IEEE members in Canada can be nominated for and recognized by awards that are administered by different parts of IEEE.

The IEEE Canada Awards and Recognition Committee (ARC) urges you to consider nominating suitable candidates for the various awards that are available to IEEE Canada members and Sections.

Since IEEE Canada is a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), IEEE Canada members are also recognized by Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) Medals and Fellows.

See the Awards Calendar for a list of relevant IEEE Canada, MGA, IEEE, and EIC awards and (known) submission dates.

Awards Recipients

2022 Awards

IEEE Canada returned to hosting an in-person Awards Gala as part of the CCECE Conference.  The winners are listed in our 2022 Awards Brochure.

2021 Awards

IEEE Canada normally hosts an Awards Gala as part of the CCECE conference, but since this year’s conference has again moved online, we presented virtually as we did in 2000. The conference provided three slots for award. The presentations were given at the actual gala, with the McNaughton winner speaking in the noon slot. A special session was held the next day to hear about the work of some of the award winners.

2020 Awards

IEEE Canada normally hosts an Awards Gala as part of the CCECE conference, but since this year’s conference has moved online, we did things a bit differently. We have posted pre-recorded acceptance speeches, and we had a special online session to hear about the work of some of the award winners.

We also made our usual Awards Brochure 2020.

Past Awards

Past winners of the IEEE Canada Awards are listed under the specific awards, and in the awards brochures here:

IEEE Canada Member Awards

IEEE Canada offers 7 achievement awards and 4 service awards and consist of medals, plaques, and travel allowances. For more details, see the full list of member awards. Nominations are due by November 30.

Geographical Units (Sections, Affinity Groups and Student Branches) Awards

IEEE Canada, and the IEEE Members and Geographical Activities (MGA), offer awards to Sections, their Affinity Groups (Life Members, Women in Engineering, Young Professionals) and their Student Branches, to recognize excellence demonstrated in the immediate past calendar year. Such IEEE volunteer geographical units are invited to self-nominate. See Awards Calendar below.

Exemplary Section Awards

IEEE Canada may give Awards annually to recognize exemplary Section leadership, management and administration for the immediate past year; one each in the following categories according to the Section’s membership count (including Students) as of December 31st:

  • Large Section = 1,501 or more members
  • Medium Section = 501 to 1,500 members
  • Small Section = 500 or fewer members 

The Area chairs will encourage their Sections to nominate themselves by the deadline, which is early in the following calendar year (see Awards Calendar below). Appropriate Section officers, using their IEEE account (credentials), will nominate following this link:

IEEE Members and Geographical Activities offers MGA Outstanding Section Awards in the same categories.  Sections are acknowledged for maintaining, enhancing, and supporting the Student Branches, Technical Chapters, and Affinity Groups within their geographic boundaries. N.B. The nominations calendar may vary annually.

Outstanding Affinity Groups Awards

IEEE Canada may give Awards annually to recognize Sections’ exemplary Affinity Groups leadership, management and administration for the immediate past year; one each in the following categories:

  • Life Members (Ron Potts Award)
  • Women in Engineering
  • Young Professionals 

See Awards Calendar below for nominations deadline. Appropriate Affinity Group officers, using their IEEE account (credentials), will nominate following this link:

IEEE (MGA-level) Committees offers awards in the same categories, as well as individual awards. N.B. The nominations calendar may vary annually. See:

Student Branches Awards

IEEE Canada may give the George Armitage Outstanding Student Branch Award to recognize to recognize extraordinary Student Branch achievements by Student members engaged in activities conforming to IEEE objectives and purposes.  Management of the program is delegated to the IEEE Canada Student Activities Committee. See

IEEE Student Activities Committee (SAC) offers awards in the same category, as well as individual awards.  N.B. The nominations calendar may vary annually.  See

IEEE Canada Presidents’ Make-a-Difference Award

Program changes and description to be announced.


IEEE Member and Geographic Activities – manages its own awards that are designed to promote, recognize, and reward excellence in promoting the interests of IEEE as reflected in the operations of MGA and IEEE geographic unit activities. More details.

