Vancouver Board of Trade chairman (2008 – 09) Dr. Donald B. Rix, CM, OBC was an active member of the biotechnology industry. He was chairman of LifeLabs Diagnostics Inc., a healthcare facility with over 80 laboratories province-wide, in which his involvement spanned over 35 years. He was also the chairman of Cantest Ltd., an environmental and industrial testing lab he acquired in 1974, having grown the 10-employee operation into one of Canada’s leading analytical laboratories. One of Dr. Rix’s priorities as Board of Trade chairman was corporate philanthropy. Both of Dr. Rix’s organizations had part of their business plans dedicated to giving back to the community, contributing through both donations and volunteerism.

Dr. Rix received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1953, his MD in 1957 and a Fellowship in General Pathology in 1972. In 2004, Dr. Rix was awarded the Order of British Columbia, for outstanding achievement. In 2007, he was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada. In 2008 he received his fifth honourary degree – a Doctor of Laws from the University of Victoria. He already had similar recognition from BCIT, University of Western Ontario, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. He was a Royal Roads University Fellow and received an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Northern British Columbia. A research chair from Genome BC was named for him this year, and he was most recently awarded the Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr Award, the highest award the Canadian Medical Association can bestow.

More on Dr. Don Rix:

Dr. Don Rix’s inaugural address as Chairman to The Vancouver Board of Trade

Dr. Don Rix’s Farewell speech as Chairman of The Vancouver Board of Trade

Dr. Don Rix awarded Order of British Columbia

Dr. Don Rix receives Canadian Medical Association Award

Dr. Don Rix Honoured by Variety Club

Dr. Don Rix’s Wikipedia entry