June 7, 2019

Class of 2019: Community leaders honoured during convocation ceremonies

Diane and Doug Hunter recognized with honorary degree

At convocation, the University of Calgary recognizes a number of exemplary individuals with honorary degrees and Orders of the University of Calgary (OTUC). The honorary degree, the Doctor of Laws, is the University of Calgary’s highest academic honour, bestowed on individuals whose notable achievements and community service merit recognition. The OTUC is a highly prestigious recognition honouring University of Calgary community members who have contributed in an impactful manner to the university over a period of time.

Diane and Doug Hunter will have the honorary degree conferred upon them at the June convocation ceremony for the Haskayne School of Business and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

UCalgary’s most vocal advocates for entrepreneurial thinking

After earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of Calgary and an Alberta Teaching Certificate from the University of Alberta, alumna Diane Hunter, BA'69, MA'71, taught with the Edmonton Public School Board, worked as a counsellor at Mount Royal College and, between 1983 and 1989, served as a member of Calgary City council.

Diane has volunteered with countless organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association and UCalgary’s Board of Governors and Senate. She served as vice-chairman of the Calgary Police Commission and, since 1990, as president and executive director of the Hunter Family Foundation.

Doug has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science from the California Institute of Technology. He has more than 30 years of experience in oil and gas, particularly with the upstream end of the petroleum industry. He started Bluesky Oil and Gas and Petromark Minerals Ltd. and continues to work as an independent investor, focusing on the junior end of oil and gas, startups and entrepreneurs.

In 1984, Doug started the Hunter Family Foundation as a gift to his wife, Diane, to recognize her commitment to the voluntary sector in Calgary. Since then, they have donated more than $55 million to charitable organizations in the region.

Doug and Diane are active volunteers in the community and at the university. They have helped UCalgary become a leader in entrepreneurial thinking by supporting scholarships, capital projects, medical research programs and, most recently, building upon the success of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the creation of the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking.

Nominations for honorary degree and Order of the University of Calgary recipients are open year-round. Nominations forms and other important information are available on the Senate website