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Awards

Our City Council, and City Staff, are proud and grateful to have been recognized for many of our achievements over the years.

Year Awarding Body Name of Award
2016 Government Financial Officers Association of North America Canadian Award for Financial Reporting / Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting
Richmond won a pair of awards from the Government Financial Officers Association of North America for its 2014 Annual Report, marking a decade of excellence in financial reporting. Richmond received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 13th consecutive year.
The City also received the association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the 6th year in a row.
2015 Community Energy Association Climate and Energy Action Award - Corporate Operations
This honourable Mention was awarded in recognition of the energy efficiency upgrades to the Richmond Ice Centre that reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 26 per cent, electricity use by over 20 per cent and natural gas use by over 25 per cent.
2015 Government Financial Officers Association of North America Canadian Award for Financial Reporting / Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting
Richmond won a pair of awards from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its 2013 Annual Report. Richmond received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 12th year in a row. The City also received the association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the 5th year in a row.
2015 Community Energy Association Climate and Energy Action Award - Corporate Operations
This honourable Mention was awarded in recognition of the energy efficiency upgrades to the Richmond Ice Centre that reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 26 per cent, electricity use by over 20 per cent and natural gas use by over 25 per cent. 
2015 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence - Terra Nova Adventure Play Experience
These annual awards recognize preeminent examples in Canadian landscape architecture, honouring distinctive design, ground-breaking research, and sustainable landscape management.

Terra Nova Play Environment is the result of an extensive and highly successful community planning process, and reflects the agricultural traditions of the area. Most of the features are custom designed and manufactured using British Columbia sourced Yellow Cedar.
2015 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) LEED Gold -Steveston Fire Hall No. 2
LEED rating is an international mark of excellence for green building. Steveston fire hall achieved LEED Gold through the City's commitment to leading design, construction and ongoing operation of the fire hall, including areas of energy and  water, building materials, site strategies, construction, user health and comfort and sustainability leadership.
 2015 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Award - Neighbourhood Development Plan, Honourable Mention
The City of Richmond was honoured for its City Centre Area plan and other plans designed to transform Richmond's City Centre into a highly livable, transit-oriented urban centre with a strong mix of commercial, residential and public development.
 2015 Canadian Special Events Canadian Event Industry Awards - Finalist, Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival
The 11th annual Richmond Maritime Festival was a finalist for Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival in Canada, competing against such notable events as the Celebration of Light and Squamish Music Festival. The 2014 festival attracted more than 40,000 visitors over three days to the Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site.
 2015 International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill Awards - Award of Excellence
The City launched its new expanded Green Cart organics waste recycling program in 2013. An extensive public information program was required to engage and educate the 40,000 users for the new program. The City previously received provincial and national awards for this campaign, which qualified it to be entered for the international Gold Quill competition.
 2014  Waterfront Center  Honor Award
The prestigious Washington, DC-based Waterfront Center advocates worldwide for the use of waterfront resources for maximum public benefit. They presented Richmond with a 2014 Honor Award for the Middle Arm Park and Greenway project.
 2014 BC Hydro Power Smart Awards -Leadership Excellence Award
BC Hydro's Power Smart Excellence Awards are bi-annual, province-wide awards recognizing their best-in-class energy-efficient customers and partners. Richmond has one this award for several years, and in 2014 was the only city, among the 17 award recipients from both the public and private sectors.
 2014  NAIOP Vancouver Most Business Friendly Community Award
NAIOP Vancouver, the commercial real estate development association of Vancouver presented the award to Richmond for its implementation of policies to support the creation of new jobs space, specifically for its green building incentives, including a zoning bylaw allowance that provides builders with a floor area exemption for green buildings' mechanical and associated service spaces.
 2014 Richmond Chinese Community Society Silver Jubilee Community Award
The society marked its 25th anniversary with presentations of its Silver Jubilee Awards which recognized Richmond, among other individuals and organizations, with significant contributions and long-term support of the society.
 2014 Western Investor Best City for Investment Award
Western Investor magazine announced the City of Richmond was chosen as the best city for real estate investment in Western Canada. This is Western Investor's second annual ranking of the top 10 cities for investment. Richmond catapulted to the top of the list due to its underlying economy and demographics.
 2014 Site Selection          Top 10 Canadian Economic Development Groups  Honourable Mention
The Richmond Economic Development office received honourable mention in the reputable Site Selection magazine 2014 annual Top 10 ranking of Canadian local and regional economic development programs. 
 2014 Community Energy Association  Community Planning and Development Award
Richmond's Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU) was the reason the City received the Community Planning and Development award. The ADEU has received numerous award for its innovative use of thermal energy to provide heating and cooling for new homes and businesses in the City's West Cambie neighbourhood. At full capacity, it is estimated that the utility will reduce local greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 6,000 tonnes, the equivalent to removing up to 2,000 cars off our streets each year.

