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Honorary degrees celebrate 10 outstanding Canadians

April 2, 2009

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A legendary North American poet, a guardian of the world’s waterways and an internationally acclaimed jurist are among 10 individuals to be recognized in 2009 with honorary degrees during Simon Fraser University's spring (June 2-5) and fall (Oct. 8-9) convocation ceremonies.

The honorary degree recipients are:
  • Mark Angelo, Burnaby river conservationist, teacher and writer.
  • Louise Arbour, former Canadian Supreme Court justice and UN human rights high commissioner.
  • Robin Blaser, SFU English professor emeritus and one of North America’s most influential poets.
  • Stewart Blusson, Vancouver diamond pioneer and philanthropist.
  • Victor Gomel, surgeon, professor emeritus and past head of obstetrics and gynecology at UBC.
  • Richard Henriquez, Vancouver architect whose company is the design firm behind the Woodward's redevelopment, which includes the new downtown Vancouver home of SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts.
  • Rafe Mair, Vancouver broadcast personality and political commentator.
  • James McEwen, Vancouver biomedical engineer, inventor and adjunct professor in SFU’s School of Engineering Science.
  • Djavad Mowafaghian, West Vancouver real estate developer and philanthropist.
  • John Willinsky, Vancouver-born Stanford University education professor and founder of UBC’s Public Knowledge Project.

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