February 7, 2002 Vol . 23, No. 3

Mahler wins Chancellor's Award

By Julie Ovenell-Carter

Fortunately for SFU’s co-op program, Richard Mahler (below), the executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Finning International Inc., has energy to spare.

In between running a company, running 10 marathons, driving a ski-doo to the magnetic north pole, and climbing to the base camp of Mt. Everest, Mahler made time to serve as founding chair of SFU’s co-op employer advisory council, a contribution that has earned him this year’s Chancellor’s distinguished service award.

Co-op director Nancy Johnston says that over the last decade, Mahler “helped guide our rapidly growing program through its adolescent years. He created a mechanism to formally link employers to the university community, and to give them a recognized voice in the development of the co-op program.

“As a result, today we have four distinct employer advisory councils in arts, science and environment, business, and applied science.

“Rick also dedicated significant time, expertise, and energy to chair the most recent external review of co-op education, which resulted in a restructuring of the program to enhance responsiveness to key stakeholder groups.

“As well, he has helped to develop job opportunities for co-op students with Finning operations in Canada and in South America. Rick’s tireless contributions to co-op education have resulted in a stronger and more focused program at SFU.”

Mahler will receive his award at a special ceremony to be held Feb. 15 at the Diamond University Centre.

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