March 10, 2017

Honorary Degree and Order of the University of Calgary recipients announced

Honourees will be conferred at the spring 2017 convocation ceremonies in June
A University of Calgary convocation ceremony begins. Photos by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

On behalf of Chancellor Robert Thirsk and President and Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Cannon, we are pleased to announce the Honorary Degree recipients and Order of the University of Calgary inductees for the spring 2017 convocation ceremonies: 

Monday, June 5, 2 p.m. 

  • Honorary Degree Recipient: Murray Sinclair. Chief Commissioner of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Sinclair is a member of the Senate of Canada and one of Canada’s first aboriginal judges. 
  • Order of the University of Calgary Recipient: Jo-Ann Munn Gafuik. As senior specialist – policy and FOIP at University of Calgary Legal Services, Munn Gafuik has devoted 30 years of service to upholding the highest policy standards at UCalgary. 

Tuesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m. 

  • Honorary Degree Recipient: Andrew Brash. UCalgary alumnus, passionate mountain climber, explorer and high school teacher, Brash is credited with saving the life of Australian climber Lincoln Hall during an expedition on Mount Everest. 
  • Order of the University of Calgary Recipient: Lynn Taylor. Taylor is the inaugural vice-provost (teaching and learning), and a vocal champion of innovative and engaging teaching methods that spark passion in students. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2 p.m. 

  • Honorary Degree Recipient: Jay Ingram. A Canadian bestselling author, broadcaster and science advocate, Ingram is also co-founder of the Beakerhead arts, science and engineering movement. 
  • Order of the University of Calgary Recipient: Gordon Moore. Moore is a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at UCalgary’s Schulich School of Engineering, and a renowned teacher and leader in thermal oil recovery processes. 

President and Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Cannon addresses graduands at a convocation ceremony.

Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Wednesday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. 

  • Honorary Degree Recipient: Peter Mansbridge. Mansbridge is an award-winning Canadian news anchor, investigative journalist and cultural icon, and was recently inducted to the Canadian News Hall of Fame. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2 p.m. 

  • Honorary Degree Recipient: Mary Simon. Special representative to the minister of Indigenous and Northern affairs on Arctic issues, Simon is an Indigenous rights activist, former president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and co-creator of the Arctic Council. 

Thursday, June 8, 9:30 a.m. 

  • Honorary Degree Recipient: George Cooper. President Emeritus of the University of King’s College, Cooper is a former member of parliament, a renowned lawyer and managing trustee of the Killam Trusts. 

Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, second from left, being conferred with an honorary degree.

Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Thursday, June 8, 2 p.m. 

  • Honorary Degree Recipient: William Pulleyblank. UCalgary alumnus and former faculty member, Pulleyblank is an award-winning academic, researcher and former vice-president of IBM. 
  • Order of the University of Calgary Recipient: Bonnie MacRae-Kilb. MacRae-Kilb is a noted alumna and UCalgary Senator, former member of the Canadian Women’s Volleyball team, Dinos Hall of Fame inductee, visual artist, philanthropist and a champion of the arts. 

Friday, June 9, 9:30 a.m. 

  • Honorary Degree Recipient: David Robson. A trailblazer in geophysical information systems and 3D imaging of oil reservoirs, Robson is also an award-winning entrepreneur and philanthropist.