Every day, transit systems and the companies that supply them keep our communities moving. But some people go above and beyond, and each year we honour excellence with the CUTA awards.
Please click on the categories below to nominate an individual or company. The deadline to submit all nominations is June 30, 2021.
We honour individuals with four awards:
- William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement Award
to someone who’s shown exceptional service for at least 25 years. The winner is inducted into the CUTA Hall of Fame.
- Edward J. Dowling Award for Distinguished Service
to a transit professional who has excelled for 10 or more years.
to recognize single, major contributions that made public transit better.
for heroic acts that go above and beyond the call of duty.
And we also honour organizations through our corporate awards:
- Marketing and Communications
for excellence in advertising, corporate communications, or public relations.
- Environmental Sustainability
for systems whose projects helped our environment
- Safety and Security
for systems that took extra steps to keep riders and workers safe
to recognize excellence in using technology to make services more efficient
You can learn more about our nomination criteria by viewing the CUTA Awards Guidelines. The CUTA Awards will be presented on October 6, 2021 as part of CUTA’s Annual Conference and Transit Show.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion at CUTA:
CUTA members come from all walks of life and so do we. For our individual leadership awards, we welcome nominations from a wide variety of backgrounds. We encourage nominations for women, BIPOC, persons living with a disability, and persons who identify with the LGBTQ2S+ community.
Help select CUTA Award winners: Vacancies on CUTA’s Awards and Recognition Sub-Committee
There are currently three vacancies on CUTA’s Awards and Recognition Sub-Committee. We are looking for two Ontario transit system members, and one business member, to join us in recognizing those who have gone above and beyond to keep our communities moving. Committee members will review all nominations and meet once via Zoom to select our winners.
If you’re interested in joining this committee, please email Committee Chair Chris Prentice. Please outline your current position and reasons for wishing to serve on this committee.View Our 2020 Award Winners
Hall of Fame
Named after CUTA’s first president (1904-1906), the William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement award is a prestigious public transit honour, and is awarded to an individual with exceptional involvement in the promotion and practice of public transit in Canada. The Award recognizes the outstanding and consistent effort of a transit employee/advocate for a minimum of 25 years of service who, through their dedication and commitment, has led to the advancement and betterment of the public transit industry as a whole. The William G. Ross Award recipients are inducted in CUTA’s Hall of Fame.