Honorary Degree Recipients
2011 to 2013
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH, often known and referred to as “the Gaza Doctor”, is a Palestinian medical doctor and infertility specialist who has spent his life working to create peace as a researcher, educator, and leader in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Dr. Abuelaish received his early education in the refugee camp school system in Jabalia, Gaza. He studied medicine in Cairo, Egypt and later obtained a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology with the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia in collaboration with the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of London. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Saroka Hospital in Israel, followed by further studying fetal medicine and genetics at V. Buzzi hospital in Italy and Erasme hospital in Belgium. He went on to earn his Master in Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University, and later worked as a senior researcher at the Gertner Institute in Sheba hospital in Israel. Currently, Dr. Abuelaish is an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Abuelaish’s life has not been without considerable hardship. Between 2008-9, he lost his wife to acute leukemia, followed by losing his three daughters and niece when his home was shelled during the Israeli incursion into Gaza. He sought to act positively following these tragedies, in hopes that the lives lost during this time would be the last. He directed his energy toward spreading the doctrine that from tragedy can come good; from conflict and hardship can come peace and well-being.
His excellence and accomplishments have been recognized through a number of awards, including the 2009 Stavros Niarchos Prize for Survivorship, the 2009 Search for Common Ground Award, the 2009 Middle East Institute Award, the 2010 Uncommon Courage Award from the Centre for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding and the 2010 Mahatma Ghandi Peace Award of Canada. He has also been named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in 2009 -10 by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre and was nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the author of the best-seller “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey” which is being translated into 15 languages. He has also established The Daughters For Life Foundation in memory of his three daughters and niece whose lives were lost in 2009. The foundation aims to promote health education and leadership for women throughout the Middle East.
Bruce was born in Montreal in 1938 and attended Hillcrest Public School in Toronto and Oakville-Trafalgar High School. He graduated from Queen’s with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1960, after which he attended the London School of Economics and Dalhousie Law School as a Dunn Scholar. After marrying Andrea Lough, he transferred to University of Toronto Law School where he obtained his LL.B. in 1965. Bruce and Andrea’s son Christopher was born in 1968. Bruce attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program from 1984 to 1985.
Bruce has extensive experience in both government and the private sector. He began his career in 1967 as an associate lawyer at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt and moved to the Ontario provincial government where had a 13 year career, which included being Chair of the Ontario Highway Transport Board and serving in Assistant Deputy Minister capacities in both the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. He moved back to the private sector in 1987, when he was appointed Managing Director of Fraser Beatty (now Fraser Milner Casgrain). During the negotiation of the Charlottetown Accord, he was Special Adviser to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, the Minister for Constitutional Affairs (Canada). He returned to the private sector in 1993 as a Principal in GlobeInvest Capital Management, and was subsequently Vice-President of McCutcheon Steinbach Investment Management. Since 1999 he has been Vice-Chair of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.
Bruce’s contributions to Queen’s since he was a student have been substantial. He was President of the Alma Mater Society and recipient of the A.E. MacRae Award in 1960. He has been a member of the University Council since 1968 and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1982. He chaired the John Orr dinner in 1970, 1984 and 1985 and was co-founder of the Kingston and Queen’s Rowing Clubs and the Queen’s Public Sector Management Program. He received the Queen’s Distinguished Service Award in 1988, the National Alumni Award in 1991, the Toronto Branch Award in 1995, and the John Orr Award in 2001.
Bruce has had extensive involvement in the volunteer sector. He was founding Director of the John Howard Society of Toronto and the Oriole Park Community Association, co-founder of the John Brooks Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, recipient of the John Brooks Community Foundation Award, Deputy Director of the United Way Government Campaign; Member, International Observer Group - Sri Lanka Elections, 1993; and Director, Canadian Scottish Heritage Foundation. In 2009, he created the Shadow Cabinet as a way of formalizing a lifelong interest in mentoring young Canadians.
Bruce has a passion for sport and recreation, has been active in cycling, cross country skiing, and white water canoeing and is a member of the Boulder Buster Canoe Club. He was a member of the Legacy Committee of the Toronto Olympic Bid, created the Les Amis fund for amateur athletes, and served on the Boards of Cross Country Canada and True Sport Canada.
National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation. In July 2009, A-in-chut was elected to a three-year mandate as National Chief to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).
Advancing a vision of supporting and enabling the success of every First Nation on the basis of their rights and responsibilities, National Chief Atleo and the National Executive have taken forward a bold plan of action and engagement with all sectors of Canadian society. First Nations from across Canada supported A-in-chut in confirming education as a top priority for the Assembly. Since then, A-in-chut has been a tireless advocate for First Nations by spending time in First Nations in every region of the country, with federal, provincial, and territorial leaders and with national and international audiences.
