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MISA Ontario Announces 2015 Award Winners at Annual Conference in London

June 9, 2015  
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MISA Ontario recently announced the recipients of their 2015 “Excellence in Municipal Systems Awards” at their conference Awards Banquet held on June 2 in London, ON. Each spring, municipalities across the province submit nominations for a variety of initiatives. The award recognizes an Ontario municipality and/or one or more individuals within the municipality who have successfully undertaken a significant initiative or set a new standard that other municipalities may follow. Submissions are evaluated against specific criterion, including:

  • Furtherance of a municipality's strategic objectives using information technology;
  • Demonstrated improvement in service delivery to clients, citizens or businesses;
  • High level of collaboration between IT and other municipal departments, as shown for example in a joint submission between IT and a client business unit.

The 2015 winners include:

  • City of Ottawa for their “Free Public WiFi Initiative”
  • City of Burlington for their “eGovernment Program”
  • Town of Milton for their “Electronic Dog Licensing Initiative”
  • City of Kitchener for their “easyConsent Initiative”, and
  • Town of Newmarket for their “Bids & Tendering - Electronic Tendering Initiative”

All winning submissions for “Excellence in Municipal Systems” awards will be available on the MISA Ontario website later in June.

Additional awards were presented for outstanding individual contributions to MISA Ontario. The Partner of the Year Award was presented to Compugen for their ongoing involvement and support of the association. Matt Caplin from the City of Windsor was recognized with a Special Recognition Award for his leadership and management of multiple initiatives within the City of Windsor, as well as his personal contribution to the MISA Ontario organization. Geoff Hogan with Grey County was awarded the prestigious Regena Lerke award for his individual service to MISA that exemplifies Regena's spirit of working "beyond the call" with humour and humanity, making a difference to the organization and its members. Harry Turnbull with the City of Windsor was awarded the newly established Roy Wiseman Award in recognition of his role as a role model and mentor within the MISA community. The Lifetime Membership award is presented infrequently, and is in recognition of an individual who has made significant personal contributions to MISA Ontario over a span of many years. This year’s recipient was David Laneville with the City of Timmins. David has been an active volunteer for over 30 years, including 20 years as the association’s Treasurer.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 award winners. Additional information about MISA Ontario’s Awards can be found on the website at this link.

For additional information please contact Alison Hermansen, alison.hermansen@misa.on.ca