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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  May 31, 2017
 Winners Announced  August 21-23, 2017 at IPAC's 69th Annual Conference in Charlottetown, PEI


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 20-23, 2017 to be held in Charlottetown, PEI)

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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.