Innovation champions recognised at VC's Annual Awards

20 November 2020

Two staff members from The Australian National University's Innovation portfolio were recognised at the recent 2020 Vice Chancellor's Annual Awards.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation & Enterprise) Professor Michael Cardew-Hall and Mrs Vicki Stanley of the Office of Business Engagement & Commercialisation both received awards at this year's virtual awards ceremony, which recognised their outstanding contributions to the University and wider community.

ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt, reflected that the Awards are an annual celebration of the depth and diversity of talent within the ANU staff community.

"ANU continues to be the heart of research and educational excellence for the nation, and one of our core values is that we strive for excellence in everything that we do. Every year it would be true to say that ANU could not be where it is without the people we will acknowledge tonight. But this year, that sentiment is truer than ever," Professor Schmidt said.

"ANU is the University it is because of its people."

Congratulations to Professor Cardew-Hall and Mrs Stanley on their awards.

Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Contribution to the University - Professor Michael Cardew-Hall

The Chancellor's Award for Distinguised Contribution to the University was presented by the Hon Julie Bishop, ANU Chancellor, who said:

The Award recognises contributions to the economic, cultural, scientific and social development of Australia and the international community, demonstrates eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree. Mick's exemplary career has spanned industry and academia and recognised as a leader in university-industry collaboration. Mick is deeply passionate about building entrepreneurial capability in graduates and in the wider community. His understanding of the local, national and international innovation ecosystems enables him to be an innovator of new approaches to create economic and social impact from university research.

Professor Cardew-Hall said the following, of his award:

"It's a great, great honour. I've always felt that the University has actually contributed more to me than I've contributed to it," he said.

"[The award] goes really also to the colleagues I've had - my colleagues in Engineering when I first got here, who supported what we were doing down there, but more recently, my colleagues at Innovation ANU and ANU Enterprise - without them I couldn't have done what I've done. It's the team around us that allow us to make the contribution to the institution."

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Innovation and Excellence in Service - Mrs Vicki Stanley

The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Innovation & Excellence in Service was presented by Mr Paul Duldig, ANU Chief Operating Officer, who said:

Vicki navigated the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic with flexibility and creativity. Vicki successfully adapted the InnovationACT program, traditionally an intensive hands on, in-person ten week long student entrepreneurship program into an entirely virtual program delivered to over 100 entrepreneurs from ANU and the wider Canberra region. Vicki harnessed the opportunity to streamline the program and still keep participants imaginations engaged and challenged.

Mrs Stanley said the following, of her award:

"It's such an honour to receive this award, particularly on a night when such incredible, inspiring colleagues are also being recognised" she said.

"But this is an award that should be shared with a massive community of people. It's the energy of all of this community that makes this program possible, not only the program partners from the innovation ecosystem, all the mentors, the committee, program alumni, but also the participants themselves... Each year, we have hundreds of students who take time out of their own days to challenge themselves, to be brave enough to call themselves an entrepreneur, and put their passion and energy it, and we really wouldn't have a program without all of these individuals."

See the full list of recipients of the 2020 ANU Vice-Chancellor's Annual Awards.

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