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Honours for city planner and UniverCity visionary

June 09, 2011
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Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.3210/9017; marianne_meadahl@sfu.ca

Ray Spaxman
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Ray Spaxman, the City of Vancouver’s former director of planning, will be recognized with an honorary degree from Simon Fraser University next week.

Spaxman, who has more than three decades of international experience in planning and design, led the city’s planning department for 16 years (1973-89).

During that time he helped transform Vancouver into one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Later, after being appointed to the board of the SFU Community Corporation, he became a key visionary behind SFU’s UniverCity development.

The development transformed the mountaintop community into one of the world’s most sustainable neighbourhoods.

Spaxman was lauded for his contributions to Vancouver and his involvement with UniverCity with a Chancellor’s Distinguished Service award from SFU in 2007.

An honorary degree will be conferred on Spaxman on June 16 at the 9:45 a.m. convocation ceremony on the Burnaby campus.

SFU will confer honorary degrees on five others, including songstress Sarah McLachlan, Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk, sportscaster Brian Williams, McDonald's founder George Cohon and molecular biologist Pavel Pevzner.

SFU will also invest its 10th chancellor, Carole Taylor, at its June 17 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

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