Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award

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, paid travel and accommodation for one individual to attend the College's Honouring Health Leadership event, and a complimentary registration to the National Health Leadership 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, 2020.

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.

Selection Committee

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2019 Recipient: Alberta Health Services

As Canada’s largest health care provider, Alberta Health Services (AHS) recognizes a commitment to diversity and inclusion is essential to improving the experience for its workforce and the diverse population of Albertans who depend on them for high quality, patient centred care and services.

AHS engages with its diverse workforce and the public to develop initiatives aimed at creating safer environments where people can bring their whole selves to their work while reducing the barriers for marginalized populations to access care and services. Education and other resources are continually being developed to increase the workforce’s capability to provide culturally sensitive care and services. Click here for the full article


Past Recipients

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

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)