Terry Farmer is a successful entrepreneur and dedicated volunteer whose commitment to caring has enriched the lives of hundreds of people in British Columbia. Recognized as a highly respected and celebrated leader in the hospitality and tourism industry, Mr. Farmer is a shining example for RRU learners of how leadership, entrepreneurship and visionary thinking can truly make a difference.
In 1986, after surveying travellers and identifying a void in the hotel industry, Mr. Farmer opened a modest motor inn on Blanshard Street.
Today, he is President and Chief Executive Officer of Accent Inns Inc., an award-winning family-owned B.C. hotel chain with properties in Victoria, Vancouver, Burnaby, Kamloops and Kelowna.
Accent Inns Inc. is a company committed to supporting a sustainable world and participating in community-based activities that emphasize making a difference in people’s lives, reflecting Mr. Farmer’s high ideals and core values.
A long-time supporter of tourism in this province, Mr. Farmer has on more than one occasion been singled out for notable accolades. He was awarded an Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Tourism and Hospitality (Pacific Region) in 1998 and, since April 2004, has been a member of Tourism British Columbia`s Board of Directors.
Mr. Farmer is Past President of the BC Chamber of Commerce, Founding Chair of PacificSport National Training Centre-Victoria, and past chair of Tourism Victoria, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and the Oak Bay/Greater Victoria Summer Games.
Over the years Mr. Farmer has served as a volunteer on the boards of numerous charitable, sports and community organizations including the Commonwealth Games, Patrons Council, Greater Victoria Hospital Society, YM-YWCA and the Community Welfare Council. In 2007, he received the Rotary Community Leadership Award; in 2005, the Generosity of Spirit Award and, in 2002, he was presented with the Queens Jubilee Medal.
For caring for the community, for caring for the environment and in recognition of a long record of success in a corporate field dominated by competition and change, I am pleased to present Mr. Farmer for the degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.