Municipal Innovation Awards

Municipal Innovation Awards

There are a number of awards that recognition innovation in the municipal sector in Canada.

National Awards Programs:

  • Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA): Willis Award for Innovation

Awarded annually in June, the Willis Award for Innovation is presented for programs, projects or services that demonstrate exceptional innovation or meritorious initiative.

See the 2017 winners from Inuvik, Waterloo and Kitchener.

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  • The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC): Award for Innovative Management

” The IPAC Award for Innovative Management (sponsored by IBM), launched in 1990, distinguishes government organizations that have shown exceptional innovations that address the wide variety of issues facing society today.”

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  • The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC): Social Leadership Award

” The IPAC/IBM Social Leadership Award recognizes Public Sector Employees who embody the qualities of a true social leader. These include leading by example, embracing technology and adapting to changes in the workplace.”

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  • The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Civic Innovation Awards

“Awards municipal-postsecondary collaboration projects that are highly innovative, and have defined innovation to mean any “initiative, product, process or program that profoundly changes the basic routines, resource and authority flows or beliefs of any social system.”

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Provincial Awards Programs:

  • Alberta: Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence

“The Innovation awards recognize a leading practice embodying the first use of an idea in a municipal context in Alberta.” There are three categories, based on municipal population. There is also an Outstanding Achievement award.

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  • British Columbia: Union of BC Municipalities – Community Excellence Awards

The Community Excellence Awards program is an opportunity to showcase municipalities and regional districts who “lead the pack”, take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, question established ways of doing business and pioneer new customer service practices.

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  • British Columbia: MISA – The Spirit of Innovation Award

“The Spirit of Innovation Award recognizes the local government member whose presentation provides the most beneficial, innovative, and valuable solution to any obstacle faced by local government.”

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  • Ontario: AMCTO – E. A. Danby Award

“The E. A. Danby Award is presented annually to a municipality that demonstrates, through a specific initiative, a willingnewss to employ innovative techniques and is able to demonstrate the tangible benefits of those efforts of those efforts as th impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the municipal corporation.”

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  • Ontario: AMO – The Peter J. Marshall Award

The Peter J. Marshall Award’s “recognizes those municipal governments demonstrating excellence in the use of innovative approaches to improve capital and/or operating efficiency and to generate effectiveness through alternative service delivery initiatives and partnerships.”

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  • Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Municipal Awards

Saskatchewan Municipal Awards “will be presented to the top three projects that have shown innovation and betterment for the municipality.”

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  • Saskatchewan: Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service

“Established in 2003, this award is presented to members of Saskatchewan’s public service (individuals, groups or teams) who have made outstanding on-the-job contributions to the government and citizens of the province.”  Innovation is one of the key criteria for this award, including the development and transformation of new ideas into tangible initiatives.

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Do you know of another municipal innovation recognition program in Canada? Let us know at info@municipalinnovators.ca.

 

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