Interested in applying for an award? Deadline for submissions is August 15th. Please submit a nomination form along with one copy of submission to the PWABC office.

Awards to Individuals

NEW: Women's Public Works Ambassador Award

Purpose: The Women’s Public Works Ambassador Award is a professional employed by a Federal, Provincial, or Municipal Agency involved in public works or an engineering or consulting firm that supports public works.

For this purpose, public works is defined as the design, construction, maintenance, operation, or management of facilities and programs such as public utilities, solid waste collection and/or disposal systems, streets and/or highways, water and/or sewer systems, mass transit, airports, public buildings, production and distribution of natural gas or electric power, telephone systems, flood control, etc.

Eligibility: This individual need not be an APWA member.

Selection Criteria:

  • Applicants must self-identify as female;
  • Employed in Public Works for at least one year in BC;
  • Active participation in commissions, voluntary organizations, community organizations and other paid or unpaid work beyond the profession;
  • Public education and understanding the role of Public Works professionals in Canadian society;
  • Applicants must act as role models to encourage women to pursue Public Works as a profession; and
  • Public Works excellence, and recognition of achievement within the profession, business or industry, or education sector that has set a benchmark for public works professionals to strive for. 

Nomination Process: Nominations can be made by any member with an endorsement by several staff or by managing supervisor of the candidate. 

Deadline: August 15

Presentation: The award is presented at the Awards banquet held at the Annual Technical Conference.

NEW: Outstanding Public Works Employee Award

Purpose: The Outstanding Public Works Employee award is for one employed by a Federal, Provincial, or Municipal Agency involved in public works. This individual need not be an APWA member.

For this purpose, public works is defined as the design, construction, maintenance, operation, or management of facilities and programs such as public utilities, solid waste collection and/or disposal systems, streets and/or highways, water and/or sewer systems, mass transit, airports, public buildings, production and distribution of natural gas or electric power, telephone systems, flood control, etc.

Eligibility: This individual need not be an APWA member.

Selection Criteria:

  • Employment history;
  • Outstanding achievements during the past three years in BC;
  • Letters of endorsement (minimum of 2);
  • Membership and participation in organizations;
  • Initiative/Innovations/Improvements;
  • Community Service;
  • Promotion of Public Works as a profession; and
  • Overall value to employer.

Nomination Process: Nominations can be made by any member with an endorsement by several staff or by managing supervisor of the candidate. 

Deadline: August 15

Presentation: The award is presented at the Awards banquet held at the Annual Technical Conference.

Dedicated Service Awards

To be awarded to the PWABC member who has, in the opinion of the Executive, contributed significantly to the furthering of the interests of Public Works in B.C.

PWABC Manager of the Year Award

Purpose: To be awarded to the manager/supervisor who, in the opinion of the
Awards Committee, best exemplifies the spirit and professionalism of
the Association.

Eligibility: Nominee must be a member of PWABC/APWA.

Selection Criteria:

  • number of years in public works 
  • technical accomplishments - design and/or coordination of 
  • major infrastructure projects 
  • managerial accomplishments /initiatives /innovation 
  • professional involvement 
  • publications or presentations to conferences 
  • community service 
  • support of public works education efforts 
  • PWABC member, active in year of award 

Nomination Process:

Nominations can be made by any member with an endorsement by
several staff or by managing supervisor of the candidate.

Deadline: August 15

Presentation: The award is presented at the Awards banquet held at the Annual Technical Conference.

PWABC Professional - Dedicated Service Award

Purpose: To be awarded to a government or private sector leader for far-reaching positive impact on local or provincial public works programs, services or policies through distinguished service and commitment.

Eligibility: Non-members of PWABC who are recognized as leaders working in a public works related field or special endeavour.

Selection Criteria: The Awards Committee will review the nominations and select the award winner.

Nomination Process: Nominations may be made by an individual memebr, entity or non-member, and should include nomination form and documentation supporting the purpose of the award.

Deadline: August 15

Presentation: The award is presented at the Awards Banquet held at the Annual Technical Conference. 

 

Emerging Leader of the Year Award

Purpose: Establish in 2016 to recognize and encourage young leaders within the public works sector in British Columbia.  The award acknowledges the efforts and contributions of young leaders within their organizations, their communities, and the PWABC. 

Eligibility: Candidates must be less than 40 years old on the deadline for submission date.  Please included the candidate’s birthdate on the nomination materials. 

Selection Criteria: To be considered, the candidate’s nomination must clearly demonstrate one or more of the following accomplishments:

  1. Candidate has demonstrated leadership qualities within their organization regardless of his/her position title.  This may include mentoring or developing other staff, implementing innovative processes, or demonstrating exceptional public relations.  Please include supporting documentation from peers, supervisors or community officials illustrating the candidate’s leadership qualities as described above.
  2. Candidate has demonstrated a continuing commitment to advancing their knowledge, skills and abilities through pursuit of continuing education.  Please include list of completed courses, programs, designations/certificates including the date and location of the training
  3. Candidate has helped enhance the profile of the public works profession through involvement in related professional associations.  Participation in the PWABC Emerging Leaders Group will be considered an asset.  Please provide list of professional associations or groups the candidate participates in.
  4. Candidates strives to enhance their community through volunteer projects or initiatives.  Please include supporting documentation or references.

