University of Calgary Internationalization Achievement Awards

Nominations open for 2021 University of Calgary Internationalization Achievement Awards. Recognize champions for outstanding contributions in internationalization by December 15, 2020.

Nominations open for 2021 Internationalization Achievement Awards

University of Calgary International aims to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of students, faculty, staff and community members in progressing our institutional commitment to excellence and leadership in internationalization.

Six award categories are available to recognize the impact made by these individuals toward reaching the goals of our International Strategy. 

  • International Program Award (one award)
  • Community Member Award (one award)
  • Academic Staff Awards (two awards)
  • Staff Awards (two awards)
  • Student Awards (four awards)
  • Career Achievement Award (two awards)

The deadline to submit your nomination is December 15, 2020. 

Nominees and programs are evaluated based on their impact made towards:

  1. An outstanding achievement in the sustainable internationalization of a department, faculty, or the University of Calgary as a whole, as a student, faculty, staff, community member, or for an academic program.
  2. Furthering of the university’s internationalization goals and enriching of the international education experience for students, faculty and community.
  3. Demonstrating collaboration, innovation, leadership and impact.

The selection committee chaired by the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (International), Janaka Ruwanpura will include two senior leadership team members, two Associate Deans/Directors, International Council members, one UCI staff member, one student representative from the Student Union and one student representative from the Graduate Student Association.

The awards will be presented at the Internationalization Achievement Awards virtual celebration event in April 2021.

Please download the nomination package below and submit your nomination today at uci@ucalgary.ca and reference “Internationalization Achievement Awards application” in the subject line. 

Meet the Internationalization Achievement Award recipients:

The University of Calgary Internationalization Achievement Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions in progressing our institutional commitment to excellence in internationalization. UCalgary derives great strength from our global partnerships, exchanges and development efforts. Internationalization has brought a diversity of ideas, education, cultures and talent to the UCalgary campus.

Academic Staff Member Awards

DR. DEBRA ISAAC, MD

DR. DEBRA ISAAC, MD

Clinical Professor, Cumming School of Medicine

Debra Isaac immersed herself in the medical field as a nurse and educator prior to attending medical school where she went on to study internal medicine, cardiology, as well as research training. In addition to her role in organ transplantation on both local and national scales, Isaac is active in clinical research and medical education. Isaac feels passionately about pursuing and facilitating Global Health Development, which led her to co-found the Guyana Program to Advance Cardiac Care.

2019 experienced award recipient.

DR. FENNER STEWART, PhD

DR. FENNER STEWART, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law

Fenner Leland Stewart is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Calgary. The primary focus of Stewart’s work is the theory and practice of modern governance, and he has furthered his knowledge on this subject through considering the challenges that currently face the governance of
energy markets. Prior to becoming the 2018 Dentons Canada LLP Research Fellow in Energy Law and Policy, Stewart also won the Peak Scholar in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Knowledge Engagement award in 2016.

2019 new award recipient.

JENNIFER HATFIELD

JENNIFER HATFIELD

Associate Dean, Cumming School of Medicine

Jennifer Hatfield is leading many innovative research projects around the world on behalf of Canada and the University of Calgary. As co-chair of the Canadian Global Health Coalition Task Group on Global Health Research Partnerships, Hatfield is responsible for leading an international team working to promote and improve partnerships between researchers in Canada and lower income countries.

2018 experienced award recipient.

LEIGHTON WILKS

LEIGHTON WILKS

Instructor, Haskayne School of Business

Leighton Wilks is an instructor and a Haskayne School of Business teaching fellow. His research interests include cross-cultural management, negotiation, and corporate social responsibility. Wilks has received several academic awards and scholarships, including the Student Union Teaching Excellence Award (2015-16, 2016-17), the Robert A. Wilson Doctoral Management Scholarship, and the J. Armand Bombardier Internationalist Fellowship.

2018 new award recipient.

