Teaching excellence

Dr. Dante Canil
Dr. Dante Canil, Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013-14

Science recognizes the quality and impact of our faculty annually by presenting an Award for Teaching Excellence.

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2013-14 Award for Teaching Excellence

Dante Canil (Earth and Ocean Sciences)

Dante joined SEOS in 1994 when the School was in the early stages of developing its undergraduate programs. Although he was a young scientist with limited teaching experience, Dante immediately made instrumental contributions to the curriculum, developing from scratch many of our core earth-science courses, labs, and field trips.

Since that time, Dante has taught a variety of classes, including 9 undergraduate and 3 graduate courses. Dante has taught both of SEOS’s Field Schools, each of which involves two weeks of practical geologic experience outside of the classroom. He also supervises and mentors many graduate, honours, and co-op students.

It is noteworthy that Dante is not only an outstanding teacher, but also an exceptional researcher, and that he brings his research into the classroom. In 2011 Dante was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada cited as “an international leader in the study of the Earth’s mantle,” and in 2012 he won the prestigious Peacock Award of the Mineralogical Association of Canada for “outstanding career contributions to mineral sciences.”

Dante’s passion and natural abilities as a teacher, together with his outstanding knowledge base, meticulous preparation, and genuine concern and respect for individuals make him a well-deserved recipient of this year’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Previous winners

Previous winners
2013/2014 Dante Canil (Earth and Ocean Sciences)
2012/2013 Scott McIndoe (Chemistry)
2011/2012 George Spence (Earth and Ocean Sciences)
2010/2011 Laurence Coogan (Earth and Ocean Sciences) and Gary MacGillivray (Mathematics and Statistics)
2009/2010 Jill Simmons (Mathematics and Statistics) 
2008/2009 Penny Codding (Chemistry)
2007/2008 Alex van Netten (Physics and Astronomy) and Margaret Wyeth (Mathematics and Statistics)
2006/2007 Tom Fyles (Chemistry) and Barbara Currie (Biochemistry and Microbiology)
2005/2006 Stan Dosso (Earth and Ocean Sciences)
2004/2005 Edward Ishiguro (Biochemistry and Microbiology) and David Berg (Chemistry)
2003/2004 David J. Leeming (Mathematics and Statistics)
2002/2003 Richard Ring (Biology) and Michel Lefebvre (Physics and Astronomy)
2001/2002 Francis Choy (Biology)
2000/2001 Walter Balfour (Chemistry)
1999/2000 Ann C. Gower (Physics and Astronomy)
1998/1999 J. Thomas Buckley (Biochemistry and Microbiology)
1997/1998 Reginald H. Mitchell (Chemistry)
1996/1997 Gerald A. Poulton (Chemistry)
1995/1996 Bruce R. Johnson (Mathematics and Statistics)
1994/1995 Terry W. Pearson (Biochemistry and Microbiology)