Previously, A-in-chut served two terms as Regional Chief of the BC AFN. Committed to the principles of working together through inclusion and respect, he forged the historic Leadership Accord among First Nations leadership in BC in 2005.
A-in-chut graduated in 2003 with a Masters of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (in partnership with University of British Columbia, University of the Western Cape South Africa, and University of Linkoping Sweden). In 2008, A-in-chut’s commitment to education was recognized in his appointment as Chancellor of Vancouver Island University, becoming BC’s first Indigenous Chancellor. He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in Education from Ontario’s Nipissing University in June 2010. In February, 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his advocacy work on behalf of First Nations across Canada.
A-in-chut is supported by and gains strength from his partner of 25 years Nancy and their two adult children, Tyson and Tara. Traditional teachings have guided A-in-chut to serve First Nations as a leader, facilitator, mediator, planner and teacher.
Dame Pamela Gordon Banks is the first woman, and youngest person, to have served as the Premier of Bermuda. As head of government, Dame Pamela led a cabinet that fostered the continued growth of international business and educational advancement, during which Bermuda experienced unrivalled prosperity.
Knighted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for service to the country, Dame Pamela spent 14 years in the political arena in various senior leadership roles before deciding to retire from active politics.
As a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, Dame Pamela participated in the Inaugural Summit. She was inducted as a member of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow at The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Dame Pamela has also served as the Chair of a Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.
To promote democratic governance, Dame Pamela has debated politics everywhere from CNN to the Oxford Union to the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. As a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government, Dame Pamela has extensively lectured students keen to practice “the art of the possible”.
Her special affinity for Queen’s began in the 1970’s, when she enrolled in the University’s innovative undergraduate Distance Learning courses. In later years, despite the demands of her political office, Dame Pamela took great pleasure in earning her MBA from Queen’s School of Business.
Currently, Dame Pamela is actively involved with several international charitable organizations including the ISIS Foundation (which focuses on maternal and child care in Nepal & Africa), the World Fellowship (which supports the global outreach of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards) and the Magic That Matters Foundation (which sponsors Johns Hopkins Hospital’s stem cell research program).
Married to Andrew Banks, founder of private equity firm ABRY Partners, Dame Pamela has four accomplished adult children and three beautiful grandchildren, and lives in Bermuda.
Robert Beamish was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During his younger years, his family moved often due to his father’s job, which meant Bob attended various public schools in Toronto and Montreal. Ultimately, the family landed in the west end of Toronto, where Bob attended Etobicoke Collegiate Institute. It was there that he met his wife-to-be, Marilyn Daly, and the two were married just weeks after their university graduation, his from Queen’s and hers from University of Toronto.
Bob graduated with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1960. It was during this time at Queen’s that he developed his life-long love of flying and acquired his Pilot’s license.
His first employment was as a Process Engineer in the paper industry in Toronto. Following that, he had the opportunity to become involved in a start-up company in New Jersey, which manufactured portable emergency shelters - a good learning experience.
Just around the time of the birth of their first child, Bob took a job as Technical Service Representative at Monsanto Canada in their Plastics Division. He stayed with Monsanto for 14 years and held various positions in manufacturing, marketing, and management, with his final assignment being President of Monsanto Canada.
In 1978, Monsanto chose to withdraw from one segment of their operations in Canada, the polyurethane business. Bob, along with his colleague at Monsanto who ran the division, Bob Fitzhenry, purchased the business. “Woodbridge Foam Corporation”, now known as “The Woodbridge Group”, was hence established, composed of just the one facility located in Woodbridge, Ontario.
Concentrating on innovations in the processes and products, the business has grown over the past 30 years from one local Canadian plant to over 60 facilities in 21 countries. It now produces and assembles many products, primarily for the automotive industry, and remains a private Canadian corporation.
Over the years, Bob has been involved in a number of ventures, many of which strive to find new materials to improve a product, or replace petroleum-based material with sustainable substitutes. These developments range from the design and manufacture of aircraft floats and bush planes, to the commercialization of bio-based petrochemical replacements, composite lumber made from fly ash, and biodiesel.
Over 10 years ago, Bob, Marilyn and his three children formed a charitable foundation, The WB Family Foundation, the primary purpose of which is to assist organizations with their creative initiatives in medical research, health care, and education. Participation in the realization of the Queen’s Integrated Learning Centre, Beamish-Munro Hall, is one example of the foundation’s interests. The Foundation has also placed a particular emphasis on mental health issues through its association with The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as well as funding certain hospitals specifically in the area of diagnostic imaging.
Bob and Marilyn currently live in Oakville. They have three children, and nine grandchildren.
