A former refugee, a chemical-weapons inspector and a human rights scholar are among the first group of recipients of the expanded University of Manitoba Alumni Awards.
The awards recognize University of Manitoba graduates who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives.
The award winners for 2014 are human rights scholar and Nobel Peace Prize nominee David Matas, indigenous community leader Bruce Miller, chemical-weapons inspector and Nobel Peace Prize winner Scott Cairns, engineering industry leader John Bockstael and refugee-camp survivor and philanthropist Chau Pham.
"Our university is proud to celebrate these exceptional alumni," U of M president and vice-chancellor David Barnard said in a statement. "Each one of them has achieved outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives.