Chancellor's award honours service

February 10, 2005, vol. 32, no. 3
By Diane Luckow

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Former SFU board of governors deputy chair John Cowperthwaite and Rudy North, president of North Growth Management Ltd. are recipients of the 2005 chancellor's distinguished service award.

The award, presented at the SFU awards ceremony on Feb. 9, recognizes individuals outside the university community who have made a distinguished contribution to the province in areas in which SFU has a major interest or direct association.

Cowperthwaite, a former partner with Ernst & Young, recently stepped down from the university's board of governors. The award recognizes his service to the university, first as a member of SFU business' advisory board and more recently, as a member and then deputy chair of the board of governors.

Between February 2002 and November 2004 he chaired the finance and administration committee, the board's audit committee and the bond financing advisory committee. Rudy North

As chair of the bond financing committee, he helped oversee the university's first private placement bond issue, which raised $150 million in 2003. The award also recognizes Cowperthwaite's service to the broader community, in which he chaired the B.C. government's fiscal review panel in 2000 and accounting policy advisory committee. He also chaired the board of directors of the United Way of the Lower Mainland and served as president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C.

North is a long-standing friend of the university. His generous contributions to the North Growth Management director of programs at the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue all support dialogue that fosters understanding and engenders positive action. North Growth Management is the founding sponsor of the centre's five-year dialogue initiative entitled Imagine B.C., which provides an opportunity for convening informed, non-partisan, inter-sectoral public dialogue on B.C.'s future.

His interests and advocacy for marine conservation and research are reflected in his strong support and personal involvement in SFU's Centre for Coastal Studies and its leadership chair in salmon conservation.

In the broader community, he has supported initiatives such as the Fraser River sturgeon conservation society and the Inner Coast Natural Resource Centre. As well, the Rudy and Patricia North foundation has sponsored key research initiatives and programs at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre for more than 20 years. These include a planned Rudy North Marine Research Centre, which will focus on local marine fish and ecology and include a new culture lab, space for laboratory work and facilities for the Pacific Ocean shelf tracking project.

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