The Gold Medal Award recognizes the exceptional achievements of engineers who, through their work and service, have improved the lives of Canadians and others across the world.

Applications for this award are currently closed and will open again in the fall.

Eligibility criteria

Recipients must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be registered in good standing as an engineer (P.Eng. or ing.) with one of Canada’s engineering regulators.
  • Have not previously received this award.
  • Engineers Canada’s Board directors, staff of Engineers Canada, and CEOs of Canadian engineering regulators are not eligible until four years have passed between the last day of their term of office or employment and the nomination deadline.

Selection criteria

To be considered, nomination packages must be submitted in full, on time, and not exceeding character, word, or page limits. Late or incomplete nomination packages will not be considered. Content in excess of the character, word, or page limit will not be considered.

The Engineers Canada Awards Committee will assess each nomination using the following criteria:

Work-related achievements (50 points)

Nominees should demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • Excellence in engineering practice, the teaching of engineering, or the undertaking of engineering research.
  • Significant positive impact in the lives of Canadians or others through their engineering activities.
  • Exemplary leadership as an engineer.

Service to the profession (25 points)

Nominees should demonstrate some or all of the following:

  • Exemplary service to the profession through active and impactful participation in engineering associations, societies, institutes, and other professional bodies.
  • Significant contribution to the advancement of the profession through activities that address challenges within the profession and/or inspire and mentor the next generation of engineers.
  • Success in advancing Canadians’ understanding of the role of engineering and professional engineers in society.

Service to the community (25 points):

Nominees should demonstrate:

  • Active and impactful participation in the community through volunteerism in non-engineering roles. This may include: volunteer roles with non-profit and charitable organizations; participation in voluntary commissions, boards or task forces; government administration; and, other contributions that benefit their community.

Award benefits

  • The Gold Medal Award recipient is presented with their award and certificate during the annual Engineers Canada Awards Gala, held each year in conjunction with Engineers Canada’s Spring Meetings and Annual Meeting of Members. The event typically takes place in late May.
  • Recipients of the Gold Medal Award are admitted as a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC).
  • Award recipients participate in promotional activities arranged by Engineers Canada.

How to apply

The nomination form must be completed online in a single session (you cannot save your work and come back to it later). It is strongly recommended to read the nomination form entirely before you begin to ensure you have all necessary information and documents ready. In addition to completing the form, required documents include:

  • A copy of the nominee’s resume (5 pages maximum)
  • Two letters of support - Each letter should provide evidence and validation of the contributions described in the nomination package. (2 pages maximum per letter)