Geologist Recognized as a Gem

Harvey Thorleifson to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree from UWinnipeg

WINNIPEG, MB – Distinguished geologist Harvey Thorleifson is a dynamic, widely sought out scientist in water research. His vision and diligent work towards sustainability and towards the water history of the Red River Basin and Lake Winnipeg has made him an international expert. The University of Winnipeg will recognize Thorleifson and his achievements with an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree next month at a special convocation ceremony.

“Harvey’s research on Lake Winnipeg’s water is groundbreaking,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President of the University of Winnipeg. “His level of commitment and involvement in water quality issues on a national and international scale is visionary. He is a ‘global citizen’ as his dedication and research contributes to the preservation of our environment regarding water issues, which ripple through all levels of our society, at home and abroad.”

Thorleifson’s distinguished record of professional service is reflected in his commitment to his research. His expertise is acknowledged on a global scale. The Geological Survey of Canada recruited Thorleifson to research water issues for the Winnipeg Region, including research on Winnipeg’s water supply, flooding history in the region and shoreline erosion of Lake Winnipeg. Thorleifson built and led a team of close to 100 scientists on this major and historic research.

He began his career by studying geology at the UWinnipeg and upon graduation in 1980, he earned the University’s Gold Medal in Geography (Honors). In 1983 he completed a Masters thesis in Geology at the University of Manitoba on Lake Agassiz history and then in 1989 he earned his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Colorado in Boulder on Hudson Bay Lowland quaternary stratigraphy.

Thorleifson is one of nine people who will receive University of Winnipeg honorary degrees at a special convocation ceremony on Sept. 14, 2007. He is the fourth individual to be named as an honorary degree recipient. Others named include Raymond McFeetors, David Bergen and the Hon. Ruth Krindle. The university will announce the other recipients in the weeks leading up to its 40th Anniversary Homecoming Event, slated for Sept. 13-16.

During Homecoming, Thorleifson is contributing to the 40th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series. He will be speaking on “Canada’s Water” on Thurs. Sept. 13, 2007 in Eckhardt-GramattĂ© Hall at 4:00 pm.

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