Cooperation Canada and WUSC, in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, is pleased to launch the Innovation and Impact Awards. Innovation is at the core of Cooperation Canada’s work and is captured in our strategic directions. We aim to inspire and support the growth of a more relevant, responsive and effective global development and humanitarian assistance sector that, through innovation, can create sustainable impact. As such, Cooperation Canada and the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award would like to celebrate and recognize Canadian individuals and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are doing impactful and innovative work.
Cooperation Canada defines an Innovative Practice as: a new or more impactful means of, or approach to, addressing development challenges and improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable. An innovative practice can take many forms, it can be an innovation that is new to a particular context, but tried and true elsewhere. In addition, the innovative practice could be an approach, technology, business model, policy practice, partnership and more. To achieve impact through innovation, an Innovative Practice should align with The Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact.
These Awards will be granted to an individual and an organization that have demonstrated learning and impact from an innovative practice in international development and/or humanitarian response. The Awards recognize individuals and organizations that are using innovative and impactful means to: (1) address humanitarian, development, and/or peace challenges to build a more just and inclusive world; (2) inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action on these issues; and/or (3) offer new ways of thinking about development, humanitarian and peace-related challenges.
Honouring Lewis Perinbam
Lewis Perinbam, O.C, (1925-2007) was a pioneer in building the international development sector in Canada. He was the founding Executive Director of CUSO, the first full time Secretary General of the Canadian National Commission of UNESCO and the CEO of WUSC. He joined a fledging Canadian International Development Agency in 1969 and became the founding director general of the NGO division. He later became the Vice-President of the Canadian Partnership Program where he launched several programs that made Canada a leader in civil society-government collaboration. He led the 2000 Task Force on the Participation of Visible Minorities in the Public Service which generated deep change throughout Government. The awards recognize his outstanding contributions and provide a reminder and a call for action that ambitious system-wide innovation is always possible.
- Nominators must complete the online form here to provide rationale for the nomination.
- Nominators must demonstrate evidence for how the nominee has fit the criteria and has implemented an innovative practice that has resulted in greater impact and/or learning.
- Nominations can be peer or self-nominated and must be received by November 13, 2020.
Criteria for Selection
To nominate an organization for this award, please see the criteria below. Nominations must be received by November 13, 2020.
In order to be considered for the award, the nominated organization must:
- Be implementing or has recently implemented an innovative practice for development impact, based on the definition above and in line with the Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact;
- Be implementing or has recently implemented an innovative practice to address the needs of the most vulnerable;
- Have, through implementing this innovative practice, demonstrated impact, iterated to learn quickly and/or learned from failure.
To nominate an individual for this award, please see the criteria below. Nominations must be received by November 13, 2020. The award recognizes Canadian citizens and permanent residents who:
- Improve people’s lives in the Global South;
- Engage and inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action in addressing our shared global challenges; and/or
- Offer new and innovative ways of thinking about and addressing development, humanitarian and peace-related challenges (in line with the Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact).
The winner of the individual Award will be given a prize of $5,000 to acknowledge their contributions.
The organizational winner will not be awarded a financial prize.
Both winners will be announced and highlighted during the International Development Week, January 31 to February 6, 2021.