Western taps trio for honorary degrees

By Communications Staff
January 23, 2014

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An award-winning cancer researcher, a major player in the fashion industry and a global financial management leader will receive honorary degrees from Western at the 2014 convocations for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western’s Hong Kong campus and the Ivey Business School, respectively.

The ceremonies and honorees are scheduled for the following days:

Jacob Van Dyk
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, MD Convocation
Friday, May 16
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D.Sc.)

During his award-winning teaching career at Western, Jacob Van Dyk also served as head of physics and engineering at London Health Science Centre’s Regional Cancer Program. Van Dyk is professor emeritus at Western and, most recently, worked as a consultant at the International Atomic Energy Agency for which he continues to perform various international teaching assignments. His research focuses on the implementation of radiation technology in the clinical practice of cancer treatment. Van Dyk has played a leadership role in academic and professional organizations including the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine, Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists, American Association of Physicists in Medicine and International Atomic Energy Agency.

Cecilia Yau
Western Hong Kong Convocation
Sunday, May 25
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

An accomplished Western alumna, Cecilia Yau, BA’72, is the director of Macia Company Ltd., a Hong Kong-based manufacturer and exporter of leather, silk and satin products. Featuring house brand names Miss Macia and Marissa, Macia has constantly adapted its designs and products since its inception while developing essential materials for the high fashion industry. Yau is a dedicated volunteer at the Hong Kong Children’s Cancer Foundation and serves as a member of Western’s Hong Kong Advisory Board and the Hong Kong Foundation Board. She was also instrumental in helping to establish the Hong Kong Alumni Awards of Merit.

Dominic Barton
Ivey Business School, MBA Convocation
Friday, June 6
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Company, is a leader able to engage and collaborate across business, government and the non-profit sectors. Steering one of the world's top management consulting firms, his primary business focuses include financial sector development and reform and long-term capitalism. During the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s, Barton emerged as the leading banking adviser in Korea and designed the country’s current banking system. His role as a global thought leader is evident by his participation in the World Economic Forum, the Asia Business Council, Aspen Strategy Group and Brookings Institution, among others.


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