2021 Call for Nominations

The Chris Dagg Award for Impact in International Sustainable Development seeks to recognize and celebrate the achievements of a Simon Fraser University (SFU) staff or faculty member who has made a significant contribution to international sustainable development on behalf of SFU.

The selection of the awardee is the responsibility of the Chris Dagg Award for Impact in International Sustainable Development Committee. The selection committee will consider all eligible submissions for evaluation. The award will be administered annually upon the committee’s recommendation. SFU International will be responsible for nominating committee members.


SFU faculty and staff are eligible. Normally an individual is eligible to receive the award only once.


The application must outline the nominee’s contribution to international sustainable development. The following criteria will be considered by the committee:

  1. Breadth of activities
    - Nominee’s work contributes to more than one of the ‘Activities’ highlighted below.
  2. Length of time
    - Nominee has engaged in international work at SFU for an extended period of time, generally 5+ years.
  3. Demonstrated excellence and impact globally and institutionally
    - Nominee is regarded as an expert in their field
    - The effects of the nominee’s work on sustainability, as well as their contributions to research and learning at SFU, are demonstrable.
    - Nominees whose work contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be favourably viewed.
  4. Leadership in their Field
    - Nominee is internationally recognized for leadership in their field of study or practice.
    - Nominee has shown the ability to lead SFU in new directions.
  5. Level of Innovation
    - Nominee has demonstrated new techniques and/ or approaches to address systemic and deeply rooted international sustainable development challenges.


Activities related to international sustainable development may include, but are not limited to, involvement in:

  • international development projects or initiatives
  • international research and scholarly collaborations
  • establishment of international academic networks or partnerships
  • joint curriculum with international partners
  • international activities related to students
  • international community engagement


SFU staff and faculty may submit nominations. Nominations supported by students, alumni, international and community partners are encouraged. Self-nominations are also permitted.

Nomination forms should be accompanied by a letter (three pages maximum) that describes the nominee’s efforts and involvement in international sustainable development on behalf of SFU and the impacts of their activities internationally and at SFU.

Nomination packages should also include signed letters of support from two other members of the SFU community (faculty, staff, or students) or international community partners.

Nomination forms can be found here. Inquiries and completed packages should be sent to the Chair, Chris Dagg Award Committee, SFU International, SFU, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6; or by email to

The deadline has passed and the call for nominations is now closed. Thank you to all who responded!


Chris Dagg began his career in the Canadian Foreign Service, serving in Vietnam and Indonesia from 1968 to 1974. Since 1979 he has led Canadian International Development Agency and other Canadian Government-funded regional development, higher education, and environment policy projects for Indonesia and China. At SFU, he led the Eastern Indonesia Universities Development Project (1987-2003), and Phases IV and V of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (2007-2015). From 2003-2007, Chris supported the University’s International Development efforts at SFU International. Chris retired from SFU in 2015.

This award recognizes Chris’ longstanding service, and his significant contributions to the shaping and advancement of international issues and activities at SFU.

For information on past recipients, please visit: