The third annual Best of Capilano Awards on February 6, 2019 honoured the best of the University’s ever-exciting community, as voted by the student body. 

Launched in 2017, the Best of Capilano Readers Choice Awards celebrates the many inspiring stories among members of the Capilano University community that go unnoticed. The awards recognize the individuals and groups who strive to make the institution the best place it can be, and those who represent Capilano on a larger scale with pride and excellence.

(Photos by Smiely Khurana)

Best of Capilano Award Categories

Best Dressed Student(s)

This award, introduced in 2019, recognizes the two students who put their best (shod) foot forward, and never fail to dress for success.

Winner(s): John Tabbernor and Juliana Ferrante

Nominees: Oscar Blue, Ana Caicedo, Dara di Rocco, Mahi Kaur, Kaya Kurz, Yats Palat, Anna Rempel


Day in and day out, many members of Capilano University strive to make the institution the best place it can be. The Changemaker of the Year award is presented to the individual that has made the most impactful and remarkable contributions in achieving this goal. As the premier award presented by Best of Capilano, the Changemaker honour recognizes the individual that has worked tirelessly towards creating lasting change for the ever-growing University.

Winner: Yats Palat

Nominees: Jody Armstrong, Paul Dangerfield, Christopher Girodat, Michael Markwick, Hassan Meralli, Laurie Prange, Anna Rempel, John Umunna

Unsung Hero

Not all heroes work in an office, in fact, they usually don’t They don’t always work in politics, nor are they always teachers. There are heroes that we encounter every day, but their actions often go unrecognized. The Unsung Hero award is presented to the person that remained underappreciated, despite their substantial contribution to the Capilano University community.

Winner: Yats Palat

Nominees: Arch Chou, Andrew Dillman, Christopher Girodat, Mert Irmak, Laura Mackay, Laurie Prange, Rosemary Prekel, Anna Rempel, John Umunna

Student Politician

Representing the student body, the executives and liaisons of the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) work tirelessly towards giving the students of Capilano University the best and most unique experience possible. Whether it’s by lobbying for more affordable textbooks, better transit service, or organizing gatherings that shine a light on the experiences of marginalized communities, the CSU exists to put the best interests of students ahead of anything else. The Student Politician Award is presented to the CSU executive or liaison that has best served the interest of the students they represent.

Winner: Anna Rempel, CSU President

Nominees: Noah Berson, Joshua Larsen, Hassan Merali, Yats Palat, Wisam Souki

Best Professor

The importance of teachers can never be overstated. As arguably the Lower Mainland’s premier teaching-incentive post-secondary institution, Capilano University’s faculty features some truly outstanding professors and instructors. The Best Professor Award recognizes the teacher that best fosters an educational environment for students, the teacher that best embodies the word, “mentor”. 

Winner: Kym Stewart, School of Communication

Nominees: Bettina Boyle, Ann-Marie Cederholm, Tony Chem, Andrea Eby, Mary Giovannetti, Chris Gratham, Ted Hamilton, Peter Holden, Jane Ince, Rita Isola, Nanci Lucas, Todd Newfield

Community Achievement

While student-life can often be overtaken by the sheer workload of academia. Many Capilano University students still find the time and energy to dedicate parts of their life to the betterment of their respective communities. The Community Achievement award honours the student that has made considerable efforts in improving their respective communities.

Winner: Keith Jackson

Nominees: Capilano Accounting Association, Noah Berson, The Blues, Yats Palat, Student Success Office, Kaschelle Thiessen

Best Event

Despite its long-lasting “commuter school” label, Capilano University has seen its fair share of exciting events. The Best Event award honours the organizers of the most memorable campus-based event of the past year.

Winner: CapFest – CapU’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on September 10, 2018

Nominees: CapRocks, Finance Info Night, Premier Branding Winter Social, Winter Market

On-Campus Group/Organization

There are many organizations, communities and factions that exist within Capilano University. They may be business associations like the Capilano University Marketing Association (CAPUMA), a CSU-student collective like the Accessibility Justice Collective or the First Nations Issues Collective, they can also be a CSU-club, like the Table Top Role-Playing Club or the Billiards Club. At the end of the day, regardless of purpose, CapU groups strive to make CapU a better place and the Student Group award is presented to the most remarkable team in the bunch.

Winner: CAPUMA

Nominees: CSU, Music Therapy Club, Starting for Success Peer Helpers, Sustainability Club, Thrive Recreation Club, Young Women in Business

Best Student-Athlete

A student-athlete is not just expected to perform well on the court or on the field, but also in the classroom. The Student-Athlete of the Year award is presented to the most exemplary member of the Capilano Blues community, both in sport and academia.

Winner: Keith Jackson, Men’s Soccer

Nominees: Markus Bratsberg, Brooklyn Doucette, Jonathan Lee, Jaimi McCara, Jeremy Monn Djasngar, Hassan Phils, Denver Sparks-Guest

Best Blues Varsity Team

Exhibiting excellence in both athletics and academics, the Squad Up award is presented to the most outstanding team in the Capilano University Blues Athletics Department. Out of the many representatives of the University, it’s arguably the Capilano Blues who carry the most pressure – after all, they all carry the name “Capilano” on their jerseys.

Winner: Men’s Basketball

Nominees: Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball

Best Performing Arts Ensemble

Whether it’s Exit 22 Productions, “A” Band or NiteCap, Capilano University has time and again proved that it’s a leading institution in terms of prospering live performers. The Best Performing Arts Ensemble is presented to the school’s finest live performers, whether it be music, stage, or any other form of performing arts.

Winner: Exit 22 Theatre Co.

Nominees: “A” Band, Nite Cap

Best Musician/Group

Music has never come in short supply at Capilano University. With a highly-regarded Jazz Studies program, the school has become a beacon of talented young artists in the Lower Mainland. This award is presented to the most exciting musician/group that is either composed of, or features Capilano University students.

Winner: Nite Cap

Nominees: Alvin Agatep, ClubSofa, Toshi Milardo

Best Visual Art Piece

Home to the prestigious IDEA program, Capilano University is fast becoming one of the bastions of illustration and design in the Lower Mainland. The Best Student Art Piece honours the most outstanding creation of an IDEA student, that may be overlooked by the rest of the University community.

Winner: Exposure by Aidan Zecchel