2016 Convocation & Travel Award Recipients

Convocation Awards


Governor General’s Gold Medal & Gordon A. MacLachlan Prize

Dr. Hailey Banack, 2016 Governor General’s Gold Medal & Gordon A. MacLachlan Prize RecipientDr. Hailey Banack received the Governor General's Gold Medal for the most outstanding PhD graduate in any discipline at McGill in 2015-16. For more than 140 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. She was also award the Gordon A. Maclachlan Prize for the most outstanding graduate receiving a Doctoral degree in Health Sciences in 2015-2016. 

Dr. Hailey Banack received her PhD in Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec working with Dr. Jay Kaufman. Hailey’s dissertation research was focused on conceptual and methodological issues related to the study of obesity, cardiovascular disease and mortality. She was specifically interested in examining the “obesity paradox” and methods for addressing selection bias in epidemiologic research.

She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow with the Women's Health Initiative. Her current research is focused on understanding the predictors of healthy aging in postmenopausal women and continuing to examine how obesity and cardiovascular risk factors affect morbidity and mortality.


Governor General’s Gold Medal & McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award

Oleksandr Bushuyev, 2016 McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award & Governor General’s Gold Medal RecipientOleksandr Bushuyev completed his doctorate in Chemistry of Materials at McGill in May 2016. His outstanding achievements earned him the Governor General’s Gold Medal and the McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award. His doctoral work was focused on studies of azobenzene, a photo-active molecule, which is capable of transforming the energy of light into mechanical motion upon incorporation into polymers or single crystals. After graduation Oleksandr joined Sargent and Kelley Research Group at the University of Toronto as an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow. There he will work on photo-catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide into solar fuels with the goal of storing excess energy generated by solar panels.

Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive. The Gold Medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest academic standing at the graduate level.

The McGill Alumni Association Graduate Award is conferred upon an outstanding McGill graduate receiving a degree in 2015-2016 in any discipline in recognition of exemplary academic record, the excellence of the thesis and the significance of research.


K.B. Jenckes Prize

Edward Ou Jin Lee, 2016 K.B. Jenckes Prize RecipientEdward Ou Jin Lee received the K.B. Jenckes Prize. This price is awarded annually by GPS to the most outstanding graduate receiving a Ph.D. degree during the academic year in any discipline in the social sciences and humanities. The winners are assessed by the quality of their academic records, the scholarly significance of their research and the stylistic and substantive excellence of their thesis and other publications.

Edward Ou Jin Lee is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work at the Université de Montréal and a regular member of a health and social service focused research team titled METISS. Ed’s research and practice interests are within the realms of a) critical & anti-oppressive social work, b) institutional, participatory and digital media research methodologies and c) social policy advocacy & community organizing, with a focus on the intersections between racialized, migrant and LGBTQ communities.

As a SSRHC Vanier fellowship recipient and winner of the Director’s prize for outstanding doctoral research in social work at McGill University, Ed’s completed doctoral study examined the relationship between migration and sexuality, and in particular, the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) migrants with precarious status. Ed also previously served as the research co-coordinator for a CIHR funded community-based project about LGBTQ refugees and community researcher for an exploratory project focused on the experiences of racialized LGBTQ immigrants and refugees living in Montreal. Edward is also involved in a number of community-based initiatives in Montreal, including AGIR (an LGBTQ immigrant and refugee community organization).


Travel Awards


Delta Upsilon Memorial Scholarship

Jamie Lundine Received the Delta Upsilon Memorial Scholarship in 2016.  The Delta Upsilon scholarship was first awarded in 1921 to commemorate the fraternity's brothers who were killed in the Boer War and the first and second World Wars. The funds for the DU scholarship were raised from DU's, as well as their families and friends. The award continues to help students to this day.

Jamie is a geographer and entrepreneur. Over the past 7 years, she has worked on world-renowned digital mapping projects in sub-Saharan Africa and established a GIS & research consulting business. She is an experienced manager and facilitator of participatory data collection and collective analysis approaches – from participatory mapping to storytelling. Jamie is passionate about using methods that allow people to express their own lived experiences. Her work focuses experiences of urban informality – from access to health services, to water and sanitation, to crime and insecurity and jobs and livelihoods.


Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship & Delta Upsilon Memorial Scholarship

Éloïse Ouellet-Décoste, 2016 Delta Upsilon Scholarship and Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship in the Humanities RecipientÉloïse Ouellet-Décoste, LLM candidate at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, was awarded the Delta Upsilon Memorial Scholarship and the Philip F. Vineberg Traveling Fellowship in the Humanities. The Geneva Academy offers a unique opportunity to study advanced courses in all branches of international law applicable to situations of armed conflict and human rights violations. This international programme is taught by renowned professors recognized for their expertise in their respective fields, ranging from Humanitarian Law, to International Human Rights Law, Refugee Law, Enforced disappearances and International Criminal Law. Furthermore, Geneva Academy provides its students with professionalizing activities by offering externship opportunities at Geneva-based international organizations and NGOs, such as ICRC, UNICEF and OHCHR.

Interested in Aboriginal rights since her studies at the McGill Faculty of Law and freshly returned from an internship at the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Speech of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Éloïse’s main research interests focus on the intersection between the expression of dissent through the rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and the violation of human rights of marginalized groups, with a special focus on the repression of Aboriginal protests in Canada.