IPAC is the largest professional association for public administrators and public servants across Canada.

Awards given by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) recognize excellence in public service and public administration throughout the country. We seek to identify individuals whose work exemplifies the very best in public service across Canada. The awards will be conferred at IPAC’s annual conference in Winnipeg from October 2-4, 2024. All awards information can be found in English and French on The Vanier Medal or IPAC Awards in Public Administration Excellence page.

IPAC Awards
The Vanier Medal

This award is given annually to an individual with long-term, dedicated service in the field of public administration. Nominees will have an exceptional record of remarkable achievements in a variety of different positions, having navigated and managed complex problems over a number of years. They will have made a highly significant and valuable impact on the public interest and contributed to increased confidence and trust in public administration. Nominated individuals must be able and willing to provide an insightful lecture at a future IPAC event.

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IPAC Awards in Public Administration Excellence

The IPAC Awards in Public Administration Excellence are awards of distinction presented by IPAC each year at our Annual Conference.

These categories include:

  • Emerging Leader
  • Established Leader
  • Innovation
  • Distinguished Service in Mental Health Promotion
National Student And Thought Leadership Awards In Public Administrations

The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration, a joint initiative of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA), recognize talent in Canadian schools at the regional and the national levels.

Regional Honours And Prizes

IPAC's 18 regional groups also offer a variety of awards for notable achievements in public service.

J.E. Hodgetts Award And Prix Roland Parenteau

IPAC celebrates outstanding scholarship with two awards to acknowledge the best of Canadian Public Administration (CPA) journal articles in both English and French.

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