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Golden Pencil Awards
November 14, 2016
This year’s Golden Pencil Awards ceremony will take place at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. For details see www.goldenpencilaward.com
The Golden Pencil Award, originally called the ‘Knights of the Golden Pencil Award’, was first presented in 1957 by the Food Industry Association of Canada. This Award was established by Paul Higgins Sr. to recognize the efforts of both buyer and seller in developing and improving the great Canadian Food Industry. The symbol used for this Award is a Golden Pencil, signifying the transaction between supplier and retailer by the stroke of a pen. The award itself consists of an actual golden pencil held on a plaque honouring the recipient as well as a scroll, and place on the “Knights of the Golden Pencil Wall of Fame”.
On an annual basis, the Nominations Committee reviews suggestions made by both the Executive Committee and the industry at large. The selection process normally will encompass as many as thirty to forty worthy candidates. The criteria for selection is an individual who, through career dedication, has made a significant and worthwhile contribution to the Canadian Food Industry. The Executive Committee is comprised of active senior executives representing suppliers, brokers, food processors, wholesalers and retailers.
The ceremony is somewhat unique in that the format is a cocktail reception that is accessible to all levels of the Food Industry, and where the recipients and senior industry executives are readily visible, socializing throughout the reception. The Food Industry Association of Canada is a non-profit organization with no association to any charitable organizations, thus allowing the event to be purely for the recognition of the accomplishments of the recipients.