During his five years as Vice-President, Academic and Provost of Royal Roads University Dr. Ronald Bordessa has overseen the introduction and development of new programs and academic initiatives that have filled an important niche in Canada’s post-secondary educational environment. In this time Dr. Bordessa has ensured that applied research at Royal Roads University, and its engagement of pressing issues in society, and economy assumed increased significance in the university’s mandate.
Besides being called a wise, kind and gentle colleague by his peers, Dr. Bordessa has also been described as a strong strategic thinker with a high degree of integrity. He distils long-term goals formed from a keen and comprehensive view of institutional objectives. This skill has served him well as he has performed leadership roles in institutions of higher learning in Canada and abroad.
A big-picture perspective has also helped Dr. Bordessa serve communities locally, nationally and internationally throughout his academic and administrative career. It is this perspective that also helped Royal Roads University reach an important new phase in its development. It is part of the reason Royal Roads today is seen as one of the leading educational institutions fostering change in the academic world.
Dr. Bordessa has been recognized for working towards the highest quality of an institution, while also exhibiting a patient persistence in reaching targets he has set.
This is probably why Dr. Bordessa was sought out by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in the hope of achieving goals similar to those reached by Royal Roads under his leadership.
Innovation has been a hallmark of Dr. Bordessa’s career. It’s that kind of innovation and leadership that lies at the heart of what Royal Roads University seeks to achieve as an institution of higher learning that pushes the boundaries of traditional teaching and learning.
In recognition of a lifetime of valuable and tireless service to post-secondary education, Mr. Chancellor, I am pleased to present Dr. Ronald Bordessa for the degree, Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa.