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2018 Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration


About the Award

The Southwest, National Capital Region and Toronto Regional Groups are honoured to partner with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario each year to recognize excellence in public administration in Ontario.   

Volunteers from the three Regional Groups plan and oversee the nomination and selection process and work with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office to plan the Medal presentation ceremony and reception.  

The process to select the Medal recipient is a serious undertaking that is administered with care and professionalism.  It is also a time for celebration - public service is an honourable and vital calling that is not appropriately recognized.  We hope you agree.  The integrity of the Medal and the honour that it brings depends on the ongoing support for the process.  We need your help.  

You can:

  • Nominate suitable candidates for the Medal, 
  • Celebrate the achievements of the Medal recipients, and 
  • Learn from and build on the traditions of strong public administration in Ontario as evidenced through the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration.

Please join us in our work to recognize excellence in public administration in Ontario. 



Letter from the Lieutenant Governor




Since 1990, when the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration was established in Ontario, outstanding recipients have been recognized for their exemplary leadership in this field throughout the province.

Over the years, these individuals have distinguished themselves through their endeavours that have made significant contributions in leadership roles within public administration in Ontario. The selection committee reviewing the nominations includes representatives from federal, provincial, and municipal governments, as well as the academic community.

The significant achievements of award recipients have made this province a better place to live. Public administration is an honourable calling, attracting those with a commitment to creating the best and most efficient ways of serving our communities at large.

As The Queen’s representative in Ontario, it is my great honour to annually present this Medal of Distinction in Public Administration.



Eligibility Criteria


The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration is considered Ontario’s highest honour for public service. It is presented annually by the Lieutenant Governor to an individual who has displayed dedication, commitment, and leadership in the field of public administration in Ontario. Current or former practitioners from any level of government and public sector agencies, boards and commissions in Ontario, teachers or students of public administration are eligible for nomination.

Service in any field of public administration, including work of an administrative or professional nature, is considered relevant. Professional contributions should relate to administrative and management activities rather than a scientific or technical activities.

Federal Government employees are eligible for consideration for the award, but the focus of their work must have been primarily in Ontario.

Executive members of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, whether national or regional, are not eligible to receive the Medal while holding office.

Persons actively engaged in politics, although they may have shown distinctive leadership in public administration or made outstanding contributions thereto, are not eligible to receive the Medal.

Nominations can be submitted by members and non-members of IPAC.  Self-nominations will also be accepted.  All nominations must meet the nominations requirements outlined earlier.

Selection Process


Nominations will be evaluated by the following six criteria:  

  • Leadership
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Accomplishment/Impact
  • Dedication and Sustained Effort
  • Contribution to the Profession
  • Contribution to the Community

The names of the nominees and the ranking of the nominees by the Selection Committee shall be held in confidence.

Nominations remain eligible for consideration for a period of three years, including the year of nomination.

The Selection Committee is made up of representatives of the three regional groups and includes representation from federal, provincial and municipal governments and the academic community.  

Nominations

The nomination package should include the following:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Nomination Letter: a cover letter (one to two pages) including contact information for the nominee and the nominator(s) and an overview of what is included in the package.
  3. Biography: a brief summary (three to five pages) of the nominee’s educational background, positions held, civic and professional involvement and other relevant data.
  4. Supporting Statement: of no more than 2 pages summarizing how the nominee meets the criteria.
  5. Accomplishments:  for each of the six selection criteria, describe the key accomplishments and achievements of the nominee and provide any supporting evidence you wish the selection committee to consider (no more than three pages).
    • Leadership
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Accomplishment/Impact
    • Dedication and Sustained Effort
    • Contribution to the Profession
    • Contribution to the Community
  6. References: letters from at least three but no more than six persons in support of the nomination.
    The Selection Committee attaches considerable importance to the nature, quality and completeness of the documentation submitted by the nominators.  The Committee will make its judgment solely on the basis of the information received and will not seek additional information about any of the nominees. Therefore, it is advantageous to submit a full and complete package of information.

Nominations remain eligible for consideration for a period of three years, including the year of nomination.
Nominators will be notified in writing of the decision of the Selection Committee.

Please fill the nomination form here. If you have questions or difficulties with this form, please contact us at toronto@ipac.ca.

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Key Dates

Nomination Deadline  December 7, 2018
Winners Announced  2019

Media

2017 Medal Recipient - David Bogart

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the National Capital, South West and Toronto Regional Groups of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) are pleased to announce that the 2017 Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration, Ontario's highest honour for public service, has been awarded to David Bogart.

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2016 Medal Recipient - Senator Tony Dean

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the National Capital, South West and Toronto Regional Groups of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) are pleased to announce that the 2016 Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration, Ontario's highest honour for public service, has been awarded to Tony Dean.
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2015 Medal Recipient - Fiona Crean

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and the Hamilton, National Capital Region and Toronto Regional Groups of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) are pleased to announce that the 2015 Lieutenant Governor's Medal of Distinction in Public Administration, Ontario's highest honour for public service, has been awarded to Fiona Crean, the Ombudsman at Hydro One.