The CIMarE presents several awards, spread across a broad spectrum of the marine engineering community.


The CIMarE Medal of Excellence 

The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering's Medal of Excellence recognizes an individual’s outstanding contribution to marine engineering in Canada, including technical innovation, sea-going service, substantial leadership in the industry or the teaching of marine engineering.  The Medal is the hallmark of achievement in Canada’s marine engineering profession.  

Award of the Medal will be made annually to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident by the National Council on the basis of nominations from Institute members and others in Canada’s marine engineering sector.  Written nominations will be kept confidential and the Council will not disclose its inquiries or deliberations into making the award.  The Medal of Excellence will ordinarily be presented at the annual Mari-Tech conference and exhibition. 

The award of the Medal of Excellence is not restricted to members of the Institute.  All persons who may have made a meritorious, substantial and lasting contribution to marine engineering in Canada, through the operation of vessels at sea, the management and work of marine transportation enterprises and shipyards, the design of vessels, the promotion of safety of life at sea, government regulation, or the pursuit of excellence in the marine engineering field are eligible for the award.  The Medal is distinct from recognition within the Institute, including Honorary Life Membership and the recently created appointment of Fellow of the Institute.

Please note that serving members of National Council or any Branch Executive are not eligible. There is no bar to nominating previous winners or nominees.

Nominations for 2018 are now open. Click here for the nomination information.


The CIMarE Medal of Excellence - 2017 Awarded to Wendy Tadros


In Montreal on the 20th of April 2017, The National Council of the Institute conferred the award on Ms. Wendy Tadros.  The award was made at Canada’s annual marine technology Mari-Tech exhibition and conference.  


In selecting Ms. Tadros for award of the Medal, the Institute’s National Council considered her long career in senior government and regulatory appointments; most notable being her term as chair of the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) during which Ms. Tadros demonstrated exceptional leadership in the improvement of safety across Canada’s marine industry.


During her time as TSB Chair, Ms. Tadros significantly improved the Board’s organization and its effectiveness in marine safety accident prevention. It is fair to conclude that, because of her leadership and vision, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is recognized as one of the world’s best. Another achievement was the clear improvements to marine safety in Canada and regulation of foreign flag ships in Canadian waters. The TSB’s recommendation that voyage data recorders be mandatory on Canadian registered commercial vessels is an example of reconciling complex interests and safety methodologies, a step accepted by Transport Canada which has already helped to prevent marine accidents.



By her leadership and relentless efforts as chair of the TSB Wendy Tadros made a significant contribution to marine engineering in our country. Hers is an exceptional legacy of safety in the industry, improved government regulation and commercial sector performance. The business and practice of marine engineering in Canada is obviously better as a result.


Previous Medal of Excellence Recipients:


2013 - Bud Streeter

2014 - Thomas Ward

2015 - Malcolm Barker

2016 - Ken Harford


Fellows of the Institute


The designation Fellow of the Institute will recognize those who have made a significant contribution to CIMarE as well as to the Canadian marine industry.  For members to qualify as a Fellow they must:

  • Have been a member of CIMarE for 10 consecutive years

  • Have served as a member of a branch executive or national committee for 3 years

  • Have or hold one of the following:

- a Transport Canada issued Certificate of Competency as a First Class Marine Engineer or as a Second Class Marine Engineer

- a Royal Canadian Navy Engineering MARE Marine Systems officer Head of Department Qualification, or the equivalent as determined by the Council

- a Royal Canadian Navy Certificate 4 or Certificate 3 for Marine Engineering Technicians


You can nominate yourself and you can propose others. Once approved by both your Branch and National Council, a Fellow will receive a Certificate and the right to include the designation FCIMarE following their names on business stationary and correspondence. As well, their names will be published on the website and in the Marine Engineering Digest from time to time.


An application form is available here.  



Note: A Fellow will be required to pay annual dues.



TM Pallas Award

The TM Pallas Award is given to graduates of the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The instructors nominate the students receiving the highest combined occupation level course average and certification board mark while qualifying for their Marine Engineering Certificate 4 and Certificate 3.

The graduates receive a certificate and an engraved plaque in recognition of their academic excellence.



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