Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

June 20, 2008 12:36 ET

Honouring Public Service Excellence: The Professional Institute Presents 2008 Gold Medal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - Michele Demers, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, presented today the Institute's Gold Medal at a luncheon ceremony.

This year's recipient of the Professional Institute Gold Medal for his contribution in a field other than pure or applied science is Mr. Dan Beavon, Director of the Strategic Research and Analysis Directorate, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).

In her remarks, Michele Demers said, "Mr. Beavon is a pioneering inventor of major public policy instruments in terms of his ground-breaking development of the Human Development Index (HDI) as an analytical tool to address the well-being of Canada's aboriginal peoples. Mr. Beavon's work has changed how decision-makers think about aboriginal Canadians and how they develop policy."

Mr. Beavon has made an equally important impact on the work of the United Nations with respect to indigenous peoples. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Beavon made a number of presentations to the United Nation's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples, presenting his work on HDI and related research on aboriginal well-being. Mr. Beavon was instrumental in showing both the Permanent Forum and a wide array of UN organizations how to frame, measure and address questions of indigenous well-being.

Mr. Beavon's numerous collaborations with aboriginal and non-aboriginal scholars resulted in the publication of several books to help disseminate research on the well-being and contribution of Aboriginal people to Canadian society.

President Demers commented: "Mr. Beavon is an example of the role model that the Institute's Gold Medal is intended to honour. He has an effective ability to bring groups together, engender trust, and create partnerships - partnerships that actually lead to meaningful results and actions."

The Institute extends its sincere appreciation to the independent panel of judges who generously volunteered their time and expertise to make this year's Gold Medal Award program a success. "Every year, the Gold Medal Award panel of judges tell us of the challenges they face to select only one laureate, given the outstanding accomplishments of the candidates. Canada indeed has a high calibre public service worthy of public recognition," said Michele Demers.

The Selection Panel was composed of Dr. Robert Campbell, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Allison University, Dr. Jack Lightstone, President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University, and Dr. Jim Tomkins, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina.

The Professional Institute established the Gold Medal Award program in 1937 to recognize professional public service employees whose outstanding work has led to the improvement and enhancement of public well-being. The program's other objective is to promote greater awareness of the role and value of professional public services in Canada and globally. The award is presented on a yearly basis. In odd-numbered years, the award is presented for achievement in the field of pure and applied science, and in even-numbered years it is presented for achievement in a field other than pure and applied science.

The award is a 14-carat gold medal engraved with the Institute's logo along with a certificate acknowledging the achievement.

To be eligible for this prestigious award, nominees must be, or have been, employees of federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, regional or aboriginal government services. To qualify for the award, candidates' work must have been performed during their tenure in the public service.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada is a national union representing 55,000 professionals and scientists across Canada.

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    Laureen Allan, Communications Officer
    613-228-6310 ext. 2230