Nomination Process: Nominations may be submitted by the candidate, anyone from within the candidate’s organization, or from any PWABC member.  Nominations must include the PWABC Nomination Form and supporting documentation that sufficiently demonstrates one or more of the selection criteria.

Deadline: August 15

Presentation: The award is presented at the Awards Banquet at the PWABC Annual Technical Conference

Awards to Municipalities

Project of the Year Award

Purpose: To be awarded to the municipality which, in the opinion of the Awards committee constructs a major and complex public works or utilities project, which deserves special merit because of its unique features or complexity relative to the resources of the community.

Eligibility: Municipality must be a member of PWABC/APWA. The project must have been “substantially completed” and available for public and/or agency use within two calendar years prior to nomination. If a project has multiple phases or segments, then “substantially completed” will be construed as that point when the final phase or segment is 90% completed and available for public and/or agency use.

A project may only be nominated once for recognition as Project of the Year.

Selection Criteria:

  • of significant benefit to the community 
  • completed substantially by the year of the award 
  • on time and budget 
  • provides an environmental or social benefit 
  • innovation in design 
  • success of public participation program 
  • safety record 
  • financing complexity 
  • environmental protection measures taken 
  • quality of final works 
  • complexity

Nomination Process: Nominations of projects can be made by the managing public agency or PWABC/APWA members. Must also include support or either the community, consultant or contractor.

Deadline: August 15

Presentation: A designated representative of the public agency, contractor, and consultant are presented a plaque at the Awards banquet held at the Annual Technical Conference.

Public Works Week - Community Celebration Award (Population Under 100,000)

Purpose: To be awarded to municipality/agency or region (with a population under 100,000) that use Public Works week to educate and inform the public about the essential role that public works plays in the quality of their community life. Equally important is promoting the choice of public works as a career choice for the working force of the future and recognizing those who currently serve in these crucial public roles.

Eligibility: Member municipalities, agencies or regions (below 100,000 pop.) of PWABC are eligible.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Public Outreach – What spectrum of people were reached? 
  • Education – Was there an educational component? 
  • Events Held – How many days of events were held during the week? 
  • Staff Involvement – Was there a large involvement of Public Works staff and Union personnel? 
  • Political Involvement – Was there a large political presence involved in the Public Works Week activities? 
  • Creativity of the event

Nomination Process: Nominations may be made by an individual member, municipality, entity or non-member, and should include a nomination form and documentation supporting the purpose of the award.

Deadline: August 15

Presentation: The award is presented at the Awards banquet held at the Annual Technical Conference in September.

Public Works Week - Community Celebration Award (Population Over 100,000)

Purpose: To be awarded to municipality/agency or region (with a population over 100,000) that use Public Works week to educate and inform the public about the essential role that public works plays in the quality of their community life. Equally important is promoting the choice of public works as a career choice for the working force of the future and recognizing those who currently serve in these crucial public roles.

Eligibility: Member municipalities, agencies or regions (100,000+ pop.) of PWABC are eligible.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Public Outreach – What spectrum of people were reached? 
  • Education – Was there an educational component? 
  • Events Held – How many days of events were held during the week? 
  • Staff Involvement – Was there a large involvement of Public Works staff and Union personnel? 
  • Political Involvement – Was there a large political presence involved in the Public Works Week activities? 
  • Creativity of the event

Nomination Process: Nominations may be made by an individual member, municipality, entity or non-member, and should include a nomination form and documentation supporting the purpose of the award.

Deadline: August 15

Presentation: The award is presented at the Awards banquet held at the Annual Technical Conference in September.

Innovations Award - On hold for 2017

Note: This award is on hold for 2017. It will be reviewed and re-posted for 2018.

To be awarded to the municipality which, in the opinion of the Executive, has developed the most original, imaginative and useful idea for public works or utility operations. Click here for info

Factors taken into consideration for selection include:

  • originality
  • usefulness
  • simplicity
  • adaptability to other municipalities

The Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC) recognizes that staff in municipalities are actively developing and inventing creative and better ways to get the job done. This attitude is essential to the way we improve business and accomplish our goals, as well as "doing more with less."

PWABC will be awarding $650 in prizes to the individual(s) with the best idea of gadget related to public works developed in 2012-2013. Ideas and gadgets will be judged based on originality, potential for use in other municipalities, and value (return on investment). 

Cash prizes will go directly to the staff eprsons involved and named on the winning submissions. A plaque (1st place only) will be presented at one of the municipality's Council Meetings or at the Annual Public Works Conference in Nanaimo. All winning submissions will be displayed at the conference sp everyone can benefit from the ingenuity and innovation. The winning submissions will be asked to provide a display board.

Presentation: The award is presented at the Awards banquet held at the Annual Technical Conference.

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Past Award Recipients

Note: With the exception of the Innovations Award, these awards may not be awarded every year, depending on whether or not there are suitable candidates nominated.