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SFU announces seven 2014 honorary degree recipients

March 17, 2014

Contact: Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035,


Canada’s first female Prime Minister, a Nobel Prize winner, and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter/director/producer are among the seven distinguished individuals to receive honorary degrees in 2014 from Simon Fraser University.

During convocation ceremonies June 10-13, SFU will confer honorary degrees on:

  • David Baines, the retired Vancouver Sun securities columnist who devoted 25 years and 3,887 columns to exposing illegal and unethical investment deals, winning four National Newspaper awards and the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster Foundation;
  • The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, QC, served as Canada’s 19th and first female Prime Minister in 1993 and continues to promote global democracy, international cooperation and women in politics, for which she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada;
  • John Maeda, a designer who has spent his career exploring the intersection of graphic design, computer science, education and leadership, was named in 2008 as one of the 75 most influential people in the 21st century by Esquire magazine;
  • Dr. Steven Pinker, an experimental psychologist hailed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth, is one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind and human nature;

The three October convocation recipients are:

  • Sir Mason Durie, an expert on Indigenous and Maori development, a psychiatrist and professor emeritus, Massey University, New Zealand, has devoted much of his career to pioneering community and family mental health programmes with a focus on Indigenous communities;
  • Deepa Mehta, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, director and producer whose controversial films have attracted significant awards and recognition, as well as a Governor General’s award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada;
  • Dr. Ahmed Zewail, the 1999 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, is the Linus Pauling Chair professor of chemistry and professor of physics at the California. Institute of Technology, and a statesman who has received international awards for his contributions to science and public life.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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