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President Emeritus and Director, Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies, Emily Carr University

Dr. Ron Burnett, C.M. RCA was the President of Emily Carr University of Art and Design from 1996 to 2018.

In 2014, Dr. Burnett received the Order of B.C. In 2013, he received the Order of Canada. In 2010 he received the "Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres" a knighthood from the French Government. In 2012, he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2002 the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Burnett was on the Board of the European League of Institutes of Art, AICAD and the Learning Development Institute and was the Chair of the Knowledge Network. In 2005, he published How Images Think, MIT Press. Former Director of the Graduate Program in Communications at McGill University, Designer at the New Media Innovation Centre, author of 150 articles and book chapters, Educator of the Year in Canada and recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Digital Media Arts Association.


  • –present
    President and Vice-Chancellor, Emily Carr University


Order of Canada, Order of BC, Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres