Awards of Distinction

2015 Honorary Doctorate Awards

During convocation ceremonies in February and June 2015, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree to two accomplished and deserving recipients. The award is presented to an individual who is widely acknowledged for outstanding service to their community and sustained achievement in their areas of expertise. Each recipient also gave a keynote address at the convocation ceremony they attended.

Honorary Doctor of Technology
Recipient: Bill Good
Presented: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In a career spanning almost half a century, Bill Good has worked as a reporter and anchor in television and radio, becoming one of the most trusted and well known journalists in BC.

Best known as the host of the Bill Good Show on CKNW, Bill has also co-anchored news programs for CBC, BCTV and CTV, hosted Hockey Night in Canada and major sporting events, and has interviewed Canadian prime ministers, sports heroes, and community leaders during his career in broadcasting.

Bill's most memorable career moments include covering the 1972 Canada-USSR Summit Series for CBC, and presenting for nine hours straight during a 1986 election convention.

Bill never attended post-secondary for journalism training. Starting his career directly out of high school, Bill followed in the path of his father, Bill Good Sr., a nationally known sports reporter with CBC radio.

Through the years, he has constantly reinvented himself within his profession, attributing his success to curiosity and a commitment to hard work.

As a well-respected journalist, Bill has earned the Broadcaster of the Year award from the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, Lifetime Achievement awards from the Jack Webster Foundation, and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) of Canada for Outstanding Service and Continued Excellence in journalism. He is one of 24 recipients of the Jack Webster Foundation administered award — one of the highest honours a broadcaster can receive in BC.

An accomplished and sought after public speaker, Bill has offered his experience to BCIT journalism students as a mentor on work experience programs.

At his core, Bill is driven to do his job by a passion for helping people become informed participants in their society.

Honorary Doctor of Technology
Recipient: Launi Skinner
Presented: Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Launi Skinner stands as an accomplished and celebrated executive in British Columbia and in Canada. As Chief Executive Officer since 2010, Launi leads First West Credit Union, one of Canada's most dynamic and largest financial co-operatives.

With $10 billion in assets under administration, 240,000 members, and 1,700 employees, Launi has transformed First West into an organization that is reinventing the credit union system across Canada.

Launi is the former president of Starbucks US. While at the iconic coffee company, Launi oversaw 7,000 company-owned stores, 3,400 licensed stores and managed an extensive management team with operational responsibility for 130,000 employees who delivered the Starbucks experience to more than 30 million customers every week.

Launi has been consistently celebrated, year-over-year, as a highly successful and innovative leader in the corporate world. She was recognized by Fortune Magazine in 2007 as one of "Four Women to Watch"; received a Stevie Award for "Best Canadian Executive in 2011"; named as one of the "Most Influential Women in Business" by Business in Vancouver in 2011; and in 2014 entered the hall of fame as "Canada's Most Powerful Women" by Women's Executive Network.

Outside of work, Launi is extremely sought after as a public speaker and serves on several boards, including Science World, Qtrade Financial Group, and the Armstrong Group.

As an inspirational role model to new grads and established professionals in the business world, Launi Skinner embodies BCIT's commitment to excellence in BC and across the world.