June 21 , 2012

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

Industry Contributor

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.



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