Ivan Finlay Leadership Award

This award honours and recognizes students who have effected positive change while in a volunteer leadership role in either campus organizations or community organizations. There are up to six awards of $1,000 each available for the 2023 award period.

Applications are Closed

Award recipients will be contacted in the spring.


Students must be enrolled in an engineering, geology, or geophysics undergraduate or graduate degree program in Alberta. Graduate students must also be either a member-in-training or applicant with APEGA.


Award recipients will be students who demonstrate that they have, within the last two years, effected positive change while in volunteer leadership role(s) in either campus organizations or community organizations.

To be successful, you will want to demonstrate how you’ve:

  • shown leadership in fostering equity, diversity, and inclusivity by authentically articulating the value of EDI, constructively challenging the status quo, and inspiring others to join in
  • promoted awareness, including leading by example, of the benefits to society of increasing the participation and inclusion of under-represented groups in campus and/or community activities or initiatives
  • demonstrated a desire for continued learning through a curious mindset and by authentically connecting with people and including them in ideation and decision-making to foster an inclusive culture
  • acted as an ambassador to the wider community(ies) on behalf of the engineering/geoscience faculties and/or the engineering/geoscience professions
  • exemplified a high standard of integrity by leading through example and maintaining high personal standards

Submission Contents

Submissions must include:

  • completed form
  • at least two professional letters of recommendation
  • proof of enrolment at a post-secondary institution

Detailed selection criteria are outlined on the application form.

Get Inspired by Past Recipients


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Already a tenuous time of unknowns for every new graduate, entering the workforce while living through a global pandemic brought a new element of ambiguity for Nima Macci, E.I.T.

Dive Into the Recipe

Shantanu Naikade

A Circular Social Service

Shantanu Naikade, E.I.T., a decarbonization engineer-in-training at Shell working in agriculture and forestry, is a big supporter of circular economies—physically and socially.

Read about how he makes waves

Questions? Contact [email protected].