The Winston Gordon Award of Excellence in Accessible Technology

The Award

The Winston Gordon Award was established by CNIB in 1988 and is presented annually to an individual or group who has made significant technological advances benefiting people who are blind or partially sighted.

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.​

Amount of Award:

The award consists of a cash prize of up to $10,000 CAD.


2015 Nomination Deadline: January 1, 2015.

Back to top of page