Outstanding Service Awards

2020 Award Winner

Stephen Childs

Please join us in congratulating Stephen Childs (York University), the winner of this year’s Outstanding Service Award! Stephen has helped many CIRPA members take their first steps in coding. He has presented at conferences, led popular pre-conference workshops on R and Python, and has served on committees and on the Board. His work on the Professional Development committee brought the CIRPA Github site to life. Stephen is known as a “digital pioneer in IR” and is an inspiration to many. Thank you, Stephen, for sharing your knowledge with our community!


2019 Award Winner

Ashley Blackman

The CIRPA Board is pleased to recognize Ashley Blackman as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Service Award. Ashley has contributed to CIRPA in many ways over the years: as a panelist, a presenter, an organizer, and a key volunteer, not to mention his significant role in livening up CIRPA conference dancefloors! Ashley is known for taking the time out to encourage others, and for tirelessly seeking to improve the IR profession with new insights, techniques, and statistical methods. He has also played a key role in bringing the Best Presentation Award to life – he has developed the award criteria, organized the judging panel, revised the sessional evaluation and post-conference survey, and refined the adjudication process. In short, Ashley is an iconic member of CIRPA. Thank you, Ashley, for all that you have brought to our profession and our Association!

2018 Award Winner

On behalf of the CIRPA Board, we are proud to recognize Peter Seto as the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award. Peter spent many years as the Director of Institutional Research at Mount Royal University, and was one of the early founders of the Association. During that time, Peter spent 8 years on the CIRPA Board, serving two terms as Vice-President. He was a lead organizer for CIRPA 2009 (Banff) and served on the programming committee for the Halifax conference (2015). Peter also played a key role organizing local IR groups in BC and Alberta and was a founding member of the Alberta group (ABIR – pronounced “A beer”!).

At conferences, Peter often played the role of the Pied Piper dragging people out to discover fantastic local and international musicians. It was great to reconnect with him in Calgary, as he has been deeply missed since retiring from the profession. Thank you, Peter, for your many contributions to CIRPA over the years!

2017 Award Winner

At CIRPA Toronto 2017, we recognized Brian Christie (University of Regina) for the Outstanding Service Award. Brian is one of the founders of CIRPA, who has been part of the Association from Day 1. He personifies dedication to the association, through his commitment as an organizer, presenter, and mentor to his team and other IR professionals.  Thank you Brian for spending the past 25+ years building and supporting CIRPA.

2016 Outstanding Service Award

In 2016, we recognized the contributions made by Luc Simon of Université Laval.  Luc has played a very important role in the Association, serving four years as a member-at-large on the Board of Directors (2010-2014) where he led the redevelopment of the CIRPA website. Luc also chaired the 2008 conference in Québec City which had unsurpassed food and entertainment, in a truly beautiful city.  For those who regularly attend the CIRPA conference, you’d also know him as a regular presenter on data mining and analytics and sharing interesting ways to use Tableau. Join us in congratulating Luc for being a pillar within the IR profession, and continuing to model excellence in institutional research.

2015 Awards Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients, Alan Vladicka; MacEwan University (former), Golden Sage Consulting
(current) and Cameron Tilson, Concordia University. Consult the President’s message for more details.