Award Categories

  • CPA Contributing Member
  • Business Excellence

New in 2017:

  • Parking Staff Member of the Year
  • Parking Supervisor of the Year
  • Innovation in Parking Operations & Programs
  • Marketing & Communications

Purpose of the Awards

The success of the Canadian Parking Association is based primarily on the continued support of its members who strive for excellence in their field.  Today’s parking industry is comprised of professionals from entry level to executive across a broad range of disciplines:   planners, technical and environmental developers; financial experts; designers and builders; consultants, customer service representatives, to name a few.  The collaboration between these professionals drives the industry to develop and achieve strategies that enhance the communities in which we serve and heightens awareness of the parking industry in Canada.

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Parking Association (CPA) recognizes the contributions by members through these awards with following goals intended:

  • To encourage young professionals to consider Parking as a career choice;
  • To create role models for members of the Canadian Parking Association;
  • To encourage professionalism in the parking industry;
  • To acknowledge achievements for innovation and technology development in the parking business;
  • To acknowledge individuals who have excelled in their area of work and in personal achievements that have had a positive effect on their communities.

Who may make a nomination?

Any CPA member in good standing may submit a nomination. Nominations must be supported in accordance with the nominations criteria set out for each award category. Nominees must be CPA members in good standing.

Format of Nominations

Details on nominations process can be found at https://canadianparking.ca/cpa-awards/

Incomplete entries cannot be considered and will be disqualified.  All documents submitted must be in PDF format, and images in .jpg or vector format, minimum of 300 d.p.i. high resolution.

Closing Date for Submissions – September 10, 2017

Presentation of the Awards

The awards are presented at the Annual Conference and Trade Show, Awards Dinner held in the fall each year.  Winners receive recognition during the dinner and will be featured in Parker magazine.


CPA Board of Directors Contributing Member Award 

Open to individual members of the Canadian Parking Association who have demonstrated a continued commitment to the development of the image of parking as a professional industry by:

  • Excelling in their area of work and in their personal achievements;
  • Improving the value, efficiency and sustainability of the services they provide;
  • Participating in professional development activities which go beyond the average requirements;
  • Setting examples to which others aspire;
  • Develop a concept, process or procedure that enhances or improves the efficiency of an existing method that is adopted by their organization;
  • Showing evidence of leadership in the parking industry.


CPA Board of Directors Parking Industry Business Excellence Award

Open to organizations and business members who demonstrate continued commitment to the development and advancement of the parking industry by:

  • Developing innovative technological advancements in areas that support the parking industry (innovations should go far beyond marginal improvements in existing products and services and will be based  on breadth and depth of impact on the parking industry);
  • Successfully satisfying client expectations in terms of product adaptation and reliable service excellence after sales;
  • Demonstrating excellence in entrepreneurship and business leadership;
  • Displaying commitment to the Canadian Parking Association through program participation and supporting development of new initiatives for members;
  • Demonstrating the ability to develop new products/services or make improvements to existing products/services through the application of an existing or new technology;
  • Applying innovative approaches to emerging trends which directly impact the parking industry.

Business Excellence Award

Open to CPA members from the Equipment Supplier, Consultant and other commercial sectors that have demonstrated continued commitment to the development and advancement of the parking industry guided by the following principles:

  1. Developing innovative technological advancements in areas that support the advancement of the parking industry (innovations should go far beyond marginal improvements in existing products and services and will be evaluated on breadth and depth of impact on the parking industry).
  2. Successfully satisfying client expectations in terms of product adaptation and reliable service excellence after sales;
  3. Demonstrating excellence in entrepreneurship and business leadership;
  4. Displaying commitment to the Canadian Parking Association through program participation and supporting development of new initiatives for members;
  5. Demonstrating the ability to develop new products/services or make improvements to existing products/services through the application of both existing and new technology;
  6. Applying innovative approaches to emerging trends which directly impact the parking industry.

Nominations must describe in detail how the nominated company has been successful in achieving a minimum of four of the six principles, including examples of applications or services currently in operation.    Photos and graphics should be used to further detail each of the criteria.

