The University of New Brunswick will grant honorary degrees to two outstanding individuals during its fall graduation ceremonies.

The Fredericton campus will celebrate its 57th Convocation at The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER on Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m.  During the ceremony Tim Brodhead, social innovator and volunteer, will be recognized with an honorary doctor of letters degree and deliver the Convocation Address.

The Saint John campus will celebrate its 29th Fall Convocation on Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre.  Harry (Hank) Stackhouse, businessman and hotelier, will be recognized with an honorary doctor of letters degree and will address the graduates at the ceremony.

The Honorees

Tim Brodhead

Tim BrodheadTim Brodhead is the president of ETC Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights.

From 1995 to 2011, Mr. Brodhead was president and chief executive officer of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. Created in 1936, the mission of the foundation is to create a more resilient society by enhancing inclusion, sustainability, and social innovation throughout Canada. The foundation was instrumental in establishing UNB Fredericton’s Renaissance College.

Prior to joining the foundation, Mr. Brodhead spent 25 years in international development, as a volunteer in West Africa; and then as the founding director of several non-governmental organizations, including the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) and Inter Pares, organizations dedicated to promoting international social justice.

Mr. Brodhead also spent five years as executive director of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, a national body representing Canadian NGOs working in international development. He is a co-author of Bridges of Hope?, a book that analyzes the contribution of Canadian non-governmental actors in global development.

Mr. Brodhead has served on many boards, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Calmeadow Foundation. He is past chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the national organization of Canadian independent foundations.

In 2001, Mr. Brodhead was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Carleton University, and in 2005, received the same distinction from Dalhousie University.


Harry (Hank) Stackhouse

Harry StackhouseSaint John native Hank Stackhouse is an accomplished industry veteran with 30 years of experience in the Canadian hospitality industry.

As president and chief executive officer of Delta Hotels and Resorts, Canada’s leading hotel management company, Mr. Stackhouse leads a team of over 8,000 colleagues and oversees a portfolio of 46 hotels and resorts.

Mr. Stackhouse began his relationship with the Delta brand 30 years ago in Vancouver, B.C., as a front desk clerk at Delta’s first hotel, the Delta Airport Inn. This role carved the way for Mr. Stackhouse to assume increasing responsibility throughout the hotel’s operations in locations across Canada. He took on his first general manager’s assignment in Whistler, B.C., managing what was the company’s first foray into the international resort business.

In 1995, Mr. Stackhouse became the regional vice-president for Atlantic Canada, based in Halifax, N.S., and in 1997, the position expanded to include properties in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Orlando, Fla. In 2000, he was appointed senior vice-president of operations at the company’s corporate office. In 2006, he became president of Delta Hotels, and in December 2007, his role expanded with the additional responsibility of chief operating officer. In January 2009, Mr. Stackhouse was appointed to chief executive officer.

Mr. Stackhouse was actively involved in the development of the company’s corporate social responsibility program, Delta Helps. He was also instrumental in creating Delta’s new national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, and the chain’s national sustainability program, Delta Greens.

Mr. Stackhouse is an active member in industry affairs and has served in leadership roles for the Hotel Association of Canada, Canadian Tourism Commission and Whistler Tourism Association.