BCIT 2018 Honorary Doctorates

BCIT is proud to celebrate this year's Honorary Doctorate of Technology recipients, Sue Paish Q.C. and Dave Tuccaro. 

Sue Paish, Q.C. 

For over 35 years, Sue has led transformation and innovation across professional services, healthcare, and technology, driving business  growth and leading large-scale organizational change.

Sue established herself as one of Canada’s foremost employment and labour law lawyers, and was the youngest managing partner ever  appointed at her firm. There, she oversaw the growth of the firm to nine offices across three continents, and led it through one of the most  significant law firm mergers in the country. She made a seamless transition to corporate executive leadership, first as the CEO of Pharmasave, Canada’s largest chain of independent retail pharmacies. From there, she was appointed as CEO of LifeLabs Diagnostic Laboratories, where she doubled the company’s size through successful acquisitions and integrations to create Canada’s largest diagnostic lab.

 As of May 2018, Sue has become the inaugural CEO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. She is thrilled to pioneer an exciting new model of technology creation, inter-organizational collaboration, job growth, and economic development.

Sue and her husband Brad are the proud parents of three daughters, and spend their leisure time exploring the outdoors and hiking. The humanitarian spirit that led her to her first career in law is expressed through her continuing community engagement, and she has been recognized for her service and accomplishments with awards including: UBC Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, YWCA Woman of Distinction, Queen’s Counsel, Honorary Doctorate Degree in Technology (2018) from BCIT, Hall of Fame for Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and an Influential Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dave Tuccaro 

Dave is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan and is the President/CEO of seven successful companies.

His commitment and purpose for these companies is to “create opportunities for aboriginal people at every level of education and every level of employment.”

Dave is also the founder of the Northeastern Aboriginal Business Association, which features over 100-member companies with combined revenues of over $1 billion dollars. A member of the National Task Force on Oil Sands Strategies and the National Aboriginal Financing Task Force, Dave has also served as Chair of the Aboriginal Business Canada Market Expansion Group. He has sat on the Board of the Regional Health Authority, as well as the Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR). As Board Chair of lndspire, Dave is helping to set strategic direction for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and deepen the organization’s support of K-12 education and Indigenous teachers across Canada.

In 2013, Dave was named Resource Person of the Year by the ACR. This award recognizes leaders who exemplify the best of Alberta, and those who stand apart as having furthered the orderly and responsible development of the province’s resources in a particularly significant and lasting manner.
On June 11, 2016, an honorary Doctor of Laws was conferred on Dave from Athabasca University in recognition of his business leadership and dedication to enriching the lives of Indigenous people.

In November 2017, the Oilsands Banquet presented Dave with their newly formed Builders of Wood Buffalo Award.