Larry Pearce Education Award

The Larry Pearce Education Award was established in 2014 by the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet). It recognizes the extensive contribution by Larry Pearce to disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Canada. DRR includes emergency/disaster management and business continuity/resumption.

The award total ($2,250) is to be divided among three recipients: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second, and $500 for third. The cash award is provided towards the recipient 's tuition or related costs (e.g., books, lab or other fees). Recipients will be announced at the CRHNet annual symposium. Their profile will also be featured in HazNet, CRHNet 's signature publication.

Award recipients must be current students in a Canadian academic institution. Acceptable topics of study include any of the key elements of disaster risk reduction. Acceptable institutions include all Canadian post - secondary educational institution programs (e.g., Diploma, Bachelor, Masters and eventually PhD) that are at least two - years long. Award recipients must demonstrate capacity for leadership to make substantial contribution to the DRR field.

Candidates must be nominated by another individual who is a DRR practitioner, trainer, academic, or researcher. Only nominated applications will be considered. Selection of the three recipients will be based on the following criteria (total=100 points)

  • Candidate's academic achievement (i.e., marks) in a DRR - related program [30 points]
  • Related publications or presentations (from informal to peer review) if any [10 points]
  • Candidate's experience (voluntary or paid) and contribution to the field [25 points]
  • Related awards and recognition [5 points]
  • Two letters of reference [30 points]

Completed nomination forms are to be E-mailed to the Chair of the CRHNet Young Professional Committee ( with copy to the CRHNet Co-President ( by September 30th of the award year. Ensure the Email subject line reads: Larry Pearce Education award.

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