Past Honorary Degree Recipients

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2016

 
David Gillespie, D.Sc.
Award-winning SFU adjunct professor and entomologist
Keith Beedie, LL.D. Visionary business leader and philanthropist
Nigel Lockyer, D. Sc. Internationally recognized experimental particle physicist and transformative leader 
Evaleen Jaager Roy, LL.D. Past SFU Board Chair and business and community leader
Robert Bringhurst, D.Litt.
Celebrated author and poet
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, LL.D.        
Lawyer, scholar, humanitarian and strong advocate for Aboriginal people, children and youth 
Geoffrey Massey, LL.D. Architect and co-designer of the SFU Burnaby campus
Izzeldin Abuelaish, D.Sc.
Palestinian physician and peace activist 

 

2015

 
Jennifer Allen Simons, LL.D.
Award-winning educator, thought leader, and nuclear disarmament specialist 
Nini Baird, LL.D. Arts activist and one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women
Lorna Crozier, D.Litt. Award-winning poet, essayist and professor
Meeru Dhalwala and Vikram Vij, LL.D. Owners of several award-winning Metro Vancouver restaurants, including world-renowned Vij’s Restaurant
Judy Graves, LL.D.
Humanitarian and Vancouver’s first advocate for the homeless
Harry Gray, D.Sc.
A prize-winning chemist and founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology 
Maggie Ip, LL.D. Founder of S.U.C.C.E.S.S, one of Canada’s largest multilingual and multicultural social service organizations
Sut Jhally, D.F.A.
Executive director of the Media Education Foundation, and a prolific filmmaker and author 
Ken Lum, D.F.A. World-renowned artist and educator 
Deepa Mehta, D.F.A.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director and producer
Bill Nye, D.Sc.
Scientist, educator, and television performer “Bill Nye the Science Guy” 
Nancy J. Turner, D.Sc.
An acclaimed ethnobotanist and ethnoecologist 

 

2014

 
David Baines, D.Litt. An award-winning Vancouver Sun securities columnist
Rt Hon Kim Campbell, LL.D.              Canada’s 19th and first female Prime Minister
Sir Mason Durie, D.Sc. An expert on Indigenous and Maori development
John Maeda, D.F.A. A leading designer recognized for intersecting graphic design, computer science, art and education
Steven Pinker, D.Sc. An experimental psychologist hailed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth         
Ahmed Zewail, D.Sc. 1999 Nobel-laureate and pre-eminent statesman

 

2013

 
Shabana Azmi, D.F.A. Award-winning actor and advocate for the rights of women, minorities and displaced slum-dwellers in India.
Barry Downs, LL.D. Architect and founder of DA Architects and Partners
Michael Ingham, LL.D. Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster
Jack Lee and Terry Lee, D.F.A.          World renowned bagpipers
Andy MacKinnon, D.Sc. Research ecologist with the BC Forest Service
Kelvin Ogilvie, D.Sc. Canadian Senator, past president of Acadia University, member of the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame
Christine Sinclair, LL.D. Canadian soccer player and olympian
Michael Stevenson, LL.D. Political scientist and president emeritus of Simon Fraser University
John Webb, D.Sc. Doctor and director of interventional cardiology at St. Paul's Hospital

 

2012

 
Harry Arthurs, LL.D. York University president emeritus, professor emeritus and former Osgoode Hall Law School dean
Kim Baird, LL.D. Former chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation
Glenda Gray, D.Sc. South African pediatrician
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, LL.D.                Former president of India
Louise Mandell, LL.D. Vancouver lawyer in the area of Aboriginal and treaty rights law
Martha Nussbaum, D.Litt. American philosopher, classics scholar, University of Chicago faculty member
Saida Rasul, LL.D. Dentist and former member of SFU's board of governors
Jagat (Jack) Uppal, LL.D. B.C. South Asian community leader and businessman
Yosef Wosk, D.Litt. Vancouver philanthropist, scholar, educator, rabbi, community leader, businessman and former director of
Continuing Studies at SFU.

 

2011

 
George Cohon, LL.D. McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited/McDonald’s Russia founder and creator of Ronald McDonald
House Charities of Canada/Russia
William Deverell, D.Litt. Internationally acclaimed B.C. writer, environmental activist, civil libertarian and criminal lawyer
Wendy Grant-John, LL.D. Former three-term Musqueam chief
Ian Hampton, D.F.A. Acclaimed cellist
C.S. (Buzz) Holling, D.Sc.                Celebrated ecologist
Sarah McLachlan, D.F.A. Grammy and Juno Award-winning Vancouver musician, singer, songwriter and Lilith Fair founder
Pavel Pevzner, D.Sc. Widely recognized leader in the field of computational molecular biology
Ray Spaxman, LL.D. Vancouver’s director of planning from 1973-89 and a key visionary behind SFU’s UniverCity development
Robert Thirsk, D.Sc. Engineer, physician and Canadian Space Agency astronaut
Brian Williams, LL.D. 40-year veteran sportscaster considered the dean of Olympic sports broadcasting in Canada

 

2010

 
Beverley Ann Busson, LL.D.              Retired RCMP commissioner and Canada’s first female top Mountie
Pat Carney, LL.D. Former federal Senator, MP and Minister Responsible for the Canada-US free trade negotiations
Gordon F. Gibson, LL.D. Vancouver political columnist, author and former Liberal politician
Julio Montaner, D.Sc. Argentine-Canadian physician and one of the world’s leading AIDS specialists
Alexandra Morton, D.Sc. B.C. biologist and activist

 

2009

 
Mark Angelo, D.Sc.                         River conservationist, teacher and writer
Louise Arbour, LL.D. Former Canadian Supreme Court justice and UN human rights high commissioner
Robin Blaser, D.Litt. SFU English professor emeritus and one of North America’s most influential poets
Stewart Blusson, D.Sc. Vancouver diamond pioneer and philanthropist
Victor Gomel, D.Sc. Professor and former head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC
Richard Henriquez, LL.D. Major figure in Canadian architecture and founding partner of Henriquez Partners
Rafe Mair, LL.D. Broadcast personality and political commentator
James McEwen, D.Sc. Biomedical engineer, former adjunct professor in SFU’s School of Engineering Science
Djavad Mowafaghian, LL.D. West Vancouver real estate developer and philanthropist
John Willinsky, LL.D. Stanford University education professor and pioneering "open access" champion

 

2008

 
Nelly Auersperg, D.Sc.                    UBC Professor, Terry Fox Research Scientist
Iain Baxter&, D.F.A. Professor Emeritus, School of Visual Arts, University of Windsor
Cary Fowler, LL.D. Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust
William Gibson, D.Litt. Writer, Science-Fiction
Rick Hansen, LL.D. President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation
Michael Kirby, LL.D. Former Canadian Senator, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada
Martha Piper, LL.D. Former UBC President
Susan Point, D.F.A. Artist
Mossadiq Umedaly, LL.D. Chairman of BC Hydro and Xantrax Technology Inc.

 

2007

 
Larry Beasley, LL.D. Vancouver City Planner
Douglas Coupland, D.Litt.               Novelist, Playwright, Visual Artist
Marguerite Ford, LL.D. Community Planner, Former Vancouver City Councillor
Ray Hyman, D.Sc. Parapsychology Critic, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Oregon at Eugene
Stephen Jarislowsky, LL.D. Philanthropist
Richard Lipsey, LL.D. Economist, SFU Professor Emeritus
Terry Snutch, D.Sc. Molecular Biologist
Eleanor Wachtel, D.Litt. Writer, CBC Radio Broadcaster

 

