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Waterloo Award

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The Waterloo Award is the City of Waterloo's highest civic honour. Individuals of all ages, whose outstanding contributions have enhanced the quality of life in our community, are eligible for this award. Fifty individuals have received a Waterloo Award since its inception in 1997.

Waterloo is a vibrant city in which to live, work, learn and play. Its foundation is based on entrepreneurship, discovery and innovation. Its future will benefit from people who embody a spirit of creativity and collaboration, who demonstrate leadership and innovative thinking - people who look outside the box to find new and inventive ways to improve our community.

Consider nominating someone you know who has made life better in Waterloo.

Nominations are now open

We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Waterloo Award. The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, July 2.

How do I nominate someone?

You can nominate someone for the Waterloo Award by submitting a nomination package. The package must contain the following information if the nomination is to be considered.

1. A nomination form with your contact information, and contact information for the nominee. This includes:

  • First and last name
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Phone number

2. A description of the nominee's achievements and contributions

  • Share your reasons why this individual should be considered for the Waterloo Award (max 1000 words). Describe how the nominee's achievements and contributions have made life better in Waterloo. Consider the following categories:
    • Innovation: Has the nominee introduced a new idea, technology, program or methodology that improves our community?
    • Impact: Has the nominee's contributions significantly impacted our community's well-being economically, socially, environmentally or culturally?
    • Leadership: Has the nominee demonstrated the ability to inspire and move others?

3. Three signed letters of support for this nomination.

How do I submit my nomination package?

Option 1: Deliver in person or by mail Option 2: Send electronically

Deliver the complete nomination package in person or by mail to:


Human Resources

Waterloo City Centre

First Floor

100 Regina St. S.

PO Box 337, Station Waterloo

Waterloo, ON N2J 4A8

Please send Word or PFD versions of the complete nomination package to 








A review committee consisting of citizens will review the nominations and submit their recommendations to council. Council will make the final selection of the award recipient(s). 

The individual(s) selected to receive the Waterloo Award, and their nominator(s) will be contacted in early September 2018.


Waterloo Award recipients will be recognized by Mayor Jaworsky and members of council at a televised city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. This is a highly anticipated ceremony and we encourage recipients, their nominators and family members to attend.

More information

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations and posthumous nominations shall not be accepted. Current members of City of Waterloo Council may not submit a nomination nor be eligible to receive the award. Other municipal, provincial or federally elected representatives or those running for office may submit a nomination but are not eligible to receive the award while in office. Current City of Waterloo employees may submit a nomination for others but are not eligible to receive the award.

Nominations are kept confidential and nominees are only publically profiled if they receive the Waterloo Award.

If you have questions or comments, please send them to