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James Massie to receive Honorary Doctorate of Laws

'True entrepreneur and business leader' to be winter commencement speaker at U.S. alma mater
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Supplied photo of James Massie

MIDLAND, MICH – Northwood University alumnus James Massie will be the featured speaker at the all-business university’s winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 16, 2017.

“Northwood University is excited to welcome back a true entrepreneur and business leader and one of our own alums, Jamie Massie,” said Keith Pretty, president and chief executive officer at Northwood. “He provides an incredible example for the students we are graduating, and it is our honor as his alma mater to also confer an Honorary Doctorate to him.”

At the ceremony, Massie will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Northwood’s highest honor, for his meaningful contributions to society.

The Barrie, Ont., native, is president and co-founder of Georgian International Limited, an automotive, aircraft and property development business based in Barrie. He is president of Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC Inc., as well as Georgian BMW, MINI Ltd., located in Barrie.

A 1980 graduate of Northwood and current member of the university’s Board of Trustees, Massie is also Chairman of Georgian Aircraft Corp, which operates 30 aircraft out of Barrie, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary under the Air Canada Express banner.

His real estate companies operate under the Georgian International Land Corp. brand and are involved in many Barrie and area developments. 

Massie has spent his career working to strengthen the community of Barrie through business, sports and philanthropic channels. He led the expansion of the Ontario Hockey League to Barrie helping to spearhead the construction of the Barrie Molson Centre in 1994. Until 2007 he was the Chairman of the OHL’s Barrie Colts. 

Winter Commencement will be held on the campus of Northwood University in Riepma Arena, and will begin at 1 p.m. For more information, please visit here.