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First Nations chief among honorary degree recipients


Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and Peter Milliken, Canada’s longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons, will receive honorary Doctor of Laws degrees at Queen’s spring convocation.

Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn A-in-Chut Atleo will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on June 15.

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation and in July 2009 was elected to a three-year mandate as National Chief to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Mr. Atleo is a tireless advocate for First Nations. As leader of the AFN, he has spent time in First Nations in every region of the country and has met with federal, provincial and territorial leaders. First Nations across Canada have supported Mr. Atleo in making education a top priority for the AFN.

Previously, Mr. Atleo served two terms as regional chief of the British Columbia AFN and forged the historic Leadership Accord among First Nations leadership in B.C. in 2005. Mr. Atleo’s commitment to education was recognized when he was appointed Chancellor of Vancouver Island University in 2008, becoming B.C.’s first indigenous Chancellor. This year, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his advocacy work on behalf of First Nations across Canada.

Peter Milliken

Peter Milliken is a lawyer and politician born and raised in Kingston and educated at Queen’s, Oxford, and Dalhousie universities. Mr. Milliken was a partner in a Kingston law firm from 1973 until 1988 before he was elected as Liberal Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. He became Canada’s longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons, ending a 10-year run in 2011.

Still living in Kingston, Mr. Milliken was awarded the Padre Laverty Award from the Queen’s University Alumni Association in 1997, and in 1999, he was awarded the Agnes Benidickson Award from the Ottawa Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association. Mr. Milliken is currently a fellow in the Queen’s School of Policy Studies.

Mr. Atleo receives his degree on Friday, June 15 at 10 am, and Mr. Milliken receives his degree on Friday, May 25 at 2:30 pm.

Other recipients of Queen’s honorary degrees this spring

On Thursday, June 7 at 10 am, Douglas Hargreaves will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Douglas Hargreaves

Douglas Hargreaves is a graduate of Queen’s and Dalhousie universities and served in the Canadian Air Force from 1956 to 1972 as a pilot, instructor, administrator and coach of both football and basketball. In 1971, Frank Tindall asked Mr. Hargreaves to join his Queen’s staff as an assistant. Mr. Hargreaves left the military in 1972 to become Dalhousie’s Athletic Director and head football coach. He returned to Queen’s in 1976 as head football coach and to teach in the School of Physical Education.

An award-winning coach, Mr. Hargreaves led the then Golden Gaels to 16 consecutive league semi-final appearances and made 13 league championship appearances, winning nine of those title games, posting two undefeated seasons. Under his leadership, the Gaels won three national semi-final games and won the National Championship title twice. Mr. Hargreaves earned league Coach of the Year honours five times while at Queen’s, received the Frank Tindall Award as the top intercollegiate head coach in Canada in 1983, and is now a member of the Queen’s Coaches’ Hall of Fame, the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame and the Kingston Sports Hall of Fame.

 On Friday, June 8 at 6:30 pm, Raymond Price will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Raymond Price

Raymond A. Price came to Queen’s in 1968 from the Geological Survey of Canada. He has been Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering since 1998, but has remained active in research. His research in structural geology and tectonics is focused on the evolution of the continental lithosphere, particularly in the Canadian Cordillera. His extensive geological mapping for the Geological Survey of Canada in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains has provided the basis for new insights on the structure and tectonic evolution of the Cordilleran foreland thrust and fold belt in Canada, and of its implications for the tectonic evolution of the rest of the Canadian Cordillera, and for other thrust and fold belts worldwide. Dr. Price’s other research interests include: the role of science in public policy development, nuclear fuel waste management, earth system science, and the human dimensions of global change.

Dr. Price is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Honorary Foreign Fellow of the European Union of Geosciences. He has received three honorary degrees and has been selected to receive the Penrose Medal of the Geological Society of America in November 2012.

On Monday, June 11 at 10 am, David Sinclair will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

David Sinclair

David Sinclair completed both his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and his PhD at Queen’s University. After a postdoctoral year at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Dr. Sinclair moved to Oxford where he became a university lecturer in physics and tutorial fellow of St. Anne’s College. His research focused on properties of reactions between complex nuclei involving the direct transfer of clusters of nucleons. The ultimate aim was to understand the degree to which clusters form within the nucleus. In addition to the nuclear physics studies, he looked at some applications of nuclear techniques, including the design of a system eventually used for dating the Turin Shroud.

Dr. Sinclair then turned his attention to the study of solar neutrinos and returned to Canada in 1989 to work on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). He went on from SNO to lead the development of SNOLAB, an international laboratory for the study of astro-particle physics. His research activities now focus on searching for a nuclear decay process that, if it exists, may help to elucidate further the properties of the neutrino and possibly shed light on some of the mysteries surrounding the origin of the universe.

On Wednesday, June 13 at 10 am, Mary Evelyn Tucker will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University, where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well as in the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She teaches in the joint Master of Arts program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim.

Dr. Tucker’s special area of study is Asian religions. She received her PhD from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism and since 1997 has been a research associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. Concern for the growing environmental crisis, especially in Asia, led her to organize with John Grim a series of 10 conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1995-1998). Dr. Tucker has been involved with the Earth Charter since its 1997 inception and serves on the advisory boards of Orion Magazine, the Garrison Institute, and Climate Central.

On Wednesday, June 13 at 2:30 pm, Lowell Murray will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Lowell Murray

Lowell Murray retired in September 2011 as dean in the Senate of Canada, having served in the Upper House as a Progressive Conservative for 32 years following his 1979 appointment by the Right Hon. Joe Clark. He became a Privy Councillor in 1986 and was for more than seven years a minister in the governments of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and of his successor, the Right Hon. Kim Campbell. A key figure in most of the major government initiatives of the period, Senator Murray was responsible for the constitutional negotiations related to the Meech Lake Accord in 1987, a leading participant in the federal-provincial-aboriginal constitutional process of 1986-87, and was in the cabinet and caucus process that drafted the 1988 amendments to Canada’s Official Languages Act.

Born in New Waterford, N.S., Mr. Murray is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and of Queen’s (Master of Public Administration). As a Senator, he served from time to time as chairman of three committees – Banking, National Finance, and Social Affairs, and as co-chairman (1980-84) of the Joint Senate-Commons committee on Official Languages. He has been a strong advocate for better parliamentary control of government spending, urging Senate and House to reclaim their traditional prerogatives. In recent years he was generally acknowledged as the pre-eminent Senate spokesman on federal-provincial fiscal relations.

On Friday, June 15 at 2:30 pm, David Stratas will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

David Stratas

Justice David Stratas received his Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University in 1984 and his Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University in 1986. He practised law in Toronto from 1988 to 2010, primarily in the areas of administrative and constitutional law, and acted as counsel in many high profile matters in all courts, including 12 appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Stratas earned a reputation as one of the best counsel in Canada, described in the Chambers Global Guide as a “tremendously hard worker,” “meticulously prepared” and “a creative force.”
In 2008, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of a select number of Canadian counsel to receive that honour, and in 2010, he was appointed directly to the Federal Court of Appeal. Justice Stratas has been a sessional lecturer at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law for almost 20 years and has won eight teaching awards.

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