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Three honorary doctorate degrees conferred at Capilano University

Monday, June 21, 2010
Contact:  Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—A champion of British Columbia’s film industry, the first female city manager of Vancouver, and the head of one of B.C.’s most esteemed professional organizations all received an honorary degree from Capilano University at its spring convocation.

Recognized on June 21 with an honorary doctor of laws degree are:
Judy Rogers, former city manager for the City of Vancouver; Colin Bennett, president and CEO of the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Society of British Columbia; and, Peter Leitch, president of Burnaby’s Mammoth Studios and North Vancouver’s North Shore Studios, and chairman of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of B.C.

“Over many years, these three individuals have been generous and important contributors on a number of levels to Capilano University and to their chosen professions,” said Dr. Greg Lee, Capilano’s president and vice-chancellor. “They are all ideal candidates for this acknowledgment.”

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.

Judy Rogers

Judy Rogers – BPE, MPA, BPE, MPA
As former City Manager for the City of Vancouver, Judy Rogers was a dynamic and energetic leader at Vancouver City Hall for over a decade. She provided oversight and strategic direction to more than 9,000 employees and an ever-changing team of elected officials. Beginning as the Director for the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Judy spent her career involved in issues that affect the social well-being of the City of Vancouver. At Capilano University, our local government programming in the Public Administration department (PADM) has benefited greatly from Judy’s time and attention as a leader of our Advisory Board and as a frequent guest lecturer in the various program areas. Judy’s record and the numerous national and international awards speak to her expertise and ability. Capilano University, and particularly PADM, are grateful for her dedication and commitment to all of our municipal programs.

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett – CMA, FCMA
Colin Bennett has had a long and distinguished career in the accounting profession. A Certified Management Accountant (CMA) since 1975, Colin provided leadership and strategic financial management expertise for a number of leading manufacturing firms across Canada before accepting senior management positions at CMA Canada – British Columbia in 1996. In addition to leading his organization, Colin served on various boards and committees in the business community and volunteered his time and leadership to a number of causes, including Capilano University. His dedication to the education of all accounting students in B.C. is evident from his continued support of the provincial Strategic Management Case Competition and now the e-Legacies Olympic Games case competition, as well. Colin has been a champion of Capilano’s developing accounting program for the past 15 years. Recently, he spearheaded our efforts to articulate the Capilano degree with CMA Canada and with his assistance, we became one of the only two accredited programs in Western Canada. 

Peter Leitch

Peter Leitch – BComm, CA, FCA
Peter Leitch joined Cannell Films Ltd. in 1987 and was Vice President and Controller of Cannell before accepting the position as Vice President and General Manager of Lions Gate Studios in 1995. He is currently the President of North Shore Studios and Mammoth Studios. Peter has a reputation for being a savvy businessman and an articulate spokesperson for the local film industry. He is the Chair of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia, Director of the Burnaby Board of Trade, past Chair of  the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and former Director of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce. Peter also served on Canada Revenue Agencies Small Business Advisory Committee and Film Advisory Committee. He was recently honoured with his FCA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. In the past few years, Peter has worked particularly hard on behalf of Capilano – first on our campaign to be redesignated a university, and more recently on the freeing up of both federal and provincial dollars to finance the new Film and Animation Centre. At every opportunity, Peter brings attention to the great educational work being carried out by the faculty and staff of Capilano.

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



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