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IA Significant Award from the Republic of Korea
Dr. Strangway holds a number of honorary degrees and awards from prestigious universities and organizations located in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, Australia, China, Japan and Korea. His selection as recipient of the Republic of Korea’s First Order of Civil Merit in 1997 was of particular significance, in that he was the first non-Korean to receive the honor. He served as co-chair of the Canada-Korea forum.

A Host of Honorary Degrees
David received his most recent honorary degree in 2009 from the University of Victoria.
It was the tenth honorary degree bestowed upon him by a Canadian post-secondary institution, the others being: McGill University, University of Toronto, Victoria College within U of T, McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Memorial University Newfoundland, UBC, the University of Western Ontario and Lakehead University. He also has been similarly honored by Tokyo University of Agriculture and Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto.

Dr. Strangway additionally is the recipient of three Honorary Professorships-equivalent of our Honorary Doctorates-from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and from Changchun College of Geology and Guilin College of Geology, both in China. Apart from these honors, David additionally has been Chair of the Advisory Committee of North South University, Bangladesh.

The Order of Canada and Queen’s Jubilee Medals
Here at home, David was named an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) in 1996, and also was a recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, and then Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Medal of 2003, for his meritorious contributions to Canadian academia.

Many Other Prestigious Awards...
More recently, in May of 2004, he was recipient of the Walter Hitschfeld Award from the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA) for his “exceptional dedication to the enhancement of University-based research in Canada.” Earlier, in March 2004, David was awarded a prestigious Honorary Member Medal by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) for his “outstanding commitment to excellence (and) accomplishments and service to the profession of Engineering.” This was preceded by another significant honor in 2003, when he was elected a Foreign Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE). He was awarded the CONAHEC (trilateral universities in Mexico, Canada and the USA) Award of distinction. He has been named an honorary member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), a distinguished lecturer of the SEG, a distinguished fellow of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), honorary member of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG), a life member of the Prospectors and Development Association of Canada (PDAC). He is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (P.Eng.)He was given the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Community Leadership Award and named a foundation fellow of Green College, UBC. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS).

...And Medals too!
Dr. Strangway also has received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1972); the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal (1974) of the Society of Exploration Geologists (SEG); the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship (1980), Canada’s most prestigious prize in the sciences; the Logan Gold Medal (1984), the highest award of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), and the J. Tuzo Wilson Medal (1987) from the Canadian Geophysical Union. He also was elected a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) during the 1970s.

He was awarded the Kyung Hee University Medal of Honor and the Lions International Medal of Honour. In 2009 he was given an Award of Excellence by the Research Universities Council of British Columbia.

In 2009 he was awarded the Maurice Ewing Medal of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the most senior medal of the SEG, for a lifetime of contribution to geophysics and education.

Professional Associations
David has served a number of earth sciences organizations, vice president of SEG, president of GAC, president of CGU and a founding member, President of the Canadian Geoscience Council, a member of the National Academy of Science, Committee on Planetary Exploration (COMPLEX), Lunar Sample Analysis and Planning Team and the Lunar Science Review Panel. Today he serves on the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Development Board. He has served on the editorial boards of Geophysics, Geophysical prospecting, Geophysical Research Letters and several others.

Advisory Review Committees
He has served on review committees at Princeton University, Brown University, University of California Berkeley, University of Saskatchewan, UBC, University of Western Ontario, Geological Survey of Canada, École Polytechnique, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Autonomous University of Nuevo León, International Christian University, Japan and Lee Community College, Singapore. He has been an invited speaker at many conferences and universities around the world. He was a founding board member of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

University Associations
David has been a visiting professor at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Houston. He served on the Premier’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology and as chair of the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. He was chair of the Corporate Higher Education Forum (CHEF) and liaised with the Business University Forum of Japan. He was a founding member of the Asia Pacific University Presidents (APU) and its successor the Asia Pacific Research University Presidents (APRU). He was a founding member of the Universitas 21 and a member of the Asia Pacific University President’s Council. He is currently an Executive member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). He has worked for the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) benchmarking program. He was a founding member of the Trilateral University Program and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Also he chaired British Columbia’s first commission on environment and economy.

‘Chief Kil-Sli’ of The Haida Nation
David helped create, and fund, the First Nations House of Learning at UBC, and to commemorate his support the Haida Nation named him Chief Kil-Sli, meaning ‘The Great One.’

A Member of Major Business Boards
In business, David has served as a Board member for McMillan Bloedel, BC Gas/Terasen, Echo Bay Mines, and Rayrock. He currently serves on the Board of a start-up company, Northern Sky Aircraft Inc.

UBC Remembers
University of B.C. President Dr. Martha Piper announced the David Strangway Building, so named to acknowledge the significant contributions he made to the growth and development of UBC during his 12 years as its President (1985-97). The new $20 million, five-storey facility includes retail spaces, health clinics, offices, classrooms and UBC departments.



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