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Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education

The Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education recognizes exemplary contribution to the teaching and learning of the engineering profession at a Canadian Higher Education Institution. This award has the objective of encouraging excellence in the current teaching of engineering.

Eligibility criteria

The nominee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full-time or part-time faculty member at a Canadian university.
  • Be registered in good standing as an engineer (P.Eng., or ing.) in any province or territory in Canada. Links to the websites of the 12 engineering regulatory bodies can be found here.
  • Have not previously received this award.
  • Have not been a member of Engineers Canada’s Board and ex-staff members of Engineers Canada until a period of at least four years has elapsed from the completion date of their term of office.

Selection criteria

The criteria for this award are weighted heavily toward personal teaching effectiveness. They invite evidence of distinguished contributions by the nominee to the learning environment for engineering students. The criteria also invite evidence of a leadership role by the nominee in the improvement of engineering education beyond the nominee’s own courses, including the improvement of pedagogy and service to students and peers. Finally, they invite evidence of outreach and continuing education activity directed toward the  improvement of engineering education.


  • Nominations may be proposed by any group of three persons, with at least one person being an engineer and one being a current engineering student having direct knowledge of the nominee’s contribution, including but not limited to: Members or administrators of the Faculty of Engineering; Engineering students; Alumni; and colleagues.
  • Self nominations will be accepted provided that letters from three nominators are submitted to ensure that all parties are aware of the nomination.
  • All nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee of Engineers Canada.

Independent Evidence of Impact of Teaching (40 points):

Here are some examples of teaching effectiveness:

  • Communication skills, especially effective styles, mastery of English/French language, humour, etc.
  • Innovative teaching methods including innovation in lab design and application
  • Effective use of technology for teaching
  • Effective and engaging teaching strategies
  • Innovative assessment methods
  • Sustained development of excellence in exemplary students
  • Mentorship and special assistance for troubled students
  • Support for physically challenged students with alternative teaching methods
  • Special course development efforts
  • Special classroom, laboratory and field location instruction
  • Mastery by students of content, ideas or sophisticated processes beyond the normal program expectations
  • Outstanding evaluations of teaching by students over several years (preferably with normative data)
  • Student, faculty and alumni testimonials and peer references.

Any other evidence that might be useful to the Awards Committee.

Independent Evidence of Contributions to Education (10 points):

Here are some examples of contributions to education:

  • Improvement of pedagogy
  • Innovative or new teaching methods
  • Adaptation and effective use of new or evolving technology for teaching
  • Continuous improvement in instructional techniques
  • Assistance in developing new techniques for student evaluation and testing
  • Publication and sharing of research on teaching methods (only the most recent five years will be considered)
  • Conduct of seminars, workshops, conferences or other events for colleagues on teaching/learning topics
  • Work with teaching/learning committees or centres
  • Research on teaching/learning problems that goes beyond the normal discipline-focused research conducted by the faculty member
  • Curriculum development at the program, faculty and university levels

Any other evidence that might be useful to the Awards Committee.

Independent Evidence of Contribution to Outreach (10 points)

Here are some examples of outreach

  • Writing of textbooks, codes of practice or guidelines for use of practitioners Assistance in development or delivery of continuing education programs for practicing engineers
  • Assistance in developing interdisciplinary programs
  • Assistance in engineering associations in managing or assessing continuing education requirements
  • Assistance to other organizations in interpreting technical or engineering matters
  • Participation in boards of review or similar bodies
  • Assistance in accreditation and engineering qualification activities

Any other evidence that might be useful to the Awards Committee.

Independent Evidence of Service to Students (40 points)

Here are some examples:

Service to students

  • Leadership and special assistance to enhance academic and personal development of students both within and out of the classroom


  • Development of mentorship and other programs outside of the classroom setting to support the undergraduate student
  • Assistance in development and delivery of valued-added co-operative education programs, internship programs and, professional mentorship programs
  • Promote awareness of the benefits of licensure to students

Special assistance

  • Support of local engineering student chapters (Engineering Student Societies, IEEE student chapters, Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering student chapters, etc.)
  • Support of participation in design competitions (Canadian Engineering Competition, SAE International, etc.)
  • Support of student events and outreach initiatives including summer engineering camps, women in engineering programs, National Engineering Month and, charity events
  • Support of student engineering conferences and competitions through conduct of seminars, workshops, fundraising and organization
  • Support of independent projects.

Any other evidence that might be useful to the Awards Committee.

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.


  • The Gold Medal 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.