About the Event

The WATERFRONT AWARDS is a red carpet charity gala, held in Toronto, celebrating the achievements of outstanding women in the Greater Toronto Area. Sponsored by Waterfront Magazine, this annual event is in support of the Women in Governance, a Canadian nonprofit organization that supports women in their leadership development and career advancement.

The WATERFRONT AWARDS gives all of us a chance to recognize a roster of women with remarkable career milestones. We will be featuring live entertainment, celebrity presenters, a silent auction and other surprises!

The Waterfront Awards Committee provides a series of screening processes to identify today’s most prolific personalities, focusing on 15 categories of success in: Philanthropy, Environment, Science and Technology, Community Activism, Urban Planning and Design, Sports, health and Fitness, Music, Arts and Culture, Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship and Business, Film & Television and Digital Arts, Authors, Fashion and Style, Outstanding Innovator and the most coveted award, The Waterfront Award for Outstanding Achievement!

Please nominate an outstanding woman online by clicking on NOMINATE HERE from the menu above.



Don’t miss out on Toronto’s hottest event coming on July 2023 as we celebrate the 15 top women of the GTA.

During last years event the fabulous Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to the former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion.

Hazel McCallion, recipient of the Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award, with Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Don’t miss this red carpet evening

surrounded by a powerhouse of women, music, entertainment and food!

An event jam packed with pure glitz and glam, overlooking our stunning city of Toronto live from The Globe and Mail Centre.

Broadcast live by our media sponsor.

Get your tickets and cast your votes here. Limited tickets available!



Photos from the 2018 Waterfront Awards


Nominate Here!

Nominations will be accepted until June 1, 2023 (before 5pm) or until we have reached our limit of nominees per category.

The awards committee will select the three finalists and category winners; These winners as well as the “People’s Choice” winners will be announced at the Waterfront Awards event.

“People Choice Award” – Online voting deadline is on June 15, 2023. The Nominees with the highest online votes will be recognized as the “People Choice Award” winner.

To be nominated you must meet the following requirements:

Nominees Must:

  • Consent to being nominated and sign the Release Statement.
  • Live or work within Greater Toronto Area.
  • Be available to attend the Award Ceremony.
  • Made a significant contribution to their field.


Please fill all fields in the Nomination Form.

Make sure you get a confirmation message after you submit the Nomination Form. 

Fill in Nominee Information Below:

Contact info of Nominator(unless self-nominated)


Once a candidate has been nominated, an email will be forwarded with an acknowledgment that a web-based nomination and information has been received on her behalf. The awards administrators will review all nominations for completeness; nominators may be contacted should clarification be required. The nominee however, will have the final decision. Candidates will sign a general release form (allowing use of name and photo as an award nominee) and confirm information presented in their nomination application (as displayed on website). The Nominee represents and warrants that all information that has been provided in submitting a nomination for the Waterfront Awards is true, accurate, complete to the best of her knowledge based on her free will and she is under no restriction that would prevent her from submitting this nomination or supporting evidence nor that would prevent the Waterfront Awards from using the information provided in the selection process for the Waterfront Awards. Erroneous or false information provided in the application will result in immediate disqualification of the Nominee. Waterfront Awards committee otherwise retain the right to disqualify any Nominee in their sole discretion.

To maintain complete fairness and transparency, the awards committee members have been selected as trusted industry professionals and are not board members or management staff at Toronto Waterfront Magazine. The award committee members cannot themselves be nominees or have submitted nominations to the program during the time they serve on the committee. If a close associate, colleague, or relative of a sitting committee member is nominated for an award, that member will withdraw from voting or commenting on the nominations in that particular category.

Selection Criteria

The awards committee will review all nominations in each category carefully. Each nomination will be evaluated and ranked with a points-rating system. The awards committee will use a selection criteria in evaluating candidates, with the weighting of these criteria for each award.

