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Awards of Excellence

The Colleges and Institutes Canada Awards Program recognizes and promotes excellence within Canadian colleges, institutes, cégeps, university colleges and polytechnics. The Awards showcase the extraordinary contribution of individuals to their college/institute communities and highlight the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development. There are three levels of recognition: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Nomination for the 2016-2017 Awards of Excellence program is now closed. Please check again in October 2017, for next year’s nominations. Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon, Monday, May 1st, 2017, at the CICan 2017 Conference.

There are eight awards of excellence categories

Leadership Excellence, Student

Colleges, institutes, polytechnics, university colleges and cégeps have traditionally played a learning leadership role in the communities they serve. Although the entire institution participates, inevitably, certain individuals make an outstanding contribution each year. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Students recognizes an individual student or team that have made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves. This Award is for currently enrolled students.

Leadership Excellence, Faculty

Colleges, institutes, polytechnics, university colleges and cégeps have traditionally played a learning leadership role in the communities they serve. Although the entire institution participates, inevitably, certain individuals make an outstanding contribution each year. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Faculty recognizes an individual or a team who has exhibited consistent excellence in teaching and has had a significant impact on the personal and academic growth of students. The nominee or Team must be currently employed by the institution.

Leadership Excellence, Staff – managerial

Colleges, institutes, polytechnics, university colleges and cégeps have traditionally played a learning leadership role in the communities they serve. Although the entire institution participates, inevitably, certain individuals make an outstanding contribution each year.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Staff – managerial recognizes an individual or a team who has made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves. The nominee or Team must be currently employed by the institution and play a managerial role. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category. CEOs and board members are not eligible.

Leadership Excellence, Staff – non-managerial

Colleges, institutes, polytechnics, university colleges and cégeps have traditionally played a learning leadership role in the communities they serve. Although the entire institution participates, inevitably, certain individuals make an outstanding contribution each year.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Staff – non-managerial recognizes an individual or a team who has made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves. The nominee or Team must be currently employed by the institution and play a non-managerial role. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category. CEOs and board members are not eligible.

Program Excellence

The Program Excellence Award recognizes a program that is innovative, portable, sustainable, and effective. The Program should involve several institutional constituents (faculty, students, staff, administration, and governors). The Program should also involve at least one external industry or community partner. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category.

Please note that for the purposes of this award, a program is considered a series of related courses that result in a post-secondary credential.

Indigenous Education Excellence

The Indigenous Education Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has a demonstrated commitment to Indigenous education through innovative approaches and dedicated structures, curriculum, holistic support services and community partnerships that contribute to learner success, as well as socio-economic development and reconciliation within communities. This award is not for an individual.

Applied Research and Innovation Excellence

The Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has improved the productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and community partners through the development of new and improved products, processes and services and has provided students and graduates with real world innovation experience. This award is not for an individual.

Internationalization Excellence

The Internationalization Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has shown leadership in the internationalizing of their entire institution for the benefit of its learners and community. This award is not for an individual.

Awards Selection Committees

Each nomination is reviewed by an independent selection committee with representation from across CICan member institutions. Peer reviewers participate on a voluntary basis and a reviewer cannot sit on more than one selection committee. Every nomination is reviewed independently from one another and a nomination will not be reviewed by someone from the same institution as the nominee.


TDIMM / TDAMM
TD Insurance Meloche Monnex (TDIMM) is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the CICan 2016 Awards of Excellence. TD Insurance will give an award of $1,000 to each Gold level Award of Excellence recipient.