Royal Roads installs new chancellor
Mountain Equipment Co-op CEO Peter Robinson was installed as the new Chancellor of Royal Roads University at the first of two fall convocation ceremonies where a record number of learners accepted degrees, certificates and diplomas.
One of Robinson’s first official duties was to present an honorary doctorate to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Accent Inns Inc., Terry Farmer – a highly respected and celebrated leader in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Robinson, who graduated from RRU in 2000 with a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, succeeds Victoria businessman Bob Skene as Chancellor. Skene served on the RRU board since October 2000, becoming Board Chair and Chancellor in 2003 upon the retirement of founding chairman Hugh Gordon, a retired partner of KPMG Consulting.
“As with our first two Chancellors, Mr. Robinson has distinguished himself in both his career and in his commitment to public service,” said Allan Cahoon, president of Royal Roads University. “His commitment to progressive management, empowering leadership and environmental sustainability are the same principles embraced by Royal Roads University as it serves the learning needs of a changing world.”
Honorary degree recipient Terry Farmer founded his award-winning family-owned B.C. hotel chain in Victoria in 1986. A long-time supporter of tourism in B.C., he has received accolades including a Rotary Community Leadership Award in 2007, a Generosity of Spirit Award in 2005 and an Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Tourism and Hospitality (Pacific Region) in 1998. In 2002, he was presented with the Queens Jubilee Medal and, since April 2004, he has been a member of Tourism British Columbia`s Board of Directors. Over the years Farmer has also served as a volunteer on the boards of numerous charitable, sports and community organizations.
“The university elected to confer this honorary degree to recognize Mr. Farmer’s career as a notable B.C. entrepreneur and contributor to community life,” said Cahoon. “His record of volunteer service sets an example for our learners of successful business development combined with high ideals of service to society.”