Past Honorary Degree Recipients

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2018

 
Michael Francis, LLD Chartered accountant, innovator and leader
Dorothy Grant, DFA Haida fashion designer
Ashok Khosla, LLD Pioneer in environmental sustainability
Crystal Pite, DFA Internationally renowned Canadian choreographer
Madeleine Thien, DLitt Canadian author who has won Canada's top literary awards
Stanley Zlotkin, DSc Paediatrician, professor and advocate for children's health

 

2017

 
The Honourable Jacob (Jack) Austin, LLD Retired Canadian senator and former federal cabinet minister
Dionne Brand, DLitt Professor and award-winning poet, novelist and essayist
Ivan Coyote, LLD Award winning author, storyteller and LGBTQ2S community advocate
David Gillanders, LLD Real estate lawyer and founding chair of SFU Community Corporation
James (Jim) Hart, DFA Chief, Haida artist and master carver
James Cameron Hogg, DSc Physician, researcher and educator
Asma Jahangir, LLD Pakistani human rights lawyer and activist
Miloon Kothari, LLD Architect and internationally recognized human rights advocate
Robert Williams, LLD Urban planner and former provincial MLA and cabinet minister

 

2016

 
Izzeldin Abuelaish, DSc Palestinian physician and peace activist
Evan Tlesla II Adams, DSc Coast Salish physician and actor
Keith Beedie, LLD Visionary business leader and philanthropist
Robert Bringhurst, DLitt Celebrated author and poet
David Gillespie, DSc Award-winning SFU adjunct professor and entomologist
Evaleen Jaager Roy, LLD Past SFU Board Chair and business and community leader
Nigel Lockyer, DSc    Internationally recognized experimental particle physicist and transformative leader
Geoffrey Massey, LLD Architect and co-designer of the SFU Burnaby campus
Vivienne Poy, LLD Former Senator of Canada and a champion of intercultural understanding
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, LLD Lawyer, scholar, humanitarian and strong advocate for Aboriginal people, children and youth
Tamara Vrooman, LLD Business leader committed to equality, inclusion and empowerment
Lorna Wanosts'a7 Williams, LLD BC educator and former Canada Reserach Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning

 

2015

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

 

2014

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

 

2013

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

 

2012

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

 

2011

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

 

2010

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

 

2009

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

 

2008

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

 

2007

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

 

2006

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

 

2005

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

 

2004

 
Daryl Duke, DFA Emmy Award-winning film director/producer
Sheila Fraser, LLD Canada's auditor general
Janine Fuller, LLD Activist
Nancy Greene Raine, LLD Olympic gold medal skier
Stephen Lewis, LLD Former ambassador to the U.N.
Nancy McKinstry, LLD VP, Odlum Brown and founder/chair, Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women
David McLean, LLD Chair, Canadian National Railway and Chair/CEO, the McLean Group
Marco Marra, DSc Genome researcher
Don Rix, DSc Philanthropist
Madame Justice Lynn Smith, LLD 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, DFA Former Artistic Director, Ballet B.C.
Luder Deecke, DSc Brain Research, University of Vienna
John Dixon, LLD B.C. Civil Liberties Association
Mike Harcourt, LLD Former Premier
Jack Kowarsky, LLD Philanthropist
George Pedersen, LLD Former SFU President
Max Wyman, DLitt Journalist

 

2002

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

 

2001

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

 

2000

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

 

1999

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

 

1998

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

 

1997

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

 

1996

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

 

1995

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

 

1994

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

 

1993

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

 

1992

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

 

1991

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

 

1990

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

 

1989

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

 

1988

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

 

1987

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

 

1986

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

 

1985

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

 

1984

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

 

1983

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

 

1982 - Opening of Faculty of Business Administration

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

 

1981

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

 

1980

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

 

1979

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

 

1978

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

 

1977

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

 

1976

 
Manfred Lachs, LLD                    Scholar/Diplomat

 

1975

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

 

1974

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

 

1973

 
Alex Colville, LLD Artist
Arthur Erickson, LLD                  Architect
Gordon Smith, LLD Artist

 

1972

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

 

1971

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

 

1970

 
Kenneth E. Watt, LLD                 Scientist, U.Cal (Davis)

 

1969

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

 

1968

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

 

1967

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

 

 

1965

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