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Citation for Eva Lee Kwok

Eva Lee Kwok is an influential and inspiring woman. She has been a leader and a mentor in education and industry, and is one of our country’s most powerful advocates for women in business.

Eva was born in Malaysia and studied in Australia and England, before immigrating to Canada in the late 1960s. As a young woman, she was empowered to get an education and travel internationally, and has encouraged many others along her successful path.

She inspired thousands of young minds during a prolific 20-year career at the University of Saskatchewan, before serving as president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. In 1990, she made a seamless transition from academia to the private sector.

In the past two decades, Eva has established herself as one of Canada’s most respected business leaders and an authority on Canadian and Asia-Pacific trade. She has also become an internationally renowned advocate for female leaders in business and for increased corporate transparency and governance. 

Building on her ongoing leadership of Amara International, Eva serves as a director of the Li Ka-shing Foundation of Canada, Husky Energy, CK Life Sciences and Cheung Kong Infrastructure, one of the world’s largest infrastructure organizations.

Throughout her career, Eva has served as a key member on more than 30 corporate and non-profit boards. While focusing on her corporate appointments, she has been a mentor to countless young business leaders in Canada. Eva continues to be committed to promoting leadership and innovation in education, business and social organizations.

For her noteworthy contributions to building bridges between Canada and Asia, and advocating for women in business, Royal Roads University is proud to present Eva Lee Kwok for the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws.