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MHC announces recipient of the honorary applied degree

May 30, 2018

Medicine Hat College (MHC) has selected a recipient for the 2018 honorary applied degree, former government representative and educator Dr. Lorne Taylor.  

He will accept the honour during the college’s convocation ceremonies on June 8, 2018.

“Dr. Taylor is committed to improving our communities, whether that be through volunteering with environmental organizations, getting involved in government, or contributing to our economic climate through his family’s business pursuits – we are honoured to recognize him at convocation,” says Wayne Resch, acting president and vice-president finance and administration.

Dr. Taylor taught at the University of New South Wales in Australia, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Saskatchewan. He later left academia to return to Medicine Hat and assist with his family-owned and operated cattle, grain and construction business.

A former MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat, Dr. Taylor served in legislature for twelve years as the Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Innovation and Science, and the Minister of Environment.  During his time, funding was passed for the creation of the Supernet for all of Alberta communities. He also supported initiatives like Alberta Innovates, Water for Life and the Electronic Recycling program.

After retiring from the government in 2004 he chaired and was involved in the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Agency. He also served three terms as chair for the Medicine Hat Public School Board.

“Convocation is a celebration that we look forward to every year. Dr. Taylor believes in and supports education which I think makes him a perfect person to recognize on this occasion,” says Resch.

To see past recipients of the award, visit