The Ken Clements Award is CAUBO's most prestigious honour. It was created by the Board of Directors in 1997 to recognize the extraordinary contribution made by Ken Clements throughout his 23 years as Executive Director of CAUBO (1973-1996).
The Ken Clements Award is presented at the annual conference to recognize university administrators who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession of higher education management and administration in Canada through their work with CAUBO or at the institutional level.
For 2009, the Board of Directors of CAUBO unanimously approved the recommendation from the Nominating Committee to present the Ken Clements Award to Louise Pagé-Valin, in recognition of her remarkable contribution to the field of human resources administration in universities through her dedication to local, regional, and national associations including CAUBO.
Louise Pagé-Valin’s 30-year career at the University of Ottawa has been highly interdisciplinary having taught statistics, served in the Regisrar’s Office, as an Institutional Research Analyst and finally settling into Human Resources. Louise has overseen and led significant transformations at the university including among others the creation of the Centre for Organizational Development and Learning and the development of an Integrated Training Strategy.
Despite her significant workload, Louise has been a major contributor to the development of human resources administration in universities regionally and nationally. As a member and Chair of the CAUBO Human Resources Committee, Louise was instrumental in the development of the still evolving national Human Resources Benchmarking Survey. An active member of the Faculty Bargaining Service and a member of its Management Committee, Louise has presented and shared her views and expertise on faculty negotiations on numerous occasions.
Louise is also active regionally within the Association of Ontario University HR Professionals (AOUHRP) having chaired the Association and championed many initiatives including an annual Ontario web-based benefits survey, the directors’ listserv, and an AOUHRP website for negotiations. Louise has never hesitated to present and share her knowledge and enthusiasm for human resources management at higher education conferences.
In a letter of support, one colleague mentioned how Louise was considered a thought leader bringing forward new ideas well ahead of others. She indicates that Louise was always “on the forefront of determining what would help human resources management and institutions as a whole”, and that through her work with CAUBO, was a “conduit for networking across Canada”. She writes “I can think of no greater contributor to human resources issues for AOUHRP or CAUBO than Louise Pagé-Valin”– she is a champion of the Canadian human resources profession and a leader in higher education. Her contributions to the advancement of higher education and administration have been extraordinary”.
We could not have found a more exemplary recipient for the Ken Clements award than Louise Pagé-Valin. It is an honour for the Board of Directors to simultaneously acknowledge the contributions made by Louise Pagé-Valin to Canadian universities and to remember those of Ken Clements.
Presented by the Board of Directors of CAUBO