BA (Psyc), 1981
SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT, 2012
Joel Bakan is an internationally renowned legal scholar and commentator whose record of outstanding achievement spans more than 30 years. In 1981 Bakan won a Rhodes scholarship and received the Governor General’s gold medal as SFU’s top graduate. His post-graduate credentials include law degrees from Oxford, Dalhousie and Harvard, and articling as a law clerk with a Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice. Today he is an acclaimed law professor at UBC whose work examines the social, economic and political dimensions of law. He is considered an expert in constitutional and commercial law. He has won numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching, worked on landmark legal cases and government policy, and served frequently as a media commentator. He has published in leading legal and social science journals as well as in the popular press. His critically acclaimed international bestseller, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, inspired the award-winning documentary film, The Corporation. In his new book, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children, Bakan advocates for parents, citizens and communities to protect children from corporate targeting and exploitation. He is a popular and accomplished public speaker who has addressed business, government, academic and activist audiences locally and internationally. He critiques society not as a cynic but in an effort to raise our individual and collective consciousness and make our lives better.