Honorary degree recipients

October 05, 2005, vol. 34, no. 3



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SFU celebrates its 40th anniversary convocation ceremonies Oct. 6 and 7 with the installation on Oct. 6 of its ninth chancellor - B.C. business leader Brandt Louie. He succeeds Vancouver businessman Milton Wong, who has stepped down after six years as chancellor. The ceremonies will also recognize the academic achievements of 2,600 graduands. During the two days, Louie will confer honorary degrees on four individuals whom SFU is recognizing for their contributions to society.


Roméo Dallaire

A former lieutenant general who spent more than35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, Roméo Dallaire will receive a doctor of laws at the Oct. 6 morning ceremony.

Dallaire is best known for his command of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, where his leadership and courage during the 1994 Rwandan genocide is legendary.

His best-selling book, Shake Hands with the Devil - the Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, depicts humanity's failure to stop the genocide of more than 800,000 people.

It won the Governor General's literary award for non-fiction in 2004 and will be the subject of a full-length feature film to be released in 2007.

Now retired, Dallaire is a popular speaker who addresses issues such as human rights, post-traumatic stress disorder and the tragic circumstances of children caught in armed conflict. He is a fellow at the Carr centre for human rights policy, Kennedy school of government at Harvard University.

A recipient of the Order of Canada in 2002, he received the United Nations Association of Canada's Pearson peace medal in March 2005 and was appointed to the senate of Canada in June 2005.


Alfred Bader

Alfred Bader is a chemist and founder of Aldrich Chemicals (now Sigma-Aldrich), the world's largest supplier of thousands of chemicals whose availability has profoundly changed research.

During the Oct. 6 afternoon ceremony he will receive a doctor of science. Bader is also internationally recognized as an art historian and art dealer.

A well-known private collector of 17th century Dutch art, he is president of Alfred Bader Fine Arts gallery in Milwaukee. He takes particular pleasure in finding unattributed old paintings, hoping that cleaning will reveal great works.

He has sold major paintings to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery in Edinburgh and many other museums. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and a frequent lecturer on the history of chemistry and art.

Known for his generous philanthropy, Bader has given major grants to chemists and students of chemistry and art history in many parts of the world.



Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs will receive a doctor of laws during the Oct. 7 morning ceremony.
An internationally renowned economist, he is a leader in the area of sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Time magazine recently named him one of the 100 most influential leaders in the world. Sachs is currently director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet professor of sustainable development and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University.
He is also a special advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a group of poverty reduction initiatives called the Millennium Development Goals that aim to reduce global poverty by half by 2015.

A frequent advisor on economic reforms to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa, Sachs also works with international agencies to promote poverty reduction, disease control and debt reduction in poor countries.

His interdisciplinary approach to solving some of the world's significant problems has earned him many awards and honours.



Allan Luke

Allan Luke is dean of Singapore's centre for research in pedagogy and practice, Asia Pacific's largest funded educational research centre.

An alumnus of SFU's faculty of education, Luke is involved in redefining that nation's education system, rated among the best in the world, in response to the demands of cultural and economic globalisation.

He is currently the principal investigator of the Singapore government-funded $4 million Core project, which sets out to describe the schooling and achievement patterns among 850,000 multilingual students.

Luke was previously dean of the top-rated graduate school of education in Australia, and served as Queensland's deputy director general and chief adviser to the minister of education.

He has published more than 150 articles and chapters and 14 books, the latest of which is Struggles over Difference. He has received the Educational Press Association merit award for scholarly excellence and the gold medal for lifetime achievement from the Australian college of education.

In 2003 he received the inaugural IBM/Bulletin award as Australia's leading educator.

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