Shona L. Brown, B.Eng., M.A., Ph.D.

Shona L. BrownShona Brown will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, November 15, “in recognition of her groundbreaking leadership and innovation in engineering, social media, and business.”

As a member of Google’s executive team since 2003, Shona Brown’s responsibilities as Senior Vice-President, Business Operations were to build both the People Operations and Business Operations groups. In 2011, she transitioned to a role leading all of Google’s technology for social impact efforts and, in January of 2013, she became a Googler Emeritus and moved into an advisory role with the company. In addition to her ongoing role with Google, Dr. Brown is currently serving in an advisory role with a small portfolio of technology startups. Prior to joining Google, she was a partner at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting company, where her focus was working with consumer technology companies on growth, innovation and transformation. She is the author of Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She is a director of several non-profit organizations, including the Bridgespan Group, the Nature Conservancy, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), Code for America, Gooru and the Exploratorium. She also serves on the board of PepsiCo.

Dr. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from Carleton University, a master’s degree in economics and philosophy from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a PhD and postdoctoral degree from Stanford University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.


Clayton H. Riddell, O.C., B.Sc., D.Sc.

Clayton H. RiddellClayton Riddell will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, November 15, “in recognition of his brilliant career in business and his thoughtful contributions to higher education as well as to good governance in Canada.”

Born near Treherne, Manitoba, Clayton Riddell grew up in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba in 1959 (BSc Geology). He began his career with Chevron but by 1969, his entrepreneurial spirit took over. Over the next nine years, Mr. Riddell accumulated the assets necessary to establish Paramount Resources Ltd. Between 2003 and 2005, Paramount spun off two new public entities, Paramount Energy Trust and Trilogy Energy Trust.

Mr. Riddell has served on several scientific, industry and volunteer boards, including as president of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and chairman of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. He also has significant interest in several business trusts, restaurants, thoroughbred horse racing and the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League.

He received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, and the Outstanding Explorer Award from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, as well as various business awards recognizing his entrepreneurial success. The Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources at the University of Manitoba bears his name. Mr. Riddell funded the creation of the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University.

In 2006, Mr. Riddell was inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame and, in 2008, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.