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Information Technology Excellence Award


The University of Alberta is committed to providing an excellent information technology (IT) environment that facilitates the University's research, teaching, and administration agendas, to the benefit of faculty, staff and students. In recognition of the critical role that IT professionals play in making this a reality, the Office of the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Information Services & Technology) is establishing the Information Technology - Technology Excellence Award. This award is intended to annually recognize an innovative use of hardware and/or software technology to successfully deploy a major IT project with significant impact to research, teaching, administration, and/or the campus experience.


The nominees can be any combination of students, staff, and faculty. A staff/faculty nominee must have been an employee of the University of Alberta as of December 31 of the previous calendar year. Student nominees must have been enrolled at the University sometime in the 2015 calendar year.


An award nomination must come from a Chair, Dean, or Director.


One award will be presented annually. Award recipients will be announced in mid-June, and a formal presentation will be made in mid-July.


A successful nomination will be for a team effort that has had significant impact in a department, faculty, unit, or to the campus. Some examples of possible team efforts include:

  • The impact of the innovative approach to solving IT issues (e.g., pedagogical advantages, efficiencies gained, research opportunities, and use of advanced technical concepts, tools, and/or best practices), who from the campus community it will affect, and how it benefits the UofA;
  • Development and/or deployment of hardware or software that has an impact on research, teaching or administration;
  • Proactive and innovative approach toward finding a sustainable solution to business needs; and
  • Significant cross-administrative organizational effort.


The nominator provides a letter with two parts:

  1. Name, title, and unit of the nominees; name, title, and unit of the nominator.
  2. A letter of no more than 1500 words detailing the strength of the nominee's case.

The nomination must be submitted as an email message containing the nomination letter as a PDF file.

Nominations will be accepted until 4:00 pm on May 26, 2016. A selection committee chaired by the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Information Services & Technology) will decide on the awardees.

If you have questions or a nomination to submit, please contact Emily Challons, (780) 492-4767, or email .

Previous Award Winners

  • 2015: Peter Davis from the Faculty of Nursing