The late Dr. Éric Dewailly posthumously received the APECS Canada-ArcticNet Student Association Award 2014. The review committee (see members on this site) received six nominations in September, which it assessed and ranked throughout the month of October. During a conference call the committee reached a consensus-based decision.
Dr. Éric Dewailly, a professor at Laval University, was tragically killed in a rock slide on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean in the summer of 2014. His nomination stood out from all six excellent submissions.
Three former trainees of Éric, Drs. Melanie Lemire, Mylene Riva and Michel Lucas accepted the award on his behalf during the ArcticChange2014 meeting banquet on Thursday, December 11th, 2014. Award Committee Chair Dr. Nikolaus Gantner (APECS Canada) and Rudy Riedlsperger (ArcticNet SA) introduced the awardee to the 1,000+ delegates.
Image Source: Twitter (@ArcticNet)
During the moving ceremony, Melanie, Mylene, and Michel spontaneously invited all those on stage that were closely working with Éric, resulting in a full centre stage, further highlighting Éric’smentorship and contribution over several decades of Arctic research.
You can learn more about Éric’s life and accomplishments here.
We would like to thank all individuals and organizations who contributed to the six nominations for this 2014 award.
Nominations are now open for the 2015 mentor award. Please visit here to find out more.
Media Coverage of the 2014 Award:
Arctic Change 2014 (VIDEO): http://player.vimeo.com/video/114562701
Finding True North blog: http://findingtruenorth.ca/arctic-change-2014/
Note: we are happy to add links to stories about the 2014 Award here.