Grant Burnyeat | Phi Alpha, University of British Columbia '65 | Western Regional Director


Grant Burnyeat

Grant Burnyeat

The Honourable Mr. Justice Grant Burnyeat, as he is referred to today, was named Undergraduate Deke of the Year in 1968, launching a lifelong career supporting DKE. He began that career officially on DKE's professional staff, serving as assistant traveling secretary between 1968 and 1970 authoring the fraternity's operating manuals and pledge/history manuals. He has since served his chapter three times as president of its alumni association, attending the initiation of members at Phi Alpha for 25 years in a row. He was instrumental in the founding of the Beta Tau Chapter at the University of Victoria and is working to establish a Deke Chapter at Simon Fraser University. A prodigious buyer of Deke memorabilia, filling what can only be called a DKE museum at the Phi Alpha chapter house, Grant has been a member of the Board since 2009 and is seeking re-election. For 25 years, Grant focused his professional life on insolvency law, working with receiverships, restructuring and foreclosures in Canada before being appointed as a member of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1996 where he continues to serve today. A rare honor, Grant was a recipient of The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (1988) and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013) in recognition of his contribution to Canada. A recognized leader and University success story, he also was named one of 75 Outstanding University of British Columbia Graduates during the 75th anniversary of U.B.C. He has served U.B.C. in many ways, including a term as President of its Alumni Association, six years as a member of its Senate, and Chair of its Alumni Network. He also has served on dozens of civic and arts-related boards in British Columbia. A historian at heart, Grant has focused his attention over the last number of years on researching Deke history. Grant serves as the Chair of the History and Archives Committee and the Constitution Committee and the Canadian charity, DKE University and College Funding Inc. He is also the author of the website feature "This Day in DKE."