Ernest C. Manning
The Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards program was named in honour of and under the patronage of a statesman whose own innovative ideas provided much inspiration during nearly half a century of public service.
As Alberta's longest serving premier, Ernest Manning became a symbol of critical thinking and progressive analysis. His seven terms of office coincided with the longest sustained economic boom in Alberta's history.
Born in 1908 at Carnduff, Saskatchewan, Ernest Manning became the youngest cabinet minister in the British Commonwealth at the age of 26. His legendary common-sense approach to politics made him a popular favorite of the people as well as a formidable adversary in parliament.
His belief in recognizing the intelligence of the common person as well as his strong ideals of honesty, integrity and sincerity allowed him to retire undefeated, the longest serving elected leader in Canada's history.
A prolific letter writer and persuasive speaker, Ernest Manning often shared his views with everyone from young students to members of royalty. To many, he was both a friend and mentor.
When he died in 1996, at the age of 87, accolades from around the world poured in for a man whose vision of the future had helped to shape the destiny of thousands.
In continuing his legacy the awards program is dedicated to rewarding and recognizing deserving Canadians who aspire to "do good for the common good" - a principle foundation of Ernest Manning's life.
The first Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award was presented in the fall of 1982. In its first 30 years, the Foundation awarded more than $4.5 million to Canadian innovators of all ages Today, the program presents $165,000 in awards every year. Learn more about our Award Winners.