(as sent earlier today)
Open Letter to Dr. Sheldon Levy
President and Vice-Chancellor
by email: email@example.com
Dear Dr. Levy,
I am writing to express concern about the decision of Ryerson’s Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science to confer an honorary Doctorate of Laws on Anthony M. Haines, CEO of Toronto Hydro.
Your decision to grant this distinction was announced in your April 29, 2013 presentation to the Board of Governors of Ryerson University.
This distinction is currently scheduled to be conferred at the Spring Convocation ceremony on June 5th.
In the normal course of his business activities, Mr. Haines has appeared many times before regulatory tribunals. A simple Google search will confirm that in presenting his qualifications, Mr. Haines presents himself as having earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Lethbridge (1983). Here are three examples:
The University of Lethbridge, through both its Registrar’s Office and its Faculty of Management, has confirmed that Mr. Haines earned no degree from that institution.
It would be improper for Ryerson University to confer an honorary academic distinction on a person who has continued to violate the most basic standard of scholarship by fraudulently claiming credentials he did not earn.
I ask that you respond to my concern.