News release

Lieutenant-Governor Recognizes Excellence in Public Administration

James (Jim) Stewart has been named the 2021 recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.

The medal is awarded annually to a person in public administration who exhibits the highest standard of excellence, dedication and accomplishment.

“Jim Stewart has been instrumental in creating career opportunities for students and early professionals in Nova Scotia,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “By attracting young talent to public servant positions, he secures the future of government and non-profit programs in the province.”

Mr. Stewart works with the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University and has created a large network across federal, provincial, municipal, non-profit and public sectors. Through these connections, he has developed a mentorship program that supports the integration of young public servants into the workforce.

His contributions include leadership in the federal human resources community, where Mr. Stewart developed a high-calibre team that earned national recognition for their creativity, effectiveness and resilience. He also volunteers with local and provincial initiatives, greatly contributing to their successes.

The prestigious award is presented annually by the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, who serves as its patron. It is sponsored by Davis Pier and is administered by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Nova Scotia.


Jim Stewart exemplifies the IPAC Nova Scotia value of promoting excellence in public service. Through his engagement and experience with all levels of government, he has been instrumental in promoting a pipeline of public servants to bring growth and new ideas to government services and policies. We are greatly appreciative of his dedication and commitment to leadership in public administration and his continued support of IPAC Nova Scotia. Cynthia Ryan, Chair, IPAC Nova Scotia

Quick Facts:

  • 34 people have been awarded the medal since 1986
  • the award recipient is chosen from nominations submitted by government and academic organizations each year
  • the Institute of Public Administration of Canada comprises members from all levels of government, public sector bodies and institutions

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