Image of 2023 Honorary Degree recipient Bob McGill.

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Bob has enjoyed a long career in Canada’s financial services industry. He has spent time in banking, 18 years in stock brokerage and management at Dominion Securities Inc., and finally, 18 years in investment management and counselling at Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. where he led the development of its private client division.

Long-time North Shore residents, Bob and his wife Brenda were connected to CapU when their son, Rob, enrolled in a two-year Studio Arts program. While Rob later graduated from Dalhousie University’s School of Architecture, the McGills credit CapU's smaller class sizes and quality instructors for laying the foundations of his academic success.

As a long-serving member of the Capilano University Foundation Board, Bob championed the CapU story and attracted the commitment of others to support the life-changing learning experiences at the University.

His many generous contributions over the years have enhanced not only programs and bursaries for students, but also the distinct educational environment at CapU. The University’s new Learning Commons could not have been developed without the gift from the McGill Family Fund—a contribution that was transformative and impactful towards the revitalization of CapU’s main campus.

In retirement, Bob remains involved in several charitable initiatives. His family has demonstrated generous support for education, health care and environmental initiatives that matter to the community and make the world a better place.

He is an honorary director of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and sits on the foundation’s planned giving committee. Additionally, he oversees contributions from the McGill Family Fund and is a member of the Board of Advisors with Universal Outreach.