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Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition Internal to DFO

The Deputy Minister awarded 19 recipients from across Canada the DFO's Prix d'Excellence for their exceptional contributions to achieving DFO objectives during 2010.

The Deputy Minister awarded 1 DM Commendation and the Commissioner awarded 11 CCG Commendations in 2010 to DFO employees in recognition of their significant acts of devotion to duty or bravery that contributed to the betterment and well being of society.

Approximately 184 employees received Distinction Awards for their outstanding achievements and contributions in furthering the objectives of the Department or the public service.

DFO honoured 64 employees in 2010 with the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal and 29 employees with the CCG Exemplary Service Medals and/or Bar.

Over 556 DFO employees were recognized for their long service with the federal government: 142 for 15 years of service; 251 for 25 years of service; and 163 for 35 years of service.

Approximately 44 DFO employees have retired and been recognized with a retirement certificate signed by the Prime Minister for their years of loyal service to the Public Service.

More than 1,125 employees were recognized by their supervisor with an Immediate Award or other informal recognition.

Awards and Recognition from Outside Organizations

Guy Robichaud, Gulf Region - 2010 New Brunswick Federal Council's Public Service Award of Excellence

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, DFO's Small Craft Harbours Division received funding for improvements to harbour facilities. When improvement projects are carried out in or near water, they must undergo a review to ensure compliance with the habitat protection provisions of the Fisheries Act.

Guy was responsible for reviewing such projects for Gulf Region. He developed and proposed the use of standard letters of advice applying to a set of projects to ensure more effective implementation of the reviews. He held a workshop of all assessors to ensure that the reviews are conducted in a consistent manner and lead to comparable results in all Maritime provinces.

Guy is also involved in the aquaculture file. He recently represented the Gulf Region at a national workshop on aquaculture to share his knowledge in that area. At that workshop, he explained how the innovative bay management area approach used in New Brunswick is a useful management tool for shellfish aquaculture in New Brunswick. He invited experts to participate in a regional consultation that resulted in the preparation of a science advisory report identifying eelgrass as an ecologically significant species. This indicator will be used to measure the impact of aquaculture on eelgrass in New Brunswick. When necessary, Guy himself conducts fieldwork to help his team. His involvement in this file goes beyond the scope of his duties as supervisor and habitat assessor and contributes to enhancing our Region's image.

Steven Carlaw - C&A HR Advisor, Michelle C. Comeau Future Leader in HR Award

He was honoured with the Michelle C. Comeau Future Leader in Human Resources Award in a ceremony on May 12, 2011. The National Public Service award recognizes an employee who demonstrates leadership qualities, innovation, and potential through the initiation, development, or contribution to activities that support the human resources function in their organization.

Steve was chosen because of his continued efforts to go above and beyond his responsibilities. Not only has he consistently demonstrated his dedication and commitment to the organization, but Steve also always remains positive and respectful in even the most difficult of conversations. His strong interpersonal skills, commitment to clients, and focus on personal development make him the perfect recipient of this honour.

DFO Compensation Team Award

The Association of Compensation Managers (ACM) gave the awards during the Symposium in May 2010 to the entire Compensation Community, which includes all departments across Canada. It recognizes leaders and members of a team at any level for their high degree of innovation and perseverance in the design and/or implementation of a Compensation project, initiative, tool etc. during the past year.

For DFO, this is all compensation employees in all regions which represent between 90 to 100 employees.

David Bevan, NCR Region - Outstanding Achievement Award

ACHIEVEMENT: Career contribution and Leadership, Crisis Management, Domestic and International Dealings, as well as advancing the economic prosperity of Canadian fisheries since beginning his career with the department some 35 years ago. He is one of the main reasons for the Department's great successes in the past three decades. He embodies what is best about Canada's public servants - people who put their belief in the common good and who are committed to excellence and the highest level of leadership and professionalism in service of their country.

ATTRIBUTES: Best known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Department, his knowledge combined with his extraordinary ability to lead has been instrumental in helping the Department achieve strategic goals and its overall services to Canadians. His commitment to innovating and modernizing Canadian Fisheries is made visible through the implementation of several programs that were launched. Domestically responsible for the national direction of Canada's fisheries and aquaculture management programs and has led the country through difficult negotiations and disputes. Internationally, Mr. Bevan was recognized as the face of Canada's Fisheries and Oceans.

Dr. Brian Petrie, Maritimes Region - Parsons's Award

The Parsons Award was given to Dr. Brian Petrie to acknowledge his contributions to multidisciplinary ocean sciences, impact of his significant publications, his ideas and his leadership through teaching and mentoring. Amongst Dr. Petrie's accomplishments are his numerous scientific publications, with notable examples including:

Barbara Adams - NCR Region - National Managers' Community Leadership Award

The theme for the National Managers' Community (NMC) Leadership Award is "Making a Difference in Public Service: Excelling in Initiative." The criteria centres around the initiative shown by managers to find effective solutions that exceed expectations. This award recognizes and rewards managers who are using their initiative to achieve results in ways that meaningfully engage their employees and that effect positive organizational change.

Through her work, Barbara has been a catalyst for creating networks and communities, for sharing best practices within DFO and with her interdepartmental colleagues, and for empowering and motivating her team to reach new and creative solutions to all challenges that face them.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Congratulates 2010 Recreational Fishing Award Recipients

The Honourable Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, presented the 2010 Recreational Fisheries Awards during a ceremony on January 14, 2011 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, QC. Five individuals received the prestigious award.

"This year's recipients have all made important contributions to Canada's world-renowned recreational fisheries," said Kamp, who presented the awards on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. "Our government recognizes that their hard work and commitment to building sustainable fisheries will ensure that Canadians can continue to enjoy this natural resource for years to come." The 2010 recipients are:

Pierre Bourassa, Pacific Region - Information Management and Technology Services (which is a national organization)

He received the Robert Lee Award for Outstanding Mentors from YMCA. It was awarded for his support for many years of the YMCA Youth Internship Program, which provides YMCA Interns with work opportunities as well as opportunities to develop and/or enhance the skills required to successfully enter the labour workforce and secure employment. This is directly related to his work at DFO as he receives YMCA interns on a regular basis, trains them in document management skills and prepares them for the workforce.