Carleton University today conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws on Adrian Burns in recognition of her brilliant career in broadcasting, the arts, business and volunteer service ranging from chair of the National Arts Centre Board to honorary captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Burns was honoured at Carleton’s Spring Convocation, where approximately 3,580 students are receiving their degrees over four days of ceremonies.
Since December 2014, Burns has served as the chair of the National Arts Centre Board of Trustees and has served on the board since 2002. She has also served as vice-chair and chair of the Human Resources Committee.
A businesswoman, she is the president of Western Limited, a private commercial real estate company.
“Let me finish by saying that in order for you and Canada to capitalize on our incredible bounty, especially in a world that finds itself in such difficult circumstances, young women and men like you, with your plethora of skills and ability, will have to seize the opportunities that come before you and pursue them with determination and dedication,” said Burns.
“Robert Browning the brilliant Victorian poet said it best: ‘Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?’ Please accept my very best wishes for every success as you extend your reach into the exciting new world that awaits.”
She is a director of Shaw Communications, has been a member of the Copyright Board of Canada and chair of the Western Independent Producers Fund of Global Television. She was a commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Burns was business editor at CFCN-TV in Calgary, where she held the positions of anchor, writer and producer. Burns has won three national private television awards
Burns has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, among many other distinguished awards.
“Adrian Burns has dedicated her career to business, corporate and public governance, broadcasting, the arts, and community services,” said Jerry Tomberlin, interim provost and vice-president (Academic). “All of these are very interesting aspects that really represent the ideals and the core of Carleton University.”
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