Arch Awards

Celebrate UCalgary’s most aspiring alumni as part of the excitement of Alumni Weekend!   

Arch Awards at Alumni Weekend

Date: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Central Library, 800 3 St. S.E.

Dress code: Cocktail/semi-formal attire

Price: Compliments of the University of Calgary Alumni Association

Arch Awards 2018
Calgary Public Library

Congratulations to UCalgary’s Most Aspiring Alumni

The University of Calgary Alumni Association is proud to announce this year's Arch Award recipients:

Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement

Dr. David Kendall, MSc’72, PhD’79

Renowned atmospheric physicist and leader whose work helped put Canada on the space exploration map.

International Career Achievement

Dr. Scott Meikle, BSc’84, PhD

Internationally renowned expert in the memory devices segment of the semiconductor industry who bridges worlds in international business.

Career Achievement

Grace Auger, LLB’95

Champion of Alberta’s Indigenous peoples, who works to bridge cultural gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups.

Community Commitment

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

Co-founder of Beakerhead and current president and CEO of TELUS Spark, who has devoted her career to bringing the community together to celebrate arts and science.

Alumni Service

Rob Allen, BComm’82

Accomplished businessman and devoted UCalgary volunteer who is passionate about the importance of mentorship.

Early Career Achievement

Emily Hicks, BHSc’13

Innovative problem-solver who is revolutionizing water-quality testing in the field.

Meet the 2019 Arch Award recipients

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

Dr. David Kendall, MSc’72, PhD’79

Dr. David Kendall, MSc’72, PhD’79

Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement

  • Former executive, Canadian Space Agency
  • Former chairperson of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)
  • Now retired, volunteers with the International Space University

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient is a renowned atmospheric physicist who played a large role in putting Canada on the space-exploration map with the Canadian Space Agency. In fact, some would say his career has indeed spanned the heavens.

Dr. David Kendall’s affinity for his alma mater has never wavered as UCalgary was where he says he learned — “and never forgot” — about “teamwork, transparency, openness, responsibility and consensus.

“For me, these are the hallmarks of a leader,” explains Kendall, who cites Elon Musk, former President Barack Obama and teenaged climate activist Greta Thunberg as people he admires.


The Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement is the highest honour awarded by the UCalgary Alumni Association. It recognizes a graduate who, over the course of his or her life, has reached the pinnacle of success and, in doing so, has made a notable contribution that has improved his or her profession and community. Congratulations, Dr. David Kendall!

Scott Meikle

Dr. Scott Meikle, BSc’84, PhD

2019 International Career recipient

  • Senior vice-president of Global Customer Operations, Lam Research
  • Former president and CEO of Inotera Memories, Taiwan

With a home in Boise, Idaho, and an office in California, this year’s recipient of the International Career Achievement Award continues to hopscotch the globe for work. A global leader in the memory devices sector of the semiconductor industry, Dr. Scott Meikle says that, if you are going to work overseas, speaking a foreign language is critical.

Mores, customs and nuance change in foreign lands, but the fundamentals of leadership are always the same,” says the man who wrote his thesis in Japanese, obtained his PhD in Japan and has worked in Asia for 28 years. Leadership is entirely about gaining the trust of your team by showing them courage. People will stand beside you through anything if they see you are standing with them, accepting the same risks.” And, Meikle adds with a laugh, “especially if you’re willing to converse with them, even with your bad grammar.”


The International Career Award recognizes a graduate whose global work has created real benefit to their communities. Congratulations, Dr. Scott Meikle!

Grace Auger

Grace Auger, LLB’95

2019 Career Achievement Recipient

  • Lawyer, Eagle Law Group, Siksika Nation
  • Former Crown Prosecutor
  • Former chair and co-chair, First Nations Womens’ Council on Economic Security

This year’s Career Achievement Award recipient has been a staff lawyer for Legal Aid Alberta on the Siksika Nation for 12 years. It’s an unique position, but then nothing about Grace Auger’s career path has been typical. Look back and you’ll discover that she was the only Indigenous law student in her cohort at UCalgary, and the only student raising three kids under the age of eight.

