IMI Faculty & Staff Awards

IMI Faculty & Staff Awards

Each year, the Institute for Management & Innovation honours its most innovative and collaborative IMI teams and team members. The IMI Awards provide us with a chance to honour our hardworking, innovative, and committed faculty & staff.

Award nominations are reviewed by a panel that includes staff, faculty and student members from across UTM.

Award winners will be announced online, and should the opportunity arise in the future, will also be celebrated at our fifth annual IMI Faculty & Staff Awards Reception.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, May 4th, 2020.


IMI Faculty Award

This faculty member will have significantly enhanced the overall support, learning and/or engagement of students and/or faculty within the Institute for Management & Innovation. This may be at an undergraduate or graduate level.

2019 Recipient: Otto Yung

Over the 2 cohorts that Otto taught in the GLDP, he put forth an incredible amount of effort and dedication to ensure students were comfortable and maximized their learning.

From organizing fabulous guest speakers to picking the most relevant cases and even holding extra tutorials on evenings and weekends, Otto’s passion and commitment to teaching is undeniable. The cohorts came from such diverse professional & academic backgrounds and yet Otto still managed to bring everyone on the same page & with high academic rigor, which the students greatly appreciated.

IMI Research Award

This faculty member will have been recognized for a significant research/scholarly contribution to their discipline. This contribution could be but is not limited to an original published work or key research contributions deemed innovative in nature.

2019 Recipient: Nico Lacetera

Nico is a prolific researcher whose work has real societal impact. His research, including his forthcoming paper in the American Economic Review, one of the top journals in the field of economics, deals with the moral and economic issues around incentivizing plasma and cord blood donors, as well as organ donation. Nico not only actively publishes his work, but he is also proactive and effective in disseminating it to a wider audience.


Nico is not just a great researcher but also generous in sharing his research with others, and supporting and developing student research and growth.

IMI Staff Award

This staff member will have significantly enhanced the overall support, learning and/or engagement of students, staff and/or faculty within the Institute for Management & Innovation.

2019 Recipient: David Linden

David is the unsung hero of IMI. He does his work with a positive attitude and interacts with staff and faculty with utmost professionalism. His contributions are behind the scenes: they are not flashy or ostensible, yet without his work, the rest of us would not be able to get on with our work as efficiently as we do now. David is always ready to help any of our programs and does so with a smile.

By the book as he may be, David also surprises us by joining staff team building sessions like dance lessons, holiday performances, and nature walks. His vast knowledge of the university's accounting systems has made him an unofficial resource to the campus, even advising UTM's business services unit. David is also known for providing a unique prospective and humour when assessing different situations.

IMI Team Collaboration Award

This team of two or more members can include any balance of faculty and staff (up to four (4) members). They will have collaboratively introduced and implemented a new program, product, or initiative that has significantly enhanced the overall support, learning and/or engagement of students, staff and/or faculty within the Institute for Management & Innovation.

2019 Recipients: Shauna Brail, Ryan Cerrudo, Alyssa Madrasto, and Natasha Walli (Urban Leadership eXchange)

This team has demonstrated excellent collaborative teamwork abilities in the development of the Master of Urban Innovation program (MUI), IMIx Executive Programs, and the Urban Leadership eXchange (ULX). It is exciting to see all the progress the MUI program has made already, despite sometimes challenging barriers - a testament to their hard work and creativity.


Where the team particularly excelled is in bringing to life the proposal document, with the development of a website, promotional brochure and one-page poster.  These materials are clearly designed, incorporate visual and textual content and are a tremendous testament to the power of teamwork and collaboration.

Read up on past recipients:

IMI Faculty Award Recipients

Otto Yung & Soo Min Toh

2019 - Otto Yung

Laurel Besco

2018 - Laurel Besco

Louis Florence & Mihkel Tombak

2017 - Louis Florence

Irene Wiecek & Hugh Gunz

2016 - Irene Wiecek

IMI Research Award Recipients

Soo Min Toh & Nico Lacetera

2019 - Nico Lacetera

Minlei Ye

2018 - Minlei Ye

Sonia Kang & Mihkel Tombak

2017 - Sonia Kang

IMI Staff Award Recipients

David Linden & Soo Min Toh

2019 - David Linden

Linnet Kocheril & Heather Hines

2018 - Linnet Kocheril

Carol Solonenko, Pierre Desrochers, and Debby Keown

2017 - Carol Solonenko
& Debby Keown

Natasha Walli & Hugh Gunz

2016 - Natasha Walli

IMI Team Collaboration Award Recipients

Donna Heslin, Natasha Walli, Shauna Brail, Alyssa Madrasto, Ryan Cerrudo, and Soo Min Toh

2019 - Urban Leadership eXchange
Natasha Walli, Shauna Brail,
Alyssa Madrasto, & Ryan Cerrudo

Ignacio Mongrell & Sam Dumcum

2018 - ICUBE
Ignacio Mongrell & Sam Dumcum

Beate Ensminger, Afrodite Cruz, Alberto Galasso, & Pierre Desrochers

2017 - MMI
Beate Ensminger, Afrodite Cruz,
& Alberto Galasso

Rose Mary Craig, Shashi Kant, & Claire Westgate

2016 - MScSM
Rose Mary Craig, Shashi Kant,
& Claire Westgate