Premier's Innovation & Excellence Awards

The Premier’s Awards ceremony is an annual celebration of the finest examples of innovation and excellence in the BC Public Service.

This provincial recognition is awarded to the most outstanding projects, teams, or individuals in the public service showcasing distinguished examples of professionalism, innovation, and collaboration.

The diverse contributions of past recipients have made lasting impacts in B.C. and enriched many lives and communities across the province.

2021 marks the 17th year of the most prestigious recognition event in the BC Public Service.

Premier’s Awards adjudicators and judges determine the finalists and award recipients.

Categories

Featured Videos

The videos below are the 2020 Premier's Awards recipients.

Emerging Leader

Katie Ward

Evidence-Based Design

Modernizing the Service Journey and Service Data Analytics: The Queue Customer Flow Management System

Innovation

Robotic Process Automation Tool

Leadership

Philippe Turgeon

Legacy

Shirley Lippmann

Legacy Hall of Excellence Inductee

Peter Watkins

Organizational Excellence

River Forecast Centre Business Transformation

Organizational Excellence

Rapid Response to Homelessness

Partnership

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act – A Collaborative Legislative Process

Regional Impact

2019/20 Mill Closure Response

Categories

Emerging Leader

The Emerging Leader award recognizes a BC Public Service employee 40 years and under and at or below the level of director who has made a significant impact in their ministry, division, workgroup or the greater BC Public Service early in their career.

Evidence-Based Design

The Evidence-Based Design award recognizes groups, teams or organizations in the BC Public Service whose work is outstanding in the area of evidence-based or evidence-informed policy or program development, and the process by which the policy or program was designed. This category showcases excellence in policy or program development for internal government or citizen-facing initiatives.

Innovation

The Innovation award recognizes groups, teams or organizations in the BC Public Service who have developed and transformed new ideas into tangible initiatives, programs or projects. By applying a user-centric or citizen-centric approach, innovations streamline business processes, leverage technology or pursue creative solutions to fulfill organizational mandates.

Leadership

The Leadership award recognizes a BC Public Service employee who demonstrates the highest levels of integrity and exemplary leadership abilities either leading a team or organization, or a substantial project, process or initiative.

Legacy

The Legacy award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to the BC Public Service and the province during a public service career of at least 15 years. The contributions may cover a nominee’s entire career or portions of it, provided the contribution has a lasting and ongoing positive impact.

Note: during the judging process, a Legacy finalist may be considered for the BC Public Service Hall of Excellence

While not an award category, the Hall of Excellence is a significant honour recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication and service to the province. This meritorious award follows the same criteria as the Legacy category. However, it recognizes individuals who have performed their duties in such an exemplary manner it constitutes a special distinction.

Induction into the BC Public Service Hall of Excellence represents the highest form of recognition the BC Public Service can extend to its employees.

Organizational Excellence

The Organizational Excellence award recognizes one or more BC Public Service organizations that have delivered a program, service or initiative resulting in substantial benefits to their organization(s), the public service or citizens.

Partnership

The Partnership award recognizes joint ventures or multi-party initiatives between BC Public Service organizations and organizations in the broader public sector, other levels of government, Indigenous communities or in the private or non-profit sectors.

Regional Impact

The Regional Impact award recognizes groups, teams or organizations within the BC Public Service who have developed and delivered programs, projects and initiatives benefiting citizens in a specific location (town, city, municipality or region). 

Adjudicators and Judges

Premier’s Awards adjudicators and judges are government, business and community leaders outside of the BC Public Service. These individuals volunteer their time to determine the finalists and recipients of the Premier’s Awards, according to criteria for each of the categories.

2020 Adjudicators

  • Bert Phipps, Assistant Deputy Minister (former), Bert Phipps Consulting
  • Clint Fraser, CEO, Northern BC Tourism Association
  • Dick Vollet, President and CEO, St. Paul's Hospital Foundation
  • Fiona Whittington-Walsh, President, Inclusion BC
  • Genesa Greening, President and CEO, BC Women's Health Foundation
  • Terry Yung, Chair, Board of Directors, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
  • Tracey Herbert, CEO, First Peoples Cultural Council

2020 Judges

  • Allan Seckel, CEO, Doctors of BC
  • Celeste Haldane, Chief Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission
  • Deborah Saucier, President and Vice Chancellor, Vancouver Island University
  • Denise Williams, CEO, First Nations Technology Council
  • Stacy Ross, Anchor, CHEK News