The Winston Gordon Award of Excellence in Accessible Technology


This award was established by CNIB in 1988 and is presented annually to an individual or group who has made significant technological advances benefiting people with vision loss.

The Winston Gordon Award is sponsored and administered by CNIB. The award is given for significant advancements in technology or applications of technology that provide practical benefit to those who are blind or partially sighted.

The award logo may be used by the recipient for promotional, marketing, or public relations purposes with the prior written consent of CNIB.

Amount of Award:

The award consists of a cash prize of up to $10,000 CAD, depending on travel requirements and expenses. The award will be presented in Toronto on March 21, 2013.


2013 Nomination Deadline: February 22, 2013, the nominations and award process for 2013 is closed.

Congratulations to Humanware​!

Watch the 2013 Winston Gordon Award ceremony.


To submit a nomination, please complete the accessible PDF nomination form, via the link directly following:

Winston Gordon Award - Nomination Form.pdf

Please email completed nominations to:

John Lalley - Manager, Web Accessibility Services
Winston Gordon Award Committee, CNIB
Please reference “Winston Gordon Award: Nomination” in the subject line. Nominations will be accepted via email only.


  • 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 have originated from within Canada.
  • The device or application must be currently available in Canada.
  • The device or application must be in market for a minimum of two years.
  • The device or application must have a documented benefit to people who are blind or partially sighted.

For further information, contact:

John Lalley - Manager, Accessibility Services
Winston Gordon Award Committee, CNIB

Winston Gordon: His Legacy

Winston Graham Gordon, the son of a railway freight agent, was born on August 2, 1901 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Although he lost his vision in early childhood, he became a successful entrepreneur and industrialist, and 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 to the work of CNIB where his skills as a leader and role model were invaluable.

His generosity to others who are blind 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.​

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