The Community Energy Association is a trusted independent advisor to local governments on climate and energy.
 2014 Wood WORKS! BC 

Canadian Wood Council   
Merit Award 
The Wood WORKS! annual Community Recognition Awards honour communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood use in public structures. Richmond was one of two metro Vancouver municipalities honoured and was recognized for the City's ongoing commitment to promoting the use of wood in construction.
 2014 Annual Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Distinguished Systems Award
The City's geographic information system (GIS) was awarded the Distinguished Systems award in New Orleans, USA. This data extraction system interacts with a number of City databases and information management systems to simplify fulfilling date requests to reduce time required to process data requests and improve quality and detail of outputs. More than 100 GIS layers of information are accessed.
 2014 AirWatch Connect Best innovative use of the AirWatch Secure Content Locker tool Award
The City was recognized at the annual AirWatch Connect Symposium in Atlanta, USA for the best, innovative use of the AirWatch Secure Content Locker tool. The award specifically recognizes how Richmond transformed its processes to distribute information internally via mobile devices in a much more user friendly manner, while maintaining security. This has significantly reduced the amount of paper reports and materials used by City employees and elected officials.
 2014 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) Professional Development Award 
CAMA’s Professional Development Award recognizes a community that has developed a unique and innovative program for their staff and can be replicated in other communities. The City of Richmond was presented with the 2014 Award for Professional Development for its Corporate Programs Management Group (CPMG) initiative. This innovative program was created:

  • Fast track the individual professional development of high potential employees.
  • Create organizational bench strength, agility and capacity to address strategic initiatives and complex business priorities.
  • Effectively address pending succession issues.
  • Produce outstanding organizational and personal development results.

CPMG is made available to individuals identified within the organization who demonstrate consistently excellent results and a high aptitude for leadership. It combines a customized, comprehensive municipal business curriculum, individualized leadership assessments and development plans, extensive formal coaching and mentoring activities, and secondment opportunities on challenging, high profile projects to accelerate the development of high potential staff.

 2014 National  Culture Days Marketing Award
The City of Richmond has been named as the first winner of the national Culture Days Marketing Award for its promotional program that both recruits and supports local artists, creating an annual celebration for the community to take part in arts and culture.

Annually during Culture Days, thousands of artists, designers, cultural organizations and other creative people across Canada offer free public activities over the last weekend in September. Last year, nearly 850 communities registered some 7,000 activities. Richmond was ranked as the No.1 Regional or Belt City in Canada based on the total number of registered Culture Days activities in 2013. With 90 free, interactive cultural opportunities on offer, Richmond was also listed in the Top Three cities overall, after Winnipeg and Toronto.
 2014  Energy Globe Foundation

Canadian National Energy Globe Award 
The City received a national Energy Globe Award honouring the best new energy project in Canada for its innovative Alexandra District Energy Utility, which uses thermal heating to provide heating and cooling to residential and commercial customers in the surrounding neighbourhood. The national Energy Globe Awards highlight the best project submission from a country.

With 161 participating countries, the Energy Globe Award is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards. It is awarded annually to projects focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energies and resource conservation. The Energy Globe Certificate is an internationally recognized hallmark for sustainability.
 2014

Canadian Geo-exchange Coalition  Excellence Award

The Alexandra District Energy Utility was honoured with the 2014 Canadian Geo-exchange Coalition Excellence Award which recognizes regional geothermal heat pump projects that showcase both complexity and quality of installation and design. Projects were evaluated based on originality, innovation and technological advancement.
 2014

International Association of Business Communicators BC Award: Bronze Quill Award of Excellence



National Award: Silver Leaf Award
The City launched its new expanded Green Cart organics waste recycling program in 2013. An extensive public information program was required to engage and educate the 40,000 users for the new program. The BC award was presented first, which qualified the project for the National award - both honouring the comprehensive multi-media communications and public engagement campaign developed to successfully launch the program.
 2014

Government Financial Officers Association of North America

Canadian Award for Financial Reporting / Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting

Richmond won a pair of awards from the Government Financial Officers Association of North America for its 2012 Annual Report, marking a decade of excellence in financial reporting. Richmond received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 11th consecutive year.

