The following set of guidelines outline the criteria by which the nominations will be considered, and governs the nomination process.
A. Public Service in Canada (Federal, Provincial/Territorial, Municipal)
The Heintzman Leadership Award was established to recognize public servants within Canadian jurisdictions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting citizen-centred service for Canadians. Therefore the nominee must be an active or former public servant.
B. Organizational Role
The Heintzman Leadership Award was established to recognize leadership throughout the service community, including policy leaders, operational leaders, technology leaders, and internal service leaders.
C. Outstanding Leadership
The recipient of the Heintzman Leadership Award will have demonstrated an exceptional degree of leadership, relative to his or her peers, in the promotion of citizen-centred service. Such leadership qualities may be reflected in any number of ways, including the ability to articulate and promote a vision for citizen-centred service, the strength of partnerships forged in the pursuit of service excellence, and/or the innovative projects the nominee launched throughout their career.
D. Sustained Leadership
The recipient of the Heintzman Leadership Award will have demonstrated their leadership throughout his or her career and over a prolonged period of time.
E. Transformational Influence
The recipient of the Heintzman Leadership Award will have led their organization(s) in a way that fundamentally changed the approach to public sector service delivery. This transformative change could be cultural or operational, but it must have reoriented the organization(s) toward serving the needs of their clients and the broader Canadian population.
F. Inter-department and Inter-jurisdictional
The recipient of the Heintzman Leadership Award will have demonstrated leadership both across departmental boundaries within their own jurisdiction, and across jurisdictional boundaries. Such inter-departmental and inter-jurisdictional leadership may be demonstrated through collaborative projects and/or through active participation in cross-boundary communities of practice.
The annual Heintzman Award selection panel is drawn from representatives from the Federal, Provincial/Territorial and Municipal orders of government.