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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

Annual Staff Award, 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.

Awards of Excellence

Annual Staff Award

Recognizing excellence and leadership at the University.

Dean’s Staff Excellence Awards

Annual Staff Award, Dentistry, Divisional Award

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

Excellence Through Innovation Award

Annual Staff Award

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

Green Ribbon Award

Annual Staff Award

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

HR & Equity Awards of Distinction

Annual Staff Award, Divisional Award, HR & Equity

Celebrating outstanding contribution and impact to the Division by individuals and teams

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Award

Annual Staff Award

Recognizing outstanding work towards eliminating racial discrimination throughout the community.

Karen Thiffault Staff Service Excellence Award

Annual Staff Award, Divisional Award, UTM

Recognizing contributions by staff members that are beneficial to the UTM community. 

Long Service Award

Annual Staff Award

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

OISE Staff Excellence Awards

Annual Staff Award, Divisional Award, OISE

Rewarding the excellent administrative staff at OISE

Retirement Reception

Annual Staff Award

Honouring employees as they retire from the University.

Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential Staff Award

Annual Staff Award, Divisional Award, SVP

Celebrating outstanding staff accomplishments in offices reporting into SVP portfolios.

Staff IMPACT Awards

Annual Staff Award, Divisional Award, Medicine

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

STAR Awards

Annual Staff Award, Divisional Award, Libraries

Recognizing notable team accomplishments and extraodinary work by library staff.

True Blue Program

Annual Staff Award, Daily Recognition

Thank a peer for their stand out daily contributions.