Staff IMPACT Awards

The Faculty of Medicine employs approximately 850 appointed administrative and technical staff, all of whom contribute greatly to our vision and mission. It is their dedication and ingenuity that bring our goals to fruition and their passion and enthusiasm that fill the offices and corridors of the Faculty. Staff support our students, help to recruit and retain faculty, keep the labs running, fundraise for research and student awards, and maintain the vast infrastructure which our faculty and students rely on.

Aligned with the core values set out in the Faculty’s 2011-2016 Strategic Academic Plan, the Staff IMPACT Awards program honours staff whose work and dedication have helped to make the Faculty of Medicine the celebrated school that it is today.

An article recognizing last year’s award recipients can be found at: Celebrating the Impact of Faculty Staff, 2016 Staff IMPACT Awards

Award Categories

David Keeling Award for Administrative Excellence
This award is for an individual who has demonstrated a sustained contribution of excellence over a period of at least five years and displays the core values of the Faculty of Medicine.

Fostering a Collaborative Environment
This award is for an individual or team that demonstrates the Faculty’s commitment to building partnerships and broadening networks.

Service in a Laboratory Research Environment Award
This award is for an individual who works in a laboratory research environment and provides outstanding service to students and/or principal investigators. 

Community Service Award
This award is for an individual or team that demonstrates a strong commitment to community service through volunteer activities either within the University setting or external community.

Quality Improvement Award
This award is for an individual or team whose work enhances the quality of service to students, faculty or staff, or implements quality improvements aimed at making their department or Faculty run more efficiently and effectively.

Leadership Award
This award is for an individual in a leadership/managerial role that creates a collegial and balanced work environment, supports the professional development of their staff, and leads their staff to align with the priorities of the Faculty of Medicine.

New Employee Award
This award is for an individual early in his/her career who joined the University of Toronto within the last two years and has exhibited strong performance and significant potential for career development.  The employee must have completed his/her probationary period.

Eligibility Criteria

Appointed administrative and technical staff with at least two years of service in the Faculty of Medicine, except for the David Keeling award where five years of service is required and the New Employee award which is only available to staff with up to two years of service at the time of nomination.  Previous award winners of a particular category are not eligible to be nominated again in the same award category for a five-year period.

Who Can Nominate?

Any faculty, staff, research associate, or post-doctoral fellow appointed in the Faculty of Medicine may nominate eligible staff members.  The endorsement of the nominee's immediate supervisor is required in order for the nomination to be considered. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nomination Process

Please read and gather the following information before accessing the Nomination Forms below.

-Nominee (First & Last Name, Position Title, Department, Telephone, and Email)
-Supervisor of Nominee(s) (First & Last Name, Position Title, Department, Telephone, Email and Approval Date)

NOTE: We strongly recommend that you review the questions in advance and prepare your response in a Word document that you can copy and paste directly onto the online nomination form.

A letter of support is encouraged but not required.  If you choose to include a letter of support in your nomination submission, please have it ready to upload (PDF or Word Doc format) when submitting your nomination.

Please note that a separate nomination form is required for employees or a team of employees nominated for multiple awards. 

Individual Nomination Form          Team Nomination Form

All nominations must be received by Friday, May 5, 2017.  Late nominations will not be accepted.  Recipients will be selected by a Staff IMPACT Awards Committee appointed by the Dean.


Each award winner will receive a gift and a personalized plaque to be handed out at a recognition event.  The award winners will be announced in MedEmail.


Please contact Basil Haseeb at or 416-978-2529 if you have questions about the Staff IMPACT Awards or the nomination process.

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