Dr. Alan Bernstein, O.C., PhD, FRSC, is the President & CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). CIFAR’s vision is to deepen our understanding of the world by connecting the world’s best minds through global research networks that address important, complex challenges facing humanity.
From 2008-2011, Dr. Bernstein was the executive director of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, an international alliance of researchers and funders charged with accelerating the search for an HIV vaccine. Previously, he served as the founding president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2000-2007), Canada’s federal agency for the support of health research. In that capacity, he led the transformation of health research in Canada.
After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and following postdoctoral work in London, Dr. Bernstein joined the Ontario Cancer Institute (1974-1985). In 1985, he joined the new Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute in Toronto, was named Associate Director in 1988, and then Director of Research (1994-2000).
Author of over 225 scientific publications, Dr. Bernstein has made extensive contributions to the study of stem cells, hematopoiesis, and cancer. He chairs or is a member of advisory and review boards in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Italy, and Australia. Dr. Bernstein has received numerous awards and honourary degrees for his contributions to science, including the 2008 Gairdner Wightman Award. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Raymond S. Bradley is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Director of the Climate System Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also co-directs the Northeast Climate Science Center of the U.S. Department of Interior.
Dr. Bradley did his undergraduate work at Southampton University (U.K.) and his post-graduate studies (M.S., Ph.D.) at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder. He also earned a DSc. from Southampton University in 2003 for his contributions in paleoclimatology.
His research interests are in climatology and paleoclimatology, with a particular focus on how climate has changed since the last ice age, and the causes of climate variations. He has written or edited twelve books on climatic change, including Paleoclimatology, Climate Since AD 1500, Climate Change and Society, Paleoclimate, Global Change and the Future, The Hadley Circulation, and Global Warming and Political Intimidation. He has also authored more than 170 peer-reviewed articles on climate change.
He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Arctic Institute of North America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In July 2006, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Lancaster University, England. He was awarded the Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2007, and elected to the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters in 2008.
Ray Bradley has been an advisor to various government and international agencies, including the U.S., Swiss, Swedish, and U.K. National Science Foundations, the Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Research Council, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the US-Russia Working Group on Environmental Protection, and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP).
Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter Jr.), 39th President of the United States, was born October 1, 1924, in the small farming town of Plains, Georgia, and grew up in the nearby community of Archery. He was educated in the public school of Plains, attended Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1946, the same year he married Rosalynn Smith, also of Plains. In the Navy, he became a submariner, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets and rising to the rank of lieutenant.
When his father died in 1953, he resigned his naval commission and returned with Rosalynn and his family to Georgia, running the Carter farms and becoming involved in his county and state—serving in the Georgia Senate for two terms and as Governor from 1971 to 1975.
Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States on November 2, 1976 and served as President from January 20, 1977, to January 20, 1981. Significant foreign policy accomplishments of his administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. On the domestic side, the administration's achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
Rosalynn Carter, a graduate of Georgia Southwestern College in 1946, has made a lifelong commitment to address issues affecting women and children. She is an advocate for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution. Mrs. Carter emerged as a driving force for mental health in the United States when, during the Carter administration, she became active honorary chair of the President's Commission on Mental Health and led the successful effort to pass the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980. Today, she serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University, her alma mater. She served as distinguished centennial lecturer at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, from 1988-1992 and is currently a distinguished fellow at the Emory University Department of Women's Studies in Atlanta.
In 1982, in partnership with Emory University, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter co-founded The Carter Center, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization, for which they both continue to provide active leadership. For thirty years, the Center has been guided by “a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health” both in the United States and around the world.
The Center has led the fight against Guinea worm disease, reducing the number of cases from an estimated 3.5 million cases in 1986 to 521 as of October 2012. It is on track to be the first disease since smallpox to be eradicated. The Center also has sent observers to 92 elections in 37 countries to help establish and strengthen democracy, and has taught farming methods that have helped more than 8 million small-scale farmers in 15 African nations to double or triple grain production.
Additionally, the Carters have been active advocates for Habitat for Humanity, joining with legions of other volunteers to helping hundreds of thousands of families in need feel the joy of home ownership. They have carried this commitment further in the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project — a campaign that, since 1984, has built and restored homes, as well as raised awareness of the world’s critical need for affordable housing.
Together, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have written over 30 books on topics ranging from the state of American politics and democracy, to peace and human rights at home and abroad, to caregiving for those in need both in the family and in the community. For their uncompromising commitment to advancing the dignity of all peoples at home and around the world, they have received countless international awards and commendations, including, for President Carter, the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2002.
