San Francisco, CA, April 24, 2018 – Today the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) announced the special award and “Best of the Best” winners in the 2018 IABC Gold Quill Awards program (#IABCGQ). For more than 40 years, the Gold Quill Awards have recognized business communication excellence worldwide and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry.
Special awards and the “Best of the Best” have gone to a global selection of communication practitioners, teams and agencies, from a pool of almost 700 entries. The selections were made following extensive review by more than 250 evaluators. “These Gold Quill special awards are a mark of excellence,” said Stephanie Doute, CAE, executive director of IABC. “We are thrilled to be recognizing these communications strategies which have successfully driven business results and look forward to celebrating with the recipients at the IABC World Conference.” All the Gold Quill Awards will be presented at the Excellence Gala, to be held on Tuesday, 5 June, as part of IABC’s World Conference in Montréal.
2018 Special Award Winners
Jake Wittmer Award: Presented to the entry that shows outstanding research that was
commissioned or developed by a communicator and was instrumental in ensuring the
success of a communication program.
Winning entry: 90 Day Planning - Sentiment & Metrics
Business Issue Award: Presented to an entry that addresses a critical business issue that threatened the well-being or viability of an organization and shows strategic involvement while presenting and effective, innovative resolution with measurable results.
Winning entry: Equipping an Organization for Successful Large-Scale Transformation
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gagen MacDonald
Sharon Berzok Student Award: Presented to the student achieving the highest standard of communication excellence in the student categories.
Winning entry: PR teater
2018 “Best of the Best” award winners
Recommended by evaluators and reviewed by the Gold Quill Awards chair, vice chair and past chair, the Best of the Best winners represent the very best entries seen across the globe.
Best of the Best, Category 1: Internal Communication
Winning entry: #ninetynine
Best of the Best, Category 2: Employee Engagement
Winning entry: Tax Canada Bot-a-thon
Ernst & Young
Best of the Best, Category 3: Human Resources and Benefits Communication
Winning entry: Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada Retirement Readiness Program
Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada and Willis Towers Watson
Best of the Best, Category 4: Change Communication
Winning entry: League of Champions
Barloworld Transport (Pty) Ltd.
Best of the Best, Category 5: Safety Communication
Winning entry: Stop and Think Before You Act
Elsabe Coetzee and Caren Venter
Sappi Southern Africa Limited
Best of the Best, Category 10: Community Relations
Winning entry: Rebuilding Trust: Crowchild Trail Study
City of Calgary
Best of the Best, Category 24: Digital Communication
Winning entry: Day at a Modern Mine
Anglo American South Africa
Best of the Best, Category 26: Publications
Winning entry: Charlotte Russe Benefit Magazine