Awards of Distinction

2016 Award Recipients

During the June 2016 convocation ceremonies, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) bestowed awards of distinction to three accomplished and deserving recipients. These awards are presented to individuals who are 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.

Distinguished Service Award
Recipient: Mark Angelo
Presented: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mark Angelo hails from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and is an internationally celebrated river conservationist, speaker, writer, teacher and paddler. He is the founder and Chair of both BC and World Rivers Day and is Chair Emeritus of the Rivers Institute at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Mark was also the long time head of BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program prior to his retirement in 2011.

Mark has received both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada (his country's highest honour) in recognition of his river conservation efforts over the past four decades. Among his many other awards are the inaugural United Nations Stewardship Award and the National River Conservation Award.

As an avid paddler, Mark has traveled along close to 1000 rivers around the world, perhaps more than any other person. From 2003 to 2006, his acclaimed Riverworld program played to sold-out audiences across North America and the program's website had more than 40 million visits. Mark continues to work on river conservation and restoration issues in Canada, and elsewhere in the world. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Simon Fraser University in recognition of his river conservation efforts, both locally and globally, and received a special lifetime achievement award from the BCIT Alumni and Foundation. Mark has written hundreds of articles and essays and is a regular contributor to newspaper editorial and travel sections.

Mark is a Fellow International of the New York based Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He is included in the BC Almanac Book of the 100 Greatest British Columbians and was recently named by Canadian Geographic as one of Canada's greatest modern day explorers. Mark is currently working on the global river documentary film, RiverBlue, set for international release in September, 2016.

Honorary Doctor of Technology
Recipient: Julie Payette
Presented: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Julie Payette is recognized in Canada and internationally as an inspirational model in the world of science. She began her career as a systems engineer at IBM Canada before joining the NASA Astronaut Corps in Houston in 1996.

While training as an astronaut, she completed a military pilot course, and she also has a commercial pilot's license. She participated in two space missions to the International Space Station aboard the shuttles Discovery (1999) and Endeavour (2009), serving as engineer and manager of robotic operations. During those missions, she logged 611 hours in space and made more than 400 circuits of the Earth.

Having served as Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency from 2000 to 2007, she became a Public Policy Scholar at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC in 2011, in addition to being Quebec's science delegate to the United States. In 2013, she was named Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre and MSC Vice-President of the Canada Lands Company. That same year, she was inaugurated into the Academy of Great Montrealers for helping restore science to a place of paramount importance in Quebec society. She also sits on several prestigious boards of directors and has been a Director of the National Bank of Canada since 2014.

Julie Payette has received numerous honours, including Knight of the Ordre National du Québec (2002) and Officer of the Order of Canada (2010).

Honorary Doctor of Technology
Recipient: Dominic Barton
Presented: Friday, June 24, 2016

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company. In his 30 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrial. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey's Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.

Dominic is an active participant in international fora including Davos, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Les Rencontres Économiques d'Aix-en-Provence, the Asia Business Council and the China Development Forum. He has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide. Dominic is a co-author, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002) and China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).

Dominic is the Co-Chair of the 'Focusing Capital on the Long Term' initiative along with Mark Wiseman (CPPIB) and Larry Fink (BlackRock). The initiative seeks to develop practical structures, metrics and approaches for longer-term behaviours in the investment and business worlds.

He is the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance's Advisory Council on Economic Growth, is on the Board of Memorial Sloan Kettering, is Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council, a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board's International Advisory Council, a Board Member of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Chair of the US President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.

Dominic has received multiple awards for his business leadership and contributions to the communities in which he has lived and worked – for example, in February 2013 Dominic received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea and in August 2014 he was awarded the Singaporean Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore). He is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Dominic is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.