The Faculty of Science honours alumni

Emlyn Koster, Dean Louis Barriault and Patrick Nadeau

Created in 2015, these awards of excellence recognize the outstanding achievements of Faculty of Science alumni. In 2016, the Faculty introduced a new category aimed at recognizing young alumni.

2019 Alumni Award of Excellence

Emlyn Koster (PhD 1977 - Geology)

Emlyn Koster emigrated from the UK after a meeting there with Prof. Brian Rust, his uOttawa PhD supervisor. Joining him to better understand how glacial meltwater transports boulder-sized sediment, fieldwork in Yukon’s St. Elias Mountains was followed by laboratory simulation work at the Geological Survey of Canada.

His postdoctoral career evolved as several phases. The first decade was in faculty positions at Concordia University and the University of Saskatchewan, and then in leading Prairie coal exploration for the Alberta Research Council. It was research at a UNESCO World Heritage Site that turned his attention to engaging the public in science. In 1997, at the Ottawa Congress Centre, his presidential address to the 50th Annual meeting of the Geological Association of Canada was titled ‘The human journey and the evolving museum’. During the next three decades, as concerns mounted about human disruption of the Earth System, science and nature museums became his focus. With CEO appointments, he launched operations at Alberta’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, renewed and expanded the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and Liberty Science Center next to lower Manhattan, and advanced the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with White House recognition and to international prominence. During this phase, his advisory roles included the Getty Leadership Institute, his board roles included the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and his awards included a Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Conference of Diversity.

Today, with UK, Canadian and US citizenships and as a geologist, a museologist and a humanist, his transdisciplinary approach views nature and culture as interdependent. His publications and presentations, including the ones to the United Nations, infuse the largest challenges that confront the Earth and all of its life. He advocates that the Anthropocene – the geological and anthropological term for this time in Earth history to emphasize human disruption of natural systems and provide an evolutionary context for the human journey – should drive our collective conscience. He reflects on his uOttawa and National Capital experiences as catalysts to his eclectic interests and global outlook.

2019 Young Alumni Award of Excellence

Patrick Nadeau ( BSc 2004 - Biology)

Patrick Nadeau holds a BSc in Biology (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa as a Loran Scholar and a MSc in Forest Science from the University of British Columbia.

After his university studies, his curiosity led him to explore diverse roles abroad: from the United Nations Environment Program in Kenya to the marine conservation work in the Philippines.

Since then, he has worked for more than a decade in the non-governmental organization sector to advance conservation and environmental policy issues, most recently as the Executive Director of Ottawa Riverkeeper.

Past Recipients

2018 Alumni Awards of Excellence

Alumni Award of Excellence

David Morris Johnston-Monje
BSc in Biology - 2001

Young Alumni Award of Excellence

Valérie Langlois
BSc in Environmental Science - 2005
PhD in Biology - 2010

2017 Alumni Awards of Excellence

Alumni Award of Excellence

David Bergvinson
PhD in Biology - 1993

Young Alumni Award of Excellence

Siba Haykal Hunter
BSc in Biochemistry - 2004
MD - 2007

2016 Alumni Awards of Excellence

Alumni Award of Excellence

Jean-Paul Bédard
BSc 1986 - Biology

Young Alumni Award of Excellence

Louis-Charles Campeau
BSc 2003 - Biopharmaceutical Science; PhD 2008 - Chemistry

Katherine Gibbs
PhD 2012 - Biology

Marie-Claude Robert
BSc 2004 - Biochemistry; MD, 2008

Contact Information

Lucie Gendron
Director, Alumni Relations
Alex Trebek Alumni Hall
157 Séraphin-Marion (202), Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
613-562-5800 ext. 3081
1-800-465-1888

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