Alan Broadbent receives Queen’s U honorary degree

JAZZ.FM91 would like to congratulate board member Alan Broadbent! Dr. Broadbent has received an honorary degree from Queen’s University for his outstanding work.

Queen’s University awarded Broadbent, Monday, at Grant Hall. He joins nine other honorary degree recipients, who have made remarkable contributions to the lives of people throughout the world in academia, business, politics, science and the arts.

Broadbent is the Chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation, and Chairman and Founder of Maytree – a Canadian charitable foundation which aims to reduce poverty and inequality in Canada.

Specifically, Broadbent and Maytree have supported JAZZ.FM91’s Identities: The Documentary Series – which is a six-part series that celebrates the stories and accomplishments of seven musicians who immigrated to, or sought refuge in, Canada.

His foundation has also supported JAZZ.FM91’s Annual World Music Festival – a showcase of incredible music from around the world with performances by an eclectic mix of international and local jazz artists.

He co-founded and chairs the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, Diaspora Dialogues, and the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto.

In addition, he is a Director of Sustainalytics Holdings B.V., Senior Fellow and Governing Board member of Massey College, Member of the Governors’ Council of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, and Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.  Broadbent is the author of Urban Nation:  Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong, and co-editor of Five Good Ideas:  Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success.

In 2009, Broadbent also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University.