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The selection committee has chosen Ernie Regehr (BA ’68, English) as the recipient of the 2013 Faculty of Arts Alumni Achievement Award. The award recognizes Waterloo Arts alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their professional field and in community and public service. He will be honoured at fall convocation.
Ernie has spent the better part of his life in the pursuit of the demilitarization of security, establishing one of Canada’s premier peace and security NGOs. He is a senior fellow in Arctic Security at The Simons Foundation of Vancouver; and a research fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, at Conrad Grebel University College. He is also a co-founder of Project Ploughshares, a non-governmental organization that works with churches, governments, and civil society in Canada and abroad, on peace and security issues.
Ernie has served as an NGO representative and expert advisor on numerous Government of Canada delegations to multilateral disarmament forums. He has travelled frequently to conflict zones, especially in East Africa, and is on the Board of Directors of the Africa Peace Forum, in Nairobi, Kenya.
He has published widely on peace and security, and in 2003, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada. Ernie is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Canada 125 Medal, World Peace Award, Pearson Peace Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the University of Waterloo’s 50th Anniversary Alumni Award. In 1990, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Wilfrid Laurier University.