The Dennis Steen Award is presented to an individual or individuals who
are not municipal employees and who have made outstanding contributions to the
Canadian municipal IT community, furthering the objectives of MISA/ASIM Canada
and its member associations.
Dennis Steen was a long-term
Ontario Government employee who was instrumental in the formative years of MISA
Ontario and a behind-the-scenes contributor to the formation of MISA/ASIM
Canada. Dennis was introduced as the
provincial representative for MISA Ontario in January 1976 and remained active
on the MISA Ontario Board until 1995, when he was honoured as a Life Member. Dennis passed away in 2009. Recollections from municipal colleagues in
the January 2010 issue of Municipal Interface included quotes, such as the
following: “For many years, Dennis was MISA and MISA was Dennis”; “[he] pushed,
prodded and guided us to where we needed to be to support our municipalities
and the citizens of Ontario”; “during that time, Dennis was the IT department
for a large number of small municipalities”; “when MISA needed funding or
resources to undertake some initiative, Dennis was the guy who usually
presented the case to his colleagues at the ministry – and I don’t think there
was a time that funding and resource requests were denied”; “he never had to be
asked to volunteer, he was usually the first to offer. In fact, I don’t think there was a committee
ever struck for which Dennis did not volunteer”; “Ironically, Dennis was
probably the one who received the least professional value from MISA, because
he was not a municipal employee – yet he was a tireless supporter”.
It is these characteristics which
MISA/ASIM Canada wishes to honour with the Dennis Steen Award. While most key contributors to MISA/ASIM
Canada come from municipal IT, this award honours individuals from outside this
community who have nevertheless become, like Dennis, indispensable allies in
furthering the objectives of MISA/ASIM Canada and municipal IT. This award may be for either a long-term
commitment (like Dennis) or outstanding work on specific initiatives which have
been instrumental to the furtherance of municipal IT goals. Those eligible may come from other levels of
government, the broader public sector, not-for-profit or private sectors and
may have contributed at a national level or in a specific province, territory,
Nominations must include the name, position, and contact information of the person making the nomination as well as a minimum of two (2) other people who support the nomination. The nomination process will include a summary, no more than two (2) pages in length, and should include documentation of the achievements of the nominated IT leader and her/his contribution to the municipal IT community.
Nominations must be forwarded electronically in confidence to Chair, Nominating Committee, MISA/ASIM Canada by May 6th. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include ‘2016 Dennis Steen Award’ in the subject line of your email.
The Selection Panel will be the Board of Directors of MISA/ASIM Canada or a Committee designated by the Board. The 2016 Dennis Steen recipient will be announced at the 2016 MISA/ASIM Canada MCIO Summit in Blue Mountain, Ontario on June 9th, 2016.