Honorary Degrees

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Name: Jefferson Mooney, BA
Convocation date: November 13, 2019
Discipline / contribution: business ; philanthropy
Citation / biographical information:
A renowned business leader, philanthropist and volunteer, University of Saskatchewan (USask) alumnus Jefferson (Jeff) Mooney (BA’66) has distinguished himself in the boardroom and in the community.

Mr. Mooney studied history and philosophy at USask and subsequently graduated from the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He went on to lead one of the country’s most successful restaurant chains, joining A&W Food Services of Canada Inc., 46 years ago and going on to serve 14 years as president and chief executive officer. Under his leadership, A&W developed a distinctive corporate culture and successful business model that now features more than 980 restaurants coast-to-coast.

His business acumen has been matched by his community contributions as a generous supporter and volunteer with numerous charitable and community organizations, including the Rick Hansen Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver, Boys and Girls Club, and the YWCA Futures Bursary Program. Mr. Mooney and his wife Suzanne Bolton sponsor scholarships at a number of universities across North America, with Mr. Mooney also serving six years on the Board of Directors of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Born in Regina, Mr. Mooney has earned a lengthy list of awards for his success in business as well as his volunteerism and philanthropy, including being named a member of the Order of Canada in 2019, receiving one of the country’s highest civilian honours recognizing Canadians for outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. In 2009, he was one of the first 100 individuals to be honoured with a USask College of Arts and Science Alumni of Influence award. Mr. Mooney was inducted to the Business Laureates of B.C. Hall of Fame in 2015, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws

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