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Harbourfront Centre C.E.O. William Boyle recognized as champion of arts and culture with Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University

TORONTO, ON (*June 11, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce that Chief Executive Officer, William J.S. Boyle was today awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University. Boyle is being recognized as an innovation leader and champion of arts and culture. He received his Doctor of Laws at the June 11th Spring Convocation of the York University Faculty of Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and delivered the Convocation address to graduates.

The Doctorate citation reads: “The Senate of York University wishes to recognize your contributions as one of Canada's most respected cultural leaders. Your work at the helm of Harbourfront Centre has been acknowledged both nationally and internationally, and your commitment to the integration of arts and community continues to benefit the citizens of Toronto. Your multidisciplinary approach, embrace of the complexity of Canada's multi-cultural communities and advocacy for diversity serves as a model worthy of emulation.”

“This honour recognizes not only Bill Boyle’s work but the incredible contribution made by everyone at Harbourfront Centre and the significance of the centre to our cultural life,” stated Tenio Evangelista, President, Board of Directors of Harbourfront Centre.

William J.S. Boyle received both a B.A. and M.A. from York University and has had a multi-dimensional and much-acclaimed arts career. In his role as Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre, Boyle is considered the primary cultural architect of one of Canada’s largest multidisciplinary cultural centres.

Mr. Boyle is a member of the Order of Canada in 2003 and appointed by the Prime Minister to the Canada-Japan Forum, to make recommendations on the bi-lateral relationship. In 2004 he received the ACE Award for outstanding contribution award from the Association of Cultural Executives. He was appointed a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in 2005 for his contribution to international culture.

Boyle has been described as a strong advocate for the integration of the arts in the broader community and one of Canada’s greatest cultural mentors – a person who passionately promotes both emerging and mature artistic talent and innovation here and abroad.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.


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