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MEDIA ADVISORY

Ryerson University to honour Patricia and Dennis Edney, Siamak Hariri and Nick Saul with honorary degrees, June 7 – 9

As part of this year’s spring convocation ceremonies, Ryerson University will recognize the distinguished careers of Patricia and Dennis Edney, Siamak Hariri and Nick Saul with honorary doctorate degrees.  

Patricia and Dennis Edney - Patricia and Dennis Edney sought justice for Omar Khadr, who was detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for over a decade. Troubled by Khadr’s treatment within the legal system, Dennis began providing Omar with pro bono representation in 2004, which would eventually include three appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada and one before the Supreme Court of the United States. Patricia, a manager with Alberta Health Services, was equally as determined as Dennis to help Khadr find justice, and was instrumental in helping him receive bail by opening the Edney family home to him. A year later, the Edney family continues to play a key role in Khadr’s life. The Edneys will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Faculty of Arts ceremony on Tuesday, June 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Siamak Hariri - A founding partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects, Hariri’s designs have won more than 50 awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for his design of the Schulich School of Business at York University. In addition, Hariri Pontarini Architects received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architectural Firm Award in 2013. One of Hariri’s earliest projects, the Canadian headquarters of McKinsey & Company, is the youngest building to receive a City of Toronto heritage landmark designation. Hariri will receive an honorary Doctor of Architecture degree at the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science ceremony on Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Nick Saul - Born in Tanzania and raised in Canada, Saul is the co-founder, president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization that builds food-focused community centres in low-income neighbourhoods. Community Food Centres Canada offers numerous programs and services, all of which are based on the idea that good food is a powerful force for greater health, equity and social change. A long-time community organizer, Saul has received the prestigious Jane Jacobs Prize and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Saul will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Faculty of Community Services ceremony on Thursday, June 9 at 2:30 pm.

All ceremonies will take place at the Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ontario.

Seats are reserved for media. Media wishing to attend should contact Zandra Alexander, below.    

WHAT: Honorary degree presentations and Convocation 
WHEN: Patricia and Dennis Edney - Tuesday, June 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Siamak Hariri - Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Nick Saul - Thursday, June 9 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard St. E. Toronto  

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Zandra Alexander
Public Affairs, Ryerson University
Office: 416-979-5000 x 4282
zandra.alexander@ryerson.ca
@RyersonU

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