The biennial Calgary Heritage Authority Lion Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have undertaken initiatives, of any scale, in support of heritage conservation in Calgary.
There are five award categories:
This category recognizes the preservation of a heritage building through repair, rehabilitation, restoration or adaptive reuse of a structure or feature.
This category recognizes the efforts of communities, groups, neighbourhoods or individual contributions to enhance the public realm through heritage-related projects. Streetscapes, public art, special installations, banner and signage programs are examples of this category.
This category recognizes cultural landscape design including the maintenance and restoration of heritage landscape features, conservation of landscape resources, contributions that support heritage landscape conservation, and the restoration, conservation, or celebration of archaeological sites.
Advocacy & Awareness
This category recognizes the efforts of individuals or groups (including youth groups) advocating or promoting the conservation of a heritage site or increasing public awareness of heritage issues through publication, education, exhibition, events or digital means. This year two subcategories will be awarded: Individual and Group.
Heritage Trades & Crafts
This category recognizes the skills of an individual or team in the trades and craft professions as they relate to a heritage conservation project.
The Calgary Heritage Authority (CHA), established in 2000, is a merger of the previously existing Heritage Advisory Board and the Calgary Municipal Heritage Properties Authority. The CHA is governed by the Province of Alberta CHA Act.