Cannon Lachapelle Award in Entrepreneurial Thinking

This award recognizes an undergraduate student who embodies entrepreneurial thinking. 

About the Award

The Cannon Lachapelle Award in Entrepreneurial Thinking is for undergraduate students who embody ingenuity and entrepreneurial thinking in their work and study. The successful applicant will demonstrate creativity and innovation in new ways of doing, helping, thinking, and supporting the UCalgary campus community and beyond. Applications for this award open in May each year.

2021 Recipients

Congratulations to Anita Malekian and Mina Mina, both undergraduate students at the Schulich School of Engineering, on receiving the 2021 Cannon Lachapelle Award in Entrepreneurial Thinking!

Previous Winners (2020)

Michael Wahba

Faculty of Science

Alexandra Carlile

Haskayne School of Business

Michael Wahba


“Since earning the Cannon Lachapelle Award, me and my colleagues have been able to accelerate the rolling out of our automated seed grading platform. We placed first in the Liftoff! pitch competition following the Launchpad program, we established a key partnership with another seed grading platform, and we now have the funds to upgrade our prototype and commit to vital market research."

– Michael Wahba, co-founder yOIL and Cannon Lachapelle Award recipient, 2020


There are two awards available for the 2021-2022 school year.

Recipients will receive $10,000 to support their entrepreneurial and academic efforts. 

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year have now closed.

Check back in May 2022 for information on next year's award.

Key Information

This award is open to all returning undergraduate students across all faculties at the University of Calgary. A minimum 2.60 GPA is required.

When submitting your application, please upload your answers as a Word document, and name the document as follows: Cannon Lachapelle Award 2021_Last name First name.doc 

There is a strict 1000-word limit for the total submission (all answers to the questions). 

  1. The University of Calgary defines entrepreneurial thinking as “being creative in finding innovative solutions. It involves taking initiative, exchanging knowledge across disciplines, being resourceful and learning from experience.” 

    1. What does entrepreneurial thinking mean to you and how have you been entrepreneurial during your time at UCalgary? 

    2. Have you engaged with the entrepreneurial thinking supports at UCalgary? List any entrepreneurial thinking activities including relevant courses, co-curricular programs, events, and competitions. 

    3. How will this award help you advance entrepreneurial thinking journey, educational and professional goals? 

  2. Describe a challenge or problem that you have been working on understanding and solving to improve lives and benefit society. The problem or challenge could be from a research project, the creation of/participation in a social enterprise, startup or campus initiative, a social innovation project via a community organization or working with a government entity, and/or an intrapreneurship (innovation within an organization) example.

    1. What is the problem or challenge you identified and how did you identify and validate it?  

    2. How did you deepen your knowledge of the problem or challenge? What research has been done?  

    3. What solutions did you come up and why did you choose the solution you are working on? 

    4. What partnership/s have you/will you pursue and why?   

    5. What impact have you had to date? Or, if just starting out, what impact could this solution have? 

    6. Where are you in your development of the solution and what are the next steps? 

If you have any questions about the award or the application process, please email