The load was colossal but, frankly, that’s all that Auger has known having spent decades breaking barriers and fighting extraordinary obstacles — all while building bridges between Indigenous people and Western society.

“Having a full-time lawyer placed at Siksika helps build that trust so that clients won’t have to repeat their stories to somebody new who may come along,” she explains. “That is really why I went into law — to give Indigenous people a voice and to build bridges.”

Who better to understand justice than someone who has lived with injustice?


The Career Achievement Award recognizes a graduate whose leadership and accomplishments have had a positive impact in their field and whose innovation has made significant contributions to their community. Congratulations, Grace Auger!

Mary Anne Moser

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

2019 Community Commitment Recipient

  • Co-founder and former president, Beakerhead
  • President and CEO, TELUS Spark

Current president and CEO of TELUS Spark, co-founder of Beakerhead, an award-winning designer and communications director — these are just a few of the positions held by Dr. Mary Anne Moser, roles that made her an ideal candidate for this year’s Community Commitment Award.

When asked how Beakerhead was created, Moser says: “We wanted to bring worlds together, we wanted to rip down silos between science and art, and, in the process, all these beautiful things happened. Artists found doorways into the world of science and scientists appreciated how much skill goes into creative work. And the entrepreneurial community got excited about where these things would smash up . . . all the potential crossroads and intersections.”


The Community Commitment Award recognizes a graduate who has made outstanding contributions to their community through their professional or volunteer service. Congratulations, Dr. Mary Anne Moser!

Rob Allen

Rob Allen, BComm’82

2019 Alumni Service recipient

  • CEO of Aligned Outcomes
  • Member, University of Calgary Board of Governors
  • Former director, University of Calgary Alumni Association board
  • Former executive, IBM

Currently the CEO of Aligned Outcomes and an active member of UCalgary’s Board of Governors, the 2019 recipient of the Alumni Service Award has served on dozens of the university’s advisory councils and committees and he has been active in numerous mentorship programs.

In the past few years, Allen has shifted from being an IBM executive, where he worked for 30 years, to being an entrepreneur, and that shift has forced him to question what skills he needed to develop.

“Volunteering at the university is always exciting,” says Allen. “You’re always engaging with people who are thought leaders, who like to debate things and explore new ideas.”

When Allen mentors students, he often suggests that people don’t map out their careers in a linear track; instead, he suggests they pay attention to the way trends and markets shift, enabling the students to react with speed and agility, to ensuring quick pivots.

“We all have to pay attention to the signals around us and be willing to adjust the channel of our story that we tell the world,” he says.


The Alumni Service Award recognizes a graduate whose philanthropy and/or volunteer commitment has advanced the University of Calgary and its alumni. Congratulations, Rob Allen!

Emily Hicks

Emily Hicks, BHSc’13

2019 Early Career Recipient

  • Co-founder and president, FREDsense
  • Mentor and coach, STEM Program

Parlaying her theatre background into persuasive pitching gives this year’s Early Career Achievement recipient, Emily Hicks, enormous joy. The co-founder and president of FREDsense, a biotechnology startup, cut her entrepreneurial chops at UCalgary when she landed a spot on the university’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition team back in 2009. This experience with iGEM eventually led to the development of FRED (Field Ready Electrochemical Detector) that combines biology and engineering to detect chemicals in water.

And it is this killer combination — this bridge between “doing” science and “presenting” science — that makes Hicks so extraordinary. At 29, Hicks and her team have already won dozens of awards, have spoken at numerous international conferences and, to date, have generated more than $2 million of investment and grant funding.

“It takes a long time to start a business — far longer than I thought,” says Hicks. “We are still funding FRED off grants and other investments, but, when I think about setting up this business around my parents’ kitchen table five years ago and buying equipment off eBay, and then I look at our team of 14 and our lab . . . it’s really happening. And I get to tell the world our story — how cool is that?”


The Early Career Achievement award recognizes the professional accomplishments or creative leadership of a graduate who is 30 years of age or younger. Congratulations, Emily Hicks!