(photo credit: David Koufis) On August 28th, over 650 Operations & Real Estate Partnerships team members gathered for the 8th OREP Thank BBQ & Awards event. This is our opportunity to celebrate our entire team, and to honour our often unsung heroes for the great work they do in creatively, efficiently and dedicatedly furthering our mission through our three levels of OREP Awards. At the ceremony, Ron Saporta, Acting VPOREP presented staff with 15 Distinguished Service Awards; 5 Impact Awards (Individual); 53 Impact Awards (Team) to members from 10 OREP and cross-divisional teams; and 12 Service Excellence Awards. OREP [...]
Read more about our award winners below: The OREP Impact Award The Impact Award has been designed to recognize individuals or teams who, above and beyond their regular roles and responsibilities, have developed, revised or implemented a system, tool, process, initiative or program, which concluded in the last calendar year, that had a positive impact within their unit or portfolio, or across the University. The new Impact Award replaces the previous Outstanding Individual Employee and Outstanding Staff Team Awards. To be considered for the award, the nominee must have made an impact in at least one of the following [...]
Four OREP staff members have been honoured with a 2023 Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential (SVP) Staff Award, which celebrates exemplary contributions by staff working within the Office of the President, the Division of the Vice-President & Provost, a Vice-Presidential Division, or the Office of the Governing Council. The 2023 OREP recipients are: Ryan Dow – assistant director, community liaison and support, Campus Safety Kiren Handa – executive director, institutional research and data governance, Institutional Research & Data Governance Anna Kulikov – senior manager, business improvement and strategic initiatives, Facilities & Services Brian Szuberwood – executive director, capital projects, University Planning, Design & Construction CONGRATULATIONS to our colleagues!
Established in 2013, the Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential (SVP) Staff Award recognizes outstanding contributions by staff (Confidential, Unionized, or Professional & Managerial at any level) who work in service of the President’s Office, the Division of the Vice-President & Provost, a Vice-Presidential Division (where the Vice-President is a member of Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidents), or the Office of the Governing Council. Recipients of the SVP Staff Award demonstrate outstanding leadership advancing the University’s mission and / or exceptional service to enhance the University experience for students, faculty, librarians, and / or staff. This year, four OREP colleagues were honoured: Brian Szuberwood, Executive [...]
The Vice-President Operations & Real Estate Partnerships (OREP) established the annual Staff Achievement Awards Program in order to recognize exceptional staff contributions to the success of their particular unit, the Operations & Real Estate Partnerships portfolio and the University. The program provides Operations & Real Estate Partnerships with an opportunity to thank staff for the valuable work performed throughout the year. The awards will be presented at the VPOREP Thank You BBQ on August 28 (save the date – details to come!) Three Award categories are now open for nominations: The OREP Impact Awards (Individual or Team) The Impact Award has been designed to [...]
The Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture at the University of Toronto has announced the 2023 recipients of the Pinnacle Awards and we are delighted to announce that Ron Saporta, Chief Operating Officer, Property Services & Sustainability, Operations & Real Estate Partnerships, has been named the winner of the Chancellor's Award 2023, Influential Leader category. The citation states: Ron has led and collaborated on a broad range of initiatives since he joined U of T that have had a significant and lasting impact on the institution. Lauded by his colleagues and staff as “incredibly collaborative”, “supportive”, “unflappable”, “inspirational”, “innovative, energetic, [...]
The Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture at the University of Toronto has announced the 2023 recipients of the Pinnacle Awards and we are delighted that one of our favourite people at Spaces & Experiences, Gloria Zangari Cuneo, has been awarded the President’s Excellence Award for Emerging Excellence. You can read more here!
The inaugural recipients of the EUTA Awards were recently announced, and several OREP colleagues have been honoured! Established in 2022, the Exemplary U of T Ambassador (EUTA) Award recognizes the contributions and achievements of librarians and staff, as individuals or in teams, who have provided outstanding service, furthered the strategic priorities of their unit, department, faculty, or division, and made a significant, positive impact on the University. Congratulations to OREP members: Mark Simpson, Former Director, Building Services, Grounds & Trades, recognized for fostering innovations that increased productivity and efficacy, and providing thoughtful, supportive, and collaborative leadership for caretaking, grounds, trades, [...]
OCTOBER 13, 2022 Ron Saporta, chief operating officer at the University of Toronto’s Facilities & Services, has been named a 2023 Canada's Clean16 and Clean50 honouree by Delta Management Group. The Clean50 awards recognize sustainability leaders in Canada across 16 industry categories – with the leader in each category receiving the Clean16. “As an environmental engineer and an alumnus of U of T, I am grateful for the rare opportunity to work on a lifelong passion – bettering our environment with technology and innovation – alongside excellent and dedicated colleagues,” Saporta said. “We have rolled up our sleeves and are excited to make [...]
On August 24, the Operations and Real Estate Partnerships (OREP) division held a celebration at the Sir Daniel Wilson Quad that drew more than 600 staff to reflect on the successes of the last year—from awards to new initiatives, and more. Now in its seventh year, the award ceremony is the division’s way of bringing departments together for a BBQ and celebrating the outstanding work of OREP staff. The award ceremony and BBQ took place at University College’s Sir Daniel Wilson Quad (photo by Jackie Shapiro) This year, 42 Facilities & Services staff were recognized. You can read more here.