This past weekend our CEO, Gord Hicks received an honorary Doctorate from Carleton University in Ottawa Ontario. He was honoured during Carleton’s Spring Convocation by the Faculty of Engineering and Design, of which he graduated from in 1987 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The faculty honoured Gord “in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to a sustainable low-carbon future, through innovation, leadership and advocacy for the highest standards of practice in energy-efficient buildings.”
While at the convocation ceremony Gord came across BGIS’s Manager, NCR Procurement, John Downey. John was attending the ceremony as a proud father, watching his daughter, Madison Green, graduate with an engineering degree in sustainable and renewable energy. Sharing Gord’s passion for sustainable and renewable energy solutions, Madison and is looking forward to starting her career in her chosen field.
Upon acceptance of his degree, Gord was asked to say a few words, congratulating the graduates and challenging them to enable innovation in their career paths.
“Our world is besieged with disruption where change is the new normal, where technological advances and artificial intelligence are increasing productivity and enhancing how human beings interact and communicate, and where a country’s and company’s survival is reliant on continuous innovation,” Hicks said. “This is a world where an individual’s greatest asset is their ability to learn, a skill that enables you to create, implement, embrace and adopt change. This is the cornerstone of knowledge that each of you have gained here at Carleton University.”
Professor, Ron Miller, Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering congratulated Gord on his continued commitment to clean capitalism. He said that “His leadership and commitment to these ideas have been recognized by a number of national and international awards. He demonstrated to the world that what is good for the environment is also good for business.”
BGIS would like to congratulate Gord on his achievement by being conferred a Doctor of Engineering through ‘living sustainability’, one of BGIS’s core values.