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CASCADE AWARDS

In 2021, the CASC Board of Directors reviewed the CASCADE awards structure. Based on member feedback and consultation, changes have been made to:

    • better reflect the impact of our members’ work and align with CASC’s Vision and Mission,
    • make the awards more accessible to all institutional members of CASC, including Science Centre/Museum Members and Affiliate Members.

There are now three (3) Individual Awards and four (4) Institutional: Science & Innovation Engagement Excellence Awards.

Individual Awards

Individual Awards adjudicated by the CASC Board of Directors. All award recipients will become Honorary Lifetime Members of CASC.

The nominee can be an employee or a volunteer of a CASC member organization.

Emerging Professional (NEW Category)

Awarded to a creative, effective, inspiring individual emerging as a leader and/or innovator in the Canadian science centre and museum community.  The Emerging Professional is producing results and making an impact on their CASC member institution, stakeholders, and/or audience.  The Emerging Professional has achieved notable success within five years or less in the sector. 

This leadership or innovation can be expressed through exhibitions, education, fundraising, visitor service, community involvement, or other key activities that lead to success for the science centre.  The work of the Emerging Professional is having a demonstrable effect now and shows great promise for the foreseeable future.

The nomination will be judged by the degree to which the nominee is: 

    • Demonstrably inspiring as leader and/or innovator with the current staff and visitors at their institution. 
    • Producing results and making an impact on their institution, stakeholders, and/or audience.
    • Demonstrating the potential to inspire and nurture creative thinking.
    • Demonstrable effect now and shows great promise for the foreseeable future.

A nomination must contain:

    • A completed application form.
    • Supporting documents as appropriate (visual or other e.g., publications, web links, program/project summary, etc.).
    • At least three (3) letters of support for the application (at least one letter from a senior leader from within their institution).
    • Maximum ten (10) page limit for all supporting documents (not including application form).

Exceptional Project/ Program Leadership (Revised Category)

Awarded to multiple individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities during the successful implementation of a program/ project that has made science approachable, relevant, and accessible in 2020. These individuals have gone above and beyond their role responsibilities, and have had a positive impact on people, facilities, or experiences within the Canadian science centre/museum community.

The nomination will be judged by the degree to which the nominee is: 

    • Demonstrably inspiring the current staff and visitors at their institution. 
    • Applying new ideas and/or enhancing best practices in making science approachable, relevant, and accessible.
    • Demonstrating the potential to inspire and nurture creative thinking.
    • Building relationships for his or her institution within the community.

A nomination package must contain:

    • A completed application form.
    • Supporting documents as appropriate (visual or other e.g., publications, web links, program/project summary, etc.).
    • At least three (3) letters of support for the application (at least one letter from a senior leader from within their institution).
    • Maximum ten (10) page limit for all supporting documents (not including application form).

Outstanding Career Achievement

Awarded to an inspirational thought leader who has made significant long-term contributions to the Canadian science centre/museum sector during their 15+ year tenure and is deeply committed to building a thriving science and innovation culture of engaged citizens.

Note: This individual may already be retired from or currently working within the science centre/museum sector.

It is preferred that one person be selected annually to receive this award. If more than one nominee meets the criteria, the judges may select more than one recipient.  

Nominations will be judged by the degree to which the nominee:  

    • Has made a demonstrable contribution to the leadership of one or more CASC member institutions.
    • Has made an exceptional and ongoing contribution to the development of Canadian science centre/museum community.  This might include service on industry associations or committees, conference presentations, cross-sectoral collaboration. 
    • Has engaged a broader audience in science and innovation through activities like published work, organized science events, public speaking, science communication for a wide audience, or other activities that further the broad goals of the informal science sector. 

A nomination must contain:

    • A completed application form.
    • A complete curriculum vitae or equivalent.
    • Supporting documents as appropriate (visual or other e.g., publications, web links, documents).
    • At least three (3) letters of support for the application.
    • Maximum ten (10) page limit for all supporting documents (not including application form).

Institutional Awards

Science & Innovation Engagement Excellence Awards (Revised Structure) 

Total of four awards. Adjudicated by the CASCADE Awards Jury. This year we have restructured our Institutional Awards to align with the overall cost of a project rather than the operating budget of the institution and type of project.

Open to all CASC member institutions, the Science & Innovation Engagement Excellence Awards are categorized according to the overall cost of the project. The Project must have taken place in the last 5 years and has not previously received a CASCADE award for the project.
    • Category 1: $1M and over                                                                                                                                
    • Category 2: $250,000 to $1 million
    • Category 3: $50,000 to $250,000
    • Category 4: $50,000 and under

Projects submitted in each category may relate to one or more of the following key science engagement offerings that were delivered in Canada:

    • Temporary or travelling exhibition
    • Upgraded permanent gallery (by at least 60%)
    • Multimedia, live presentation or planetarium show
    • Public engagement programs - onsite or outreach educational, interpretive, or public program, such as school visits, camps, festivals, outreach, weekend events, etc.

Note: Each institution can only apply for up to two (2) categories each year.

Nominations will be judged by the degree to which the project:

  • Exceeds the standards of science engagement practice in making science approachable, relevant, and accessible.
  • Has been conceived and produced mainly by a CASC member institution.
  • Demonstrates a spirit of initiative, innovation and creativity.
  • Corresponds to an efficient use of available resources.
The nomination package must contain:
  • Completed application form.
  • Completed technical sheet - includes list of contributors (i.e., partners who contributed to project; donors/sponsors, contractors - designers, fabricators, etc.).
  • Supporting documents: publications, brochure, exhibition/program texts, excerpts from a video production, reproduction of exhibition panels, 2D model or modeling, hyperlink, etc.
  • Maximum five (5) pages and two (2) website links.



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