Student Awards

KATE CHEREDNICHENKO

KATE CHEREDNICHENKO

Haskayne School of Business Alumna

Kate Cherednichenko internationalized her career upon graduation from the University of Calgary, and pursued a career with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consultant in business development in Qatar. Prior to her current position in Qatar, Cherednichenko took on numerous international academic and
professional opportunities around the world, in the United States, Italy, Finland, Sweden and Honduras.

2019 award recipient.

HAOZE ZHANG

HAOZE ZHANG

International Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Science

Coming to Calgary in 2017 from the China University of Petroleum as a 2+2 student, Haoze Zhang is in his final year of Geology at the University of Calgary. In 2018, Zhang became the Science Ambassador in the Science Mentorship Program, which helps international students to adapt to the way of life in Canada.

2019 award recipient.

ISMAT ALI

ISMAT ALI

Doctor of Medicine Candidate, Cumming School of Medicine

Ismat Ali is in her final year as a medical student at the Cumming School of Medicine, and graduates in June 2019. In 2015, Ali earned her Bachelor of Life Sciences Degree at Queen’s University. Upon graduation, Ali hopes to pursue her passions of maternal and child health, along with working with vulnerable populations to improve healthcare access in Canada, as well as internationally.

2019 award recipient.

SOPHIE HU

SOPHIE HU

MD/MSc Student, Cumming School of Medicine

Sophie Hu is working towards her MSc in Epidemiology at the Cumming School of Medicine. Through leading research projects globally, such as in the Dominican Republic and China, Hu has been able to pursue her areas of interest, including clinical and global health research biotechnology. Currently, Hu works at the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, as well as serves as a Graduate Representative on the China Regional Advisory Council.

2019 award recipient.

DR. ALEJANDRA ENRIQUEZ GARCIA, PhD

DR. ALEJANDRA ENRIQUEZ GARCIA, PhD

Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry

Alejandra Enriquez Garcia recently completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. Garcia is researching the role of rhodium-based anticancer drugs and their interaction with biomolecules. Originally from Spain, where Garcia did her BSc and MSc in Chemistry, she recognizes that internationalization and collaboration has helped her to enhance the quality of her research, as well as her professional development.

2019 award recipient.

LAURA FADER

LAURA FADER

Schulich School of Engineering

Laura Fader is passionate about ensuring that all students have opportunities to internationalize their university experiences, and about supporting international students on campus. She has worked, volunteered and competed abroad, traveling to over 35 countries throughout her degree.

2018 award recipient.

ELIANA EL KHOURY

ELIANA EL KHOURY

Werklund School of Education

Eliana El Khoury is a passionate teacher, researcher and scholar. She is currently a PhD candidate in Learning Sciences at the University of Calgary. As an international student, El Khoury is passionate about internationalization. Through her work, volunteer, and study, El Khoury tries to help make the University of Calgary a home away from home for every student.

2018 award recipient.

International Program Awards

QATAR STUDY ABROAD

QATAR STUDY ABROAD

Faculty of Nursing

Undergraduate nursing students have the opportunity each year to combine an international experience at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary – Qatar. This innovative experience provides the students with an opportunity to compare and contrast Western and Middle Eastern health systems and cultures. The program also provides both parties with a fertile ground to exchange evidence-based practice, appreciate the scope of nursing practice, and receive peer mentorship.

2019 award recipient.

TEACHING ACROSS BORDERS

Werklund School of Education

Teaching Across Borders is a unique international volunteer-teach experience opportunity for BEd students in the Werkund School of Education led by Roswita Dressler. Participating students return with a greater appreciation of the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse students enrolled in the Canadian school system.

2018 award recipient.

Staff Member Awards

GARRETT BEATTY

GARRETT BEATTY

Advisor Intercultural Programs, Student and Enrolment Services

Garrett Beatty’s role within the University is to plan social programming and intercultural events for the diverse group of international students on campus. In addition to representing international students on a number of committees, Beatty is a strong advocate for a number of important issues including cross-cultural literacy and mental health support, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

2019 award recipient.

