Vancouver businessman, David Aisenstat will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) convocation in May.
Aisenstat, president and CEO of The Keg Steakhouse and Bar founded the Keg Spirit Foundation in 2001 to commemorate the Kegâ€™s 30th anniversary and help charitable organizations involved in youth development.
Dr. Alan Davis, KPUâ€™s president and vice-chancellor noted that creating a positive legacy, particularly for youth, is one of Aisenstatâ€™s core business values.
â€œHe gives young people opportunities they may not otherwise have, changing lives in the process. Weâ€™re proud to recognize him for these efforts,â€ Davis said.
The Keg Spirit Foundation has raised and distributed more than $7.3 million to more than 300 charities including Free The Children, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Duke of Edinburghâ€™s Awards, Action Canada, and the Trans Canada Trail.
â€œFor any conscientious entrepreneur, giving back to the community should be viewed as a responsibility. Itâ€™s been my privilege not just to contribute from afar, but to also be fortunate to have had a small part in the success of some very worthwhile efforts,â€ said Aisenstat.
â€œEvery day in my work, I see the potential of our young people; an investment in their future is an investment in all of our futures,â€ he added in regards to his focus on youth initiatives.
Other honorary degree recipients this spring are RCMP staff sergeant Baltej Dhillon and retired Richmond School District teacher Christine Brodie.
KPU awards honourary degrees in recognition of dignified achievements or outstanding service to the public. Members of the community-at-large are invited to nominate honorary degree candidates.