Employee Recognition

The Premier’s Awards have been rescheduled to Fall 2018.

As you may know, 2017 marked an important milestone in the history of the territory: fifty years ago our government was moved from Ottawa to Yellowknife, bringing us much closer to the residents we serve.  The Government of the Northwest Territories has identified this public service milestone as an appropriate time to renew and reinvigorate our approach to the Premier’s Awards.

While we usually hold the Premier’s Awards ceremony in the spring, we’re rescheduling this year’s ceremony until the fall so we can update the program to best recognize and celebrate significant contributions from NWT public servants.

If you’re checking this site because you interested in nominating someone for a Premier’s Award, send us an email at premiersawards@gov.nt.ca(link sends e-mail), and we’ll be sure to let you know once the nomination period opens.

Through hard work and dedication, Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) employees help to make the Northwest Territories a great place to live. They educate our children, provide health care, maintain our highways and perform countless other tasks.

The GNWT recognizes the need to acknowledge and celebrate those outstanding individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond, through the annual Premier’s Awards.

About the Premier’s Awards for Excellence and Collaboration 

The Premier’s Awards were created as a way of acknowledging the outstanding work of Government of the Northwest Territories’ employees who might not otherwise be recognized in the role of a public servant. Each year, the Premier of the Northwest Territories honours employees who show excellence, innovation and dedication in their work.

The Premier’s Awards consist of the following three annual awards:

Premier’s Award for Excellence (Individual): Recognizes and rewards the outstanding achievements of individuals within the GNWT who continue to strive for excellence, best practice management and improvements in the workplace.

Premier’s Award for Excellence (Team): This award recognizes and rewards the outstanding achievements of teams within the GNWT who continue to strive for excellence, best practice management and improvements in the workplace.

Premier’s Collaboration Award (Team): Recognizes the outstanding achievements of GNWT employees who work in partnership with other government and non-government employees and individuals to improve services to Northwest Territories’ residents.

View Premier’s Awards list of previous recipients

About the Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award

The Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award recognizes annually the outstanding achievements of an individual in the Northwest Territories who has served 20 years or more in the Government of the Northwest Territories public service. The goal of this award is to recognize individuals who have made a commitment to their careers in the public service.

A detailed outline of the Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award can be found on the Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award criteria page. Please refer to the selection criteria listed on that web page before composing a Dave Ramsden Career Excellence Award nomination.