DAN MCFADYEN

DAN MCFADYEN

Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy

Dan McFadyen joined The School of Public Policy in 2013, and served as Program Director, Extractive Resource Governance Program until 2017. Prior to his time with the University of Calgary, McFadyen served in senior leadership roles in both public and private sectors within Alberta, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. These various roles included Chairman of the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Deputy Minister of Energy.

2019 award recipient.

HEATHER CLITHEROE

HEATHER CLITHEROE

International Coordinator, SCC, Faculty of Science

Heather Clitheroe’s seventeen-year career at the University of Calgary has included roles in the admissions office, student advising and support services. She joined the Faculty of Science in 2016 and works to support the development of high-impact international programming for students, faculty, and staff.

2018 award recipient.

MATTHEW KNOX

MATTHEW KNOX

International Recruitment Advisor, Student and Enrolment Services

Born in High River, Matthew Knox gained his first international experience as a Rotary exchange student to Brazil. He has held multiple roles at the university ranging from Residence Students Association president, to international student advisor and volunteer coordinator, to his current role as a recruitment advisor for Latin America.

2018 award recipient.

Community Member Awards

JOSEPH LEUNG

JOSEPH LEUNG

President and CEO of Marquis Communities Development Inc. and Environcon Systems

Joseph Leung moved to Canada from Hong Kong in 1968. As an active member in the UCalgary community, Leung had a two-term tenure on the UCalgary Senate and sponsored 30 engineering and seven Faculty of Environmental Design students to work in Portugal on the largest urban renewal project to ever take place in Europe. Recently, Leung and his wife gifted the University of Calgary $600,000 that will provide full scholarships to international students from China as well as provide funds to Calgary students who choose to study abroad in China.

2019 award recipient.

CECILIA VILLANUEVA BRACHO

CECILIA VILLANUEVA BRACHO

Former Mexican Consul in Calgary

Former Consul of Mexico in Calgary and current Consul of Mexico in Frankfurt since July 2017, Cecilia Villanueva Bracho graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in International Relations. She has worked for the Mexican Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs, and in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. As a member of the Foreign Service, she specialized in multilateral affairs and human rights and was appointed Ambassador in 2017.

2018 award recipient.

Career Achievement Awards

DR. JENN BRENNER, MD

DR. JENN BRENNER, MD

Director, Global Maternal Child Health Cumming School of Medicine

Jenn Brenner is a pediatrician and Clinical Associate Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine. With a passion for global health with expertise and experience in maternal, newborn and child health programming, she has led numerous large research and policy-related health and development projects in East Africa over the past two decades. In 2018, Brenner was recognized with the Canadian Excellence in Women and Children’s Health Measuring Impact Award (Can-WaCH), and was named a member of the Canadian Women in Global Health List (Canadian Society for International Health).

2019 award recipient.

DR. STEPHEN RANDALL, PhD

DR. STEPHEN RANDALL, PhD

Faculty Professor, Faculty of Arts

Stephen Randall is a University of Calgary Professor Emeritus, and has an extensive portfolio including holding the position of former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Director, Institute for U.S. Policy Research - Latin American Research Centre. He was also awarded the Lifetime Public Service Award Canadian Council for the Americas (Toronto). Randall focuses on international engagement among students, faculty, and the general public to enrich the lives of participants, as he believes this encourages broader cultural understanding and tolerance of different values, traditions and lifestyles.

2019 award recipient.

LORNE JAQUES

LORNE JAQUES

Faculty of Social Work

Lorne Jaques began his association with the University of Calgary’s International Centre in 1990. He assumed leadership roles within the International Centre, completed his PhD and took leave from the university to become a Director at the New York Office of the United Nations Institute for Training & Research. University of Calgary Internationalization Achievement Awards 2018 He now leads the graduate specialization in International and Community Development in the Faculty of Social Work.

2018 award recipient.