uOttawa employees win new entrepreneurial awards

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

Liam Peyton, a professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Frank Bouchard, Manager of Outreach Programs at uOttawa, are recipients of two new awards from the Faculty of Engineering: the Entrepreneurial Professor and Entrepreneurial Employee Awards, respectively.

Liam Peyton
Professor Liam Peyton

Professor Peyton was selected as the winner of the Entrepreneurial Professor Award for four key achievements, namely: creating a culture that fosters entrepreneurship in software engineering and electronic business technologies, restructuring the undergraduate software engineering program and introducing mandatory CO-OP education (the first program of its kind at uOttawa), spearheading the creation and implementation of an electronic business technologies doctoral program and reaching out to industry for student and graduate placements. “Liam is an outstanding member of our faculty and a most deserving candidate for this award,” said Dr. Claude Laguë, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

Professor Peyton was touched to receive this award from his colleagues saying: “I am honored to receive the Entrepreneurial Professor of the Year Award. I would like to express my gratitude to the Faculty of Engineering and the CO-OP office for their unfailing support and encouragement. Entrepreneurship means change, and change can be challenging and stressful at the best of times, but all Faculty and CO-OP staff have been a joy to work with!

Frank Bouchard
Frank Bouchard

Frank Bouchard, winner of the Entrepreneurial Employee Award, holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management, both from the University of Ottawa and has established himself as a role model for student entrepreneurs in the Faculty of Engineering. He has been the driving force behind the extraordinary success of the student-led Adventures in Engineering and Science program and is the co-Founder of Wipebook, a reusable dry-erase notebook that was featured on Dragon’s Den.  “Without Frank’s drive and passion, our very successful Richard L’Abbé Makerspace and uOttawa Makermobile would still be dreams. Frank is an outstanding Faculty alumnus, entrepreneur and employee and it is most appropriate that he be recognized as the inaugural recipient of our Entrepreneurial Employee Award,” said Dean Laguë.

Frank Bouchard was honoured to receive such a distinction from the Faculty and hopes to inspire students to develop a spirit of entrepreneurship: “I am very honored and I hope this award will inspire others to champion projects they feel are important to the success of the faculty,” Frank said about winning the award.

A number of initiatives have been undertaken in order to promote a spirit of entrepreneurship within the Faculty of Engineering. For more information, visit the Faculty’s entrepreneurship page.

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