OPWA Awards

OPWA Awards Program

The OPWA Awards Program was established to recognize outstanding individuals, groups and organizations representing the best in the public works profession. By recognizing professional contributions, public works professionals promote an atmosphere of mutual respect and provide a way to grow and achieve.

Awards Recognizing Members

Require that nominees be OPWA members in good standing.

Merit Award

Awarded for significant service to the association for a minimum of 15 years.
Nomination form: Selected by nominating committee only.

Exemplary Service Award

Recognizing significant service to the association for a minimum of 25 years.
Nomination form: Selected by nominating committee only.

Ontario Chapter Appreciation Award

Presented to a Member retiring from full time active employment who has served the association for a minimum of 20 years.
Nomination form: This award is automatic recognition.

Wally Wells Young Leader Award

To recognize and encourage young OPWA members who have demonstrated an initial commitment to the profession and the association, and show protential for future growth within the association.

Criteria form

Nomintion form

Joe Johnson Sr. Private Sector Service Award

To acknowledge the important role that the private sector plays in providing public works facilities and services. This award recognizes outstanding individual achievement through chapter activity and outstanding corporate achievement in support of the associations strategic plan, goals and objectives.

Criteria form

Nomintion form

Pat McDonald Distinguished Community Involvement Award

To recognize public works professionals who are also leaders in their community. This award encourages Public Works professionals to become active leaders in their community, to instil public trust in public employees through recognition of outstanding community leadership and to sent an example for other public employees to emulate.

Criteria form

Nomination form

Awards Recognizing the Profession

Membership is not required. The intent of these awards is to focus beyond membership into the profession of public works.

Top Public Works Leader of the Year

This award seeks to inspire excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing the outstanding career service achievement of individual public works professionals and officials, from both the public and private sectors.

Criteria form

Nomination form

Public Works Project of the Year

To promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor. Awards are given in three monetary divisions from five categories.

Criteria form

Nomination form (online)

Nomination form (pdf)

Public Works Project of the Year for Small Municipality and Communities

Newly introduced for 2010, this award is similar to the Public Works Project of the Year (above), but is reserved for Municipalities or First Nations Communities with a population of 25,000 or less. Submissions can be made for any type of project meeting the criteria described in the Criteria/Nomination Form. Unlike the Public Works Project of the Year, there are no defined project categories and only one award will be given.

Criteria form

Nomination form (online)

Nomination form (pdf)

I.T. Project of the Year Award

This award recognizes an I.T. project that has impacted the provision of goods and services to the public.

Nomination form (online)

Nomination form (pdf)

National Public Works Week Awards

The National Public Works Week (NPWW) Awards were established to encourage participation and to recognize the efforts of Ontario municipalities who participate in National Public Works Week, promote excellence in programs and events which create awareness of the Public Works Profession, and illustrate the important role that all public works employees play in the everyday health and well-being of the Public.

Three awards are presented each year:

  • The Bruce Brunton Awards for municipalities with populations of more than 150,000;
  • The Roger Brown Award for municipalities with populations of 150,000 or less; and,
  • First Time Entry for regional and local area municipalities who have not previously submitted for a NPWW award (or who have not submitted within the previous ten (10) years).

Criteria form 

Nomination form (online)

Nomination form (pdf)

Technical Innovation Award and Management Innovation Award

These awards recognize an individual, team or organization for the development, management and implementation of the creative idea, device, process, or system that enhances the goal of public works in serving the public and protecting the environment.

Criteria form

Nomination form (online)

Nomination form

Supplier and Service Provider Award

Established (2018) to acknowledge the important role that suppliers and service providers play in providing public works facilities and services. This award recognizes outstanding corporate achievement by a supplier or service provider in support of the association’s strategic plan, goals, and objectives.

Criteria Form

Nomination Form (Online)

Nomination Form

Any questions regarding these awards or the application process should be directed to the Chair of Awards Committee: Adam Lachhman adam.lachhman@york.ca