November 16, 2011



Anne Golden, T. Robert Beamish to receive honorary doctorates at Fall Convocations


Hamilton, Ont. November 16, 2011Anne Golden, president and CEO of the Conference Board of Canada, is to receive an honorary doctorate during McMaster University’s Fall Convocation ceremony Friday morning.



That afternoon, business executive and philanthropist T. Robert (Bob) Beamish is also to receive a Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree.


Educator and physician Gordon Guyatt is to receive the Distinguished University Professor Award at the same ceremony.



The Conference Board is a non-profit, applied research organization that creates and shares insights on economic trends, public policy and organizational performance.


Golden has led the Conference Board since 2001.


Since 2003, McMaster’s Directors College, a joint venture between the Conference Board and the DeGroote School of Business, has aimed to bring a Canadian-based approach to corporate governance, raising the bar for professional standards in the field.


Golden is to address graduands from the faculties of Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts & Science program on the subject of the growing lack of confidence and trust in leaders and institutions and how individuals can respond.



Beamish is to receive a Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree at the convocation ceremony for the faculties of Engineering, Science and Health Science.


Beamish is co-founder and chairman of the Woodbridge Group, an international business based in Canada that produces and supplies products to the automotive industry.


Beamish and his family are the founders of the WB Family Foundation, which supports medical research, mental health programming, health care and education. One of the foundation’s partners is McMaster’s Centre for Spinal Cord Research & Rehabilitation.


Guyatt, a professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is a leader in developing and fostering evidence-based approaches to clinical practice. He coined the phrase “evidence-based medicine” in 1990.


The morning and afternoon Convocations are to take place in the Great Hall at Hamilton Place. The morning ceremony starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. while the afternoon ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m.



McMaster University, one of four Canadian universities listed among the Top 100 universities in the world, is renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery. It has a student population of 23,000, and more than 150,000 alumni in 128 countries.




For more information, please contact:


Wade Hemsworth

Public Relations Manager                                                           

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 27988


Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager

McMaster University

905-525-9140 ext. 22869