Honorary degree recipients named

February 05, 2004, vol. 29, no. 3
By Marianne Meadahl

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Simon Fraser University will bestow 10 honorary degrees during its annual spring and fall convocation ceremonies in June and October.

An eleventh honorary degree recipient will receive the honour in the spring of 2005.

The recipients include:

• Janine Fuller, manager of Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium, who has played a leading role in a historic legal battle against censorship in Canada;

• Daryl Duke, an Emmy-award winning Canadian film director and producer who recently received the lifetime achievement award from the directors' guild of Canada;

• Madame Justice Lynn Smith, UBC's first female dean of law, and a founder, director and chair of the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF);

• Nancy Greene Raine, Olympic gold medal skier, who put Canada at the forefront of the sporting world in the 1960s and is now a spokesperson for the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver;

• Don Rix, a philanthropist and member of the biotechnology industry in B.C. and a co-owner of MDS Metro, which has interests in more than 100 private medical laboratories in Western Canada;

• Stephen Lewis, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations who most recently served as the UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa;

• Sheila Fraser, Canada's auditor general, who will receive an honorary doctorate of letters for outstanding achievements in the field of accounting and for bringing issues on government spending to the public's attention;

• David McLean, chair of Canadian National Railway and chairman and CEO of the McLean Group, which has overseen numerous real estate developments including Vancouver Film Studios in east Vancouver;

• Nancy McKinstry, vice-president of Odlum Brown, who is founder and chair of the Minerva Foundation for B.C. women, which financially supports women in need to attain their educational goals;

• Marco Marra, director of the Genome Sciences Centre and mapping group. He is an SFU alumnus and an adjunct professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Fuller and Duke will receive their degrees on June 2. Smith and Greene Raine will be recognized on June 3 while Rix, Lewis and Marra take the stage at convocation on June 4.

Fraser and McLean will be honoured at fall convocation ceremonies on Oct. 7. McKinstry receives her degree Oct. 8.

Bing Thom, one of Canada's foremost architects, will receive his honorary degree at a convocation ceremony in June 2005.

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