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The Ontario Archaeological Society Acknowledges Members and others who have played an important role in the life of the society, and in the good care and management of Ontario’s Archaeological Heritage. Awards include:

Know someone or organization that deserves to be recognized by the OAS?

Fill in our online application (you will need digital copies of letters of recommendation); or,

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Award Nomination Form

Complete nominations must be received by August 1st of each year* (August 31st for the Indigenous Advocacy Award).

*This year’s award nomination period has been extended to August 31st, 2023.

Send Completed Applications:

By Email: 

Director of Member Services: memberservices@ontarioarchaeology.org and the Executive Director execdirector@ontarioarchaeology.org

By Mail:

Attention: Director of Membership
The Ontario Archaeological Society Inc.
1444 Queen St. East, Suite 102
Toronto, Ontario M4L 1E1

By Online Form:

Award Nomination Form


J.V. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award
An award granted on occasion to an outstanding Ontarioprofessional archaeologistwhose life’s work has been consistently of the highest standard, who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of archaeology in this region. It is awarded to a professional who has published widely, is recognized for advancing the practice of archaeology, has earned acclaim for excellence, and has inspired others. Along with theJ. Norman Emerson Silver Medal, it is one of the highest honours the Society can bestow.

Past Winners:

J. Norman Emerson Silver Medal
Awarded on occasion to an outstanding Ontario non-professional archaeologist whose life’s work has been consistently of the highest standard, who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of Ontario archaeology and who has earned acclaim for excellence and achievement. It is the highest honour the Society can bestow.(follow this link to learn about J. Norman Emerson)

Past Winners:

Tim and Ian Kenyon Award 
An award granted on occasion to an outstanding archaeologist whose life’s work has been consistently of the highest standard, who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of historical archaeology in Ontario. It is awarded to an individual who has published widely, is recognized for advancing the practice of historical archaeology, has earned acclaim for excellence, and has inspired others in our Province. Along with the J. Norman Emerson Silver Medal and J.V. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award, it is one of the highest honours the Society can bestow. 

Past Winners (the Ian Kenyon and Tim Kenyon Memorial Awards were combined in 2018):

Peggi Armstrong Public Archaeology Award
Individuals, groups and organizations are all eligible for the Peggi Armstrong Public Archaeology Award. This award recognizes excellence in the promotion of public interest in the study of archaeology through the use of displays, workshops, training, site tours and/or the development of educational programs and materials. Past winners have also been recognized for fostering awareness of cultural resources and heritage preservation, and efforts to advance the ethical practice of archaeology. Applications to the Peggi Armstrong Award are made to OAS Ottawa Chapter (details linked here).

Past Winners

  • 2015 Dirk Verhulst
  • 2021 Roderick (Rory) MacKay
  • 2023 Sarah Clarke

Charles and Ella Garrad Award for Outstanding Service
This awards is given in recognition of the continuing long-term support and active participation of OAS members. Quite often volunteers are the public face of the OAS, doing yeoman’s service in support of our commonly held goals and principles. The contributions of these members are seen especially in the regular chapter meetings, events and activities, the publication of the society’s newsletter and journal, and organization of the annual symposium. These individuals bring a wide range of skills and interests to the organization, and it is because of them that we continue to have a strong and vibrant society. As part of the Society’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, the OAS launched this award for outstanding achievement.

Past Winners:

Indigenous Advocacy Award
This award has been created to recognize a person(s) from an Indigenous community who has dedicated themselves to archaeology and preserving the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples through active participation in Ontario archaeology.  This award goes to those who work tirelessly not only for their own community, but use their voice to advocate for the inclusion of the Indigenous perspective in all aspects of the archaeological endeavour (Click here to learn more). 

Past Winners:

  • 2020 Joanne Thomas
  • 2022 Sarah Hazell
  • 2023 Jordan Jamieson
  • 2023 Saugeen Ojibway Nation Environment Office

Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management 
Offered to either an individual or a group in order to recognize contributions and accomplishments in the field of cultural resource management. Achievements may include the management and preservation of sites, sustained research and frequent publishing or advocacy efforts. Candidates may include private firms or national, provincial or municipal agencies

Past Winners: 

Award for Excellence in Publishing
Offered to an individual, group or firm in order to recognize contributions and accomplishments in publishing works dealing with the field of North Eastern Archaeology. Published works should be considered a substantial contribution to archaeology and can include peer reviewed articles or books. Subject matter may concern theory, methodology, history or specific sites and may be reviewed as a cumulative body of work by one author or a single exemplary publication.

Past Winners:

The Helen Devereux Award for Excellence in Archaeological Mentorship
This award recognizes an individual who has, through the course of a career, demonstrated outstanding commitment to Ontario archaeology through consistent, high quality training of the next generation of aspiring archaeologists. Often, excellent archaeological practice is instilled when individuals first undertake fieldwork and/or laboratory analysis. Winners of this award will typically have many former trainees who have gone on to build successful careers in Ontario archaeology.

Nominations for this award should be made by former students or trainees of the nominated candidate, but other nominations will be considered.

  • 2019 Dean Knight
  • 2020 David G. Smith
  • 2021 Alicia Hawkins
  • 2022 Jacquie Fisher
  • 2022 Andrew Clish

OAS Student Paper-Poster Award
Awarded to any students currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program at a post-secondary institution presenting a paper or poster at the OAS Symposium. It may also be awarded to an individual who has graduated from such a program within the last six months and is presenting work related to those studies. Those papers and posters being considered for the award must have a student as the sole or primary (first) author.

Past Winners:

  • 2009 Lori D’Ortenzio and Christine Saly
  • 2010 Lori D’Ortenzio
  • 2011 Steven Dorland
  • 2012 Eric Beales
  • 2013 John Dunlop
  • 2014 Kristen Csenkey
  • 2015 Mitsuyoshi Yabe and Mariane Gaudreau
  • 2016 Kelly Gostick
  • 2018 Darci Clayton (Paper); Gabby Belyea (Poster); Nicholas Williams and Daniel Ionico (Poster)
  • 2019 Tiziana Gallo
  • 2020 Yasmine Vella and David G. Smith (Paper); Mahalia Baguio, Cinda Johnson,
    Sarah Ranlett, Michael Brand, and Trevor J. Orchard (Poster)
  • 2021 Elizabeth Carpenter, Jessica Metcalfe and Wes Olson (Paper)
  • 2022 Emilia Barc (Paper); Leann Ling (Poster)
  • 2023 Logan Warner (Paper); Lauryn Eady-Sitar (Poster)

OAS Symposium Photo Contest 

Heritage Conservation Award
Given in recognition of a significant voluntary contribution to heritage preservation within the Province of Ontario, above the requirements of Canadian law, within a year prior to the announcement of the award. It may be awarded to an individual or to an organization.

Past Winners:

  • 2013 Rooney Bros. Gradall Services Ltd.

The Ridley Award

The Valerie Sonstenes Student Research Fund
The Valerie Sonstenes Student Research Fund is intended to support student research that relates to and advances knowledge of Ontario’s archaeological record.  This fund provides students with small grants to assist them in undertaking new research for Honour’s, Master’s, PhD or postdoctoral projects. Click here for the application.