The 2023-24 Excellence Through Innovation Awards Recognize Librarians & Staff

Established in 2005, the Excellence Through Innovation Award (ETIA) program recognizes exemplary administrative staff and librarians across our tri-campus community. The ETIA program is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate ‘above-and-beyond’ contributions towards the University’s mission as one of the world’s foremost research-intensive universities.

Two framed Excellence Through Innovation awards placed on a desk.

Individual and team nominations were submitted by colleagues and evaluated based on specific contributions and achievements in transferability, quality impact, productivity, cost savings, transformative value, and equity, diversity & inclusion. This award serves as an inspiration for our community to implement similar initiatives in their own units or, more broadly, to make the University of Toronto a better place for students, faculty members, librarians, and staff.

The three individual winners are:

  • Michelle Atkinson, Sustainability Project & Engagement Coordinator, Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), recognized for advancing sustainability initiatives at UTM while creating meaningful opportunities for UTM students to engage with the local community beyond the campus.
  • Vhil Castillejos, Health Promotion & Community Liaison, Health and Wellness, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students, recognized for his leadership of the Peer Support Service, transforming its service delivery model, increasing in-person access to the service, providing low-barrier access to peer support for students.
  • Cora McCloy, Faculty Liaison Coordinator, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, Division of the Vice-President & Provost, recognized for her work on the “Highlighting the Student Voice” project that enhanced the University’s understanding of student experiences and perspectives to improve course evaluation processes.

In addition to these individuals, thirty project teams (comprised of over 300 individuals) were also recognized for their innovation to the University:

Congratulations to all the 2023-24 ETIA program winners, and thank you for your dedication. Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture, will present the awards to the recipients at a ceremony in May.