Sept. 22, 2021 The Division of Human Resources & Equity is now called the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture.


Back to Culture

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 Award, Engineering

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

Advancement Leadership Awards

Divisional Award

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 Award, OREP

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

Awards of Excellence

Pinnacle Award

Recognizing excellence and leadership at the University.

Dean’s Outstanding Staff Awards

Divisional Award, FAS

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

Dentistry, Divisional Award

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

Excellence Through Innovation Award


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

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Award


Recognizing outstanding work towards eliminating racial discrimination throughout the community.

Long Service Award


Recognizing U of T staff & faculty who are celebrating 25, 35, and 40 years of service.

OISE Staff Excellence Awards

Divisional Award, OISE

Rewarding the excellent administrative staff at OISE

Pinnacle Awards Program

People Strategy, Equity & Culture, Pinnacle Award

Established in 2021, the Pinnacle Awards Program recognizes exceptional contributions by administrative staff and librarians. Two distinct awards comprise the program—the Chancellor’s Leadership Award and the President’s Excellence Award. U of T’s success relies on…

PSEC Awards of Distinction

Divisional Award, People Strategy, Equity & Culture

The Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture (at the time, the Division of HR & Equity) established the Awards of Distinction in 2018 to acknowledge and celebrate exceptional contributions towards achieving the mission and vision…

Retirement Reception


Honouring employees as they retire from the University.

Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential Staff Award

Central, SVP

Celebrating outstanding staff accomplishments in offices reporting into SVP portfolios.

Staff Excellence & Recognizing U

Divisional Award, KPE

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

Staff IMPACT Awards

Divisional Award, Medicine

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

STAR Awards

Divisional Award, Libraries

Recognizing notable team accomplishments and extraodinary work by library staff.

Sustainable Action Awards


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

True Blue Program


Thank a peer for their stand out daily contributions.

U of T Exemplary Ambassador Awards

Central, SVP

Celebrating outstanding staff accomplishments in offices reporting into SVP portfolios.

UTM Staff Awards

Divisional Award, UTM

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 Award, UTSC

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 Award, Rotman

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