NEW YORK — Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia has announced that it will confer an honorary degree on Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Co-President Andreas Dracopoulos in June 2021. Other June honorary degree recipients include actor Michal J. Fox and “Father of Wi-Fi” Victor Hayes.
SNF has enjoyed a long and multifaceted partnership with SFU, including, in 2011, in the establishment of the SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies through a significant grant from the Foundation. A long-term project at the Centre to create digital Modern Greek language learning tools, also supported by SNF, culminated recently in the launch of the StaEllinika initiative.
June Honorary Degree recipients:
Andreas Dracopoulos is dedicated to the work of philanthropy in both his public and private life. He is co-president of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), which has made nearly 5,000 grants to non-profits in more than 130 countries over 25 years.
An award-winning television and film actor, Michael J. Fox is a tireless advocate in the fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Through his foundation, he is helping lead the charge on research and therapeutic development toward a future without Parkinson’s.
Victor Hayes, a pioneer in the field of information technology and communication, played a critical role that led to the success of Wi-Fi. Its creation launched a multi-billion-dollar industry, fundamentally changing the way people work, study and live.
A international foundation executive, philanthropist and charter student at SFU, Herb M. James has, through his foundation, spent more than half a century providing free hearing screening and treatment, including surgeries to deaf and hard of hearing children in developing countries.
Wally Oppal, a former judge and B.C. attorney general, has led five high-profile commissions on policing and is a groundbreaking leader in B.C.’s South Asian community. He has made significant contributions to law, community safety and justice for society’s most vulnerable.
Maria Ressa is an award-winning journalist and the co-founder of Rappler, the top digital news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. She has endured political harassment and arrests by the Duterte government in her battle for truth and democracy.
Author, professor and researcher, Malinda S. Smith is a world-renowned political scientist, a tireless advocate of equitable, inclusive, decolonial and accountable approaches in higher education, and the inaugural Vice-Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s first female Chief Public Health Officer, is a leading expert in immunization, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. She led the fight against the 2003 SARS outbreaks, and is leading the fight in the current opioid crisis and COVID-19 pandemic.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier is a respected Inuit leader and one of the world’s most recognized environmental, climate change and human rights advocates. She has been instrumental in raising public awareness about climate change and its impact on the Arctic and its peoples.