John Koolman Memorial Graduate Award in Environment

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The John Koolman Memorial Graduate Award in Environment was established at Simon Fraser University in 2015 with a generous $5,000 commitment by the Koolman Family through John Koolman's memorial fund at the Victoria Foundation. 

The award has been established as part of SFU's 50 Awards for the 50th Anniversary Campaign, and will receive a $1,000 match from the Knowledge First Financial Matching Program. The match will allow for the award to be disbursed to three graduate students over three years.

The award is intended to recognize and provide funding to graduate students in the Faculty of Environment's School of Resource and Environmental Management who are conducting interdisciplinary research in at least two of the following areas: fisheries science, fisheries management, or fisheries policy at SFU.

  1. The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide funding to a graduate student in the Faculty of Environment's School of Resource and Environmental Management who is conducting interdisciplinary research in at least two of the following areas: fisheries science, fisheries management, or fisheries policy at SFU.
  2. One award will be granted annually in the fall term.
  3. The award(s) will be offered to graduate students who fulfill the following eligibility criteria:
    1. demonstrated academic achievement in the most recent degree completed or in their current graduate program;
    2. promise of outstanding achievement at the graduate level;
    3. full-time registration at Simon Fraser University in the graduate program in the Faculty of Environment's School of Resource and Environmental Management; and
    4. conducting interdisciplinary research in at least two of the following areas: fisheries science, fisheries management, or fisheries policy with the goal of pursing a career in fisheries science or management.
  4. The application must be made via the Graduate Award, Application and Adjudication System (GA3). Required documents include:
    1. a current, unofficial SFU transcript and/ or a copy of the transcript of the most recent degree program completed;
    2. one letter of reference from an SFU faculty member familiar with the applicant's work in fisheries science, fisheries management, or fisheries policy at SFU;
    3. a current curriculum vitae;
    4. a half page personal statement of goals related to the aims of this award.
  5. The completed application and all supporting documentation should be submitted via GA3, to be reviewed by the School of Resource and Environmental Management
    Committee, chaired by Sean Cox, Associate Professor, Quantitative Fisheries Research Group, or by the Graduate program Chair, School of Resource and Environmental
    Management.
  6. The award will be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows upon the nomination of Sean Cox, Associate Professor, Quantitative Fisheries Research Group and the Graduate Program Chair, School of Resource and Environmental Management.

Revised: April 2017 / GPSR078

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John Koolman

This award has been established to support the continuation of John Koolman's efforts to preserve and manage the marine resources of the Pacific Coast.

John was a commercial fisherman from the late 1970s until his passing in December 2012.

Over the years, John was a member and industry representative of many fisheries organizations including the PTA, BC Tuna Fisherman's Association, The Groundfish Hook and Line Advisory Committee, The Commercial Industry Caucus, and the Pacific Halibut Management Association.

John took a leading, and often driving role in creating and transitioning the fleet to Integrated Groundfish management.

John was a passionate advocate for management reform and dedicated himself to the process of positive change for the long-term benefit of the resource and the industry. To his fellow fishermen, John was known as one of the "meetings guys" and they would shake their heads
to see him hauling back the gear and heading in. He frequently left perfectly good fishing in calm weather, just to make it to a meeting on time.