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June 14, 2007

U of G Community Well-Represented at Guelph Awards of Excellence

Five individuals and building projects associated with the University were recognized at the eighth annual Guelph Awards of Excellence Wednesday night.

“It’s wonderful to see our community recognized at this important city event,” said president Alastair Summerlee. “These awards are a testament to the outstanding individuals from the University and to our innovative designs and initiatives.”

The Urban Design Award in the residential category went to the Village by the Arboretum for its successful design, which achieves a strong sense of community through its amenities. The village was cited as a model for neighbourhood design in the city.

The Ontario AgriCentre located in the U of G Research Park received the Urban Design Award in the industrial/commercial/institutional category. The building project was recognized for its high standard of execution, including appropriate building materials and quality construction. Owned by Ontario AgriCentre Ltd., the complex serves as a model for commercial development. Developer and U of G graduate Tom Lammer was also recognized in this category as co-developer of the project.

Guelph lawyer Robin-Lee Norris, a longtime member of U of G’s Board of Governors who was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees, was honoured with the Mayor’s Award for her leadership in the business community and her tireless commitments as a volunteer. Norris is a graduate of the University and served on B of G from 2000 to 2007. She also served two terms as first vice-president of the U of G Alumni Association, chaired the Arboretum Master Plan Steering Committee in 2004 and supported the University’s capital fundraising campaign in 2002.

The Guelph Partnership for Innovation Award went to University professor emeritus Larry Milligan, U of G’s former vice-president (research). Milligan joined the University in 1985 as dean of research and a faculty member in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science. In 1990, he became the University’s first vice-president (research). In his 16 years as dean and VP, he promoted collaborations among government, industry and universities, including U of G’s enhanced partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, which has been held up as a model of creative and effective government-university liaison.

One of the awards presented at the ceremony was sponsored by the College of Management and Economics (CME). CME dean Chris McKenna presented the Economics Workplace and Education Award to Farm Credit Canada for its commitment to education through employee tuition reimbursement and student co-op programs.

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