The City also received the association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the 4th year in a row and was one of only seven cities in Canada to receive this honour.

 2013

fDi (foreign direct investment) Magazine

Top 10 American Cities of the Future – Small Cities in the Americas, Best Business Friendliness and Best FDI Promotion Strategy
Richmond was again named among the top 10 “American Cities of the Future” by fDi Magazine, for a second consecutive edition of the rankings. Vastly surpassing its 2011/2012 ranking in a single category, Richmond ranked highly in three out of eight categories for cities of its size in the 2013/2014 edition. From the over 400 cities evaluated, Richmond placed 3rd overall among small cities in the Americas – a category that represents a combination of foreign direct investment criteria. Best Business Friendliness and Best FDI Promotion Strategy were the other two individual categories in which Richmond placed in the top 10.
2013 Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Canada  Award of Excellence
The City of Richmond's Alexandra District Energy Utility received the Award of Excellence at the 2013 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards. This award is the most prestigious mark of recognition in Canadian engineering and is given to projects that exhibit a high quality of engineering, imagination and innovation.

The Alexandra District Energy Utility is a system that centralizes energy production for heating, cooling and domestic hot water, servicing residential and commercial customers in Richmond's West Cambie neighbourhood. 
2013  Public Works Association of BC Project of the Year
The Alexandra District Energy Utility was named Project of the Year by the Public Works Association of BC. This award is given to a municipality that constructs a major and complex public works or utilities project that meets specific criteria including innovative design with project benefits for the community and environment.

The Alexandra District Energy Utility is a system that centralizes energy production for heating, cooling and domestic hot water, servicing residential and commercial customers in Richmond's West Cambie neighbourhood. 
2013 Government Financial Officers Association of North America  Canadian Award for Financial Reporting / Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting
Richmond  won a pair of awards from the Government Financial Officers Association of North America for its 2011 Annual Report, marking a decade of excellence in financial reporting. Richmond received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 10th consecutive year.

The City also received the association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the third year in a row.
 2013  Harvest Power  Golden Shovel Award
Thr Golden Shovel Award was presented to the City of Richmond for innovation and sustainability. Harvest Power, located in Richmond, creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers.
2012 The World Leisure Organization (WLO)

Innovation Award

The City of Richmond has won a prestigious Innovation Award from the World Leisure Organization for its development of Terra Nova Rural Park. It’s the sixth major award the City has received since 2007 for Terra Nova Rural Park, including provincial, national and international honours.

Founded in 1952, the World Leisure Organization is a world-wide, non-governmental association of persons and organizations dedicated to discovering and fostering those conditions best permitting leisure to serve as a force for human growth, development and well-being. Richmond was honoured along other local governments and organizations from all over the globe who have found innovative and extraordinary ways to engage their communities in healthy and meaningful leisure activities.

2012 BC Hydro

Power Smart Awards – Leadership Excellence

The City of Richmond was once again recognized with the Leadership Excellence Award by BC Hydro’s Power Smart program. This award is presented to Power Smart Leaders, which the City has been since the program’s inception in 2003. Richmond remains the only municipality in BC to achieve this high level of recognition for corporate energy efficiency and conservation work.

The City of Richmond is focused on energy conservation, energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction, and incorporating renewable energy into the energy system. Most recently, the City has saved an estimated 1.8 gigawatt hours (2.0 per cent reduction) in one year through corporate initiatives. This is equal to enough power for approximately 60 homes in BC for one year. 

2012

Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

Leadership & Innovation, Large Community - Honourable Mention

“The City has been awarded the Leadership & Innovation Award for the Alexandra District Energy Geothermal System.

