Engineering alumnus receives honorary degree

A head-and-shoulder image of Josh Blair on a dark blue background with the words “University of Victoria honorary degree recipient.”
Josh Blair, who addresses 2021 grads in a recent video, graduated from UVic engineering himself in 1995.

2021 June –Josh Blair is among seven extraordinary individuals who will receive UVic honorary degrees, which recognize notable achievements in scholarship, research, teaching, the creative arts and public service.

Blair – a 1995 alumnus of UVic’s Electrical Engineering Program – will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) during a virtual ceremony to be held June 9.

Blair is dedicated to delivering meaningful outcomes across his many endeavours. He is the co-founder and CEO of Impro.AI, a high-tech company enabling the benefits of executive coaching to be brought to employees at all levels of organizations. He is also a partner at Esplanade Ventures, a venture capital firm empowering entrepreneurs to deliver technology-based healthcare breakthroughs.

He is the chair of TELUS International, a global leader in the delivery of digital customer experience solutions. Additionally, he is the vice chair of Carebook Technologies, an innovative digital health company, and a board member at Neighbourly Pharmacy, Canada’s third largest national pharmacy operator.

Blair has held key roles in supporting several societal organizations, such as Canada’s Health and Biosciences Strategy Table. As a distinguished alumnus, he is a strong champion for UVic, including having served on the President’s 2018 to 2023 Strategy team.

Blair's remarks to the Class of 2021 (Youtube video)

Read about all seven recipients (UVic website)

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