University of Calgary

Bill J. Warren to receive honorary degree

Submitted by darmstro on Tue, 2011-05-10 14:12.

Former chair of Calgary Olympic Development Association to receive honorary degree

May 10, 2011

The University of Calgary will pay tribute to its tenth chancellor with the conferring of an honorary degree during the May 12th convocation for the faculties of law, medicine and graduate studies.

Chancellor Emeritus William (Bill) J. Warren, C.M., Q.C. was selected as a recipient because of his leadership as a past chancellor of the university and in recognition of his role as a champion for Canadian sport.

"I am pleased to have been chosen to deliver the convocation address to the graduates in law, medicine and graduate studies,” says Warren. “The honorary degree is the icing on the cake."

Warren was admitted to the Bar in the province of Alberta in 1963, formed his own law firm in 1969 and was an advisor to law articling students for many years. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984. He served as chancellor of the University of Calgary from 2002 until 2006.

Warren was a key member of the bid for Calgary’s 1988 Winter Olympic Games. In 1986, he chaired the Calgary Olympic Development Association, (now WinSport) and continued to hold the position during the games. He served as director, treasurer and president of the Canadian Olympic Association and received the Canadian Olympic Order in 2002.

Under Warren’s leadership, the Chancellor’s Challenge Golf Tournament was created to raise significant bursary and scholarship funds. The tournament has since raised more than $500,000.

Most recently, he played a pivotal role in securing a revised trust agreement to repair and fund the Olympic Oval—a legacy that will benefit our university, the Calgary community and Canadian sport.

More than 200 students will graduate from the faculties of law, medicine, and graduate studies. These graduates will join an alumni family of more than 140,000 people in 148 countries around the world.

The convocation ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday May 12th, 2011 at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium in the Kinesiology Complex.