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Law Enforcement Award of Excellence for Counterfeit Deterrence

The Bank of Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), established an award of excellence for bank note counterfeiting deterrence in 2004. This award recognizes the efforts of individuals in the fields of counterfeit enforcement, crime prevention, and education.

The nomination period for 2024 is now closed.


The award recognizes excellence in the delivery of various programs and activities aimed at counterfeiting deterrence, thereby contributing to public confidence in Canada’s currency.

Award criteria

  • The action or event for which a person is nominated must have taken place in Canada within three years of the date of nomination.
  • The nomination must be submitted by a police officer or another employee of an accredited police service in Canada. However, the action or event may have been performed by someone outside a police service. For example, the award could be given to a college or university employee who significantly contributed to the fight against counterfeiting in Canada.
  • The nomination must relate to Canadian bank notes.
  • The nominee(s) must demonstrate excellence or innovation in one of the following areas:
    • developing or delivering a bank note counterfeiting training or education program at a police academy, college, university or any enforcement partner organization to promote counterfeit deterrence;
    • conducting a forensic analysis or evaluation of counterfeit bank notes;
    • conducting intelligence analysis of trends, emerging issues, and/or potential risks related to counterfeiting currency;
    • investigating a Canadian bank note counterfeiting operation, or actively contributing to an investigation;
    • building partnerships, internally or externally, through creative and innovative approaches to collaboration in the fight against counterfeiting in Canada.

2024 call for nominations

The nomination period for 2024 is now closed.

Working in partnership with CACP, the Bank will announce the winner (or winners) later this year and a formal award presentation will be made virtually or at a law enforcement conference in 2024.

Selection process

A five-person panel, consisting of two serving or retired Canadian police officers and three Bank of Canada officials, will review all nominations and select the winner(s).

Notification of results

All nominees and their supervisors will be notified of the results in due course.

Award presentation

The winner(s) will be honoured at a future awards ceremony by a senior Bank of Canada official.

Privacy notice

Personal information collected by the Bank of Canada is protected under the Privacy Act. The information will be used to administer the Law Enforcement Award of Excellence for Counterfeit Deterrence Program. For further information about the Bank of Canada’s privacy practices, please consult the Bank’s General Privacy Policy.

Recent winners

  • 2020 – Ms. Lyne Landry and Superintendent Renée Fontaine of the Canada Border Services Agency, and Acting Lieutenant Serge Lachance and Detective Sergeant Martin Parent of the Sûreté du Québec
  • 2019 – Della Lewis, RCMP Forensic Laboratory, and Det. Jerry Sobchyshyn, Edmonton Police Service
  • 2018 – Cpl. Vinh Ngo, Mrs. Gayle Myette and retired Cst. Bud Bishop, Integrated Counterfeit Enforcement Team, RCMP “E” Division, Federal Serious and Organized Crime, Financial Integrity

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