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George  Pedersen

Member, Honorary Governors' Council

George Pedersen's career in public education has spanned more than 60 years. He began teaching in the North Vancouver School District in 1952 and, by 1965, had worked as vice-principal and principal at elementary and secondary levels, and earned two degrees — a B.A. with double majors in history and geography from UBC, and an M.A. in geography and administration at the University of Washington. His Ph.D, completed at the University of Chicago, focused on economics and Public administration.

George's academic achievements exective positions with the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Western Ontario, University of Northern British Columbia and Royal Roads University.

He has received honorary degrees from McMaster University, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, and University of the Fraser Valley. He is the recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and the Order of B.C.

Since "retiring," George has been active in community work, as well as volunteering with the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has also served as a Citizenship Court Judge, a volunteer consultant to the Salzburg Seminar, Chairman of the Board of the Bill Reid Foundation, a volunteer consultant to Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a, the Nisga'a Nation's post-secondary education program, and Chairman of the Board of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.