The Winston Gordon Award of Excellence in Accessible Technology

About Winston Gordon

Winston Graham Gordon, the son of a railway freight agent, was born on August 2, 1901 in Hamilton, Ontario. After losing his vision in early childhood, he went on to become a successful entrepreneur and industrialist who founded his own business, the Steel Fabricating and Welding Company Limited.

Throughout his life, Winston Gordon shared his success with the people of Hamilton. For more than 25 years, he volunteered his time and talent at CNIB where his skills as a leader and role model were invaluable.

His generosity to others who are blind or partially sighted is well documented. He always supported practical projects and technological devices that would enhance the lives of people with vision loss.

In 1976, the Government of Canada recognized the value and importance of Winston Gordon’s contributions by appointing him a Member of the Order of Canada.

Winston was a quiet man with a lively sense of humour. CNIB is proud to recognize and share his thoughtful and caring generosity through the establishment of the Winston Gordon Award.

The Award

The Winston Gordon Award was established by CNIB in 1988 and is presented to an individual or group who has made significant technological advances benefiting people with vision loss. Nominations are welcomed from individuals, small firms or mainstream suppliers of goods and services, as well as developers of assistive technology. We are specifically interested in computer or mobile applications that make information accessible to people who are blind or partially sighted.

The award consists $10,000 (CAD) cash prize which will be presented in Toronto on March 25, 2015. Nominations must be received by January 16, 2015 in order to qualify.

UPDATE: Nomination deadline extended to Friday, January 23, 2015!


Nominations may be submitted from any country or territory. A person or party may nominate themselves, a colleague or an organization.

  • The device or application must be currently available in Canada.

  • The device or application must be in market for 1 year at time of nomination.

  • The device or application must have a documented benefit to people who are blind or partially sighted.

The award may be presented to an individual, group or organization, including inventors, designers, corporations and academic institutions and suppliers of goods and services. The device or application must be currently available, broadly distributed and accepted by people who are blind or partially sighted.

Nomination process:

To submit a nomination, please complete the nomination form and forward it, with your reference letters to