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Convocation

The Founders' Award was established to honour the core group of Steve Grundy, David Krauel, John Walsh, Nick Rubidge and Kate Seabourne, and other contributors, who took up the challenge to create our university with its unique mandate to offer programs solely in applied and professional fields. This award signifies that development of personal qualities is as award worth as academic excellence and honours our vision to inspire people with courage to transform the world.

The award consists of a gift of a medal to a student or a small collective of students, in each cohort, normally made at or around the time of each Convocation ceremony. Selection is based on demonstration of exemplary qualities relevant to the learning community that field of study serves, typically including leadership, commitment to sustainability, positive and proactive work in equity, diversity and inclusion, and personal growth.

Eligibility

College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Doctor of Social Science
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
demonstrates exemplary qualities in leadership, sustainability, personal development, or a combination of the three. The recipient exhibits interdisciplinary curiosity and uses it to make the world a better place.

School of Business

Master of Business Administration
Master of Global Management
exemplifies the qualities of leadership, sustainability, and personal development.

Bachelor of Business Administration
shows leadership in, and commitment to, environmental and social sustainability has generated the greatest impact and change on the cohort, the University, and the local and global community.

Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management
actively embraces and expresses entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrates entrepreneurialism in action.

School of Communication and Culture

Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication
demonstrates excellent understanding and application of communication practices that deepen and enrich community; foster human, environmental and social sustainability; embrace cultural inclusiveness and diversity, and facilitate positive, transformational change.

Master of Arts in Professional Communication
demonstrates excellent understanding and application of communication practices that deepen and enrich community; foster human, environmental, and social sustainability; and facilitate positive, transformational change.

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication (on campus)
demonstrates excellent communication practices that deepen community, build sustainability, and engender positive social action.

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication (on line)
demonstrates excellent understanding and application of communication practices that deepen and enrich community; foster sustainability; and engender positive, transformational change, be it environmental, social and/or economic.

School of Education and Technology

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management
demonstrates outstanding capabilities as the leader of a learning community who inspires others by example of their dedication and vision.

Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership
demonstrates meaningful engagement and leadership in the program and the higher education sector at a regional, national and/or international level.

Master of Arts in Learning and Technology
has thoughtfully, and with care, collaborated and contributed meaningfully to digital learning networks and communities in the field throughout their program.

School of Environment and Sustainability

Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication
actively embodies a generative, systems approach to environmental education and communication through applied practices for change that include creative and significant ways of collaborating through reciprocity, communicating across multiple and diverse perspectives, and making a pedagogical difference.

Master of Arts/Science in Environment and Management
exemplifies sustainability both personally and professionally, a student that walks their talk.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
"walks the talk" of sustainability and whose actions set an example for their peers. These students may not be the most obvious leaders, but as they develop their ideas about what sustainability means to them as a personal goal, they willingly share that learning with others.

School of Humanitarian Studies

Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management
exemplifies being curious, perceptive, and contributing to the success of fellow students, and who is committed to addressing conflict to build peace and justice in their personal and professional lives.

Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management
has inspired and motivated, facilitated collaboration and innovation, and demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the integrity and professionalism of emergency management.

Master of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding
exemplifies the following selection criteria: dynamic, innovative and excelling in humanitarianism.

Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies
demonstrates a commitment to furthering social justice in their world and inspires others to do the same.

School of Leadership Studies

Master of Arts in Global Leadership
exemplifies leadership qualities of collaboration, inclusion and partnership building.

Master of Arts in Leadership
Master of Arts in Leadership - Health
has been the most influential in demonstrating personal mastery and supporting the work of other students through collaborative leadership.

School of Tourism and Hospitality Management

Master of Arts in Tourism Management
exemplifies the qualities of leadership, sustainability, and personal development.

Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management
exemplifies the qualities of passion, dependability, collaboration, empathy, and vision.

Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel Management
embodies the spirit and heart of hospitality throughout the program by demonstrating significant personal growth over time and excellence in leadership, teamwork and making a difference in their community.

How to apply

The recipient will be nominated by faculty of the School and approved by the Dean.