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Call for Nominations

2018 Award of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering
Medal of Excellence

The National Council of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering seeks nominations for the 2019 award
of the CIMarE Medal of Excellence.
Nominations are requested to be delivered to the CIMarE National Administrator, Ms. Lauren Solar, on or
before Sunday March 15th, 2020. All nominations with be kept in strict confidence. Please return the attached
form along with a supporting document, outlining the nominee’s qualifications and achievements (maximum
1,000 words).

The CIMarE presents several awards, spread across a broad spectrum of the marine engineering community.

The CIMarE Medal of Excellence 

The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering’s Medal of Excellence recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution to marine engineering in Canada, including technical innovation, sea-going service, substantial leadership in the industry or the teaching of marine engineering.  The Medal is the hallmark of achievement in Canada’s marine engineering profession.

Award of the Medal will be made annually to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident by the National Council on the basis of nominations from Institute members and others in Canada’s marine engineering sector.  Written nominations will be kept confidential and the Council will not disclose its inquiries or deliberations into making the award.  The Medal of Excellence will ordinarily be presented at the annual Mari-Tech conference and exhibition.

The award of the Medal of Excellence is not restricted to members of the Institute.  All persons who may have made a meritorious, substantial and lasting contribution to marine engineering in Canada, through the operation of vessels at sea, the management and work of marine transportation enterprises and shipyards, the design of vessels, the promotion of safety of life at sea, government regulation, or the pursuit of excellence in the marine engineering field are eligible for the award.  The Medal is distinct from recognition within the Institute, including Honorary Life Membership and the recently created appointment of Fellow of the Institute.

Please note that serving members of National Council or any Branch Executive are not eligible. There is no bar to nominating previous winners or nominees.

Nominations for 2019 will open in October.

The CIMarE Medal of Excellence – 2018 Awarded to William Jamer

In Victoria on the 19th of April 2018, The National Council of the Institute conferred the award on Willaim Jamer.  The award was made at Canada’s annual marine technology Mari-Tech exhibition and conference.

Bill Jamer is the first Medal of Excellence nominee to receive two independent nominations from two different corners of the country, which in itself indicates the Canada-wide effect he’s had on the marine engineering community.

Bill started his career in the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) before moving to Public Works (now PWPSC) where he served as Senior Director for Marine Procurement. He then returned to the CCG as Director General of Integrated Technical Services. Since his retirement, he has worked as a consultant to public and private sector marine clients.

Of note: Bill received a government citation for organizing the evacuation of some 15,000 Canadian citizens during the 2006 war in Lebanon. His nominator writes: “It was because of his impressive global network and connections that he was able to accomplish that monumental task.”

The other nominator says “He is known to get things done in the most expedient fashion and with the highest quality. For this, I am proud to say, he is known and well respected from coast to coast.”

Fellows of the Institute

The designation Fellow of the Institute will recognize those who have made a significant contribution to CIMarE as well as to the Canadian marine industry.  For members to qualify as a Fellow they must:

  • Have been a member of CIMarE for 10 consecutive years
  • Have served as a member of a branch executive or national committee for 3 years
  • Have or hold one of the following:

– a Transport Canada issued Certificate of Competency as a First Class Marine Engineer or as a Second Class Marine Engineer

– a Royal Canadian Navy Engineering MARE Marine Systems officer Head of Department Qualification, or the equivalent as determined by the Council

– a Royal Canadian Navy Certificate 4 or Certificate 3 for Marine Engineering Technicians

You can nominate yourself and you can propose others. Once approved by both your Branch and National Council, a Fellow will receive a Certificate and the right to include the designation FCIMarE following their names on business stationary and correspondence. As well, their names will be published on the website and in the Marine Engineering Digest from time to time.

An application form is available here.

Note: A Fellow will be required to pay annual dues.

Previous Medal of Excellence Recipients:

  • 2013 – Bud Streeter
  • 2014 – Thomas Ward
  • 2015 – Malcolm Barker
  • 2016 – Ken Harford
  • 2017 – Wendy Tadros

TM Pallas Award

The TM Pallas Award is given to graduates of the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The instructors nominate the students receiving the highest combined occupation level course average and certification board mark while qualifying for their Marine Engineering Certificate 4 and Certificate 3.

The graduates receive a certificate and an engraved plaque in recognition of their academic excellence.