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Eight to receive Convocation honours

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Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 604.291.3210

May 2, 2007
Honorary degrees will be conferred on eight distinguished individuals during Simon Fraser University’s spring Convocation (June 5-8) and fall ceremonies (Oct. 4-5). They include:

Douglas Coupland, novelist, playwright and visual artist, best known for his 1991 international best seller, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture;

Terry Snutch, a molecular biologist whose Neuromed Pharmaceuticals signed the biggest agreement in Canadian biotech history (with Merck&Co);

Marguerite Ford, former Vancouver city councillor and community planner, advocate for better healthcare and housing;

Eleanor Wachtel, writer, broadcaster and host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company and The Arts Tonight;

Larry Beasley, former Vancouver city planner largely credited with transforming the city’s downtown core;

Ray Hyman, professor emeritus, University of Oregon at Eugene, founding member of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal;

Stephen Jarislowsky, chairman and CEO of Jarislowsky, Fraser and Company, one of Canada’s largest investment management firm;,

Richard Lipsey, SFU economics professor emeritus and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council gold medalist (’05) for lifetime achievement.

Degrees will be conferred during the following Convocation ceremonies:

Tuesday, June 5, 2:30 p.m. Douglas Coupland (Doctor of Letters)

Wednesday, June 6, 9:45 a.m. Terry Snutch (Doctor of Science)

Wednesday, June 6, 2: 30 p.m. Marguerite Ford (Doctor of Laws)

Thursday, June 7, 9:45 a.m. Eleanor Watchel (Doctor of Letters)

Thursday, June 7, 2:30 p.m. Larry Beasley (Doctor of Laws)

Degrees will be conferred on Hyman, Jarislowsky and Lipsey during Fall Convocation.