The Awards of Excellence are presented annually by the University of Ottawa Alumni Association in the following categories:
MERITAS TABARET AWARD FOR ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT
Established in 1991, this is the Association’s oldest and highest honour. This award recognizes the inspiring talent, effort and influence of the University’s graduates. Past winners include television personality Alex Trebek, pianist Angela Hewitt, businessman Paul Tellier and journalist Lisa LaFlamme. Nominees must have distinguished themselves through excellence and achievement in their professional field throughout their career; have demonstrated leadership in their profession; have made a positive contribution to the prestige, influence and reputation of the University of Ottawa; and have exercised and continue to exercise a strong positive influence in the community.
ALUMNUS/ALUMNA OF THE YEAR
The Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of one of our alumni members within the last year. Consideration is given to alumni who have won honours in their field or who have been recognized nationally or internationally.
COMMITMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY
This award recognizes an extraordinary alumnus/alumna who has set a high standard for volunteerism at and/or philanthropy towards the University. Specifically, this award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of uOttawa through their dedication, generosity and commitment to its values.
YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD
The Young Alumni Award recognizes significant contributions by an individual in his or her field, whether through professional achievement or community service. The winner must be 40 or under and set an inspirational example for future alumni.
AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
Presented jointly with the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement, this award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding volunteer contributions in their community. They have enriched the lives of others through their generous gifts of time and talent and through their involvement with civic, charitable and social causes.
HONORARY MEMBER OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
This award celebrates a person who is not a graduate of the University, but whose actions and dedication have affected the uOttawa experience. The award recognizes friends of uOttawa for outstanding personal service, commitment and contribution, past or present, to the University.
Please note that awards are not necessarily presented in all categories each year.