North Vancouver B.C., May 18, 2016 – Mario Hardy, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, PATA, is to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Capilano University at convocation on June 6, 2016.
Hardy began his career signalling airplanes in Montreal more than three decades ago. He’s since travelled to six continents and lived and studied in seven countries. Through the not-for-profit PATA, which provides leadership to 96 governments and agencies and several hundred tourism organizations across Asia Pacific and beyond, Hardy helps nations and businesses develop tourism in responsible, sustainable ways. Hardy was a key supporter of Capilano University’s award-winning Vietnam Community Based Tourism project which, among other accomplishments, has involved more than 100 students and faculty, trained more than 60 local Vietnamese tour guides and helped hill tribe women establish 40 homestay businesses. Hardy has also advocated for and participated in the development of a school for underprivileged children in Cambodia, along with socially responsible tourism initiatives throughout Asia.
“I feel greatly privileged that Capilano University is recognizing my commitment to the world of tourism and I know that there is still much that I wish to accomplish,” says Hardy.
Hardy is also an entrepreneur and an angel investor in small business startups around the globe with a focus on disruptive technologies. He chooses projects that exercise principled approaches toward product development and business sector transformation.
At the University’s convocation ceremony on June 6, Hardy will receive a doctor of letters. He is one of two recipients to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Capilano University this year. Jeri Krogseth, an accomplished educational leader, will also receive an honorary doctorate degree.
Capilano University is proud to recognize Mario Hardy as a 2016 honorary degree recipient who embodies our values of community and global consciousness and responsibility.
About Capilano University’s honorary doctorate degree
The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition granted by Capilano University. The degree is given to persons distinguished by their significant regional, provincial, national or international contributions and accomplishments, which align with the University’s mission and values.
About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea to Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,000 students each year, 7,000 in for-credit programs and 4,000 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation. The University’s North Vancouver campus is located on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations of the Coast Salish people.
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