Celebrations on the mountain

June 05, 2006, volume 36, no. 3

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June is a celebratory month at Simon Fraser University, with a 40th anniversary open house just passed and now three days of convocation celebrations June 7, 8 and 9 as more than 3,200 students receive their degrees.

Two convocation ceremonies will be held on each of the three days, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Graduands, dressed in blue caps and gowns and led by the SFU pipe band, will participate in processions leading over the AQ reflecting pond and down the steps into convocation mall. During the ceremony, SFU will recognize five special individuals with honorary degrees:

June 7, morning, arts and social sciences - Monique Bégin, former federal minister of health and the first woman from Quebec elected to the House of Commons.

Formerly dean of the faculty of health sciences at the University of Ottawa, she was appointed in 2005 to the World Health Organization's commission on social determinants of health.

June 8, morning, arts and social sciences - Robert Mundell, Columbia University economics professor and 1999 Nobel prize winner. He is an authority on economic theory, international monetary systems and supply-side economics. The Wall Street Journal has called Mundell, a graduate of Maple Ridge secondary school, the most important economist of the 20th century.

June 8, afternoon, applied sciences - Maria Tippett, author and Canadian biographer. An SFU graduate (1972), she is best known for biographies of major Canadian artists such as F.H. Varley, Bill Reid and Emily Carr.

The recipient of a Governor General's award for non-fiction and the Canadian Historical Association's MacDonald prize for the best book on Canadian history, she is working on a book about photographer Yousef Karsh.

June 9, morning, business - Rudy North, a founder of Phillips, Hager and North, one of the largest investment firms in western Canada and president of North Growth Management Ltd.

A longstanding friend of SFU, North has supported the growth of dialogue through the North Growth Management director of programs at SFU's Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue.

June 9 afternoon, education and science - Nancy Olivieri, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto, is best known for her research on thallasemia, a blood disorder.

She received an Ethics in Action award in 1999 for informing her patients about the potentially harmful side effect of a new drug.

Her humanitarian work includes establishing the Hemoglobal Foundation, involved in rebuilding Sri Lanka after the tsunami.

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