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Honorees at Waterloo's convocation

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The University will award 10 honorary doctorates at the June 2018 convocation. The three honorary doctorates for the Faculty of Mathematics include:

David I. McKay and Anand Pillay — Friday, June 15, 2018 at 10 a.m.

David I. McKay will receive an honorary Doctor of Mathematics degree and address convocation. McKay, a Waterloo alumnus, is president and CEO of RBC, Canada’s largest bank. He helped transform the bank’s retail division and introduce new technology that has enabled RBC to adapt and evolve to rapidly changing consumer demands. He champions Canada’s innovation ecosystem and is leading RBC’s support for and partnerships with universities, startups and accelerators.

Anand Pillay will receive an honorary Doctor of Mathematics degree. His research is in model theory, a branch of mathematical logic, to which he has made profound and lasting contributions. He has been the William J. Hank Family Chair in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame since 2013.

Robert Tibshirani — Friday, June 15, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Robert Tibshirani, a Waterloo alumnus and among the top statisticians today, will receive an honorary Doctor of Mathematics and address convocation. His work has shaped the future directions of theoretical and applied statistics. He is a full professor at Stanford University, where he holds appointments in the Department of Biomedical Data Sciences and Statistics.

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