Executive Summary (300 words)

Supporting Details (300 words each for minimum of four items)

Each principle selected from the list above will be evaluated based on the following:  

  • Innovation & Technical Advances that have a measured effect on the parking industry;
  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to the Canadian parking industry;
  • Re-use of existing and emerging technology and/or industry trends;
  • Measured Benefits from real-time data;
  • Adaptability across various types of operations;
  • Demonstrated efficiencies, user and customer experience, and the impact across the industry.

Entry Fee: $100 per entry.


CPA Contributing Member Award

This award recognizes individual members of the Canadian Parking Association who have demonstrated a continued commitment to the development of the image of parking as a profession and has made a measurable impact on the parking industry and the Canadian Parking Association by:

  • Excelling in their area of work and in their personal achievements;
  • Improving the value, efficiency and sustainability of the services they provide to their customers and to other members of the Canadian Parking Association;
  • Participating in professional development activities which go beyond the average requirements to provide networking and learning for other industry members at the national and local level and online;
  • Setting examples to which others in the CPA aspire;
  • Developing a concept, process or procedure that enhances or improves the efficiency of an existing method that is adopted by the CPA;
  • Showing evidence of leadership in CPA activities.

Submission Requirements

  • A statement (approximately 500 words) discussing the individual and why he/she is deserving of recognition.  Include a description of the individual’s demonstrated contributions to the Canadian Parking Association that go above-and-beyond membership.
  • A letter of recommendation from two CPA Members from other companies.
  • Additional supporting documentation, if desired (not to exceed three pages).

Photo

Head/shoulders professional photo in JPG or Vector format: a minimum of 300 dpi high resolution (i.e. original, unedited JPG at original size – at least 2″ x 2″ and 1 MB).

Video

If you have a video that you would like to submit with your nomination, please include the URL in your nomination submittal.

Eligibility:  Open to CPA members from all sectors.

Entry Fee:  There is no entry fee.


Innovation in Parking Operations & Programs Awards

This award acknowledges CPA members who have created operational processes, programs or technical innovations that exemplify the experience of innovation, economic results, benefits to its company or other groups in the community, and new developments that may be an advantage or value to others, all of which may represent new ideas or concepts, projects, or programs that benefit the parking profession and sustainable programs.

The four criteria identified below are each worth a maximum of 25 points. A narrative not to exceed 1000 words (300 word executive summary and 700 word description) must be submitted to cover the four major areas.  Photos and graphics should be used to further detail each of the four criteria.

Productivity Improved or Problem Solved— Explain how the program has increased efficiency, improved productivity, relieved congestion, or solved a problem.

Measured Benefit of Program or Operation—describe the success of the program and what standard of measurement was used to determine success (customer service, efficiency, safety, savings of time or money, etc.)

Innovation/Creativity—Note the various elements that make this process, program or operation creative. Explain how this program/operation is original and unique.

Adaptability by Others—Describe how this innovation can be used by other agencies. Explain the ease by which others can adapt the program/operation to their use.

Eligibility:  Open to CPA members from the following sectors:  Airports, Hospitals, Universities/Colleges, Municipal, Government or Private Operators.  Commercial products and/or services are not eligible.

Entry Fee: $100 per entry.


CPA Marketing & Communications Awards

This award spotlights outstanding marketing, promotional, public relations, and communications-outreach efforts in the parking industry that provide a high level of information to improve the image of the industry to the public.

Have you:

  • Created and launched a successful marketing or communications campaign which had a significant and measureable impact on customers and/or revenues?
  • Launched a campaign to encourage people to ride share, bike share, or other transportation bundling with parking?
  • Instituted a parking safety program?
  • Helped consumers think about the parking process in a whole new way?
  • Undertaken an effort to show that parking companies can make a difference in your community?

Eligibility

Open to CPA member organizations from all sectors, which have a formal communications, public relations, or marketing program that educates and informs. If you can answer yes to these questions, you should consider entering:

  • Is your organization a parking authority, city, company or institution with a parking department, a parking owner, or a service or product provider serving the parking and/or transportation industry?
  • Did your organization have a marketing, public relations, or communications program or campaign that promoted parking, a parking product or service, or a new parking program that achieved measurable and favorable outcomes?
  • Did that program or campaign help foster understanding of the importance of parking, knowledge about trends in parking, or awareness of parking trends or best practices?
  • Did the program or campaign take place, at least in part, during 2016/17?

