The honorary doctorate is Capilano University’s highest form of recognition; it is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to others through their work or voluntary pursuits.

Born in Iran, Hamid Eshghi has an immense appreciation for his life in Canada. Having lived through the 1979 Iranian revolution and Iran-Iraq war, Hamid’s experiences and memories have enabled him to embrace and interact with people from various cultural and economic circumstances. His passionate interest in people and communities fuels his desire to give back and engage with organizations he supports.

Through Hamid’s leadership as president of the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation for the past 20 years, the foundation has made a positive impact on countless organizations and residents across the North Shore, Metro Vancouver and Canada.

To date, the foundation has contributed in excess of $65 million to provide support for recent immigrants, education, international outreach, children’s services, the performing arts and health-care research and innovation.

Hamid’s generosity of spirit and commitment to philanthropy also extends to the foundation’s work with children and its support of youth programs and education—most notably, committing over $16 million to the BC Children’s Hospital. At Capilano University, a significant contribution of $500,000 by the Foundation was made to the new Centre for Childhood Studies.

Outside his philanthropy work, Hamid volunteers his time on major fundraising campaigns for both the Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital Foundation and the UBC and Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.

In 2022, Simon Fraser University awarded the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation the President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award.