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Selection criteria

The Canadian Dealmakers Awards honour Canadian companies and individuals whose transactions have significantly benefited their industry by:

  • Promoting innovation and growth
  • Establishing M&A best practices
  • Enhancing customer service and/or product delivery
  • Creating value that extends beyond a return on investment

Some of our previous winners were characterized by:

  • Completion of a deal that was both strategic and logical and provided shareholders with growth in resources, production, cash flow and earnings
  • A display of deal-making excellence across the full M&A spectrum, from the initial targeting through pursuit, structuring and financing to complete a transaction that would greatly enhance diversification and generate significant synergies
  • A company’s transformation from a dominant regional player into a national powerhouse, with resulting increased scale and geographic diversification

Qualification attributes
Highlights of the attributes which uniquely qualify the company or person for the Award are:

  • Solid deal thesis
  • Overall financial soundness of the transaction and significant impact on the success and/or transformation of the company
  • Complexity of the deal
  • Solid industry-wide reputation
  • Excellence in overall deal execution including integration
  • Planning and execution

To qualify as a Canadian Dealmaker:

  • The acquiror must be a Canadian headquartered corporation or fund
  • The deal must have closed or be expected to close in the 2018 calendar year. At the discretion of the judges, there may be an exception made for a deal announced in 2017 or 2018 that has a high probability of closing in early 2019 (with the exception of the Value Creation Award).

Judging criteria
The process involves two assessment phases and judging by a panel of nine preeminent business leaders who evaluate each transaction with reference to the degree to which it meets or exceeds the Award’s objectives. Judging criteria include:

  • Quantitative factors, such as value creation, synergies realized, financial soundness and improved industry ranking, and
  • Qualitative factors, such as strength of the deal thesis, complexity of the deal, pre-integration planning and the extent of post-merger integration activities

To Submit Nominations 

To nominate a Deal for an Award, please review the eligibility criteria, complete the nomination form and submit your nomination as soon as possible to dealmaker@deloitte.ca. The process involves two assessment phases and judging by a panel of preeminent business leaders.

Nominations should be completed and submitted as soon as possible by email to dealmaker@deloitte.ca but in no case later than October 31, 2018. 

Contact us
You may contact Canadian Dealmakers with your questions, including to send a Nomination at dealmaker@deloitte.ca


Potential Categories
Not all Award categories will be awarded every year and modification and expansion of Award categories may occur. The determination of which categories will be awarded in any given year is at the discretion of the program partners and the independent judging committee. Also, multiple winners may be awarded.


  • Business Services Deal of the Year
  • Cannabis Deal of the Year
  • Consumer Business Deal of the Year
  • Energy Deal of the Year
  • Financial Services Deal of the Year
  • Industrials Deal of the Year
  • Information Technology Deal of the Year
  • Infrastructure and Utilities Deal of the Year
  • Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year
  • Mining Deal of the Year


2. Other Awards potentially chosen by the Judging Panel:

Deal Team of the Year
This Award is presented to a Canadian headquartered company that has demonstrated overall excellence in deal making.

IPO of the Year
The initial public offering (IPO) of the year is presented to the company that has completed the most successful IPO during the calendar year.

Foreign Outbound Deal of the Year
This Award is presented to a Canadian headquartered company that has successfully completed an outbound merger or acquisition. Multiple Awards may be given for different regions (e.g. U.S. or Global).

Foreign Inbound Deal of the Year 
This Award is presented to a non-Canadian headquartered company that has successfully completed a merger or acquisition in Canada.

Mid-Market Deal of the Year
This Award is presented to a mid-market Canadian headquartered company or fund that has completed an acquisition of approximately $100 to $300 million in deal size.

Value Creation Award
This Award is presented to the Canadian headquartered company that has completed acquisition(s) since January 1, 2013 and demonstrated significant value creation. 

Life Time Achievement Award
This Award may be presented to an individual that led significant deal activity which has shaped the Canadian business landscape.

Integration Excellence Award
This Award is presented to a Canadian headquartered company that has demonstrated excellence in planning and executing an integration, following a significant acquisition event.


3.  Additional Awards based on Thomson Reuters league tables

In addition to the Awards noted above, the Canadian Dealmakers will potentially name Winners in the following categories, based on Thomson Reuters league tables:

1. Investment Bank of the Year (by Value): Cdn deals by transaction size.
2. Invest Bank of the year (by Volume): Cdn deals by number of deals.
3. Mid-Market Investment Bank of the Year (by Value): Cdn deals by transaction size.
4. Mid-Market Investment Bank of the Year (by Volume): Cdn deals by number of deals.
5. Breakout Investment Bank of the Year: Bank that has charted top 25 (top 10) for the first time.


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