Canadian Business Leader Award Nominations

CBLA Nominations are OPEN

Do you know someone who has shown bold business leadership? The Canadian Business Leader Award is presented to outstanding Canadian leaders who shape the future of business through innovation, determination and a commitment to success.

Help us find the next CBLA recipient and continue the tradition of recognizing strong leaders with entrepreneurial spirit, integrity and a commitment to the community.

Nomination Deadline: 11:59pm MST on May 31

Submit a nomination

2024 CBLA Recipient: Gregory E. Abel

This year we recognized the significant contributions of University of Alberta graduate Gregory E. Abel (’84 BCom), as we shared in the spirit of achievement and bold business leadership.

Past Recipients

Since 1982, all CBLA recipients have demonstrated leadership, business acumen and success, an entrepreneurial spirit, integrity, and a commitment to the community. Get to know them all.

CBLA Award Winners


We are looking for nominees who have demonstrated the following: 

Professional Achievement

Nominees must have a proven track record of significant contributions to the business world. This includes noteworthy achievements, innovations, and advancements in their respective industries.

Impact on Large-Scale Business

The ideal candidate should have demonstrated leadership and influence in the management and growth of large-scale businesses. This may include leadership roles in corporations or the establishment and expansion of enterprises with a substantial market presence.

Canadian Citizenship

Nominees must be Canadian citizens, showcasing a commitment to the advancement of Canadian business values and contributing to the country's economic landscape.

Innovation and Adaptability

Nominees should be recognized for their innovative approaches, adaptability to changing business landscapes, and the ability to lead businesses through challenges, fostering resilience and growth.

Ethical Leadership

Nominees must exhibit a commitment to ethical business practices, demonstrating a dedication to corporate responsibility, sustainability, and social impact.

Industry Recognition

Consideration will be given to nominees who have received industry accolades, awards, or recognition for their outstanding contributions, further highlighting their impact on the business world.

Nominees are not required to be U of A graduates. 

The nomination selection committee is composed of representatives from the Business Advisory Council and University of Alberta faculty and staff. 

Nomination Instructions 

Ready to nominate? Complete the CBLA nomination form, answering the question “Why does the nominated candidate deserve the 2025 Canadian Business Leader Award” in 1000 words or less. 


Questions? Contact us. 

For more information on the Canadian Business Leader Award, eligibility, or how to complete a nomination, please get in touch with Selin Simsek at