The success of FCM's international programming lies with its focus on local government development cooperation. Through FCM International, local governments are improving the way they deliver services, to the great benefit of men, women and children.
The awards for Outstanding Institutional Contribution to FCM International programs recognize Canadian local governments and local government associations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership in the scope of their participation in FCM's international programs. The projects in which they participated distinguished themselves in terms of innovation, support from their council or board, and their lasting impact in their partner community.
The Mike Badham Award is given to an individual whose contribution to FCM International has gone above and beyond in terms of innovation, creativity, engagement and leadership. This award was named after the late Mike Badham, former president of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities' Association, in recognition of the leadership and dedication he brought to FCM's international programs from 1996 until his untimely death in January 2006.
FCMI Award for Outstanding Contribution to International Programs (Institutional)
Fort St John
Fort St John received the FCM Award of Excellence in recognition of their superb contributions to the CISAL project. The city's senior leadership, let by Mayor Lori Ackerman, has been working with FCM's Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America (CISAL) initiative since 2016. Key interventions have helped communities in Cusco, Peru, in the areas of women's leadership, local economic and governmental capacity building, and social inclusion.
Pam McConnell International Award for Gender Equality
Debra Button, former Mayor of Weyburn
Debra Button has made significant contributions to the advancement of women in local government in Ukraine. From 2010-15, she served as the Gender Equality Governance Representative for FCM's inaugural project in Ukraine. As the former Mayor of Weyburn and member of the FCM Board of Directors, Button brought her invaluable experience to the establishment of the Association of Ukrainian Cities Gender Equity Committee and played a crucial role in launching the association's Gender Equality Strategy.
Mike Badham Award — Outstanding individual contribution to FCMI programs
Kent McMullin, Senior Business Strategist, City of Edmonton
Kent McMullin is a long-standing contributor to FCM's international development programs. Over the past several years, McMullin has been a key municipal expert with the Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance, sharing his expertise with counterparts in Ukraine.
Take a look at our past recipients.