National Awards Program
The National Credit Union Awards highlight fresh and effective programs that emphasize local economic initiatives, innovative solutions that improve the effectiveness of the credit union, and the ambitions of tomorrow’s young leaders.
Canada’s credit unions have always played a significant role in the well being of the communities they serve. CCUA recognizes and rewards these accomplishments through an annual awards program that acknowledges credit unions that exemplify the true nature of the co-operative spirit.
Nominations for the 2022 National Credit Union Awards are now closed.
Click the links below for a quick overview of each award category.
The Distinguished Credit Union Leader Award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service and leadership to the Canadian Credit Union movement by demonstrating leadership that is national in scope and results in measurable and sustainable change to the credit union system with broad effect, and/or who have played a key leadership role in one or more strategies or projects that have contributed to expanding, strengthening or otherwise building a sustainable credit union system in Canada. Learn more
Note: the Distinguished Credit Union Leader Award replaces the Hall of Fame Award
New for this year, we’re introducing the inaugural Environment, Social and Governance Award (ESG).The national ESG award, recognizes and honours the outstanding contributions credit unions and caisse populaires make that drive significant change creating environmental opportunities, and better social and/or governance conditions. Through this award, the Canadian Credit Union Association focuses national attention on the leadership role credit unions play in inspiring others to shape promising futures within their communities. Credit unions are challenging themselves to make community responsibility and sustainability a core part of their business. Learn more.
The National Credit Union Innovation Award is designed to recognize credit union/caisse popularies for breakthrough products, services and processes that are either new or have undergone significant improvements and can serve as a model for other credit unions. We look to recognize innovations that have demonstrated substantial benefit to either the credit union/caisse populaire or member base. The Innovation award should recognize the credit union/caisse populaire– not specific individuals. The award can be submitted by a single credit union/caisse populaire or a group of credit unions working together to bring a solution to the market. Learn more
The National Credit Union Young Leaders Award recognizes young leaders in Canada’s credit union system. The award helps identify the best and brightest young employees, motivate them, and publicize their accomplishments to inspire others. In creating this award, the Canadian Credit Union’s Board of Directors helps national leaders demonstrate strong support for young leadership. Learn more
The National Credit Union Learning Excellence Award recognizes and honours a leader or initiative that demonstrates an outstanding contribution in the development of credit union employees. The Learning Excellence award is for credit unions who recognize that investment in people has a direct impact on the member experience and on the bottom line for the credit union. This award acknowledges the role that skilled employees play in the success of their credit union, and the credit union ensures that employees are as prepared as possible to serve the needs of their members. This award recognizes innovative approaches to Human Resource Management, Learning & Development and/or Talent Management resulting in significant business improvement and recognize credit union achievements. Ongoing development of credit union employees is critical at a time when multiple factors are reshaping our industry and our workforce. Learn more
The Achievements in Marketing Excellence (AIME) Awards showcase the most impressive, effective and creative marketing and communications campaigns seen in the credit union system.
The highest scored entry across all AIME categories is awarded CCUA’s Best in Marketing Award. Learn more
What does it take to win? Winning an AIME Award requires a balance of quality ideas, outstanding execution, and tangible results. All entries are reviewed based on standard marketing criteria. View the 2021 AIME award winners here.