First presented in 1941, the ACA Gold Medal Award is the Canadian marketing industry’s most prestigious honour. The award is presented to an individual whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the advancement of marketing communications in Canada.

Call for Nominations

Nominations are now closed for the 2018 ACA Gold Medal Award.

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Nomination Criteria

  • Open to all individuals in activities that have an impact on marketing communications in Canada (client marketers, agencies, media, researchers, academics, associations, etc.);
  • Awarded for a single achievement, or for accomplishments over time; and
  • Awarded to a candidate whose contribution represents a measurable, distinctive advancement in the practice of marketing communications in Canada.

The 2016 Gold Medal Award was presented to Linda Nagel, President and CEO of Advertising Standards Canada (ASC) on June 2, 2016 at the Carlu in Toronto.

ACA Gold Medal Award Recipients (1941-2016)

W.A. Lydiatt (1941)
H.R. Cockfield* (1942)
J.E. Sampson (1943)
B.W. Keightley (1944)
J.R. Robertson* (1945)
Emile Jean (1946)
I.R. Greene (1947)
G. Alec Phare (1948)
L.E. Phenner (1949)
John Martin (1950)
Lee Trenholme* (1951)
N. Roy Perry (1952)
A.J. Casson (1953)
M.M. Shneckenburger,
J.S. Feggans (1954)
G. Warren Brown (1955)
W.J. Campbell (1956)
E.V. Rechnitzer (1957)
The Hon. William Hamilton (1958)
H.H. Rimmer (1959)
H.H. Rimmer (1960)
William E. Trimble* (1961)
William E. Williams (1962)
Allan B. Yeates (1963)
C. Warren Reynolds (1964)
R.A. Barford (1965)
Harry E. Foster (1966)
Mayor Jean Drapeau (1967)
W. Harold Poole (1968)
Bryan Vaughan (1969)
J.F. Glasier (1970)
W.D. Byles (1971)
Ralph G. Draper* (1972)
Robert A. McAlear (1973)
Robert E. Oliver (1974)
John M. Gould*, A.Z. Pengelly (1975)
Allan E. Ross (1976)
Madeleine St. Jacques (1977)
Denis Jotcham (1978)
Wm. J. Harris (1979)
Jack N. Milne (1980)
Les McMahon (1981)
Tom Blakely (1982)
Paul L’Anglais*,
Yves Bourassa*,
W.D.H. Davis (1983)
Hugh Dow, Michael Kennerley (1984)
Jacques Bouchard, David Hopkins (1985)
Robert E. Harris (1986)
Ross A. McCreath (1987)
Paul Mulvihill*,
Claude Cossette (1988)
Robert J. Galloway (1989)
Rupert T.R. Brendon (1990)
Ann Boden (1991)
Stuart Eaton (1992)
Lloyd Hodgkinson (1993)
Claude Lessard (1994)
E. Peter Elwood, Peter G. Swain (1995)
Maurice Brisebois, John Foss (1996)
Peter Beresford (1997)
Sunni Boot (1998)
Hugo Powell (1999)
David Harrison (2002)
Frank Palmer (2003)
John Cassaday (2004)
Ed Marra (2005)
Dr. Alan C. Middleton (2012)
Philip E. Donne (2013)
William A. Moir (2014)
Paul Lavoie (2015)
Linda Nagel (2016)
* Awarded posthumously