In recognition of an exemplary career, dedication to advancement of education and service to the St. Paul’s community.
Ian (PhD ’79) obtained his BMath degree from Waterloo in 1976, graduating with the inaugural Alumni Gold Medal for highest academic achievement. He remained at Waterloo for his MMath (1977) and PhD (1979), and joined the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization as a faculty member in 1980, becoming a full professor in 1990. Ian served as Department Chair three times, was Director of the Mathematics Business programs in the late 1990s, and served a five-year term as Dean beginning in 2010.
Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and is well known for his research in algebraic combinatorics. He is also highly regarded as an instructor, and was a winner of the Faculty of Mathematics Award for Distinction in Teaching in 2009.
Ian lived at St. Paul’s beginning in 1972 and developed many life-long friendships in residence. In 2015, he led the effort to raise over $50,000 to establish a student award in memory of his good friend and fellow St. Paul’s alumnus Tom Dabrowski.