Nominations for Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends NOW CLOSED



Toronto, January 21, 2020 – Nominations for Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends (CMHOL) opened today, marking the return of one of Canada’s most respected and renowned industry awards. The CMHOL, run by the Toronto chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA Toronto), a not-for-profit community of volunteer marketers, is rebooting in 2020 after a two-year hiatus.


“Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends honours our industry’s most outstanding visionaries, enablers, builders and mentors who’ve had tremendous impact on the field of marketing throughout their careers,” says Michelle Flynn, president of AMA Toronto.


“Through recognizing and celebrating our industry’s most influential leaders, the CMHOL helps our community share knowledge, promote business excellence within the profession, and inspire future marketing legends.”
The nomination period for CMHOL runs to March 4. Details about the Legend Award and nomination form are available at


“To be inducted into Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends, a candidate must be shown to have dedicated their career to the pursuit of excellence in the field of marketing and to have influenced the Canadian or global marketplace through their ideas and contributions,” says Jacob Kessler, co-VP, Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends. “The Legend Award honours a body of work and a lifetime of achievements in marketing, including contributions that have made our community a better place.”


“Nominate your leader, your mentor — anyone whose accomplishments you think rises to the level being recognized as a Marketing Legend,” says Xzavier Ramphal, co-VP, Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends. “For over 12 years, nomination and induction into Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends has been a widely recognized mark of distinction and one of the most coveted awards celebrating the careers of our industry’s most successful leaders.”


The 2020 CMHOL Jury Committee, chaired by 2014 Inductee David Kincaid, Founder and Managing Partner, Level5 Strategy, will review and screen the candidates for eligibility. Winners will be selected by a jury comprised of current Canadian marketing leaders, media, academics, and past winners of the award.


A full list of jury members will be revealed in mid-February. This year’s Legend Award winners will be announced on March 24, then formally recognized and honoured by AMA Toronto in April at a CMHOL dinner event.
Further to rebooting the CMHOL, AMA Toronto is also expanding its recognition of inductees through its Legendary Leadership Event Series in 2020. Each event in the series will explore the stories, achievements, influence and learnings of a different Marketing Legend and engage the marketing community in thoughtful conversation about industry and social trends and innovations.


About Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends (CMHOL)
Founded in 2004, Canada’s Marketing Hall of Legends honours Canadians who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of excellence in the field of marketing. The award, created to spotlight the stories, people and brands behind Canada’s greatest marketing successes, recognizes a noteworthy body of work and a lifetime of achievements. Nominations for induction are held annually. An independent selection committee of top marketing professionals evaluates each year’s list of nominees.


About AMA Toronto
The Toronto Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) is a not-for-profit community of volunteer marketers who have been creating opportunities for personal and business growth for more than 60 years in Canada. The AMA, with more than 20,000 members and 70 chapters across North America, is the largest marketing association in the world serving organizations and individuals who practice, teach and study marketing. To learn more about the Toronto chapter of the AMA visit


Quick Facts


  • Since 2004, CMHOL has inducted 83 Canadian luminaries.
  • The criteria for CMHOL selection include the overall impact that marketing professionals have demonstrated in the Canadian or global marketplace through their ideas and contributions to marketing and brand building, as well as what they have done to give back and better the marketing community.
  • The CMHOL brings together Canadian marketers, media, agencies and academic communities to select candidates whom they feel meet and exceed these criteria.
  • The annual CMHOL event was paused in 2018 to allow the association to refresh and expand the property to better serve the marketing community.


Associated Links


Marketing Hall of Legends


AMA Toronto



For further information please contact:

Lorena Luján
Manager, Public Relations, AMA Toronto
(437) 992-8166

Robert MacLean
VP, Public Relations, AMA Toronto
(416) 817-4259

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