Convocation is a time to recognize the accomplishments of new graduates. It is also a time to honour individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to learning and bettering the community. This is why Concordia University College of Alberta is pleased to present its first Honorary Doctoral Degree in Divinity to Mr. Stephen Mandel.
Mandel’s commitment to Edmonton and its residents accords fully with Concordia’s mandate and mission: he is an independent thinker, ethical leader and citizen for the common good.
Mandel received an Associate of Arts Degree from Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Miami University, and his Master’s in Political Science from the University of Windsor. He moved to Edmonton from Windsor, Ontario in 1972.
In Edmonton Mandel became a successful businessman and entrepreneur, and eventually became one of Edmonton’s most personable mayors. During his tenure (2004-2013), his dedication to improve the city’s reputation was apparent. With a strong focus on the revitalization of Edmonton’s urban center and public transportation, Mandel’s accomplishments set a strong precedent for his successors.
Mandel repeatedly stated that “Edmonton’s post-secondary institutions are crucial to the city’s economy and identity,” and his belief that post-secondary institutions are an essential vehicle for creating and developing new leaders and the reputation of this city. He knows Concordia plays a major role in this quest.
Mr. Mandel has earned a permanent spot as a true Concordian. Concordia is proud and feels blessed to call this dedicated leader and exceptional ‘citizen for the common good,’ an alumnus and ‘Doctor’ of the university.