What are the Canadian e-Content Awards?

The Canadian e- Content Awards recognize and honour electronic content products that demonstrate innovation in facilitating knowledge creation and e-business processes for the Canadian e-content community. These products support access to strategic, timely information, encourage knowledge sharing, enhance user productivity and contribute to competitive advantage.Award categories cover content and software products that facilitate the delivery of information in text, graphic, sound and/or video formats. Content may be accessible to multiple users via enterprise networks, intranets, public Web sites, portals, and mobile devices or via standalone terminals.


The Awards are open to vendors who offer electronic information services or content and information management software products to Canadian consumers, professionals and/or enterprises.Eligible products include those that are new, redesigned or significantly enhanced, and were released between January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003.


Entries are evaluated by a blue-ribbon panel of judges who are experts in the application and use of e-content resources. Products will be judged for:

  • Innovation
  • Usability
  • Market appropriateness
  • Quality of content
  • Functionality
  • Benefits to user

Best of Awards Categories

Business information service
Information or software resources for enterprise or individual use by business, financial and/or investment researchers and analysts, competitive intelligence professionals, information professionals and/or market researchers.

News service
News resources and/or software for enterprise or individual use for by communications, public relations, researchers and/or analysts for monitoring, research and/or media analysis.
Science/technology/medical information service
Information and software resources for enterprise or individual use by scientific/technical professionals, health science professionals, health care consumers or researchers.

Information and software resources for enterprise or individual use by legal professionals.

Resources that support formal educational activities in schools, colleges or universities.

e-Learning Solutions
Incorporating the complete design and delivery of curriculum and/or training resources in any industry sector.

Enterprise portal
Integrated portal access to information, e-business and/or collaborative resources for use at the desktop or via mobile devices.

Content management software/system
Software that supports content integration, taxonomies, indexing or searching of a variety of content resources for use at the desktop.

Content or records management software/system
Software that supports document management, conversion and organization of corporate or institutional records

Desktop information management tool
Software for enterprise or individual use that enables the organization, visualization, personalization and/or presentation of relevant content at the desktop.

Collaborative tool
Software that enables knowledge exchange and sharing.

Canadian content site
Free or for-fee Web site that offers substantive Canadian content in an easy to access manner for enterprise or individual users. Eligible sites include those that are produced by government, private or non-profit sectors.

Business Process Management
Software that helps organizations improve business processes to enhance profitability.

Innovative application
Actual customer application case study that illustrates the integration of content or information management products into work processes in a manner that improves productivity and/or competitive advantage and that demonstrates innovation. Complete an Innovative Application Award entry form.
* Products not selected as winners in the above categories may be considered for Awards of Merit.

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How to Enter

Products may be entered in one or more categories, depending on how entrants wish to position them. An entry is defined as a single product in a single award category. Complete a separate submission for each entry. This will enable entrants to position their comments for each category. Entries may be moved into a more appropriate category by the panel of judges, in consultation with the entrant.

Select the category or categories that best describe your primary target market, or best reflect how you would like to position the product for the awards. Individual products can be entered in more than one category. There is no limit on the number of products that can be entered by a single vendor.

For each entry (e.g. one product in one category equals one entry; one product in two categories equals two entries), a completed Canadian e-Content Award entry form must be submitted in electronic format describing the product according to the judging criteria. Providing complete, well-thought-out information on the form will help ensure that your product is evaluated fairly and objectively by judges. Innovative Application submissions require a separate entry form.

All entries must include:

  • Instructions on how to access your product(s) where applicable.
  • Appropriate software, product literature, documentation and passwords, where applicable.
  • For networked software products, provide either a demo site URL or another means for the judges to evaluate your product. ยท A contact in your organization who can provide the judges with support or additional information.
  • Signed disposition
  • Payment

Product literature, documentation, and where appropriate, user IDs and passwords, will be forwarded to judges.

All information and supporting material for each entry are to submitted in electronic format only by email to info@econtentinstitute.org

Payment and signed copy of entry form should be mailed to:
Canadian e-Content Awards,
1999 Avenue Road, Suite 102,
Toronto, ON
M5M 4A5

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Deadline for Entry

Deadline for entry is Friday, January 25, 2004. Entries must be received at the e-Content Institute offices by 12 p.m. on January 25. Absolutely no late entry will be accepted! The Canadian e-Content Awards office reserves the right to refuse any entry. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Notification of Finalists

The finalists in each category will be notified by the chair of the blue ribbon panel by March 8, 2004.

Presentation of Canadian E-Content Awards

Awards will be presented at the Awards Gala at the Information Highways Conference on Tuesday, March 23, 2004. The results will be published in the May-June 2004 issue of Information Highways Magazine, Hot Bytes e-newsletter, posted on the Information Highways Web site and promoted via a press release.

Winners in each category will receive an electronic file with the Canadian e-Content Awards logo. The image on the electronic file can be enlarged or reduced but cannot be otherwise modified in any way. The sole purpose of this image is to promote the award-winning product on packaging, promotional materials and on winners’ Web sites. The Canadian e-Content Awards reserves the right to withdraw permission to use the image if it is not being used appropriately and/or if the image has been altered. Please note that by signing the Call for Entry you have agreed to these terms.

Entry Fee

The fee per entry is $195.00 CAD + G.S.T. An entry is defined as a single product nominated in a single award category. In the case of multiple entries one cheque must be submitted representing the total sum of fees. All fees are payable to: Canadian e-Content Awards.

For more information, contact the e-Content Institute, info@econtentinstitute.org

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