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Canada's premier deal-making Awards program

As the only program of its kind in Canada, the Canadian Dealmakers program recognizes participants who have made a significant contribution to the M&A market. The awards honour Canadian companies and individuals whose transactions have significantly impacted their industry through innovation and growth; establishment of best practices; enhancement of customer needs and products; and creation of value.

The Canadian Dealmakers Awards are jointly run by Deloitte, The Globe and Mail, Lexpert and Thomson Reuters and draw on a panel of eminent judges. The event marks the highlight of calendar for the business community, where we are able to bring together all the leading decision makers and strategists involved in M&A and raising money, in one place at one time, to celebrate the art of the deal.

Does your deal qualify?       

Each year, we identify the deals, and the people behind them, that stand out. The same is true whether it's against a backdrop of easy money and large deal volume or a year like this past one where financing got tight and the deals and financings got tougher to get done. In these turbulent times, we give special consideration to the innovation and perseverance needed by lawyers, bankers and company executives to deliver.

The awards gala on March 9, 2017 brings the same groups celebrated in the annual Big Deals report in The Globe and Mail, which offers the definite league table guide to top performance in underwriting and legal advisory roles in M&A, IPOs, stock and bond offerings and other categories. The Big Deals report profiles the winners and captures the trends of the year in deal making, based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.

But the Canadian Dealmakers isn’t just an Award ceremony. By bringing together the great minds of the M&A sector, the program sheds light on deal-making best practices and delivers insight into the factors that contribute to real world success.

Award categories

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.


Financial Institutions Industry Award

Consumer Business Industry Award

Infrastructure & Utilities Industry Award

Energy Industry Award

Healthcare Industry Award

Industrials Industry Award

Information Technology Industry Award

Media & Telecommunications Industry Award

Mining Industry Award


2. Other Awards potentially chosen by the Judging Panel:

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

IPO of the Year Award
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 Award
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 Award
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, 2011 and demonstrated significant value creation. 

Private Equity Awards
This Award is presented to the Canadian based fund or investment that has led a completed acquisition in Canada or abroad. Multiple Awards may be given to reflect different sizes and strategies of the private equity investor community.

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

Banker of the Year Award
We encourage nominations from the Finance and Legal Communities.

Human Capital Award


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. Bank of the Year (by Value): Cdn deals by transaction size.
2. Bank of the year (by Volume): Cdn deals by number of deals.
3. Mid-Market Bank of the Year (by Value): Cdn deals by transaction size.
4. Mid-Market Bank of the Year (by Volume): Cdn deals by number of deals.
5. Breakout Bank of the Year: Bank that has charted top 25 (top 10) for the first time.
6. Buy Side: Financial Sponsor of the Year: Cdn deals where we see a Buyside firm with a Private Equity focus.
7. Sell Side: Financial Sponsor of the Year: Cdn deals where we see a sell side firm with a PE focus.


Each year, our program partners and independent judging committee determine which award categories apply. Not all Award categories are awarded every year and are subject to change.
The process involves two assessment phases with judging by a panel of preeminent business leaders.

The deal must be expected to close in the 2016 calendar year. There may be an exception made for a deal announced in 2015 or 2016, which has a high probability of closing in early 2017.

Nomination deadline is September 30, 2016.

NOTE: For deals announced or expected to close after September 30, 2016, nominations will be accepted on a case-by-case basis

Getting started
Does your deal qualify for a Canadian Dealmakers Award?

If you would like your deal to be considered for an award next year, please review the eligibility criteria. If there are any questions, please send your inquiries to dealmaker@deloitte.ca.

Program administrators have already compiled lists of top publicly announced transactions in each award category. Companies that have done smaller transactions or whose transaction value was not publicly disclosed should submit this form in order to be eligible. Companies that have done large transactions should also consider submitting this form to provide additional information for the judges to consider.

Nominations for the Deal Team of the Year Award should describe the team’s achievements during the year but also consider the nature of the information requested for the other Awards for guidance purposes when drafting their nomination.

What makes Canadian Dealmakers different than other Award programs?

As the only program of its kind in Canada, the Canadian Dealmakers takes a unique approach to these industry Awards. Unlike other programs, Canadian Dealmakers is:

  • Limited only to Canadian companies and dealmakers.
  • Focused on a broad range of industry segments, including oil and gas, basic materials, industrials, consumer goods, consumer services, telecommunications, utilities, financial and technology.
  • Free to applicants. Your only investment is approximately 15 minutes to complete the nomination form.
  • Much more than an Award ceremony. We also offer year-round opportunities for networking, education and the sharing of best practices.

Judging will take place across multiple assessment phases with judging by a panel of preeminent business leaders.

Supporting Canada’s future dealmakers

Canadian Dealmakers is once again committed to supporting Junior Achievement of Canada. All net proceeds from the Canadian Dealmakers Awards gala will go to Junior Achievement of Canada. Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

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