Honorary Degree Recipients

Fall Convocation | October 4 – 5, 2018

Jane Goodall, Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Thursday, October 4 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Jane Goodall is a celebrated primatologist, ethologist, environmentalist, animal rights activist and UN Messenger of Peace. She is best known for her lifelong, pioneering study of chimpanzee behaviour in Africa and her work to prevent their extinction.

Alison Gopnik, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Friday, October 5 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Education; Faculty of Environment

Alison Gopnik is an internationally recognized leader in the study of cognitive science. Her research exploring children’s learning and development has revealed surprising discoveries about children’s sophisticated learning abilities.

NOTE: Mariana Mazzucato, scheduled to receive an honorary degree at Convocation Fall 2018 on Thursday, October 4 at 9:45 am, will no longer attend due to unexpected circumstances.

Spring Convocation | June 12 – 15, 2018

Michael Francis, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Wednesday, June 13 | 9:45 am ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Beedie School of Business

Michael Francis is a chartered accountant, innovator and leader who has devoted much of his life to community engagement. A chair emeritus of SFU’s Board of Governors, he has made immense contributions to business, education and the arts in BC and Canada.

 

 

Dorothy Grant, Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa

Wednesday, June 13 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Beedie School of Business; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dorothy Grant, a Haida fashion designer, has combined her artistic and business acumen to create a new era of contemporary fashion design that evokes self-respect and pride for First Nations culture.

 

Madeleine Thien, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa

Thursday, June 14 | 9:45 am ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Madeleine Thien is a Canadian author who has won Canada’s top literary awards. These include the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, for her novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing. It was also shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.

 

Ashok Khosla, doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa

Thursday, June 14 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Ashok Khosla, an internationally renowned pioneer in environmental sustainability, develops conceptual frameworks and global systems for promoting a sustainable future that has had profound impacts in India and around the globe.

Crystal Pite, Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa

Friday, June 15 | 9:45 am ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

Crystal Pite is an internationally renowned Canadian choreographer. Pite’s creations, sought by companies such as the Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal Ballet, are renowned for being masterfully crafted and profoundly human.

Stanley Zlotkin, Doctor of Science, honoris causa

Friday, June 15 | 2:30 pm ceremony
Academic credentials conferred: Faculty of Education; Faculty of Health Sciences

Stanley Zlotkin is a paediatrician, professor and internationally acclaimed advocate for children's health. He has developed a micronutrient powder that is helping to improve the health of millions of infants and children in the developing world.