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Schulich recognizes community leadership

Dean's Holiday Reception honours award winners

Lisha Hassanali

The spirit of community radiated among the crowd at the Schulich School of Engineering’s 25th annual Dean’s Holiday Reception. More than 300 business leaders, donors, alumni and industry gathered with University of Calgary students, faculty and staff to celebrate leadership in engineering on December 8.

“Our city is home to a great engineering school and a supportive community,” said Bill Rosehart, dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. “Engineering leadership and ingenuity must thrive to address the global challenges of today and tomorrow. Our generous supporters, partners and community made it possible to open our Canadian Natural Resources Engineering Limited Complex this fall, which will transform engineering education and research.”

Rosehart presented Boardwalk Rental Communities with the Dean's Award for Corporate Leadership for its significant leadership in supporting research and educational activities in the Schulich School of Engineering and the University of Calgary.

Boardwalk Rental Communities Changing Lives Benefit operates in partnership with the international organization Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and their Homes of Hope program. Each year two groups of Schulich School of Engineering students participate by building a home in Mexico for a family in need.

“Leadership is serving other people and we believe in servant leadership,” said David McIlveen, Director of Community Development, accepting the award on behalf of Boardwalk Rental Communities. “When Schulich students sign up for Homes of Hope, they sign up to help a family. We are confident they will import that experience into their future careers as engineers.”

Since 2011, more than 350 Schulich School of Engineering students have participated in the Homes of Hope program, building 21 homes over 11 trips to Mexico. A team of 15 to 20 people builds each simple home, over a two-day period. The homes are then fully furnished with supplies donated by Boardwalk Rental Communities.

Dru Marshall, provost and vice-president (academic) at the University of Calgary, presented the Canadian Engineering Leader Award to Vince Davoli, P.Eng and Schulich School of Engineering alumnus, for his outstanding achievements, determined leadership, and generosity in sharing.

“I did not set out to be a leader, I set out to make a difference,” said Davoli, Senior Vice-President at EllisDon, when receiving the award. “We all have a role to play by bringing positive values forward to do good for all.”

Davoli has been a long-time supporter of the Schulich School of Engineering including serving on the cabinet for the successful Engineering Leaders Campaign, and being a member of the Engineering Associates Program for over 15 years. He has supported community initiatives as a Director of Renfrew Educational Services helping children with special needs soar and ConnecTeen, which offers confidential peer support service for youth in Calgary and area through phone, text, chat and email.