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President's Blue and Gold Award of Excellence

The President’s Blue and Gold Award of Excellence recognizes individuals and cross-functional teams in the administration of the university, who have demonstrated excellence in providing services, participating in or leading teams, and demonstrating the Ryerson values to achieve sustained and outstanding results that have significantly advanced the university’s mission. Individual recipients’ scope of influence and responsibility may be at the departmental and/or university-wide level.

Individual recipients receive a certificate and a one-time monetary award of $5,000 (subject to applicable deductions). Team recipients (a group of two to ten individuals) receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $7,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members.

Key criteria: Innovation; operational excellence; people first

Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations
  • Staff employees (i.e. Senior Administrator or Director, MAC, CUPE 233 or OPSEU) with at least two years of service, employed on a career or term basis. RFA members and associate members are only eligible as part of a team.
  • Individuals can only be nominated for one individual award per year.
  • Nominations are only valid for the year in which they are submitted and must be based on achievements within the past year.
  • Employees who receive this award may not receive the same award for the following two academic years.

Team nominations:

  • Teams can be comprised of up to a maximum of ten individuals.
  • A nominated team member is defined as someone who has made a significant contribution toward a project or initiative. Preference will be given to project-based and/or cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Submit the nomination under the team lead's name. If there is no team lead, select one team member's name.
Who can submit a nomination?
  • Faculty, staff or students can submit nominations.
    • Please contact the award administrator if you have more than one nominator.
    • Students should contact the Dean or Senior Director’s Office for assistance in submitting a nomination.
Award criteria

The award recognizes extraordinary contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Administrative or operational excellence and innovation - recommends and/or designs simplified practices, processes, and procedures to get things done; gets more out of fewer resources; creates systems that manage themselves; implements innovative ideas; improves communication and collaboration among colleagues, stakeholders and/or units; sets ambitious strategic plans that maximize team effectiveness.
  • Student experience - makes “above and beyond” contributions towards services, operations or projects that support student learning and life; seeks to understand student needs, is resourceful and helpful so that students have better and easier access to information and resources; provides support and resources that empower employees to deliver an exceptional student experience.
  • Scholarly, Research and Creative (SRC) activity - builds bridges using effective communication and collaboration between academic and administrative groups to facilitate SRC opportunities; promotes and identifies opportunities for individuals to engage in research initiatives and priorities; identifies and cultivates external relationships to increase opportunities for research and development.
  • People First culture - demonstrates and leads with behaviours reflecting equity, diversity and inclusion; champions and cultivates a trusting, respectful, fair and supportive workplace culture; integrates equity, diversity and inclusion into unit/department operations and policies with demonstrated impact.
Nomination process
  1. Obtain the nominee’s permission.
  2. Complete the nomination package as described below.
  3. Submit the nomination package via the Online Nomination Portal on the Recognition Website.
  4. Nominee receives a confirmation email with a link to provide online consent. This step must be completed before the deadline.
Nomination package

The nomination package includes:

  • Citation (100 words maximum) – highlight why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communication if the nominee or team is selected.
  • Supporting Statement (two pages maximum) – describe the nominee’s achievements and impact as it relates to the criteria. For team nominations, briefly describe each team member’s specific contribution.
  • Minimum of two and no more than three Letters of Support (one page maximum each). Provide examples related to the criteria of why the nominee should receive the award. Letters should reflect the broadness of the nominee’s contributions. Note: support letters cannot be written by the nominator or members of the Executive or Selection Committee.
  • Supporting Materials (three pages maximum) – include description of initiatives, examples of work or results, etc.
  • Visit Tips for Preparing a Strong Nomination Package for more assistance.
Selection process

The selection committee’s mandate is to select high-quality candidates, whose achievements meet or exceed the award criteria and help advance Ryerson’s values. Members (or their delegates) include:

  • Vice-President, Administration and Operations (Chair)
  • Provost and Vice-President, Academic
  • Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion
  • Vice-Provost, Students
  • Assistant Vice-President, University Relations
  • Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Indigenous Human Resources Lead  
  • Previous staff award recipient

All nominations are reviewed, with priority consideration given to nominees who have not received a Ryerson award in the past. The committee also considers a diversity of recipients in making its determinations.

An award will not be given if the committee determines there is no suitable candidate.

Important dates

Nomination deadline: November 8 at noon
Recipient notified by: January 24
Award presentation: Ryerson Awards Night


Nate Tysdal at or 416-979-5000, ext. 4726


Nomination deadline
Nov 8 at noon

Including nominee's online consent

Recipients of this award are celebrated at:

Ryerson Awards Night

For questions or more information regarding this award please contact:

Nate Tysdal
416-979-5000, ext. 4726