Carleton University awarded honorary doctorates to two communications gurus at its 133rd Convocation on Saturday, November 8.
At 9:30 a.m., Carleton alumnus and innovative market pollster, Angus Reid received a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, (LL.D.) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the field of public opinion research.
At 2:00 p.m., Mark Starowicz, executive director of documentary programming at CBC, was awarded an honorary LL.D. in recognition of his outstanding career as a producer of influential current affairs and documentary programs in Canadian broadcast history.
More than 1,150 students graduated on Saturday. Both ceremonies were held in the Fieldhouse.
Angus Reid is chief executive officer of Angus Reid Strategies, an innovative market research firm, and chairman of its sister company Vision Critical Interactive, a software and technology company specializing in new Internet solutions for market research and polling. Five years after earning a doctorate degree in sociology from Carleton University in 1974, Mr. Reid founded Angus Reid Group, which grew into the largest research enterprise in the country with North American revenues of $60 million. In 2000, the company was sold to the Paris-based Ipsos SA. Mr. Reid published the bestseller, Shakedown: How the New Economy is Changing our Lives, in 1996 and has also written columns on economic, social and political issues for newspapers and trade journals. He works as a consultant with numerous corporations, government agencies and special interest groups, and serves on many distinguished boards, including the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, DC. He is also a member of the Distinguished Advisory Council for Carleton’s renowned Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.
Executive Director of Documentary Programming at CBC, Mark Starowicz is a writer, historian and consultant on television, journalism and mass communications. Considered one of this country’s experts in the history and evolution of broadcast communications, he speaks widely on the impact of the media revolution. Born in England to parents of Polish descent, Mr. Starowicz began his career in newspaper journalism and joined CBC Radio in 1970, where he received particular acclaim for his reworking of As It Happens and his creation of Sunday Morning, a three-hour weekend review. In 1979, he made the shift to CBC Television, where he executive produced the current affairs and documentary program The Journal. Mr. Starowicz has transformed the Canadian broadcasting industry and created some of Canada’s most influential news programs during a radio and television career that spans more than four decades. He created and produced the 32-hour documentary series, Canada: A People’s History, which aired in English and French, attracted more than 14 million viewers and won three Gemini Awards. His six-hour history of television news, The Dawn of the Eye, was hailed by critics around the world and is a staple of journalism schools in North America.
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