PhD (Education), 2008
SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT, 2014
Dr. Kanwal Singh Neel, a well-respected and internationally acclaimed educator and a tireless community volunteer for over 40 years, was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, for recognition of his significant contributions and achievements.
Kanwal leads by example. He gives of himself to support and mentor people of all ages and walks of life. He conducts himself with grace and kindness and inspires those around him with his passion for improving the lives of others through education.
Kanwal has been a classroom teacher for over thirty years, a workshop presenter, author, software developer, textbook reviewer, consultant, and host of the award winning television series “Math Shop”.
A leader in his field throughout his career, Kanwal has won many awards including the Prime Minister's National Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology and Mathematics. His scholarly interests and expertise lie in the field of mathematics education and teacher education.
Kanwal inspires students to strive for excellence and supports colleagues in developing instructional strategies to make learning more meaningful.
After retiring as Associate Director in Professional Programs in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, he is now Coordinator for the SFU Friends of Simon Tutoring Project, providing students as tutors to immigrant and refugee children.
Kanwal is selfless in his service to the community. He is a founding director of the Punjab Cultural Association, coordinated the 75th Anniversary of the Komagata Maru Incident, hosted many community events/fundraisers and officiated international level Racewalk and Track and Field meets.
UPDATE (May 31, 2016): Dr. Neel received an honorary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University for his commitment to the community in education, athletics and community service.