Entry Fee:   $100

Submission Requirements:

Executive Summary (300 words)

Program Description (700 words)

Innovation/Creativity (25%)

Note the various elements that make this program or operation creative. Explain how this program/operation is original and unique.

Improvements and Measured Benefits (50%)

Improvements (25%):  explain how the program increased product awareness, increased market share, increased revenues, increased efficiency, improved productivity, relieved congestion, or solved a problem.

Measured Benefits (25%):  describe the success of the program and what standard of measurement was used to determine success (efficiency, safety, savings of time or money, etc.)

Adaptability (25%)

Describe how this program concept can be used by other agencies. Explain the ease by which others can adapt the program/operation to their use.


Parking Staff Member of the Year Award

Parking staff members are often times the face of your organization, acting as ambassadors to your business and leaving the first impression on customers.  This award is intended to acknowledge excellence demonstrated on a day to day basis by parking staff.

Parking Staff Member of the Year nominations must include all of the following:

  1. A two-page statement (approximately 1,000 words) discussing the individual and why he/she is deserving of recognition.  Include a description of the individual’s customer service skills demonstrated that re above-and-beyond his/her job description.
  2. A one-page letter of recommendation from the appropriate supervisor.
  3. A one-page letter of recommendation from a customer.
  4. Additional supporting documentation, if desired (not to exceed three pages).

Photo

Head/shoulders professional photo in JPG or Vector format: a minimum of 300 dpi high resolution (i.e. original, unedited JPG at original size – at least 2″ x 2″ and 1 MB).

Video

If you have a video that you would like to submit with your nomination, please include the URL in your nomination submittal.

Eligibility:  Open to CPA members from all sectors.  

Entry Fee:  There is no entry fee.


Parking Supervisor of the Year

The Parking Supervisor of the Year Award has been created for employees who have been serving in a parking and transportation position at the time of nomination, be an active member of a CPA member company in good standing and who has worked for a minimum of two years in the parking industry in a supervisory position.

Award criteria:

  • Evidence of leadership in the parking and transportation industry.
  • Commitment to advancing unique and innovative ideas.
  • Professional character and reputation.
  • Indications of service and leadership include participation on boards, committee, task forces, and presentations, etc.
  • Community service including civic organizations or other groups outside the industry.
  • Service to the profession above and beyond normal job responsibilities.

Parking Supervisor of the Year nominations must include all of the following:

  1. A two-page statement (approximately 1,000 words) discussing the individual and why he/she is deserving of recognition.  Include a description of the individual’s customer service skills demonstrated that re above-and-beyond his/her job description.
  2. Resume, job description, or outline of duties.
  3. A one-page letter of recommendation from the appropriate supervisor.
  4. A one-page letter of recommendation from a subordinate of the nominee.
  5. A one-page letter of recommendation from a peer.
  6. Additional supporting documentation, if desired (not to exceed three pages).

Photo

Head/shoulders professional photo in JPG or Vector format: a minimum of 300 dpi high resolution (i.e. original, unedited JPG at original size, at least 2″ x 2″ and 1 MB).

Video

If you have a video that you would like to submit with your nomination, please include the URL in your nomination submittal.
Eligibility:  Open to CPA members from all sectors.  

Application Fee:  There is no entry fee.


SUBMITTING YOUR NOMINATION

Award Eligibility
Any member or business member of the Canadian Parking Association

Who may make a nomination?
Members in good standing may submit a nomination. Nominations must be supported by no less than two additional members of the Canadian Parking Association who are not from the same company as the nominee. If you are not a member, join by contacting the Canadian Parking Association.

Closing Date for Submissions
October 1, 2017

Presentation of the Awards
The awards will be presented at the 2017 Annual Conference and Trade Show.

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CPA Contributing Member Award Archive


Steve Wengrowich, Canada Ticket

Paula Nichols, City of Kingston

When Paula Nichols left the board she refused to leave the organization – she has continued to be of great assistance to our members by staying involved in the conference, the roundtable and in group discussions. She has helped many members by sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm. She has even helped make the AGM more relevant by asking questions and making suggestions for improvements – including for example – a simple but effective suggestion that we describe to members the CPA activities over the year before asking them to approve the board’s decisions.

