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Larissa Allen Employee Experience Staff Award

The Larissa Allen Employee Experience Staff Award is in recognition of Larissa Allen, former assistant vice-president, human resources. This award recognizes one individual who has improved employee wellbeing at Ryerson by engaging and supporting employees in ways that had a significant positive impact on the experience of staff and/or faculty.

The recipient receives a certificate and a one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions).

Key criteria: Employee wellbeing; people first

Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations
  • Staff employees (e.g. 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 not eligible for these awards.
  • Nominees do not need to be formal leaders.
  • 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.
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:

  • Employee involvement – creates opportunities for employees to share ideas, improve on existing processes or services, and provide feedback on new ideas, priorities or goals
  • Learning opportunities – provides employees with access to opportunities to develop new skills
  • Positive and healthy work environment – promotes workplace well-being and the importance of work-life balance; demonstrates and supports equity, diversity and inclusion for all employees; celebrates individual and team successes
  • Improved employee experience - goes “above and beyond” to improve services, operations, or projects that contribute toward a positive daily employee experience
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

A completed nomination includes:

  • Citation (100 words maximum) – highlight why the nominee deserves this award and any notable achievements. This citation will be included in related university communications 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.
  • 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