I was so pleased to hear that Brian Keating received an Honorary Degree from the University of Calgary. I had my very first Anthropology class with him, and his passion rubbed off--inspiring me to become a Primatology major, and then get into Environmental/Conservational Law. There are countless others on who he has had a similar effect.
So way to go Dr. Keating! One of the coolest, most passionate, lively, inspiring, and adventurous people I know. You most definitely deserve it!
Stay tuned for Keating's TV show "Going Wild" which should be airing soon. I can't seem to find an exact date yet, but it will be on the Discovery channel, last I heard. I need to ask my Department head if she knows more... will keep you posted :)
Note: The following is all taken from the U of C's Anthropology Department webpage
2011 University of Calgary Honorary Degree Recipient
"Receiving this degree from the University of Calgary is, in my mind, the ultimate form of the highest kind of recognition one could receive for a lifetime of work." – Brian Keating
By Carly Moran
The University of Calgary will confer an honorary degree on Brian Keating, a career-long ambassador for the animal kingdom, on Tuesday during the convocation ceremonies.
Through the sheer force of an engaging personality and an infectious passion for the natural world, Keating has turned thousands of people around the world into conservationists.
Keating channels his efforts, and those of the people he inspires, into significant environmental and conservation initiatives, particularly in North America and Africa. His efforts have resulted in more than $2 million in funding for various conservation initiatives. Brian has also been named an honorary chief for a village near the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary in Ghana.
“Receiving this degree from the University of Calgary is, in my mind, the ultimate form of the highest kind of recognition one could receive for a lifetime of work,” says Keating.
“Words can't really express adequately how this makes me feel, but humbled and honoured are two emotions that immediately surface.”
The honorary degree is the university’s highest honour, conferred upon individuals who have distinguished themselves from others and who have achieved an exceptional standard of excellence in their chosen field.
From 1981 to 1996, Keating was the Calgary Zoological Society’s curator of education. More recently, he was its head of Conservation Outreach, retiring earlier this year to focus on his media production company, Going Wild.
A longtime guest on CBC Radio’s Homestretch program, Keating has produced and hosted numerous television programs and regularly appears on the Discovery Channel. He is also a sought-after public speaker and the author of a series of children’s books. In addition to his many accomplishments, Keating was the Reader’s Digest 2006 Canadian Hero of the Year.