Young Alumni Award

The Faculty of Arts Young Alumni Award has been established to recognize the accomplishments of Faculty of Arts young alumni from the University of Waterloo.

This prestigious award, created in 2009, was established to provide tangible recognition of young alumni who have achieved a notable level of success.


  • Graduates of the Faculty of Arts undergraduate or graduate program
  • Working in Canada and/or internationally
  • Distinguished themselves through a significant record of professional accomplishment, community and/or public service.
  • Maximum of ten years post-graduation and under 35 years of age
  • Excludes current University of Waterloo faculty and staff

Award Nomination Procedure:

The Faculty of Arts welcomes nominations for its Young Alumni  Award from anyone (alumni, students, faculty, staff, retirees, and members of the public) familiar with the work, character and/or achievements of a UWaterloo Faculty of Arts young alumnus.

To nominate an individual for the Young Alumni Award, an online nomination form must be completed and submitted by April 30th.

Award Selection Procedure:

1. Call for nominations continues throughout the year. Friends, family, colleagues, faculty members and other alumni may nominate alumni candidates.

2. All nominations will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, which consists of Faculty of Arts alumni, faculty, staff, and past award recipients.

3. The Selection Committee will select the Young Alumni Award winner.

5. The Young Alumni Award winner will be notified by the Dean of Arts.

6. Alumni nominated but not chosen by the Selection Committee will remain in a nomination pool for consideration in subsequent years.

7. The Faculty of Arts Young Alumni Award is presented at the Fall Convocation ceremony  held in October.

Nomination Deadline

All nominations must be received by April 30th. Nominations received after April 30th will be considered in the following year.

For further information about the award program or nominations, contact Patti Cook, Faculty of Arts:

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Mandy Tao  2018 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Hyder Hassen  2017 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Danielle Rice  2016 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Vanessa Richter (née Pinelli)  2015 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Ben Ries 2014 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Muneeba Adil Omar 2013 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Natalie MacNeil 2012 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Tanya De Mello (PDF) 2011 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Mark A. Schaan (PDF) 2010 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Sarah Lewis (PDF) 2009 Young Alumni Award Recipient

For more information about the School of Accounting and Finance Alumni Awards visit the School of Accounting and Finance website.

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2014 Jud Whiteside 

Gallery of past recipients

Past Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

Arts Young Alumni Award Recipient

2015 Vanessa Pinelli

Gallery of past recipients

Past Young Alumni Award Recipients