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University of Calgary

June 02, 2016 12:30 ET

University of Calgary honorary degree recipients announced

Spring convocation, June 6 - 10, 2016

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - June 02, 2016) -  The University of Calgary is pleased to announce our honorary degree (HD) recipients for the June convocation ceremonies for the Cumming School of Medicine, Haskayne School of Business, Schulich School of Engineering, Werklund School of Education and the faculties of Arts, Environmental Design, Graduate Studies, Kinesiology, Law, Nursing, Science, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine.

The University of Calgary's highest academic honour, the Doctor of Laws, is bestowed upon individuals whose notable achievements and community service merit recognition. These distinguished individuals will address our graduating class during the June convocation ceremonies, sharing words of wisdom gained through years as leaders in their field.

The June 2016 recipients are:

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 2 p.m.
Cumming School of Medicine, Faculties of Graduate Studies, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine
HD: Geoffrey Cumming, BA, MSc
Geoffrey Cumming (BA Hons '74) is an inspirational business leader, economist and philanthropist who has provided transformational support for medical education and research at the University of Calgary, one of the most generous philanthropic gifts in Canadian history. His goal is to make a tangible impact to health care by facilitating medical innovation and enhancing long-term medical research. A University of Calgary graduate, Cumming is passionate about global leadership and mentorship of young people, and believes a diverse education is one of the keys to becoming a successful global citizen.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 9:30 a.m.
Faculties of Environmental Design, Graduate Studies, Social Work and Werklund School of Education
HD: Christine McIver, MSM, CFRE
Christine McIver is the founder and chief executive officer of Kids Cancer Care. She is a true visionary who has made incredible contributions to families impacted by cancer. Since 1988, her one goal has been "a cure for every child, care for every family." McIver is an outstanding leader who has made a profound difference in the lives of children and families affected by paediatric cancer by addressing the needs of the whole family throughout the cancer journey.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 2 p.m.
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Schulich School of Engineering
Distinguished Speaker: Shauna Curry, BSc, PEng
Shauna Curry is known as an energetic humanitarian who is passionate about making the world a better place. She is the chief executive officer at CAWST -- the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology -- a registered Canadian charity offering professional training and consulting services in water and sanitation for developing countries. Curry joined CAWST as an international technical advisor in 2004, bringing with her ten years of experience in environmental engineering, project management and facilitation. She became head of CAWST's global training and consulting services division in 2005, and assumed her position as chief executive officer in 2011. She has worked in 14 developing countries, and led the development and expansion of CAWST's service delivery from two countries to its current network of 78 countries and 970 implementing clients, impacting more than 11.4 million people.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 9:30 a.m.
Faculties of Arts and Graduate Studies
HD: Pinchas Zukerman
Pinchas Zukerman is considered a phenomenon in the world of music. His exceptional technique and unwavering artistic standards have been a marvel to audiences, critics and students for more than 40 years. He is equally respected as a violinist, violist, conductor, chamber musician and music educator. A compelling role model for the next generation of musicians, Zukerman tours nationally and internationally while continuing to teach his students from a distance through distance learning technology.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 2 p.m.
Faculties of Arts and Graduate Studies
HD: Janice Eisenhauer, BA
Janice Eisenhauer (BA Hons '99) is one of Canada's finest human rights activists. A graduate of the University of Calgary, she is the co-founder and voluntary executive director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan). Her exceptional leadership, ability to inspire and mobilize supporters and unrelenting determination to improve the lives of Afghan women and girls through education has helped this non-profit enjoy tremendous growth and success. CW4WAfghan has raised more than $7 million and implemented hundreds of educational projects in Afghanistan.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 9:30 a.m.
Faculties of Graduate Studies, Law and Science
HD: Linda Taylor, BA, LLB, LLM
Linda Taylor (BA '76, LLB '79) is a fearless trail-blazer committed to improving the global community. She is a lawyer (one of the first graduates of the University of Calgary's newly established law school in 1979) and scholar specializing in human rights and international law and has spent more than 18 years serving in various capacities for the United Nations (UN). Taylor has worked closely with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and has overseen matters ranging from human development and humanitarian services to terrorism against the UN in Algiers. She is currently executive director, Office of Administration of Justice, responsible for coordinating the functioning of the internal justice system at the UN.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 2 p.m.
Faculties of Graduate Studies, Kinesiology and Science
HD: Jay Triano, BA
Jay Triano is recognized internationally as one of the world's best in basketball. He is a lifelong basketball athlete, coach and ambassador. He has worked with Team Canada, the Toronto Raptors, and has represented Canada at three Olympic Games as both athlete and coach. Triano is the first Canadian-born coach in the NBA, and he is currently assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. He is a Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame member and has volunteered internationally for Basketball Without Borders, a basketball development and community outreach program for youth.

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 9:30 a.m.
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Haskayne School of Business
HD: Chief Victor Buffalo, OC, AOE
Chief Victor Buffalo is a community leader, entrepreneur, and champion of indigenous culture and heritage who served five terms as chief of his home community, Samson Cree Nation (Maskwacis). His commitment to economic development and education for indigenous peoples has been inspirational. Buffalo was instrumental in the creation of Peace Hills Trust, Canada's first and largest First Nations-owned financial institution, and he founded the Samson Education Trust Fund to provide support for community members pursuing post-secondary training.

Media are welcome to attend any of the convocation ceremonies throughout the week of June 6 - 10, 2016 to capture photos and remarks. Interviews may also be arranged.

About the University of Calgary
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