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Nominations and Awards


Managing the ACA Honors and Awards program, including ongoing development, solicitation, adjudication, and promotion; 

Supporting succession of qualified individuals to serve on the ACA Board of Directors and its committees by facilitating transparent search, nominations, and elections processes.

A listing of past Award recipients is also available. Please visit the ACA Foundation page for information about the Ancestry Award.

Committee Members:

Alice Albarda, Co-Chair

Shannon Hodge, Co-Chair

Susan Hart

Heather MacNeil

Emily Sommers

Anna Gibson-Hollow, Board liaison

See our call for volunteers.


Each spring, in advance of the annual general meeting, the Nominations and Awards Committee, seeks nominations for ACA Director (Board) positions that are up for election. The online election takes place in advance of the ACA Annual General Meeting.

In odd years (2021, 2023, 2025, 2027, 2029) nominations are requested for the following positions:

  • Vice-President (2 year term)
  • Secretary (2 year term)
  • Director at Large 2 (2 year term)

In even years (2022, 2024, 2026. 2028, 2030) nominations are requested for the following positions:

  • President (2 year term)
  • Treasurer (2 year term)
  • Director at Large 1 & 3 (2 year terms)

The term of office for these positions is two years and will begin following the AGM in July.

The slate of candidates will be presented to the Board for approval. The schedule for online voting will posted and opened in advance of the AGM.  All members in good standing will receive an online ballot via email.   Institutional members should ensure that their designated delegate in clearly identified and up to date in their membership profile. If you need support entering your delegate name or updating your form, please reach out to the ACA Office.

See here for a full description of the board positions and the time required for each elected position.

You may download the nomination form for signature here and submit your nomination form, online using the link below:

See also the ACA Nominations and Elections Policy here.

Directors must be individual members in good standing. Institutional members may have their designated delegate nominated for the Director-at-Large position. Nominations must be supported by five (5) ACA members. Those nominated must also provide a brief biography that will be made available to ACA members in advance of the online voting period, will be posted on the ACA website and available on the electronic ballot.

The ACA welcomes more diverse and inclusive representation in the composition of its Board and Committees and encourages the nomination of all qualified individuals including women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

ACA Member Recognition Awards

The purpose of this award, given annually to any individual, affiliated association or institution who is a member of the Association in good standing, is:

  • To identify and honour members of the Association who have made significant contributions to the ACA and to the archival profession;
  • To raise the standard of practice within the profession by recognizing and rewarding excellence;
  • To promote interest in the archival profession in Canada by acknowledging publicly the contributions made by individual archivists.

Member Recognition Award Criteria

ACA Honorary Archivist Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals whom the ACA wishes to honour for their contribution to the archival profession. The Honorary Archivist entitles recipients to attend the Association’s events, including the annual conference, AGM (non-voting ), and workshops at individual member’s rates.

Honorary Archivist may be awarded to any individual, normally not a member of the ACA nor involved in the archival profession.

Honorary Archivist Award Criteria

ACA Advocacy and Outreach Award*

The purpose of this award is to identify and honour members of the Association whose work has raised public awareness of archives and recordkeeping and to recognize, celebrate, and encourage outstanding examples of advocacy and outreach within archives and recordkeeping.

The Advocacy and Outreach Award may be awarded annually to any individual or organization who is a member of the Association in good standing.

Advocacy and Outreach Award

ACA New Professionals Award*

The purpose of this award is to recognize the accomplishments, dedication and spirit of those new to the field of archival practice (including professionals working in archives, records management, privacy, and preservation). This award highlights the leadership qualities of an early career professional.

Any member in good standing who meets the eligibility criteria may be nominated for an Emerging Professional Award.

• Current members of the Board of Directors; Governance Committee; Awards Committee; Coordinators and Association employees are not eligible.

New Professionals Award

*New Award for 2019

ACA Fellows

The highest recognition award, Fellows are celebrated and acknowledged for their long-standing service to the Association and the Canadian archival community.

The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals whom the ACA wishes to honour for their distinguished service to the archival profession. Fellows retain this distinction for life, provided they maintain their membership with the Association.

Fellows of the ACA are chosen based on longstanding membership in and demonstrated commitment to the ACA, extensive professional experience in archives or related fields, demonstrated achievement in the archival world, which may include leadership in the field, scholarship, and/or other outstanding contribution and which has had a cumulative impact on the archival field.

The Fellows category was instituted in 2009, transitioning from the category of Honorary Members which was in place from 1979. Between 1979 to 2008, the Association of Canadian Archivists recognized the following individuals for their distinguished service to the archival profession. These individuals are now recognized as the Founding Fellows of the ACA.

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