Citation for Peter Legge

A positive outlook, a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit and a thoughtful nature have combined to make Peter Legge the exceptional role model he is today. His success is the sort measured not only by outstanding business accomplishments and best-selling books but by renowned philanthropic endeavours that have contributed to making the world a better place.

Diplomatic. Discerning. Discrete. Add perceptive and hard-working - and these describe Peter Legge perfectly. No wonder he has written the book on tact. The co-founder, chair and chief executive officer of Canada Wide Media Limited exemplifies the power of this little word.

Peter Legge runs the largest privately-owned magazine publishing company in Western Canada; one that has grown from one magazine in 1976 to 55 magazines and online properties today. It is a success story due entirely to Peter Legge’s unwavering commitment to excellence and his ability to build and lead a winning team of professionals.

In addition to a long and successful career in advertising, marketing and publishing, Peter Legge is generous in sharing his insights; imparting practical advice; and giving back to the community. He is renowned for speeches that draw on his everyday experiences as a community leader, husband, father and chief executive officer. His award-winning motivational presentations teach people the importance of persistence, passion and a positive attitude.

Peter Legge has long played an active role in the community, volunteering as a director and chair on many foundation and society boards. For over three decades, he has served as co-host of the Variety Club Telethon – Children’s Charity, helping raise more than $150 million. He is past chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade and, in 2008, was presented with the province’s highest award – the Order of British Columbia – for his life-long commitment to community service.

Peter Legge is a member of the Fellows Council at Royal Roads University and a fellow of the Canadian Guild of Authors. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) and a Master of Arts (Communications) from Knightsbridge University, England and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Simon Fraser University.

An internationally acclaimed professional speaker, a bestselling author of books on effective leadership, a well-known philanthropist and an inspiring entrepreneur, Peter Legge embodies the core values of Royal Roads University. Mr. Chancellor, it is indeed an honour to present Peter Legge for the degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.