From May 30 to June 3, more than 6,000 students at the University of Calgary will mark the end of one journey and the beginning of another. This year's honorary degree recipients will address the Class of 2022 during ceremonies taking place throughout the week.
The honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, is the University of Calgary’s highest academic honour, conferred on individuals whose notable achievements and community service merit recognition.
Honorary Degree Recipients - Spring 2022
Chantal St-Cyr Hébert, Hon. LLD’22
Journalist, author and political commentator
Journalist, author and political commentator Chantal St-Cyr Hébert is one of the most renowned and respected figures in Canadian media. Her informed and thoughtful analysis of current events and issues captures the attention of people across the county as they consider the implications of the events of the day.
After graduating from Glendon College at York University, Hébert launched her career in the newsroom of Radio-Canada in Toronto. She went on to cover provincial and then federal politics with her work appearing in print, on television and on the radio for nearly every major news outlet in the country.
She is now a contributing columnist for the Toronto Star and L’actualité and is a frequent guest on CBC’s The National. She has served as bureau chief on Parliament Hill for Le Devoir and La Presse and is the author of two books on significant events in Canadian politics.
She was awarded the Charles Lynch Award for reporting with the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery, has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto, and is the recipient of honorary degrees from 11 Canadian universities.
Hébert’s dedication to providing Canadians with balanced, timely reporting — and her ability to do so fluently in both official languages — has elevated the level of discourse in Canada and left an indelible mark in the history of media and politics in this country.
Eva Friesen, MBA'00, Hon. LLD’22
Non-profit leader and community advocate
As president and CEO of Calgary Foundation, Eva Friesen, MBA’00, has harnessed the power of philanthropy to connect communities, champion causes and build our city. Since 2005, her team has grown the Foundation’s endowment to more than $1 billion.
In 2015 — for the Foundation’s 60th anniversary — Friesen oversaw a strategic review that established the organization’s priorities, focusing it on promoting creativity and sustainability; empowering Calgary’s vulnerable populations; strengthening the city’s relationship with Indigenous populations; and prioritizing mental health for Calgarians.
A trailblazer, Friesen served as the first female president of Rotary Club Downtown Calgary in 2013. She has also served on the boards of directors for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Calgary Police Commission. Prior to joining Calgary Foundation, she was the CEO of the Calgary Health Trust and spent more than 20 years with the YWCA as CEO in Calgary, Yellowknife and Winnipeg.
She is an alumna of the Haskayne School of Business and received the school’s MAX Award in 2011. In 2017, she was awarded with an honorary Business Administration Diploma from Bow Valley College.
Throughout her career, Friesen’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, reconciliation and community-building has established her as a model leader and advocate, and a vital member of the Calgary community.
Order of the University of Calgary Recipients - Spring 2022
Lana Wells, BSW’96, MSW’97
Educator, advocate and agent of change
Lana Wells, BSW’96, MSW’97, is an internationally recognized expert on domestic violence prevention, whose ability to work across disciplines, translate knowledge into action and advocate for change has made her an invaluable contributor to our community.
As an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work and the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Wells founded and leads a primary prevention research hub called Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence. She supervises graduate students in the Faculty of Social Work and The School of Public Policy, where she is also a research fellow.
Wells earned the Alberta Inspiration Award in Leadership in Family Violence, was recognized as a PEAK scholar from UCalgary, received the John Hutton Memorial Award for Social Action/Policy from the Alberta College of Social Workers, and was honoured by YW Calgary’s She Who Dares 150 Women Project.
In 2017, she received the UCalgary Teaching Award for Curriculum Development for the co-creation of the Advancing Healthy and Socially Just Schools and Communities graduate certificate program.
Wells has advised, consulted for or partnered with all orders of government in Canada and hundreds of not-for profit organizations on advancing primary prevention efforts to stop violence before it starts. She has also been engaged by the UN and contributed to a resolution for the Human Rights Council on engaging men and boys in preventing and addressing violence against women.
Dr. Vernon Jones
Visionary leader, community builder and industry expert
During more than four decades at the University of Calgary, Dr. Vernon Jones, PhD, has made significant contributions to our community as a professor, community collaborator, involved leader and industry expert. Through his advocacy and guidance, he has helped grow the Haskayne School of Business (HSB) and UCalgary’s reputation internationally.
Dr. Jones has contributed to many key events throughout the history of the HSB, including the expansion of the BComm program by more than 50% in 1990, along with the completion of the fourth floor of Scurfield Hall; the founding of the Executive MBA program in 1995; and establishing the Jarislowsky Fellowship program recognizing outstanding community leaders in Calgary.
He has held nearly every administrative position within the HSB, including Area Chair, Assistant Dean (Undergraduate), Associate Dean (External), Associate Dean (Graduate Programs), Associate Dean (Academic), Senior Associate Dean, Vice-Dean, Interim Dean, Director of the Executive MBA program, and Director of the Centre for International Management.
In addition, Dr. Jones has worked on many UCalgary committees and advisory councils, including the General Faculties Council, Faculty of Graduate Studies Council and the University Senate. He has served as an expert reviewer on business programs for several universities and provincial authorities, including Campus Alberta. Dr. Jones has also written early histories of the Haskayne School of Business and the Banff School of Advanced Management. He was previously a Canada Council Doctoral Fellow.