Honorary Doctorate of Technology Recipient
Recipients for 2017Diana Swain
Senior Investigative Journalist, CBC News
Host, CBC News Network
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.
Chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
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.
Position titles are listed as they were at the time of nomination.
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