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October 20, 2005

U of G Grads Win Prestigious International Awards

Three University of Guelph graduates have been awarded 2005 J. Armand Bombardier Internationalist Fellowships to study and research abroad. They are among 25 laureates selected from 650 candidates nationwide.

The announcement was made Tuesday in Montreal by the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. U of G graduates Janice Chan, Adair Rounthwaite and Peter Zerek will each receive $10,000 to attend graduate schools in England, Holland and Sweden, respectively.

“We are delighted and proud that three of our graduates have been named Bombardier fellows,” said Alan Shepard, associate vice-president (academic). “These prestigious awards will provide the students with exceptional educational opportunities, and they also speak highly of the international reputation of the University of Guelph.”

Chan graduated from U of G with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 2003. She has worked as a water project intern with Samaritan’s Purse Canada in Vietnam and as a landscape architect with Engineering Ministries International in Trinidad. She will use the Bombardier fellowship to pursue a master of philosophy degree in planning, growth and regeneration at the University of Cambridge.

Rounthwaite, a 2004 graduate, studied art history and French at Guelph. Since graduation, she has been collaborating on a cross-Canada suitcase gallery tour, which has carried out community-based art activities and public art interventions in 15 cities between Halifax and Dawson City. She will work towards a master’s degree in cultural analysis at the University of Amsterdam.

Zerek studied management economics at Guelph, graduating in 2004. He has worked at Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One, and is interested in energy markets, particularly in demand management programs and analyzing the economic and financial risks associated with energy investments. He will undertake a master of science degree in industrial and financial economics at Göteborg University’s Graduate Business School in Göteborg, Sweden.

The J. Armand Bombardier Foundation was created in 1965 to continue the humanitarian work of Joseph-Armand Bombardier. It has committed more than $1.7 million to the fellowship program. The Canadian Bureau for International Education is a national non-governmental organization comprising 200 member colleges, universities, school boards and organizations dedicated to promoting international educational opportunities abroad.

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