Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.


Honorary Degree recipient, Catriona Le May Doan, 2003 (University Secretary scans)
Name: Catriona Le May Doan
Convocation date: October 25, 2003
Discipline / contribution: athletics ; community service
Citation / biographical information:
Catriona Le May Doan was born and educated in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She started what has become an impressive career in speed skating at the early age of nine. Ms. Le May Doan became a hero for many Canadians in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games where she was awarded a gold medal in the 500 meter speed skating sprint event. Ms. Le May Doan became the first Canadian individual to win back-to-back gold medals in the same sport as she had previously won the gold medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. In 1998, she also captured the bronze medal in the 1000 meter race. Other accomplishments:
• Carried the Canadian flag at the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
• Currently the 500 meter World Record holder (set a time of 37.22 in Calgary in November 2001).
• Established 10 world records from 1997-2001.
• Inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in May2001.
• Carried the Maple Leaf for Canada at the closing ceremonies in Nagano, Japan at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games.
• Named Female Athlete of the Year in 1998, 2001 and 2002.
• Received the 2002 Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year.
• Publication of her life story Catriona Le May Doan Going for Gold published by McCIeIland & Stewart in 2003.
Ms. Le May Doan will be remembered for her victory lap at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City where she proudly carried both a Canadian flag and the flag of Saskatchewan. Ms. Le May Joan is a world-class athlete and an inspiring person. She works hard to be the best she can in sport and in life, and she excels. She is a dedicated, patriotic and deeply loyal individual who possesses an unassuming dignity. She has been an inspiration for many, is a popular motivational speaker, and has lent her celebrity status, personal charm and commitment to support several volunteer and charitable activities. Clearly, she has earned her place as a role model for the youth of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Canada. Ms. Le May Doan is completely bilingual. She and her husband, Bart Doan, now live in Calgary, but Ms. Le May Doan keeps in touch with her Saskatchewan roots.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Jim McClements, Professor of Kinesiology

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