Alumni Humanitarian Award

Presented to a Queen’s alumnus/alumna in recognition of distinguished work or volunteer service, at home or abroad, which has made a difference to the well-being of others.

Award Eligibility & Criteria

Candidates should be:

  • A Queen’s alumnus/alumna
  • Someone who has made an outstanding difference in the well-being of others within their community or beyond
  • Recognized by their peers as having demonstrated humanitarian service that has enhanced the lives of others
  • An individual who has accomplished this service in either a professional or volunteer capacity

2020 Recipient

Blaine Favel

Blaine Favel

Blaine Favel has been a lawyer, a Canadian diplomat, a business leader, chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan, chief of the Poundmaker First Nation, and grand chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. As a chief, he pioneered two national firsts: the establishment of the First Nations Bank of Canada, Canada’s only aboriginal controlled bank, and Canada’s first Indian gaming organization that provided jobs to First Nations at a time when unemployment was widespread. In 2019, after 25 years of advocating led by Mr. Favel, the federal government exonerated his predecessor, Chief Poundmaker, and had this leader recognized as a peacemaker. Throughout Mr. Favel’s many roles, he has always led by example and demonstrated his commitment to enhancing the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada.