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Celebrating outstanding members of the U of T community.

Recognizing our community’s important contributions, big and small, that help drive the University’s excellence.

Professor Leah Cowen working with student research assistants in her molecular genetics laboratory

Why We Recognize

The University of Toronto ranks among the best universities in the world because of the vital daily contributions of our faculty, staff and students. Valuing and recognizing this reaffirms our commitment to enhancing the employee experience and engaging our talented, diverse workforce.

Openly expressing how much we value one another’s contributions helps to advance a culture of gratitude and inclusion that makes U of T a great place to work and learn.

Our offered programming

We value our community’s accomplishments, performance, commitment, and years of service, and offer an array of awards and recognition opportunities to thank our members for their positive impact.

Our recognition and engagement programs celebrate our community’s dedication to advancing the University’s mission.


Administrative Staff Awards

Divisional Awards

Recognizing Applied Science & Engineering staff for their exceptional contributions to the Faculty.

Advancement Leadership Awards

Divisional Awards

The Advancement Leadership Awards were created to acknowledge and profile extraordinary talent and the exemplary leadership of individuals whose contributions have been vital to the success of advancement at U of T.

Annual Staff Achievement Awards Program

Divisional Awards

Recognizes exceptional staff contributions to the success of their unit, the University Operations portfolio and the University.

Awards of Excellence

Pinnacle Awards

Recognizing excellence and leadership at the University.

Chancellor’s Leadership Award

Pinnacle Awards

Established in 1999, the Chancellor’s Leadership Award is part of the University of Toronto’s Pinnacle Awards Program, which recognizes exceptional contributions by administrative staff and librarians.

Dean’s Outstanding Staff Awards

Divisional Awards

The Faculty of Arts & Science Outstanding Staff Awards recognize administrative and technical staff in fulfilling the Faculty’s academic mission.

Dean’s Staff Excellence Awards

Divisional Awards

Awards recognizing professionalism and the contribution to morale in the Faculty of Dentistry.

Excellence Through Innovation Award

Institutional Awards

Celebrating the significant efforts of individuals or teams to advance the University’s strategic objectives.

Exemplary U of T Ambassador Awards

Institutional Awards

Celebrating staff and librarians who have furthered the strategic priorities of their unit, department, faculty, or division, and made a significant, positive impact on the University.

Long Service Awards Program

Institutional Awards

Recognizing U of T faculty members, librarians, and staff who are celebrating 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of service.

Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

Pinnacle Awards

Established in 1995, the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize is part of the University of Toronto’s Pinnacle Awards Program, which recognizes exceptional contributions by administrative staff, librarians, faculty members, and students.

OISE Staff Excellence Awards

Divisional Awards

Rewarding the excellent administrative staff at OISE.

Pinnacle Awards Program

Pinnacle Awards Program Established in 2021, the Pinnacle Awards Program recognizes exceptional contributions by administrative staff, faculty and librarians. Three distinct awards comprise the program—the Chancellor’s Leadership Award, the President’s Excellence Award and the Ludwik…

President’s Excellence Award

Pinnacle Awards

Established in 2021, the President’s Excellence Award is part of the University of Toronto’s Pinnacle Awards Program, which recognizes exceptional contributions by administrative staff and librarians. The President’s Excellence Award complements the Chancellor’s Leadership Award.

PSEC Awards of Distinction

Divisional Awards

The Vice-President of People Strategy, Equity & Culture established the People Strategy, Equity & Culture (PSEC) Awards of Distinction in 2018 to acknowledge and celebrate exceptional contributions that support the mission, vision, and values of…

Retirement Reception

Institutional Awards

Honouring employees as they retire from the University.

Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential Staff Award

Institutional Awards

Celebrating outstanding staff accomplishments in offices reporting into SVP portfolios.

Staff Excellence & Recognizing U

Divisional Awards

Acknowledging the outstanding contributions of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education staff.

Staff IMPACT Awards

Divisional Awards

Honouring staff for their work and dedication to the Faculty of Medicine

STAR Awards

Divisional Awards

Recognizing notable team accomplishments and extraordinary work by library staff.

Sustainable Action Awards

Institutional Awards

Celebrating outstanding contributions of green leaders who contribute to encouraging a sustainable culture on campus.

True Blue Program

Institutional Awards

Thank a peer for their stand out daily contributions.

UTM Staff Awards

Divisional Awards

The Principal’s Service Award for Excellence, and the Principal’s Staff Awards recognize librarians and staff of the University of Toronto Mississauga community.

UTSC Principal’s Service Excellence Awards & Administrative Awards

Divisional Awards

Celebrates the contributions of staff who consistently demonstrate excellent performance in support of UTSC strategic priorities and objectives, contribute to the improvement of the quality of life at UTSC, and demonstrate selfless duty & dedicated service to UTSC.

We are Rotman Awards

Divisional Awards

Recognizing staff contributions and achievements by the Rotman School of Management in support of the School’s vision, colleagues, student community and alumni network.