It is a great honour for Margie to be recognized in Concordia’s spring convocation this year along with 5 other honorary degree recipients and all their new graduates this year. Joining the ranks of experts in Indigenous language preservation, STEM outreach, journalism and sustainable industry, Margie is recognized for her contributions to modern dance, teaching and activism.
“The expertise and accomplishments of our new honorary doctorates reflect the breadth of Concordia’s academic mission and our vision of what a next-generation university can be,” says Graham Carr, President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia. “What our honourees all share is an extraordinary dedication to serving society. They are an inspiration not just for Concordia’s Class of 2020, but for all Canadians. They remind us, especially in a time of global health emergency, about the power of ideas as a force for good in the world, and of how much we should value creativity, science, innovation, social engagement, civic outreach and principled investigation.”
Awarding her an honorary doctorate, they state, “Montreal-born Margie Gillis is one of the most influential Canadian choreographer-dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries.” What a wonderful acknowledgement!