Dr. Donald Rix was a widely recognized member of the medical profession, as evidenced by his fellowships in four medical colleges and societies. Dr. Rix was also a successful businessman, a generous philanthropist and a dedicated volunteer. He was active in provincial and national medical associations, was a member of several BC research foundations, and a Director of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
He has had a longstanding involvement in science and technology, being a member of the Premier’s Technology Council and sitting on numerous technology and health research Boards. He has chaired the Innovation and Science Council of BC and the International Committee and has represented the province and the Canadian government many times on science and technology missions to the Philippines, China and the Pacific Rim.
He served in various capacities at BCIT over 25 years, including teaching, Chair of the Board of Governors and a member of the Foundation Board. At SFU he served as Chairman of the Council of the Segal Centre of Graduate Management Studies, as a member of the President’s Club and a Board Member of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
He is a lifetime member of UBC’s President Circle, Emeritus Status Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Honourary Medical Alumnus in the Medical Alumni Society. He received an Honorary Doctorate degree from UNBC, is a past member of the Board of Governors and has served on various committees.
Dr. Rix and his family are active supporters of the arts community, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Summer Musical Festival of which he was the President. He and his family are strong supporters of education, health and the arts in British Columbia. Dr. Donald Rix was inducted into the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame in 2006.