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Ontario Awards

Ontario Awards

The Municipal Information Systems Association of Ontario (MISA), is looking to recognize people and organizations for excellence in the use and delivery of technology. Details can be found in the nominations form noted below.

Every year, awards are presented at the MISA Ontario Annual Conference to individual information technology leaders and to municipal and associate member organizations. A panel made up of representatives from various municipalities selects award recipients from all of the nominations received.

On Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m ET, in order to keep the safety of our members, partners and staff as our highest priority, we held our first MISA Ontario Awards Showcase Webinar. 

Congratulations to our 2020 MISA Ontario Award Winners! 

  • City of Brantford - Digital Transformation of Employee Onboarding Process
  • Town of Huntsville - Strategic Plan 2019-2023: From PDF to Structured Data Dashboard
  • City of Toronto - Park, Forestry & Rec Request for Work Project
  • Town of Whitby - Emergency Response Technology Modernization
  • York Region (The Regional Municipality of York) - YorkTrax (Development Application Tracking)


See a complete list of current and past winners in the Annual Awards History,  and you can view this year's winners from our Press Release.   MISA members can login to see Excellence in Municipal Systems presentations from 2017 - 2020 in the Ontario Award Nomination Archive .

Interested in submitting an award for 2021? Stay tuned! In the meantime, you can view an example of a Ontario Award Personal Award submission.

Municipal Award

Excellence in Municipal Systems

An award for both an Ontario municipality and one or more individuals within the municipality who have successfully undertaken a significant initiative or set a new standard that other municipalities may follow.



  • 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.

Recent recipients:

  • Town of Innisfil, for their Custom GIS Applications Project
  • City of Kingston for their Kingston Police Information Check (K-PIC)
  • City of Ottawa for their Free Public WiFi Initiative

Individual Awards

Roy Wiseman Award

Who is Roy Wiseman?

Roy Wiseman, former CIO with Peel Region, was appointed Director of the Region’s Information Technology and Services Division in 1986 and was named as the Region’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2003.

He has made many significant contributions to MISA Ontario: he has served continuously on the Executive since 1991 and was President in 199293; was an active member of numerous MISA Ontario Committees and external Boards over the years; he led the incorporation of MISA Ontario in 1992; was Chair of Annual Conferences in 1995 and 1999 and Chair of the MISA IT Security Conference in 2005.Wiseman received numerous Awards prior to the establishment of an Award in his honour in 2013: he was given the John Cushing Award of Merit in 1997 for long and exemplary service; he was the first recipient of MISA Ontario’s Regena Lerke Distinguished Service Award in 2002; he was presented with the Heintzman Leadership Award by the Institute for CitizenCentred Service for outstanding leadership within the public sector in promoting citizencentred service in 2007; and became a Lifetime Member of MISA Ontario in 2011. Some of Wisemans work in Ontario has had national benefits including guiding the creation of MISA/ASIM Canada.



  • Be regarded as a mentor and role model by his/her peers in the MISA community;
  • Demonstrate a "can-do” attitude and outlook;
  • Demonstrate integrity and respect with his/her peers;
  • Foster inter-jurisdictional relationships;
  • Exude motivation and dedication to MISA Ontario objectives and initiatives;
  • Have a good working relationship with his/her peers.

Previous recipients include:

  • Geoff Hogan, County of Grey, Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) (2017)
  • Harry Turnbull, City of Windsor (2015)
  • Kathryn Bulko, City of Toronto &Roy Wiseman, Retired Region of Peel (2013)


John Cushing Award of Merit

Who was John Cushing?

John Cushing was part of the City of Ottawa's IT Services group and a member of the Government Data Processing Users Group in the early ‘70s. The name of this group was officially changed to Municipal Information Systems Association on March 28, 1974. He served as Vice Chairman of MISA in 1978 and Chairman in 1979 and was instrumental in organizing and hosting the very first MISA Conference that same year in Ottawa. Sadly, John prematurely and tragically passed away not long after, on September 3, 1981. Following the passing of John Cushing, the first Award was presented that same year in his honour.



  • This award is to recognize long and exemplary service to MISA Ontario as well as outstanding and dedicated service to the association over the years as a humble visionary leader.

Previous recipients include:

  • Daniel Munns, Town of Whitby (2018)
  • Kathryn Bulko, City of Toronto (2016)
  • Brian Whitelaw, Retired City of London, IT6 (2014)
  • Lou Milrad, Milrad Law (2013)


Regena Lerke Distinguished Service

Who was Regena Lerke?

Regena Lerke was one of the key players as MISA expanded in the early 1980’s beyond its Greater Toronto/Ottawa/Hamilton core to include many mid-sized municipalities. She hosted the second MISA Annual Conference in 1980 (after the first conference in Ottawa in 1979). Regena was MISA President in 1984-85. Not surprising, Regena was also instrumental in the evolution of our magazine, Municipal Interface. She published our first Newsletter, dated January 25, 1985. In addition, during MISA's difficult period in the late 1980’s, she was a two-time President, returning for a second term in 1990-91, again showing her willingness to serve. In addition, she played a key role in organizing four different annual conferences. Regena passed away nearly 20 years ago, but she is fondly remembered for all that she did for MISA Ontario.



  • An award for 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.

Previous recipients include:

  • Geoff Hogan, County of Grey (2015)
  • David Laneville, City of Timmins (2014)
  • Garry Bezruki, City of Waterloo (2013)
  • Mark Lehmann, Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co., Retired (2006)


Partner of the Year

An award introduced in 1996, this award is presented to the associate partner member felt to have made the most significant contribution to MISA and its members during the past year. In addition to the criteria above, additional factors used to determine an award winner are:

  • Extent to which the associate partner member has developed a mutually beneficial partnership with MISA and the municipal sector or a critical mass of municipalities;
  • Associate Partner member’s application of products in new, innovative ways that improve service delivery, extend the pervasiveness of technology usage in the municipal sector, or contribute to leaner, more efficient organizations

Previous Award recipients includeSHI Canada eSolutions Group LimitedCDW CanadaCompugenDigital Boundary Group and Cisco.

Additional Awards

Life Membership

Awarded to retiring MISA member representatives who have been active in the association including participation on committees and the Board of Directors for a number of years. Life members continue to receive Municipal Interface and are entitled to attend the conference and workshops at no charge.

Special Recognition

Awarded to individuals or groups who have made a specific and outstanding contribution to MISA or the municipal systems community.