Staff IMPACT Awards

The Faculty of Medicine employs over 850 appointed administrative, technical and research staff, all of whom contribute greatly to our vision and mission. It is the dedication and ingenuity of staff that bring our goals to fruition and it is their passion and enthusiasm that fill the offices and corridors of the Faculty. Staff support our students, help to recruit and retain faculty, keep our labs running, fundraise for research and student awards, and maintain the vast infrastructure which our faculty and students rely.

The Staff IMPACT Awards program was launched in 2013 to honour staff whose work and dedication have helped to make the Faculty of Medicine the celebrated school that it is today. 

An article recognizing last year’s award recipients can be found at: Celebrating the Impact of Faculty Staff, 2018 Staff IMPACT Awards

Award Categories

David Keeling Award for Administrative Excellence
This award is for an individual who has demonstrated a sustained contribution of excellence over a period of at least five years.

Fostering a Collaborative Environment
This award is for an individual or team that demonstrates the Faculty’s commitment to building partnerships and broadening networks.

Service in a Laboratory Research Environment Award
This award is for an individual who works in a laboratory research environment and provides outstanding service to students and/or principal investigators. 

Citizenship Award
This award is for an individual or team that demonstrates a strong sense of public responsibility by volunteering their time to serving our communities, either internal or external to the university. 

Quality Improvement Award
This award is for an individual or team whose work enhances the quality of service to students, faculty or staff, or implements quality improvements aimed at making their department or Faculty run more efficiently and effectively.  

Leadership Award
This award is for an individual in a leadership/managerial role that creates a collegial and balanced work environment, supports the professional development of their staff, and leads their staff to align with the priorities of the Faculty of Medicine.

New Employee Award
This award is for an early career individual who joined the University of Toronto within the last two years and has exhibited strong performance and significant potential for career development.  Eligibility requires completion of the employee's probationary period.

Eligibility Criteria

Appointed administrative, technical and research staff with at least two years of service in the Faculty of Medicine, except for the David Keeling award where five years of service is required and the New Employee award which is only available to staff with up to two years of service at the time of nomination.  Previous award winners of a particular category are not eligible to be nominated again in the same award category for a five-year period.


Please contact Narissa Mohammed at or 416-978-2529 if you have questions about the Staff IMPACT Awards or the nomination process.

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