Honorary Degrees

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Name: William (Bill) G. Shurniak
Convocation date: May 20, 1998
Discipline / contribution: business and industry
Citation / biographical information:
Mr. Shurniak was born on the family farm in Limerick, Saskatchewan, where he received his elementary and high school education and where his family still farms. After high school he did not attend University but took up work as a teller at a Canadian Bank of Commerce bank, receiving successive promotions with the bank. He moved to CIBC Hong Kong nineteen years ago. Fourteen years ago he moved to Hutchinson Afhampoa in Hong Kong, which is the financial centerpiece of the Li Ka Shing financial and real estate empire. He became the Vice-President Finance, the right hand financial advisor to Mr. Li, one of the richest and most influential financiers in the world. Mr. Li developed the Expo site on the Vancouver waterfront and owns Husky Oil and real estate in Vancouver, Hong Kong and in the People’s Republic of China. Needless to say, Bill achieved a position of considerable power and influence in such a far-flung enterprise.
Bill retired on December 31, 1997. He has been appointed to Hutchinson-Whampoa’s Board, and to the Husky Oil Board as Deputy Chair. The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario has appointed him to its Advisory and Finance Committees and has made him a Resident Executive to work with M.B.A. students.
Bill has never married but supports his two Limerick nephews in numerous ways. In recent years, he has restored his parents’ original homestead, which he uses when he visits Saskatchewan once or twice a year. Bill Shurniak is an outstanding Saskatchewan success story.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: J.W. George Ivany, President

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