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Four prominent business leaders to receive honorary degrees

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019

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Convocation is a special time during the academic year, where graduands and their guests will often have the privilege of being addressed by a notable business leader who the University of Guelph is conferring with an honorary doctorate in recognition of their achievements.

During the 2019 summer convocation ceremonies this week, U of G is excited to be conferring four incredible business leaders with an honorary doctorate. These prominent business leaders will be addressing ceremonies for the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, College of Arts, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences and the Ontario Agricultural College. All four recipients were nominated by members of the Lang School.


Katherine Bardswick

Katherine Anne Bardswick

Former President and CEO, The Co-Operators Group Ltd.

Katherine served as President and CEO of The Co-operators and is consistently recognized for her collaborative leadership style. She helped earn the Co-operators a spot in the top 100 Canadian Corporations, emphasizing community engagement and ethical, sustainable business practices. In 2014 she was named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence by the Women of Influence organization.


Ken Forth

Ken Forth

President, Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Service (FARMS)

Ken has held numerous leadership positions and has dedicated time and energy across his career to facilitate the growth and prosperity of Canadian agriculture and agri-food. He is a well-recognized leader within the industry, providing advice and guidance to budding business leaders, industry stakeholders and government officials.



Anthony Griffiths

Corporate Director and Consultant

Anthony is a remarkably successful Canadian business leader, noteworthy for his success in rescuing businesses facing difficult circumstances, often as a result of poor leadership or corporate practices. Anthony's work demonstrates personal integrity and he is involved in a number of educational and charitable initiatives that contribute to student learning and improving life for children and those less fortunate.


Linda Hasenfratz

Linda Hasenfratz

President, Chairman and CEO of Linamar

Linda is the CEO of Linamar Corporation, a diversified global manufacturing company of highly engineered products.  A dynamic community leader and role model for women in STEM and business, Linda was awarded the Fraser Institute Founders Award and was named to Fortunes 50 Most Powerful Women International list.


In addition to our honorary doctorates, 560 Bachelor of Commerce students are expected to cross the stage, along with graduate students from across the Lang graduate and executive programs. At the ceremony, Lang graduates will also hear from the business school’s recent donor, Stu Lang. It is the first official convocation for the newly named Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.

The Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics ceremonies will take place at the Gryphons Athletic Centre on Tuesday, June 11. More than 3,000 University of Guelph students will be graduating throughout the week. More details about the convocation ceremonies can be found on the University of Guelph’s website.

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