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President's Medals, Distinguished Service Awards and Research Scholar Awards honour current employees of the University of New Brunswick, or those who have retired within one calendar year preceding the call for nominations.

President's Medals, Distinguished Service Awards and Research Scholar Awards are awarded for outstanding service to the university which may include teaching, research, administrative contributions, or any combination thereof. 

History of awards

The President’s Awards were established by the University of New Brunswick Senates and Board of Governors in 2000. A maximum of three President’s Medals, ten Distinguished Services Awards, two University Research Scholar Awards and three University Teaching Awards are given in any academic year.

President's Medal

This award is the highest honor the university community can bestow. The President’s Medal is awarded to an individual who has had a significant impact on the University of New Brunswick and its community. The recipient of this award has an exemplary record of sustained service and acknowledged contribution to the quality of life at the University of New Brunswick. The candidate's career should be distinguished by a dedication to the fulfillment of the University’s Strategic Vision and must reflect the core values of the University. This prestigious award is open to current members of the faculty and staff, or those who have retired within one calendar year preceding the call for nominations.

Distinguished Service Awards

The President’s Distinguished Service Awards recognize exceptional performance, leadership and service by faculty or staff for outstanding service to the university which may include teaching, research, administrative contributions, or any combination thereof. The recipients have provided exemplary service to the university, over a sustained period of time, over and above the normal requirements of their positions. Distinguished service awards are open to current members of the faculty and support staff, or those who have retired within one calendar year preceding the call for nominations.

Nomination process    Criteria

University Teaching Scholars

The University Teaching Scholar award recognizes University of New Brunswick teachers who have demonstrated a consistently high level of teaching excellence and teaching-related activities.

University Research Scholars

The University Research Scholar is awarded to researchers who have demonstrated a consistently high level of scholarship and whose research is, or has the potential to be, of international stature.

2023 award recipients

President’s Medal

Sandra Howland devoted her entire 36-year career to the University of New Brunswick, serving under and providing support to six presidents.

During the three-and-a-half decades she worked at UNB, she played many roles and wore many hats, all of which contributed mightily to the institution's profile, strengthening our relationships with the community, enhancing UNB's reputation and upholding its tradition of excellence.

Sandra joined UNB in 1986 as an information officer in the faculty of forestry, following her graduation with distinction from the flagship bachelor of public relations degree at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her communication skills, organizational abilities and professionalism soon caught the eye of the larger institutional public relations department to which she moved in 1989. In 2008, she served as acting manager of communications and marketing, before assuming the responsibility for managing ceremonies and events, which included graduations, installations of presidents and chancellors, major announcements and - most notably - UNB's yearlong 225th anniversary celebrations on both campuses and - with emcees Frank McKenna and Anne Murray - at Koerner Hall in Toronto.

In 2012, she was appointed director of integrated advancement, a new initiative designed to increase collaboration between and among development & donor relations, the associated alumni and communications and marketing to further the university's strategic plan. Two years later, she became the inaugural director of strategic partnerships responsible for establishing and managing mutually beneficial, multi-faceted strategic partnerships with some of the province's largest employers, including JDI, Irving Oil, McCain Foods and OSCO. These have resulted in employment and experiential learning opportunities for students, new research activities, donations and more engaged alumni.

In addition to the aforementioned 225 festivities, highlights of Sandra's career include organizing 73 graduation ceremonies in Fredericton between 1994 and 2012, the grand opening of the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER, the 50th anniversary celebrations of UNB Saint John, the re-opening of the Canada Games Stadium, aiding in the establishment of the Off-Site Construction Research Centre and the Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence and the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Sandra also served on a long list of university committees, including as secretary to the Board of Governors’ Advancement Committee and led the planning of innumerable dinners, launches, unveilings, tours, visits, conferences, lectures and more. Not to mention composing countless news releases, announcements and university publications.

Her retirement on Nov. 30, 2022, was - in many ways - the end of an era. She brought to UNB a unique blend of big-picture thinking coupled with laser-focused attention to detail, a heartfelt commitment to collaboration with and respect for her colleagues, a calm presence in the face of significant stress and occasional panic, sublime organizational skills that are unfailingly recorded in debriefing documents and files, the willingness to help whenever asked and perfectionism tempered by a healthy degree of realism.


Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Larry Calhoun has had a distinguished career of over 28 years in UNB’s department of chemistry, where he continues to make exceptional contributions to the department, faculty and university. He is highly dedicated to every aspect of his duties and creates a positive and collegial working and learning environment.

