Special awards

Peter Wall Distinguished Professors and UBC Presidential Professor receive prestigious awards.


Derek Gregory bestowed Honorary Fellowship of King's College London

Peter Wall Distinguished Professor and UBC Professor of Geography, Dr. Derek Gregory, was bestowed an Honorary Fellowship from the Council of King's College London in July 2015 during graduation ceremonies.

The Honorary Fellowship “recognizes the exceptional distinction achieved on the part of the holder through their public and professional life.”

Dr. Gregory trained as an historical geographer at the University of Cambridge. One year after his BA he was appointed University Assistant Lecturer in Geography and elected a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. Over the next sixteen years his research focused on the historical geography of industrialization and on the relations between social theory and human geography, using each program of research to inform and advance the other. He focused on processes of historical and geographical change – on periods of crisis and transformation– and explored a range of critical theories that showed how place, space, and landscape have been involved in the operation and outcome of social processes.

His more recent work, Killing space, is a critical study of the techno-cultural and political dimensions of air war. It focuses on three major campaigns: the combined bombing offensive against Germany in the Second World War, America’s air wars over Indochina, and the present use of UAVs in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and elsewhere. 


Brett Finlay awarded Prix Galien Canada

In November 2014, Dr. Brett Finlay, Peter Wall Distinguished Professor and UBC Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Microbiology and Immunology, was awarded the Prix Galien Canada Research Award 2014.

The award is presented to the researcher or the research team judged by the Jury to have made the most significant contribution to pharmaceutical research in Canada.

"I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been awarded the Prix Galien Research Award 2014," says Dr. Finlay. "Our hope is that our most recent research into the microbiota and its effect on diarrhea and asthma will help to deliver new preventions and treatments." 

The award is the most prestigious award in the field of Canadian pharmaceutical research and innovation. Referred to as the Nobel Prize of pharmaceutical research, it recognizes the efforts and achievements of pharmaceutical research and development. The Prix Galien Canada is a branch of Innovation Life Canada.


Janis Sarra receives YWCA Women of Distinction Award

In June 2014, Dr. Janis Sarra, UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor at the Peter Wall Institute and UBC Professor of Law, received a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Education, Training and Development.  

Dr. Sarra is a UBC law professor and UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor at the Peter Wall Institute. She is an internationally recognized expert in corporate finance, banking and securities regulation. She is an innovative educator, adept at fostering life-long professional development. During her recent tenure as Director of the Peter Wall Institute at UBC, she created new programs of research and education, connecting early-career female scholars to world-leading researchers, supporting innovative interdisciplinary research. As founding Director of the UBC National Centre for Business Law, she helped educate and place women in business and finance, developing innovative new courses to ensure all law students, but particularly women, are well prepared to assume leadership roles.

Recognized nationally as one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for women, the Women of Distinction Awards honour women whose outstanding achievements contribute to the well-being and future of our community. The Awards also honour businesses and organizations that support the wellness and diverse needs of their employees.


Janis Sarra named in Top 25 Women of Influence

Dr. Janis Sarra, UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor at the Peter Wall Institute and UBC Professor of Law, was ranked as one of 2014 Top 25 Women of Influence. 

Dr. Sarra ranked 5th right behind Kathleen Wynne, Premier of the Government of Ontario in the public sector category.

The Top 25 Women of Influence recognizes a select group of executives who have achieved the highest levels of professional success in business, non‑government organizations, health, professional services and the public sector. Having made a significant difference in their fields, these women serve as important role models for future female leaders across Canada. All 25 women were profiled in the winter 2014 issue of Women of Influence magazine.