Interested in applying for an award? Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018. Please submit a nomination form along with one copy of submission to the PWABC office.

Award Categories

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 31, 2018

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

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 31, 2018

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

Dedicated Service Awards

Purpose: To be awarded to the PWABC member who, in the opinion of the Awards committee contributed significantly to the furthering of the interests of Public Works in BC

Eligibility: Must be a member of PWABC/APWA. 

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

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

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

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 31, 2018

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

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 31, 2018

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

 

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:

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 31, 2018

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

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 31, 2018

Presentation: A designated representative of the public agency, contractor, and consultant are presented a plaque at the Awards banquet held at the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

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 31, 2018

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

Supporting Data

Listed below are the six categories and criteria each nomination should include in its documentation.

  1. Public Outreach
    • City Staff
    • City Staff and Families
    • Captive Audience – e.g. schools, seniors, etc.
    • General Interest Attendance
    • City Wide Event
  2. Education
    • “What we do” component
    • School visits and demonstrations
    • Hands-on activities, equipment climb-on opportunities
    • Tours of public works facilities and projects
    • Promotion of public works as a career choice
  3. Staff Involvement
    • Small – e.g. a few staff that comprise a NPWW committee
    • Average – e.g. multiple staff in addition to the NPWW committee
    • Large – e.g. staff at various levels (administrative, managerial, etc.)
  4. Political Involvement
    • Proclamation
    • Presentations/Awards
    • Active Participants in Events
  5. Events Held
    • One Day
    • Two Days
    • Three Days
    • All Week
  6. Charity
    • Small (example: collections of money, food, clothing)
    • Medium (example: bake sales/other fundraisers at the event)
    • Large (example: set up a golf tournament; major fundraiser event)
    • Public Works related – charity chosen is an environmental or public works related charity
  7. Creativity
    • Basic public works awareness program
    • Creative use of marketing, technology and the media to promote events and participation
    • Use of creative hands-on activities, demonstrations, tours for attendees
    • Creative education/marketing of public works as a career choice

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 31, 2018

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

Supporting Data

Listed below are the six categories and criteria each nomination should include in its documentation.

  1. Public Outreach
    • City Staff
    • City Staff and Families
    • Captive Audience – e.g. schools, seniors, etc.
    • General Interest Attendance
    • City Wide Event
  2. Education
    • “What we do” component
    • School visits and demonstrations
    • Hands-on activities, equipment climb-on opportunities
    • Tours of public works facilities and projects
    • Promotion of public works as a career choice
  3. Staff Involvement
    • Small – e.g. a few staff that comprise a NPWW committee
    • Average – e.g. multiple staff in addition to the NPWW committee
    • Large – e.g. staff at various levels (administrative, managerial, etc.)
  4. Political Involvement
    • Proclamation
    • Presentations/Awards
    • Active Participants in Events
  5. Events Held
    • One Day
    • Two Days
    • Three Days
    • All Week
  6. Charity
    • Small (example: collections of money, food, clothing)
    • Medium (example: bake sales/other fundraisers at the event)
    • Large (example: set up a golf tournament; major fundraiser event)
    • Public Works related – charity chosen is an environmental or public works related charity
  7. Creativity
    • Basic public works awareness program
    • Creative use of marketing, technology and the media to promote events and participation
    • Use of creative hands-on activities, demonstrations, tours for attendees
    • Creative education/marketing of public works as a career choice

Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award

Purpose: The PWABC Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works snow and ice operations. To promote the best practices in snow and ice removal while minimizing environmental impacts.

Eligibility: Any public works agency actively involved in snow and ice removal and operations. Public works is defined as the physical structures and facilities that are developed, owned, and maintained by public agencies to house governmental functions and provide water, power, waste disposal, transportation, and similar public services, in accordance with established public policy. APWA membership is not required. No sitting member of the subcommittee or the member’s respective agency shall be eligible for the award.

Selection Criteria: The award winner(s) is selected by the PWABC Award Committee. Criteria to be used in the selection process can be found on the Supporting Data Form.

Nomination Process: Nominations can be made by the managing public agency or the individuals. Submittal should include a nomination form and supporting documentation that clearly addresses the categories outlined on the supporting data form.

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the Fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

Supporting Data: Listed below are the six categories and criteria each nomination should include in its documentation. The nomination should address each category in the order shown below and expand with detailed information to explain the agency’s programs accomplishments in these categories. The agency should include and expand on any sustainable program or solutions for each category as well. Agencies that do not have programs in all of the categories listed are encouraged to apply, noting accomplishments in all the categories applicable, and stating if they do or do not have a certain program in place.

Categories

  1. Materials/Handling
    • Salt/chemical handling
    • Facilities
    • Tanks
    • Types of materials
    • Containment
    • Excellence in storage award
  2. Equipment
    • Improvements and upgrades/maintenance
    • Customization
    • Innovative custom innovations
    • Anti-ice applications
    • Preparedness/storage
    • Computer controlled dispensary systems
  3. Training
    • Written plans
    • Documented manuals and presentation
    • Custom programs – In-house/outside
  4. Community Outreach
    • Agency education and involvement
    • Commercials/social media
    • Website
    • Mailings/brochures
    • School outreach
  5. Technical
    • RWIS
    • GIS
    • GPS or AVL
    • Material and plow tracking/ documentation
  6. Environmental
    • Alternative-use chemicals
    • Inhibitors
    • Protection of sensitive areas
    • Maintenance yards
    • Vegetation

Technical/Management Innovation Award

Purpose: To recognize an individual, team, or organization for the development, management and implementation of a creative idea, device, process or system that enhances the goals of public works in serving the public and protecting the environment.

Eligibility: Anyone actively involved in the public works profession is eligible, APWA/PWABC membership is not required.

Selection Criteria: The following criteria are used in the selection process:

  • Each nominated innovation is judged on its effect upon the provision of goods and services to the public. It can be an innovation in the process itself or in the materials, design, equipment, administration, management training, procurement of, etc., that improves, informs or educates the delivery of public services and improving the quality of life. A project can be nominated for its innovative concepts or methods.
  • The innovation must be a proven success. It must have had a positive and important effect on, improving the quality of, or reduce the cost of delivery of public works goods and services. Innovation is the implementation of new methods and new technologies. It is not merely an idea that has merit and may be successful in the future.
  • The innovation must be a significant advance, not just a natural evolution of existing methods, common sense or good practice.
  • The innovation must be documented and presentable. Innovators, their teams and/or their agencies/ employers must disclose sufficient information about the innovation to allow documentation for the Awards Committee.

Nomination Process: Nominations of projects can be made by the managing public agency or individual. The Awards Committee reviews the nominations and selects the award winners.

Deadline: August 31, 2018 

Presentation: The winner will be recognized and receive their award during the PWABC Awards Night and Banquet which is held at the fall Technical Conference and Trade Show.

Past Award Recipients

Note: These awards may not be awarded every year, depending on whether or not there are suitable candidates nominated.