2006

 
Alan Astbury, D.Sc. Professor Emeritus, UVic, Former Director, TRIUMPH Laboratory
Monique Begin, LL.D. Former federal Minister of Health
Costa Gavras, D.F.A. Distinguished filmmaker
Christopher Gaze, D.F.A.                 Actor, Shakespearan                                 
Allan King, D.F.A. Distinguished filmmaker
Robert A. Mundell, LL.D. Economist and Nobel Prize Winner (1999)
Rudy North, LL.D. Founder, Phillips, Hagar and North
Nancy Olivieri, D.Sc. Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto
Lui Passaglia, LL.D. SFU Alumnus, former BC Lion
Maria Tippett, D.Litt. SFU Alumna, Canadian author

 

2005

 
Michael Audain, LL.D. Chair/CEO, Polygon Homes Ltd., patron of the arts
Alfred Bader, D.Sc. Co-Founder, Aldrich Chemical Co., art historian/philanthropist
Jack Blaney, LL.D. SFU President Emeritus
Lieut.-General Romeo Dallaire, LL.D. Humanitarian
Leila Getz, D.F.A. Founder/director, Vancouver Recital Society
Alma Lee, D.Litt. Founder/artistic director, Vancouver International Writers Festival
Brandt Louie, LL.D. President/CEO, H.Y. Louie Co. Ltd., SFU Chancellor Emeritus
Allan Luke, LL.D. SFU alumnus, distinguished scholar
Jeffrey Sachs, LL.D. Director, Columbia University Earth Institute
Bing Thom, LL.D. Principal, Bing Thom Architects Inc. 

 

2004

 
Daryl Duke, D.F.A. Emmy Award-winning film director/producer
Sheila Fraser, LL.D. Canada's auditor general
Janine Fuller, LL.D. Activist
Nancy Greene Raine, LL.D.              Olympic gold medal skier
Stephen Lewis, LL.D. Former ambassador to the U.N.
Nancy McKinstry, LL.D. VP, Odlum Brown and founder/chair, Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women
David McLean, LL.D. Chair, Canadian National Railway and Chair/CEO, the McLean Group
Marco Marra, D.Sc. Genome researcher
Don Rix, D.Sc. Philanthropist
Madame Justice Lynn Smith, LL.D. A founder, director/chair, Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

 

2004 Special Convocation

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, LL.D.  Nobel Peace Prize, 1989
Shirin Ebadi, LL.D. Nobel Peace Prize, 2003
Desmond Tutu, LL.D. Nobel Peace Prize, 1984

 

2003

 
John Alleyne, D.F.A. Former Artistic Director, Ballet B.C.
Luder Deecke, D.Sc. Brain Research, University of Vienna
John Dixon, LL.D. B.C. Civil Liberties Association
Mike Harcourt, LL.D. Former Premier
Jack Kowarsky, LL.D. Philanthropist
George Pedersen, LL.D.                  Former SFU President
Max Wyman, D.Litt. Journalist

 

2002

 
Victor Ling, LL.D. Health Researcher
Tong Kooi Ong, LL.D. Businessman
Angus Reid, LL.D. Trend Researcher
Carole Taylor, LL.D. Business leader
Shirley Tilghman, LL.D. Educator & Researcher
Theodore H. Maiman, LL.D.            Nobel Prize Nominee
Cornelia Oberlander, LL.D. Landscape Architect
Rosalie Segal, LL.D. Philanthropist

 

2001

 
Betty Fox, LL.D. Honorary chair, Terry Fox Foundation
Jerry Franklin, LL.D. Forest ecologist
Reginald Golledge, LL.D.                Professor, Geography, University of California
Peter Legge, LL.D. Author, publisher, philanthropist
Firoz Rasul, LL.D. President/CEO, Ballard Power Systems Inc.
Ted Sterling, LL.D. Founder, SFU computing science program

 

2000

 
Ed Broadbent, LL.D. Former federal NDP leader
Joseph Gosnell, LL.D. Nisga'a Tribal Council president
John Kerr, LL.D. Chair/CEO, Lignum Ltd. 
Judith Marcuse, LL.D. Dancer/Choreographer
Beverely McLachlin, LL.D.               First female chief justice of Canada
John Ralston Saul, LL.D. Essayist and novelist
Kenneth Spencer, LL.D. Co-founder of Creo Products Inc.
David Suzuki, LL.D. Environmentalist and television personality     
Julie Payette, LL.D.  Astronaut

 

1999

 
Gordon Diamond, LL.D.      Chair/CEO of a group of B.C.-based companies
Celia Duthie, LL.D. President, Duthie Books
Peter Eng, LL.D. Chair, Allied Holdings Group
John Fraser, LL.D. Environmental ambassador
Julia Levy, LL.D. Professor, UBC; President/CEO, QLT PhotoTherepeutics Inc.
John S. MacDonald, LL.D. Co-founder, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
Don Mattrick, LL.D. President, Electronic Arts Worldwide Studios
Grant Strate, LL.D. Choreographer, teacher, professor emeritus, SFU

 

1998

 
Robert Carkner, LL.D. Retired educator
Stan Hagen, LL.D. Politician
Albert Overhauser, LL.D.                Physicist, Purdue University
Barbara Rae, LL.D. Former SFU Chancellor, businesswoman
Klaus Rieckhoff, LL.D. Professor emeritus, Physics, SFU
Milton Wong, LL.D. President, M.K. Wong Associates Ltd.

 

1997

 
Doris Anderson, LL.D. Editor, political activist, writer
Geoffrey Ballard, LL.D.                  President, Ballard Power Systems
Keith Laidler, LL.D. Professor emeritus, Chemistry, U. of Ottawa
Grace McCarthy, LL.D. Politician
Hugh McDonald, LL.D. Philanthropist
Henry Mintzberg, LL.D. Professor, Management
William Saywell, LL.D. Former SFU president
Murray Schafer, LL.D. Composer

 

1996

 
Thelma Finlayson, LL.D.                Professor emeritus, Biology, SFU
Scott McIntyre, LL.D. Publisher
Eric Vogt, LL.D. Professor (retired), Physics, UBC
Morris J. Wosk, LL.D. Businessman, Philanthropist
Wei Yu, LL.D. Deputy, National People's Congress

 

1995

 
Iona V. Campagnolo, LL.D. Chancellor, UNBC
Ivan P. Fellegi, LL.D. Chief Statistician of Canada
Wendy McDonald, LL.D. President, B.C. Bearing Engineers
Len Norris, LL.D. Cartoonist
Rene Theophil Nuytten, LL.D.        President, Can-Dive Services

 

1994

 
Joy Coghill, LL.D. Actress
Robert Davidson, LL.D.                 Artist
Daniel Gelbart, LL.D. Scientist
Michael Phelps, LL.D. Businessman
Doris Shadbolt, LL.D. Museum Curator
Michael Smith, LL.D. Scientist
Audrey Thomas, LL.D. Author

 

1993

 
Neil Bartlett, LL.D. Scientist
Geoffrey L Bursill-Hall, LL.D.          Professor emeritus, Linguistics, SFU
Martin Cornell, LL.D. Chair, Imagine Program
Donald Hudson, LL.D. Chair, SFU Foundation
Doreen Kimura, LL.D. Psychologist, Researcher
Joy Kogawa, LL.D. Writer

 

1992

 
Aimee August, LL.D. First Nations Elder
Dennis Culver, LL.D. Accountant
A. John Ellis, LL.D. Businessman
Maurice Halperin, LL.D. Professor emeritus, Political Science SFU
John Maynard Smith, LL.D.           Biologist
Thomas A. Simons, LL.D. Engineer
Veronica Tennant, LL.D. Ballerina

 

1991

 
Liona Boyd, LL.D. Musician
Irwin Cotler, LL.D. Human Rights Activist
James Douglas, LL.D. Publisher
Helmut & Hugo Eppich, LL.D. Businessmen
Mary Filer & Harold Spence-Sales, LL.D. Artist and Architect
Pauline Jewett, LL.D. Politician and SFU President
Hon. David C. & Mrs D. Lam, LL.D. Lieutenant Governor
Bill Reid, LL.D. Artist
F. Sherwood Rowland, LL.D. Environmentalist

 

1990

 
Ronald J. Baker, LL.D. First Academic Planner, SFU
Kenneth Dye, LL.D. Auditor General
Peter Gzowski, LL.D. Broadcaster
Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, LL.D. Scientist
Patricia Kathleen Page, LL.D. Citation | Address  Poet
Howard Petch, LL.D. Past President, U. Victoria

 

1989

 
Samuel Belzberg, LL.D. Businessman
Maureen Forrester, LL.D.               Soprano
Arthur Fouks, LL.D. Lawyer
Barbara Frum, LL.D. Journalist
Antonine Maillet, LL.D. Author
Ray Parkinson, LL.D. Psychiatrist

 

1988

 
Jack McClelland, LL.D. Publisher
Fred Moonen, LL.D. Former BOG Chair, SFU
Joseph Segal, LL.D. BOG Member, SFU
Frederic Van Zyl Slabbert, LL.D.      South African politician

 

1987

 
John Bligh, LL.D. Scientist
Paul Coté, LL.D. Former Chancellor, SFU
Ursula Franklin, LL.D. Scientist
May Gutteridge, LL.D. Social Worker
Dorothy Livesay, LL.D.                  Poet
Thomas G. Rust, LL.D. Chair, Crown Forest Ind.

 

1986

 
David Barrett, LL.D. Former Premier of B.C.
Gustav Bene, LL.D. Director General, CIDA
Muriel Duckworth, LL.D. Professor of Music, UBC
Alan M. Eyre, LL.D. BoG member, SFU
Daniel E. Koshland, LL.D.              Professor of Biochemistry, Berkeley

 

1985

 
Harry M. Evans, LL.D. Former Registrar, SFU
John K. Friesen, LL.D. Educator
Fred L. Hartley, LL.D. President, Union Oil of Cal.
Barbara Pentland, LL.D.                Professor of Music, UBC
Grant Reuber, LL.D. President, Bank of Montreal
Douglas Roche, LL.D. Ambassador for Disarmament

 

1984

 
Frank Beinder, LL.D. Director, B.C. Association of Colleges
Hubert Evans, LL.D. Author
Harry E. Gunning, LL.D. Professor of Chemistry, University of Alberta
Rt. Hon. E. R. Schreyer, LL.D.        Former Governor General of Canada

 

1983

 
Morris Belkin, LL.D. Chair, Belkin Industries
Alan Emmott, LL.D. Mayor of Burnaby
John I. Goodlad, LL.D.                 Dean of Education, UCLA
Kenneth Strand, LL.D. Former President, SFU
Jack Webster, LL.D. Journalist/Broadcaster

 

1982 - Opening of Faculty of Business Administration

James Gillies, LL.D. Former Dean of Business, UCLA
Alan T. Lambert, LL.D. Former Chair, T.D. Bank
John H. McArthur, LL.D. Dean of Business, Harvard
Robert G. Rogers, LL.D. CEO, Crown Zellerbach
Gordon Atherley, LL.D. President, Can. Ctr. Occ. Health/Safety
Hon W. M. Hamilton, LL.D. Past Postmaster General
Anne Stevenson, LL.D. Educator
Edward O. Wilson, LL.D. Biologist, Harvard

 

1981

 
Elsje Armstrong, LL.D. Director of Museums & Planetarium
Mario Bunge, LL.D. Physicist/Philosopher
Laughlin Currie, LL.D. Economist/Adv. to Govt./Colombia
Ian McTaggart-Cowan, LL.D.          Dean of Graduate Studies, UBC
Louis Miranda, LL.D. Squamish Indian/Linguist

 

1980

 
William S. Hoar, LL.D. Editor, Can. Journal of Zoology
Iby Koerner, LL.D. Convocation Founder
Evelyn Lett, LL.D. Convocation Founder
R. S. McNeish, LL.D. Archaeologist
John Roger Meredith, LL.D.            Supt. of Educ. Programs, B.C.
F. R. Scott, LL.D. Poet/Writer/Dean of Law McGill

 

1979

 
Harry Adaskin, LL.D. Violinist/Prof. of Music UBC
Thomas Berger, LL.D. Judge
Cyrus H. McLean, LL.D.                  Chairman, B.C. Tel.
R. W. Prittie, LL.D. Mayor of Burnaby
Syd Thompson, LL.D. Labour Leader, AFL-CIO

 

1978

 
J. V. Christensen, LL.D. Pres., Tahsis Co.
Ida Halpern, LL.D. Musicologist/Critic
Arnold Hean, LL.D. Lawyer/Convocation Founder
Percy Ritchie Sandwell, LL.D.         Engineer
Jack Shadbolt, LL.D. Artist
J. Tuzo Wilson, LL.D. Physicist

 

1977

 
Kenneth P. Caple, LL.D. Former Chancellor, SFU
Elizabeth A. Lane, LL.D. Head, B.C. Arts Board
Margaret Laurence, LL.D.               Author
Guy R. Williams, LL.D. Senator/Indian Chief

 

1976

 
Manfred Lachs, LL.D.                    Scholar/Diplomat

 

1975

 
Angelo Branca, LL.D. Judge
Bora Laskin, LL.D. Chief Justice, Canada
Nathan Nemetz, LL.D. Chief Justice, B.C.
Patricia Proudfoot, LL.D.               Judge, B.C.

 

1974

 
Jack Diamond, LL.D. Former Chancellor, SFU
John O. Wilson, LL.D.                   Retired Chief Justice
Harold Winch, LL.D. Retired M.P.

 

1973

 
Alex Colville, LL.D. Artist
Arthur Erickson, LL.D.                   Architect
Gordon Smith, LL.D. Artist

 

1972

 
G. Herzberg, LL.D. Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Grace MacInnis, LL.D. M.P.
P. D. McTaggart-Cowan, LL.D.        First President, SFU

 

1971

 
Daniel George, LL.D. Actor/Indian Chief
Willard Ireland, LL.D. Prov. Librarian/Archivist
Margaret (Ma) Murray, LL.D.           Publisher/Hist. Chronicler
Margaret Ormsby, LL.D. Hist. Writer/Prof., UBC
Gordon Shrum, LL.D. Former Chancellor, SFU

 

1970

 
Kenneth E. Watt, LL.D.                 Scientist, U.Cal (Davis)

 

1969

 
H. G. Khorana, LL.D. Scientist
R. McKenzie, LL.D. Broadcaster, England
Chester Ronning, LL.D.                 Diplomat
H. H. Stevens, LL.D. Politician

 

1968

 
C. J. Frederickson, LL.D.             BoG Member SFU
H. R. MacMillan, LL.D. Industrialist
Max Waterman, LL.D.  

 

1967

 
Dr. Leon Koerner, LL.D. Lumber baron
H. Marshall McLuhan, LL.D. Prof., Communications
Madge Hogarth Trumbull, LL.D.     Convocation Founder

 

1965

 
W. A. C. Bennett, LL.D. Premier of B.C.
The Rt. Hon. Lord Lovat, LL.D.       Chief, Clan Fraser
John B. Macdonald, LL.D. President, UBC
G. R. Pearkes, LL.D. Lt. Gov. B.C.
L. R. Peterson, LL.D. Minister of Education

 

Last update: July, 2015