Former PM, Nobel alumnus, film-maker to receive honorary degrees

Alumni achievers renowned in fields from politics to medicine make up seven of this year's 14 recipients

Former prime minister Kim Campbell, Nobel Prize winner Robert Mundell--both UBC alumni--and filmmaker Atom Egoyan are among the 14 individuals who will receive honorary degrees from the university this year.

Recipients are recognized for their distinguished career achievements and for their contributions to UBC and to Canada.

Honorary degrees will be awarded during Spring Congregation May 24-31 and at Fall Congregation Nov. 23-24.

Kim Campbell is a graduate of UBC's Faculty of Law and lectured in the Dept. of Political Science before becoming a member of B.C.'s Legislative Assembly in 1986 and a member of Parliament in 1988. She held a variety of cabinet positions, including minister of Justice and attorney general of Canada.

In 1993 she served as Canada's first woman prime minister. Campbell is currently the Canadian consul general in Los Angeles.

Robert A. Mundell, who graduated from UBC's Faculty of Arts in 1953, was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in the comparative economics of fixed and flexible exchange rates. He also proposed an early version of a European common currency now known as the Euro.

Atom Egoyan has earned international recognition including the International Critics' Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for both Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter, which also earned eight Genie awards and an Oscar nomination. His latest film, Felicia's Journey, recently won four Genie awards.

Egoyan works in a variety of media and recently directed the opera Salome for Vancouver Opera.