Building a healthy, inclusive world

Awards and Accomplishments

Education

1986 Bachelor of Physical Education, University of British Columbia

Professional Background

2011 CEO, Rick Hansen Leadership Group

2011 Co-Chair, Rick Hansen Foundation Board of Directors

1997 – 2011 President and CEO, Rick Hansen Foundation

1990 – Present National Fellow, Rick Hansen National Fellow Programme, University of British Columbia

1989 – 1991 Consultant on Disability Issues to the President University of British Columbia

1987 – 1988 Commissioner General to Canada Pavilion at World Exposition ‘88 in Brisbane, Australia

Memberships

2005 – Present Member, Living Rivers Trust Fund Advisory Board

2000 – 2009 Founding Chair and Member, Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society

1996 – 2009 Chair, Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society

1992 – 2000 Member, Board of Trustees, Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

1992 – 1994 Advisory Group, Northwest Arena Corporation (Owners of General Motors Place, Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, Vancouver)

1991 – 1992 Member, International Advisory Committee for Globe ‘92, Congress and Exposition on the Environment

1990 – 1997 Member, International Committee on the Integration of Disabled Athletes (renamed: Commission for the Inclusion of Athletes with Disabilities

1990 – 1994 Chair, International Committee on the Integration of Disabled Athletes (renamed: Commission for the Inclusion of Athletes with Disabilities

1990 – 1997 Chair, Advisory Committee of the Disability Resource Centre, University of British Columbia

1990 – 1992 Chair, Independence 92 - International Congress and Exposition on Disability, Vancouver, British Columbia

1989 – 2004 Member, Board of Directors, Nike Canada

1989 – 1990 Founder and Advisor, National Access Awareness Week, Canada

1989 – 1990 Member, International Advisory Committee for Globe ‘90, Congress and Exposition on the Environment

1989 – 1994 Member, Board of Governors, 1994 Commonwealth Games, Victoria

1989 – 2000 Member, Board of Directors, Network for Neural Regeneration and Functional Recovery (Renamed NeuroScience Network)

1989 – 1990 Member, 75th Anniversary Executive Advisory Committee, University of British Columbia

1989 – 1990 Panel Member, Citation for Citizenship, Secretary of State, Canada

1987 – Present, Advisory Panel, Rick Hansen Trust Fund, University of British Columbia.

1987 – 1992 Member, Board of Directors, Man In Motion World Tour Society

1986 – 1987 Member, Board of Directors (Honourary), Man In Motion World Tour

1986 – 1987 Member, Board, British Columbia Housing Management Commission

Awards

2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 

2012 Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa, Hebrew University

2011 Honourary Doctorate Honoris Causa, Laval University

2011 Honourary Doctor of Laws, University of Alberta

2009 Honourary Doctor of Laws, Carleton University

2009 Honourary Doctor of Laws, Vancouver Island University

2008 Honourary Doctor of Laws, Simon Fraser University

2008 Honourary Doctor of Laws, University of Northern British Columbia

2007 Honourary Doctor of Letters, Thompson Rivers University – Williams Lake Campus

2007 Christopher Reeve Award, Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta)

2006 William Van Horne Visionary Award

2005 Distinguished Canadian Leadership Award, University of Ottawa

2005 Honourary Doctorate, McGill University, Faculty of Continuing Education

2004 Honourary Doctor of Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC

2003 IDEA Health & Fitness Association, International Fitness Inspiration Award, Anaheim, CA, U.S.A.

2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal, Governor General of Canada

2000 Athlete of the Century, British Columbia Wheelchair Sports

2000 Humanitarian Award, Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

2000 David Foster’s Vancouver Island Award of Excellence

1999 Honourary Doctor of Laws, McMaster University

1997 Honourary Doctor of Laws, University of Western Ontario

1997 Honourary Doctor of Laws, University of Regina

1995 Honourary Doctor of Laws, University of Toronto

1994 Honourary Doctor of Laws, University of Victoria

1994 Ambassador for Peace Award, International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT)

1994 Royal Bank Award

1994 University of British Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame

1993 Honourary Law Degree, St. Mary’s University

1990 Order of British Columbia

1989 Manning Award for Innovations (National)

1989 Honourary Law Degree, University of Calgary

1989 Vancouver Man of the Year

1989 King Clancy Award

1988 Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary International

1987 Companion of the Order of Canada

1987 Honourary Law Degree, University of British Columbia

1987 Vanier Award

1987 Outstanding Young Person of the World, Personal Improvement and Accomplishment, Junior Chamber International

1987 Alumni Award of Distinction, University of British Columbia

1987 Athlete of the Week: by ABC Wide World of Sports

1987 W.A.C. Bennett Award, British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame

1987 Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary International

1986 Newsmaker of the Year, Canadian Press

1986 John F. Bassett Award, “Tribute to Champions”

1983 Lou Marsh/Canadian Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award (co- recipient, Wayne Gretzky)

1980 Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association

1979 – 1982 Special Achievement Award, University of British Columbia

Achievements

2007 Induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame

2007 Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame

2006 Induction into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

2000 Established the Pacific Salmon Endowment Fund Society

1997 Founded the Rick Hansen Institute

1996 Established the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society

1996 Catalyst of task force on the Status and Integration of Disabled Athletes

Mar 1985 – May 1987 Established World Record for Longest Wheelchair Marathon (24,901.55 miles or 40,075 kilometres), Guinness Book of World Records

Honourary Appointments

2002 Honourary Director, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

1998 – 2000 Honourary Board Member, Think First Foundation

1995 Honourary Chair, Brain and Spinal Cord Research Centre Campaign, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

1995 – Present Honourary Patron, B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society

1994 Honourary Chair, Grey Cup Festival

1990 – Present Honourary Chair, Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

1989 – Present Honourary Chair, Alberta Premier’s Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities

1989 – Present Honourary Chair, BC Premier’s Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities

Appointments

2011 Parade Marshal of the Calgary Stampede

2009 Co-Mayor of the Olympic Village, Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games

2005 Ambassador of the Edmonton 2005 World Masters Games

2000 Provincial Ambassador of the International Year of Volunteers

1992 Secretary to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth

1988 Commissioner General to Canada Pavilion at Expo ‘88 in Brisbane, Australia

Image of Rick Hansen and Wayne Gretzky sharing the Lou Marsh award for Canada's most outstanding athlete of the year.

Rick Hansen and Wayne Greztky receive the Lou Marsh award, 1983.

Image of Rick Hansen touching his ceremonial cap as he receives an honorary doctorat from St. Mary's University.

Receiving an honorary doctorat of laws from St. Mary's University, Halifax, 1993.

Image of Rick Hansen being inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame by Ben Mulroney as Amanda Hansen stands by.

Rick is inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame, Toronto, 2007

Image of Rick Hansen being presented with an honorary doctorat from Mr. Denis Brière, Rector of the Université Laval.

Receiving an honorary doctorat from the Université Laval, Quebec, 2011

Image de Rick Hansen qui salue la foule lors du Clagary Stampede, portant un chapeau stetson blanc.

Calgary Stampede, juillet 2011.

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