Charles Bigelow, Senior Scholar at the University of Manitoba and longtime veteran of the union movement among Canadian academics is the first recipient of CAUT's Donald C. Savage Award. The award has been instituted to recognize individuals who have made outstanding achievements in the promotion of collective bargaining and economic benefits in Canadian universities.
Dr. Bigelow's contributions to CAUT and CAUT's collective bargaining initiatives have been substantial -- spanning four decades and involving faculty associations throughout Canada. He has held appointments at the universities of Alberta, Western Ontario, Memorial, Saint Mary's, Toronto and Manitoba. In the late 1960s he served on the executive and as president of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association; in 1970-71, as chair of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations; in 1972-73 as President of CAUT, and in 1974-77 he was on Memorial's faculty association executive council; he has also served as vice-president of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association.
Dr. Bigelow is held in very high regard by the university community, and was heralded as eminently worthy of the recognition awarded by CAUT Council at its meeting on April 23.
The Donald C. Savage Award recognizes Dr. Bigelow's decades of service to the principles of fairness, openness and collegiality in Canadian academe and to collective bargaining as the means to protect and to promote those values.