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Jack Knetsch Award

The Jack Knetsch Award recognizes the best essay in the Economics Honours Thesis course (ECON 499W). This award is named after emeritus professor Jack Knetsch, who joined Simon Fraser University at its inception and retired in 2000.

2020 winner

Hamza Abdelrahman

Hamza Abdelrahman is celebrating the completion of his honours bachelor of arts degree in economics after four years filled with high academic achievements and community engagement. Since joining SFU in 2016 as a Major Entrance Scholarship recipient, he has completed three co-op work terms and volunteered with multiple groups on campus. He has received a number of awards, including the Glenn Berg Award for academic excellence in economics; the Big Data Research Award; the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award; and the Robert C. Brown Award for outstanding leadership and academic performance. For his honours thesis, Hamza looked at the causal effect of the disbursement of social assistance payments on drug crimes and alcohol sales in Vancouver, BC. He plans on completing graduate studies in economics and has set his career sights on becoming the prime minister of his home country, Jordan.

Past winners

2019: Jordan Hutchings

2018: Artem Sadreev

2017: Thomas Budd

2016: Andreas Qvale Hovland

2016: Cameron Young

2015: Caleb Kwon

2014: Nikki Thompson

2013: Erik Drysdale

2012: Justin Wiltshire

2011: Matt Tolan

2010: Sam Norris

2009: Leanna Mitchell

2008: Tom Cornwall