June 6, 2011: Three honorary doctorate degrees conferred at Capilano University’s spring convocation

      Monday, June 6, 2011
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      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—A sports enthusiast who was instrumental in bringing the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to Vancouver, an accomplished author and head of an organization that continues to make Vancouver a leading international tourist destination, and a world-renowned painter that Canada is proud to call its own all received an honorary doctorate degree from Capilano University at its spring convocation held Monday, June 6.

      Arthur Griffiths
      Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

      Arthur Griffiths is a leading Vancouver businessperson and philanthropist who began his academic career as a student in Capilano University’s Faculty of Business. As the former CEO of Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment and former owner of the Vancouver Canucks hockey and Grizzlies basketball teams, Mr. Griffiths used his passion for professional sports and his understanding of complex business negotiations to bring together the partnership that resulted in the construction of General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena). A willing and welcome guest at Capilano University, Mr. Griffiths has enriched the recreational and philanthropic life of the region.

      Rick Antonson
      Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

      Rick Antonson is President & CEO of Tourism Vancouver, which represents more than 1,000 member businesses and is responsible for the market development of Metro Vancouver as a convention, incentive, and leisure travel destination. An accomplished writer, Mr. Antonson is co-author of Slumach's Gold, In Search of a Legend. In 2008, Dundurn Publishing of Toronto published his third book, To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa. He is invited to speak worldwide on the topic of travel and regularly comes to Capilano University to speak to its Tourism and Outdoor Recreation students.

      Joseph Plaskett
      Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa

      Joseph Plaskett is considered to be one of Canada’s most talented and established visual artists. He has had more than 65 solo and group exhibitions, and his works reside in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. Nominated by Lawren Harris, Mr. Plaskett won the first Emily Carr Scholarship in 1946. Recommended by both Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson, he accepted the post as Director of the Winnipeg School of Art. He received the Order of Canada in the spring of 2001 and in 2004 he set up the Joe Plaskett Foundation, which makes an annual award to a Canadian artist.

      The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition granted by Capilano University and recognizes those who have made substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national and/or international levels. It is conferred upon those distinguished and widely recognized individuals who have outstanding and sustained achievement in their area of expertise and whose achievements are appropriate and relevant to the University.

      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca.