Legacy Awards 2021: Dal showcases excellence in research, teaching, service and more

- December 13, 2021

Legacy Awards 2021
Legacy Awards 2021

On December 14, the fourth annual Dalhousie Legacy Awards will be held, the university-wide awards event to recognize faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond in their work and in the Dal community and beyond this past year.

The Legacy Awards feature a compilation of 21 awards from across the university, with more than 46 award recipients this year, including individuals and teams.

“The Legacy Awards are designed to show support for our peers and recognize the amazing things that our colleagues in the Dal community have done this past year, despite the many challenges we were faced with living and working through a pandemic,” says Jasmine Walsh, Dal's assistant vice-president, human resources. "The theme of the Legacy Awards event is ‘We make waves’ because that is what our employees do every day, whether you’re a researcher, teacher or a staff member. Our work has an impact on our university, but also on our broader community, Canada and the world.”

The Legacy Awards event is aligned with the university’s strategic plan as part of the Inclusive Excellence pillar that focuses on wellness, respect, supporting employees’ career aspirations and recognizing individuals and teams for their innovations and successes.

President Deep Saini and Walsh will host this year’s event, which will be virtual for a second time. Attendees will include the award recipients, senior leaders, award organizers and the Legacy Awards committee members.

2021 Legacy Awards and Recipients

Below is a list of the Legacy Awards by category and this year’s recipients.


The President’s Research Excellence Emerging Investigator Award recognizes the achievements of a Dalhousie faculty member at the early stages of their career.


  • Naiomi Metallic, Faculty, Law
  • Israat Haque, Faculty, Computer Science
  • Shashi Gujar, Faculty, Medicine
  • Saurabh Chitnis, Faculty, Science
  • Leah Cahill, Faculty, Medicine
  • Jeanette Boudreau, Faculty, Medicine

The President’s Research Excellence Research Impact Award recognizes the achievements of a Dalhousie faculty member who have made significant impact in their field of research.


  • Elaine Craig, Faculty, Law
  • David Kelvin, Faculty, Medicine
  • Mark Obrovac, Faculty, Science

The Arthur B. McDonald Research Chairs were established in 2016 as a way to honour Dr. McDonald, a Dalhousie Alumnus and Nobel Laureate, and to recognize and retain professors of high-calibre at the university.


  • Mark Stradiotto (2019), Faculty, Science
  • John Archibald (2020), Faculty, Medicine

The University Research Professorship recognizes a limited number of individual faculty members who have achieved distinction in scholarship.


  • Craig McCormick, Faculty, Medicine
  • Ratika Parkash, Faculty, Medicine
  • Nür Zincir-Heywood, Faculty, Computer Science
  • Robert Currie, Faculty, Law

The Izaak Killam Memorial Research Chairs are awarded to academics of the highest distinction at Dalhousie, with appointments of up to five years. 


  • Afua Cooper, Faculty, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Kevin Plucknett, Faculty, Engineering
  • Jeanna Parsons Leigh, Faculty, Health
  • Mita Dasog, Faculty, Science


The DPMG Award recognizes an employee of the Dalhousie Professional and Managerial Group (DPMG) for their exemplary work at the university.


COVID-19 Pandemic Award

  • Craig Arthur, Environmental Health & Safety Office
  • Paul Bourgeois, Faculty, Medicine

Early Career Award

  • Alexandra Fournier, Medicine, New Brunswick campus

Career Award

  • Queena Crooker-Smith, Faculty, Agriculture
  • Ryan Clow, Faculty, Medicine (posthumously)
  • Quenta Adams, Student Affairs
  • Michelle Patrick, Bissett Student Success Centre

The Environmental Health and Safety Award recognizes an individual or group who has undertaken any activity that makes Dalhousie University a safer place to live, play, work and study.


  • Isabelle French, Legal Counsel Office

The Healthy Workplace Award recognizes a department that fosters healthy workplace practices and initiatives.


  • Faculty, Computer Science

The Rosemary Gill Award recognizes a staff or faculty member who has provided outstanding service to students, other than teaching.


  • Quenta Adams, Student Affairs
  • Pamela Goodwin, Registrar's Office
  • Kevin Hewitt, Faculty, Science
  • Ferne Kraglund, Faculty, Dentistry


The Staff Award for Excellence in Service recognizes staff members who have made exceptional contribution to supporting the Faculty of Agriculture.


  • Marilyn Roberts, Animal Science and Aquaculture

The Dr. Allan Cohen Memorial Award for Community Service recognizes a staff or faculty member who works to fulfill the mission of the Medical School by displaying outstanding community service with health-related organizations and causes.


  • Dr. Lisa Barrett

The President’s Award for the Advancement of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) recognizes a faculty or staff member who supports and advances Dalhousie’s collective community efforts in equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.


  • Ajay Parasram, Faculty, Arts & Social Sciences
  • Anti-Racism Action Team (ARAT)  


University-wide Teaching Awards

Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision recognizes the successful mentorship of graduate students through an enriching, supportive and productive learning environment.


  • Eileen Denovan-Wright, Faculty, Medicine

Contract and Limited-term Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes an individual who has shown excellent overall quality in teaching and a sustained commitment to excellence.


  • Adria Quigley, Faculty, Health
  • Lexie Arnott, Faculty, Science

Dalhousie Alumni Association Award of Excellence for Teaching recognizes a full-time faculty member with evidence of outstanding teaching and educational leadership.


  • Catherine Craig, Faculty, Medicine

Educational Leadership Award for Collaborative Teaching recognizes the collaborative work of a team of colleagues whose leadership has made significant contribution to student learning at the department, faculty or institutional level.


  • First-Year Chemistry Online Development Team

President’s Graduate Student Teaching Award recognizes a graduate student instructor who provides exceptional student learning experiences and demonstrates a commitment to their own professional development.


  • Christie Stilwell, Faculty, Health
  • Ralph Redden, Faculty, Science
  • Katherine Marczenko, Faculty, Science

Sessional and Part-time Instructor Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes a part-time faculty member with sustained commitment and dedication to excellence in teaching at Dalhousie.


  • Sue Goyette, Faculty, Arts and Social Sciences

Early Career Faculty Award of Excellence for Teaching recognizes early career faculty with a minimum of three years teaching and fewer than ten years teaching experience in their current role.


  •  Leanne Stevens, Faculty, Science

For more information, visit www.dal.ca/legacyawards


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