GridCure’s founder, Tagg Jefferson, was honoured (with the extra ‘u’ for Canadian spelling!) last week at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Applied Science Celebration with the Dean’s Medal of Distinction.

Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have brought high honour to the faculty and/or who have made longstanding or significant contributions. Tagg was recognized more specifically for his contributions to the fundraising and design process of the UBC Engineering Student Centre, as well as his successes in leading the GridCure team over the past few years.  

“It was very exciting and intimidating”, said Tagg, when asked about the ceremony itself. “I was sitting between one reward recipient who had 17 honorary degrees, and another who has spent their retirement establishing schools, hospitals, and libraries all over Pakistan to better support the education of young girls and women in the region. Incredible to be recognized alongside such an accomplished set of alumni.”

The award ceremony represented a metaphorical return ‘home’ for GridCure: the company was first conceptualized during Tagg’s work in Vancouver when he was part of the BC Hydro smart metering project.

Photo Credit (Martin Dee)