Two Mitacs leaders awarded honourary doctorate degrees

Vancouver, BC — Two distinguished leaders from Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, were awarded honourary doctorates at the Universities of Victoria and Ottawa this week for their significant contributions to Canadian mathematics research and the public good.

Mitacs co-founder and Board of Directors member, Nassif Ghoussoub, was the recipient of a Honourary Doctor of Sciences from the University of Victoria during the spring convocation ceremonies. A leading mathematics researcher, Ghoussoub is the founder of the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS). He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Mitacs leader and respected mathematician Jean-Marie De Koninck received the Doctor of the University distinction from the University of Ottawa in recognition of his contributions to research and the public good. A distinguished researcher, De Koninck has been a professor of mathematics at Université Laval for over 30 years. As Mitacs’ Director of Outreach until 2012, he oversaw various organizational initiatives to inspire youth to take an interest in mathematics. Today, he serves as Mitacs’ Special Advisor to the CEO, helping to inform policy and strategic decisions for the national organization. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mitacs offers its sincerest congratulations to Nassif Ghoussoub and Jean-Marie De Koninck for their contributions to innovation and research in Canada.

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization led by Canadian universities that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 15 years.
  • Mitacs runs programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows: Accelerate, Elevate, Step, Converge, and Globalink.
  • Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, we build partnerships that support innovation in Canada.