Never forgetting their roots, the Carters both have served as deacons in the Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains, Georgia. In their spare time, they enjoy fly-fishing, bird-watching, and swimming. Most importantly, they enjoy time with their family—three sons, one daughter, nine grandsons, three granddaughters, two great-grandsons, and five great-granddaughters.
Glenn Close is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning actress who made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill's The World According to Garp. Her performance earned Ms. Close her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her performances in Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill; Barry Levinson's The Natural; Adrian Lyne's smash Fatal Attraction; and Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons. She starred in all five seasons of the recently-ended, highly-acclaimed TV legal drama, Damages, for which she won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe as “Best Actress.”
Last year, Glenn Close produced and starred in the title role of the feature film Albert Nobbs, alongside a distinguished cast that included Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleason and Janet McTeer. Rodrigo Garcia, for whom Close has starred in two previous films, directed. In addition to writing the screenplay with (Man Booker prize-winning novelist) John Banville, Glenn wrote the lyrics to the Golden Globe nominated theme song. For her performance in Albert Nobbs, Close received her sixth Academy Award nomination, along with Golden Globe and SAG nominations, the “Best Actress” Award from the Tokyo Film Festival and the Irish Film and Television Award for “Best Foreign Actress.”
In 2009, Glenn Close participated in the launch of Bring Change 2 Mind, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to confronting, head-on, the fear, misunderstanding and discrimination surrounding mental illness. The organization was created by Close together with The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House and International Mental Health Research Organization, and has the support of the major mental health organizations in this country.
The idea for this movement evolved out of Ms. Close’s first-hand observation of battles with mental illness within her family. Ms. Close’s sister, Jessie, is living with bipolar disorder and Jessie’s son, Calen, is living with schizoaffective disorder. All three have become powerful advocates for mental health.
Bring Change 2 Mind is behind a national anti-stigma public service campaign that is raising awareness about mental illness and has already reached over 800 million households. The public service announcement, which can be viewed on their website www.BringChange2Mind.org, was directed by Ron Howard. John Mayer lent his song “Say” to the cause. A key Bring Change 2 Mind initiative is to base its anti-stigma messaging on the latest scientific research which can then be measured for effectiveness.
Ms. Close actively supports Puppies Behind Bars and their program Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who’ve Served Us. She is also a Founding Member of the Panthera Conservation Advisory Committee. Panthera is an international nonprofit whose sole mission is conservation of the world’s 36 species of wild cats.
John Crosbie was born on January 30, 1931 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and was educated at St. Andrew’s College in Ontario. He attended Queen’s University and graduated with an Arts degree and the medal in Politics in 1953. He recalls experiencing the mentoring of, and consultations with, J.A. Corry and J. Meisel of the Politics department, F. Knox of the Economics department, W. Lederman, later the first Dean of the Law School, and J. Royce, the Registrar.
After graduation, John Crosbie attended the Dalhousie Law School and graduated in 1956 as a University Medallist and received the Viscount Bennett Fellowship for post-graduate study, which led to further legal studies at the London School of Economics in 1956-57. In October of 1957, he was called to the bar of Newfoundland and has served as a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland for 54 years.
John Crosbie was first elected as a Member of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland in 1966 in which he served until winning a by-election in St. John’s West Federal District in 1976. He served as a Member of Parliament in Opposition and, at various times, as a Minister of Finance, Justice, Transport, International Trade, and Fisheries and Oceans. He retired from politics in 1993 and was the Chancellor of Memorial University from 1994 to 2008, when he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mr. Crosbie married his wife, Jane, at the beginning of his final year at Queen’s in 1952. They will celebrate 59 years of marriage in the fall of 2011. His two sons, Ches and Michael, and daughter, Beth, all attended Queen’s, with Ches winning the medal in Politics twenty-three years after his father achieved the same honour. The family tradition has continued, with a granddaughter graduating from Queen’s in 2009.
Beloved the world over for her exquisite pianism, Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences for over thirty years with her glorious lyrical sound, her sterling musicianship, and her profound sense of musical integrity. Born to a Canadian mother and a Polish father in Montreal, Janina Fialkowska started to study the piano with her mother at the age of five. Eventually she entered the École de Musique Vincent d'Indy, studying under the tutelage of Mlle. Yvonne Hubert. The University of Montreal awarded her both advanced degrees of “Baccalauréat” and “Maîtrise” by the time she was only 17.
In 1969, Ms. Fialkowska’s career was greatly advanced by two events: winning the first prize in the Radio Canada National Talent Festival and travelling to Paris to study with Yvonne Lefébure. One year later, she entered the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she first studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki and later became his assistant for five years.
