Communications Awards of Excellence 2021: Platinum Award of Communications Excellence

Communications Awards of Excellence - Government of Canada’s / 2021

First Wave COVID Communications Response

It has never been more critical than during the COVID-19 pandemic that the government provide Canadians with information and messages that are clear. What began as a public health emergency, was further complicated by an economic downturn, all of which exposed a new and unprecedented context and environment in Canada.

As we worked through the complex challenges of communicating the government’s response to COVID, we had to consider how to reach all Canadians quicker, and more effectively than ever before. While reviewing the finalists from this year’s award nominations, it was clear that many of the important projects were integral in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic response. In fact, each initiative was dependent completely on partnership and collaboration as part of our whole-of-government response to extraordinary circumstances. 

This year’s top-ranked nominations for the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic response have been bundled into The Platinum Award of Communications Excellence - First Wave COVID Communications Response.

This award recognizes individuals and teams that have shown outstanding leadership, creativity, dedication and an unyielding commitment to excellence in their communications and service to Canadians during the response to COVID-19 in 2020. This award exemplifies and celebrates the exceptional work that led to incredible results and impact on the biggest challenge Canada (and the world) is facing.

Canada Revenue Agency

Delivering for Canadians: COVID-19 Support Measures
  • Adam Blondin
  • Alex Mesley
  • Allen Pink
  • Allison Gertzen
  • Allison Martinelli
  • Anne Brierley
  • Anne Nash
  • Caroline Babcock
  • Chad Farquharson
  • Chistopher Doody
  • Christopher Oakes
  • Claude Panneton
  • Crystallina Chiu
  • Diana Graham
  • Elizabeth Fraser
  • Jean-David Boisvert
  • Jean-François Blanchet
  • Jean-Michel Langlois
  • Jennifer Clark
  • Jonathan Rath
  • Karine Goneau-Lessard
  • Katie Dowdall Taylor
  • Laura May Elston
  • Linda Watson
  • Lisa Belmore
  • Lori Fraser
  • Lorraine Redekop
  • Louis Michaud
  • Marc Viau
  • Melanie Terrio-Lamothe
  • Miguel Borges-Porteous
  • Natasha Pecarski
  • Robyn Macdonald
  • Roger Pankhurst
  • Sara Nizman
  • Sarah de Boer
  • Shaun Dhani
  • Shawn Arsenault
  • Tanya Fowler
  • Tracy Kaminski

Employment and Social Development Canada

The Genesis and Evolution of CERB and Canada Recovery Benefits – An Epic Communications Success
  • Alexandra Macklam
  • Aurélie Saint Victor
  • Chris Colfe
  • Christina Bulengo
  • Christopher Simard
  • Conrad Melanson
  • Dan Lenko
  • Daniel Tapuc
  • David Hodges
  • Erin Sweet
  • Genevieve Bourgeois
  • Isabelle Maheu
  • Jon Spassov
  • Julia Sullivan
  • Justin Bullen
  • Justin Francoeur
  • Kristian Perrault
  • Marie-Eve Sigouin-Campeau
  • Marko Maksimovic
  • Mathieu Larocque
  • Megan Fulton
  • Mélanie Laverdure
  • Michael Going
  • Michael O'Shaughnessy
  • Michelle Tracy
  • Nathalie Thorpe
  • Pamela Wotherspoon
  • Peter Larin
  • Samuelle Carbonneau
  • Sara Assaad
  • Sara Smart
  • Shanna Buzza
  • Sophie Begue
  • Véronique Bolduc
  • Will McCullough

Other dept's:

  • André Ghione
  • Camille Martel
  • Celeste Côté
  • Charissa Harms
  • Claire Doggart
  • Danielle Doiron
  • David Velasco
  • Éric Pereira
  • Gaëtan Albert
  • Geneviève Brisson
  • Guillaume Vallée
  • Hilary Allaire
  • Ian Durkin
  • Jim Falanga
  • Justin McKinney
  • Lucinda Tran
  • Marley Lewington
  • Martin Berthelot
  • Meagan Stark
  • Mélanie Bérubé
  • Murray Jones
  • Nicolas Mann
  • Nicolas Rodger
  • Patricia Gagnon
  • Patrick Steele
  • Stéphane Brazeau

Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada COVID‑19 Internal Communications Team
  • Alexandra Fortier
  • Andrea Martin
  • Anick Lavigne
  • Anne-Marie Tanguay
  • Chris Busby
  • Corinne Perry
  • Deep Gupta
  • Denis Lacroix
  • Dominique Boily
  • Ethan Proulx
  • Fabien Boulay
  • France Séguin
  • Geneviève Binet
  • Ghezal Hamidi
  • Hélène Beauregard
  • Isabelle Haché
  • Jean Levasseur
  • Jean-Pierre Guertin
  • John Punzalan
  • J-P Sadek
  • Katerine Sylvestre
  • Kevin Wishlow
  • Lauren Croisier
  • Liette Guérin
  • Louis-Mathieu Laviolette
  • Lynda O’Donnell
  • Marilyn Warrender
  • Maxime Lacroix
  • Maxwell Kunze
  • Michael MacLean
  • Nadine Villeneuve
  • Nathalie Bélanger
  • Pascale Rouleau
  • Paul Gatto
  • Ralph Duchesne
  • Redouane Ladj
  • Richard Leduc
  • Sebastien Laflamme
  • Stacey Atkinson
  • Sylvia Boyadjian
  • Tracy Michaud
  • Vanessa Fournier
  • Vladimir Torres
  • Wendel Fisher
  • Yan Parisien

Canada Border Services Agency, Canada Revenue Agency, Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Safety Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

COVID Orders in Council (OIC) Collaboration
  • Amy Thanda
  • Anne Nadeau
  • Anne Vignacourt
  • Cecily Wallace
  • Charlene Grundy
  • Chris Willey
  • Christian Boudreau
  • Daniel Brousseau
  • Dominique Tessier
  • Gabriella Taekema
  • Gabrielle Michaud
  • Genevieve Asselin
  • Gillian Badger
  • Heather Elgee
  • Henry Lau
  • Hubert Genest
  • Isabelle Scott
  • Jackie Kennedy
  • Jennifer Lefebvre
  • John-Gee Wong
  • Judy O’Brien
  • Laura De Curtis
  • Lisa Willemse
  • Matthew Topic
  • Maureen McGrath
  • Merissa Kowaluk
  • Micah Steffler
  • Michael Arthur
  • Paul Parkman
  • Peter Norton
  • Rebecca Purdy
  • Ruth Berzel
  • Sabrina Bilodeau
  • Sukhy Bhoi
  • Tanya Manoryk

Indigenous Services Canada

COVID‑19 Response in support of Indigenous Peoples Team
  • Alain Giroux
  • Alice D'anjou
  • Andrea MacDonald
  • Ania Wasilewski
  • Brian Golden
  • Brock Holowachuk
  • Cassandra Crowder
  • Cristina Daniel
  • Diane Gauthier
  • Elizabeth Brunet
  • Elizabeth Hayden-Laughlin
  • Francis Beaule
  • Gabrielle Boivin
  • Geneviève Guibert
  • Helen Leslie
  • James Sinclair
  • Josée Potvin
  • Julie Cousineau
  • Julie-Andree St-Pierre
  • Kali-Anne Simpson
  • Katelin Peltier
  • Katherine Snow
  • Laura Gauvreau
  • Laura Hepditch
  • Louise Allaire
  • Louise Dupuis
  • Lucie-Anne Besner
  • Martine Stevens
  • Megan MacLean
  • Michaela Rodrigue
  • Michelle Gagnon
  • Mindy Baggetta
  • Nathalie Bernier
  • Priya Montgomery
  • Renelle Arsenault
  • Sandrine Kerouault
  • Sean McKibbon
  • Sen Rasaratnam
  • Stéphane Martin
  • Veronique Mercier

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Made in Canada Project
  • Andréanne Gagné
  • Bonnie Whelan
  • Bram Sepers
  • Chelsea Connolly
  • Christian Lainesse
  • Cindy Elphick
  • David Lewis
  • Dennis Sabourin
  • Doreen Flynn
  • Eric Bailey
  • Erika Zeroual
  • François Comeau
  • Fred Taylor
  • Geneviève St-Onge
  • Grace Yeung
  • Jason Estafanous
  • Joe Rancourt
  • Julie Dufour
  • Keltie Purcell
  • Kenny Houle
  • Kiera Lundberg
  • Marie Boudreau
  • Marie-Annick Forest
  • Monika Mazur
  • Nigel Laut
  • Owen Purcell-Sutherland
  • Ryan Grani
  • Serge-Érik Thériault
  • Simon Leblanc
  • Tristan Daly-Movshovich

Public Health Agency of Canada

COVID First Wave Communications Response
  • Heather Magee
  • Laura Russo
  • Louise Payette
  • Patrycja Arkuszewski

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

COVID‑19 Web Response

Web teams from more than 40 departments and agencies worked in a united effort to coordinate, plan, and post across Government of Canada Web sites strong, clear, consistent, and up-to-date information to support Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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