Faculty of Environment awards

The Faculty of Environment's annual awards recognize faculty and staff for their committment and excellence in teaching, research and service. The awards showcase how our people embody an ethos of caring in all that we do and our committment to being a culture that supports and celebrates educational excellence. 

Congratulations to the 2023 winners

Cameron McCordic

Faculty Teaching Award

Dr. Cameron McCordic is a deeply committed and highly innovative teacher, whose teaching has had a significant positive impact on developing student’s problem-solving skills and critical engagement. The committee was particularly impressed by Dr. McCordic’s innovative approach in tailoring learning experiences in large classes to the individual learning needs of students. His development of teaching materials using new technologies demonstrates a deep commitment to student success that has inspired both his students and his colleagues.

Simron Singh

Faculty Research Award

Dr. Simron Singh is a globally recognized expert in socio-ecological metabolism who has pioneered the field of island industrial ecology that analyses and leverages resource-use patterns in island systems as an adaptation strategy to climate change impacts. His work on complex disasters, which broadened the understanding of natural disasters to include disaster response and the social and ecological impacts of these responses, has also been recognized as making path-breaking and original contributions to the political ecology of disasters. The committee noted the deeply humanistic element to Dr. Singh’s research and his research program. His research is driven by a recognition of the need to keep individuals and groups at the centre of his research program with a view to improving the lives of more vulnerable communities and to promoting cross cultural understandings.

Su-Yin Tan

Faculty Service Award

Dr. Su-Yin Tan has made exceptional contributions to the University and Faculty in her numerous roles, including Chair of FAUW’s Lecturers Committee, a member of FAUW’s Equity Committee and Policy 76/77 Committee, and as the Faculty’s first teaching fellow. Through these commitments, Dr. Tan has shown tremendous leadership, and a specific commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the University community. She has made a positive contribution at the institutional level, but also at a more personal level, mentoring students, and colleagues.

Neil Carnegie

Staff Service Award

Neil Carnegie has demonstrated considerable leadership with lasting impact in his role as Manager, Facilities and Space Planning/Safety Coordinator for the Faculty. Neil was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Faculty’s COVID protocols and procedures for all the Faculty’s buildings allowing the faculty to continue its work in a safe and effective environment. In the last year, he has shepherded several key infrastructure upgrades, as well as developing crucial tools to manage the faculty’s growing health and safety responsibilities. Neil is highly appreciated by his colleagues for his professionalism and strong work ethic.

Sheree Solomon

Staff Service Award

Sheree Solomon has contributed to the School of Planning, Faculty and University in a variety of roles, but always demonstrating a commitment to excellence and the creation of a sense of community. As the administrative manager for the School of Planning, Sheree has supported students, faculty, and staff in their many roles and responsibilities and has been the organizational core of the school. She has mentored a number of new staff and has created an atmosphere of respect and professionalism within the School. The committee notes Sheree’s contributions to University-level initiatives and her unselfish and people-centred approach to her position.

Nomination process

It is the responsibility of the Faculty of Environment faculty and staff to nominate potential candidates for the award. They will be notified when to submit their nominations to the Faculty Awards Committee.


Teaching Award Research Award Service Award - Faculty Member Service Award - Staff Member
Excellence in teaching, mentorship or educational development (35%) Quality and quantity of research output (30%) Leadership in building the university, Faculty or unit (40%) Leadership in building the university, Faculty or unit (40%)
Positive impact on students or on education more broadly (35%) Recognitions and evidence of impact/standing within the academy (30%) Impact of service contributions, defined broadly (20%) Impact of service contributions, defined broadly (20%)
Creation of an environment conducive to learning (15%) Impact through knowledge mobilization and activities external to the academy (25%) Diversity of service contributions (20%) Diversity of service contributions (20%)
Innovation in teaching (15%) Active participation as an academic citizen (e.g., refereeing, external examiner) (15%) An ethos of caring in carrying out service duties (20%) An ethos of caring in carrying out service duties (20%)

The awards are:

  • Awarded annually to recognize faculty and staff of the Faculty of Environment
  • Based on recommendations to the Dean by a Faculty Awards Committee
  • In addition to the “research excellence award” that is currently awarded each year to an early-career (pre-tenure) faculty member

Selection committee membership (5 in total):

2 faculty members including:

  • One Faculty of Environment representative who serves on the University of Waterloo Awards Committee
  • One previous winner of University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teacher Award, elected, two-year term

2 staff members:

  • one from Faculty-level offices/units, elected, two-year term
  • one from the academic units, elected, two-year term 

1 student in alternate years from:

  • the Environment Student Society
  • the Environment Graduate Student Association or the Graduate Planning Association

Selection committee responsibilities: 

  • To encourage the submission of high-quality nominations of Environment faculty and staff for both internal and external awards and honorific titles, and to do so through an equity, diversity and inclusivity lens
  • To evaluate annual nominations for Faculty of Environment awards for faculty and staff in the areas of teaching, research and service, and make recommendations to the Dean of the Faculty with regards to the winning nomination in each category.

2022 Award Recipients


Paul McKone

Paul McKone


Daniel Scott

Daniel Scott

Service - Faculty

Janice Barry

Janice Barry

Service - Staff

Carol Knipe

Carol Knipe