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Announcing the Microsoft Canada Impact Awards for 2022



I’m thrilled to announce that self-nomination awards are now open for this year’s Microsoft Canada Impact Awards. Celebrated annually at Microsoft Inspire, these awards recognize outstanding successes and innovations across Canada and the diverse partner ecosystem. Partners can submit to a variety of categories that help us recognize the innovative technology solutions that our partners have created to address; their customer’s business challenges, recognizing our partner’s hard work of helping customers digitally transform, driving remote solutions, migrating customers to the cloud, skilling their employees, and getting creative with their digital marketing.


Additionally, for the second year in a row we will have a mixture of metric-based awards in addition to the traditional partner self-nominated awards. The metric-based awards do not require partners to submit a nomination, saving you time and effort. Microsoft Canada created a process to determine winners based on specific criteria, which is outlined in each award description. These awards allow us to not only recognize more partners for all their efforts over the past year, but also highlight additional Microsoft priorities.


Impact Award finalists and winners receive recognition from Microsoft and the partner community and are celebrated in a variety of ways at Microsoft Inspire. This year’s Microsoft Inspire will again be digital, giving us the incredible opportunity to include partners from around the globe. The event is no-cost for attendees and will be held on July 12 & 13, 2022. Please save the date and look for registration opening in June.


Below you will find further information on Self-Nomination and Metric based awards, as well as helpful resources.


Self-Nomination Based Impact Awards

We have simplified the partners awards to map to business impact and the Microsoft Global (Partner of the Year) Award system;  making it more intuitive to align your nominations.

Within the Impact Award Rules document, you will see that for each award category, we specify which of the Global Inspire Award categories we will be pulling submissions for that award category. When a partner submits a nomination for the Global Inspire Award Category, they will also be entered into the corresponding Canada Impact Award category, as outlined in the rules document.


Submit you nomination to the Microsoft Partner of the Year Submission Tool in advance of the deadline of 11:59:59 pm Pacific Time (PT), on March 31, 2022. To ensure you create a strong entry, I encourage you to explore the provided resources and expert advice in the resources below. We look forward to receiving your nomination and are excited to celebrate another round of incredible partner innovations!


Here is the list of our 2022 self-nomination based Microsoft Canada Impact awards:


  • Modernizing Applications Impact Award
    • Nominations submitted under the Modernizing Applications, Cloud Native App Development
  • Industry Innovation Impact Award
    • Nominations submitted under the Automotive, Mobility & Transportation, Energy & Sustainability, Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Media & Communications, Retail & Consumer Goods, Non-Profit
  • Healthcare Impact Award
    • Nominations submitted under the Healthcare and Life Science
  • Financial Services Impact Award
  • Community Response Impact Award
  • Inclusion Changemaker Impact Award
  • Sustainability Changemaker Impact Award
  • Marketing Campaign Excellence Impact Award
    • Nominations submitted under the Operational Excellence Award
  • Microsoft Canada Country Partner of the Year Award

*Read more about these awards in the Rules and Regulations document attached.


Metric Based Impact Awards

Below you can find the list of metric-based Impact awards for 2022. To acknowledge winners of their accomplishment for these award categories, winning partners will be sent an Impact Award trophy.   


AI Impact Award

A Microsoft Artificial Intelligence solution improves or drives innovation in scenarios such as the ability to monitor assets to improve efficiencies, drive operational performance to enable innovation, and use advanced data analytics to transform a business with new business models and revenue streams.


Analytics Impact Award

The Analytics Impact Award recognizes the partner that has delivered Azure-based data and analytics solution(s) for their customer(s).


Business Applications Customer Engagement Impact Award

This Award recognizes a partner who has delivered an innovative and unique customer solution centered on Microsoft Dynamics 365 to enable end-to-end intelligent business applications in the cloud.


Business Applications Finance & Operations Impact Award

This Award recognizes a partner who has delivered an innovative and unique customer solution centered on Microsoft Dynamics 365 to enable end-to-end intelligent business applications in the cloud.


Business Applications PowerPlatform Impact Award

This Award recognizes a partner who has delivered an innovative and unique customer solution centered on Microsoft PowerPlatform, leveraging low code, no code approach.


Co-sell Impact Award

The Co-sell Impact Award recognizes a co-sell ready partner who is actively engaged in co-selling with Microsoft to drive customer transformation, revenue and consumption growth and adding net new customers through inbound and outbound lead referral management in Partner Center.


