Awards

Since its inception in 1989-90, SPARK has grown to be an essential part of the research communication network at the University of Guelph. In this time, SPARK has gained national and international recognition and realized many achievements. For example, SPARK was deemed "Best New Idea" in Canadian university and college communication units by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) in 1994. A year later, SPARK snagged the silver award from other Canadian and American university programs in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's (CASE) "Individual Student Involvement Program" category. And in 2005, SPARK was the Agri-Food Innovation Award recipient in the Communications category from the Government of Ontario.

Choose a year to see our other awards and milestones for SPARK and Research Communications.

2010

  • Gold Award: for best television reporting by SPARK Writer Natalie Osborne from Canadian Farm Writers Federation.
  • Silver Award: for best television reporting by SPARK Writer Carol Moore from Canadian Farm Writers Federation.
  • Silver Award: for special periodicals by the SPARK program and the Advanced Foods and Materials Network from Canadian Farm Writers Federation.
  • Silver Award: for technical writing, Heidi Thiessen Memorial Award for Student Writing from the Society for Technical Communications.
  • Silver Award: for photography, Critique and Awards Program from Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Silver Award: for best magazine, Critique and Awards Program from Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Silver Award: for print advertisements Critique and Awards Program from Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Silver Award: for illustration, Critique and Awards Program from Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Bronze Award: for best radio reporting by SPARK Writer Natalie Osborne from Canadian Farm Writers Federation.
  • Bronze Award: for best television reporting by SPARK Writer Joey Sabljic.
  • Bronze Award: for logo development, Critique and Awards Program from Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Bronze Award: for writing for newspapers, Critique and Awards Program from Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Runner-up: for online radio reporting by SPARK Writer Natalie Osborne from International Federation of Agriculture Journalists.

2009

  • Silver Award: for best television reporting by SPARK Writer Arthur Churchyard from Canadian Farm Writers Federation.
  • Silver Award: for technical writing, Heidi Thiessen Memorial Award for Student Writing from the Society for Technical Communications.
  • Bronze Award: for best radio news reporting by SPARK Writer Natalie Osborne (SPARK/CKNX radio) from Canadian Farm Writers Federation.

2008

  • Gold Award: for technical publications, Critique and Awards Program from Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Gold Award: for newsletters, Critique and Awards Program from Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.
  • Silver Award: University of Guelph, Webcast: Building Bridges for Agriculture by SPARK Writer Arthur Churchyard from Canadian Farm Writers Federation.
  • Bronze Award: University of Guelph for best magazine - under $100,000, Research Intensive Institutions from Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.

2006

  • Bronze Award: University of Guelph for Best Brochure "Research Facts" from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.

2005

  • Bronze Award: SPARK program receives international recognition for "Best Media Relations Program" from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Bronze Award: The SPARK-produced publication Research Facts receives international recognition for “Best Promotional Publication” from the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Chapter of the Year in Educational Activities. Sponsored by John Deere. National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.
  • SPARK is the Agri-Food Innovation Award recipient in the Communications category from the Government of Ontario.

2004

  • Silver Award: A news release written by SPARK receives recognition for
  • Best News Release' in the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.
  • Bronze Award: A news release by Research Communications receives recognition in the ‘Best News Release' category in the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.
  • Bronze Award: for Illustration: Single or Series from The Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, University of Guelph, Office of Research, The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture Canada Internship Program in Information and Communication Technologies.

2003

  • Gold Award: SPARK program receives recognition for "Best Program: Public Affairs, Marketing and Communications" from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
  • Gold Award: SPARK program receives international recognition for "Best Media Relations Program" from the Agricultural Communicators in Education.
  • Bronze Award: Project SOY (Soybean Opportunities for Youth) receives recognition for "Best Program: Independent School or Small Shop" from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
  • Bronze Award: single Black and White Print, Colour Print, or Colour Transparency from Agricultural Communicators in Education.

2002

  • Silver Award: University of Guelph for Best Newsletter "Pig Pens" from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
  • Bronze Award: Aquatalk, the four-page SPARK produced newsletter gains recognition in the general periodical category of the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.
  • Bronze Award: A SPARK produced news story is recognized in the daily press reporting category of the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.
  • Bronze Award: A SPARK produced news story is recognized in the monthly press reporting category of the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.

2001

  • Silver Award: Aquatalk, the four-page SPARK produced newsletter gains recognition in the general periodical category by the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.
  • Silver Award: for a SPARK news release about Project SOY, from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.
  • Bronze Award: A SPARK written and produced Town and Country Ontario television segment is recognized in the television news reporting category in the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.

2000

  • Gold Award: University of Guelph for Individual Special Public Relations Projects, Accolades - Second Annual Alumni & Communications Award Program from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
  • Silver Award: University of Guelph for Specific Media Relations Programs, Accolades - Second Annual Alumni & Communications Award Program from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
  • Silver Award: PigPens recognized for best newsletter from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
  • Bronze Award: Research magazine awarded in the best publication category in the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.

1999

  • Silver Award: The University of Guelph's Research magazine awarded in the best publication category from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.
  • Bronze Award: PigPens recognized for best newsletter from Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
  • Bronze Award: for Publication and Newsletters from the Agricultural Communicators in Education.
  • The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) provides start-up funding for a nationally-based SPARK prototype program at 10 other Canadian universities, using Guelph expertise and the Guelph SPARK model.
  • Bronze Award: for Publications and Newsletter from the Agricultural Communicators in Education.
  • SPARK becomes cornerstone for three-year, $170,000 integrated research communications initiative involving agricultural communications students from the School of Rural Extension Studies.

1998

  • Gold Award: University of Guelph for the Manulife Financial Award for Best Private Sector Partnership. University of Guelph OMAFRA Enhanced Partnership from The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
  • Gold Award: University of Guelph for Personal Insurance Company of Canada Award, Best New Idea - Creativity on a Shoestring: Project SOY from The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
  • Bronze Award: for Press Release - The Alice Switzer Award from the United Farmers of Alberta Co-op Ltd., Canadian Farm Writer's Federation.

1997

  • Gold Award: Project SOY, a student-based contest to find new uses for soybeans that is co-ordinated by SPARK wins "Best New Idea - Creativity on a Shoestring" from The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
  • Gold Award: A news release written by former SPARK writer Brett Nelson receives The Alice Switzer Award. United Farmers of Alberta Co-op Ltd.
  • Silver Award: PigPens, the four-page SPARK produced newsletter gains recognition for best newsletter from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
  • Silver Award: for Publications and Newsletters from the Agricultural Communicators in Education.
  • Bronze Award: PigPens is recognized for best newsletter, from Agricultural Communicators in Education.

1995

  • Gold Award: A news release written by former SPARK writer Steve O'Neill receives The Alice Switzer Award. United Farmers of Alberta Co-op Ltd from the Canadian Farm Writer's Federation.
  • Silver Medal Award: SPARK program receives international recognition for "Best Individual Student Involvement Project" from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

1994

  • Gold Award: SPARK program wins "Best New Idea - Creativity on a Shoestring" from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.
  • Gold Award: for News Release - The Alice Switzer Award. United Farmers of Alberta Co-op Ltd. Canadian Farm Writer's Federation.
  • Silver Award: for Best Science and Research Writing English language "Chickens Respond to TV" from The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education.

1993

  • Gold Award: for News Release - The Alice Switzer Award. United Farmers of Alberta Co-op Ltd. Canadian Farm Writer's Federation.

1992

  • Silver Award: for News Releases from Canadian Farm Writer's Federation.
  • Bronze Award: for a SPARK news release from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation annual competition for excellence in agricultural writing and broadcasting.