The McEwen Family
l to r: Brenda Denchfield (retired teacher and advisor), Dr. Jim McEwen, Dean of Science, Claire Cupples.
Dr. Jim McEwen endowed the McEwen Family Charitable Trust with specific goals to advance education and health, to relieve poverty and to provide awards that recognize and encourage Canadian innovation and Canadian innovators. The Faculty of Science is pleased to advance Dr. McEwen’s legacy through the unique McEwen Family Teacher Recognition Award and the McEwen Family Entrance Award.
These two awards recognize exceptional teaching by math and science teachers and promising students who are entering the Faculty of Science directly from high school. Former students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Science are eligible to nominate a public high school math or science teacher who helped shape their future. The honoured teacher, in turn, nominates one of his/her former students who have registered, but not yet begun, first-year studies in the Faculty of Science.
McEwen knows firsthand how science can improve our lives and our health. He and his team developed the first automatic tourniquet system during his tenure as director of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Vancouver General Hospital. Their tourniquet system led to greater safety and is now standard procedure for countless operations undertaken daily in civilian and military settings. McEwen has been awarded more than 250 patents for medical devices in such diverse fields as orthopaedics, anesthesia, ophthalmology, laboratory medicine and surgery.
McEwen’s contributions to biomedical engineering, as an inventor and entrepreneur have been widely recognized. He holds honorary degrees from UBC and SFU, has received a leadership award from the ALS Society of BC, and serves as Vice Chair of the Ernest C. Manning Foundation for Innovation in Canada. In 2011, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In addition to being Chairman of Delfi Medical Innovations Inc, McEwen is the founder and a director of the non-profit BC Medical Device Development Centre, and he is an adjunct professor in SFU School of Engineering Science, the UBC Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the UBC Department of Orthopedics.