Glenn Berg Super-Duper Chosen Few Award

The Glenn Berg Award Super-Duper Chosen Few Award recognizes economics honours students for participation in extracurricular activities while achieving academic excellence.

The award was created by an SFU economics alumnus, Glenn Berg, who was employed throughout his own honours degree and was an entrepreneur who funded his university studies with his own landscaping business. Glenn understands firsthand the challenges of working and being involved in the community, while completing an honours degree at the same time.

2018 winner

Hamza Abdelrahman

The Glenn Berg Super-Duper Award 2018 has been awarded to Hamza Abdelrahman, a third-year honours student in economics at Simon Fraser University.

“I first discovered my love of economics in high school,” Abdelrahman recalls. “We learned about supply and demand, and it really helped to explain things on the news for me.”

After finishing high school in Italy, Abdelrahman spent time volunteering in senior homes to help the elderly stay connected with current events. He also volunteered with leadership camps that taught young students about economics.

Abdelrahman's goal is to become prime minister of his home country of Jordan. An economics background, he feels, will provide a solid foundation for a career in politics. Other organizations that he would like to work for include the Bank of Canada, the Central Bank of Jordan, and the Royal Court Offices of Jordan.

For now, Abdelrahman looks forward to entering his fourth year at SFU and completing his honours degree, after which he will pursue graduate studies in economics.

Past winners

2016: Camila Cordoba Cardenas, Investment Banking Intern, Banca de Inversion Bancolombia

2015: Thomas Budd, Researcher, Simon Fraser University

2014: Matthew Sebastiani, MBA candidate and Business Development and Marketing Strategy Intern, Novelogics Biotechnology, Inc.