MI honors alumni, faculty and exceptional service with awards
Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Marine Institute presented its annual awards for alumni, teaching and exceptional service to three recipients during the graduation ceremony on June 21, 2024. This year’s recipients were Jennifer Woodland, Capt. Glenn Fiander and Heather Canning.

Alumni Award

Jennifer WoodlandJennifer Woodland, Managing Director of Grieg Seafood, is this year’s recipient of the Alumni Award. This award recognizes the accomplishments of MI alumni, their service to society and their commitment to the MI and Memorial University communities.

Ms. Woodland graduated from MI’s Advanced Diploma in Aquaculture program in 1998. Since then, she has worked from coast to coast across Canada in a variety of roles within the aquaculture industry.

Her colleagues describe her as “a champion for aquaculture,” praising her strategic thinking and dedication to the industry and communities she works in.

A trailblazer in the industry, she was the first female CEO of an indigenous seafood corporation and is now one of the few women in a leadership role in the seafood farming and harvest sector.

As an alumna, Ms. Woodland has remained an active member of the MI community. She is regularly invited to speak to undergraduate and graduate students about career possibilities in the sustainable seafood economy.

Dr. Peter Fisher Teaching and Learning Award

This award recognizes an instructor who has gone above and beyond in the pursuit of teaching and learning, innovation and leadership at MI.Glenn Fiander

Capt. Fiander is a graduate of MI’s Nautical Science program in 1980. He went on to a career off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Great Lakes. Twelve years later, he returned to MI as an instructor and in 1997 also joined the Centre for Marine Simulation.

There, he was instrumental in developing the dynamic positioning course – a first in Canada at the time. He contributed to the institute’s work on the Polar code courses approved by Transport Canada.

As an active member of the Master Mariners of Canada, he regularly volunteers for the Nautical Skills Competition held annually at the Marine Institute. His students say he helps them prepare for the competition and makes simulators available for additional training.

He inspires fellow faculty members with a “passion for excellence” and his students say he is a “terrific mentor,” role model and inspiration.

Exceptional Service Award

This award recognizes an employee who demonstrates exceptional service and makes significant contributions to MI and the university community beyond what is expected for their position.

This year’s recipient is Heather Canning, Institutional Analyst with the Office of the Vice-President.Heather Canning

In this role, Ms. Canning is responsible for providing and reporting data that is critical to the day-to-day operations of the Institute. One nominator wrote that this role “is not something shiny or something that goes in the ocean but is critical to the success of MI.”

Ms. Canning was instrumental in moving the paper-based course evaluation questionnaire (CEQ) process online. These questionnaires ensure that students can provide feedback on their courses and schools continue to meet proper accreditation requirements for their programs.

This task required immense attention to detail to ensure the correct data was being used. Through hard work and dedication, she helped implement the CEQ process used today.

All nominators agree that she exemplifies the highest standards of excellence in the workplace and is vital to the success of her unit and MI.