Honorary Doctorate of Technology Recipient

Recipients for 2017    

Diana Swain
Senior Investigative Journalist, CBC News
Host, CBC News Network

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Diana Swain is one of Canada's leading investigative journalists and CBC News' Senior Investigative journalist.  She has also recently been named as the host of a new investigative program debuting on CBC News Network this fall.

In three decades of reporting on stories across Canada and around the globe, Diana has developed a reputation for compelling interviews and uncovering stories that Canadians care about.  That work has garnered numerous awards from the leading journalism and professional associations in Canada.

Her recent work has included an examination of the way Canadian post-secondary institutions manage allegations of assault on campus.  For that work, Diana and her team won awards in 2016 from the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Radio, Television and Digital News Association. Her ground-breaking investigation into Scouts Canada won the first-ever Canadian Hillman prize in 2012, as well the Prix Justica award from the Canadian Bar Association. Her look at the federal government’s handling of warning labels on Tobacco Products won the 2011 Excellence in Health reporting award from the Canadian Medical Association.

Canadians will also know Diana from her many years behind the anchor desk in Winnipeg and Toronto.  She has won the Gemini for Best News Anchor three times, and was the first woman in Canada to win the award. 

Diana Swain's work has twice been included in winning submissions for the Michener award, recognizing meritorious public service journalism in Canada.

Her work is frequently seen on CBC’s leading news programs and she regularly fills in for Peter Mansbridge as anchor of The National.

An avowed sports fan, she has also served as an Olympic Host for CBC Sports in 2008 in Beijing and in 2012 in Sochi.

Diana was honoured with an Alumni of the Year Award from her alma mater BCIT in 2006 and an honourary degree from Humber College in Toronto in 2010.

Diana lives in the Toronto area.

David Emerson
Chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
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David Emerson has had a long and distinguished career in the public and private sectors, contributing greatly to BC’s economic success over many years of leadership and served his province and country with distinction.

David served as Member of Parliament between 2004-2008, as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Industry, and Minister of International Trade overseeing the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and the Asia Pacific Gateway Initiative. David also played a key role in developing and signing the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement. Over the past few years he chaired expert panels producing major reports on Canada’s aerospace industry; the Canadian transportation system; the economic future of Alberta.

Between 1975 to 1986 and 1990 to 1992, David held senior leadership positions with the Government of British Columbia which included Deputy Minister to the Premier and Deputy Minister of Finance. 

In the private sector, David has held roles including Chairman and CEO of Canadian Western Bank (following a merger with Western and Pacific Bank of Canada, 1986-1990), Vancouver International Airport Authority (1992-1997), and Canfor Corporation (1998-2004). As the first President and CEO of the Vancouver International Airport Authority, he oversaw a significant increase in passenger traffic and contributed to a significant increase in terminal and airside facilities to help meet BC’s needs for expanded air services provincially, nationally, and internationally. In addition, he has served on numerous boards including: Stantec, Telus, Terasen Gas, Finning, Timberwest Forest Corporation, Chorus Aviation and BC Ferries. 

David is the current Chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada whose mission is to be a focus for Canada's engagement with Asia. David joined the Asia Pacific Foundation in 2013 as an honorary fellow and later assumed the position of Chair of the Board in 2015. He is the current board chair of Maple Leaf Foods and Global Container Terminals and serves on the Board of New Gold, a Canadian mining company.

David has been widely recognized for his work, he was appointed into the Queen’s Privy Council by the Governor General in 2004 and a recipient of Order of British
Columbia in 2011.


* Above profile is as of date award was presented.

Recipients from 2016 to 1995

Position titles are listed as they were at the time of nomination.


Dominic Barton
Global Managing Director, McKinsey and Company

Julie Payette
Chief Operating Officer, Montreal Science Centre


Bill Good

Launi Skinner
CEO, First West Credit Union


Jill Leversage
Managing Director at Highland West Capital Ltd.

Donald Lindsey
President & CEO, Teck Resources

Tamara Vrooman
President & CEO, Vancity


Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
World renowned landscape architect

Shawn Atleo
National Chief to the Assembly of First Nations


John Babcook
Vice President, Biologics Division
Centre for Drug Research and Development

Nancy McKinstry
Chair, ICBC Board of Directors


John Furlong
Leader of the organizing team for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games

Arun Garg
Medical Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Royal Columbia Hospital
Clinical Professor of Pathology, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Peter Legge
Chairman and CEO, Canada Wide Media Limited

Jack Munro
Chair of the Labour Heritage Project
honouring the workers who built British Columbia

Rudy North
Founder, Phillips, Hager & North
Founder and President, North Growth Management

Peter Robinson
CEO, David Suzuki Foundation


Jerry Lampert
President and CEO, BC Business Council

Donald McInnes
Founder of renewable energy company, Plutonic Power Corp.

Terrance K. Salman
Founder of Salman Partners Ltd.
Supporter of research into the causes of and treatment for AIDS, stem cell research and prostate cancer

Dennis Skulsky
CEO, CanWest


Mike Holmes
Leadership in construction and the environment

Dr. Ricardo Lagos
Former President of Chile
Leadership in education, social, cultural and economic development

Tony Parsons
Broadcaster, mentor and volunteer

Allan Trice
Pioneer in the field of named submersible, remote and autonomous underwater vehicle


Peter Armstrong
Entrepreneur, President and CEO, Rocky Mountaineer Vacations

Dr. Joseph Gosnell
Statesman, Hereditary Chief, Chief Negotiator for Nisga'a Treaty, renowned carver


Dr. Marc Garneau
President, Canadian Space Agency, Astronaut

Michael Harcourt
Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission
Former Premier, BC

Dr. Patrick McGeer
Professor Emeritus, UBC
Former Provincial Cabinet Minister

Michael E. Phelps
Chairman, Dornoch Capital Inc.


Stephen Lewis
Founder, Steven Lewis Foundation
Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General
Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

Wendy B. McDonald
Chairman and CEO, BC Bearing Group

David Podmore
President and CEO, Concert Properties Ltd.


Rick Hansen
President and CEO, Man in Motion

Dr. John S. MacDonald
Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Day4Energy Inc.
Retired Co-founder, President and CEO, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

Grace McCarthy
Former Deputy Premier, BC
Co-Founder of CHILD Foundation

Bruce Turner
Past President, Minera Escondida Ltd.


Larry Berg
CEO, Vancouver International Airport Authority

Doug Drummond
Former Mayor, City of Burnaby

Dr. Donald Rix
Chair, MDS Metro Laboratory Services

Carole Taylor
Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


Dr. Julia Levy
President and CEO, QLT Inc.


William Copeland
Mayor, City of Burnaby

Robert George
Elder Advisor, BCIT

Barry Lapointe
President, Kelowna Flightcraft

Arnet Pentland
President, Interprovincial Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics

Dal M. Richards
Band Leader

Thomas A. Simons
Former BCIT Board of Governor member
President, Chairman and CEO, H.A. Simons Ltd.


Brian A. Canfield
Chair, BC Telecom Inc. & BC Tel


G. Wynne Powell
Former Chair, BCIT Board of Governors

Dr. Wah Jun Tse
Professor Pediatrics, UBC


Cecil Roper
Founding Principal, BCIT

Samuel Simpson
Director, BC Apprenticeship Board


Jack Munro
President, IWA

Leslie Peterson

Flemming Sondergaard
Past BCIT Board of Governors Chair


Kenneth Dye
President & CEO, Workers' Compensation Board

Marie Taylor
Chair, Aerospace Project