Union of BC Municipalities’ Community Excellence Awards program is an opportunity to showcase municipalities and regional districts who "lead the pack", take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, question established ways of doing business and pioneer new customer service practices.”

2012

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA)

Regional Merit Award

The City has been awarded the Regional Merit Award in design for the Middle Arm Waterfront Greenway. The Middle Arm Waterfront Greenway combines multiple objectives that include development of public amenities, climate change response and environmental enhancement. It evokes the braided alluvial forms of the Fraser River Delta along 1 km of riverfront, and features accessible trails, gathering spaces, play areas, public art, intertidal vegetation enhancements, piers, and spectator facilities for events such as competitive rowing. The completed project is integrated with flood protection improvements, and is now a popular destination on the City’s burgeoning downtown waterfront.

The Merit Award in the Design category was given for work that demonstrates excellence in the newly constructed or renovated works of landscape architectural design.

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Awards of Excellence honour distinctive design, ground-breaking research, sustainable landscape management and much more.

2012 International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee

(IPC)

IOC/IAKS Gold Medal and IPC/IAKS Distinction Award

The City of Richmond and Cannon Design Architecture, owners and architects respectively for the Oval, received the International Olympic Committee (IOC)/International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Gold Medal for exemplary design and function. The City and Cannon also received the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)/International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Distinction Award for sports facilities suitable for persons with a disability.

The IOC/IAKS Award is the only international architecture prize for sports and leisure facilities already in operation. The Gold Medal is the highest level presented.The Oval was the only one of the 135 entries into this worldwide competition to have won both the IOC/IAKS Gold Medal and the IPC/IAKS Award of Distinction. Judged by a jury of international experts and peers, this award is considered to be the most prestigious international award for sport and leisure facilities.

The IPC/IAKS Award of Distinction aims to promote accessibility to sports facilities and all other buildings in order to give people with a disability the opportunity to practise or view sport without limitation or barriers.

2012 City of Richmond

Lulu Award - Public Open Space category

Garden City Community Park – Play Environment designed by space2place design inc. This innovative park design has won numerous awards, and was created in collaboration with community members and elementary school students. The vision for this park was to create a place where children could use all five of their senses and enjoy nature. The play environment at Garden City Park has changed the way parks are planned, designed, and constructed and provides residents and visitors with an extraordinary outdoor place that is unique within the city, and perhaps even the local region.

2012 Architecture Canada: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Certificate of Merit in the Civic Design Category for the 2012 National Urban

Garden City Park has once again received an award for its design at the 2012 National Urban Design Awards. The design was created by space2place design inc., along with POD Design.

Garden City Play Environment is a public place designed for children near the city centre of Richmond. The play environment provides an experientially rich play environment that fosters children's physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. The park is an organic, flowing space where the structures and systems combine to create a setting that invokes the natural world and reflects the regional character of the Pacific Northwest. Interaction with elements and processes such as water, stone, sand, salvaged tree limbs and ribbons of perennial vegetation provides children with a connection to larger natural systems, while nurturing long-term environmental stewardship.

According to the jury:

“This park is a welcome departure from the conventional municipal park format and offers a rich variety of play experiences and environments catering to a wide range of age groups, users and needs. The imaginative use of materials and the special attention to the design of individual play elements is an excellent complement to what appears to have been an exemplary consultation and analysis process involving end-users (the kids and the community at large) and the incorporation of safety, sustainability, accessibility and long-term durability criteria. This is a community asset that will inspire other similar initiatives elsewhere.”

2012 The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) of British Columbia Award of Excellence
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) of British Columbia has awarded the City of Richmond the 2012 Award of Excellence in the municipal category for the No. 4 Road Drainage Pump Station Project.

The Awards for Engineering Excellence celebrate technical excellence and recognize innovation in engineering that is simply a cut above the rest.  The Awards have grown more prestigious since the inception of the program 22 years ago, and significantly raise the profile of the recipients.  They provide municipalities and consulting engineers the opportunity to showcase their projects throughout the Province.

The City’s No. 4 Road drainage pump station’s pumping capacity was doubled to better protect the City’s residents and businesses from flooding and transformed an industrial style building to an architectural marvel, for all residents and visitors to enjoy.  The City received substantial grant funding from the provincial and federal governments for this project and the work was completed on schedule and on budget.
2012 Government Financial Officers Association of North America Canadian Award for Financial Reporting
The City of Richmond has again won a pair of awards for financial reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association of North America for its 2010 Annual Report.

Richmond has received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the ninth consecutive year. The City also received the association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the second year in a row.



The City’s Annual Report plays an important part in fulfilling our commitment to financial transparency and accountability and our continued efforts to develop a more condensed, user-friendly publication focused on profiling key services provided by the City to the community.

Richmond’s Annual Report is written, designed and printed entirely in-house through the efforts of the City’s Financial Services, Communications and Production Centre teams. 
2011 Public Works Association of BC (PWABC)

 Project of the Year

The Public Works Association of BC has awarded the City of Richmond for the No. 4 Road Drainage Pump Station and Park Plaza. The City’s No. 4 Road drainage pump station’s pumping capacity was doubled to better protect the City’s residents and businesses from flooding and transformed an industrial style building to an architectural marvel, for all residents and visitors to enjoy.  The City received substantial grant funding from the provincial and federal governments for this project and the work was completed on schedule and on budget.

The Project of the Year is a province wide competition awarded to the municipality which, in the opinion of the Public Works Association of BC Executive, commissions, engineers, and constructs a major and complex public works or utilities project which deserves special merit because of its unique features or complexity relative to the resources of the community.  Factors that are considered during the award process are many, the most significant of which are benefit to the community, sustainability, environmental/social benefit, innovation, complexity and quality of final works.

2011 fDi (foreign direct investment) Magazine

Top 10 American Cities of the Future -- Best infrastructure category for cities of its size

The City of Richmond has been ranked within the top 10 in the first “American Cities of the Future” list compiled by Foreign Direct Investment Magazine. Richmond was selected for its combination of strategic location which, coupled with a strong business climate and local business-friendly policies, creates a vibrant economic structure recognizable across the continent.

Cities are judged by a panel examining expert opinion and independent data. The ranking for the infrastructure category is based on the number of international destinations served by the city’s infrastructure, environmental performance, speed of building infrastructure, and other criteria.

The transportation and logistics infrastructure in the City of Richmond offers businesses a competitive advantage. In addition to being on the forefront of the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Richmond is centrally positioned within the region and is highly accessible to the rest of Canada, the United States and visitors from across the globe. Home to the Vancouver International Airport—recently ranked as the best airport in North America—and deep sea multi-modal port facilities, Richmond is also only a short 20-minute drive to the US border. The Canada Line, a rapid transit connection between Richmond and downtown Vancouver and the airport, is one of the latest infrastructure additions to facilitate access for businesses, goods and employees. Later this year, a new interchange will be open at Nelson Road to connect Port Metro Vancouver’s Richmond properties directly to Highway 99, which serves as the North-South transportation and trade corridor for the West Coast of Canada.

2011 International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organization

International Eco-Safety Demonstrative City

Richmond has been recognized as an “International Eco-Safety Demonstrative City.”

The First World Eco-Safety Assembly, organized by the International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organization, a United Nations affiliate, presented Richmond with the award at a meeting in Cambodia in December, 2010. The directors of the International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organization have been interested in Richmond since 2006 when they toured the city while attending the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum in Vancouver.

Selection criteria for the award included leadership, innovation, participation and impact.

2011 BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Child Care Award of Excellence
The City of Richmond is one of only two municipal/regional governments to receive the 2011 Child Care Award of Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding contributions made by child-care professionals, innovative individuals, organizations and local governments who support child-care initiatives in their communities.

Richmond has an active Child Care Advisory Committee, a Child Care Development Policy and statutory reserve fund, as well as city-owned child care facilities.

For more information on the award, please visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/awards/index.htm.

For more information on child care in Richmond and Richmond’s child care initiatives, please visit www.richmond.ca/services/socialplan/childcare/overview.htm.
2011 Government Financial Officers Association of North America Canadian Award for Financial Reporting

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting
For the eighth straight year, Richmond has received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for its Annual Report. This year, the City also received the association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting.

Richmond’s Annual Report is written, designed and printed entirely in-house through the efforts of the City’s Financial Services, Communications and Production Centre teams. The 2009 report saw the introduction of a new, condensed, more user-friendly Annual Report focused on profiling key services provided by the City to the community.