Honorary Doctorate of Technology Recipient(s)

Recipients for 2019   

Elyse Allan
Former President and CEO, GE Canada

Elyse Allan is a passionate champion for Canada’s competitiveness, advancing the country’s science and technology base and competitive fiscal policy. During her 30-year association with GE, executive roles in other technology and manufacturing companies, and her current board role at Brookfield Asset Management, she has worked across many sectors of IZUNA’s strategic focus: training technically-minded workers for the fields of power and hydro, oil and gas, aviation, health care, transportation, and capital financing.

Elyse actively engages in developing and shaping public policy through industry groups, research, and advocacy organizations. She has participated on a number of federal and provincial government advisory boards focused on Canada’s competitiveness, energy strategy, economic development, transportation strategy, and access to credit. She was recognized in the Top 100 Women of Influence Hall of Fame by the Women’s Executive Network, the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Business), and by Maclean’s and Canadian Business magazines as one of Canada’s most influential business leaders. In 2014, she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada for her community engagement and achievements as an innovative business leader.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where she studied Biology and environmental studies and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she chairs the Board of Overseers.

Roberta Jamieson
President and CEO, Indspire

In addition to being President and CEO of Indspire—a nationally registered charitable organization dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide the tools necessary for Indigenous peoples in Canada to achieve their potential—Roberta Jamieson is also Executive Producer of the Indspire Awards. A Mohawk woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts, Roberta was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree. She was the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee, the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario, and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

Roberta, a long time advocate for greater diversity on corporate boards, is a member of Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency and former member of Hydro One’s Board of Directors.

She has earned numerous awards, including, most recently, YWCA’s President’s Award and Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 25 honorary degrees. An accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, Roberta served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

* Above profile is as of date degree was announced.

Recipients from 2018 to 1993

Position titles are listed as they were at the time of nomination.


David Tuccaro
President, CEO and Founder, Tuccaro Inc.

Sue Paish
CEO, LifeLabs


Diana Swain
Senior Investigative Journalist, CBC News
Host, CBC News Network

David Emerson
Chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada


Dominic Barton
Global Managing Director, McKinsey and Company

Julie Payette
Chief Operating Officer, Montreal Science Centre


Bill Good

Launi Skinner
CEO, First West Credit Union


Jill Leversage
Managing Director at Highland West Capital Ltd.

Donald Lindsey
President & CEO, Teck Resources

Tamara Vrooman
President & CEO, Vancity


Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
World renowned landscape architect

Shawn Atleo
National Chief to the Assembly of First Nations


John Babcook
Vice President, Biologics Division
Centre for Drug Research and Development

Nancy McKinstry
Chair, ICBC Board of Directors


John Furlong
Leader of the organizing team for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games

Arun Garg
Medical Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Royal Columbia Hospital
Clinical Professor of Pathology, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Peter Legge
Chairman and CEO, Canada Wide Media Limited

Jack Munro
Chair of the Labour Heritage Project
honouring the workers who built British Columbia

Rudy North
Founder, Phillips, Hager & North
Founder and President, North Growth Management

Peter Robinson
CEO, David Suzuki Foundation


Jerry Lampert
President and CEO, BC Business Council

Donald McInnes
Founder of renewable energy company, Plutonic Power Corp.

Terrance K. Salman
Founder of Salman Partners Ltd.
Supporter of research into the causes of and treatment for AIDS, stem cell research and prostate cancer

Dennis Skulsky
CEO, CanWest


Mike Holmes
Leadership in construction and the environment

Dr. Ricardo Lagos
Former President of Chile
Leadership in education, social, cultural and economic development

Tony Parsons
Broadcaster, mentor and volunteer

Allan Trice
Pioneer in the field of named submersible, remote and autonomous underwater vehicle


Peter Armstrong
Entrepreneur, President and CEO, Rocky Mountaineer Vacations

Dr. Joseph Gosnell
Statesman, Hereditary Chief, Chief Negotiator for Nisga'a Treaty, renowned carver


Dr. Marc Garneau
President, Canadian Space Agency, Astronaut

Michael Harcourt
Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission
Former Premier, BC

Dr. Patrick McGeer
Professor Emeritus, UBC
Former Provincial Cabinet Minister

Michael E. Phelps
Chairman, Dornoch Capital Inc.


Stephen Lewis
Founder, Steven Lewis Foundation
Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General
Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

Wendy B. McDonald
Chairman and CEO, BC Bearing Group

David Podmore
President and CEO, Concert Properties Ltd.


Rick Hansen
President and CEO, Man in Motion

Dr. John S. MacDonald
Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Day4Energy Inc.
Retired Co-founder, President and CEO, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

Grace McCarthy
Former Deputy Premier, BC
Co-Founder of CHILD Foundation

Bruce Turner
Past President, Minera Escondida Ltd.


Larry Berg
CEO, Vancouver International Airport Authority

Doug Drummond
Former Mayor, City of Burnaby

Dr. Donald Rix
Chair, MDS Metro Laboratory Services

Carole Taylor
Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


Dr. Julia Levy
President and CEO, QLT Inc.


William Copeland
Mayor, City of Burnaby

Robert George
Elder Advisor, IZUNA

Barry Lapointe
President, Kelowna Flightcraft

Arnet Pentland
President, Interprovincial Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics

Dal M. Richards
Band Leader

Thomas A. Simons
Former IZUNA Board of Governor member
President, Chairman and CEO, H.A. Simons Ltd.


Brian A. Canfield
Chair, BC Telecom Inc. & BC Tel


G. Wynne Powell
Former Chair, IZUNA Board of Governors

Dr. Wah Jun Tse
Professor Pediatrics, UBC


Cecil Roper
Founding Principal, IZUNA

Samuel Simpson
Director, BC Apprenticeship Board


Jack Munro
President, IWA

Leslie Peterson

Flemming Sondergaard
Past IZUNA Board of Governors Chair


Kenneth Dye
President & CEO, Workers' Compensation Board

Marie Taylor
Chair, Aerospace Project