The chemistry department has benefitted greatly from Dr. Calhoun’s immense expertise in NMR spectroscopy. In terms of teaching, he recently (2017) developed a new course (Chem 2321 - structural analysis in chemistry) that covers important fundamental topics that have been recognized by the department as lacking from our programs at the second-year level. The availability of this exciting new course, which continues to be taught by Dr. Calhoun, is an enormous benefit and strength for our chemistry and medicinal chemistry programs.

His expertise and role as manager of the NMR facilities within the department has also been critical to the research programs of several faculty and especially undergraduate and graduate researchers. This facility consists of two old instruments (near end of service) and one new state-of-the-art spectrometer, and the demand to maintain the old instruments and stay up to date on the capabilities of the new instrument so that its full utility can be available to the users, is very high. In addition, Dr. Calhoun personally trains all new users of these important research tools (~15-20 people per year). These instruments often require and receive Dr. Calhoun’s attention after hours, during weekends, and even while he is on vacation, so that users are not subjected to prolonged instrument downtime. In addition to maintaining the instruments, Dr. Calhoun’s NMR expertise is often sought by the UNB community and beyond (for example Agriculture Canada, Enovex Corporation, Mycodev Group Inc., Chinova Bioworks and DE Synthetics) for advice, analysis of samples or non-routine experiments that require complex instrument programming/tuning.

Dr. Calhoun has also been involved in important and longstanding roles beyond the department of chemistry. He serves on the faculty of science curriculum committee (since 2013) and is currently serving as an advisor for the Science Early Admission Program (since 2019). Larry has also been a dedicated member of the University Senate (four years since 2016) and served on the Senate Student Standings and Promotion Committee (eight years since 2012), as well as UNB’s Joint Board/Senate Residence Committee (2017-20).

In addition to his extensive service and teaching duties, Dr Calhoun is an established and internationally well- respected researcher. He has co-authored 48 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Calhoun has also been the direct or co-supervisor of five graduate students, 13 undergraduate honours project students and six summer student projects, where he mentored with unending patience and encouragement.


Distinguished Service Award

To say that Tina Madore is "Proudly UNB" would be an understatement. Over her 21 plus years with the university, she has epitomized the values of our institution. She is hardworking and dedicated, respectful and collegial and - most of all - kind and caring.

For the first 18 years of her career at UNB, Tina worked for the communications and marketing offices. In the early days of her career, Tina was the voice of UNB, working the switchboard to connect callers with various departments. She was the warm and welcoming first point of contact for the university. She served as administrative support for the department offering her expertise in the areas of budgeting, planning and logistics, to name a few. During this time, she developed an impressive reputation as a diligent, reliable, kind-hearted and energetic professional.

In September 2019, Tina joined the faculty of law as the Dean's assistant, a role she has embraced with the same undeniable passion and care. Despite the competing demands on her time, Tina is always one of the first to volunteer to help when any of our students, staff or faculty need support with a project or event. She can be counted on to attend and support our many annual events at UNB Law, such as Awards Night, Grad Dinner, the Viscount Bennett lecture and the Rand lecture. No matter how busy she may be, Tina is always quick to genuinely ask, "What can I do to help?"

When most of the University community was working from home due to COVID-19, Tina was the first staff member to return to regular in-person work in the Law Building. As a result, she became the primary drafter of our COVID-19 operational plans and she took on the responsibility of all in-person tasks at the Law Building, including many tasks that fell outside the scope of her usual role. Tina is also an avid financial supporter of UNB Law, and she was one of the first donors to support the renovation of our student lounge. Tina's enthusiasm and pride for UNB Law is infectious and inspiring.

On top of her strong work ethic, Tina's colleagues across campus and within UNB Law adore her. She is friendly and kind to everyone. She shows up to work every day with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She exudes warmth and genuinely cares about her colleagues, students and alumni. Tina plays a big role in the positive morale at UNB Law. She is always aware of her colleague's life milestones (good and bad), ensuring there is always a card or thoughtful gift. Most of the informal gatherings at UNB Law are organized by Tina, and she always takes the extra time, attention and care to ensure that our events and workspaces are welcoming and festive.

Tina is the heart of UNB Law. Her endless contributions and tireless commitment to the university and the faculty of law make her a worthy recipient of this honour.


Distinguished Service Award

Margaret Blacquier joined the biology department as an Administrative Assistant in June of 2000. During her 22-year tenure, she has been a pivotal member of the UNB biology team.

