Global business leader, architect and former university president to receive honorary degrees at Royal Roads University spring convocation

June 14, 2012

Victoria – Eva Lee Kwok, a leader in education and global business; Stanley Kwok, a master architect, planner and community visionary; and Myer Horowitz, former president of the University of Alberta and lifelong educator, will each receive honorary degrees during today’s spring convocation ceremonies for Royal Roads University.

The three inspirational leaders will don caps and gowns and join more than 700 students graduating from Royal Roads. The United Way of Greater Victoria will receive the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award in this afternoon’s ceremony.

“This year’s honorees embody the values of the university, not only as models of leadership, but through their demonstrated commitment to education, community engagement and positive change,” said Royal Roads president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon. “It is an honour to have them join us on stage today as we celebrate the achievements of our graduates.”

Eva Lee Kwok is an internationally renowned advocate for female leaders in business and for increased corporate transparency and governance. Ms. Kwok is also an educator and educational leader – first as a dean at the University of Saskatchewan, then as president of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. In addition to her ongoing leadership of Amara International, Ms. Kwok 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.

Stanley Kwok is known internationally for his work as an architect, urban planner and developer responsible for projects that reshaped Vancouver’s False Creek waterfront and Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Mr. Kwok has also worked on many highly successful international developments and is well known for his collaborative approach to community planning.

Myer Horowitz is a celebrated academic and post-secondary administrator. An officer of the Order of Canada, Dr. Horowitz’s career has spanned kindergarten to post-secondary teaching. He served as president of the University of Alberta for 10 years and is active in numerous community organizations such as Success by 6, the Salvation Army and the YMCA. He sits on Royal Roads University’s ethics board and is an adjunct professor.

The honorees are joined by 703 domestic and off-shore graduates from degree and certificate programs in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Management and the Centre for Applied Leadership and Management.  

Convocation ceremonies are being held today at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St. The morning ceremony, during which the Kwoks will be honoured, starts at 9:30 a.m. The afternoon ceremony, during which Horowitz and the United Way of Greater Victoria will be honoured, begins at 1:30 p.m.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.


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