In 1974, her career was launched by Arthur Rubinstein after her prize-winning performance at his inaugural Master Piano Competition in Israel. Ms. Fialkowska has performed with the foremost North American orchestras as well as with all of the principal Canadian orchestras. In touring Europe and Asia, Ms. Fialkowska has appeared as a guest artist with such prestigious orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Halle Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Scottish National Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the French and Belgium National Radio Orchestras.
She has also performed with the foremost North American orchestras, among them the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony as well as with all of the principal Canadian orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the baton of such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Georg Solti, and Leonard Slatkin.
Janina Fialkowska was the Founding Director of the hugely successful “Piano Six” project and its successor “Piano Plus”. This latest project brings together some of Canada’s greatest Classical pianists, instrumentalists and vocalists with Canadians who, for either geographical or financial reasons, would otherwise be unable to hear this calibre of live classical performance. In 2000, "Piano Six" won one of Canada's top arts awards, the Chalmers Award.
In October 2002 Ms Fialkowska was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. She continues to tour the world and delight audiences with her outstanding skill as well as producing critically acclaimed bestselling CDs.
In the course of 38 years of public service, Robert (Bob) Fowler spent a dozen years in the Department of External Affairs, serving in Paris, at the United Nations, and at Headquarters in Ottawa, before being transferred to the Privy Council Office where he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Ministers Trudeau, Turner, and Mulroney from 1980 to 1986.
Mr. Fowler was Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy) at the Department of National Defence from 1986 to 1989, during which time he produced three White Papers on Canadian Defence Policy, and served as Deputy Minister of National Defence from 1989 to 1995. In this capacity he was responsible for 35,000 civilian employees, the administrative, materiel, and support needs of 90,000 members of the Canadian Forces, a budget of $13 billion (CDN), and for the elaboration of defence policy.
In January of 1995, Mr. Fowler became Canada’s longest serving Ambassador to the United Nations (1995 - 2000), where he represented Canada on the Security Council in 1999 and 2000. As Chair of the Angolan Sanctions Committee, he issued two ground-breaking reports which, by putting an end to the impunity of sanctions busters and severely limiting the rebels' access to diamond markets and the arms bazaar, led to the end of the civil war that had ravaged Angola for 25 years.
From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Fowler was Canadian Ambassador to Italy, Albania, San Marino, the three Rome-based UN Food Agencies, and High Commissioner to Malta. Concurrently, he was appointed Sherpa for the Kananaskis G8 Summit in 2002, chairing the creation of the Africa Action Plan, which laid a new foundation for the G8's relationship with Africa. In 2005, he chaired Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Special Advisory Team on Sudan.
From 2001 to 2006, he was the Personal Representative for Africa of Prime Ministers Chrétien, Martin and, briefly, Harper.
Bob Fowler retired from the federal public service in the fall of 2006 and became a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
In July 2008, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, appointed Mr. Fowler to be his Special Envoy to Niger, with the rank of Under-Secretary-General. While acquitting his UN mission, Mr. Fowler and his colleague, Louis Guay, were captured by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) on 14 December 2008, and held hostage in the Sahara Desert for 130 days.
Bob and Mary Fowler live in Ottawa and have four daughters and four grandchildren.
John Walter Douglas (Doug) Hargreaves is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.A. 1960) and Dalhousie University (M.Sc.1975). He served in the Canadian Air Force from 1956 to 1972 as a pilot, instructor, administrator, and coach of both football and basketball. After graduating from Queen’s, he was employed as a high school teacher and coach of both football and basketball, a television weatherman, an insurance salesman, and as a university administrator, associate professor, and coach.
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Doug came to Queen’s in the early 1950’s as an Officer Cadet in the University Reserve Training Program. During his university years, Doug played both varsity football and basketball and met his future wife, Norma, who was a Queen’s student before completing Kingston General Hospital’s School of Nursing program. They raised three daughters and now have four grandsons. In the years following, Doug taught high school and coached various high school sports in Sault Ste. Marie, before re-enlisting with the Canadian Air Force.
While with the Air Force, Doug coached football and basketball at the Royal Military College from 1965 to 1970. In 1971 while stationed at Trenton, Frank Tindall asked him to join his Queen’s staff as an assistant. In 1972, Doug left the military to become Dalhousie’s Athletic Director and head football coach. In 1976, he returned to Queen’s as head football coach and to teach in the School of Physical Education.
Doug led the Golden Gaels to 16 consecutive league semi-final appearances and made 13 league championship appearances, winning nine of those title games, posting 2 undefeated seasons. While head coach, the Gaels won three national semi-final games and won the National Championship title twice. Doug earned league “Coach of the Year” honours five times while at Queen’s. In 1983, he was awarded the Frank Tindall Award as the top intercollegiate head coach in Canada. Since 1995, the Most Outstanding Offensive Player at Queen’s has been awarded the Doug Hargreaves Trophy. Doug is a member of the Queen’s Coaches’ Hall of Fame, the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame, and the Kingston Sports Hall of Fame.
