Two exceptional leaders to receive honorary degrees at LA&PS Fall Convocation ceremonies


Two of the five outstanding individuals who will receive honorary degrees from York University during Fall Convocation 2018 will speak to students during the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA&PS) ceremonies. All the honorary doctorate recipients have devoted their lives and careers to the service of community, education, public service and business.

“Each of these individuals has proven themselves a remarkable leader, not only because of the ingenuity they have demonstrated in their chosen professional fields, but also because of their dedication to the communities they serve,” said York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton. “We look forward to celebrating their excellence, and we know they will inspire York’s newest graduates as they embrace their own roles as the leaders of tomorrow.”

York University’s Fall Convocation ceremonies will be held from Oct. 10 to 13. A full schedule can be found here.

Below are the recipients in order of ceremony at which they will be honoured:

Dame Moya Greene
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies 1
Thursday, Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.

Dame Moya Greene

Dame Moya Greene is one of Canada’s most influential and accomplished exports to the U.K. She has dedicated most of her life to public service and managing complex public and private organizations, mastering the daunting challenges that come with evolving business models.

She was appointed president and chief executive officer of Canada Post on May 12, 2005. In 2010, Greene was appointed chief executive officer of the U.K.’s Royal Mail. Greene was the first non-Briton and first woman to hold the post.

Greene has been the recipient of many personal awards in both Canada and the U.K. In 2003, she was named among the 100 most influential women in Canada by the National Post; in 2004, she was named one of the top 40 female corporate executives in Canada by Ivey Business School. In February 2013, BBC Radio 4 called her the 12th most powerful woman in Britain. Also in 2013, she received the Sunday Times Business Person of the Year Award. The following year saw Greene voted Business Person of the Year by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was ranked as one of the most powerful female CEOs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the Fortune 500. In 2018, Greene was named Business Leader of the Year by the Evening Standard. In June 2018, Greene was honoured by the Queen, who bestowed on her a damehood for services to the United Kingdom.

Anna Maria Tremonti
School of the Arts, Media Performance and Design and Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies 2

Thursday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m.

Journalist Anna Maria Tremonti

Journalist Anna Maria Tremonti is a familiar and engaging voice behind Canada’s most listened-to radio program, best known as a fearless interviewer who engages and informs on CBC’s Radio One show “The Current.”

Tremonti is dedicated to revealing the stories behind the headlines. Among her countless interviews have been those with Maher Arar, the Syrian-born Canadian whose detention as a political prisoner in Syria resulted in a public inquiry into Canada’s role in his deportation, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai for which she was awarded a 2014 Gracie Award for Best Interview Program.

Tremonti has received two Gemini Awards, an Outstanding Achievement Award from Women in Film and Television Toronto, and a Radio and Television News Directors Award.

Tremonti was CBC’s foreign correspondent in Berlin, London, Jerusalem and Washington. She has covered pivotal historical events and conflicts, from the breakup of the Soviet Union to wars in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and the efforts to impeach President Bill Clinton.

Ceremonies on Wednesday and Thursday will take place at the Aviva Centre, 1 Shoreham Dr., Keele Campus.

For information on all five honorary degree recipients across all York University Faculties during Fall Convocation 2018, visit YFile.