Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.

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2013 Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Administration

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (Manitoba Region) is pleased to announce that the 2013 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Administration will be Mr. Paul Vogt.

Paul Vogt currently is the Executive in Residence for the Manitoba Institute for Public Policy and a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba.  He recently left the Government of Manitoba after a career spanning almost two decades, culminating with his eight-year term as Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet. As the formal head of the Civil Service, Mr. Vogt demonstrated unfailing commitment to public service, leading a series of initiatives designed to strengthen and sustain public service in Manitoba, including the Manitoba Civil Service Renewal Strategy, the Civil Service Learning Policy and the Executive Leadership Development Program.  Mr. Vogt also played a significant role in developing and advancing major government initiatives, including those relating to the green economy, economic development in Manitoba’s North, and Manitoba’s post-secondary education system.  Mr. Vogt also is well-known for his commitment to the volunteer sector, serving as an advisor to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), an active volunteer within the United Way of Winnipeg, and a frequently-sought guest lecturer for classes held both by the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba.  Prior to his work with the provincial government, Mr. Vogt taught politics, economics and philosophy at the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba.

Congratulations Paul, from everyone at IPAC Manitoba!


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Ms. Diane Grey, the 2010 Lieutenant Governor Award Recipient, receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Award from Manitoba's 24th Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Philip S. Lee, C.M., O.M. (2010)
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Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Philip S. Lee, C.M., O.M., Ms. Diane Gray, Premier Selinger (L-R)

Previous Recipients

2012 Award Winner

IPAC Manitoba is very pleased to announce that the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Administration has been awarded to Ms. Marilyn Kapitany, recently retired Assistant Deputy Minister from Western Economic Diversification Canada. In the 25-year history of this award, 2012 marks the first time it has been presented to a federal public servant.

Ms. Kapitany retired from the public service earlier this year after a 30-year career with the federal government, during which time she served in increasingly senior positions within Statistics Canada, the Canadian Grain Commission, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and Western Economic Diversification. In addition to being the highest-ranking federal public servant in Manitoba, serving as Assistant Deputy Minister within Western Economic Diversification and Chair of the Manitoba Federal Council, she is known throughout the community for her leadership and philanthropy within the community. She served on the boards of the Association of Professional Executives, the Riverview Municipal Hospital, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the Public Utilities Board, as well as the United Way Campaign Cabinet, and the board of the YMCA, being selected in 2011 to chair its national board.

A ceremony for invited public servants was held for the presentation of Ms. Kapitany's award on December 4, 2012 at City Hall. In accepting this award for career excellence in public service from The Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, Ms. Kapitany spoke of the rewarding nature of public service, the importance of contributing to one’s community, and of her strong belief in the principle of lawful direction, loyally implemented. Ms. Kapitany joins an esteemed group of recipients of this medal that includes leaders at the highest levels of provincial and civic governments, universities, and other public sector organizations.

In addition to his Honour, the province was represented by The Honourable Stan Struthers, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Civil Service. Mayor Sam Katz represented the City of Winnipeg and graciously hosted the event at City Hall.

Marilyn Kapitany, 2012 Lieutenant Governor Award Recipient

Marilyn Kapitany, 2012 Lieutenant Governor Award Recipient

Marilyn Kapitany and the Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Marilyn Kapitany and the Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Marilyn Kapitany and Mayor of Winnipeg, Sam Katz

Marilyn Kapitany and Mayor of Winnipeg, Sam Katz

The Honourable Stan Struthers, Minister of Finance for the Province of Manitoba

The Honourable Stan Struthers, Minister of Finance for the Province of Manitoba

The Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

The Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Marilyn Kapitany and the Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Marilyn Kapitany and the Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

2011 Award Winner

The 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration was awarded to Dr. John Wade on November 8, 2011 in a ceremony at Government House.

Dr. Wade is currently the Chair of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and his prior roles include serving as Dean of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, Special Advisor in the Ontario Department of Health, and Manitoba Deputy Minister of Health.  He has been a leader in health care administration and patient safety initiatives, and his contributions have had a lasting impact on Manitoba’s health care system from a patient care, health care policy, administrative, and academic standpoint.  From the introduction of the Access Program, which was designed to encourage Aboriginal students to consider a career in medicine, to innovations in resident training and approaches to patient care, to his leadership in patient safety, Dr. Wade’s career demonstrates a life-long commitment to excellence in public service.

2010 Award Winner

On December 17, 2010, the 2010 Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Excellence in Public Administration was awarded to Ms. Diane Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer of Centreport Canada and former Deputy Minister of Finance and Deputy Minister of Federal-Provincial and International Relations and Trade for the Province of Manitoba.  Ms. Gray received her medal from His Honour, The Honourable Philip Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba at a ceremony at the Legislative Building, hosted by the Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba.

