PM recognizes the contributions of an outstanding public servant

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today presented the Public Service of Canada’s Outstanding Achievement Award to Susan M. W. Cartwright. The ceremony at Rideau Hall, hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, honoured Ms. Cartwright for her sustained commitment to excellence, leadership and innovation.

“Today, I am pleased to recognize an exceptional member of the Public Service of Canada,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Susan Cartwright’s accomplishments warrant the highest level of recognition, not only from her colleagues, but indeed from all Canadians. Throughout her career, Ms. Cartwright has embodied the ideals of Canada’s public service: integrity, vision and a commitment to good government.”

Among her many contributions to Canada, Ms. Cartwright – who retired from the Public Service of Canada in March 2012 after 31 years of service – led the development of the 2006 Federal Accountability Act, a landmark piece of legislation which strengthens the accountability, transparency and oversight in government operations. She also headed the legislative review of the Public Service Modernization Act, providing invaluable insight into best practices and modern human resources management, critical to public service renewal.

The Government of Canada introduced the Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest honour in the Public Service of Canada, in 1966 to recognize senior public servants who have distinguished themselves by a sustained commitment to excellence. Ms. Cartwright joins a list of 86 distinguished public service leaders who have been honoured since the inception of the program.  A committee of distinguished Canadians, appointed by the Prime Minister, reviews nominations and makes its recommendations directly to the Prime Minister.

Background information and highlights of the career of the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award recipient are available at

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