Honorary Degrees

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Name: Don Seaman
Convocation date: June 7, 2019
Discipline / contribution: Engineering ; Business; Athletics
Citation / biographical information:
Don Seaman was born in Rouleau, Sask., in 1925, to parents who encouraged their four children to take advantage of educational opportunities. Like his two brothers, Doc and B.J., he pursued a degree in mechanical engineering at USask, graduating in 1947.

Seaman began his career with Canadian Industries Limited (CIL) in Shawinigan, Que., but soon joined his brothers in business associated with the infant oil industry in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The company he participated in with his brothers—the Seaman Engineering and Drilling Company—became Bow Valley Industries, a major energy company that eventually had 15 subsidiaries and was an important international player in the oil industry. Seaman retired from Bow Valley in 1988 at which time he formed his own company, D.R.S. Resource Investments, through which he has pursued interests in the nurturing of oil and gas service companies and in land development.

Inspired by his involvement in sports in small-town Saskatchewan, Seaman collaborated with the Town of Okotoks, Alta., to help build a state-of-the-art baseball stadium, named Seaman Stadium. This program provides young athletes opportunities to further their ability in the sport at an elite level and in higher education through scholarships. Seaman and his brothers have also been strong supporters of the communications program for students in the College of Engineering at USask.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws

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