Past Recipients of the ARCH Awards

CSM Alumni who have received an ARCH award


2020 | Dr. Ahmad Munawwar Helmi bin Salim

Community Commitment Award

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After graduating with a degree in medicine from UCalgary, Munawwar, MD'10 returned to his home in Malaysia to be a general physician but, in short order, found himself spearheading a massive flood-relief mission off the east coast of that country in 2014. That project grew into the IMAM Response and Relief Team (IMARET), a medical non-governmental organization (NGO). In turn, IMARET has led to relief work with the Rohingya refugees, the indigenous people living  in rural parts of Malaysia, and the sea gypsies on the shores of East Malaysia.  And these crucial projects are what the father of two young children does after clinic hours when Munawwar assumes the mantle, make that the cape, of IMARET’s chief co-ordinator. And, if that wasn’t enough, the powerhouse also manages an international project, the SafeWhere Initiative, that oversees the delivery of safe, clean water to underprivileged communities in Malaysia and to numerous refugee camps around the globe. Read more!


2020 | Daria Venkova

Early Career Achievement 
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Daria Venkova, BSc’18, MBT’19, the CEO of Creative Protein Solutions (CPS), a platform diagnostic company that detects diseases across many animal groups. While completing her master’s degree in biomedical technologies, Venkova began working with the founder of CPS to help the company develop a business model. It was at this point that Venkova stepped up to the podium and began representing the company during pitch competitions, where she became an instant star. Read more!


2019 | Emily Hicks

Early Career Achievement

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Co-founder and president of FREDsense, Emily Hicks, BHSc'13,  may self-identify as a “bit of an introvert,” but give her a stage and this young alumna will crush whatever role she takes on. In fact, it was her theatre background that landed her a spot on UCalgary’s iGEM team back in 2009, and it was this seminal experience that convinced her that she didn’t want to be a physician or a surgeon but, rather, to pursue biomedical sciences and anything to do with iGEM, which stands for the Internationally Genetically Engineered Machine competition. Read more!


2018 | Dr. Debra Isaac

International Career Achievement Award

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Dr. Debra Isaac, BN'84, MD'87, is co-founder of the Guyana Program to Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC), a global health training environment that benefits UCalgary learners and faculty and those in Guyana; cardiologist with a subspecialty interest in echocardiography, heart failure, and cardiac transplantation. Read more!


2018 | Dr. Sam Weiss, PhD'83

Distinguished Alumni Award Lifetime Achievement

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Dr. Sam Weiss, PhD'83, is the scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health — Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA). Weiss received his doctorate in chemistry from UCalgary only five years after completing a BSc at McGill University and, in 1992, was the first to discover neural stem cells in the brains of adult mammals. And, yes, he has advanced research in areas such as multiple sclerosis and brain tumours; led a team of 127 faculty members, 300 neuroscience trainees and 250 professional staff as founder and director of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute; and has published a staggering 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and nine book chapters. Read more!


2015 | Dr. Simon Bryant

Alumni Achievement Award


Simon Bryant, MD'91 has shown a lifelong interest in and commitment to global and public health. Dr. Bryant served a six-month mission with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on their first ocean-based rescue and medical clinic, The Phoenix, in the Mediterranean.  Having won the “Birth Lottery”, Dr. Bryant made a conscious decision as a young man to give back to those less fortunate.  His ongoing commitment and dedication should serve as an example to all of us who lead privileged lives.  


2012 | David Campbell

Future Alumni Award

David Campbell, MD'12, This medical graduate's list of accomplishments and accolades defy the odds, and he's just getting started. Described by a faculty member as "the most unique medical student I have ever come across" Campbell has already made a mark in medicine and clinical research in Calgary and internationally. He's now working to complete a masters degree in community health science at the University of Calgary.


2010 | Dr. Rithesh Ram

Future Alumni Award

Rithesh Ram, MD/PhD'12, is a resident physician with Alberta Health Services. During his time on campus, he was founding chair of the Community Health Sciences student executive and president of the Calgary Medical Students' Association.


2009 | Dr. Jeffrey Veale

Graduate of the Last Decade

Jeffrey Veale (BSc'97, MD'00) is an assistant professor of surgery at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine, a transplant surgeon in the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Director of the UCLA Donor Exchange Program. Jeffrey is recognized as a pioneer of paired kidney donation, credited with shortening waitlists and increasing positive outcomes in renal patient care.


2006 | Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford

UCalgary Distinguished Alumna

Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, MD'81, Former President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Dr. Ashford started medical school at 38 with the goal of becoming a family doctor, but after hearing a speech on nuclear disarmament, she found a way to combine that cause with her career and became president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. She is retired from medical practice, but not from her work; she wrote Enough Blood Shed: 101 Solutions to Violence, Terror, and War, released in May 2006.


2005 | Dr. George Wyse

UCalgary Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. D. George Wyse, MD'74 -Chair, International Experts Advisory Committee, Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta

The research that Dr. Wyse conducted over a 20-year period on atrial fibrillation changed the way physicians around the world treat the cardiac condition. He's now semiretired, but his ongoing work tells the story of a man who's passionate about his work and saving lives - he is an arrhythmia specialist at an out-patient clinic, contributes to several cardiology journals, boards and committees.


2002 | Dr. Cyril Frank

UCalgary Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Cyril B. Frank, MD'76
Former CEO and President, Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions
Former Professor, Orthopaedics/Department of Surgery, UCalgary

Dr. Frank joined the Cumming School of Medicine's Department of Surgery in 1984 and become a full professor in 1992. In 1989, he became founding clinical and research director of Roger Jackson's Sport Medicine Centre and in 2014, he was honoured with an Order of Canada for his contributions to orthopedic health care services in Alberta. Dr. Frank passed away in March 2015.


1993 | Dr. Catherine Hankins

UCalgary Distinguished Alumna

Dr. Catherine Hankins, BA'71, MD'76 Deputy Director of Science at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development  

Catherine Hankins was the chief scientific advisor to UNAIDS. At UNAIDS, she supervised three teams relating to care, vaccine development and cost estimation. Prior to this, she was a member of the Canadian National AIDS Council for eight years. Currently she is the Deputy Director of Science at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development and continues work for UNAIDS.


1988 | Dr. Marvin Fritzler

UCalgary Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Marvin Fritzler, PhD'71, MD'74
Professor and Innovative Researcher

Dr. Fritzler is a professor in the Cumming School of Medicine where he has received numerous Gold Star Letters of Excellence in Teaching awards. He holds the Arthritis Society Research Chair and is the director of the Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Mitogens. In 2005, a Fritzler-led research team of U of C scientists published a paper in Nature Cell Biology on recently-discovered cell structures called GW Bodies.