Vanier Medal

About the Award

First presented in 1962, The Institute of Public Administration awards 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 has made a significant contribution in the field of public administration or public service in Canada. 

Georges Vanier, then Governor General of Canada, consented to have the medal known as "The Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of 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.


Key Dates

Nomination Deadline  March 31, 2019
 Winner Announced  August 18-21, 2019 at IPAC's 71st Annual Conference in Winnipeg.


To submit a nomination, fill this nomination form  and submit it before the closing date.

Winner will be announced at the Annual Conference (August 18-21, 2019 to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba)

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Québec, August 20, 2018

Today at the IPAC Annual Conference the President, Lucie Robitaille, announced the 2018 IPAC Vanier Medal will be awarded to Douglas Moen, who is currently Interim Executive Director at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan, for his contribution to Canadian public service.

His nominator, Honourable Brad Wall, former Premier of Saskatchewan, noted "It is difficult to imagine a candidate more deserving than Mr. Moen. As Deputy Minister to the Premier he led our efforts to renew and revitalize the Saskatchewan public service by embarking on an ambitious plan of public service renewal. These efforts enhanced the abilities of our public service to work as one team, support innovation and continuous improvement, and to increase our focus on serving our citizens. These improvements in public service delivery were achieved at a time when the size of the provincial public service was reduced by 15 per cent over four years. The legacy of his leadership will have lasting positive impacts on the people of Saskatchewan."

Mr. Moen joined the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in November 2016, where he teaches graduate students and public servants about the workings of the public sector. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Moen served as Deputy Minister to the Premier of Saskatchewan in Executive Council. Prior to that, he served for 7 years as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General in Saskatchewan.

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Dr. David Zussman, awarded the 2017 IPAC Vanier Medal

The 2017 IPAC Vanier Medal recipient is Dr. David Zussman (Read Bio), Dr. David Zussman is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria and a Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. David has held a number of different positions in Ottawa related to public policy and management. He was the first person to hold the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Ottawa (2008- 2015). Prior to rejoining the University of Ottawa, David was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of EKOS Research Associates and President of the Public Policy Forum (1996-2003). 

Mr. James (Jim) R. Eldridge, awarded the 2016 IPAC Vanier Medal

The 2016 IPAC Vanier Medal recipient is Mr. James (Jim) R. Eldridge, former Clerk of the Executive Council and Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Relations, Government of Manitoba for his contribution to Canadian public service.

Halifax, NS - August  2015

At the Institute's 67th Annual Conference held in Halfiax this August, Mr. Wayne Wouters, was announced as the year's Vanier Medal Recipient, as former Clerk and Secretary to Cabinet of the Privy Council.