Four faculty members were nominated for the inaugural Faculty of Forestry Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Mentorship Award (2023): Cole Burton, Bianca Eskelson, Rob Guy and Taraneh Sowlati. I would like to congratulate all of the nominees. They are all outstanding supervisors and mentors and their commitment to graduate supervision and mentorship is exceptional.

Dr. Rob Guy

Nonetheless, the task of the adjudication committee was to evaluate each individual file and decide on one exceptional nominee. As part of the process of arriving at a decision, the committee reviewed each nominee’s CV and mentorship record, their mentorship and supervision philosophy, and letters of support from the nominator, and from past and current students.

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Rob Guy will receive the Faculty of Forestry Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Mentorship Award for 2023!

This award recognizes Rob’s exceptional generosity of expertise, his integrity, and his ability to inspire and provide encouragement and tailored support for graduate students on their varied and individual journeys. Beyond supporting his own research group, Rob is also known for sharing his knowledge, creativity and imparting critical thinking skills in his role as committee member for no less than 112 students! This commitment to serving the broader graduate student community is truly remarkable. Finally, many of Rob’s past mentees reflected on the central role that he played in helping them realize their full potential and launching their careers. It will come as no surprise to those who know him that Rob is seen as a model of integrity, collegiality and professionalism in mentorship, and everything that he does. As one mentee, now faculty member wrote: “I use Rob as the standard and point of reference for mentoring graduate students in my program.”

Please join me in congratulating Rob for winning the 2023 Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Mentorship Award in the Faculty of Forestry.

Thank you to the nominators, references, and the selection committee (Julie Morey, Director of Student Services; Shannon Hagerman, AD G+PS-Forestry; and Dean Kozak) for their work.


Dr. Shannon Hagerman
Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies