Every year, we recognize employees whose exceptional contributions reinforce NATIONAL’s values and vision and promote the Firm’s growth and leadership position in public relations. NATIONAL’s Achievement Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our employees on a local and international level.
Local awards are given out in five categories during special ceremonies in each office:
Business Development and Management Achievement Award – Recognizes individuals who substantially increase business through existing or new clients, and have excelled in overall project management. They also establish strong client relationships and demonstrate the tagline Trusted Partner. Bold Thinking.TM
Support Services Achievement Award - Recognizes individuals who make an exceptional contribution to the Firm, although not always visible to the client, by providing outstanding support to consultants and introducing value-added initiatives. They contribute to increased productivity and participate in the new business development process while fostering a positive work environment.
Commitment and Collaboration Achievement Award - Recognizes individuals who make an outstanding commitment to the Firm and/or to the community above and beyond their usual duties, who demonstrate continuous career progress and who strive to enhance collaboration by fostering inter-group and inter-office relations. Their extracurricular activities enhance NATIONAL’s profile in the community and/or in our profession.
Visionary Leadership Model (VLM) Achievement Award - Recognizes individuals who consistently reflect the behaviours and competencies of our Visionary Leadership Model and deliver superior results through the enduring quality of their relationships with clients, colleagues and members of the Firm. They act in the long-term, best interest of their clients, that of their team members and of the Firm by constantly identifying opportunities for delivering value, growing business and advancing professional development opportunities for staff they work with.
Innovation Achievement Award - Recognizes individuals who demonstrate an exceptional capacity for innovation. They bring new ideas and concepts to their day-to-day work and consistently reflect the tagline Bold Thinking.TM to earn the trust of their clients. They also provide breakthroughs in the way we service our clients, keeping NATIONAL above the competition.
Two special international employee recognition award categories, underlining exceptional accomplishments, are also presented each year:
The Luc-Beauregard Award – This award, which honors the memory of our Founding Chairman, is presented to the local winner with the most outstanding profile. The recipient is selected by Jean-Pierre Vasseur, President and Chief Executive Officer. Recent winners include:
2017: Chantal Benoit, Director, Consumer Relations (Montreal)
2016: Nicole Antonio, Medical Writer (London, UK)
2015: Darcie Muise, Traffic and Production Manager (Halifax)
2014: Sarah Bannoff, Senior Consultant (Toronto)
Alexandre Boucher, Senior Consultant (Quebec City)
2013: Tina Hahn, Vice-President (Copenhagen/London, UK)
2012: Luc Levasseur, Manager (Toronto)
2011: Sarah Coombs, Partner (Toronto)
2010: Shawn Patterson Baker, Vice-President (Toronto)
The NATIONAL Way Award – This award is presented to the candidate who best represents the Firm’s values: quality, innovation, engagement, respect, collaboration, integrity and responsibility. The winner, selected by Jean-Pierre Vasseur, also demonstrates commitment to our Visionary Leadership Model and embodies the tagline Trusted partner. Bold Thinking.TM Recent winners include:
2017: Sam Barnes, Director (London, UK)
2016: Joanna Wilson, Senior Vice-President (Toronto)
2015: Kim West, Partner and Chief Client Officer (Toronto)
2014: Daniella McCrorie, Account Director (AXON CTS, Toronto)
2013: Francine La Haye, Senior Vice-President (Montreal)
2012: Martin Daraiche, Partner (Quebec City)
2011: Ghislain Dufour, Senior Consultant (Montreal)
2010: Miranda Dini, Managing Partner (London, UK)
Thank You Awards
Throughout the year, this program rewards consulting and support staff performance that goes above and beyond expectations:
Above‐and‐Beyond Thank You Awards Every four months, up to five individuals are recognized across the Firm for an exceptional performance that goes above and beyond expectations.
Rowing‐Together Thank You Awards These awards are given to a team that will have distinguished itself on a client, pitch or internal project such as committee work. The award is presented each June and December to a group of people that exemplify the Firm’s values through their teamwork. Interoffice teams are encouraged to participate.
NATIONAL celebrates employees who have served the Firm for at least five years by offering them a special NATIONAL gold pin. As well, upon reaching the 5‐year, 10‐year, 15‐year and 20‐year milestones, employees receive a special gift in appreciation of their contribution.