The Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development 2018 – Call for Nominations is now closed.
Honouring Canadians dedicated to improving people’s lives across the globe.
The award recognizes Canadian citizens and permanent residents who:
- Improve people’s lives in the developing world;
- Engage and inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action; and/or
- Offer new ways of thinking about and addressing development challenges.
The award celebrates the legacy of Lewis Perinbam by recognizing individuals or groups who have made a noteworthy contribution to international development. Paid professionals are eligible if their contribution significantly exceed the scope of their responsibilities.
2018 Winner – The Honourable Senator Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O.Ont.
Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. She came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have been the foundation of her work. In April 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Ms. omidvar to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. As a member of the Senate’s Independent Senators Group she holds a leadership position as the Scroll Manager. Senator Omidvar is also the Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. Read more…
2017 Winner – Robert Muggah
Robert is a Canadian political scientist whose work over the past two decades has impacted millions of people; reducing armed violence in some of the world’s most challenging conflict settings through policy, practice, and academia. As the Co-founder and Research Director of the Igarapé Institute and the SecDev Foundation, Robert is committed to identifying evidence-based and technology-enabled solutions to security, development, and human rights. Read more…
2016 Winner – Abraam Isaac
Abraam Isaac is the co-founder and co-executive director of Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange), a non-profit organization with the mandate of improving the quality of life and security of vulnerable populations worldwide through sustainable models of development. Through his involvement with ICChange, Abraam has been instrumental in the development and implementation of several projects in various health related fields, including water and sanitation, electronic medical records and health informatics, and trauma and injury prevention and treatment. ICChange’s work has been recognized and funded by several national and international organizations, including Grand Challenges Canada, the International Development Research Centre and the Clinton Global Initiative. Abraam’s work with the world’s disadvantaged has taken him many parts of the world, including East Africa and Southeast Asia. He has had the opportunity to work closely with remote rural populations, low-income communities in some of Africa’s largest slums, and refugees on the Thai-Burma border.
Abraam received his medical degree in 2010 from the University of Alberta. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases, he joined the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta as a staff consultant.
About Lewis Perinbam
Lewis Perinbam, O.C. (1925-2007) was admired and appreciated for his vast contributions to Canadian participation in development. Mr. Perinbam, who was born in Malaysia and educated in Scotland, was committed to sharing his knowledge of the developing world with Canadians who wanted to make a difference. He was the founding Executive Director of CUSO, the first full time Secretary-General of the Canadian National Commission for UNESCO and was for many years the General Secretary and CEO of World University Service of Canada (WUSC).
Joining the Canadian International Development Agency in 1969, he became the founding Director General of the Non-government Organizations Division, which he both pioneered and championed in the Agency and was later named Vice President, Special Programs – now the Canadian Partnership Branch. He continued to be sought after for important leadership and consultative roles. He led the Task Force on the Participation of Visible Minorities in the Public Service, whose 2000 report won respect – and generated change – throughout government and industry.
In October 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Mr. Perinbam served on numerous NGO Boards of Directors and was a longstanding advisor to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE).