2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

Convocation Fall | October 5 - 6, 2017

Ivan Coyote, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Thursday, October 5 | 9:45 am ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Applied Sciences; Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology; Faculty of Health Sciences

Ivan Coyote is an award-winning storyteller and author, and a strong advocate for Canada's LGBTQ2S community. The author of 11 critically acclaimed books, Coyote is also an educator and renowned live performer.

David Gillanders, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Friday, October 6 | 9:45 am ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Beedie School of Business; Faculty of Science

Mr. David Gillanders is widely cited as one of Canada's best real estate lawyers. As founding chair of the SFU Community Corporation, he led the development of UniverCity, which is now emulated worldwide as a model of sustainable community building.

Robert Arthur Williams, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Friday, October 6 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Education; Faculty of Environment

Mr. Robert Williams is an urban planner and former provincial MLA and cabinet minister. His leadership, inspiration and action over the past 60 years have helped to improve and transform B.C.'s rural and urban communities, and the lives of its citizens.

Mariana Mazzucato

Notice: Due to unexpected circumstances, Dr Mazzucato will be unable to attend Convocation Fall 2017

Dr. Mariana Mazzucato is an internationally acclaimed economist and professor. Her research is challenging and changing political discourse on the state's role in driving innovation. She advises governments worldwide and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Council on the Economics of Innovation.

Convocation Spring | June 6 - 9, 2017

Jacob (Jack) Austin, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Tuesday, June 6 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Beedie School of Business

The Hon. Jacob Austin is a retired Canadian senator and former federal cabinet minister, recognized for his keen vision and leadership. His legacy includes significant contributions to important Canadian legislation, and to Canada/China relations.

Miloon Kothari, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Wednesday, June 7 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Mr. Miloon Kothari is an architect and internationally recognized human rights advocate. His work has led to the establishment of new global tools and standards for addressing housing and land rights. His work has also influenced housing-rights law and policy-making worldwide.

Dionne Brand, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

Thursday, June 8 | 9:45 am ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Ms. Dionne Brand is a professor and award-winning poet, novelist and essayist whose writing engages intensely with issues of social justice. A former Poet Laureate of Toronto, her writing has garnered many awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award.

Asma Jahangir, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Thursday, June 8 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Ms. Asma Jahangir is a prominent Pakistani human rights lawyer and activist. She has worked tirelessly to champion the human rights of women, children and the poor in Pakistan and S.E. Asia, and has served as a United Nations Special Rapporteur.  

James (Jim) Hart, Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa

Friday, June 9 | 9:45 am ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

Chief James Hart is an accomplished Haida artist and master carver. His sculptures, poles, prints and jewelry have been displayed around the world. His significant contributions to Northwest Coast art have been recognized with the Order of B.C.

James Cameron Hogg, Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Friday, June 9 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Education; Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. James Hogg is a physician, researcher and educator. His drive, innovation and leadership have revolutionized the medical community's understanding and treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and asthma. He is a member of the Order of Canada.  

 

 

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Last update: Monday, September 11, 2017