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The 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, 2018
 Winner Announced  August 19-22, 2018 at IPAC's 70th Annual Conference in Quebec City.


To submit a nomination, download the nomination form   and submit along with supporting documents by mail, online or by email to:

By email:

By mail:
Robert P. Taylor, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Institute of Public Administration of Canada
1075 Bay Street. Suite 401, Toronto ON M5S 2B1

Winner will be announced in June at the Annual Conference (August 19-22, 2018 to be held in Quebec City, Quebec)

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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.