The Vanier Medal

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada awards annually the Vanier Medal as a mark of distinction and exceptional achievement to a person who has shown distinctive leadership in public administration and public service in Canada, or who, by his/her writings or other endeavours, has made a significant contribution in the field of public administration or public service in Canada. A five member, independent panel of judges, appointed by the IPAC Board reviews all nominations and makes the final determination of the medal recipient.

We grow old only by deserting our ideals.
Samuel Ullman

First presented in 1962, this Medal has been awarded annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their contribution to public service in Canada. Georges Vanier, when Governor General of Canada, graciously consented to have the medal known as "The Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada."