Western to honour technology trailblazer and Olympic gold medalist at convocation

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Innovative business executive Simon Cua, who leads the largest LED lighting manufacturer in China, will receive an honorary degree from Western University at the 2015 Hong Kong Convocation on Sunday, May 31.

Former Olympian and Canadian sports executive Roger Jackson will also receive an honorary degree at Western’s 305th Convocation on Tuesday, June 16. Renowned novelist and poet Joy Kogawa was scheduled to receive an honorary degree at that ceremony but is now unable to attend due to personal reasons.

Simon Cua
Sunday, May 31
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Simon Cua currently serves as the Managing Director of Light Engine Limited, a company considered the global leader in advanced light-emitting diode (LED) technologies. Light Engine is the largest LED lighting manufacturer in China and one of the top 10 LED lighting suppliers in the world based on sales volume. From 2008 to 2012, Cua was Managing Director of Linkz Industries, Asia’s largest manufacturer of networking cable. Cua successfully completed Ivey Business School’s Executive MBA program in Hong Kong in 2005.

Roger Jackson
Tuesday, June 16, 3 p.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Roger Jackson is a three-time Olympic rower who won gold in the coxless pairs at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo with George Hungerford. From 1976 to 1978, the Western alumnus was the director of Sport Canada, before serving as president of the Canadian Olympic Association from 1982 to 1990. As the Chief Executive Officer of Own the Podium, Jackson helped Canada win a world record number of gold medals at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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