Achievement Awards Nominations
The next Award recipients won’t raise their own hands. That’s why we need you.
The accomplishments of the members of UBC’s global community of alumni represent an inspiring account of positive social, cultural, and economic change in the world. The alumni UBC Achievement Awards is the chance to recognize those actions and share the stories of our vibrant and influential community.
Gordon McBean, CM, BSc’64, PhD’70
Alumni Award of Distinction
A leader in climate science, Dr. Gordon McBean has led global efforts to raise awareness about climate change impacts and played a key role in the development of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which in 2007, along with Al Gore, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is now President of the International Council for Science.
Sheila Purves, BSR’79
Global Citizenship Award
Sheila Purves has spent the past three decades promoting modern medical rehabilitation and community based approaches to the healthcare system in China. She has developed training programs for thousands of care providers, and her students have improved the quality of life immeasurably for patients and people with disabilities in urban and rural China. Significantly, she has built informal alumni networks, for mutual support and mentorship.
Dr. John Gilbert, CM
Faculty Community Service Award
Dr. John Gilbert is founding director and professor emeritus of UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. He is internationally recognized for his pioneering role in the development of interprofessional health education as a vital component of collaborative practice and quality care.
Dr. Julio Montaner, OC, OBC
Honorary Alumnus Award
Dr. Julio Montaner has been leading the fight against HIV/AIDS for the past three decades. His innovative drug therapies and treatment programs, now the standard of care globally, have transformed the disease from a death sentence into a long-term manageable condition, and dramatically reduced the spread of HIV.
Hari Varshney, CPA, FCA, OBC
Honorary Alumnus Award
Prominent philanthropist and venture capitalist Hari Varshney came to UBC in 1967 on an MBA program scholarship. Although he ultimately chose to pursue other career opportunities and did not complete the degree, he credits UBC with planting the seeds for his success. A devoted community leader with a generous spirit, he has made several major gifts to the university and serves as a cabinet member for UBC’s $1.5 billion start an evolution campaign.
Nimisha Mukerji, BA’06
Young Alumnus Award
Award-winning producer and director Nimisha Mukerji’s powerful and inspiring documentaries create awareness and inspire change. Her critically acclaimed features, 65_RedRoses and Blood Relative, won awards at film festivals around the globe, and inspired international fundraising and awareness campaigns for cystic fibrosis, thalassemia and organ donation.
Michiko Maruyama, MD’15
Future Alumnus Award
Dr. Michiko Maruyama, a May 2015 graduate of UBC’s Northern Medical Program, is a talented artist whose work has been showcased in galleries and exhibitions across Canada. She has integrated her background in industrial design and the arts with her medical studies through several projects, including her Medical Daily Doodles, educational toys and health books for children, and learning resources for medical students and patients.