Sept. 13, 2021

2021 U Make a Difference Award nominees and recipients announced

UCalgary faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars recognized for going above and beyond
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Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

UCalgary’s U Make a Difference awards program recognizes individuals and teams who exemplify excellence and the ability to reach above and beyond in our university community. These awards are an important aspect of the university's culture of recognition.

Following the 2020 U Make a Difference Awards recipient announcement in early summer, the 2021 recipients are announced today.

“I want to thank everyone who took time out of their schedule during this very busy year to nominate their colleagues and recognize their outstanding work,” says President Ed McCauley. “It’s no surprise that this year’s recipients have demonstrated outstanding leadership in numerous areas of research, teaching, learning, and community engagement. These leaders deserve special recognition for generating ideas, engagement and collaborations that fuel excellence at UCalgary.”

In 2021, nine individuals and two teams received the U Make a Difference Award. These awards recognized excellence across three categories:

  • Innovation and Curiosity
  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Positive Work Environment and Community

Visit the recognition website where all the U Make a Difference nominees and recipients are profiled in detail.

Congratulations to the 2021 nominees and recipients

UCalgary is committed to promoting and enhancing a strong culture of recognition within the university community at all levels. The university supports faculty and staff to learn, reflect and explore new approaches to recognition and appreciation in the workplace. Visit to learn more or join the conversation on Twitter at #UCalgaryRecognition 

Recognition and reward is one of the 13 factors illustrated in the National Standard. UCalgary is a recipient of the Excellence Canada Mental Health at Work Silver Level Certification in this area. All staff, supervisors, faculty, managers, and leaders are encouraged to find practical tips and tools for integrating recognition principles into their day. Check out the Recognition website for more information and ideas