Leadership Awards

What are the ORION Leadership Awards?

At ORION, innovation comes first. The ORION Leadership Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and innovation using ORION’s digital tools and expertise. Whether it’s ground-breaking researchers sharing huge amounts of data or students in a classroom using technology to learn, it’s all about making Ontario — and the world — a better place. We honour this innovation and dedication annually with the ORION Leadership Awards.


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Winners are announced at the THINK Conference.

Who is eligible?

  • Innovators who are part of a connected institution on ORION’s high-speed research and education network
  • Individuals who have demonstrated leadership with outcomes that serve to advance the research, education and/or innovation landscape in Ontario
  • Individuals who have made a positive impact on their classroom, institution, community, and/or project through an innovative solution

Award categories:

  • Kindergarten – Grade 12 Education
  • Higher Education – University, college, research and applied research – sponsored by Colleges Ontario
  • Innovation – Healthcare, intelligent communities, libraries, and other sectors – sponsored by CANARIE

Submissions criteria:

  • How well the initiative advanced Ontario research, education and/or innovation landscape under the nominee’s leadership
  • How well the initiative leveraged ORION’s network and/or cloud services in an innovative way
  • How much of an impact the initiative made

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the 2017 Leadership Awards is April 7, 2017.

Previous winners

2016: Éric Minoli (K-12), Alla Reznik (Higher Ed), Brock Dubbels (Innovation)
: Dino Miele (K-12), Alan Darnell (Higher Education), Allison Crawford (Innovation)

2014: Laurie Clement (K-12), Virginia Roy (Higher Ed), Dr. Narinder Paul (Innovation)
2013: Jack McMaster (K-12), Dr. Paul Corkum (Higher Ed), Dr. Berge Minassian (E-infrastructure)
2012: Marshall Zhang (K-12), John Helliker (Higher Ed), Dr. Shana Kelley (E-infrastructure)

How do I nominate someone or myself?

Submit a nomination by completing the form, below.

ORION Leadership Awards Nomination Form

All submissions are due by Friday April 7, 2017.
  • Nominee's Contact Information

  • Project Details

  • To see a categorized list of organizations and institutions using ORION's network and services, please click here.
  • Please describe how the nominee has demonstrated leadership with outcomes that serve to advance the Ontario research, education or innovation landscapes while using the ORION network and/or Nebula cloud services.
  • For example, please include any results, findings, or advancements achieved by the leadership outcome.
  • Nominator Contact Information

  • To view a list of THINK sponsors, click here.