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Hear from Tim Hill, our frontline #NationBuilderHero who was nominated for his hard work & was randomly selected to win $5,000 in our draw!

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  Nation Builder Award 2020 Gallery 


The Empire Club of Canada awarded the 2020 Nation Builder of the Year Award to Canada’s front line workers, the men and women who kept us safe and functioning during the most severe pandemic to hit the world in over a century.


A virtual on-line awards ceremony was be held on December 10th to mark this year’s winner, with testimonies of tenacity and bravery from across the country and performances from some well-loved Canadian performers.

The Nation Builder of the Year Award was founded last year by the Empire Club to recognize an individual, group or organization that has shown outstanding leadership in bringing Canadians together to build a stronger, more unified Canada. The inaugural winner of this award was the Toronto Raptors who were celebrated in early December 2019 in a large ceremony in Toronto.


Front line workers quickly came to the attention of Canadians early in the pandemic as the country realized that without them our country would grind to a halt. Their dedication and at times extreme bravery were a fundamental reason that Canada was able to deal with the COVID-19 crisis as well as we did. They rose to the challenge in ways that deeply moved and impressed citizens in every community from sea to sea to sea. Whether in the area of health, food, security, construction, transportation or technology, the stories that have come to the fore have made everyone proud.


To highlight as many voices as we can, the Empire Club invites you send in your favourite story of a group or individual from the front lines that made a difference. We will carefully review them all. Where possible, we will include them as a part of our “March of Heroes” video that will be an integral part of the virtual ceremony in early December. 


The Nation Builder of the Year award formalizes what The Empire Club of Canada has been doing since 1903 - celebrating and providing a platform for people who are building our country.
Since its founding over a century ago, The Empire Club has played a pivotal role in many of our country’s major milestones. That’s why the focus of this award is on efforts by a Canadian individual or a group of individuals who are making a significant contribution to our country.
This individual or a group of individuals can be from any walk of life - a political official, a business leader, an artist, or a cultural figure - who has made a major contribution to our national identity during their nomination year. 
Every spring, The Empire Club will publish a nomination form online accompanied by a selection criteria. A member of The Empire Club, a participant at any Empire Club events, and the general public are welcome to provide a nomination. 
An independent panel, the Adjudication Committee, of 11 individuals selected by The Empire Club Board of Directors (six board members and five members of the public) will review the nominees. The choice of winner will be presented to The Empire Club Board of Directors for ratification. 
In consultation with the nominated recipient, a date will be selected for the presentation of the award at a special ceremony.