Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award

Please note that the awards nomination campaign will launch on October 1, at which time the online nomination form and the nomination template will become available.

The Award

This award will honour a forward thinking healthcare organization that has demonstrated leadership in creating and promoting diversity and inclusion to improve the environment for its employees, and to better service their customers/patients, and the community.

The recipient will receive an etched glass trophy. Should the future permit us to return to an in-person event, one representative of the winning organization will also receive paid travel and accommodation to attend the College’s Honouring Health Leadership event, and a complimentary registration to the CCHL National Conference.


The award is open to all Canadian healthcare organizations. Those organizations that have demonstrated effective leadership, skill, innovation, and perseverance in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion are eligible to be nominated. While special acts or other one-time achievements will be considered, this award will place special emphasis on effective and sustained efforts worthy of recognition. This justification will serve as the principal basis for selection of the award recipient.


Nominations must be made by a member of the College and be submitted by February 1.

Nominations must be submitted as one PDF file via the team and organization award online form and include the following:

  • The completed nomination form (to be completed online);
  • A letter of nomination from a member of the College;
  • Using the nomination template, describe the initiatives undertaken by the nominated organization that demonstrated leadership in creating and promoting diversity and inclusion across various populations to improve the environment for its employees, and to better service their customers/patients and the community;
  • Three letters of support from: (1) a member of the nominated organization’s board of directors; (2) a member of the organization’s senior leadership team; and (3) from a patient or employee who has been positively impacted by the diversity and inclusion initiatives undertaken by the nominated organization.

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2022 Recipient: Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services

As Canada’s fifth-largest employer — and Canada’s largest healthcare provider with over 130,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, AHS provides care and services to over 4.5 million Albertans.

The organisation has put people, programs, work groups and resources in place to ensure all workers within Alberta’s healthcare system live its core values — compassion, accountability, excellence, safety and respect — and have cultural competency training so they have a deeper understanding and appreciation of other cultures and customs.

One of the organisation’s cornerstone accomplishment this past year is the Report and Recommendations of the AHS Anti-Racism Advisory Group including the Anti-Racism Position Statement, which affirms their commitment to combat racism and discrimination in all forms. AHS leads by example as a healthcare organization that’s growing its culture to be inclusive, respectful, and treat everyone with fairness and equality.

Past Recipients

Please see our most recent recipients listed below. Full details are available in our Celebrating Leading Practices booklets.

2022 – Alberta Health Services

2021 – Scarborough Health Network

2020 – Alliance for Healthier Communities

2019 – Alberta Health Services

2018 – Michael Garron Hospital/Toronto East Health Network

2017 – William Osler Health System

2016 – Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority)

2015 – The Scarborough Hospital

2014 – Toronto Central CCAC (Community Care Access Centre)

Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award Selection Committee

List of Awards

For almost two decades, the National Awards Program has been showcasing the success of exemplary individuals and teams, encouraging knowledge exchange, and celebrating excellence while stimulating replication of leading practices across the health industry.