Carleton University today conferred a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Tom Jenkins in recognition of his stellar contributions to education, enterprise and innovation in both the public and private sectors in Canada.
Jenkins was honoured during the third day of Convocation. About 4,380 students are receiving their degrees over four days of ceremonies.
“Don’t wait for the end of your career to give back. You’re going to be busy, but you can give anything: your time, your money, your network,” said Jenkins. “Don’t wait because it’s the most fulfilling and satisfying thing you can do. I hope you learn that a lot sooner than I did. Take chances, make a difference, and remember to give back. You’re a special generation so take advantage of it.”
Jenkins is chair of the board of OpenText™ Corp. of Waterloo, the largest software company in Canada, as well as chair of the National Research Council and the 10th chancellor of the University of Waterloo.
Jenkins pioneered many technologies commonly used today to manage digital information. He’s the author or co-author of 10 books on Internet publishing.
He is a member of the board of Manulife Financial Corp., Thomson Reuters Inc. and TransAlta Corp. He is also a director of the Business Council of Canada, the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and a member of the advisory council of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He is an officer of the Order of Canada.
“The task of summarizing a lifetime of achievement has been a major challenge for me, as Tom has contributed so much to enterprise, economic development, innovation and education in both the private and public sectors over the last 30 years,” Tony Bailetti, director of Carleton University’s Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program.
You can find Jenkins’ acceptance speech along with those of this year’s other honorary doctorate recipients at: http://carleton.ca/convocation/honorary-degree-videos-spring-2016/.
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