This metrics-based evaluation grid eliminates possible subjectivity from one member having a notable impact on the final scoring, as there are six committee members who will be individually evaluating and scoring the submissions and submitting their confidential scoring sheets to an officiator. Once all committee members have submitted their individual scoring sheets, the officiator will tabulate the scores for each nomination in each category. The highest-ranking score in each category will determine the three finalists and category winner. In addition, there will be a selection of “People’s Choice” winners, based on website audience votes.

Award recipients and committee members will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement valid until the results are made public. In addition, this agreement instructs a strict confidentiality request to not share details of the nominations, or why a particular nomination was successful or unsuccessful.

Announcement of Results

The three finalists and category winner as well as the “People’s Choice” winner will be announced at the Waterfront Awards event in June of 2023. We are truly grateful to all the nominators and nominees for assisting the Waterfront Awards to recognize outstanding women of the GTA, and we thank all nominees ahead of time for your sisterhood, support, gratitude and grace; regardless of outcome.


Our exciting publication, The WATERFRONT AWARDS BOOK 2023, will be distributed during the event and highlights Toronto’s most influential Women. The Waterfront Awards Committee provides a series of screening processes to identify today’s most prolific personalities, focusing on fifteen categories of success in:

  • Philanthropy

  • Environment

  • Science and Technology

  • Community Activism

  • Urban Planning and Design

  • Health, Fitness and Sport

  • Music

  • Arts and Culture

  • Culinary Arts

  • Entrepreneurship and Business

  • Film & Television and Digital Arts

  • Authors

  • Fashion and Style

  • Outstanding Innovator

and the most coveted award,
The Waterfront Award for Outstanding Achievement!


Becoming a Sponsor

This prominent award celebration and charity gala features visual art displays and musical performances by some of Toronto’s best talents, theatrical performances and celebrity presenters.

Sponsors will have the opportunity to be associated with one of Toronto’s most elaborate, experiential charity events with the opportunity to showcase your business, product line and logo as well as meeting over 400 VIP guests from the community. Sponsorship opportunities include title sponsor, award sponsor and other associations.

There are several benefits to becoming a sponsor, which may include: the presentation of an award, product material on sponsor table, inclusion in VIP swag bag, advertisement in Toronto Waterfront Magazine, and/or sponsor video featured at the event. In addition, there will be extensive publicity via radio, digital and social media before and after. The Award ceremony will also be broadcast through live streaming globally.

For more information, including title sponsorship opportunities or for a customized sponsorship package please contact: waterfrontmediagroup@gmail.com

Contact Us

    Experience one of the best state-of-the-art event space in an unparalleled location on Toronto’s waterfront, as we celebrate outstanding GTA women.

    LOCATION: The Toronto Region Board of Trade

    100 Queens Quay East, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5E 1V3


    Registration for this event is now open.


    The Toronto Region Board of Trade
    100 Queens Quay E, Toronto, ON M5E 1Y3

    DATE: Saturday, July 15, 2023

    5:30pm – 7:00pm VIP Registration and VIP Reception
    7:00pm – 7:30pm Regular Tickets Registration
    7:30pm – 10:00pm Dinner/Awards
    10:00pm – 1:00am After Party and Fashion show


    O&B Catering
    Highest quality seasonal ingredients, prepared by chefs who are passionate about serving only the best.

    500+ Guests!

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    VIP TICKETS:           $250  (early bird $175)

    VIP tickets include:

    • VIP Early Arrival (Starting at 5:30pm)
    • VIP Cocktail Reception (5:30pm  –  7:00pm)
    • VIP Reserved Seating
    • VIP Gift Bags

    REGULAR TICKETS:   $150  (early bird $120)

    • Regular Tickets Registration (Starting at 7:00pm


    Both VIP and Regular tickets include the After Party and Fashion Show

    (After Party and Fashion Show only) (10pm to 1am):     $75.00 (Early bird: $50)


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