Call for Nominations:
2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration

You are invited to nominate an exceptional public servant for the 2016 IPAC Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.  This prestigious award recognizes exceptional achievement in public administration and encourages quality service in all orders of government.  The Medal and certificate are presented at an annual ceremony by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, patron of the award.


Who is eligible:
A nominee should have significantly changed the performance or delivery of public administration in Nova Scotia.  The award criteria are:
• A unique and outstanding contribution to public administration in the federal, provincial, municipal or academic fields.
• A contribution related to public administration as opposed to scientific or technical work.
• Activities related to community service and/or furthering IPAC will only be considered supporting evidence.


Who cannot be nominated:
Anyone holding elected political office cannot be nominated while holding office. Members of the Awards Committee cannot be nominated.


How to nominate someone:
Anyone may nominate a person for the award. As well, the IPAC Awards Committee considers the nominations from the two preceding years during its review.

The nomination package should include, but is not limited to:
• Cover letter including reasons for the nomination
• Resume of the nominee
• Statements supporting the nomination from at least three references
• Supporting documentation, as appropriate (newspaper articles, citations, etc.)

Nominations will be kept in strict confidence. 

Public sector employees in Nova Scotia have made many important contributions to the improvement of public administration in the province and beyond.  The IPAC Nova Scotia Regional Group is proud to be able to recognize outstanding achievement by way of this Medal program.  A list of our most recent winners is below:

2015 – Rosalind Penfound
2014 – Dr. Colin Dodds
2013 – Faith G. Scattolon
2012 – Dr. Paul Brown
2011 – Kenneth R. B. Simpson
2010 – Robert Fowler
2009 – Howard Windsor

We hope you will support this effort by making a nomination.

Nominations must be received by Wednesday, January 11. Please forward your nomination directly to:

Stephen MacKenzie, Past Chair, IPAC NS & Awards Committee
c/o Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
1672 Granville Street
Johnston Building, Floor 5
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1X5
Phone: 902.424.2363  Fax: 902.424.0583




Excellence in Public Administration

Left to right: Darryl Eisan, chair, IPAC Nova Scotia; Rosalind Penfound, 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Excellence in Public Administration; His Honour, Lt-Gov. J. J. Grant; Rhiannon Perkins and Spencer Covey, IPAC Award of Excellence winners; Jeff Friesen, Dalhousie School of Public Administration. Missing: Patrick Visintini, winner, IPAC Award of Excellence.



Lieutenant Governor Awards 2015 Medal for Excellence in Public Administration

Rosalind Penfound was awarded the 2015 Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Excellence in Public Administration today, Jan. 14. Ms. Penfound is vice president, academic, of Nova Scotia Community College, and a former deputy minister of eight Nova Scotia government departments and agencies.

Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented the medal at Government House on behalf of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s Nova Scotia group in partnership with KPMG. The award pays tribute to exceptional achievement in public administration and quality service in government.

“I am pleased to present the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “Effective public administration is integral to the creation of a healthy and well-functioning civil society and it contributes to making Nova Scotia the fine place that it is to live.”

Ms Penfound’s career has spanned many roles, including lecturer and faculty member at three Halifax universities, government solicitor, and senior administrator. She has been described as a values-based leader and an example of public sector service at its best. As Public Service Commissioner, she inspired many public servants. Her career and her way of serving demonstrated the public sector values of respect, integrity, diversity, accountability and the public good.

“Government touches the lives of every person sooner or later, and good government can make our lives better,” said Darryl Eisan, chair, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, Nova Scotia group. “IPAC is proud to recognize excellent public administrators like Rosalind Penfound and to encourage excellence in future public servants.”

“KPMG and IPAC have joined forces on numerous local and national initiatives. KPMG has been proud sponsor for over a decade of the Lieutenant Governor Awards, said Andrea Coish, partner, KPMG. “We are pleased this year to celebrate the outstanding contributions of Rosalind Penfound as well as those of her fellow nominees.”

Three Dalhousie University School of Public Administration students were also recognized by the Nova Scotia IPAC group for outstanding work.

Spencer Covey, Vancouver, and Patrick Visintini, Montreal, were awarded the IPAC Academic Award of Excellence for full-time studies. Mr Covey works in Vancouver with Boyden Global, an executive search firm with offices around the world. Mr Visintini is a pro bono student researcher assisting a non-profit in protecting and claiming the rights of disabled people.

Rhiannon Perkins was named the part-time studies IPAC Academic Award of Excellence recipient. The dedicated public servant combined academic pursuits with raising a young family. Her career is focused on building a better Nova Scotia through modern policy development and approaches to government.

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada advocates the values and ideals of public service and promotes the highest standard of service to the public. Membership is open to those interested in public administration and public policy.

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Recipients of the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Excellence in Public Administration

The Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Excellence in Public Administration, sponsored by the Nova Scotia IPAC group in partnership with KPMG, recognizes exceptional achievement in public administration and encourages quality service to the public. The award pays tribute to public sector practitioners whose careers exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment. The Medal and certificate are presented at an annual ceremony by the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, patron of the award.

2014 – Dr. J. Colin Dodds

Past recipients


IPAC Award Winners Doing Great Work

The Nova Scotia winners of Innovative Management and Leadership Awards from IPAC in 2011 were recognized at IPAC-Nova Scotia's AGM on June 26, 2012.

From a collaboration that led to trained paramedics delivering medical services in nursing homes at patients' besides, to a transformation in the delivery of labour market programs and services -- the work being done in Nova Scotia is inspiring and empowering.

A copy of each panelist's presentation can be viewed below, along with more detailed information on their projects.


Public Sector Leadership Awards:

Nova Scotia Emergency Medical Care Inc. for  the Extended Care Paramedic Program -- Gold winner in the Health category

Canadian Red Cross for the HELP program -- Gold winner in the Not-for-profit category


IPAC Award for Innovative Management:

Nova Scotia Labour Market Programs Supprt System (LaMPSS) - the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education -- Silver winner

Capital Ideas - Halifax Regional Municipality -- Finalist


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IPAC promotes and celebrates good practices and innovations in the public sector and membership is open to public servants in the provincial, municipal, federal and regional governments; students and professors of administration; and private sector partners of government.