A.R. (Elango) Elangovan (2012)

elangoAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business.

Citation: “Elango is the sort of person you see in inspirational movies, … stories about the dedicated professor or teacher who goes above and beyond to make a difference in students’ lives, … but he is real,” testifies a former student. She met Elango in a coffee shop she worked at: “He saw potential in me that I didn’t know was there.” This perspicacity at detecting and helping to actualize hidden potential is the mark of Elango, whether he teaches organizational behaviour or fosters organizational development, whether he addresses students or coaches colleagues at all levels of his institution, whether he does it or inspires it at home in Victoria or around the world, in Chile, India or China.

Indeed, in his creative quest to empower human growth, Elango has added a powerful twist to his profound feel for Marcel Proust’s “the only real journey is not in visiting strange lands but in looking at life through different eyes.” He made “visiting strange lands” a powerful way for his students look at life through those “different eyes.” Welcome to the virtual citizenship of 3M-National-Teaching-Fellow-Land, Elango, may it add a bright new eye to your repertoire! We are certain your company will add one to ours!