Concordia University of Edmonton is proud to honour Lyle Best as our very first recipient of a Doctor of Laws Degree.
Lyle Best has been described as more than just a business man, as "It is just as important to Lyle to ensure he is helping build the community.” He has as set a gold standard for community spirit, social responsibility, and volunteerism. His tireless organizing efforts have touched every social need – from education and health, to arts, sports, and even humanitarian efforts overseas.
He has been recognized for his commitment with numerous honours and awards. He is a member of the Order of Canada and is a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient. He has been inducted into the Edmonton Community Service Hall of fame, awarded the Special Friends of Canadian Dentistry Award by the Canadian Dental Association, presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the Manitoba Dental Association and is the first person to receive the title of Honorary Colonel for 1 Dental Unit for the Canadian Armed Forces.
Lyle served Concordia University of Edmonton on the Faculty of Management Advisory Board for seven years, and on the Board of Governors for four year, where he chaired the Concordia Tomorrow Initiatives Committee. Lyle’s expertise and commitment to moving Concordia forward played a key role in where Concordia is today.
"I have been so blessed to be a part of this fantastic institution," he said in his Convocation Address to the Graduating Class of 2016 on Saturday, May 14th at Northlands. "I am so thankful for the opportunity Concordia, [Edmonton’s University] has afforded me."
In a nod to Concordia's 95 year history, Lyle compared world history in 1921 to today, noting that things really hadn't changed that much. Through everything, he noted, we look to our universities "to bring us the brightest and the best so that we have an action plan to see us through tough times." He encouraged our graduates to ensure they continue to make a difference to our world by volunteering and giving back to the community, by being understanding and gracious, and by leading and inspiring.
Thank you, Lyle, for all you do and Congratulations!
For Lyle Best's detailed biography, see our original announcement.