University announces 2010 honorary degree recipients

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The Honorary Awards Committee of Athabasca University Governing Council is pleased to announce the recipients of the Honorary Degrees to be presented at Convocation on June 10, 11 and 12, 2010.

Honorary Doctor of Laws: Hon. Raymond Charles Lee

Honorary Doctor of Laws Hon. Raymond Charles Lee

Hon. Raymond Charles Lee

On Thursday, June 10, 2010 an Honorary Doctor of Laws will be conferred on Hon. Raymond Charles Lee in recognition of his dedication to the preservation of Chinese Canadian history in Alberta, to the integration of Asian Canadians into the mainstream of Canadian society and to fostering understanding, openness and good relations between Asian and non Asian Canadians. Mr. Lee played a leadership role at the national level in reconciling longstanding misunderstandings between Chinese Canadians and their fellow citizens. He also served as an advisor in the development of national policy in this regard, and his work helped lead to the Prime Minister’s historic 2006 apology to the Chinese Canadian community for the Chinese head tax and the Exclusion Act with which it was associated. Mr. Lee was appointed as a Citizenship Judge for Calgary, Alberta in December 2006 and served in this capacity until
November, 2009.

Honorary Doctor of Science: Mr. Bill St. Arnaud

Honorary Doctor of Science Bill St. Arnaud

Bill St. Arnaud

On Friday, June 11, 2010 an Honorary Doctor of Science will be conferred on Mr. Bill St. Arnaud in recognition of his technical leadership in the design of Canada’s national research network and his tireless efforts to promote the effective utilization of this network. During his tenure as Director of Network Projects at CANARIE, Inc., Mr. St. Arnaud championed the building of an academic research network across Canada based on emerging fibre-optic technologies. This enabled an almost unlimited supply of bandwidth for academic communications and research. Mr. St. Arnaud is a member of the Internet Society and in 2005 was the recipient of the World Technology Network (WTN) Communications Technology Award.

Honorary Doctor of Laws: Dr. Lawrence Lessig

Honorary Doctor of Laws Dr. Lawrence Lessig

Dr. Lawrence Lessig

On Saturday, June 12, 2010 an Honorary Doctor of Laws will be conferred on Dr. Lawrence Lessig in recognition of his outstanding work in advocacy and support of fair copyright legislation. Dr. Lessig is a strong advocate of fair use, open access and open source. Dr. Lessig has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries for his argument “against interpretations of copyright that could stifle innovation and discourse online”. Dr. Lessig is currently the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to his current tenure at Harvard University, heĀ  served as a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. Dr. Lessig also clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

Order of Athabasca University

The Honorary Awards Committee is also pleased to announce the 2010 recipients of the Order of Athabasca University.

Order of Athabasca University Dr. Dominique Abrioux

Dr. Dominique Abrioux

On Friday, June 11, 2010, Dr. Dominique Abrioux will be inducted into the Order of Athabasca University in recognition of his leadership and exemplary service to the university. Dr. Abrioux served Athabasca University from 1978 to 2005 holding the position of President from
February, 1995 to May, 2005. During his tenure as President, student enrolment increased to three times what it was at the commencement of his first term, several new programs were opened, the Centre for Research and the Centre for Innovative Management were established and
three Canada Research Chairs were awarded. He presided over the transition in course delivery models from mail to internet and he launched the Athabasca University MBA. His passion for academic excellence and his commitment to students were large contributors to realizing this vision and making Athabasca University the institution it is today.

Order of Athabasca University Joy Romero

Joy Romero

On Saturday, June 12, 2010 Mrs. Joy Romero will be inducted into the Order of Athabasca University in recognition of her leadership, support, and commitment during her tenure on Athabasca University Governing Council and for work in cultivating the launch of the Learning Communities Project, a major research and development initiative, designed to enhance learning opportunities for adults in northern, rural, remote and aboriginal communities in Alberta. During her tenure as Chair, Athabasca University emerged as a leader in governance principles and practices which led to being nominated for a national governance award. In addition, Mrs. Romero played an integral role in broadening public awareness of AU and its mission throughout Alberta and across Canada.

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John O’Brien
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Athabasca University
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