Two Days Left to Nominate: Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends sets new jury standards

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2021 Selection Committee to champion DEI criteria and process

Nominations open until February 18

Marketing Hall of Legends (CMHOL), one of Canada’s most respected and renowned industry awards, today announced its 2021 selection committee and the establishment of new representation and inclusion standards.

“Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends is making changes to better represent and include Canada’s diverse marketing community,” says Miglena Nikolova, president of AMA Toronto, the association that runs CMHOL. “This year’s selection committee — the most diverse group of brand and marketing leaders ever assembled by CMHOL — is updating the Legend selection process to reflect and celebrate our industry’s diversity.”

The selection committee, chaired by 2014 Legend inductee David Kincaid, Founder and Managing Partner, Level5 Strategy, will judge this year’s entries and announce Canada’s newest Marketing Legends and Marketer on the Rise.

This year’s CMHOL selection committee includes:

“This year’s CMHOL jury is an accomplished group of brand and marketing leaders,” says Kincaid. “I’m proud to say the selection committee is very Canadian — it exemplifies and values the diversity of the industry we work in — and will provide the CMHOL with strong, credible decision-making prowess.”

Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends honours the industry’s most outstanding visionaries, enablers, builders and mentors who’ve had tremendous impact on the field of marketing throughout their careers. The Marketer on the Rise award, being reintroduced this year, celebrates Canada’s top up-and-comers — the next generation of influential marketers.

Nominations can be made until February 18 on the CMHOL website.


This year’s award winners will be announced in March, then formally recognized and honoured by AMA Toronto on April 22 at a CMHOL virtual event.

“Canada’s marketing industry has evolved, it’s not what it was 17 years ago when the CMHOL first started honouring the industry’s Legends,” says Jacob Kessler, VP, Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends. “The Legend program today is growing, shifting perspective and acting to better represent and include Canada’s diverse marketing community.”


To address and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), the CMHOL significantly expanded its national outreach to attract a broader range of nominations. The makeup of the CMHOL jury has also been reformed and new standards for eligibility established — the criteria for Legend nominations and selection. One key shift is that 40 to 50 per cent of the selected Legend inductees for 2021 must reflect diversity in the industry.

These changes will enable CMHOL to more accurately represent the marketing community in terms of geography, line-of-business, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation.


In addition to their induction into Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends, award winners will participate in AMA Toronto’s popular Legendary Leadership Series. Each event in the ongoing virtual series explores the stories, achievements, influence and learnings of a different Marketing Legend and engages the marketing community in thoughtful conversation about the industry, social trends, and innovations.

Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends is sponsored by Architech, a Toronto-based software company with over 15 years of experience in creating technology solutions for clients across North America.

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