Awards and Recognition

To recognize important contributions to the Red Seal program, the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) have created two awards.

Both awards recognize contributions in the promotion or development of apprenticeship in Canada. The Darryl Cruickshank Memorial Award is for industry members, and the Red Seal Award of Excellence is for administrators and training providers.

Darryl Cruickshank Memorial Award

This award honours the important contributions of industry partners to the Red Seal Program. It is named in memory of Darryl Cruickshank, who, in the course of his career with the Red Seal Secretariat, worked with industry to accomplish the following:

  • encouraged apprentices to “stay the course” and complete their Red Seal training,
  • encouraged employers to take on the responsibility for the next generation of skilled tradespersons, and
  • encouraged creativity and flexibility in the design of trades training systems.

Eligibility Criteria

Member of industry in Canada

A member of industry is someone who is involved in the skilled trades or the education of skilled workers by virtue of:

  • their business or organization
  • their participation in a committee, association or trade group.

Selection Criteria

The nominee has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion or development of apprenticeship training in Canada.

Contributions are defined as one or more of the following:

  • promotes apprenticeship training as a means to a successful and productive career
  • demonstrates innovation in the development or implementation of apprenticeship programs
  • supports apprentices as they strive for success
  • participates in activities that encourage, motivate and promote dedication and passion in a skilled trade
  • serves as a role model for success for aspiring skilled tradespersons
  • demonstrates qualities of outstanding leadership in apprenticeship

Special consideration is given to those with a Red Seal endorsement, but this is not a prerequisite for the award.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations are not currently being accepted.

Awards Ceremony

The Darryl Cruickshank Memorial Award is awarded on even numbered years at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Conference in June.

Recipients of Darryl Cruickshank Memorial Award

  • 2016: Ray Massey
  • 2014: Allan Bruce
  • 2012: William Young
  • 2010: James “Paul” McLellan

Red Seal Award of Excellence

This award honours apprenticeship staff and training providers who are inspiring leaders in the development and promotion of apprenticeship and trade certification.

Eligibility Criteria

Apprenticeship staff:

  • Current members of provincial, territorial and federal apprenticeship and trade certification organizations.
  • Retired members of provincial, territorial and federal apprenticeship and trade certification organizations whose accomplishments date back no more than three years from the nomination deadline.

Apprenticeship training providers:

  • Current staff members of approved technical training providers in provincial, territorial and federal jurisdictions.
  • Retired staff members of approved technical training providers in provincial, territorial and federal jurisdictions whose accomplishments date back no more than three years from the nomination deadline.

Previous award nominees and recipients are eligible for nomination for the Red Seal Award of Excellence in subsequent years.

Selection Criteria

The nominee has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion or development of apprenticeship training in Canada.

Contributions are defined as one or more of the following:

  • promote apprenticeship and trade certification as a means to a successful and productive career
  • support apprentices as they strive for success
  • lead and/or support the growth and development of the Red Seal Program
  • participate in activities that encourage, motivate and promote dedication and passion in a skilled trade
  • serve as a role model for success for aspiring skilled tradespersons
  • demonstrate qualities of outstanding leadership in apprenticeship

Special consideration is given to those with a Red Seal endorsement, but this is not a prerequisite for the award.

Nomination Deadline

We are now accepting nominations.

Call for nominations

Nominations are currently being accepted. The nomination deadline is June 30th, 2017 by midnight (EDT).

Awards Ceremony

The Red Seal Award of Excellence is awarded on odd numbered years at the CCDA Fall Meeting.

Recipients of Red Seal Award of Excellence

  • 2015: Mark Douglas
  • 2013: Rick Ewen and Joe Black
  • 2011: Shirley Dul
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