Data Platform Modernization Impact Award

The Data Platform Modernization Impact Award recognizes a partner who is helping customers to migrate and/or deploy their data platform solutions to Azure at scale. We are looking at those who are driving net new Azure business of PaaS services and new customer adds. Data Platform Modernization workloads include Azure SQL DB, Azure SQL Managed Instance, Azure SQL VMs, and CosmosDB.


Enterprise Impact Sales Award

An Enterprise Partner is a Microsoft partner who has sold into one or more customers that are on the Microsoft Canada identified list, driving transformation in the customer. We’d like to recognize partners who excel in selling into the enterprise space, and who have strong Microsoft Azure and Teams growth due to their net new customer adds.


Indirect Cloud Solution Provider Impact Award

This award recognizes our indirect providers focused on doing business through their own channel to Small, Medium, and Corporate customers achieving growth in areas such as Cloud Solution Provider, Azure consumed revenue, and Office 365 seat adds.


ISV Impact Award

This award recognizes an Independent Software Vendor with accelerated Azure cloud growth, co-sell impact with Microsoft in the market, advanced platform adoption (advanced services including at least one of AI, data, Kubernetes, Microsoft Teams, or Dynamics), and end customer impact.


Azure Connected Customer Journey Impact Award

The Azure Connected Customer Journey Impact Award recognizes a partner who has delivered outstanding engagement across the programs in the Azure Connected Customer Journey in order to accelerate customers to cloud adoption.


Modern Marketing Impact Award

The Modern Marketing award recognizes a partner who is advanced at executing and ROI tracking Microsoft marketing activities, leveraging the breadth of available marketing investments and programs to advance the customer journey. They are leaders in developing campaigns and delivering thought leadership. They will also excel at using digital marketing, demonstrating lead-generation and target attainment, leading to overall business growth and revenue impact.


Modern Workplace Impact Award

The Modern Workplace Impact Award recognizes a partner that has seen substantial and sustainable growth in helping customers transform their business through innovative solutions on Microsoft 365 enabling and empowering businesses to achieve more. The winning nomination will showcase the value of delivering a Microsoft 365 (Office 365, Teams, Windows 10, and Enterprise Security + Mobility) innovative solution either by deploying the full set of offerings directly or with other partners.


National Large Solution Provider Impact Award

National Large Solution Providers who are Microsoft partners achieving impactful growth in areas such as Cloud Solution Provider, Azure consumed revenue, and Teams active usage. They have a direct relationship with Small, Medium, and Corporate size customers, and currently scale their business across Canada.


Public Sector Impact Award

The Public Sector Impact Award recognizes a partner organization that excels at providing innovative and unique services or solutions based on Microsoft technologies to public sector customers (including Government & Education), demonstrating thought leadership in their industry.


Regional Cloud Solution Provider Impact Award

We’d like to recognize a Regional Services Partner who is a Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Direct Reseller or CSP Indirect Reseller focused on Small, Medium, and Corporate customer segments in a specific region of Canada (ie: East, Central, West) driving impactful CSP growth.


Security Impact Award

The Security Impact Award recognizes a partner who is doing an exceptional job of providing customers with end-to-end security solutions (versus one-point solutions) based on Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity capabilities in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure Security.


Surface Impact Award

The Surface Impact Award recognizes the Surface PC and Surface Hub reseller that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in delivering Microsoft Surface device solutions to our mutual customers.


Tech Intensity Impact Award

Equipping the workforce with the skills they need to drive innovation, knowledge, and empowerment, as well as positioning our partners for growth, is a key focus for Microsoft. We would like to recognize a partner who has demonstrated a commitment to building a culture of continuous technical learning, investing in their talent by attending training events, and driving new Microsoft certifications (both fundaments and role-based) and a positive outcome for innovation and growth.



  • Self-Nomination Awards Rules and Regulations 2022 English | French (both documents attached)
  • Frequently Asked Questions English | French (both documents attached)
  • Nomination Tool - To submit your nomination-based Canadian Impact awards
  • Microsoft Partner Community – for Inspire related announcements.
  • Microsoft Inspire - July 13 -14 | Digital Event
  • Learn how to write a Great Entry 2022 (document attached)
  • Get advice from the judges (document attached)
  • For any questions please email cdnmpn@microsoft.com