National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration

It aims to recognize talent in Canadian schools at the regional level and at the national level. It promotes excellence in public administration and showcases the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year.

The deadline to recognize students from the 2023-24 academic year is May 27, 2024.

Criteria and Procedures

Selecting winners: CAPPA members will solicit and judge entries (best paper, best professional report, or best graduating student, however defined) from their students, and select a winner in the undergraduate and/or graduate levels (as applicable to each department). Representatives from the IPAC Regional Group will be asked to help with the adjudication. Together, the students selected from each institution are the National Student Award winners.

Giving local recognition: We encourage programs, departments and schools to hold recognition events for the winners. You may also want to approach your local IPAC group to provide recognition. In some cases the local regional group may have more than one university in their catchment area, and the range of winners will be broader.

For each nomination, please include:

  • nominator's name and contact information;
  • nominee's name and contact information;
  • a brief bio (no more than 100 words); and
  • synopsis of accomplishment (i.e., top student, best, paper, project or research, contest winner, etc.)

Please forward all nominations to youngb@uvic.ca.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Belle Young at youngb@uvic.ca; or Andrea Rounce at andrea.rounce@umanitoba.ca or 1-204-891-0501.

Awards

National recognition: The winners from each program are the National Student Award winners. They will be asked to participate in a poster session at the IPAC National Annual Conference in November, describing their best piece of research or analysis. A jury will select and rank the three best poster presentations for the Thought Leadership Awards for cash prizes.

The Thought Leadership Awards are:

  • $1000 for Gold
  • $500 for Silver
  • $250 for Bronze

Winners will be celebrated by IPAC and CAPPA on their respective websites.

The Award

The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration is a joint initiative of CAPPA and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). It aims to recognize talent in Canadian schools at the regional level and at the national level. It promotes excellence in public administration and showcases the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year.

Award Winners

  • 2022 Winners:
    • Gold:  Jennifer Holmes Weier, York University “Bursting the Ottawa Bubble: Government dispersal and localization in the context of a diversity strategy”
    • Silver:  Wei Jiang, Western University, “Workforce Diversity Management in Ontario Police Services”
    • Bronze:  Claire Davies, Simon Fraser University, “Toward a Low-Carbon & Climate Resilient Agriculture Sector: Policies to Increase the Adoption of Cover Crops in British Columbia”

News, Past Awards and Results

Call for Nominations for the Annual National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration, 2023-24 Academic Year

    March 4, 2024 Dear Directors of CAPPA Member Programs: The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration program, a joint initiative of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) and the Institute of Public…

Call for Nominations for Annual National Student and Thought Leadership Award in Public Administration, 2022-23 Academic Year

April 17, 2023 Dear Directors of CAPPA Member Programs: The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration program, a joint initiative of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) and the Institute of Public Administration of…

Call for Nominations for the Annual National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration, 2021-22 Academic Year

April 27, 2022 Dear Directors of CAPPA Member Programs: The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration program, a joint initiative of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) and the Institute of Public Administration of…

National Student and Thought Leadership Awards 2020: winners

January 14, 2021 The Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) and the Institute of Public Administration in Canada (IPAC) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 National Student and Thought Leadership Awards! The National Student and…