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BCIT is proud to present honorary degrees to inspiring individuals who are widely recognized for outstanding and sustained achievements in their areas of expertise, such as:

  • Technological or business innovation
  • Applied research
  • Technological or trades training
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Environmental stewardship

Nominations are invited from the BCIT community, including Tributes Committee members, students, advisory committee members, alumni, retirees, and the Board of Governors.

Award recipient for 2020

Carol Lee

Chair, Vancouver Chinatown Foundation
CEO & Co-founder, Linacare Cosmetherapy Inc.

Carol Lee is CEO and Co-founder of Linacare Cosmetherapy Inc., a company that manufactures and sells therapeutic skincare products. Linacare is headquartered in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district. With longstanding family ties to the history of Chinatown, she is strongly committed to the revitalization of the area and is the Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee, and Honorary Patron of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum.

She serves on several other boards and organizations including the Harvard Business School Canadian Advisory Board, the Faculty Advisory Board of Sauder Business School, the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Governor General David Johnston’s Rideau Hall Foundation, and is Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation Innovation Committee. She is also a member of federal Finance Minister Morneau’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth.

Ms. Lee has a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia

Read Carol’s inspiring story.

*The above profile are current as of the date the degree was announced.

Past award recipients

This award has been presented since 1993 and we have been honoured to have such amazing award recipients represent BCIT. Please note that position titles are listed as they were at the time of nomination.


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