Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie are among the 10 people who will receive honorary degrees this year from the University of B.C.
Others include former prime ministers Joe Clark and Paul Martin, forestry researcher Michael Wingfield, and Sophie Pierre, the long-time chief of St. Mary's Indian Band in Cranbrook.
In a release today, the university said the honorary degrees recognize substantial contributions to society at provincial, national or international levels. Most of the degrees will be awarded during spring convocation (May 23-30) on the Vancouver campus, but three -- to Martin, Tovey and Wingfield -- will be awarded in the fall.
UBC's Okanagan campus will award honorary degrees to retired senator Ross Fitzpatrick and filmmaker Deepa Mehta during a June 7 ceremony.
Here is UBC's list of the 10 Vancouver recipients:
Dominic Barton is the global managing director at management consultancy McKinsey & Company. He led McKinsey's Korean office from 2000-2004 and is known for his extensive writings on global commerce, development and reform, among them the 2007 book entitled China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China.
Joe Clark was elected prime minister of Canada in 1979, defeating Pierre Trudeau and ending16 continuous years of Liberal government. Clark served twice as leader of the opposition and national leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. Currently, he is a professor of practice for public-private sector partnerships at McGill University and is also president of Joe Clark and Associates, an international consulting firm.
Robert Hung Ngai Ho is a well-known philanthropist who in 2005 helped UBC to establish the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program, the first of its kind in North America. As well, Ho has made major contributions to B.C. healthcare, supporting research on prostate cancer and ovarian cancer as well services for mental health and addiction.
Memory Elvin-Lewis and Walter Lewis credit their success as world-class ethnobotanists to their teamwork and ability to engage communities as a couple. Travelling the world, they have shed light on the medicinal properties of plants, particularly those in the Amazon rainforest.
Paul Martin served as Canadian prime minister from 2003 to 2006. His achievements include a 10-year, $41 billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times, agreements with the provinces and territories to establish a national early learning and child care program, and creating a new financial deal for Canada's municipalities. Currently, Martin co-chairs a two hundred million dollar British-Norwegian poverty alleviation and sustainable development fund for the 10-nation Congo Basin Rainforest.
Sophie Pierre has won accolades for her bold and inspired leadership as the elected chief of St. Mary's Indian Band in Cranbrook, B.C., a position she has held for 30 years. Pierre turned a former residential school into the St. Eugene Mission Resort, providing inspiration and economic success.
Buffy Sainte-Marie is an iconic singer-songwriter whose contributions include ballads such as "Until It's Time for You to Go" and war protest songs such as "The Universal Soldier." She is also renowned for her innovative work as a visual artist and art educator, as well as her passionate advocacy for indigenous peoples.
Bramwell Tovey has been the respected and much-appreciated music director of the Vancouver Symphony since 2000. He is often invited as guest conductor with leading orchestras around the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. A Grammy-awarded composer, Tovey is also a recorded jazz pianist and award-winning music director.
Michael Wingfield's pioneering research uncovered some of the most important pathogens of trees grown commercially in South Africa and elsewhere in the world. His work has helped to reduce losses to industry, communities and environmental organizations.
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