IABC is pleased to announce the 2019 Gold Quill Awards Team/Agency of the Year Nominees (view the press release HERE):

Boutique Agency of the Year (five or fewer employees)
Cropley Communication
Studio Kernel d.o.o.
The PR Department

Small Agency of the Year (six to 20 employees)
DevCom
SimplyConnect Consulting

Mid-Size Agency of the Year (21–50 employees)
DNA Brand Architects
Narrative
Strategic Objectives

Large Agency of the Year (51 or more employees)
Buck
PartnerComm, Inc.
Willis Towers Watson

Corporate Communication Department of the Year
Anglo American South Africa
Health Care Service Corporation
UPS

Nonprofit Communication Department of the Year
Blue Shield of California
The Alberta Cancer Foundation
The Regional Municipality of York

2019 Gold Quill Awards Best of the Best and Special Award Winners (view the press release HERE):

2019 Best of the Best

Division 1: Communication Management > Category 3:  Human Resources and Benefits Communication
RBC myBenefits Launch
Jeff Pekar
Willis Towers Watson

Division 1: Communication Management > Category 5: Safety Communication
Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Getting Cyber Savvy
Laurie Stewart
Ryerson University

Division 1: Communication Management > Category 7: Marketing, Advertising and Brand Communication
Tetley Super Tea Break
Melissa Retty
Craft Public Relations

Division 1: Communication Management > Category 8:  Customer Relations
Elephant in the Room    
Mari Lee
DevCom

Division 1: Communication Management > Category 9:  Media Relations
Flying High at YVR           
Brock Penner
Vancouver Airport Authority

Division 1: Communication Management > Category 16:  Nonprofit Campaigns
Centennial Celebration Week     
Jennifer Benito-Kowalski
Save the Redwoods League

Division 4:  Communication Skills > Category 22:  Special And Experiential Events
Cashmere Collection 15th Anniversary   
Deborah Weinstein
Strategic Objectives

Division 4:  Communication Skills > Category 25:  Social Media Programs
iLobola Nge Bhubesi      
Sylvester Chauke
DNA Brand Architects

Division 4:  Communication Skills > Category 26: Publications
Leap Magazine
Phoebe Dey
The Alberta Cancer Foundation

 

2019 Gold Quill Awards Special Award Winners

Business Issue  Award

SGI “People Shouldn’t Disappear” Impaired Driving Awareness Campaign
Division 1: Communication Management > Category 7:  Marketing, Advertising and Brand
Kelley Brinkworth
Saskatchewan Government Insurance

Jake Wittmer Award
Building Builder’s Strategic Communication Excellence from Research      
Division 2: Communication Research > Category 18:  Communication Research
Mari Lee
DevCom

 

2019 Excellence and Merit Award Winners

2019 Gold Quill Awards Excellence and Merit Award Winners.  (A list in PDF format is also available.)

In total, the awards committee has selected 202 entries as world-class, with 86 entries earning an Excellence Award and 116 a Merit Award. Winners come from all over the world, with 10 countries represented in the award winners list. They represent a cross-section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small. The field was very competitive this year, with 638 entries reviewed by more than 250 evaluators.

The 2019 Gold Quill Awards will be presented at the Excellence Gala on 11 June 2019, taking place as part of the 2019 IABC World Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The evening includes a reception for all gala ticket holders and an awards ceremony and presentation, followed by dinner, dancing and networking. Please visit the IABC World Conference website’s registration and hotel and travel pages to register for the Excellence Gala or the full conference, and to book your accommodations.

If you are a Gold Quill Award winner, don’t forget to visit our winners’ resources page for materials to help you promote your win.

PREVIOUS GOLD QUILL AWARDS WINNERS LISTS (PDF Format)

PREVIOUS GOLD QUILL AWARDS WINNERS LISTS (HTML Format)

STATISTICAL DATA

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 entries 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

STATISTICAL DATA

Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Location of Gala Montreal, Canada  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Gold Quill Chair Cindy Schmieg, ABC, IABC Fellow  Gabrielle Loring
Total number of winners 258  202
Awards Excellence: 94
Merit: 165
Excellence: 86
Merit: 116
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Number of winning countries 18  10
Number of entries from each country Australia: 46
Botswana: 2
Canada: 233
New Zealand: 9
Philippines: 4
South Africa: 29
USA: 265
Russia: 19
Slovenia: 12
India: 7
Singapore: 3
Brazil: 3
Denmark: 1
Dominican Republic: 2
Hong Kong: 1
UK: 16
Germany: 4
Mexico: 4