Honorary degree recipient

Gregory Hemmings, Doctor of Letters

Greg Hemmings

Gregory (Greg) Hemmings will receive an honorary doctorate of letters on the Saint John campus on Friday, May 19. A creative entrepreneur and filmmaker, Hemmings is passionate about accelerating positive change in the world through film storytelling and triple bottom line business.

In 2006, Greg Hemmings founded Hemmings House Pictures, an internationally recognized and award-winning commercial film production company that helps companies and brands authentically connect with their stakeholders. He has filmed projects in the remote jungles of the Amazon, the frigid landscapes of the Arctic, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, the deserts of the Middle East, Africa and beyond. The television and film division of the company, Hemmings Films, has produced documentaries, television series and films for the international broadcast markets.

Hemmings House Pictures is a certified B Corporation; a business which is meeting high social and environmental standards. It annually donates one per cent of its top-line revenue to environmental non-profits, and is a founding member of the United Way Saint John’s Million Dollar Pledge; a group of entrepreneurs who contribute more than $100,000 per year to help fight poverty in the greater Saint John region.

Hemmings is an impact investor, advisor and mentor to other startup entrepreneurs. He is a co-founder of both Victory Advanced Technologies, a company focused on building the world's most sustainable electric motor for mobility industries, and Clean Voyages, a sustainable cargo shipping company which uses the power of the wind to ship cargo in the South Pacific.

Greg Hemmings is a member of the Order of Wallace McCain Institute and a graduate of the Wallace McCain Institute’s Entrepreneur Leadership Program. His training continued with the National Screen Institute for its Global Television Marketing Program and the North American Media Executive Leadership Program. He is an honours graduate of the Television and Film Production program at Niagara College, and in 2015 was a finalist for the Ontario Colleges Premier Award for Media & Entertainment.

In addition, Hemmings won multiple regional and international awards such as the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Vision Film Award and in 2022, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Awards.