TORONTO — At Ryerson University’s spring 2015 convocation, Steve Gupta, CEO/president of The Gupta Group and Easton’s Group of Hotels, received a Doctor of Laws honoris causa degree. The presentation took place during the Ted Rogers School of Management convocation ceremony on June 12.
During the ceremony, Gupta delivered a moving speech to Ryerson graduates and others in the audience, who included his family, along with chancellor Lawrence Bloomberg, president Sheldon Levy, provost Mohamed Lachemi, members of the Platform Party, Ryerson faculty and staff, and Gupta team members.
He dedicated the honour “to my late parents and my guru, Swami Guruvanandji, who taught me how to live life with happiness, not for happiness. I am also sharing this recognition with my wife Rashmi, my children Reema, Reetu, Shelley and Suraj.”
He reminisced about arriving in Canada in 1971 and how, over 40-plus years of hard work, he built a vibrant foodservice-hospitality industry and real estate organization.
“I’m a great believer in higher education, but once you’ve learned the basis, I believe that ‘degrees in experience’ are really what count,” he said.