Award Sponsors


Canadian Education & Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC): The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting career counselling related research and professional development opportunities across Canada. The Institute supports the creation of career counselling related learning and development materials for a cross-sectoral professional service community.


Logo: Counseling Foundation of CanadaThe Counselling Foundation of Canada: The Counselling Foundation of Canada is a charitable foundation funded by Frank G. Lawson and his estate which supports the creation and delivery of innovative career counselling and personal development programs for the benefit of people, practitioners and the community at large.
Logo: Donner Canadian FoundationDonner Canadian Foundation: Established in 1950 by William H. Donner. In the mid-1960s, the Foundation began to focus on specific program interests, among these, research on public policy. The Donner family chose Canada’s centennial year, 1967, to embark on a course of professional grant making that has contributed well over $100 million to more than 1,000 projects across Canada and around the world.

Logo: First Nations Education Council


First Nations Education Council: A non-profit organization, which defends First Nations interests in the field of Education. It is an association of First Nations and communities from Quebec, whose common purpose is to achieve full jurisdiction over education.

Logo: Girls Action FoundationGirls Action Foundation: A national charitable organization that leads and seeds girls’ programs across Canada. The organization builds girls’ and young women’s skills and confidence and inspires action to change the world. Through innovative programs, research, and support to a network of over 300 partnering organizations and projects, Girls Action reaches over 60,000 girls and young women in remote, marginalized and urban communities, including those in the North.
Logo: McConnell Family FoundationJ.W. McConnell Family Foundation: A private philanthropic organization funding programs that support Canadians in building a more innovative, inclusive, sustainable, and resilient society. 
Logo: Lawson FoundationLawson Foundation: A family foundation established by the Hon. Ray Lawson in 1956 that supports community based programs to positively influence the quality of life for Canadian families.
Logo: North-South Partnership for Children

MAMOW SHA-WAY-GI-KAY-WIN: North South Partnership for Children: A dynamic collaboration between philanthropic organizations, universities, and private citizens in Southern Ontario working with First Nations Chiefs, Elders and young people living in isolated fly-in communities in northwestern Ontario. The objective is to amplify the voices of the youth, and assist them to find new pathways of hope.


Logo: McCain Family FoundationMargaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation: The Foundation champions early childhood programs that provide equal opportunities for all children, align with the school system and operate within a provincial or territorial framework. The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation is investing in demonstration sites in Atlantic Canada and supporting related research. 
Logo: MAEIMartin Aboriginal Education Initiative: The Right Honourable Paul Martin and his family established MAEI in 2008 to initiate educational projects designed to provide Aboriginal Canadians with the opportunities they need to succeed. Their goal is to support initiatives that improve education at the elementary and secondary levels. Projects are chosen in discussion with the pertinent Aboriginal leadership, Provincial and Territorial education authorities, and various national business communities.
Logo: Ontario Trillium FoundationRegroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec: The Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec defends the rights and interests of urban Aboriginal citizens and supports the Native Friendship Centres in accomplishing their mission to improve the quality of life of urban Aboriginal people, promote culture and foster mutual understanding between peoples.
Logo: RBC FoundationRBC Foundation: RBC Foundation is the charitable arm of the Royal Bank of Canada and its subsidiaries, and is amongst the largest corporate donors in Canada. It is committed to making a lasting social impact through inspired, responsible giving, and by building strong partnerships with charitable organizations.
Logo: Vancouver FoundationVancouver Foundation: A Canadian community foundation that has been around since 1943. Their focus is on improving communities – the places where we all live, work, play and raise our kids. The place we call home.