On April 3, 2013, honored guests and dignitaries, university administrators, and academics representing the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of Northern British Columbia, and Royal Roads University gathered to recognize three very deserving recipients of the 9th annual CUFA-BC Distinguished Academic Awards.
It was a privilege to witness one of our very own, Dr. Kathy Lewis, receive the 2013 Academic of the Year Award for her research on pine beetle-infested wood which she used to defend Canada at a Softwood Lumber Agreement arbitration hearing in 2012. Partly as a result of Dr. Lewis’ testimony, Canada won the arbitration avoiding a penalty estimated at $380 million.
The purpose of the Distinguished Academic Awards is to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments in research and scholarly work that benefit communities and the public.
“Dr. Lewis’ defence of Canada’s trade interests demonstrates the immense potential value of university-based research.” Rick Kool, President, CUFA-BC