His overall record of 128 wins, 103 losses, and 3 ties spans a career from the Royal Military College, Dalhousie, and Queen’s. In 1994 he retired, having coached the most football games (233) up to that time in the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union.
Doug served on the CIAU Rules Committee for 10 years, was a member of Football Canada’s Working Committee (creating the Coaching Technical Certification program for Canada), and pioneered the exporting of the Canadian game to various European countries. He was instrumental in the forming of the Queen’s Football Club and the catalyst behind the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame.
During his spare time, Doug enjoys downhill skiing, sailing, and building and flying scale radio-controlled aircraft.
Alia Hogben has been a fierce, eloquent and courageous champion of the rights of women and, in particular, those of Muslim women. Born in Burma, raised primarily in India, as well as in many other countries, including Canada. Ms. Hogben is truly a citizen of the world. She was educated at Carleton University (BA) and the University of Toronto (MSW). As a social worker she advocated on behalf of those who did not always have the voice to speak for themselves: women, children, immigrants, the poor, the mentally ill, and those with developmental handicaps to name a few.
Ms. Hogben has been part of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women since its inception; as a member of the Board, as President, and now as Executive Director. With the Council, she has worked tirelessly to assist Canadian Muslim women and others to learn about Islam and its message of equality, plurality and inclusiveness and to seek changes in policies affecting all Muslims, especially Muslim women. Under her direction, the Council has commissioned and disseminated many scholarly reports on the lives and rights of Muslim women in Canada and has, thereby, contributed to the education of Canadians about women and Islam. As part of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, she has employed her reasoned and informed voice in service of the rights of Muslim women in Canada.
She is highly valued by the media as a commentator on issues concerning Islam in Canada and Women in Islam. She writes a monthly column for the Kingston Whig-Standard on Islam and Muslims. She has spoken at international conferences all over the world. Ms. Hogben was a key spokesperson against the use of religious law in family law arbitrations in Ontario. Her position is based both on her view of the breadth and pluralism within Islam and on her commitment to the rights of all women in Canada. She has been honoured by the Ontario Elementary Teachers' Federation as one of the "Great Canadian Women: Making Change Happen."
Ms. Hogben seeks to counter ignorance and fear of Islam with facts, reality and research. She is an articulate proponent of a vision of Islam that is broad, inclusive and egalitarian; a vision that, in her view, fits well in a pluralistic country such as Canada. But she also knows that no religious tradition is defined by a single voice or by a single point of view.
Ms. Hogben lives a life of full engagement. Her ready smile and her easy laughter demonstrate that seriousness of purpose can go hand in hand with a lively sense of humour. For her passion and persistence, for not letting us forget that if we are not vigilant many hard-earned rights could be lost or compromised, Queen's University, upon the recommendation of the Queen's School of Religion, is proud to confer upon her the honorary degree Doctor of Divinity.
Vicki Keith is the most successful marathon swimmer in the history of the sport, holding an unprecedented sixteen world records. Constantly surpassing the records of other swimmers as well as previous records of her own, Vicki has become, to many, the face of marathon swimming in both Canada and around the world. Her most recognized accomplishments include becoming the first person to swim across all five Great Lakes in 1988 and being the only person to complete the 104 km double crossing of Lake Ontario.
Vicki's dream has always been to make a positive difference in the lives of others, so in 2005, when the need for new opportunities for children with disabilities in Kingston, Ontario became apparent, Vicki came out of swimming retirement, and spent 63 hours and 40 minutes in Lake Ontario, completing 80.2 kilometres butterfly, setting 2 world records and raising over $260,000 for the Kingston Family YMCA. This brought her lifetime fundraising total to over one million dollars.
After her marathon swimming career, Vicki took on a new challenge - coaching competitive swimming to a team of athletes with physical disabilities. Vicki has coached 14 athletes with a disability to the national level and two athletes to the international level in competitive swimming, 6 athletes to world records in marathon swimming, and an athlete with a disability to the podium in triathlon on the world stage.
In 2001 Vicki founded the Y Knot Abilities Programs for young people with physical disabilities and their able-bodied siblings. The Y Knot Abilities Programs include sports like competitive swimming, wheelchair basketball and track. Today, Vicki, is working at developing these programs further by expanding to YMCA's across Ontario and Canada.
Vicki has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada, in recognition of her outstanding achievements and service. In 1996 she was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, and in 1998 she had her most famous arrival and departure point renamed after her. The headlands of the Leslie Street Spit in Toronto are now called Vicki Keith Point.
