The Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces® Awards gala is a much-anticipated annual event, typically attended in person by the companies who are named leaders in the areas of employee engagement. Scored in eight strategic areas, or elements, winning organizations show demonstrated commitment to improving the working lives of their teams across North America and beyond.

After over ten years of hosting the event in-person, Achievers hosted this year’s gala virtually to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the winners while still having the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments.

It was critical to ensure that there was a celebratory, interactive, and fun atmosphere that made honorees feel truly highlighted. And while going virtual poses its own challenges, it also allowed a record number of attendees to participate, as organizations were able to extend the invitation to their broader teams.

To get the excitement going before the big day, the first 150 registrants received a custom branded celebration kit, full of delicious treats from various premium Toronto-based vendors, and a branded selfie light to ‘get their glam on’ in the gala’s virtual photo booth.

Hosted by the incredible Arisa Cox, host and executive producer of Big Brother Canada, the event program featured pre-recorded acceptance speeches from all the winners, who were asked different specific questions about their engagement initiatives to comprise a variety of segments throughout the show. Guests also enjoyed hilariously fast-paced interactive trivia games with Adam Growe, host of the hit TV game show Cash Cab Canada. They were able to play along with onscreen volunteers using their mobile phones for a chance to win prizes throughout the evening.

The end result was an evening of meaningful recognition, focused on the inspiring work of the winning organizations and, of course, having lots of fun in the process!