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Laurier honours businesswoman Eileen Mercier and writer Vincent Lam at fall convocation

Oct 11/13| For Immediate Release


Sondra Schwartz, Manager, Ceremonies and Events
Wilfrid Laurier University
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Lori Chalmers Morrison, Acting Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
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WATERLOO Ė Wilfrid Laurier University will hold its fall convocation Friday, Oct. 25 at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, where approximately 1,200 students will graduate.

The morning ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. for graduates of the School of Business & Economics. The afternoon ceremony begins at 2 p.m. for graduates of the faculties of Arts, Music, Science, Social Work, Education, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, the School of International Policy and Governance, and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The afternoon ceremony will also include graduates from the faculties of Human and Social Sciences, and Liberal Arts from Laurierís Brantford campus.

The university will grant honorary degrees to accomplished businesswoman and philanthropist Eileen Mercier, and medical doctor and award-winning writer Vincent Lam.

Eileen Mercier is a corporate director with a 40-year career spanning the financial services, communications, integrated oil and forest products sectors, including senior positions at TD Bank and Canwest Capital Corp. In 1995 she founded her own management-consulting firm, Finvoy Management, Inc., specializing in financial strategy, restructuring and corporate governance issues. She was named a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2009 and has served on the boards of 28 organizations in Canada and the United States, ranging from small companies to global conglomerates. Since 2007 she has served as chair of the Ontario Teachersí Pension Plan Board. Mercier has an exemplary record of volunteerism and philanthropy, supporting numerous scholarships at Laurier and serving on the Board of Governors for many years. She will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the morning ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m.

Vincent Lam is an emergency room physician at Toronto East General Hospital and lectures in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. While maintaining a successful medical career, he has also established himself as one of Canadaís brightest young writers, becoming the only first-time author and the youngest writer to win the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his inaugural book Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures. A collection of short stories, the book is based on Dr. Lamís experiences in medical school, residency and practice. His most recent book and his first novel, The Headmasterís Wager, is inspired by the life of his grandfather in Vietnam and was short-listed for the 2012 Governor Generalís Literary Awards. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree at the afternoon ceremony starting at 2 p.m.


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