Awards

The Mr. Donald Maclaren, Jr. Academic Award For
Professional Achievement In Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education

Donald MacLaren Sr. was a fur trader from Peace River, Alberta, Canada who became one of Canada’s ace pilots during the First World War and founded the first commercial airline on the Canadian west coast, Pacific Airways. He later piloted the inaugural flight of Trans-Canada Airlines, which later became Air Canada. Mr. MacLaren died in 1988 at the age of 95.

This award is named in memory of Major MacLaren’s son, Donald MacLaren Jr., the former Public Affairs Manager of Air Canada, who was an avid supporter of closer working relationships between all cooperative education institutions throughout the world. This prestigious award is to be presented at the bi-annual World Conference on Cooperative Education to an individual in recognition of high achievement and continuing commitment to the enhancement of international cooperative education.

CRITERIA: Significant contributions to international work integrated learning will be given priority in the selection of the recipient of this award. Ideally, the recipient will have:

  • been innovative in the application of work integrated learning techniques;
  • a documented history of producing international work based education;
  • contributed research to the field;
  • provided key leadership in managing/administering a program; and
  • evidence of active involvement in related associations for the field.

Since the inception of this prestigious WACE Award in 1983, the following individuals have been honored:

  • 1983 Malcom Brewer, UK
  • 1985 Robert Vozzella, USA
  • 1987 Robert Laslett, Australia
  • 1989 Patricia Rowe, Canada
  • 1991 Thomas Lloyd Inglis, Scotland
  • 1993 James Wilson, USA
  • 1995 Ron Schulz, UK
  • 1997 Gerald Murphy, Australia
  • 1999 Rick Reeve, Canada
  • 2001 Louis Engelbrecht, South Africa
  • 2003 Richard Coll, New Zealand
  • 2005 Christopher Pratt, USA
  • 2007 Neil Ward, UK
  • 2009 Olof Blomqvist, Sweden
  • 2011 Ian Goulter, Australia
  • 2013 Wichit Srisa-an, Thailand
  • 2015 Dr. Karsten Zegwaard, New Zealand
  • 2017 Dr. Norah McRae, Canada
  • 2019 Professor Gayle Elliott, United States

The Dr. John A. Curry Employer Award For
Professional Achievement In Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education

Dr. John A. Curry is President Emeritus of both Northeastern University in Boston, MA and WACE. He served WACE with distinction and has been a major force in its advancement. In recognition of his outstanding leadership of WACE and his lifetime advocacy on behalf of work integrated learning, in July, 1996, the WACE Board named our highest award for a cooperative education employer in his honor. This prestigious award is to be presented at the bi-annual World Conference on Cooperative Education to an individual in recognition of high achievement and continuing commitment to the enhancement of international cooperative education.

CRITERIA: Significant contribution to international work integrated learning will be given priority in the selection of the recipient for this award. Ideally, the recipient will have:

  • been innovative in implementing the hiring of international work integrated learning students;
  • employed international work based education students for at least two years;
  • implemented a training plan that assists students in adapting to the work setting and country; and
  • been active in promoting the concept of work integrated education in his/her country.

Since the inception of this prestigious WACE Award in 1995, the following individuals have been honored:

  • 1995 Robert C. Marini, CDM
  • 1997 Mark Kilian, Lucent Technologies
  • 1999 A.A. Nasution, P T Telekomunikasi
  • 2001 Kurt W. Liedtke, Robert Bosche Corporation and Allan Rothlind, Saab Automotive AB
  • 2003 John Schwenker, GE Aircraft Engines Corporation
  • 2005 Andrew Scott, Tetley Group
  • 2007 Adrian Jefferies, BP Castro
  • 2009 Jim Watson, Scottish Enterprise
  • 2011 William Finke, LEONI Wiring Systems Inc.
  • 2015 Dr. Sampan Silapanad, Western Digital (Thailand)
  • 2017 Mr. Supant Mongkolsuthree, Chairman, Synnex (Thailand) PCL & V.P., T.K.S. Technologies PCL Thailand
  • 2019 Cincinnati Insurance Companies United States

The Dr. Constantine “Taki” Papadakis Leadership Award For Excellence In Innovation, Entrepreneurship And Commitment To Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education

Dr. Constantine “Taki” Papadakis was President of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. for 13 years, where he became a university leader like no other before him. He changed people, brought ideas to life, and improved everything he touched, and during his Presidency Drexel experienced one of the most remarkable and sustained periods of success in the University’s history. Today’s Drexel in many ways reflects his leadership: bold, innovative, and committed to the highest level of excellence.

Taki was also the Chair of the National Commission for Cooperative Education (which has recently joined WACE) for five years and served as a trustee for 13 years. During his tenure as trustee, he pioneered many innovative initiatives, including The Corporate Symposium, The Co-op Hall of Fame, and The $4M National Co-op Scholarship Program. Taki was highly respected, both nationally and throughout the world, as a passionate leader and advocate for high quality cooperative & work-integrated education. President Papadakis passed away in 2009 at the age of 63.

CRITERIA: Significant contribution to executive leadership during which innovative strides were taken to produce transformational results. Ideally, the recipient will have:

  • been innovative in the leadership of an academic institution and/or business organization;
  • placed his/her organization on a successful track by exemplifying and implementing standards of excellence;
  • produced results during his/her tenure that led to significant organizational change and transformation;
  • and regarded not only within the organization’s community as an effective leader and advocate for cooperative & work-integrated education, but throughout the greater community as well.

The award includes an engraved plaque, one free registration to the World Conference, and two years of free membership for his/her institution in WACE. The recipient is responsible for travel and other expenses incurred to attend the World Conference.


Since the inception of this prestigious WACE Award in 2011, the following individuals have been honored:

  • 2011 C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni, Pennoni Associates
  • 2013 William Howard, CDM Smith
  • 2015 Ms. Judie Kay, RMIT University (Australia)
  • 2017 Professor Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, Universiti Utara Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • 2019 Dr. Paul J. Stonely WACE Advisor to the President & CEO (Ret.)