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Deloitte and IPAC recognize Canadian public sector organizations for innovative leadership

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ville de Repentigny and Southern Health-Santé Sud are amongst winners in the IPAC Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards

Toronto, February 6, 2015 — The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and Deloitte announced the winners of its IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program for outstanding leadership in public policy and management in three categories: Federal/Provincial/Territorial category, Municipal category and Health/Education category. 

Nine organizations were recognized at a gala celebration at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto on February 5. Winners were selected from a judging panel in each category for demonstrating innovative leadership, strategic thinking, and effective collaboration and partnerships that are critical for the success and advancement of communities across Canada.


“The IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards provide recognition to public service organizations across the country for creative and cost-efficient solutions to challenges in communities that benefit us all.”
Shirley Hoy
Former Toronto City Manager and Municipal Category Judge chair for the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards

“I commend the dedication that each entrant showed to making a difference and improving programs and services for those they serve. The commitment came through in every finalist.” 
Ken Acton
Social Services Deputy Minister for Saskatchewan and Federal/Provincial/Territorial Category Judge chair for the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards 

“I was truly impressed with how broad ranging and comprehensive some of these projects were, many effecting a complete turnaround in organizational culture. Those types of projects present best practice learning opportunities for all public service organizations.”
Deborah Newman
Ontario Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Health/Education Category Judge chair for the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards

The 2014 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award winners include:

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities | Establishing the Ontario College of Trades

Ontario’s previous trade apprenticeship and certification system was large, complex and hard to navigate, featuring more than 150 trades with considerable variability in rules, skills and training provided. A 2007 review led to a transformation modernizing how trades are governed in Ontario. Just two years later, an Act was introduced to establish an all-trade self-governing institution—the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship. By 2013, the college was up and running, moving Ontario to the forefront of Canadian approaches to managing apprenticeship and certification systems. Now in its second year of operation, the college—by developing strong relationships with industry stakeholders and the government—has succeeded in delivering considerable benefits to consumers, employers, workers in the trades, and Ontario’s economy as a whole.

Ville de Repentigny | Skate Plaza
In 2011, skateboarding, a popular pastime for young people in Repentigny between the ages of 10 and 30 took place in various public spaces. This age group represents 25 percent of Repentigny’s population, many of whom were considered marginalized youth. The city of Repentigny took the bold step of developing a new recreational facility: Skate Plaza. In a truly collaborative effort, city officials and managers listened to interested youth and consulted skateboard enthusiasts. Opened in September 2013, Skate Plaza—the largest such facility in the Montreal region and second largest in Quebec—is making a real difference in the community. It’s attracting and developing a range of young skateboarders, from novices to experts, and helping them become part of the fabric of city life.

Southern Health-Santé Sud | Southern Health-Santé Sud Indigenous Health High School Internship Program
The Indigenous Health High School Internship program introduces local high school students of First Nation and Métis descent to careers in the healthcare system. Both an investment in future human resource needs and a way to promote healthier communities, this program helps young Indigenous people explore careers in healthcare. It encourages them to graduate from high school and achieve the post-secondary credentials needed to obtain employment. In addition to that, Southern Health-Santé Sud employs Indigenous youth to fill a gap in the skilled labour force. The program has been highly successful. More than 80 percent of the students who have attended the program are still in school or have graduated from grade 12 (S4), and six youths have been hired from program.

Full list of 2014 award recipients by category:






Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities |
Establishing the Ontario College of Trades

Canadian Space Agency | Stratos

Department of the Executive, Government of the Northwest Territories | Single Window Services Centres


Ville de Repentigny |
Skate Plaza

City of Toronto |
Graffiti Management Plan

The Corporation of the City of Guelph | Transforming Local Government


Southern Health-Santé Sud | Indigenous Health High School Internship Program

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre | MY CARE Transformation

Ontario Drug Research Policy Network | Ontario Drug Research Policy Network


For more information about the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards, including a list of the advisory committee and all finalists, please visit:

About IPAC
Founded in 1947, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) is a dynamic association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. IPAC is a membership-based organization that creates knowledge networks and leads public administration research in Canada. See

About Deloitte
Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

For more information, please contact:

Jeannie Tsang
Manager, Public Relations
(416) 643-8084/ (416) 576-9016

Marilyne Plouffe
Co-ordinator, Public Relations

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