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
  • Innovation – Healthcare, intelligent communities, libraries, and other sectors

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?


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?

Nominations for the 2017 Leadership awards are now closed.