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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

2015 recipients — May 03, 2016 Annual General Meeting

 

LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD
In Memory of Michael Green - For a lifetime contribution to improving downtown Calgary with art, culture, community integration & vibrancy

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Ann Connors, Managing Director of One Yellow Rabbit & High Performance Rodeo; Maya Green, Michael’s daughter; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

ART & CULTURE
Jesse Moffatt - For enhancing the downtown through art and culture with his unique street piano designs

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Jesse Moffatt, Owner of Moffatt Pianos; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION & VIBRANCY
SAIT Downtown Culinary Campus & Calgary Stampede - For enhancing the downtown through community integration & vibrancy with their International Pancake Parade on Stephen Ave

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Mark Beattie, Manager, SAIT Downtown Culinary Campus; Jeanette Turner, Vice-Chair, Promotion Committee, Calgary Stampede; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION & VIBRANCY
Cococo Chocolatiers Central Inc. - For enhancing the downtown through community integration & vibrancy with their participation & donations to numerous community events

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Veronica Amaya, General Manager/Dealer, Cococo Chocolatiers Central Inc. in Bankers Hall; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION & VIBRANCY
Glenbow Museum & Chevron Canada - For enhancing the downtown through community integration & vibrancy with their free Community Day event

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Lorelei Piotto, Team Lead of Social Performance at Chevron Canada; Chris Petrick, Director of Development at Glenbow Museum; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS
20 VIC Management Inc./ The CORE Shopping Centre - For enhancing the downtown through environmental improvements with their achievement of a LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors Certification

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Jill MacDonald, Property Manager, the CORE, 20 VIC Management Inc.; Allison Onyett, Marketing and Digital Coordinator for The CORE | TD Square . Holt Renfrew; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA 

 

STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT
Milestones Stephen Ave - For enhancing the downtown through streetscape improvement with their extensive exterior renovations

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Robin Hushagen, General Manager, Guest Experience, Milestones Stephen Ave; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA 

 

STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT
Hy’s Steakhouse - For enhancing the downtown through streetscape improvement with their exterior renovations and new patio

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Ben MacMaster, Assistant GM Hy's Steakhouse Calgary; Barb Steen, General Manager, Hy’s Steakhouse Calgary; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

PUBLIC SAFETY, HEALTH & WELLNESS
The City of Calgary & The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre - For enhancing the downtown through public safety, health & wellness through the Engaging Vulnerable People: An Education Initiative

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Abe Brown, Director of Programs of Calgary Rehab & Drop-In Centre; Jordan Hamilton, Manager, External Relations of DI; Debbie Newman, Executive Director of DI;  Samantha Urias, Training Specialist at the DI; Cathy Taylor, Project Manager, Centre City Implementation, City of Calgary; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

PUBLIC HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Art of Living Foundation - For enhancing the downtown through public health & wellness through the annual Yogathon - Rise for a Cause.

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; Reetika Bhagat and Pooja Tolani of The Art of Living Foundation; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA

 

URBAN DESIGN
Cadillac Fairview, Zeidler BKDI Architects, LSI SACO & Focus Lighting - For enhancing the downtown through urban design with the animated rooftop lighting feature on the Calgary City Centre Tower

Left to Right: Maggie Schofield, Executive Director, CDA; David Lee of Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd, Ted Baldwin of Zeidler BKDI Architects; and Scott Bey, Chairman of the Board, CDA

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COMMUNITY INTEGRATION & VIBRANCY
Rosso Coffee Roasters

For enhancing the downtown through community integration & vibrancy with their donations to numerous community events
 
Unable to attend AGM

Our 2015 awards were designed by Neil Zeller of Neil Zeller Photography.  

Some of our past recipients over the years are:

  • 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