Awards Categories | O'Cannabiz Industry Awards Gala

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Below are the available categories and their criteria/description.

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1. Best in Cannabis Industry (16 total awards)
Vote for the best in the industry. Nominations in this category are done by industry professionals and reviewed by a committee. Judging is done online by cannabis industry voters.
Best Innovative Technology

Innovation has and will continue to drive our sector forward. This award recognizes a game changing service or concept that enhances the Cannabis Industry as a whole.

Best new Start-Up

This award is dedicated to the fearless start-up companies that have shown innovation and leadership which contributes greatly to our Canadian Cannabis landscape.

Best News Source

Open to print, digital, and online companies that provide us with the best possible Cannabis news and information pertaining to our industry in Canada.

Best Marketing Campaign

In this world of restricted marketing opportunities, these Cannabis related companies have managed to get their message heard above the crowd across all forms of media.

Green Deed(s) Award

Green Deed(s) Award

Brand of the Year

Like any other service or product, branding is a large part of Cannabis Industry outreach. These nominees have captured the essence of brand management and recognition. The award will recognize innovation and execution of powerful branding strategies.

Licensed Producer of the Year

The LP’s are at the core of our entire industry and it will be our industry itself that will decide who exemplifies top service, top quality products and makes a true contribution to the future.

Best Software

Whether its seed to sale software, accounting and Cannabis business management, these top developers are acknowledged for their leading business software solutions.

Best Lab Testing Facilities

Compliance is, and always will be, of paramount performance. These labs and testing facilities provide cannabis growers and producers state-of-the-art analysis and consistent reporting. We recognize their excellence.

Best Security Service

This award recognizes the companies that keep our incredibly valuable products and properties safe and monitored with some of the best state of the art equipment and experts available.

Best Lab Equipment

These labs and testing facilities provide cannabis growers and producers state-of-the-art cannabis analysis and consistent reporting. We recognize their excellence with the top spot going to the company voted best in class.

Best Supplier/Distributor

In a market where “supply chain” is of the essence, packaging supply manufacturing and distributors provide compliant solutions to the cannabis market. The award recognizes their dedication to keeping the pipeline from grower to consumer flowing.

Best Packaging Equipment

Cost, compliance and design are the cornerstone of packaging equipment. This award will go to the company that meets and exceeds the needs for both the consumer and the supplier.

Best PR/Advertising Agency

Creating brand awareness and communicating to our clients are two key pieces to marketplace success. This award recognizes the creative minds that help put our companies on the industry map.

Best Engineering Firm

Using their in-depth skill sets, engineers solve problems and increase production while lowering costs. Categories include engineering, automation, facility or greenhouse design, facility management and construction.

Best Business Consultancy

Industry services and consultants work with companies to help them increase efficiency. They help the industry to hire top personnel, create strategic planning advice and regulatory compliance, financial advice, funding and furthering success in an ever growing market.

2. Best Cannabis People (7 total awards)
Nominations in the category are done by industry professionals and reviewed by a committee. Judging is done online by cannabis industry voters.
Cannabis Person of the Year

Honouring an individual’s exemplary service and dedication to our ever-changing industry, this person makes a true global difference and stands well above the crowd, bringing their strength and leadership to our vital and changing industry.

Outstanding Educator or Institution of the Year

Encompassing private, public and online educators who drive forward progress providing current and valuable information through their passion for a stronger education.

Scientific Researcher or Facility

The legalization of cannabis (and future expansion into the psychedelic space) in Canada has positioned our country to be leaders in establishing transparent and cutting-edge research to fully understand the cannabis plant as well as furthering our research into its recreational and potential medicinal uses. This award will recognize the scientific researcher or facility that continues to drive our understanding of cannabis forward.

Medical Cannabis Professional of the Year

With all the attention on the recreational stream, the Medical Cannabis Industry is still thriving and providing patients with targeted treatments and care. This award celebrates these “Patient Educators” who act as advocates for patient health and develop comprehensive medical cannabis plans, while also acting as the liaison between the patient and the medical cannabis producers.

Social Media Influencer of the Year

As an industry that was born into the era of social media, the winner of this award will have utilized all the tools at their disposal to inform, entertain and reach a larger public.

Attorney of the Year

Canadian Lawyers require an in-depth knowledge of a complex set of regulations that are constantly changing. This award goes to the attorney that shows exceptional detail and diligence in their practice within the Cannabis industry.

Best Activist/Advocate of the Year

This award goes to a person who made a significant impact in terms of influencing government policies or regulations, or the normalization of attitudes of the general public/media have about the plant.

3. Retail (9 total awards)

Best Customer Service

The consumer demands not only quality products but the ability to give feedback and ask questions. Friendly, informed customer service teams create brand loyalty and preserves the LP’s reputation.

Best Cannabis Clinic

Our medical cannabis clinics enrich and improving the quality of life for all patients through the use of medical cannabis. They continually educate patients, physicians and the general public about the effective use of medical cannabis. By doing so, they spread awareness of cannabis as a beneficial treatment option.

Best Top Retail Store (Single Location)

A great store answers your questions and provides top-notch quality. This award celebrates the individual stores that provide exceptional service and a comfortable, enjoyable space for the consumer.

Best Storefront Branding

Customers these days don’t buy products but experiences. The store must provide an unforgettable one from the outside in. This award will recognize the best exterior design that supports your brand story.

Best Retail Chain

As we expand our engagement with an ever-growing customer base, providing experiential excellence across multiple outlets ensures success and long-term customer loyalty to their brand.

