recipients.
The deadline to nominate is April 4, 2019. Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the 4th Annual MAX Gala.
If you have any questions please contact us at awards@maxgala.com.

The objective of the six publicly nominated MAX Awards is to recognize Muslims who have demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving their community.

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Publicly Nominated Awards

Judging Process

All qualified candidates will be judged based on a combination of merit and public voting. Independent judges are selected based on their work experience, level of education, and contributions to the Canadian community. Their evaluation will carry a weight of 75% while the remaining 25% weight will be assigned to public voting. Judge scores and public voting scores are consolidated to select a winner.

Artist Of The Year

The Muslim Awards for Excellence  Artist of the Year award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant achievement within the creative arts.

A nominee must:

  1. Self-identify as Muslim
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  3. Demonstrates significant achievement within the creative arts (e.g., art, music, dance, theatre, design and/or architecture)
  4. Have had a significant and positive impact on his/her industry and the larger Muslim  community
  5. Actively strive to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim community in Canada

Charity Of The Year – Presented by: Islamic Relief Canada

The Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX) Charity of the Year Award will recognize a Muslim run charity or not-for-profit organization that has demonstrated excellence in program design, service delivery and impact to their community.

A nominee must:

  1. Be a Muslim majority run
  2. Be incorporated as a not-for-profit or a registered charity
  3. Have been operating in Canada for at least one year
  4. Clearly defined and publicly available mission statement
  5. Annual audited/reviewed financial statements, available publicly or upon request, for the last 3 years or since incorporation, whichever is shorter
  6. Deliver clear and measurable benefit to disadvantaged or marginalized members of the community. Eligible charities may seek to alleviate pain, spread joy or both
  7. Strive to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim community in Canada

Entrepreneur Of The Year

The Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX) Entrepreneur of the Year Award will recognize an inspirational Muslim Entrepreneur who has had a significant and positive impact on the community through their business leadership.

A nominee must:

  1. The candidate must self-identify as Muslim.
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
  3. Be an owner or have some sort of ownership in the social or business venture.
  4. Demonstrate strong Entrepreneurial mindset:
    • Innovation
    • Strategic vision
    • Willingness to take risks
    • Faces adversity with enthusiasm
    • Leads others to new achievements
  5. Actively demonstrate Islamic values in their work and personal.
  6. Have had a positive impact on the community, industry, and its employees.
  7. Actively contribute to elevate the Muslim brand.
  8. Have contributed by giving back to the community with time, product, donations, and/or support.

Friend Of The Community

The Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX) Friend of the Community Award recognizes a non-Muslim individual who has demonstrated outstanding service to the Canadian Muslim community.  The MAX Friend of the Community will have assisted in the achievement of certain strategic goals in key areas of importance to the community.

A nominee must:

  1. Identify as non-Muslim
  2. Be Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  3. Have helped to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim community in Canada
  4. Have promoted engagement between the Muslim community and broader Canadian society, thereby counteracting Islamophobia

Professional Excellence Award – Presented by: Cadillac Fairview

The MAX Platinum Awards for Excellence recognizes a Muslim who has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and made a positive impact in their community.

A nominee must:

  1. The nominee must be a self-identified Muslim, and Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Has demonstrated significant achievement and leadership in a professional domain and community initiatives.
  3. Strives to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim Community in Canada.
  4. Has demonstrated commitment to serving his/her community through volunteerism, charitable giving, or other activities.
  5. Recognizes an individual who apply their expertise to the objectives of their organization and the people they lead.

Woman Of The Year

The Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX) Woman of the Year Award will recognize a woman who has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and commitment to serving her community.

A nominee must:

  1. The candidate must self-identify as a Muslim Woman.
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
  3. Have demonstrated significant achievement and leadership for significant or distinguished achievement in a professional domain or community initiative
  4. Strive to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslim women and the Muslim community in Canada
  5. Have demonstrated a commitment to serving her community through volunteerism, charitable giving, or other activity

MAX Advisory Board Nominated Awards

Judging Process

The Advisory Board Awards process entails the MAX Advisory Board members filling out nomination forms for candidates they would like to put forward. The nominations are reviewed and scored by a team of qualified external judges based on a strict eligibility criteria and rubric to select a winner.

Business Leader of the Year – Presented By: KPMG

The MAX Business Leader of the Year Award recognizes an inspirational Muslim business leader who has had a significant and positive impact in business and community initiatives. Eligible candidates can include leaders of for-profit corporations and not-for-profit enterprises.

A nominee must:

  1. The nominee must be a self-identified Muslim, and Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Currently engaged in a leadership role in a business venture in a for-profit corporation or not-for-profit enterprise.
  3. Demonstrated leadership qualities that have enabled successful business outcomes. These qualities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Unique or advanced technical proficiency
    • Ability to develop, communicate and build consensus for a vision
    • Willingness to take and ability to manage risks
    • Ability to drive and manage organizational change
    • Ability to empower teams to strive for excellent business outcomes
  4. Has had a significant and positive impact on their community, industry, and employees
  5. Actively strives to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim community in Canada
  6. Has demonstrated commitment to serving his/her community through volunteerism, charitable giving, or other activity

Community Excellence Award – Presented by: IDRF

The Muslim Awards for Excellence Community Excellence Award will recognize an individual that has demonstrated significant service to the Muslim Community and to Canada.

A nominee must:

  1. The candidate must self-identify as Muslim.
  2. Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.
  3. Be actively involved in their community, either through an NGO, a registered charity or other community organizations – should be active for a minimum of one year.
  4. The candidate must embody the vision and mission of MAX, i.e.:
    • Mission Statement: Recognize, reward, celebrate & motivate high achievement, positive and productive contributions to society by Muslims in Canada.
    • Vision: Elevate the brand of Muslims in Canada.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX) recognizes an individual every year with a MAX Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding professional achievement, service and dedication to the Muslim community and Canada.

A nominee must:

  1. The nominee must be a self-identified Muslim, and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. The lower age limit to qualify for this award is 60.
  3. The candidate must demonstrate significant achievement, creativity and leadership in a professional domain and through lasting contributions to the Muslim and Canadian community at large.
  4. The candidate has made significant contributions to their profession and community consistently over the course of their lifetime.
  5. Posthumous awards will be considered.
  6. The candidate must embody the vision and mission of MAX, i.e.:
    • Mission Statement: Recognize, reward, celebrate & motivate high achievement, positive and productive contributions to society by Muslims in Canada.
    • Vision: Elevate the brand of Muslims in Canada.

Platinum Awards for Excellence

The MAX Platinum Awards for Excellence recognizes a Muslim who has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, and made a positive impact in their community.

A nominee must:

  1. The nominee must be a self-identified Muslim, and Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Has demonstrated significant achievement and leadership in a professional domain and community initiatives.
  3. Strives to elevate the Muslim brand by promoting a positive image of Muslims and the Muslim community in Canada.
  4. Has demonstrated commitment to serving his/her community through volunteerism, charitable giving, or other activities.

MAX Mentorship Award

Judging Process

The recipient of this award is selected based on nominations received from MAX Mentees who nominate Mentors that are part of the MAX Mentors program. Nominations are judged based on a strict eligibility criteria and rubric to select a winner.

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