Born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jacqueline Maxwell studied Drama at the University of Manchester. She acted in both Ireland and England before coming to Canada in 1978. Throughout her long and varied career in Canada, Ms. Maxwell has worked extensively as a freelance director and been instrumental in programme creation at many theatre companies. She first worked in Canada for the National Arts Centre as Assistant, then Associate Director, where she set up and ran both an Apprentice Training and New Play Development Programme. In 1982 she headed to Toronto to become Associate Director at Factory Theatre, where she later became Artistic Director (1986 to 1994). While at Factory, Ms. Maxwell created, developed, and produced works by some of Canada’s most respected and vital playwrights such as George Walker, Michel Marc Bouchard, Sharon Pollock, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Michel Garneau. She also held the position of Head of New Play Development at the Charlottetown Festival (1997 to 2000) where she created a new program to foster new main stage Canadian musicals.
Of her many productions in theatres across Canada, Ms. Maxwell’s selected credits include The Weir and Dancing at Lughnasa for Canadian Stage Company; Elisa’s Skin, Motel Hélène, The Four Lives of Marie and The Memory of Water (later remounted for Mirvish Productions at the Elgin/Winter Garden) for Tarragon Theatre; Emily and Johnny Belinda for the Charlottetown Festival; The Orphan Muses and Past Perfect for Montreal’s Centaur Theatre; Susannah for Opera Ontario; Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) for London’s The Grand Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Young People’s Theatre; Doc for Manitoba Theatre Centre; and among many for Factory Theatre, Zadie’s Shoes(also remounted for Mirvish Productions at the Elgin/Winter Garden), Stone and Ashes, Still Alive, Girls in the Gang (for which she received a Dora Award for Best Direction) and Moo. In 2008 she directed Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol for Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre and in the winter of 2012 she will direct Good People by David Lindsay Abaire for Arena Stage, Washington.
Ms. Maxwell has been dramaturge and teacher for such institutions as Queen’s University, the Banff Centre for the Arts, York University, George Brown College, and the National Theatre School in Montreal. For eight years she was Guest Artist/Lecturer at the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. In October 2005, Ms. Maxwell was the recipient of the National Theatre School’s prestigious Gascon-Thomas Award; in June 2007, she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from the University of Windsor and, in 2008, she was awarded the Herbert Whittaker/Drama Bench Award, all in recognition of her exceptional achievements in Canadian theatre.
Piers McDonald was born in Kingston, Ontario, but has dedicated his life to improving the lives of others in Canada’s Yukon Territory. He moved to the Yukon to take part in its mining industry, beginning in 1975 and was, only a few years later, a Member of its Legislative Assembly.
For the next two decades, Piers McDonald was at the head of numerous government ministries, such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Community and Transport, and the Ministry of Finance. He spearheaded construction of the Yukon College campus and the Yukon Arts Centre, as well as community schools in Dawson City, Old Crow, and Watson Lake. He opened the Skagway Road year-round, providing access to the ocean ports for Yukon’s mines. Mr. McDonald was one of the architects of Yukon’s Umbrella Final Agreement, which saw most of Yukon’s fourteen First Nations peoples become self-governing. He also oversaw the devolution federal powers in health, highways, and airports to the Yukon government. Piers McDonald led the Yukon New Democratic Party from 1995 to 2000, and was the Territory’s Premier from 1996 to 2000.
After Mr. McDonald left politics in 2000, he created Northern Vision Development, a corporation with the goal of investing in infrastructure in the Whitehorse waterfront. The corporation has grown to become one of the Yukon’s leading real estate companies. In 2007, Piers McDonald assumed the role of President of the 2007 Canada Winter Games, which brought with it 30 to 40 hours per week of volunteer work in addition to his full-time job. The Games were a success, and Mr. McDonald was named the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce’s Businessperson of the Year and the Yukon Commission’s Volunteer of the Year.
In 2009, Piers McDonald was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C. serves as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Chief Justice McLachlin spent her formative years in Pincher Creek, Alberta and was educated at the University of Alberta, where she received a B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy in 1965. She pursued her studies at the University of Alberta and, in 1968, received both an M.A. in Philosophy and an LL.B.
She articled with Wood, Moir, Hyde and Ross in Edmonton and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1969 and to the British Columbia Bar in 1971. The Chief Justice practised law in Edmonton for a short time, spent one year in Fort St. John and moved to Vancouver to practise with Bull, Housser and Tupper. Commencing in 1974, she taught for seven years in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia as a tenured Associate Professor.
Her judicial career began in April 1981 when she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. In September 1981, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She was elevated to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in December of 1985 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September 1988. Seven months later, in April 1989, she was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. On January 7, 2000, she was appointed Chief Justice of Canada. She is the first woman in Canada to hold this position.
