Congratulations to our 2021 Arch Award recipients

The Arch Awards are the highest honour awarded by the UCalgary Alumni Association. Since 1985, they have celebrated bold alumni who’ve transformed business and community, art and technology, sport and health, for the betterment of all.

Celebrate UCalgary's most remarkable alumni

We celebrated their accomplishments at the Arch Award ceremonies on Sept. 17, 2021.


Meet the 2021 Arch Award recipients!

Learn more about our six bold 2021 Arch Award recipients who inspire, inform and illuminate the world.

Dr. Bryan Kolb, BSc’68, MSc’70, PhD

Dr. Bryan Kolb, BSc’68, MSc’70, PhD

Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. Helga Holst, MD’75

Dr. Helga Holst, MD’75

International Career Achievement Award

Dr. Sharon Friesen, BEd’86, MEd’91, PhD’00

Dr. Sharon Friesen, BEd’86, MEd’91, PhD’00

Career Achievement Award

Lourdes Juan, BGS’05, MEDes’10

Lourdes Juan, BGS’05, MEDes’10

Community Commitment Award

Dr. Janice Heard, MD’84

Dr. Janice Heard, MD’84

Alumni Service Award

Dr. Bogdan Knezevic, BSc’15, PhD

Dr. Bogdan Knezevic, BSc’15, PhD

Early Career Achievement Award

Arch Award nominations for 2022 will open in fall 2021

Nominate the UCalgary alumni who inspire you!

Help us recognize our most remarkable alumni — those who have transformed business and community, art and technology, sport and health. 

Arch Award recipients are leaders and innovators. These UCalgary graduates have shown excellence in their profession and are champions for the betterment of their communities. Help us ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.

Nominate a peer, colleague, friend or former classmate for one of our six 2021 Arch Award categories:

Recognizes professional accomplishment or creative leadership in any field by graduates aged 30 or younger (as of December 31, 2021). The award honours recent graduates whose career success has brought distinction to themselves and credit to the university.

To nominate a UCalgary alumna/us for this award, please complete and submit our online nomination form. You may save the form and return to complete at another time.

Nominators will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What are the unique early career achievements that brought distinction to the candidate and how do these inspire current and future alumni? 
  • In what ways was the candidate strikingly innovative in achieving early success?

Recognizes graduates whose philanthropy and/or volunteer commitment has served to advance the University of Calgary and its alumni. The award honours those who have improved the lives of fellow graduates and future alumni.

To nominate a UCalgary alumna/us for this award, please complete and submit our online nomination form. You may save the form and return to complete at another time.

Nominators will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What unique impact has the candidate had on UCalgary alumni?
  • What are the recognized outcomes, made possible by this candidate, that demonstrate a benefit to alumni and students?
  • In what ways was the candidate strikingly innovative in serving UCalgary alumni?

Recognizes graduates who have made outstanding and significant contributions to their community through their professional or volunteer service.

To nominate a UCalgary alumna/us for this award, please complete and submit our online nomination form. You may save the form and return to complete at another time.

Nominators will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What unique community impact has brought distinction to the candidate and how do these inspire current and future alumni?
  • What are the recognized contributions made by this candidate that demonstrate a benefit to their community?
  • In what ways was the candidate strikingly innovative in bringing about positive change in their community.

This award recognizes graduates whose leadership and accomplishments have had a positive impact in their field and whose innovations have made significant contributions to their community. Recipients will have achieved excellence and distinction in their career. 

To nominate a UCalgary alumna/us for this award, please complete and submit our online nomination form. You may save the form and return to complete at another time.

Nominators will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What are the unique  professional achievements that brought distinction to the candidate and to the University of Calgary, and how do these inspire current and future alumni? 
  • What impact has the candidate had on their career or specific sector of work?
  •  How has the candidate bettered his/her community as an innovative leader?

The UCalgary Alumni Arch Award for International Career Achievement honours those whose international career accomplishments have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the university, and real benefit to their communities.

To nominate a UCalgary alumna/us for this award, please complete and submit our online nomination form. You may save the form and return to complete at another time.

Nominators will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What are the unique international achievements that brought distinction to the candidate and how do these inspire current and future alumni?
  • What international impact has the nominee had on their profession and/or the community in which they are active?
  • In what ways was the candidate strikingly innovative in achieving international success? 

The highest honour awarded by the UCalgary Alumni Association, this award recognizes graduates who, over the course of their lives, have made notable contributions that have improved their profession and community. Having reached the pinnacle of professional and personal success, they enrich the lives of others through their leadership, shared knowledge, creativity and innovation.

To nominate a UCalgary alumna/us for this award, please complete and submit our online nomination form. You may save the form and return to complete at another time.

Nominators will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • What unique contributions has the nominee made to their profession and community?
  • How has the candidate's professional or personal success enriched the lives of others?
  • In what ways was the candidate strikingly innovative in bringing about lasting change in their profession or community?

Top nomination tips

Keep it simple

The strongest nominations provide detailed, but brief descriptions that clearly explain why the individual is worthy of an award.

Don’t say it… prove it!

Give real examples that showcase the impact this person has made in their profession and community.

Make it count

Submit only the very best articles, photos and other materials that help build your case. Think quality over quantity.

Share the work

Make sure letters of support come from peers who can provide a unique perspective of why this individual is a worthy recipient.


Eligibility

Inspired by the difference our alumni make, the UCalgary Alumni Arch Awards began, in 1985, as a platform for the University of Calgary Alumni Association to honor and celebrate alumni who are making positive change in the world. Awards recognize alumni who have notably improved their profession and community through commitment, leadership and positive disruption.­­­­­

  • Nominees must have earned a degree from the University of Calgary.
  • Former recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement Award may not be nominated.
  • Current Alumni Board members are not eligible.
  • Current members of the UCalgary Alumni Awards and Recognition Committee, and Arch Awards Selection Committee are not eligible.
  • Faculty and staff of the University are eligible; however, their contributions should be above and beyond those expected in their normal duties.­­­­­­
  • Anonymous and self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Posthumous nominations will not be considered.
  • Nomination packages require a minimum of one letter of support to be eligible.*

*Please note that emails to letter of support writers will be automatically generated once the package is submitted. Please reach out to alumni@ucalgary.ca should you want to send the email request for a letter of support sooner.

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