Sauder professor emeritus Mark Thompson to receive honorary doctorate from Laval University


Mark Thompson, professor emeritus at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, will receive an honorary doctorate of social sciences on June 6 from Laval University in Quebec City. Professor Thompson is being recognized "for his outstanding contribution to the development of the field of industrial relations and the practice of this discipline in Canada and North America."

During his career, he has published numerous articles on the subject for leading academic journals. Thompson's work has not only helped advance scientific knowledge, but also has done much for the advancement of justice in the workplace, and improving workplace conditions for Canadians.

And in 2002, he was awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize, which rewards excellence in teaching at the university. He has also written various articles and op-eds for the mainstream press, including the Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun.

In recent years, he has strongly promoted the universal adoption of 'Core Labour Standards,' an international movement to improve the conditions of workers around the globe. And a study he co-authored last summer proposed comprehensive policy changes to ensure that farm workers in British Columbia ­ most of them immigrants and temporary migrants ­ are no longer subjected to poor and dangerous working conditions. More recently, he has made the case for a higher minimum wage in the province.

Before his career in academia, Thompson served as an officer in the U.S. Army, and worked for two years at the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Thompson earned his doctorate in industrial relations from Cornell University