Awards Overview

For the past 21 years, the Annual Distinction Awards have recognized and rewarded public sector individuals and teams who have achieved excellence in IM/IT across municipal, provincial and federal jurisdictions.

Each year, the Distinction Awards judging committees, comprised of executives from both the public and private sectors, conduct an extensive evaluation of hundreds of nominated projects submitted by Federal, Provincial and Municipal government teams. The judging process is managed independently in cooperation with GTEC.

For detailed information on the nomination process, please consult GTEC’s Webinar On Demand. Further, to listen to a recording of the webinar hosted on March 26, 2014, please click here.

Following the announcement of the year’s Honourees, a reception is held one month prior to the event recognizing all recipients in line for the Distinction Award. The medal winners across each category will be announced at the annual Distinction Awards Gala – October 27, 2014 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. This event starts off with a welcoming cocktail reception, followed by the awards ceremony, and then a celebratory gala, featuring food stations, refreshments and exceptional networking.

Program Details and Deadlines

Nomination & Selection Process

Call for Nominations – Open
Important: With the nomination ballot form being unique to each category, special attention is required when selecting the appropriate category ballot. Please refer to the award category definitions prior to requesting the ballot form.
February 15, 2014
Gala Tickets – Advance Reservations OPEN
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February 15, 2014
Webinar: Nomination Processes Explained
Click here for the Webinar On Demand
To listen to the Webinar, click here
March 26, 2014
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Nominations Deadline
(No extensions)
May 31, 2014
11:59 PM EST
Email nominations to
Announcement of Honourees – Press Release/Website August 26, 2014
Announcement of Honourees – One-Page Advertisement August 28, 2014
Honourees Welcoming Reception
(By invitation only)
October 2, 2014
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Gala Tickets – Online Purchases Deadline
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October 20, 2014

Distinction Awards Ceremony and Gala
Ottawa Convention Centre – October 27, 2014

Welcoming Cocktail Reception
2nd Level
October 27, 2014
5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Awards Ceremony
Ottawa Salon, Room 213/214/215
October 27, 2014
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Awards Celebration Reception
Trillium Ballroom 4th Level
October 27, 2014
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Have questions about the nomination process or getting tickets?

Please contact:
Silvia Villon, Manager
Distinction Awards Program and Gala
613-244-4832 ext. 102