Université Laval awards Guy Laliberté an honorary doctorate

    QUEBEC, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Université Laval awarded an honorary
doctorate today to Mr. Guy Laliberté, creator of Cirque du Soleil and founder
of One Drop. The event was part of the celebrations surrounding Québec City's
400th anniversary and was attended by Université Laval rector Denis Brière,
dignitaries, Mr. Laliberté's family, and many guests.
    "Université Laval is proud to welcome you into its family of alumni. You
are a daring visionary and a model of social involvement, creativity,
determination, and humanity. You are a source of inspiration for us and our
students," stated rector Brière.
    This honorary doctorate is Université Laval's way of saluting the talent
and distinction of this accomplished and innovative man. Through his
initiative and creativity, Cirque du Soleil has placed Québec in the global
spotlight. Through his commitment to humanitarianism - as evidenced by his One
Drop Foundation - Mr. Laliberté promotes core values shared by Université
Laval, such as the belief that we get out of life what we put into it, and
that every individual can make a difference. The One Drop Foundation addresses
poverty by working to ensure access to potable water. Their concerns are
shared by the public and by Université Laval, which runs many research
projects on that very issue and has made sustainable development one of its
    Guy Laliberté has been the recipient of many honors throughout his
professional life: Officer of Ordre national du Québec, Officer of the Order
of Canada, La Presse Personality of the Year, Condé Nast honoree as part of
the Never Follow Program, and recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the
United Nations Association of New York. He is also the first-ever Canadian to
receive the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year award.

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For further information:

For further information: Hélène Mélançon, Media Relations, Université
Laval, (418) 656-2131, ext. 7286, Cell.: (418) 254-7379,
helene.melancon@dap.ulaval.ca; Renée-Claude Ménard, Director, PR Management,
International Headquarters, Cirque du Soleil, (514) 723-7646,

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