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Gold Medal Student Award

The Gold Medal Student Award bestows distinction on outstanding undergraduate engineering students and recognizes exceptional contributions to societal issues.

Eligibility criteria

The nominee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.
  • Be registered as a student member (where applicable) of the engineering profession in a provincial/territorial association. For example: Engineers Geoscientists BC, APEGA, APEGS, etc. Links to the websites of the 12 licensing bodies can be found here.
  • Be enrolled full-time for the 2019-2020 academic year in a CEAB-accredited undergraduate engineering education program.
  • Have not previously received this award.
  • As a student, through employment, volunteer or personal initiatives in Canada or on behalf of Canada, have had a major positive impact on the image of Canada’s engineering profession.

Nomination procedures

  • In October, Engineers Canada forwards the call for nominations to the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students, the deans of engineering at all universities that offer accredited undergraduate engineering programs, and to the 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada.
  • Nominations must be supported by a person or a group of persons who can attest to the nominee’s accomplishments.
  • Self-nominations will also be accepted however they must include two letters of support.
  • Confirmation of the student membership with a provincial/territorial engineering regulatory bodies (where applicable) must be indicated on the nomination form.
  • Nominations can be prepared in either English or French and Engineers Canada will arrange for translation as required.
  • All nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee of Engineers Canada.
  • There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted.

Engineers Canada reserves the right to cancel, withdraw or amend any award and/or scholarship without prior notice.

Selection criteria

Outstanding contributions to societal issues through community involvement, outstanding achievements, leadership in the profession at the student level, and impact on the image of the engineering profession in Canada. Nominees will be rated as follows:

Social impact (60 points):

Community involvement, including volunteerism, demonstration of social conscience that reflects well on the engineering profession in Canada, extracurricular activities that have a positive impact on society or the image of the engineering profession, and help to develop non-technical skills, outstanding achievements that have a positive impact on Canadian society.

Role model (40 points):

Effective communicator and role model within the engineering student community, who has demonstrated strong leadership skills, professionalism and ethics through active community involvement, participation in engineering student societies, institutes or other professional bodies, or in activities that enhance the image of engineering students and the engineering profession in Canada, or increase public awareness of the career opportunities that exist in engineering.

Selection process

  • Recipients will be selected by the Awards Committee of Engineers Canada.
  • The Awards Committee has the authority, after reviewing all nominations for the various awards, to determine whether or not an award will be given.
  • Recipients will be notified in writing.


This award comes with a $10,000 cash prize.


  • The Gold Medal Student Award will be presented during the Awards Gala held each year in conjunction with Engineers Canada’s Spring Meetings and Annual Meeting of Members in late May 2020.
  • Award recipients agree to standard publicity notification arranged by Engineers Canada.

How to Apply

Nominations are now closed. Please check back in September.