Thanks Paula for your dedication and service to the CPA and its members – you set a great example!

Richard Smith, Saint John Parking Commission, Founding Member of CPA

Presented to an individual member of the Canadian Parking Association who has demonstrated a continued commitment to the development of the image of parking as a  professional industry.

A fixture around the CPA since its inception, Richard “Smokey” Smith has exemplified the term “mentor” for the parking industry, showing leadership and guiding many people through the early stages of their parking careers, including his staff and new members to the CPA.

Richard has organized, hosted and set the standard for networking in the Atlantic region over the years and has provided CPA members and the parking community in the four Atlantic provinces the opportunity to meet and share their parking experiences. He has chaired two annual conferences in Saint John and attended all but two of the 30 national conferences.

As a founding member of the Board of Directors and also as a Director on the Canadian Parking Foundation in past years Richard has co-ordinated the search for recipients deserving of the Ted Seeberg and Ed Keate Awards presented by the foundation at the annual awards luncheon.

Ken Petry  

Ken joined the CPA and has served as member, Director and Executive Member of the Board of Directors for 15 years. He is currently the Past President, and was Chair of the 2012 Nominations Committee.

Ken’s dedication to professionalism at the Canadian Parking Association has been evident throughout the years as he developed in his leadership roles, demonstrating commitment to the well-being of the Association and rolling up his sleeves to work beside his colleagues to the betterment of the association. Today, the association stands strong, thanks to Ken’s contributions.

Ken strives to ensure that new members coming into the CPA for the first time are met with a warm welcome and friendly offer to mentor and share his knowledge of parking and of the Canadian Parking Association.


CPA Board of Directors Parking Industry Business Excellence Award Archive


CALE Systems

Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

Awarded for continued commitment to the development and advancement of the parking industry.

Founding members and instrumental participants in the establishment and development of the Canadian Parking Association, RJC staff have been supporting the industry for more than 65 years, and they have been instrumental in the modernization of parking garages. RJC demonstrated a commitment to the parking industry early on by being active in the establishment and success of the CPA through their contribution to and development of standards and technical papers, writing industry-specific articles for the Parker magazine, and by delivering various presentations at conferences and local chapter events.

RJC’s team members are demonstrated leaders in the industry, pioneering design, renovation and construction innovation for the parking industry.

As a company, RJC mentors, guides and promotes their own to ensure the strength of their organization from within, building a team of professionals that provide services across the country and beyond. The recipients of many awards for their continued innovative approaches to sustainability in new structures and rejuvenation of aging parking facilities makes them a winner to the Canadian parking industry.

ACT Canada

The Association for Commuter Transportation of Canada, or ACT Canada, has been on the leading edge of sustainable mobility in Canada for over a decade. With its focus on collaboration, multidisciplinary partnerships and the provision of integrated travel options for Canadians, it is reshaping how transportation is viewed in Canada.

ACT Canada’s first collaborative partner was the CPA in 2005 and that relationship was founded on the critical focus of how parking is integrated with all sustainable travel modes. It’s since forged partnerships with other key organizations in Canada such as the Canadian Urban Transit Association, TAC and FCM as well as engaging representatives of most urban centres in Canada and the Federal Government, helping CPA better understand emerging transportation trends in Canada.

ACT Canada ‘s dedication to sustainable integrated mobility has resulted in increased knowledge exchange and transfer amongst disciplines. It has helped to build capacity for carpooling, cycling, transit, telework and emerging options such as car sharing and bike sharing. ACT Canada has raised awareness of sustainable travel options and has leveraged parking as a key element in the provision of viable travel choices. It has helped to reshape how planners and engineers assess development applications.

Examples of the innovative work ACT Canada has accomplished includes:

  • TDM and Development Approvals Workshop – a workshop being taken across the country to train planners to implement TDM measures in development applications
  • Case for TDM in Canada – a guide for municipalities and consultants on the business case for sustainable mobility
  • Workplace Travel Plan Guide – helping employers implement a commuter options program for employees, including priority carpool parking and secure bike parking

Parking and its integration with sustainable travel options and the built environment is part of what ACT Canada members are engaged with.