2016 Recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (Manitoba Region) is pleased to announce that the 2016 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration will be Ms. Barbara Dryden.

Barbara Dryden retired in 2015 from a thirty-six year career in the civil service with the Government of Manitoba during which she assumed progressively senior roles.  Her journey as a civil servant began as an Administrative Secretary with the Department of Economic Development & Tourism in 1979 and ended as a Deputy Minister when she became Secretary  to Treasury Board in 2011.

Ms. Dryden spent 24 years within Treasury Board Secretariat in a variety of positions continuously demonstrating values and ethics and quality leadership.  She became technically proficient in fiscal management, planning and setting governance policy.  She was an advocate for centrally led corporate activities such as the Comptrollership Change Management Initiative, summary budgeting and reporting and the implementation an enterprise financial and human resource system.  These initiatives benefited the greater civil service by supporting efficiency and enhancing administrative policy.

She is described as being a central force with Treasury Board Secretariat  in the annual budgetary planning process, teaching a generation of Treasury Board analysts the requirements of ‘how to make a budget.”  She championed secondments with the Secretariat to provide learning opportunities for department staff within a central government environment.  She is described as being patient and supportive in developing staff and a strong mentor.  She also shared her expertise and time teaching a Certificate in Public Sector Management course in Public Finance and Budgeting offered through the Extended Education at the University of Manitoba and the Civil Service Commission.

Ms. Dryden’s leadership style is described as incredibly collaborative,  diplomatic, supportive and professional earning her the trust and respect of many.  She was well known and admired for her commitment and ability to provide sound policy advice in a non-partisan manner while maintaining an acute sense of political acumen. She was credited for having a very unique skill set working under pressure to produce high-quality, technical work and conduct herself in a professional manner supporting Ministers and Cabinet to deliver on their promises to Manitobans.

The IPAC Manitoba  Executive is pleased to ask you to save the date for the presentation of Ms. Dryden’s award during a noon-hour ceremony on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Government House.  An official invitation, with specific event details, will be forthcoming.

2015 Recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (Manitoba Region) is pleased to announce Mrs. Deborah (Debbie) McCallum as the 2015 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.

Debbie McCallum retired in 2013 from the University of Manitoba after a forty-year career, during which she assumed progressively senior roles, including 10 years as Vice-President (Administration).

Within this portfolio, she was responsible for oversight of non-academic units at the University of Manitoba, including legal, financial, risk management, information technology, human resources, administrative and capital / infrastructure planning and maintenance – on behalf of a community of over 27,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff, an annual budget of almost $800 million, and building and infrastructure assets of $2.1 billion.  Her approach to her responsibilities over the course of her career has been described as exceptional and her successes the result of her leadership, high standards, dedication and creativity.  Her leadership had a transformative impact on the University of Manitoba  in a number of ways, from the growth and renewal of its physical spaces to its operational practices, connections to community, and development of its people.   Her stewardship over the University’s physical facilities generated an impressive renewal of teaching and research spaces, residences and athletic facilities.  Under her leadership, projects to build the Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, the Active Living Centre, the Taché Arts Project and the Apotex Pharmacy Centre all were initiated.  Her accomplishments were driven by her ability to foresee the needs of the University’s students and its surrounding community, and identify innovative ways to meet those needs – very frequently in partnership.  She was responsible for the development and coordination of a plan for the use of the Fort Garry campus by military personnel and evacuees during the 1997 Flood of the Century while ensuring that students’ classes and academics’ research continued unhindered, and the important repair and maintenance of campus facilities that occurs during the summer continued without interruption.  She coordinated the use of the University as the Athlete’s Village for the 1999 Pan American Games, and forged a partnership with the Pan American Games Society that resulted in new facilities for the use of students and the community alike, including the Investors Group Athletic Centre.  She was responsible for the development and administration of the University’s budget, responding to cost increases and tuition freezes while she maintaining a balance operating budget throughout.  She was a driving force behind the Resource Optimization and Service Enhancement project, which sought to identify innovative ways to reduce costs while enhancing services.  This university-wide initiative, which has been described as the most significant administrative transformation project ever undertaken in this province, generated annual savings of nearly $10 million which were then available to allocate to the University’s priority work. 

Despite the demanding nature of her professional responsibilities, Mrs. McCallum made time for a range of volunteer commitments that speak to the depth of her dedication to community.  Among others, she served on the Winnipeg Humane Society Board for nine years, and also served nine years as Chair of the College Housing Holdings Corporation, a position focused on providing affordable housing for post-secondary international students. 

Mrs. McCallum was honoured at a reception hosted by the Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour Janice Filmon, on March, 8, 2016 at Government House. Please click on the link below to read a copy of her acceptance speech. 


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2014 Recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (Manitoba Region) is pleased to announce that the 2014 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Administration will be Ms. Debra Woodgate.

Debra Woodgate retired from the Manitoba Civil Service in 2013 after a thirty-five year career in the public service.  Starting with a position as a summer S.T.E.P. student, Debra Woodgate’s career led her through a variety of increasingly senior roles within the Manitoba civil service, including as Deputy Minister of Family Services and Housing and of Government Services, and as the Civil Service Commissioner. 

Debra Woodgate’s career was characterized by her dedication to excellence and professionalism, her innovative approach to public service management, and her strong belief in the development of people.   Under her leadership, the provincial civil service implemented a series of professional development initiatives that were intended to ensure every employee within the Manitoba civil service had an opportunity to grow in their work, and to put their skills to the best possible use on behalf of Manitobans.  Whether it was ensuring an opportunity for each employee to develop, pursue and continually update an individual learning plan or introducing structured professional development opportunities at all levels in the organization, including the Certificate in Public Sector Management, the Leadership Development Initiative and the Women’s Leadership Program, Ms. Woodgate’s influence in developing the public service was profound.   Her commitment to increasing diversity and access to opportunity was similarly notable, and she ushered in not only a series of specific diversity initiatives but an era of e-learning that made development opportunities more accessible throughout the organization.   In one of the most significant accomplishments of her career, Ms. Woodgate led the Human Resources Realignment initiative, a multi-year effort that resulted in a strategic and integrated corporate approach to human resources planning, development and services across the entire government.  This initiative improved efficiency, responsiveness and service levels while also incorporating a development aspect for human resources professionals within the public service.  Debra Woodgate’s commitment at an institutional level to developing the skills and abilities of public servants was matched by the personal interest she took in the development of each member of the public service she met.  Her genuine interest in and encouragement of young professionals has been described by many public servants as a source of inspiration and affirmation, and a catalyst for their own accomplishments. 

Ms. Woodgate’s dedication to the professional development of public servants extended to her volunteer activities as well.  A highly active member of the board of the Manitoba chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, she reinforced the values of a well-trained and professional public service within the organization, and as a vocal ambassador within the public service and the broader community.  Her expertise in both public service leadership and financial planning were highly sought after and generated a long-standing involvement with the Canadian Institute for Chartered Accountants, as well as countless presentations and discussions with employee groups and post-secondary students on government, leadership and the public service. 

The presentation of Ms. Woodgate’s award occurred during a noon-hour ceremony on January 15, 2015 at Government House.  

2013 Recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award 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.