Dr. Andreae is being recognized for this honor for having over 2 decades of professional experience in higher education, his dedication to the profession, his originality of thought and his passion for educating himself and those around him. Dr. Andreae was just recently honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala at the Plaza Hotel where he was honored as Man of the Year & Male Visionary of the Year for 2019. For 2018 he was honored as a recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award and for his selection as Top Professor of the Year for 2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals, for his exemplary achievements in the fields of Psychology and Higher Education.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only 1 member is selected as Professor of the Decade based on their years of experience in education, professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, and contributions to their communities and universities. This is a member of IAOTP that has demonstrated a lifetime of achievement & success in education and has been a pioneer and leader. He will be honored at IAOTP’s Annual Awards Gala in Las Vegas where he will receive this distinction and has also been asked to give the opening remarks.
The President of IAOTP Stephanie Cirami stated, “We are so honored to bestow this award on Dr. Andreae. Dr. Andreae is brilliant, his list of awards and accolades are beyond impressive, he is humble, gracious and so passionate with all he is involved with. He couldn’t be more deserving of this award and we cannot wait to spend more time with him at this year’s gala.” All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. www.iaotp.com/award-gala.
Dr. Andreae has devoted a significant part of his life and career to researching and educating those affected by Neurodegenerative Diseases. As a dynamic, results-driven leader, Dr. Andreae has demonstrated success not only in academia but has also been an outstanding community advocate and true visionary of his time. He believes that “Education is not just an intellectual exercise; it is most effective when the head meets the heart and knowledge can be applied to enhance the quality of one’s life on all levels; educational, physical, spiritual and social.”
His outstanding leadership and commitment to his research has led him to teach over forty-five different subject courses at the college and university level. His focus has been related to psychology but Dr. Andreae’s approach has been to heal a person as a whole. He feels that as you begin to address the needs of the individual as a whole; students can begin to grasp hold onto their abilities, hopes and aspirations. He combined theory with life experiences and has been successful giving his students the confident exploration of ideas, free critical thinking and personal growth. Dr. Andreae’s involvement in neurodegenerative causes has made him also realize that education and research around the brain is crucial, and has led to the management of conditions and enhanced quality of life. This applies to a wide range of issues from Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, autism, and other traumatic brain injuries.
Born in Canada, Dr. Andreae holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Toronto and Doctorate of Science specializing in neuroscience. His Masters in Clinical Social Work was earned at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to attending the Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Andreae earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from York University in Toronto. As a result of studying with the Benson Henry Mind Body Institute in Boston, affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Andreae was granted membership in the Harvard Medical School Post Graduate Association.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Andreae has received numerous awards and accolades for his outstanding leadership and commitment to Psychology and Higher education. He has been recognized worldwide and he remains active in his community. For 2019 he received the Outstanding Leadership and Volunteer of the Year Award from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Canada), one of the world’s most esteemed research and educational institutes. He also was interviewed on TIP Radio, received the Man of the Year and the Top Male Visionary of the Year Award from IAOTP. For 2018 he was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Top Professionals and also graced the front cover of TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. Dr. Andreae also received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the National Eating Disorder Center at Toronto General Hospital for his support and guidance and Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario recently presented him with its inaugural Impact Award for community leadership and vision. For 2017, he was selected as Top Professor of the Year in Higher Education by the International Association of Top Professionals and is being included in Marquis Whos Who in the World where he will appear on their front cover of their first magazine edition. In 2016 he graced the front cover of Elite Magazine and was the 2015 recipient of Oxford Who’s Who Tier of Excellence Award, Lifetime Accomplishment Recipient, and Covington Who’s Who Professional of the Year. In 2011 he was named Faculty and Staff Mentor of the Year and Faculty of Psychology of the Year. Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Waterloo, and two time recipient as Faculty of the Year at the University of Guelph Humber. In 2010, Dr. Andreae received the prestigious Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship presented by the Lieutenant Governor for his work as a transformational leader in the social work profession. In 2008 he received the Lyall Hallman Social Work Award. In 2007 received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Assumption University for contributions to health care. In 2006 named Canadian Social Worker of the Year and recipient of Champion of Change Award presented by the Chair of the International body, Princess Yasmin Khan. He also received the Outstanding Service Award for Leadership by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto and Inaugural June Callwood Outstanding Volunteer Award Presented by the Premier; Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and Canada 125 Medal. In 2001 named Laurier’s Alumnus of the Year, The Brain Injury Association of Canada Award of Merit, and Ontario Social Worker of the Year for 1999.
Dr. Andreae’s community involvement includes being the first Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, and Chair of the Patrons Council of the Society. In addition, he has been the longest serving President of the social work profession in Ontario, board member of the Psychology Foundation of Canada and is the Special Advisor to Weizmann Canada as well as Health Advisor to the Psychology Foundation of Canada. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers; Alzheimer Society of Metropolitan Toronto and has built province-wide coalitions, and worked closely with elected officials and senior civil servants to lead a 10-year campaign to establish social work as a regulated profession in Ontario. This successful campaign culminated with legislation that protects and benefits Ontarians led to the creation of a College of Social Work to regulate the profession. Dr. Andreae has also supported what are called “town to gown” public lectures at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. These are free and open to the public where interesting experts are invited to give a lecture and answer audience questions, called the Dr. Dan Andreae Presidential Lecture for Living in Healthy Communities. Speakers have included Dr. James Orbinski, who on behalf of Doctors Without Borders, accepted the Nobel Prize, Dr. Norman Doidge who has written bestselling books on the brain and brain plasticity, Olympic winners in skiing and skating and Stephen Page, singer for the group Bare Naked Ladies on mental health issues are also in attendance.
Looking forward Dr. Andreae would like to continue to motivate students to learn and also to do more public education in the community. Dr. Andreae wants to take health and psychology to different audiences to promote and encourage ways for building an ongoing quality of life starting from young ages where habits and patterns get formed and reinforced.
Looking back, Dr. Andreae attributes his success to his pursuit of knowledge, utilizing his experiences, his passion for his research and to helping people. When he is not working Dr. Andreae enjoys Travel, history, politics, current events, anthropology, psychology, baseball, visiting stadiums when in a new city and collecting rare signatures of notable people in science, music, history, television and sports. For the future, Dr. Andreae will continue to grow as a professional and make a difference in people’s lives anyway that he can.
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