Honorary Degree Recipients

Winter 2016

Gary Bass 2016 Winter Convocation Honorary Degree Recipient

Originally from New Brunswick, Mr. Bass served with the RCMP in various communities across Canada. He spent much of his career involved in investigations solving major crimes, homicide, terrorism and organized crime. He was an expert court witness on topics including drug trafficking, organized crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs and major case management.

He retired in May 2011 as the RCMP’s Deputy Commissioner for Canada West, responsible for RCMP operations in the three northern territories, the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia. Prior to that, he was the Commanding Officer for “E” Division RCMP (BC) and Deputy Commissioner for Pacific Region, BC and the Yukon.

He has been recognized throughout his career receiving two Commissioner’s Commendations, one from the U.S. Under Secretary to the Navy; two Commanding Officer’s Commendations; the RCMP Long Service Medal; Queen’s Jubilee Medal; Officer of the Order of Merit for Police Forces; and two awards from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia: Outstanding Service and Meritorious Service.

He also served on the Premier of British Columbia’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Crime Reduction, which made recommendations to the Premier in 2015 on changes to the criminal justice system in B.C.

Mr. Bass continues to serve his community as a member of the Board of Governors of Commissionaires BC; a board member of VisionQuest Recovery Society; a board member for the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and a member of the Board of Governors for E-Comm 9-1-1, Emergency Communications for British Columbia.




Last updated February 15, 2016