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The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada > News & Events > Communications Magazine > Vol. 36, No. 4, Autumn 2010 > 2011 Gold Medal
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2011 Gold Medal

Gold Medal

Call for Nominations - Field of Pure or Applied Science

We all know a colleague, a friend, a respected professional, or even a group of individuals whose talents, dedication, creativity and hard work stand out from the norm. While such people are admired and emulated by their peers, their outstanding achievements are not always publicly recognized or acknowledged.

In 1937, the Professional Institute established the Gold Medal Award to:

  • recognize and reward professional public service employees whose outstanding work has led to the improvement and enhancement of public well-being;
  • promote a greater awareness of the role and value of professional public service employees both in Canada and globally.

The Gold Medal Award is presented on a yearly basis. In even-numbered years, the award is for achievements in a field other than pure or applied science and in odd-numbered years, it is for a field of pure or applied science. For 2011, we invite nominations for work in the field of pure or applied science.

All communications concerning the Gold Medal Award shall be addressed in confidence to:

The Chief Operating Officer and Executive Secretary

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada 250 Tremblay Road Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3J8 Tel: (613) 228-6310 or 1-800-267-0446 Fax: (613) 228-9048 or 1-800-465-7477 E-mail:

For more information and a list of past laureates, consult the Awards webpage at: or contact Laureen Allan at:


To be eligible for this prestigious award, nominees must be or have been employees of federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, regional or aboriginal government services. The candidates’ work for the award must have been performed during their tenure in the public service. Any eligible person or persons may be nominated by any individual, institute or organization in Canada. Previous nominations may be resubmitted. This award will not be made posthumously.


An independent selection panel of individuals not eligible for the award, will evaluate the nominations. This panel will select the winner and provide a rationale for its decision. A medal will not be awarded if, in the opinion of the selection panel, no submission worthy of an award has been received.

The Gold Medal Award

The award is a 14 K gold medal engraved with the Institute’s logo along with a certificate acknowledging the achievement. In the event a group wins a medal, only one medal, suitably engraved, will be presented. Each member of the group will receive a certificate with his or her name on it and a suitable replica of the medal. The award will be presented by the Institute’s President.

Nomination Procedures

1. Nominations and supporting documents shall be submitted in TRIPLICATE and in confidence to the Executive Secretary of the Institute. Each nomination shall be accompanied by:

a) a concise summary, in non-technical language, of the nominee’s achievements, indicating their significance and value to society (no more than 10 pages - 8½" x 11" double spaced);

b) Supporting documentary evidence of the nominee’s qualifications, including:

  • a list of papers (original works are not to be submitted as they will not be returned);
  • a complete curriculum vitae (including education and work history);
  • the signatures, addresses and positions of at least two qualified references.

2. Nominations and supporting documents must reach the The Chief Operating Officer and Executive Secretary at the address indicated below, by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011. Submissions received after the deadline shall not be accepted and shall be returned to the nominators.