Professor Doug Reeve made a great name for himself in the pulp and paper industry, but his love of mentoring and developing young people drew him back to teaching at the University of Toronto.
Prof. Reeve is the 2015 winner of the Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award. He is former chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Director of the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead).
He is a double alumnus of U of T, obtaining his MASc in 1969 and PhD in 1971. He worked in industry for several years and was an adjunct professor in ChemE from 1978-89, joining the faculty full time in 1989.
Prof. Reeve founded the Pulp and Paper Centre at U of T in 1987 and served as director until 2001. During his term as director the centre created more than $25 million in research programs with financial support from 45 companies in seven countries. When he stepped down as director in 2001, there were associated with the centre: 50 graduate students, 12 research staff and 23 faculty members.
Honghi Tran, now director of the centre, said “Doug is an exemplary model of commitment to innovation and leadership.”
Scott Mabury, Professor and former chair of the Department of Chemistry, said during Prof. Reeve’s tenure as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering Applied Chemistry, he expanded the undergraduate and post-graduate enrolment; renewed faculty and staff; increased endowments and annual giving; created a board of advisors and oversaw the renovation and expansion and space and facilities.
He also assisted in the creation of BioZone and developed a framework of research clusters with the department. During his term more than $10 million in donations was received and the department budget moved from a deficit to a surplus.
Greg Evans, Associate directer of ILEAD, said “a colleague once told me that excellence is hard to define but you know it when you see it. To see Doug Reeve’s achievements and contributions in and beyond U of T is to know excellence in administrative leadership.”
Prof. Reeve worked tirelessly to establish ILead, the innovative program that has been recognized national and internationally as being at the forefront of engineering education. Thanks to his efforts, Evans said, U of T is the only non-U.S. school to participate in the MIT-led community of top universities offering engineering leadership programs.
“ILead has broken new ground,” Evans said, “producing a new Undergraduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, the first of its kind in Canada.” In addition, Prof. Reeve’s “passion, commitment and infectious enthusiasm for engineering leadership has raised more than $4.8 million from donors.”
Ian Clarke, Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance, said since Prof. Reeve was appointed to the school, it has benefited from “his guidance and advice about the relationship between public policy and the applied sciences, about specific policy issues and about the teaching of leadership.”
Prof. Reeve has won many major awards, including being inducted into the International Pulp and Paper Hall of Fame. His contributions to public policy have been recognized with the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award and his leadership in education led to the 2014 Alan Blizzard Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. He has been inducted into U of T’s Engineering Hall of Distinction and is a Senior Fellow at Massey College.
The Vivek Goel Faculty Citizenship Award is presented along with several other faculty, staff and student awards under the banner of Awards of Excellence. A list of this year’s recipients and their citations can be viewed on the Awards of Excellence website. This award program annually recognizes the outstanding members of the University of Toronto community who have made rich and meaningful contributions to the University, their communities and to the world.
Alumni Relations within the Division of University Advancement is the steward of the Awards of Excellence program on behalf of the University of Toronto Alumni Association, and co-ordinates the vital contributions of other University stakeholder groups toward this prestigious award program.
Professor Reeve and the other 2015 Awards of Excellence recipients will be honoured at a ceremony at the Isabel Bader Theatre on April 13.