Margaret has many attributes that make biology and UNB a great place to work. Faculty, staff and students have all come to rely on Margaret's friendly and helpful assistance. Her work preparation and organizational skills, especially during peak times of the academic year, help make the workflow of the office go smoothly, regardless of the deadline pressures in the office.

Margaret is also very proactive in completing her duties, ensuring problems are anticipated and tasks completed on time. Margaret also possesses a wealth of knowledge about departmental processes and, in anticipation of her retirement, she has proactively prepared standard operating procedures for all her different tasks - complete with suggested timelines - to facilitate the transition of her replacement and to ensure that this institutional memory is not lost.

Margaret is always willing to lend a hand where needed and is one of the first to volunteer to assist others inside and outside the department. She has served students by volunteering to work at Convocation and Science Fairs, and more recently assisted with purchasing groceries for students locked down in residence during COVID-19 restrictions. She has even welcomed our second-year ecology lab students to use the stream on her property to learn ecological sampling methods.

She has also served the university community more broadly, offering to assist with administrative duties in other departments to cover periods of staffing shortages and volunteered her time at the UNB COVID-19 testing centre by distributing COVID-19 rapid tests and masks. She even volunteered in the Connell Memorial Herbarium entering plant taxonomic information into the database to facilitate a long-standing goal of digitizing the collection. Her willingness to assist others in the UNB community has been one of her most admirable contributions to the university.


Distinguished Service Award

In her role as the coordinator and only full-time member of the education discipline on the Saint John campus, Dr. Beth Keyes has made outstanding contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching; coordinating the BA/BEd concurrent degree program; providing expert consultations and liaising with the Anglophone South School District and Department of Education; volunteering with community education-related groups; and supporting the academic work of the university through a plethora of internal service and as chair of the Saint John campus Research Ethics Board.

Dr. Keyes oversees and coordinates the concurrent, five-year BA/BEd, which includes organizing practicum placements in local schools and liaising with each student-teacher supervisor. In addition, Dr. Keyes adjudicates admissions into the BA/BEd program in the student’s first year of their BA and provides academic program advising for all students in their second through fifth years.

She also represents the program with the Anglophone School District and the Department of Education as a consultant and author of reports. For example, over the last several years she has been a District Consultant for Education Support Services/Teacher Training and before that she was a Behaviour & Learning Disabilities Consultant.

Provincially, she has represented the UNB Saint John education program on the Department of Education's Integrated Services Delivery Framework Committee. This work contributes directly to maintaining and improving the quality of education provided in New Brunswick and fosters the Education program's reputation, which is, anecdotally, very strong.

Finally, Dr. Keyes is an outstanding teacher in her own right. She was awarded the Department of Social Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013-14, 2007-08 and 2019-2020. In 2023, the UNB Saint John Student Representative Council awarded Dr. Keyes the Excellence in Open Educational Resources Award.

Dr. Keyes is an outstanding contributor to the University of New Brunswick in a multitude of ways.


University Research Scholar

A Canadian historian, Dr. Donald Wright, is broadly interested in post-Confederation political, intellectual and cultural history. He is the author of three books – Canada: A Very Short Introduction (2020); Donald Creighton: A Life in History (2015); and The Professionalization of History in English Canada (2005). He is also the editor or co-editor of two books – Symbols of Canada (2018) and Canadian Studies: An Introductory Reader (2004).

His biography of Donald Creighton was a finalist for the prestigious Canada Prize awarded to the best book in French or English in the humanities and social sciences in Canada.

He is currently writing a SSHRC-funded biography of the historian Ramsay Cook (1931-2016). Professor Ramsay Cook was a key figure in the re-writing of history in English Canada from the early 1960s to his retirement in the 1990s.

Dr. Wright has co-edited the Journal of Canadian Studies (2005-08) and Acadiensis (2019-21); he was the review editor of the Canadian Historical Review (2016-22); and he was elected vice-president of the Canadian Historical Association in 2022 and is becoming its president in 2023.

In addition to his ongoing research in Canadian history, Dr. Wright studies climate politics with a special focus on climate federalism in Canada. His writing on climate politics has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Literary Review of Canada, CBC.ca, and Yale Climate Connections (YCC), a climate communications initiative of the Yale School of the Environment. In 2021, he was invited to be a regular contributor to the YCC.

In 2022, he was invited to prepare a reader in climate politics for Broadview Press. It will examine climate politics from the top-down at the international, national and sub-nation level, from climate diplomacy, climate treaties and UNFCCC to climate politics and climate federalism in Canada and New Brunswick. In addition, it will examine climate politics from the bottom-up, including climate movements, climate strikes and climate writing.



Past recipients

President's Medal

  • Lisa Best

Distinguished Service

  • Michael Albright
  • Susan Allen
  • Vincent Boardman
  • Christa Canitz
  • Terry-Lynne King

University Teaching Scholar

  • Paula Kristmanson
  • David Foord

University Research Scholar

  • Aurora Nedelcu
  • Joanna Everitt
  • Sanjeev Seahra

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President’s Medals

  • Shelley Clayton
  • Robert Moir
  • Robert Skillen

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Bruce Broster
  • Cory Brown
  • Jeff Carter
  • Andrew Feicht
  • David Gillespie
  • Caroline Purdy

University Research Scholars

  • Neeru Gupta
  • Rongxing Lu
  • Erik Scheme

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Distinguished Service Awards

  • Ruth Buckingham
  • Thomas Goud
  • Joanne Levison
  • Craig Poole
  • Susan Pugh

University Research Scholars

  • Stephan Dombrowski
  • Ted McDonald
  • Lucia O'Sullivan

President's Medal

  • Peter Coates
  • Alan Sears

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Tim Alderson
  • John Bigger
  • Nicola Cassidy
  • Emin Civi
  • Debbie Goguen
  • Larry Guitard
  • Steve Hampsey
  • Renata Krasowski
  • Cathy Mahboob
  • Peter McDougall

University Teaching Scholars

  • Magdalen Normandeau
  • Ken Seaman

University Research Scholars

  • Danielle Bouchard
  • Stephen Heard
  • David Wagner

President's Medal

  • Andrew Daley
  • Shelley Rinehart

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Margaret Gray
  • Lee Heenan
  • Veronica McGinn
  • Henryk Sterniczyk

University Teaching Scholars

  • Fred Mason

University Research Scholars

  • Jula Hughes
  • Greg Marquis

President's Medal

  • Shirley Cleave
  • Nancy Nason-Clark

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Faith Bradley-Sharpe
  • Lorna Clyde
  • Lizabeth Lemon-Mitchell
  • Alicia McLaughlin
  • Lori Murray-Hawkins
  • Li-Hong Xu

University Teaching Scholars

  • Emmanuel Stefanakis

University Research Scholars

  • Christopher Gray
  • Viqar Husain
  • Edith Snook

Special Recognition Award

  • Doreen Crilley

President's Medal

  • Ed Biden
  • Dave Morell

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Debbie Basque
  • Kris Doucet
  • Carolyn King
  • Dean McCarthy
  • Vanda Rideout
  • Kenneth Wetmore

University Teaching Scholars

  • Yves Losier

University Research Scholars

  • Kenneth Kent
  • Kecheng Li
  • Remy Rochette

President's Medal

  • Barry Monson
  • John Johnson

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Dwight Ball
  • June Campbell
  • Colette Keith
  • Kelly Waugh
  • Walter Young

University Teaching Scholars

  • John Johnson
  • Ben Newling

University Research Scholars

  • Daniel Voyer
  • James Watmough

President's Medal

  • Maureen Sparks

Distinguished Service Awards

  • David Creelman
  • Judith Dunstan
  • Diane Shannon
  • Anne Marie Stephen

University Teaching Scholars

  • Guida Bendrich
  • Lucy Wilson

University Research Scholars

  • Donglei Du
  • Huining Xiao
  • Virginia Hill

President's Medal

  • Alexander (Sandy) Wilson

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Andrea Bainbridge
  • Lesley Fleming
  • Boon Kek
  • Nancy McEwan
  • Ian Reid
  • James Tong

University Teaching Scholars

  • Mark Hirschkorn
  • Christopher Gray

University Research Scholars

  • Nancy Nason-Clark
  • Marcelo Santos

President's Medal

  • Linda Kealey
  • Richard McGaw
  • Gary Worrell

Distinguished Service Awards

  • Gail Correia
  • Stephen Gamblin
  • Kerry Hoyt
  • Beverly Lockhart
  • Austine MacKinnon
  • Michelle McNeil
  • Frances Stevens

University Teaching Scholars

  • Martin Wielemaker
  • Emin Civi

University Research Scholars

  • Zengtao Chen
  • J. Ted McDonald
  • Hugh Thomas