Earth Sciences alumni honoured with University of Waterloo Alumni Awards

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Since 2007, the Faculty of Science has cherished the tradition of honouring alumni who have distinguished themselves as outstanding professional and personal achievers in their chosen fields and who have loyally dedicated their time and service to their alma mater.

The University of Waterloo Alumni Awards recognize these individuals and their significant contributions to their professions and communities.

This year two alumni from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences were among the recipients

Ms. Leslie Ruth Dunning, Distinguished Alumni Award 

leslie dunningAs an Earth Sciences undergraduate student, Leslie Dunning (B.Sc. ’77) volunteered regularly with the Canadian Red Cross. She intended to stay involved as a volunteer after graduation, but the opportunity of a position with the international humanitarian organization was irresistible. 

More than 36 years later she retired, having served in ten different positions.  As a Director General, she championed many Canadian Red Cross initiatives, including: Aboriginal engagement, online learning and cross-cultural training. 

Leslie engaged with and mentored staff and volunteer leaders at many not-for-profit organizations, especially those working to advance the safety and well-being of children and youth. Additionally, she provided volunteer leadership with sport and music organizations; she believes in the values which sport and music can help instill in young people.

A life-long learner, she developed association governance and management skills through formal and informal education, earned an MBA, and became a Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA).

Mr. James D. Reimer, Contributions to Science Award 

jim reimerJames D. (Jim) Reimer (B.Sc. ’78, M.Sc. '80) is a petroleum exploration executive and current Vice-President of Geosciences & Technology at Painted Pony Petroleum in Calgary, Alberta.

A successful scientist and businessman, Jim shares his passion and expertise of earth sciences and geology community wide.

His contributions to earth sciences outreach include his role in the development of earth sciences Canada careers website, the WHERE Challenge for students and support for the textbook “Four Billion Years and Counting – Canada’s Geological Heritage.”

Mr. Reimer and his family are major benefactors of the Earth Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo, where they established the “Reimer Family Gallery” of fine mineral specimens, the “Groundwater-Driven Mineralization” display, and the “Petrified Wood” display. Presently, Jim is supporting the development of the Museum’s “Laboratory of Life” exhibit which will feature magnificent specimens from a major new Canadian fossil discovery.

Jim is a Past-President and honorary member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, and a director of the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources. In 2007, UWaterloo’s 50th anniversary year, Mr. Reimer’s achievements were recognized by way of a UWaterloo Science Alumni of Honour Award.

Congratulations to Ms. Leslie Ruth and Mr. Jim Reimer!

Please join us at the reception to celebrate our outstanding award recipients and their achievements.

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