Chancellor Dodge receives Vanier Medal
Queen’s Chancellor David Dodge is the recipient of the 2011 Vanier Medal, one of the highest forms of recognition for Canadian public administrators. Dr. Dodge, the former Governor of the Bank of Canada, was honoured for his leadership, skill, and judgment in this position. He received the prestigious medal from Governor General David Johnston at a Rideau Hall ceremony on January 17.
At the ceremony, the Governor General, himself a 1966 Queen’s law graduate and former professor in the faculty, referred to Dr. Dodge’s ongoing work as Queen’s chancellor. “Speaking as a former educator, I’m pleased to see David returning to his roots at Queen’s University as its Chancellor. He began his career as a professor there, and I know that he has much wisdom to pass on to a new generation of economists and public servants about how to build a better country.”
Dr. Dodge, a 1965 Queen’s economics graduate, led the Bank of Canada from 2001 to 2008. He was also Deputy Minister of Finance from 1992 to 1997, and Deputy Minister of Health from 1998 to 2001. In 2008, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He became the Chancellor of Queen’s in 2008 and is currently serving his second term in this position.
Of this latest honour, Principal Daniel Woolf said, “I'm very pleased that Chancellor Dodge has been honoured in this way – it’s very fitting given his lifetime of distinguished public service, and continues the great tradition of Queen's alumni being recognized for their contributions to the life and well-being of all Canadians."
The Vanier Medal is awarded by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. Named in honour Canada’s second Canadian-born Governor General, the Rt. Hon. Georges P. Vanier, the medal is given annually to a person who has shown distinctive leadership and has made significant contributions to the fields of public administration and public service in Canada.