Nine to receive honorary degrees

March 29, 2012

A former Indian president, a First Nations chief and a Vancouver philanthropist are among nine distinguished people SFU is recognizing with honorary degrees during its spring (June 12-15) and fall (Oct. 4-5) convocation ceremonies.

The six spring convocation recipients include:

Jack Uppal

Jack Uppal, B.C. South Asian community leader and businessman who arrived from India as a baby in 1926 following his father’s arrival in 1906 and has always given back, hiring new immigrants and sponsoring others needing jobs before being allowed in Canada.

Louise Mandell

Louise Mandell, groundbreaking Vancouver lawyer who over the last three decades has become one of Canada’s most important conceptual thinkers and influential actors in the area of Aboriginal and treaty rights law.

Yosef Wosk

Yosef Wosk, Vancouver philanthropist, scholar, educator, rabbi, community leader, businessman and a former director in Continuing Studies at SFU, who founded the Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars and SFU’s Philosophers’ Café, the world’s largest series of cafe discussion gatherings.

Saida Rasul

Saida Rasul, dentist and former member of SFU’s board of governors who is renowned for her community work with the United Way, Outward Bound, Leadership Vancouver, Channel M and many other educational and health institutions.

Harry Arthurs

Harry Arthurs, York University president emeritus, professor emeritus and former Osgoode Hall Law School dean, whose contributions to legal theory, education and practice—particularly labour law—have made him one the country’s most distinguished educators and jurists.

Glenda Gray

Glenda Gray, South African pediatrician acclaimed for her pioneering work in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission and her visionary leadership of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit, one of Africa’s leading HIV prevention and treatment research and clinical-care centres.

The three fall convocation recipients are:

Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum, prominent and fearless American philosopher, classics scholar and faculty member of the University of Chicago’s law school, philosophy department and divinity school, who passionately defends the humanities as central to the education of citizens of a democratic state.

Kim Baird

Kim Baird, the youngest elected female chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation, currently serving her sixth term since being elected in 1999 at age 28, who was instrumental in negotiating Canada’s first modern urban First Nations treaty in 2009.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former president of India, aerospace engineer, professor, writer, world statesman and internationally renowned scientist and technologist who is passionate about the power of science to solve problems in ways that transcend ideology and religion.

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