Donald Rix

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Donald Blake Rix
Born 1931
Orillia, Ontario[1]
Died November 6, 2009
Vancouver, British Columbia
Known for Philanthropy
Medical career
Profession Pathologist
Notable prizes Order of Canada
Order of British Columbia

Donald Blake Rix, CM OBC[2][3] (1931 – November 6, 2009) was a Canadian pathologist, philanthropist, community volunteer, and businessman. He was the founder and chair of MDS Metro Laboratory Services (now known as LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services), the largest private medical laboratory in Western Canada.[4]

He was a member of several organizations and foundations including the BC Innovation Council, BC Cancer Agency Foundation, BC Medical Services Foundation, and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of UNBC.[4]

Dr. Rix earned a specialty certificate in general pathology in 1968 from the University of Western Ontario. He was a fellow of the College of American Pathologists, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He was awarded honorary doctorates by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the University of Western Ontario, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, and University of Victoria. He was the former chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade, a senior member of both the British Columbia and Canadian Medical Associations, and was awarded the BCMA Silver Medal of Service Award in 2004. On August 19, 2009 Dr. Rix was awarded the Canadian Medical Association's 2009 F.N.G. Starr Award.[5]

Donald Rix died on November 6, 2009.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary - Donald B. Rix". Vancouver Sun / The Province - Classifieds. November 10, 2009. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Order of Canada citation". Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  3. ^ "2004 Recipient: Dr. Donald Rix – Burnaby". Order of British Columbia. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  4. ^ a b "About Dr. Don Rix". BC SVP. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Dr. Donald Rix to receive the CMA's highest honour". CNW Telbec. August 12, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-08-16. 
  6. ^ Philanthropist Don Rix leaves a legacy felt in business and charity Archived October 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., The Vancouver Sun, November 6, 2009

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