2011 Recipients - Award of Excellence

John Webb, retired Director for Emergency Social Services Department of Community Services

Mr. Webb has demonstrated leadership in negotiating and in the design and implementation of service agreements with external emergency service agencies. His vision has been instrumental in building and strengthening disaster management services in Nova Scotia.

The service agreement model has placed Nova Scotia in the forefront of other Canadian jurisdictions in providing an effective, efficient, and co-operative model of managing emergency social services. The result of his work has been seen during Hurricane Juan, Swiss Air and numerous floods and power outages.

Mr. Webb faces each challenge with a smile and encourages all that offer their time to emergency services his support, knowledge and expertise.


Gary Campbell, President of Nova Scotia Lands Inc.
Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal


Mr. Campbell was tasked with leading the Sydney Steel Corporation, Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Remediation project. This entailed implementing a remediation plan which would respect the government’s commitment to maximize employment opportunities for former steelworkers while taking into consideration public accountability, safe industrial work practices, environmental regulations and protection of the substantial financial investments made in the steel making facility.

These sites are now seen as a model of remediation success and have created long-term jobs for Cape Breton. Relationship-building was a key component in the success of the projects, which led to the first provincial Aboriginal set-a-side procurement strategy, and enhanced relationships with African Nova Scotian Employment Centre and Cape Breton University.

Mr. Campbell has been described by a colleague as “understanding, engaging, discerning and committed, he gives himself freely and is naturally pedagogical and accommodating.”

Details about the 2012 Award of Excellence will be communicated in the fall of 2011.