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The Downtown Vitality Awards are given annually to businesses and organizations in recognition of significant achievements in enhancing the vitality of Downtown Calgary.

Vitality Awards

The Downtown Vitality Awards are given annually to businesses and organizations in recognition of significant achievements in enhancing the vitality of Downtown Calgary, as a premiere place to work, live and play.

These businesses and organizations help to meet the Calgary Downtown Association's mission to champion a vital, prosperous, attractive and liveable downtown community for everyone to enjoy.

The categories can change year-to-year depending on what is occurring downtown, however there are 8 main categories:

Public Safety
Arts and Culture
Community integration and Vibrancy
+15 Vitality
Streetscape improvement/environmental
Community Partnerships
Urban Design
Business Development

2016 recipients — May 10, 2017 Annual General Meeting

 

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION & VIBRANCY
Glenbow Museum and Servus Credit Union - For enhancing the downtown through community integration and vibrancy with free First Thursdsays.

Left to Right: Brad Krizan, Chairman of the Board, CDA; Robert Christiansen, District Manager II, Calgary Branch, Retail Operation at Servus Credit Union; Jenny Conway-Fischer, Manager, Marketing & Communitcation at Glenbow Museum; Christopher Petrik, Director, Development at Glenbow Museum; and Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA

 

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION & VIBRANCY
20 VIC Management for the CORE Shopping Centre - For enhancing the downtown through community integration and vibrancy by hosting the JUNO Hub and concerts

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Allison Onyette, Marketing Director, 20 VIC Management; Emily Couto, Marketing & Digital Coordinator at 20 VIC Management; and Brad Krizan, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION & VIBRANCY
The Government of Alberta - For enhancing the downtown through community integration and vibrancy by sharing Harley Hotchkiss Gardens for community events

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Stephen Lawrence, Facilities Coordinator-Alberta Infrastructure, Calgary Courst Centre, Northern & Southern Jubliee Auditorium, Government of Alberta; and Brad Krizan, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT
Earls Bankers Hall - For enhancing the downtown through streetscape improvment with thie exterior renovations and new atrium patio

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Ryan Emmerson, General Manager of Earls Bankers Hall; and BRad Krizan, Chairmanb of the Board, CDA

 

STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT
City of Calgary Central District Roads Maintenance Department - For enhancing the downtown through streetscape improvement supporting safety and accessibility

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Jim Fraser, Central District Manager, Road Maintenance, City of Calgary; Thomas Tracey, Central District Technician, Roads Maintenance, Roads, Transportation Department; and Brad Krizan, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT
Deslisle Marketing & Events Inc. - For enhancing the downtown through streetscape improvement with the Market on Stephen Avenue. 

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Charlene Delisle of Delisle Marketing & Events; and Brad Krizan, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT
Hines - For enhancing the downtown through environmental improvement with their beehive project

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Amanda Verge, Assistant Property Manager, Hines; Melissa Gerry, Assistant Property Manager, Eight Avenue Place, Hines; and Brad Krizan, Chairman of the Board, CDA 

 

URBAN DESIGN & HERITAGE PRESERVATION
Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants - For enhancing the downtown through urban design and heritage preservation with the extensive renovations to create The Guild and Sub Rosa

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Patrick Soul, District General Manager for The Guild and Sub Rosa; Ryan O'Flynn, Executive Chef for The Guild and Sub Rosa; and Brad Krizan, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

URBAN DESIGN & HERITAGE PRESERVATION
ATB Financia. and Triovest - For enhancing the downtown through urban design and heritage preservation with the extensive renovations at their new location on Stephen Avenue

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Tim Blair, Executive Managing Director, Capital with Triovest; Chriss Bonneville, Director of Retail Leasing with Triovest; Lauren Slen, Branch Manager of Retail Financial Servces for ATB Financial; and Brad Krizan, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

Our 2016 awards were created by JakeJoy Mulyk. More information on the artist can be found at www.jakejoyartist.com

Some of our past recipients over the years are:

  • Lifetime Contribution Award - In Memory of Michael Gree (2015)
  • Art & Culture - Jesse Moffatt (2015)
  • Community Integration & Vibrancy - SAIT Downtown Culinary Campus & Calgary Stampede (2015)
  • Community Integration & Vibrancy - Rosso Coffee Roasters (2015)
  • Community Integration & Vibrancy - Cococo Chocolatiers Central Inc. (2015)
  • Community Integration & Vibrancy - Glenbow Museum & Chevron Canada (2015)
  • Environmental Improvments - 20 VIC Management Inc./ The CORE Shopping Centre (2015)
  • Streetscape Improvement - Milestones Stephen Av (2015)
  • Streetscape Improvement - Hy's Steakhouse (2015)
  • Public Safety, Health & Wellness - The City of Calgary & The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (2015)
  • Public Health & Wellness - The Art of Living Foundation (2015)
  • Urban Design - Cadillac Fairview, Zeidler BKDI Architects, LSI SACO & Focus Lighting (2015)
  • Lifetime Contribution Award - In Memory of Larry Ryder, the “Unofficial Mayor of Downtown Calgary”
  • Art & Culture - Honens
  • Public Art - City of Calgary
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy - Suncor Energy Volunteers
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy - Fairmont Palliser
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy- Morguard Investments Ltd
  • Streetscape Improvements - Calgary Tower
  • Urban Design & Heritage Preservation - TMAC GROUP
  • Public Safety, Health & Wellness - Calgary Alpha DOAP Team
  • Urban Design & Heritage Preservation - Steiner Properties
  • Streetscape Improvement - Hines
  • Public Safety for the remarkable work done during the recovery from the 2013 flood, Calgary Police Service
  • Public Safety for the benchmark disaster management during the flood, CEMA
  • Public Safety to EllisDon and Brookfield Office Properties for excellent Construction  Management
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy to The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre for their support of the downtown community garden
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy to Beakerhead for downtown activations
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy to City Palate for their Really Really Long Table Dinner
  • Streetscape Improvements Centre City Implementation team for the new animated lighting added to the Galleria Trees
  • Streetscape Improvements to the City of Calgary Public Art Program for enhancing the downtown with public art with the installation of Luminous Crossings
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy to Calgary Economic Development and Calgary Chamber of Commerce for assisting businesses to recover from the 2013 flood with YYC is Open and the Flood Recovery Task Force
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy, Caffe Artigiano for their support of the DI's community garden volunteers
  • Enhancing the Downtown Through Public Art, Encana Leasehold Limited Partnership for the installation of Wonderland
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy with Busker Piano, MRU Criminology Class
  • Arts and Culture with Shakespeare in the Park, Theatre Calgary
  • Arts and Culture, Nuit Blanche
  • Arts and Culture with "100 days" Celebration- Calgary Stampede
  • Social and Safety - Best Bar None
  • Increasing +15 Vibrancy - SAIT Downtown Culinary Campus
  • Enhancing Downtown Vibrancy through Streetscape Improvements - Sled Island
  • Enhancing Downtown Vibrancy through Streetscape Improvements with Wayfinding, CCIT
  • Enhancing Downtown Vibrancy through Streetscape Improvements - Hoarding - 8th Avenue Place
  • Urban Design for the Devonian Gardens - City of Calgary Parks and 20 Vic
  • Enhancing the Downtown through Urban Design - Eighth Avenue Place
  • Enhancing the Downtown through Urban Design - Bow Valley College North Campus - GEC Architecture
  • Enhancing the Downtown through Urban Design - University of Calgary's Downtown Campus, Marchall Tittemore Architects
  • Increasing +15 Vitality with the 2011 +15 Parade - One Yellow Rabbit / High Performance Rodeo
  • Streetscape and Environmental Improvements with The CORE, TD Square, Holt Renfrew - 20 VIC
  • Streetscape and Environmental Improvements with the 20 Minute Makeover - Centre City Implementation Team
  • Excellent Community Partnership - Clean to the Core
  • Improving Overall Vitality with the WEST Patio - Concorde Group
  • Improving Overall Vitality with NYE Bash at Olympic Plaza - City TV Calgary
  • Improvements to Downtown Safety — Constable Mark Kane, Calgary Police Service
  • Beautifying the Downtown - Jamieson Place, Bentall LP
  • Beautifying the Downtown - Joe Fafard's - Do Ra Me Fa Sol La Si Do, Seiben Family, PennWest Energy and Stampede Public Art Committee
  • Increasing Downtown Vibrancy - SNOWBLOWER, High Performance Rodeo
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy - Heritage Tours, TransAlta Retirees Group
  • Streetscape Improvements and Environmental Stewardship - Riverwalk, Calgary Municipal Lands Corporation
  • Streetscape Improvements - Olympic Plaza Temporary Art Installations, Park 100 year Celebration
  • Community Partnerships - Community Gardens, Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada
  • Urban Design Excellence - Fifth and Fifth, GWL Reality Advisors, Kasian Architecture
  • Urban Design Excellence - Hotel Le Germain, Groupe Germain Hospitality
  • Heritage Preservation - Fashion Central, Encorp Management
  • Advocacy of the Downtown — Mayor Dave Bronconnier
  • Improvements to downtown safety in 2009 - Calgary Police Service, District 1
  • Increasing downtown vibrancy in 2009 with the Grey Cup Festival — The Grey Cup Festival Committee
  • Downtown Communication — The Calgary Herald
  • Community Integration and Vibrancy — Aboriginal First Nations Conference
  • Beautifying the Downtown — John Torode "The Root"
  • Beautifying the Downtown through Public Art — Brookfield Properties Corporation
  • Revitalizing the Streetscape at Gulf Canada Square — Great West Life Reality Advisors
  • Enhancing Streetscape — Holt Renfrew
  • Increasing Vibrancy and Community Integration — Harvard Property Management
  • Terry Rock (Calgary Arts Development) and Marco De Iaco (Tourism Calgary) for endless effort in bringing the JUNOs to Calgary in 2008.
  • Steve Eichler for leading the growth of Downtown Calgary's most significant festival — Folk Fest. Recognition also to Kerri Clark who worked closely with Steve to make it all happen.
  • Downtown Bylaws Team for focus on safety and cleanliness
  • Darryl Cariou from the City of Calgary for preserving and enhancing Calgary's downtown heritage buildings.
  • GWL Realty Advisors for architectural significance of the Courthouse building