Dale Roy, 2008

This award was established in 2002 to “honour individuals who have, over their career, made significant contributions to teaching, learning and educational development in Canadian higher education.” This is the fourth award and it is made to someone known to almost all of us, one of Society’s founders, and a close personal colleague and friend, Dale Roy.

I have known Dale since the early 1980s, and we were both present at the meeting that established the Society. Dale served as STLHE’s first treasurer for 11 years, served on the Steering Committee for 17 years, and is perhaps best known for his setting up and running the successful 3M National Teaching Fellowships program, from 1986 to 2001.

He is the longest continuously serving director of an educational development centre, and has had a major influence on teaching at McMaster, especially though its extensive work with inquiry-based learning.

In summary, Dale has done a great deal to enhance teaching and learning at McMaster University, in Ontario, and across Canada. He is one of STLHE’s outstanding figures, and a much-loved colleague of many hundreds of teachers across the country.

It gives me great personal pleasure to present the 2008 Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award to Dale Roy.