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Spring 2022 honorary degree recipients

Last month, UNB held its first in-person graduation in two years. During its ceremonies on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses, six honorary degrees were awarded.

Dr. H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell received an honorary doctorate of science degree on May 25. Over his 10-year tenure as president and vice-chancellor of UNB, Eddy made significant and lasting impacts by raising the university’s profile, quantifying its impact on New Brunswick’s economy, increasing the amount of financial support available to students, developing many collaborative centres of excellence, and appointing UNB’s first Elder-in-Residence and Piluwitahasuwin.

Dr. Kenneth Carty (BScF’66) and Dr. Elaine McEwan Carty (BN’66) each received an honorary doctorate of letters degree on May 25. Both proud alumni of UNB, they have become distinguished leaders in their respective careers. A Rhodes Scholar, Ken is an internationally renowned specialist on political parties and electoral systems, placing him at the forefront of Canadian public policy discussions. Elaine is one of Canada’s pioneers, educators, researchers, and advocates for women’s health receiving the Order of Canada in 2016.

Dr. Jaishree Deshpande, co-founder of the Deshpande Foundation, received an honorary doctorate of science degree on May 26. Jaishree and her husband established the Deshpande Foundation in 1996 to foster social entrepreneurship. The foundation focuses on uplifting rural India by developing scalable, impactful solutions that specifically address micro-entrepreneurship, agriculture, skill development, education, and start-ups supporting the local area.

Dr. William (Bill) MacMackin (BBA’87) received an honorary doctorate of letters degree on May 27. A leader in the New Brunswick business community, and co-owner of Atlantic Canada’s largest privately-held funeral service company; MacMackin has been instrumental in building the largest athletic scholarship endowments for UNB’s track and field teams, leading to the sport regaining its place in the U Sports landscape at UNB.

Dr. Wayne Squibb (BA’68) received an honorary doctorate of letters degree on May 26. Wayne is CEO of Realstar Group, an international real estate company based in Toronto, which specializes in owning and operating high-rise rental apartments and hotels in Canada and the UK. Joining UNB’s Board of Governors in 1994, he served with distinction for 25 years and has played a critical leadership role in the sustainable development of the Fredericton and Saint John campuses.

Spring 2021 honorary degree recipient

During its spring 2021 virtual graduation, UNB awarded a posthumous honorary doctorate of science degree to Dr. Laurie Murison. Laurie was an internationally renowned marine scientist and a pillar of marine life conservation in Atlantic Canada. In 2003, she was instrumental in the unprecedented decision to reroute Bay of Fundy shipping lanes to protect North Atlantic right whales.