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Dean's Award

At University Canada West, we value our students and the hard work they put into their education.  As a result, we have created the Dean’s Award. This is an award for students who have graduated with the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) in their program, recognizing their achievements and their dedication to their studies.

Find out more about our Dean's Award winners below.

Pauline Louise Bessegato

Winner of 2015 Dean's Award (MBA)

Pauline Bessegato is a Clinical Business Coordinator and Coordinator of the Breast Care Program at the Surgical and Urology Clinics for St Joseph’s Healthcare in Ontario.

Beginning her career as a Financial Consultant, she progressed to Controller for Healthcare Materials Management Services before transitioning to her current post and adding more clinical responsibilities there over the last 15 years.

She gained a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Canada West. With a passion for helping people, the next goal of Pauline’s journey will be increasing educational opportunities in fundraising, alongside continuous personal development.

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Jennifer Bohn

Winner of 2015 Dean's Award (MBA)

Jennifer is a Competency Assurance Coordinator for Keyera Corp. in Calgary, Alberta. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, she worked in downtown Calgary in the oil and gas sector for 8 years.

At Keyera, Jennifer works in the Training and Development department, furthering her appreciation for continued learning and adult education.

When she isn’t working, Jennifer returns to her home in Canmore to enjoy the mountains. She also has a passion for yoga, and has been practicing for over 10 years.  

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Alice Solveig McLaren

Winner of 2015 Dean's Award (Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication)

Solveig McLaren was UCW’s Dean’s Award recipient in the Bachelor of Arts, Media and Communication program.

Solveig was employed with the Province of British Columbia as an executive assistant, but decided she wanted a new career. The career she chose required a degree in Media and Communications.

Solveig looked at many educational institutions throughout North America before deciding upon UCW. That she could take all her classes online was a huge factor in her decision, and it helped that UCW was a British Columbia institution and the price was right. In the fall of 2010, she began her studies with one or two classes, depending on her work and family life schedules.

Over the next five years, her writing skills improved and the courses helped her at work and in her private life. Three months before graduating, Solveig landed that dream job.

She admits that dreams don’t work unless you do, but Solveig also credits UCW with being the perfect fit for her educational needs.

Connect with Alice via Linkedin

Win Le

Winner of 2014 Dean's Award (Bachelor of Commerce)

Win is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate at UCW and is from Vancouver BC. Since graduating, he has begun working for RBC Royal Bank. He feels that his success and recent promotion to Mortgage Specialist can be attributed to his learning experience at UCW.

Greg McClinchey

Winner of 2014 Dean's Award (Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication)

Greg McClinchey has served 22-years as a political aide to a number of prominent public officials including the House of Commons Agriculture Committee Chair, a former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and a former provincial Minister of Agriculture in the province of Ontario.

Greg has also worked as a senior news editor, radio broadcaster, political pundit, federal campaign manager, and as a North Huron Municipal Councillor. In 2007, while completing his media spokesperson certification, Greg published his first book; following with a second published manuscript in 2012.

Greg holds a Professional Certificate in Conflict Management (Sprott School of Business), a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications (University Canada West), and a Master of Political Management Degree (Carleton University). In addition to being an active member of his community via groups such as the York West Community Council and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Greg enjoys spending quality time with his wife and their two young children at home in Ottawa.

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Payman Rowhani

Winner of 2014 Dean's Award (MBA)

Payman Rowhani is a senior software developer from Shiraz, Iran. As a member of Baha’i community, he found it very difficult to continue academic studies. Iran’s government does not allow Baha’is to enter any universities inside the country and he was also unable to enter the Baha’i university (BIHE) in Tehran due to his physical injuries caused by an accident.

"I was about to establish a software company, but I didn’t know how to do it! I had some management experiences but knew really nothing about marketing, HR, etc. One of my friends suggested me to study MBA, but after the accident that I had on my last undergraduate year, I was wondering how to do that. I can’t forget the time that I found my way to study MBA at UCW. I got so happy and registered right away!”

Payman is delighted by the quality of distant learning at UCW. He feels very grateful about this experience.

“The professors and staff at this university are a little tough, but I love the learning experience as they motivate me to encounter and overcome challenges. Although I have never seen the campus, I feel I’m studying in a real class. Books are always updated and provide us with real business cases around the world.”

"In Iran we don’t usually see people from other nations, let alone to communicate with them. These virtual classes helped me connect with friends around the world, and I found it very exciting to work with them on social/economic development projects. Now I have learnt how to do distant projects with the help of anyone in any corner of the world! I really thank UCW for providing me with such a precious opportunity.” 

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