Established in 2011, the Modern Makers of Canada Award recognizes extraordinary individuals who have contributed to good governance through transformational public sector leadership. This year the Award will celebrate one of the cornerstones of Canadian democracy: local government.

“Canada’s cities are dynamic hubs of for creativity and innovation,” said Maryantonett Flumian, President of the Institute on Governance. “With strong leadership, our cities are well positioned to meet the needs of citizens and are integral to the economic prosperity of our country.”

The nine Mayors receiving this important Award are representative of their colleagues in cities across Canada who are leading by example, enhancing the quality of life for the great majority of Canadians.

The Awards will be presented at the Modern Makers of Canada Dinner at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa on March 7, 2106.

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Reception: 5:00-6:00pm

Dinner: 6:00-9:00pm

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2016 Recipients

Denis Coderre

Denis Coderre

Mayor of Montreal

Elected Mayor of Montréal on November 3, 2013, Mr. Coderre is also Executive Committee Member responsible for Economic Development, International Relations, Mont-Royal and Montréal’s 375th Anniversary …

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Don Iveson

Mayor of Edmonton

Since his election as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has set his sights on transforming Edmonton into a highly uplifting, more resilient, globally competitive, well-governed city that is …

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Hazel McCallion

former Mayor of Mississauga

Hazel McCallion was born in Port Daniel on the Gaspe Coast of Quebec, and educated in Quebec City and Montreal. She then began a career with Canadian Kellogg, and remained with the company for 19 years …

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Naheed Nenshi

Mayor of Calgary

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is currently serving his second term and is Calgary’s 36th mayor. During his first term in office, Mayor Nenshi’s leadership resulted in many positive changes in Calgary to build …


Madeleine Redfern

Mayor of Iqaluit

Madeleine Redfern has more than 20 years experience working on issues related to housing, education, employment and training, justice, community services, preschool child care, health care, business …

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Gregor Robertson

Mayor of Vancouver

In November 2014, Gregor Robertson was elected to a third term as Mayor of Vancouver.He was re-elected to continue building upon the progress achieved in the first six years of office, on priorities such as …


Colette Roy Laroche

former Mayor of Lac-Megantic

Prior to being elected as Lag-Megantic’s first female mayor, Ms. Roy Laroche was an elementary school teacher, an education consultant, and the Director of Educational Services and Executive Director …


Jim Watson

Mayor of Ottawa

Jim Watson was re-elected Mayor of the City of Ottawa on October 27, 2014 with more than 76% of the popular vote. Mayor Watson has dedicated most of his career to public service in Canada’s capital …

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Brad Woodside

Mayor of Fredericton

Mayor Brad Woodside is Fredericton’s longest serving mayor, having been elected for a record eight terms. He has dedicated his life to exemplary leadership and continually serving others through both …


Over the past decades municipalities in Canada have grown in size and impact on the Canadian economy and way of life. Greater public attention to the importance of local government is long overdue. Canada’s cities are leading hubs for creativity and innovation and are beacons for talent and investment. They are well positioned to meet the real needs of Canadians- jobs, sustainable communities and housing. Canada’s cities are integral to the economic prosperity of the country. The current generation of civic leadership will have a profound effect on the future quality of life for the nation, and for that reason we intend to provide the 2016 Modern Makers Award to Canada’s Mayors.

Award recipient have demonstrated the following criteria of good governance:

Integrity and the public good

  • Building trust with communities and willingness to put people over politics;
  • Commitment to transparency and accountability in municipal affairs;
  • Decency, compassion and demonstrated commitment to the public interest.

Governance vision and municipal leadership

  • Vision and ability to motivate and engage;
  • Ability to identify concrete municipal goals and articulate the means necessary to their achievement;
  • Building relationships and exercising influence across boundaries in challenging times.

Innovative, effective and responsible management

  • Ability to achieve results while balancing efficiency and equity;
  • Promoting innovation in the management and delivery of municipal services;
  • Responding to changing circumstances while providing stability and resoluteness.

Social and economic well-being in the community

  • Promoting social justice and improved quality of life for citizens;
  • Supporting economic development, prosperity and well-being in the community;
  • Celebrating diversity, and the ability to strengthen relations between distinct social and cultural groups.

Security of people and the local environment

  • Commitment to a sound environmental strategy and demonstrated ability to champion initiatives with a positive environmental impact;
  • Protecting the community and willingness to explore innovative approaches to security;
  • Providing safety and encouraging resilience in times of adversity.

For more information please contact Franca Palazzo, 613.562.0090 x 218.

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