Prepaid Awards Canada celebrates inaugural event
TORONTO-- The Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto played host to the inaugural black tie Prepaid Awards Canada, held Thursday 7th June 2012 in Toronto. More than 180 prepaid industry professionals attended the event which celebrates innovation and best practice within the Canadian prepaid industry.
“This event was created to celebrate all of the great innovations, collaborative efforts and exceptional individual and team efforts that have been undertaken over the past year in Gift & Prepaid in Canada,” said Dave Hunt, chairman of Prepaid Exchange Canada and president of Prepaid Awards Canada.
Winners were recognized in eight categories which had been judged by an independent panel of prepaid experts from around the world.
To ensure the integrity of the results, judges worked in isolation of one another so that no one was aware who had judged submissions across the eight categories. In addition, the judging process ensured that no judge could have a vested interest in their assigned category, and results were kept secret until the winner and runner up were announced at the event.
The 2012 winners are:
Best Prepaid Gift Card Program
Winner – Best Buy Canada & CashStar: eGift Card
Runner-up – Canada Post: Consumer Prepaid Program
Best Prepaid Consumer Program
Winner – Tim Hortons & First Data: Tim Hortons Reloadable Gift Card
Runner-up – SelectCore: Iridium Prepaid MasterCard Card
Best Prepaid Innovation
Winner – Giftango: Premium Turnkey E-commerce Solution
Runner-up – Selectcore: Interac Instant Reload Solution
Best Prepaid B2B Service
Winner – InteliSpend Prepaid Solutions
Runner-up – CashStar
Best Prepaid Marketing Campaign
Winner – Ukash: Ukash Ultimate Experience
Runner-up – sambadays
Best Prepaid Card Design/ Merchandising
Winner – CPI Card Group - Canada Inc.: PowerCard
Runner-up – Selectcore: Iridium Prepaid MasterCard Card
Winner – Frank Monaco, InComm
Leading Prepaid Organization
Winner – Moneris Solutions
Runner-up – Vancity Credit Union
Prepaid Awards was originally launched in October 2008 in the UK and since then has grown both in the quality of submissions received and in the amount of industry professionals attending the event. This year, award ceremonies are being held in Mumbai, London, Paris, Cape Town, Toronto and Wiesbaden. Prepaid Awards Canada is supported by Prepaid Exchange Canada which has established a "Prepaid Community", working to collaborate, innovate and educate and bring industry stakeholders together as business partners to drive the success of gift and prepaid in Canada.