2017 GOLD QUILL AWARDS WINNERS LIST

IABC is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Gold Quill Awards program. In total, 227 entries earned awards: 74 Excellence Awards and 138 Merit Awards. The Gold Quill Awards program recognizes business communication excellence globally, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry. Entries are evaluated against IABC’s standard of excellence, and the feedback from this year’s evaluators indicated that the standard of work in this year’s awards was some of the best seen in recent years. Read more about the program in IABC’s press release about this year’s winners.

This year, awards were won by organizations from around the world, with 16 countries represented in the winners list. The awards were presented at the Excellence Gala, held on Tuesday, 13 June, as part of the IABC World Conference in Washington, D.C.

The winners of the program’s special awards  for communication research, handling a critical business issue and best student entry were announced in May 2017. The winners of the Best of the Best awards and agency/communication department of the year awards were announced during the Excellence Gala at the World Conference.

2017 “Best of the Best” award winners

Best of the Best: Internal Communication
Winner: The Logical Truth
Project title: “TUHF Internal Brand Refresh”
Country: South Africa

Best of the Best: Social Media Programs
Winner: Pfizer Canada
Project title: It’s About mBC Time/Parlons Stade Quatre
Country: Canada

Best of the Best: Advertising/Marketing/Brand
Winner: Calder Bateman Communications
Project title: Pride Tape Campaign
Country: Canada

Best of the Best: Communication Research Division
Winner: Sappi Ltd.
Project title: Innovative research methods for Sappi’s vast rural workforce
Country: South Africa

Best of the Best: Communication Skills
Winner: British Columbia Securities Commission
Project title: BeFraudAware – The 2-Minute Musical
Country: Canada

2017 “Agency/Team of the Year” award winners

Boutique Agency of the Year (five or fewer employees)
Cropley Communication Pty. Ltd., Australia

Small Agency of the Year (six to 20 employees)
Simply Connect Consulting, LLC, U.S.

Mid-Size Agency of the Year (21–50 employees)
Argyle Communications, Canada

Large Agency of the Year (51 or more employees)
PartnerComm Inc., U.S.

Corporate Communication Department of the Year
NAB, Australia

Not-for-Profit Communication Department of the Year
Vancouver Coastal Health, Canada

Congratulations to the 2017 Gold Quill Awards winners!

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If you you are a Gold Quill Award winner, don’t forget to visit our Winners’ Resources page, with materials to help in promoting your win.

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STATISTICAL DATA FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS

Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Location of Gala San Diego, USA Chicago, USA New York, USA Toronto, Canada San Francisco, USA New Orleans, USA Washington, D.C., USA
Gold Quill Chair Melissa Dark, ABC Dave Meyer Timothy R Buckley Amanda Hamilton-Atwell, ABC Priya Bates, ABC, MC Monika Lancucki, ABC Lynn Barter, ABC, MC
Total number of winners 100 78 288 281 313 223 231
Awards Excellence: 34
Merit: 65
Student: 1
Excellence: 24
Merit: 53
Student: 1
Excellence: 105
Merit: 182
Student: 1
Excellence: 108
Merit: 171
Student: 2
Excellence: 124
Merit: 186
Student: 3
Excellence: 85
Merit: 135
Student: 3
Excellence: 77
Merit: 153
Student: 1
Number of winning countries 14 8 17 13 15 12 16
Number of winners from each country Australia: 8
Canada: 43
Hong Kong: 1
Ireland: 1
Italy: 1
Mexico: 3
New Zealand: 1
Philippines: 2
Russia: 1
Singapore: 1
Slovenia: 1
UAE: 1
UK: 1
USA: 34
Australia: 3
Canada: 38
India: 1
Russia: 2
Slovenia: 5
South Africa: 3
UK: 2
USA: 24
Argentina: 1
Australia: 10
Brazil: 2
Canada: 125
China: 1
Germany: 1
India: 2
Mexico: 1
New Zealand: 3
Philippines: 7
Russia: 1
Slovenia: 5
South Africa: 8
Switzerland: 2
UK: 14
USA: 103
Venezuela: 1
Australia: 12
Botswana: 1
Canada: 79
Italy: 2
New Zealand: 6
Philippines: 11
Russia: 6
Singapore: 1
Slovenia: 7
South Africa: 11
Switzerland: 2
UK: 8
USA: 108
Australia: 18
Canada: 106
Croatia: 1
Hong Kong: 1
India: 1
Italy: 2
Mexico: 1
New Zealand: 9
Philippines: 9
Russia: 14
Singapore: 4
Slovenia: 8
South Africa: 6
UK: 4
USA: 128
Australia 17
Canada: 83
Denmark: 1
Hong Kong: 1
India: 2
Israel: 1
New Zealand: 8
Philippines: 3
Russia: 10
South Africa: 3
U.K. 4
USA: 95
Argentina: 1
Australia: 26
Brazil: 3
Canada: 86
Denmark: 2
India: 4
Italy: 2
Lithuania: 2
New Zealand: 3
Philippines: 5
Russia: 7
Slovenia: 3
South Africa: 13
Switzerland: 1
U.K.: 1
USA: 71