Martha C. Piper

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Dr. Piper received her PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University (1979), and has served as Director of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University (’79-’85), Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta (’85-’93) and Vice President, Research and External Affairs, University of Alberta (’93-’97). From 1997 to 2006 she served as the 11th President of the University of British Columbia.

Currently, Dr. Piper is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Montreal, TransAlta Corporation, and Shoppers Drug Mart, and is a member of the Trilateral Commission. She also serves as a board member of CARE Canada, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation.

The recipient of 17 honorary degrees, Dr. Piper is an officer in the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of British Columbia. She was named Educator of the Year by the Learning Partnership in 2004 and was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford University in 2007 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008.