Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Ember Awards

Digital Alberta is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Ember Awards. Their panel of national (and international) judges selected the winners based on the originality, impact, and quality of execution of their projects.

The Ember Awards were created nearly 15 years ago to celebrate the digital excellence of individuals and organizations across Alberta. This year, they continue celebrating these initiatives, shining a light on the wider accomplishments of the community, as well as diverse leaders.

The following winners were chosen out of a total of 125 applications to the 2020/21 awards, illustrating the incredible growth and vibrancy of the Interactive and Digital Media landscape in Alberta.

Web & Digital Marketing

Best Web Solution – Budget Under 30K

Winner: Motiv

Best Web Solution – Budget 30K-100K

Winner: Paper Leaf Design

Best Web Solution – Budget Over 100K

Winner: Lift Interactive

Best Social Media Campaign

Winner: ZGM

Best Display Ad or Campaign sponsored by Kick Media

Winner: FKA

Best Commercial Video

Winner: DDB Canada

Best Online Series, Short Film or Documentary

Winner: Sticks & Stones for Renewable

Best Podcast sponsored by Lift Interactive

Winner: Amanda Hamilton for After Hours

Best Digital Publication sponsored by Communo

Winner: Taproot Edmonton

Best Event sponsored by ZGM

Winner: Strut Creative for “Back to Batoche

Tech & Innovation

Best Mobile Solution

Winner: ePlay Digital for Klocked 

Like Nobody’s Business Award sponsored by Alberta Blue Cross

Winner: Broken Pencil Studios

Best Immersive Technology and Best Education & eLearning sponsored by Taproot Publishing

Winner: DDB Canada for Geminai Rising

Up-And-Coming Talent

Best Up-And-Coming Game Developer sponsored by ESIO

Winner: Stephen Huang

Best Up-And-Coming Esports Creator sponsored by AESA

Winner: Ty Tomasta


Best Nonprofit Association or Community Group sponsored by Alberta Blue Cross

Winner: Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth

Best Indie Game

Winner: Neon Noodles

Studio of the Year sponsored by Calgary Economic Development


Industry Champions

NEXT LEVEL Volunteerism sponsored by Critical Mass

Winner: Mike Lohaus

Indigenous Innovator of the Year sponsored by Innovate Edmonton

Winner: Tracy Campbell

Woman In Tech of the Year sponsored by FKA

Winner: Amy Yu

Community Champion of the Year sponsored by Alberta Blue Cross

Winner: Alicia Fowler

Industry Leadership

Emerging Digital Leaders sponsored by Amii


Digital Technology Leaders sponsored by Amii