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Royal Roads honours leaders in health care, education and the arts at fall convocation

October 27, 2015
This fall’s convocation ceremonies recognize the achievements of community leaders and more than 690 students.

Royal Roads University graduates will share the spotlight with Hereditary Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, health care leader retired Major-General Lise Mathieu and former Pacific Opera Victoria President David Flaherty during the fall convocation ceremonies Nov. 10, 2015.

Atleo will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his dedicated advocacy for First Nations and education. A Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation on Vancouver Island and former two-term president of the Assembly of First Nations, Atleo was named British Columbia’s first Indigenous chancellor at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and was appointed Shqwi qwal (Speaker) for Indigenous Dialogue at VIU’s Center for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation in Nanaimo in 2008.

“Shawn A-in-chut Atleo’s tireless commitment to empowering First Nations and promoting access to education is inspiring,” says Royal Roads President and Vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon. “His leadership to advance education has affected countless lives.”

Mathieu, an influential health care leader, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of her exemplary work toward the transformation of the Canadian Forces Health Services. A Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Mathieu’s 31-year career in the Canadian Forces includes command, staff officer and health care management positions in Canada and abroad.

“Major-General Mathieu combined her passion for health care and exceptional leadership to deliver real change in the Canadian Forces,” says Cahoon. “Royal Roads has seen the benefit of her inspiring leadership in our Master of Arts in Leadership – Health program, and for her many achievements, we are delighted to recognize her.”

The Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award will be presented to David Flaherty, a committed supporter of the arts, a philanthropist and a dedicated volunteer. He was a two-term president of Pacific Opera Victoria and the province’s first privacy commissioner.

“David Flaherty’s impeccable record as privacy and information policy specialist is matched only by his philanthropic leadership,” Cahoon says. “Victoria’s arts and culture scene shines more brightly as a result of his involvement.”

This fall’s convocation ceremonies recognize the achievements of more than 690 students who have earned degrees, certificates or diplomas in the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences.

Royal Roads University Fall 2015 Convocation Ceremonies
Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St., Victoria, B.C.
November 10, 2015

Morning ceremony: 9:30 a.m.  

  • Conferral of honorary degree on Major-General (Ret’d) Lise Mathieu CCM
  • Presentation of Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award to David Harris Flaherty
  • Ceremony for the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences

Afternoon ceremony: 2 p.m.

  • Conferral of honorary degree on Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
  • Ceremony for the Faculty of Management

Both morning and afternoon ceremonies will be available to view live on Royal Road University’s broadcast channel at livestream.com/royalroads.

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