UBC’s Sauder School of Business announces Four Honorary Fellows at Annual Gala
VANCOUVER, BC, December 6, 2005 – Four prominent business leaders who personify the highest standards of business leadership in their respective industries have been announced as the 2005 recipients of Honorary Fellows from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The individuals were recognized formally at the 2nd Annual Sauder School of Business Gala held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver on December 6, 2005.
They are: Sir John Bond, Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc.; Peter R.B. Armstrong, Owner and Operator of Rocky Mountaineer; Donald Mattrick, former President of Electronic Arts Inc.; and V. Paul Lee, President of Electronic Arts Inc. Lee obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1987.
“The individuals who receive this award are recognized, not just because they are successful in business, but also because they are innovators, whose ideas and new approaches to business have helped shape management and business practices,” said Daniel Muzyka, Dean of the Sauder School of Business. “Each started with a solid foundation of business knowledge and an inquisitive mind and went on to challenge existing assumptions,” Muzyka added.
“We [award] Honorary Fellows annually to business leaders who have transformed their businesses and embody the spirit of the Sauder School of Business,” said Tony Gage, Chair of the Honorary Fellows Nominations Committee and Chairman of Phillips Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. “In particular, these awards give us an opportunity to recognize some of the more than 24,000 Sauder alumni who are making their mark in leading organizations around the world,” said Gage.
About the 2005 Honorary Fellows:
Sir John Bond joined the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in 1961. He became an Executive Director of the company in 1988 and, in 1990, moved to Hong Kong to assume responsibility for the whole Group’s commercial banking operations. He returned to the USA in 1991 as President and Chief Executive Officer of USBC USA Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings. Sir John became Group Chief Executive of HSBC Holdings on 1 January 1993 and became Group Chairman on 29 May 1998. He was Chairman of the Institute of International Finance, Washington DC from 1998 to 2003, and was on the Court of the Bank of England from 2001 to 2004. The knighthood was conferred upon Sir John during the Queen’s Birthday Honors in 1999 for his services to banking.
Peter Armstrong’s entrepreneurial spirit became evident when, as a 21-year-old doorman at the Hotel Vancouver, he began Spotlight Tours. This led to the position of Partner and President of Gray Line of Vancouver. In 1989, Peter sold his shares in Gray Line and assembled a team to bid on the fledgling Rocky Mountaineer service that was being operated by Via Rail, a subsidized federal crown corporation. The group was successful and awarded the rights to the service in 1990, after the federal government decided to privatize the operation. Rocky Mountaineer Vacations has grown, over a 15-year period, from a small entrepreneurial dream to a successful company with over 400 employees and sales representation in 18 countries.
Donald started his career as a Vancouver teenager with an idea – an idea he developed into a worldwide entertainment powerhouse. At the age of 18, he founded Distinctive Software, a leading interactive software developer that was acquired by Electronic Arts in 1991. Donald served as President of Electronic Arts until September 2005. Donald has been awarded numerous business achievement awards, including Ernst & Young’s Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998. In 2003, Donald was named in Fortune Magazine’s Annual 40 under 40 list for his contributions in growing EA.
V. Paul Lee
A graduate of the Sauder School of Business at UBC, Paul was a principal of Distinctive Software prior to its merger with Electronic Arts in 1991. Paul has served in several executive roles at Electronic Arts including his latest role as President. Paul also served as Chair of the BC Technology Industries Association from 1998 to 2001 and was awarded the BC Technology Industries Association Person of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership in the technology industry in 2002.
About the Sauder School of Business at UBC
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