Mr. Arni C. Thorsteinson is the President and controlling shareholder of Shelter Canadian Properties Limited. For over 25 years he has played a leading role in building and guiding the Associates of the I.H. Asper School of Business. He was a founding director and past Chair of the Associates and has served as a director since the organization's inception. He is currently Chair of the Associates Foundation.
Mr. Thorsteinson's commitment, wise guidance and dedicated support has played a fundamental role in building the Associates into the preeminent organization supporting a business school in Canada. Mr. Thorsteinson's role in bringing the Museum of Human Rights to fruition has been outstanding. Since its inception, he has served effectively as the Chair of the Advisory Committee, played a pivotal role in the fundraising activities, and contributed a sizeable personal donation to the Museum. In recognition of his pivotal role, he was recently appointed as Chair of the Museum's Board of Trustees.
Over the years, Mr. Thorsteinson has made a significant contribution to several of Canada's most important cultural and artistic institutions. He serves on the National Council of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as a Governor of the Banif Centre, and is a former governor of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
In addition to his personal and dedicated efforts to his community and their important organizations, his exceptionally generous personal financial contributions have been truly outstanding.
Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour for me to ask on behalf of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Arni Thorsteinson, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Glenn Feltham, Dean, I.H. Asper School of Business