June 18, 2008 11:00 ET

BCIT to Award Honorary Degrees

Three distinguished individuals will receive Honorary doctorates at BCIT Convocation 2008

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - On June 18, 19, and 20, Dr. Ricardo Lagos, Mr. Tony Parsons, and Mr. Allan Trice will be recognized with Honorary Doctors of Technology at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) convocation ceremonies. These degrees are presented to individuals who are widely acknowledged for outstanding and sustained achievements in their areas of expertise.

Dr. Ricardo Lagos was appointed United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change in 2007. He is the co-chair of the Global Leadership for Climate Action, a task force of world leaders committed to addressing climate change through international negotiations. As well, Dr. Lagos is President of The Club of Madrid, an independent organization dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world by drawing on the unique experience and resources of its members. Prior to his United Nations' appointment, Dr. Lagos was President of the Republic of Chile from 2000 to 2006. His presidency was characterized by such achievements as the signing of Free Trade Agreements with the European Community, the United States, South Korea, the People's Republic of China, New Zealand, Singapore, and Brunei; improvements in infrastructure and transport; the creation of an unemployment insurance program; the approval of the first divorce law in Chile; and the signing of a recast Chile Constitution.

As a veteran Vancouver news anchor, Mr. Tony Parsons began his career as a broadcast journalist in 1957. Nearly twenty years later, Mr. Parsons took a posting in Vancouver as West Coast correspondent for CTV National News. He enjoyed the challenge of reporting to the nation and appeared frequently on The National and Canada AM. When he was offered the six o'clock anchor assignment at Global BC he jumped at the opportunity and has occupied the anchor desk for 26 years, helping to make the News Hour the most-watched English-language newscast in Canada, and second most-watched in North America. Mr. Parsons has been a long-time supporter of BCIT's Broadcast and Media Communication programs and an inspiration to its students. He has participated as a member of the Broadcast Journalism Advisory Committee and has been instrumental in developing the careers of a number of BCIT students and graduates who have worked in the Global Television Newsroom. Mr. Parsons is a keen supporter of young people, dedicates much of his time to charity work with the Cancer Society, Variety Club, Crossroads Hospice, various charity golf tournaments, and the Miracle Network Telethons. Mr. Parsons has exhibited genuine achievement not only in the field of broadcasting but in philanthropy as well.

Mr. Allan Trice is Senior Designer with International Submarine Engineering and well established in the high technology subsea industry in Canada. For the past 45 years he has been continuously involved in developing the practice of marine engineering. In 1951, Mr. Trice started a Shipwright Apprenticeship with the Star Shipyard in Queensborough. The next 11 years involved diving contracts in Western Canada while working on the development of prototype submersibles. He has formed numerous diving companies over the years, Carter Brothers Diving Ltd. and Hyco, both of which helped put Vancouver on the map as one of the world's centers of excellence in subsea technology. Mr. Trice has partnered with BC educational institutes to teach young people the basics of underwater technology and has contributed significantly to numerous high-school students on work experience programs, and is a long-time supporter of University Co-op programs, both within Canada and internationally.

BCIT's 2008 convocation ceremonies will take place June 18, 19, and 20 at Willingdon Conference Centre, located at 4812 Willingdon Avenue in Burnaby. More than 1,100 students will graduate this year. For detailed information, visit: http://www.bcit.ca/convocation/info/.

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