Ward Sutherland’s Political Leadership Award Revoked

Regarding Revocation of Sutherland’s Political Leadership Award

Considering the comments made by Ward Sutherland at a Ward 1 forum on Wednesday, October 11 as reported by Metro News, the Board of the Graduate Students’ Association has voted unanimously to revoke the Graduate Students’ Association Political Leadership Award bestowed upon Mr. Sutherland in April of 2017.

The Graduate Students’ Association Political Leadership Award was created to recognize leaders in the political field who championed graduate student issues and demonstrated a high level of conduct while doing so. Mr. Sutherland’s recent comments have demonstrated that he is not capable of the conduct we expect in our leaders.

We simply cannot let offensive and derogatory comments go unnoticed. We must stand up and call out unacceptable and hateful language instead of allowing it to pass by without consequence.


Willem Klumpenhouwer

Vice President External

University of Calgary Graduate Students’ Association