Read Ms. Diane Gray's Acceptance Speech


2009 Award Winner

Mr. John Wilkins received the 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Medal from the Honourable Philip Lee in a ceremony held on December 11, 2009 held at City
Hall at the invitation of His Worship Sam Katz and IPAC Manitoba Regional Group.

Read Mr. Wilkins Acceptance Speech



2008 Award Winner: Dr. Allan Preston - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1974 University of Saskatchewan) is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Agri-Industry Development and Innovation for Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives. Dr. Preston is recognized nationally as a leader in his profession and has been active in addressing the challenges of ensuring the success and safety of the animal food chain for producers, consumers, industry and government.

2007 Award Winner: Emöke J. E. Szathmáry – 10th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba (1996-2008).  Received Order of Canada in 2003.  In 2004 named one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful woman.  In 2005, made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

2006 Award Winner: Shirley Strutt – former Civil Service Commissioner for the Province of Manitoba.  Active in various professional organizations: IPAC, Canadian Association for the Administration of Justice and the Association of Parliamentary Counsel in Canada, serving as the latter’s President from 1991 to 1992.

2005 Award Winner: Jim Eldridge – Clerk of the Executive Council of the Province for many years. Instrumental in forging strong federal / provincial relations

2004 Award Winner: Dr. Benjamin Levin – Distinguished service in government and academia.  Former Deputy Minister of Education

2003 Award Winner: Robert (Bob) Adie – Professor of Politics at the University of Winnipeg from 1970 until 1997, Politics department chair from 1994 to 1997. Chair and co-founder of the UM/UW Joint MPA program.   Co-authored one of the leading texts on Canadian public administration in 1982, a second edition published in 1987.

2002 Award Winner: William Neville – Rhodes Scholar, Winnipeg City Councillor, Assistant to the President of the University of Manitoba, Chair of the Winnipeg Public Library Commission and political columnist

2001 Award Winner: Arnold Naimark – former President of the University of Manitoba and Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Medicine.

2000 Award Winner: Don Leitch – Longest serving cabinet secretary among Canadian governments with extensive community involvement.

1999 Award Winner: Thomas Farrell, Deputy Minister of Manitoba Labour, former Mayor of Thompson, member of nine professional organizations and the President of the Manitoba Safety Council

1998 Award Winner: Larry Whitney - Manager of water development and planning within the Water Resources Branch of Natural Resources.  As a professional engineer, began his career with the provincial government in 1969.

1997 Award Winner: Boris Hryhorczuk - Deputy Minister of the Manitoba Department of Transportation Metro's traffic planning engineer and head of WATS.

1996 Award Winner: Earl Backman - Former head of the Brandon Regional Health Authority and commissioner. Appointed Manitoba’s Commissioner to study MLA pay, allowances and retirement benefits

1995 Award Winner: Moira Robinson - Presented with the province's highest honour--the Order of the Buffalo Hunt. Robinson has served on a number of community boards, commissions and societies and acting as president for a number of organizations.

1994 Award Winner: Dr. Paul Thomas - Professor and acting Graduate Chair in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Manitoba, and PhD from the University of Toronto. His research interests include public policy, public administration, parliamentary reform, and federal-provincial relations.

1993 Award Winner: Roberta Ellis-Grunfeld - Deputy Minister of Manitoba Labour the Award recognized her efforts in pioneering the implementation of Pay Equity legislation in Canada.

1992 Award Winner: Graeme Garson - Chief executive officer of the Law Society of Manitoba

1991 Award Winner: Wally Fox-Decent - Chair of the Workers Compensation Board - was first appointed board chair in 1992, being reappointed four times by successive provincial governments, both NDP and Conservative.  Fox-Decent was appointed by the Board of Directors to the position of CEO for a three year period.

1990 Award Winner: Nick Diakiw – Appointed the Commissioner of Works and Operations in 1974, becoming the Chief Commissioner for the City of Winnipeg for ten years. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the City of Winnipeg. 

1989 Award Winner: Charles Curtis - Manitoba’s Deputy Minister of Finance for 20 years. Chaired Manitoba Hydro and acted as chief executive officer for the Manitoba Energy Authority. In 1997, he was appointed executive-in-residence at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Management (now I.H. Asper School of Business). Member of the Order of Manitoba.

1988 Award Winner: John Bock - Assistant Deputy Minister of Corrections for the Province of Manitoba

1987 Award Winner: Dr. Ron Duhamel – MP for Saint Boniface and as Veterans Affairs minister he was appointed to the Senate. Had a distinguished career as an educator, as a senior civil servant in the province of Manitoba.