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Long-Time Association Board Member Truly a Good Servant

The year was 2004 and Paul Martin was prime minister, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won the Oscar for Best Picture, and the Calgary Flames made their last Stanley Cup run.

That year also marked when Paul Rogers first joined the Faculty Association’s Board of Directors and where he’s remained a fixture ever since. Last week the Faculty Association honoured him with the Order of the Good Servant, founded in 1989 to recognize exemplary service to the organization and its members.

Paul served as President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Executive Committee from 2011 to 2014, and again from 2018 to 2020. From 2015 to 2018 he was an Officer-at-Large for the Executive Committee and in the 2017-2018 academic year acted as the Principal Negotiator. He also served as a member of the Bargaining Team and as Association nominee to the Board of Governors in 2010-2011.

“If you thought that would be enough service for one lifetime, you’d be mistaken,” said Faculty Association President David Stewart. “Over nearly two decades he’s served as the Association’s representative on countless committees, subcommittees, councils, and other bodies.”

This included serving on the General Faculties Council and the GFC Executive Committee, the Academic Planning & Priorities Committee, the Budget Committee, Faculty Merit and General Merit Committees, and Indigenous Strategy Implementation Committee, among many others.

Paul still sits on the Association’s Board as a non-voting member and is the representative to the Universities Academic Pension Plan’s Board of Trustees, Audit Committee, Investment Committee, and Actuarial Committee as chair. This year he’s also serving as our sponsor representative.

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