Doctor of Letters
Tuesday, June 10, 2:30 p.m.
Armed with an MBA and a background in commercial banking, Vancouver Sun securities columnist David Baines devoted 25 years and 3,887 columns to exposing illegal and unethical investment deals. His journalism not only saved money for investors, but also prompted regulators to take enforcement actions against perpetrators and in some cases, adopt new securities rules to curb repeat abuses. For his efforts, he was sued 20 times for alleged libel, and faced character assassination as well as physical threats and a contract on his life. In one case, he turned the tables, suing a group of promoters for libel and winning the largest libel award in B.C. history. He continued to expose wrongdoing until his retirement in 2013. Baines also received many accolades, most notably four National Newspaper Awards, more than any other reporter or columnist in Western Canada. In 2013 the Jack Webster Foundation presented him with its Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award, B.C.’s most prestigious journalism award.