Volunteers Lead The Way
The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation is a not-for-profit organization; the role of volunteers is crucial to the success of the awards program and the Foundation.
- Foundation Trustees and Selection Committee Members are all volunteers. They provide Canada-wide representation, continuity, governance, and, in the Selection Committee, a cross-section of technical expertise. These individuals have a passion for Canadian innovation and have been willing to make ongoing commitments to the Foundation.
- Expert Evaluators. Nominations that are complete in meeting the criteria are reviewed by relevant experts; these evaluations are important in allowing the Selection Committee to compare widely divergent categories of innovation. The nominations each year determine the type of expertise needed; hence the Selection Committee seeks experts in new fields every year. We appreciate the many expert volunteers who assist each year.
Volunteer Initiatives and Opportunities
- Chapter Members are individuals keenly interested in promoting innovation and the Manning Innovation Awards in their region or community. All areas of Canada have innovative talent that deserves more recognition; the Foundation anticipates that the evolution of Chapters and the creation of some new ones will help fill that void. Please check the list of Chapter chairs or contact the Executive Director if you wish to be involved.
- Communications. Trade magazines, local papers, service clubs, and other opportunities can be used to help get the word out. Initiatives and opportunities brought to our attention by interested individuals may create publicity opportunities that would not otherwise be acted upon with limited in-house resources.
- Website and Newsletters. Our website has recently been revitalized, but will need to be kept fresh; input and ideas are welcome. Also, our newsletters are all online. Let us know what you think: offer your suggestions and comments. Help us be more innovative, too!
- Supporting Young Innovators. Young Canadian Innovators are coming up with amazing things every year, two areas where volunteers can help are:
- Help in articulating and supporting their understanding of intellectual property and patents would be welcome; it is the last thing that young scientists are focused on, but it is an important piece in today's world.
- Science Fairs are very important in helping motivate and activate young minds to be curious, to investigate, and to innovate. Volunteer as a judge at the local, regional, or national level. Support science education in your schools. Celebrate inquiring minds!
- Donations and Sponsorships. The Foundation has historically maintained a limited, targeted approach to funding the Awards program. The expansion of Foundation activities to help maintain Canadian's lifestyles in a highly competitive world through "Promoting and Celebrating Canadian Innovation" does require the ongoing support of donors and sponsors, however. Please contact the Foundation office at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to donate.