Best Retail Interior Design

Interior Design Award aims to honour all types of interiors particularly innovative designs to get new products in front of shoppers and keep your retail design aesthetically engaging,

Best Budtender

Budtenders are the new Sommelier’s for the future. A great budtender understands the needs of their customers and matches them through a deep knowledge of the products available, ensuring the best experience possible for the buyer. This award celebrates their “front line” expertise and commitment.

Best POS/CRM Software

Top retail Point of Sale and CRM software designed for the Cannabis Industry. When dealing with a valuable and highly regulated product such as cannabis a great POS/CRM software program can streamline a company’s productivity, while keeping an eye on stocking and the bottom line.

Best Packaging Design

You know you have a great product, its well branded and is available to the end user…the last hurdle is your packaging. Identifiable, well made, branded and gives pertinent information all in a small well-designed form. This award recognizes the best of packaging for both medicinal and recreational products.

4. Cultivation (12 total awards)

Best Extraction Equipment

When spending your hard-earned dollars on extraction equipment and supplies, in addition to cost factors such as sustainability, ease of use, quality, service quality and upkeep are the cornerstones to profitable extraction. These companies not only sell the equipment or supplies but consult with the buyer to ensure that they get the finest equipment suited to their specific needs.

Best Extraction Facility/Toll Processing

Before any CBD oil, THC tincture, or cannabis concentrate can be bought, it has to be extracted. These nominated companies represent the cutting-edge facilities that remove the coveted cannabis compounds from the plant’s matrix to be used in vapes, beverages, edibles or topicals.

Best Lighting Systems

Lighting your greenhouse is a tricky business. Long life, durability and small power consumption, can make all the difference to cost vs. crop output. This award recognizes the best lighting product used and voted on by the cannabis industry.

Best Trimming Equipment

The consumer demands consistent product quality and a great trimmer delivers that consistency every time. The voters will choose the “best of the best” in this category.

Best Growing Medium

A growing medium is where your cannabis plants develop their root system, and have consistent access to fresh water, oxygen, and the proper nutrients in proper levels This award will recognize one of the top companies providing a balanced and effective Medium.

Best Seedbank

Since legalization, interest in seedbanks has continued to increase. These top seedbanks give the buyer a trusted product, top strain selection, shipping and germination guarantees and customer service.

Best Hydroponics System

Hydroponics refers to growing your cannabis without soil with the roots sitting directly in water. In general, hydroponics is often considered “better” because it uses less water resulting in lower cost and environmental impact. This award will recognize the best in class.

Best Home Grow Package

Growing at home has become a real and “growing” option. However, ensuring that your home-grown is of high yield and quality you need the right tools. The winner of this award will have created a top-quality package to help the home grower achieve success.

Best Cannabis Nutrients Product

This award covers the wide variety of products that contribute to the efficiency and quality for Cannabis growers and producers.

Best HVAC & Ventilation Systems

Over the years, the goals of the cannabis cultivator have remained the same…grow great plants..repeatedly. Understanding the interplay of temperature, humidity, and airflow is difficult enough. Throw in designing a space to account for all three variables, while keeping it agile enough to handle the plant’s growth cycles, adds a whole other level of complication. The nominated companies help growers find the best solution to their very specific HVAC needs.

Best Water Filtration System

Water is the number one crop input, so the best quality water contributes to the best plant health. That's where water quality meets the bottom line of any growing business. Water quality has to begin at the source and go all the way through the irrigation system to the plant's root system. Nominees in this category represent the best in our sector.

Best Disinfection and Pest Control Services

A clean and pest free growing environment is not only a way to maximize yield but involves ensuring that any products used adhere to 100% Government compliance. This award will recognize the company that consistently provides top solutions for our growers.

5. People’s Choice (9 total awards)
Nominations in the category is done by you as well as the consumer, and reviewed by a committee. Voting is done online by industry professionals, recreational and medicinal users and consumers (through a public voting site).
Favourite Product of the Year

In a world where new Cannabis products are hitting the shelves constantly this award will go to the most impactful product released in the last year.

Favourite Vaporizer

Vaping is proving to be a top choice for consumers and this award honours the best of the best of these products.

Favourite Accessory

Canadians are presented with a myriad of accessory options. This award recognizes a top consumer product in the country.

Favourite Flower

The demand for loose flower is still popular, but ready-made recreational and medicinal smokables is on the rise. This award recognizes quality and consistency in the marketplace. Best Dried Flower or Pre-Rolls

Favourite Edible Product

The “no smoke” revolution will enjoy huge market growth in the coming years. This award recognizes the products that are at the forefront of the edible market.

Favourite Infused Beverages

Our industry is on the cusp on changing how we enjoy our favourite “bevvy”. We are about to see a new landscape of options. This award celebrates the forward-thinking companies and products that will soon be available to the marketplace.

Favourite Retail Store or Medical Clinic

A great store answers your questions and provides top-notch quality. This award celebrates your favourite stores that provide exceptional service and a comfortable, enjoyable space.

Favourite CBD & Topicals

Cannabis-infused topicals, creams, lotions, salves, are exciting options for Canadians interested in cannabis’s therapeutic potential. This category will nominate some of these groundbreaking products.

Favourite Capsules, Extracts, Concentrates

These nominated products offer truly unique benefits, including precise dosing and refined flavors, while maintaining a focus on the ingredients in cannabis that matter most.