November 28, 2008 08:00 ET

Inaugural IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards Announced

Winners demonstrate innovation and commitment to greater good through non-traditional policy avenues.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2008) - The winners of the inaugural Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards were announced yesterday evening, in Ottawa, at a gala reception held in their honour and taking place amid a public sector leadership conference hosted by IPAC.

This prestigious national award was founded by IPAC and leaders of Deloitte's public sector practice as a way to encourage and acknowledge outstanding leadership within federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, as well as in healthcare, educational and not-for-profit organizations across the country.

Leadership of public sector organizations is one of Canada's most important assets. Recognizing and building the cadre of public sector leaders is a critical ingredient in the success of our country and our communities. "Over time, Canadians have come to expect, and with certain pride, that their governments be able to offer more than other governments around world," said Paul Macmillan, Deloitte's national Public Sector leader. "In order for this to continue, we must encourage and embrace bold, innovative thinking, and we feel it's important to recognize organizations that are doing just that", added Macmillan. By category, the winners are:

Federal/Provincial Category

Gold: British Columbia Public Service, Office of the Premier
Project: Being the Best Public Service

Silver: Service Canada, Service Canada College
Project: Service Canada College & Service Excellence Certification

Bronze: Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
Project: NRCan Resource Wiki

Municipal Category

Gold: Regional Municipality of Peel, Executive Office
Project: Peel's Common Purpose

Silver: City of Edmonton, Finance and Treasury
Project: Edmonton's Innovative Approach to Infrastructure
Management-Defining Needs & Developing Solutions

Bronze: City of Mississauga
Project: Moving Forward: The City's Road Map to the Future

Broader Public Sector category (health, education and not-for-profit)

Gold: Bridgepoint Health
Project: Organizational Transformation & Influencing Health System

Silver: St. Michael's Hospital
Project: Research & Knowledge Transfer in Health Care Delivery

Bronze: Canada Health Infoway, Corporate Affairs
Project: Achieving an Integrated Pan-Canadian E-health Record

These Awards are designed to formally recognize and reward excellence in leadership within the Public Sector in Canada by showcasing projects and initiatives where leadership played a key role in making it possible for major organizational transformation and outstanding performance to occur. "We have only begun to highlight and properly reward all the hard work being done by governments and the broader public sector across Canada," said Gabriel Sekaly, Chief Executive Officer of IPAC. "With excellence and service in mind, we look forward to being able to share public sector success stories for many years to come," concluded Sekaly.

About the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program

The IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program recognizes organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership by taking bold steps to improve Canada, through advancements in public policy and management. IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award winners will reflect the importance of innovation, strategic thinking, trust and team building, shared vision, and effective collaboration and partnerships. Selection criteria focus on projects where leadership has enabled major organizational transformation and outstanding performance. For more information about the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards, including a list of the advisory committee and finalists, please visit: or

About IPAC

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), founded in 1947, is a dynamic association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. Anchored by our regional groups, IPAC is a membership-based organization that creates knowledge networks and leads public administration research in Canada. Since the early 1990s, IPAC has been a major player in exporting successful Canadian public sector expertise around the world.

About Deloitte

Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides tax, audit, consulting, and financial advisory services through more than 7,700 people in 57 offices. Deloitte operates in Quebec as Samson Belair/Deloitte & Touche s.e.n.c.r.l. Deloitte is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

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