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Honorary degree recipient - David Fung

Citation Reader: Ehsan Derayati


It is my honour to present to you Dr. David Fung, to recognize his outstanding achievements as an international entrepreneur and champion of sustainable management and engineering.

Dr. Fung used his extensive education as a springboard to future success. An immigrant to Canada, he completed three chemical engineering degrees at McGill University, including a PhD in 1979. A decade later he founded and became chair and CEO of ACDEG Group, a global technology integrator based in West vancouver. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Fung has been involved with more than two dozen business ventures and more than 60 patents and patent applications. He has advised a range of federal government departments and offices as well as one of the largest clean-technology venture capital funds in Canada. His more recent projects include integrating technologies from Canada, France, Belgium, and Japan for sustainable shrimp farming in China, and developing a floating device to cleanly re-oxygenate large bodies of water.

Dr. Fung received an honorary doctorate from Capilano University in North Vancouver in 2014, and he served as Capilano’s chancellor from 2016 to 2020.

A dedicated volunteer and philanthropist, Dr. Fung has been a member of many boards, and he and his wife, Grace, established the ACDEG Fellowship in Sustainable Engineering at McGill in 2016.

On behalf of the Board of Governors and Senate, it is my privilege and honour to present to you Dr. David Fung, so that you may confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.



* As a result of the suspension of June, 2020 convocation ceremonies due to pandemic restrictions, Honorary Degree recipients provided video messages. Citations for recipients will be posted following rescheduled ceremonies, which will be announced at a future date. 

Read more about the Spring 2020 Honorary Doctorate Recipients and visit CU CELEBRATE to watch videos celebrating Spring 2020 graduates.

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