TOP 30

Nomination Process


Nominations open mid-September for the following year’s winners.

The nomination form can be filled out online or downloaded as a PDF file and emailed to the OHI office.

Nominations close at the end of December.

The candidate being nominated should be currently working in the industry for a minimum of three (3) years, is planning to continue to work in the industry and is under the age of 30 as of December of the year prior to winning.

The nominee must be informed of their nomination. They will be required to provide a portfolio in order to be considered. It is extremely important that the candidate’s contact information is correct, particularly their email address.

Communication with the nominee is by email ONLY.

Each of the persons nominated will be contacted by the OHI in early January to confirm their nomination and receive instructions regarding their submission of a ‘hard copy’ portfolio.

The portfolio must contain the following:

  • A CV/resume
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • A recent high-resolution colour head and shoulder photograph
  • Any other academic and career awards

The portfolio must be bound (no loose papers). Please provide copies only as the portfolio will not be returned to the owner by the Institute.

The deadline for the portfolio submission is the end of February. No portfolios will be accepted by email.

The candidate will be reminded to submit their portfolio. The nominator will be copied on the reminder emails. The OHI encourages the nominators to help their candidates put together their portfolio.

ONLY completed portfolios will be considered. If the candidate wants their portfolio they must pick it up from the OHI office. Portfolios are NOT returned by the OHI.

The selection of the Top 30 Under 30 winners is made in mid-March. The selection committee is made up of 20-22 members representing a large spectrum of the industry, including past 30 Under 30 winners. The selection is based on a grid system of 10 criteria categories of which the best 5 marks are selected.

The winning candidates will be announced shortly after the selection has been made. All the candidates and their nominators will be informed whether they have won or not before a public announcement is made.

The Top 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony is held at the end of March. The winning candidates will be honoured and presented with their certificate and pin. The winners will have the opportunity to network with past awardees and be able to join the Top 30 Under 30 Alumni and Mentoring Program.

Nomination Form