President and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, Emily Carr University

Dr. Ron Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, is the recipient of an Order of Canada, Order of BC and was knighted by the French government, Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres. Burnett was in the President's position for twenty-two years. He served as the Chair of the Board of Knowledge Network among many board and advisory board appointments. He has published three books: How Images Think, MIT Press, 2005, Cultures of Vision, IUP Press, 1996, Explorations in Film Theory, IUP Press, 1992 and over 150 articles in journals around the world


  • 1996–2018
    President and Vice-Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  • 1987–1996
    Director, Graduate Program in Communications, McGill University


Order of Canada, Order of B.C., Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres, RCA