Fall Convocation To be Celebrated this Saturday

Cape Breton University (CBU) will celebrate the achievements of close to 275 graduates during its Fall Convocation ceremony set for Saturday, October 26 at 2 p.m. at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre. In addition to the degrees, diplomas and certificates being conferred, honorary degrees are being bestowed on two highly deserving individuals. Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Howard Wetston, Chair and CEO, Ontario Securities Commission will each receive the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

“This year’s fall graduating class has representation from 16 countries, which shows the growing cultural diversity on campus and the global experience we provide to all CBU students.  I expect great things for this group of CBU graduates. They are starting on a new and exciting path that will lead to success in all that they do. I am especially pleased that we are honouring National Chief, Shawn Atleo and respected business leader and regulator Howard Wetston. Both exemplify personal characteristics that are central to CBU values. We have a history of excellence in Aboriginal post-secondary education and we are committed to continued growth and success of these programs.  As well, our commitment to entrepreneurship and responsible business will continue to be a core part of who we are. Saturday will be a memorable day for all involved,” says CBU President, Dr. David Wheeler.

The valedictorian for the 2013 fall convocation ceremony is Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development graduate, Brittany Erickson. Erickson has had a remarkable CBU experience and hopes to share the message of preparedness and opportunity with her fellow graduates. “One of CBU’s most defining features is a student focused education, and I had just that,” she says. “The education that students have received at CBU is second to none, and the skills that we built along the way are invaluable – we have been equipped to tackle the world. We should be very proud, and take the time to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment, and know we can always call CBU home.”

Honorary degree recipient, National Chief Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation.  He was first elected in 2009 as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Advancing a vision of supporting and enabling the success of every First Nation on the basis of its rights and responsibilities, National Chief Atleo and the AFN National Executive have taken forward a bold plan of action and engagement with all sectors of Canadian society.

A native Cape Bretoner, Wetston has been the Chair & CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) since 2010.  He was the Chair & CEO of the Ontario Energy Board from 2003 to 2010, and he was a Vice-Chair of the OSC from 1999 to 2004. Wetston spent the first 12 years of his career as a lawyer achieving the positions of General Counsel at the Canadian Transport Commission and Assistant General Counsel at the National Energy Board.  Wetston was also General Counsel and Program Director at the Consumers’ Association of Canada.

A live feed of the ceremony will be broadcast and can be viewed at www.cbu.ca/convocation  starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Family and friends are encouraged to send congratulatory messages to graduates via Twitter using #CBUGrad13.