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Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Awards

The Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Awards are in recognition of Julia Hanigsberg, former vice-president, administration and finance. These awards recognize up to six individuals and teams who have demonstrated excellence in one of the following areas:

Individual recipients receive a certificate and a one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions). Team recipients (a group of two to ten individuals) receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $3,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members.

Key criteria: Client service; community engagement; innovation; sustainability

Nomination guidelines

Eligibility and obligations
  • Staff employees (only MAC, CUPE 233 or OPSEU) with at least one year of service active at the time of nomination, employed on a career or term basis. RFA members and associate members are not eligible for these awards.
  • 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.
    • Students should contact the Dean or Senior Director’s Office for assistance in submitting a nomination.
    • Please contact the award administrator if you have more than one nominator.
Award criteria

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

  • Client service – provides exceptional client service that is professional, client-focused and collaborative beyond the position’s basic responsibility.
  • Community engagement – creates and maintains opportunities for collaboration and engagement with the surrounding community and/or within Ryerson’s community that have a positive social, civic, cultural, or environmental impact, and supports values of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Innovation – challenges the status quo with new solutions and applies new ways of thinking that positively transform the campus and community. These solutions may be new systems, technologies, products, programs, or policies that tackle process, social, cultural, civic, or health and safety issues. This person or team is an intrapreneur who looks for a better way of doing their job.
  • Sustainability – contributes toward an economic, social and/or environmentally sustainable initiative by developing a new solution, engaging people, or collaborating with groups on or off campus.
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

Nominations must be submitted under one award category (Client Service, Community Engagement, Innovation or Sustainability). 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. 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.
  • Optional: 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