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Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership Recipients

The Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership recognizes up to two individuals who have advanced the mission of Toronto Metropolitan University through outstanding academic leadership and who have contributed significantly to the enhancement of academic life at TMU and beyond. It may be awarded for service at the Departmental, Faculty, or University level, enhanced by service to the community and profession, where appropriate.

Award recipient(s) will receive a certificate of recognition and a monetary award of $3,000 as a one-time payment (subject to applicable deductions)

Key criteria: Leadership

2023 recipients

Cynthia Holmes

Ted Rogers School of Management

Dr. Cynthia Holmes richly deserves to be recognized with the Errol Aspevig Award for Outstanding Academic Leadership award for her visionary leadership, exemplary managerial skills, and inspiring dedication to TMU as the founder of a unique and remarkably successful department with strong ties to the industry, an academic leader who has worked tirelessly and successfully in fending off the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a scholar who has been involved actively in shaping younger generations’ human capital, and as a dear colleague who is very much admired for her contributions to others’ well-being and welfare, warm personality, and generosity.

Khaled Sennah

Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Dr. Khaled Sennah made significant service contributions that enhanced the quality of education and research and the University’s reputation. During his tenure as Department Chair, he led numerous initiatives in curriculum development, CEAB renewal, laboratory space expansion, office renovation, equipment upgrading, faculty and staff morale, students’ engagement, and equitable and inclusive working environment. What stands out for all his accomplishments is the restructuring of the undergraduate civil engineering program, which has optimized university resources and provided students with greater opportunities for experiential learning to meet social needs. As a result, the department’s reputation and rankings had significantly increased.

Past recipients

  • Christopher Gibbs
    The Creative School
  • Daphne Taras
    Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Charles Falzon
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Kathleen Pirrie-Adams
    RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Carol Shepstone
    Toronto Metropolitan University Library
  • Lisa Barnoff
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Community Services
  • Marco Fiola
    Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts
  • Maurice Roche
    Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts
  • Pamela Sugiman
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts
  • Madeleine Lefebvre
    Office of the Chief Librarian, Library and Archives
  • Catherine Schryer
    School of Professional Communication, Faculty of Communication and Design