Arch Awards

Recognize alumni who inspire, inform and illuminate the world. 

Nominate the UCalgary alumni who inspire you!

UCalgary graduates set out with bold ambitions and, as alumni, they lift up their communities to a brighter tomorrow.

The Arch Awards are the highest honour awarded by the UCalgary Alumni Association. Since 1985, they have celebrated bold and visionary alumni — from astronaut Robert Thirsk and legendary hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser, to the founder of Java programming James Gosling —  alumni who have transformed business and community, art and technology, sport and health, for the betterment of all.

Read the Arch Awards guidelines.

Nominations for 2020 are now open until February 28!

It’s time, once again, to recognize our visionary alumni — those who inspire, inform and illuminate the world. 

Arch Award recipients are leaders and innovators. These UCalgary graduates have shown excellence in their profession and are true contributors to the fabric of their community. Help us celebrate all the outstanding work they do.

Arch Award Categories

Nominate a peer, colleague, friend or former classmate for one of our six 2020 Arch Award categories:


2019 recipient Dr. David Kendall, MSc’72, PhD’79

Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement

The highest honour awarded by the UCalgary Alumni Association, this award recognizes alumni who, over the course of their lives, have made notable contributions that have improved their professions and communities.

2019 recipient Dr. Scott Meikle, BSc’84, PhD

International Career Achievement

This award recognizes graduates whose international career accomplishments have brought distinction to themselves, credit to the university and real benefit to their communities.

2019 recipient Grace Auger, LLB’95

Career Achievement

This award recognizes alumni whose leadership and accomplishments have a positive impact in their fields and whose innovations made significant contributions to their communities.

2019 recipient Dr. Mary Anne Moser, BSc’88, MA’92, PhD’05

Community Commitment

This award salutes an alumnus who has made outstanding contributions to their community through professional or volunteer service.

2019 recipient Rob Allen, BComm’82

Alumni Service

This award recognizes alumni whose philanthropy and/or volunteer commitment has served to advance the University of Calgary and its alumni.

2019 recipient Emily Hicks, BHSc’13

Early Career Achievement

Recognizes professional accomplishments or creative leadership in any field by a recent graduate who is 30 years of age or younger.