The Honourable Jacob (Jack) Austin, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa
Tuesday, June 6, 2:30 p.m.
The Honourable Jacob (Jack) Austin, a retired Canadian senator, has held three careers: in law, business and federal politics. He is best known for his keen vision and leadership as a federal cabinet minister and senator. His legacy includes significant contributions to important Canadian legislation, including the Canada Health Act, and the Nisga’a Final Agreement—the first modern Aboriginal land settlement and self-government treaty. He held federal responsibility for Expo ’86 and the Canada Development Corporation, and was a member of the first official Canadian delegation to visit China. He has maintained a long business association in Asia, and served as president of the Canada China Business Council. He jointly created the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies at SFU, and was a key player in establishing the Asia Pacific Foundation. He holds the Order of British Columbia and is a member of the Order of Canada.