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CICan’s Awards of Excellence recognize people and institutions in nine distinct categories celebrating excellence and leadership. Each acknowledges individual, or collective achievements, that contribute to making colleges and institutes such dynamic learning institutions.

Awards of Excellence categories

The Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award

The Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has improved the productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and community partners through the development of new and improved products, processes and services and has provided students and graduates with real-world innovation experience.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Managerial Staff

The Leadership Excellence Award for Managerial Staff recognizes an individual or a team who has made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Faculty

The Leadership Excellence Award for Faculty recognizes an individual or a team who has exhibited consistent excellence in teaching and has had a significant impact on the personal and academic growth of students.

The Program Excellence Award

The Program Excellence Award recognizes a program that is innovative, portable, sustainable, and effective.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Non-Managerial Staff

The Leadership Excellence Award for Non-Managerial Staff recognizes an individual or a team who has made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Students

The Leadership Excellence Award for Students recognizes an individual student or team that have made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves.

The Internationalization Excellence Award

The Internationalization Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has shown leadership in the internationalizing of their entire institution for the benefit of its learners and community.

The Indigenous Education Excellence Award

The Indigenous Education Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has a demonstrated commitment to Indigenous education through innovative approaches and dedicated structures, curriculum, holistic support services and community partnerships that contribute to learner success, as well as socio-economic development and reconciliation within communities.

The Excellence in Sustainable Development Award

The Excellence in Sustainable Development Award recognizes a college or an institute that has shown leadership in the implementation and advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals for the benefit of their learners and community, and contribute to the peace and prosperity of the world, now and into the future. This award recognizes institutional, rather than individual achievements.

Awards Selection Committees

Each nomination is reviewed by an independent selection committee with representation from across CICan member institutions. Peer reviewers participate on a voluntary basis and a reviewer cannot sit on more than one selection committee. Every nomination is reviewed independently from one another and a nomination will not be reviewed by someone from the same institution as the nominee.