Dr. Mark Rowswell

Member of the Order of Canada
(BA 1988 UC)
Dr. Mark Rowswell

Entertainer and cultural ambassador Mark Rowswell has built bridges between Canada and China. Widely known in China by his stage name Dashan, he rose to fame as a TV host proficient in Chinese. He is the first foreigner to have been formally accepted as a performer of xiangsheng, a form of traditional Chinese comedy. Currently Canada’s Goodwill Ambassador to China, Rowswell was also Canada’s commissioner general for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, and a torch-bearer for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.