SQF Excellence Awards

The SQF Excellence Awards celebrate the accomplishments and dedication of SQF professionals. It recognizes individuals for their outstanding performance and contributions to furthering the mission of the SQF Program and promoting food safety.

Eligibility, submission, and prize details below.

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2021 SQF Excellence Award Categories

Excellence in SQF Auditing

Excellence in SQF Practitioner Leadership

Excellence in SQF Auditing

Awarded to a credentialed SQF auditor who demonstrates exceptional performance and dedication to the SQF Program through high quality audits, professional development activities, leadership and mentorship skills and promotion of food safety culture.

Entries are scored based on the individuals demonstrated ability to:

  • Achieve excellence in auditing and professionalism.
  • Support and encourage the next generation of food safety auditors through mentorship and leadership activities (e.g., direct shadow audits, promote food safety culture, etc.)
  • Seek continuous improvement by pursuing professional development opportunities (e.g., courses, conferences, speaking engagements, etc.)
Nominate an SQF Auditor

Excellence in SQF Practitioner Leadership

Awarded to an SQF practitioner within an SQF Certified Site/Company who demonstrates leadership and promotion of food safety at their current site.

Entries are scored based on the individuals demonstrated ability to:

  • Lead, mentor, inspire and motivate the next generation of food safety leaders.
  • Communicate and promote food safety culture.
  • Seek continuous improvement by pursuing professional development opportunities (e.g., courses, conferences, etc.)
Nominate an SQF Practitioner

How to Nominate

Judging Criteria & Requirements
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All entries will be reviewed, judged, and scored by an outside panel of SQF stakeholders and by SQFI staff. Three finalists will be selected from each category and winners will be announced during SQF Unites.

All submissions must include:

  • Two letters of recommendation maximum (for auditors one letter must be from CB)
  • Completion of online questionnaire
Nomination Deadlines
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  • The names of nominees must be entered into the submission portal no later than 11:59PM June 15th, 2021 ET.
  • Supporting documents and materials for each nomination must be submitted no later than 11:59PM June 25th, 2021 ET.
  • Incomplete submissions (i.e., without supporting documentation) will not be considered.
  • Finalists will be announced on or before September 1 and winners will be announced at SQF Unites in Orlando,
    October 27-29, 2021
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Prizes & Awards
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One (1) Winner in each category will receive:

  • A crystal award.
  • A $250 gift certificate.
  • One (1) complimentary registration for the 2022 SQF Unites.

Runners Up in each category will each receive:

  • A $100 gift certificate.

All finalists receive a discount on the ticket price for 2021 SQF Unites and will be promoted on social media and in a press release.

Rules & Eligibility
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  • All nominators and nominees must be affiliated with the SQF Program. Examples of appropriate affiliations include, but are not limited to, registered auditors, consultants or trainers, licensed certification bodies, registered and certified suppliers, licensed training centers, etc.
  • Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted via the online portal by the advertised due date.
  • Nominators must obtain permission from the nominee prior to submitting a nomination.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.
  • Previous nominees and finalists are encouraged to apply, but previous award winners are not eligible.
  • SQFI/FMI reserves the right to investigate the good standing and character of each nominee.

2020 Winners & Finalists Gallery:

 

From left to right: Kris Middleton, Shari Yeatts, Dave Seddon, Robert Roller, Darshita Patel, Roland von Gunten