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Source: York University

York University to confer two honorary degrees at fall convocation

October 20, 2006

October 19, 2006 -- York University will confer honorary doctorates on two
distinguished individuals during its fall 2006 convocation ceremonies,
taking place on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21.

"Our honorary doctorates are individuals whose achievements set the bar that
much higher for all of us," said Lorna R. Marsden, York University President
and Vice Chancellor. "We’re proud to formally welcome them to the York
University community."

The recipients are: Maria Livanos Cattaui, distinguished international
corporate leader, and Alison Richard, university administrator and
internationally-renowned scholar.

Convocation ceremonies will be held at York's Keele Campus (4700 Keele
Street). Friday's Schulich EMBA ceremony will take place in the Schulich
School of Business. Saturday's ceremonies will take place in the convocation
tent, between Osgoode Hall Law School and the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal
and Professional Studies.

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York University’s fall convocation ceremonies will be streamed live over the

  • Live stream of Friday’s ceremonies:

  • Live stream of Saturday’s ceremonies:

    A biographical sketch of each honorary degree recipient is below. Recipients
    are listed in order of ceremony:

    Maria Livanos Cattaui, Honorary Doctor of Laws

    Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, 10am (Schulich EMBA ceremony)

    Maria Livanos Cattaui served as Secretary General of the International
    Chamber of Commerce (ICC) from July 1996 to June 2005, where she championed
    the global economy as a force for economic growth, job creation and
    prosperity. She was previously Managing Director of the World Economic Forum
    from 1977 to 1996, where the success of the annual Davos Forum is credited
    in large part to her strategic planning, diplomacy and understanding of
    global issues. Ms. Cattaui has been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council
    of the Schulich School of Business since 1997, providing the school with
    invaluable counsel in its push to become a global business school.

    Alison Richard, Honorary Doctor of Laws

    Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006, 3pm (Faculty of Graduate Studies ceremony)

    Professor Richard is the 344th Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, the
    first woman to hold this title full-time in the university’s almost 800-year
    history. Prior to joining Cambridge, she was at Yale for many years,
    including a term as provost where she made the recruitment of senior faculty
    a priority and worked to increase the number of women and under-represented
    minorities on faculty. Professor Richard is also widely-known academically
    for her research and writings on the evolution of complex social systems
    among primates.

    York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching
    university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the
    undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada’s most international
    city. The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic
    academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well
    as 190,000 alumni worldwide. York’s 11 faculties and 23 research centres
    conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary,
    cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and
    collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing
    fresh insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an
    autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.


    Media contact:

    Melissa Hughes, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 2100 x22097 /

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