To recognize those individuals for their significant achievements through a lifetime of effort and service to their Club(s), the club management profession and the CSCM. 

The call for nominations for the award shall be issued annually but the award shall not necessarily be awarded annually and shall not be limited to one recipient in any given year.


Candidates for this award must meet most of the following criteria:

  • Be an Active, International, Honorary Life or Alumni member in good standing of the CSCM;
  • Minimum 15 years service in the club industry in a management capacity
  • Distinguished service at the CSCM Branch level or on the CSCM National Board of Directors
  • Have demonstrated outstanding professionalism through his or her efforts and/or achievements in the club management profession
  • Have brought recognition to the club management profession in some significant or unique way
  • Have widespread support and respect of their peers in the club management profession 


Nominations may be made either by a CSCM Branch or by the CSCM Board of Directors.  There shall be no limit on the number of nominations made by any one Branch.

Nomination forms, complete with all supporting documentation, must be submitted to national@cscm.org by July 13, 2018.

All nominations shall be forwarded to the CSCM Awards Committee for review.  The Awards Committee shall then submit a recommendation to the CSCM Board of Directors for approval at least one month in advance of the national conference.

As part of the evaluation process, the Awards Committee may conduct an interview.

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The award includes a personalized commemorative item and letter from the CSCM President to the recipient as well as the recipient's Club Board where appropriate.

Past Recipients

1997 - C. Parkinson, FPCM
1998 - R. Ayoub, FPCM
1999 -  J. Furlong
2000 - R. Brett
2002 - H. Broschek, FPCM
2003 - J. Furlong
2004 - K. Oleschuk, FPCM
2005 - U. Hahn
2006 - J. Novotny
2007 - H. Obermeier
2008 - J. Adams
2009 - G. Smale, FPCM
2010 - G. Pinches, FPCM
2012 - D Matte, CCM
2013 - A. Geddes, FPCM
         - M.E. Sullivan, CCM
2014 - D. Houghton, CCM
2016 - G. Richardson, CCM
2017 - D. Palmer


Denzil Palmer

Denzil Palmer, former General Manager and Secretary of The Royal Montreal Golf Club for 28 years, has been an active, dedicated member of CSCM and CMAA for more than 35 years and, as such, has set the standard for excellence in professional club management.  All one has to do is attend a CMAA World Conference with him to see the level of esteem in which he is held, not just within Canada but Internationally.

"In the many years that I have had the privilege of knowing Denzil, he has always been the consummate professional and set the standard for excellence in Club management.  Throughout his career, he has always encouraged and mentored young managers to fulfill their potential by sharing his knowledge and experience.  

Denzil's passion and dedication to CSCM is evident, as he has often graciously hosted CSCM events and seminars, as well as the many roles he has assumed as a National Director, Branch President and presenter at various conferences."  Steve Pert, General Manager at the Kanawaki Golf Club and current President of the CSCM Quebec Branch

Under Denzil’s leadership, The Royal Montreal Golf Club has hosted several prestigious and very successful tournaments, such as the Canadian Open in 1997, 2001 and 2014, as well as the Presidents Cup in 2007; with each event effectively promoting the Club’s outstanding reputation to the pride of its Members and Staff.  He successfully positioned the Club as one of the top golf clubs in Canada and the envy of many.  Denzil was the recipient of the SCOREGolf Magazine Golf Club Manager of the Year in 1997.

His lifelong dedication to the club industry has been inspirational for so many in the industry – a true mentor and living example of what the Society is all about.  He is an excellent orator, as evidenced by his participation in Workshops and National Conferences within both CSCM and CMAA; with his dry, quiet, wonderful sense of humour making his presentations and interactions with others so memorable. CSCM benefited from his leadership and dedication when he was Ontario Branch President, Quebec Branch President and a member of the National Board of Directors. As a mentor, many young managers have been encouraged to fulfill their potential as a result of Denzil sharing his passion, wisdom and experience.