IEEE Fellows

IEEE Fellow Program recognizes people with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting Institute membership. More details.

IEEE Awards

The IEEE Awards Board (AB) administers the highest medals, awards, and recognitions presented by IEEE. Through its Awards Program, IEEE advances the interests of its members by recognizing their contributions in advancing the fields of interest to IEEE to the benefit of society. By this means, the image and prestige of the organization, its members, and the profession are all enhanced. The IEEE Awards Program honours members and other professionals for their service to society. For more details, visit the IEEE Awards website.

Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) Medals and Fellows

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The Engineering Institute of Canada elects annually a select number of engineers to the grade of EIC Fellow for their exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. As IEEE Canada is one of the 10 member societies in EIC, our members qualify for this recognition and are often among those being elected. Additionally, EIC presents a range of Medals to further recognize member contributions. Generally, EIC Fellows are nominated for the EIC Medals. More details.

Awards Calendar

IEEE Canada Awards

Applicant Due Date Award
SectionMar 15 IEEE Canada Exemplary Section Awards
WIE AGMar 15 IEEE Canada WIE Affinity Group of the Year
YP AGMar 15IEEE Canada YP Affinity Group of the Year
LM AGMar 15IEEE Canada Ron Potts Award (Affinity Group of the Year)
SBJun 15IEEE Canada SAC George Armitage Outstanding Student Branch
Member or Open (R.H.Tanner)Nov 30IEEE Canada Major Achievement Awards
VolunteerNov 30IEEE Canada Major Service Awards

MGA Awards

Applicant Award
Individual or OrganisationFriend of IEEE MGA Award – Submissions Due
Member or OrganisationMGA Vice President Discretionary Award (submission-less)
VolunteerMGA Diversity & Inclusion Award – Submissions Due
VolunteerMGA Larry K. Wilson Transnational Award – Submissions Due
VolunteerMGA Innovation Award – Submissions Due
VolunteerMGA Leadership Award – Submissions Due
VolunteerMGA Achievement Award – Submissions Due
VolunteerMGA William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award – Submissions Due
YP VolunteerMGA Young Professionals Achievement Award – Submissions Due
SectionMGA Outsanding Section Awards (Large, Medium, Small) – Submissions Due
LM AGIEEE Life Members Affinity Group Achievement Award Submissions Due
Student VolunteerIEEE SAC Larry K. Wilson Regional Student Activities Award – Submissions Due
SBIEEE SAC IEEE Regional Exemplary Student Branch Award – Submissions Due
SB / SB Chapter / SB AGIEEE SAC Darrel Chong Student Activity Award – Submissions Due
SB Counselor / SB Chapter AdvisorIEEE Outstanding Branch Counselor and Branch Chapter Advisor Award – Submissions Due
WIE AGIEEE WIE Affinity Group (Section or SB) of the Year Award – Submissions Due
WIE MemberIEEE WIE Inspiring Member of the Year Award – Submissions Due
WIE Student MemberIEEE WIE Inspiring Student Member of the Year Award – Submissions Due
YP AGIEEE Young Professionals (Affinity Groups) Hall of Fame Award – Submissions Due

IEEE Awards

Applicant Due Date Award
IndividualJan 15IEEE Technical Field Awards – Submissions Due
IEEE StaffJan 15IEEE Eric Herz Outstanding Staff Member – Submissions Due
MemberMar 01IEEE Fellows – Submissions Due
Individual Jun 15IEEE Medals – Submissions Due
CorporationJun 15IEEE Corporate Innovation Award – Submissions Due
VolunteerJun 15IEEE R.M. Emberson Award (for service advancing IEEE technical objectives) – Submissions Due
VolunteerJun 15IEEE H. Pratt Award (for outstanding volunteer service to IEEE) – Submissions Due
YP Member
Jun 15IEEE T.W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award – Submissions Due

EIC Awards

ApplicantDue DateAward
MemberNov 15EIC Honours & Awards – Submissions Due

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