In addition to her judicial duties at the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice chairs the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. She also serves on the selection committee of the Vimy Award.
The Chief Justice has written many articles and publications and is the author of two books. She is the recipient of 29 honorary degrees and was named Commander of the French Legion of Honour in 2007. She was presented with the Queen’s Jubilee medal and the International Jurists award in 2008 and is an honorary member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2010, she was named Canadian of the Year by the Canadian Club of Toronto and was inducted into the International Hall of Fame by the International Women’s Forum.
Peter Andrew Stewart Milliken was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. He was educated at Queen’s, Oxford, and Dalhousie Universities. In 1973, he was called to the bar of Ontario and enrolled as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ontario. Mr. Milliken was a partner in a Kingston law firm of Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham from 1973 until 1988 before his election to Parliament. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988 as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands and served until May, 2011.
He has held several positions including, in opposition, Party Critic for Election Reform and Associate Critic for Seniors, Assistant Party House Leader (House Business), Vice-Chairman of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and Member of the Standing Committee on House Management. In government, Mr. Milliken has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and Co-Chair of the Special Joint Committee on a Code of Conduct.
In 1996, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Committees of the Whole House and in 1997, Deputy Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Committees of the Whole House. On January 29th, 2001, he was elected 34th Speaker of the House of Commons. He was also the Chair of the Board of Internal Economy. On October 12, 2009, he became the longest serving Speaker of the House of Commons in Canadian history. His Speakership was notable for the number of tie-breaking votes he was required to make as well as for making several historic rulings.
In 1997, he was awarded the Padre Laverty Award from the Queen’s University Alumni Association in Kingston where he resides. In November, 1999, he was awarded the Agnes Benidickson Award from the Ottawa Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association.
In May 2001, he received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the State University New York at Potsdam, and on June 13, 2003, was appointed Honorary President of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada – Hamilton Branch. On July 19th, 2003, Mr. Milliken was named Honorary Commander of the Fort Henry Guard.
In June 2011, Peter Milliken joined Queen's University as a Teaching and Research Fellow at the School of Policy Studies.
In September 2011, Mr. Murray retired from the Senate of Canada as its dean, 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. He was Leader of the Government in the Senate (1986-93), Minister of Federal-Provincial Relations (1986-91), Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (1987-88), and Acting Minister of Communications (1989).
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 (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.
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.
His appointment to the Senate in 1979 was the culmination of almost 20 years in Canadian politics and government. During the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Murray had served as political assistant to ministers in the Diefenbaker government (Justice Minister E.D. Fulton, Sen. Wallace McCutcheon), to Progressive Conservative leader Robert L. Stanfield, as Deputy Minister to New Brunswick Premier Richard Hatfield, and as National Campaign Chairman of the P.C. Party.
Senator Murray has been a Trustee of the Institute for Research in Public Policy, a member of the Trilateral Commission, and a member of the Council of the Federation’s expert panel on Fiscal Imbalance (2004-06). Born in New Waterford, N.S., he is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University (B.A., Hon. LL.D) and of Queen’s (MPA).
Peter Nicholson was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1942 and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in physics from Dalhousie University (1994-95) and a PhD in operations research from Stanford University in California (1969).
His varied career has included senior positions in academia (University of Minnesota), business (fisheries, banking and telecommunications), and public service (several federal government departments, the OECD in Paris, and as a Member of the Nova Scotia Legislature).
In 1994-95, Dr. Nicholson was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist in Finance Canada and participated in the key decisions that led to the turnaround in Canada’s fiscal position in the wake of measures contained in the 1995 federal budget. He was the chief policy advisor to Prime Minister Martin from 2003 to 2006, before becoming the founding president of the Council of Canadian Academies, a position from which he retired at the end of 2009.
His business career included positions as Senior Vice-president of Scotiabank (Toronto) and Chief Strategy Officer of BCE Inc. (Montreal).
Dr. Nicholson has served in a voluntary capacity on several organizations dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology in Canada. He was an inaugural member of the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology (1986), the founding Chair of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematics, a Governor of the National Research Council, both a Director and a member of the Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Chair of the Canadian Institute for Telecommunication Research, and the inaugural Chair of the Members of both the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Millennium Scholarship Foundation. He is currently a member of the Alberta Research and Innovation Authority, Chair of the Standing Selection Committee for the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence program, and a board member of the Halifax Marine Research Institute and of the Centre for Drug Research and Development.
Dr. Nicholson has received honorary degrees from Dalhousie University, Acadia University, the University of Quebec, and McMaster University. He is a Member of the Order of Canada awarded in recognition of his contributions to business and public policy.
Raymond Alexander Price came to Queen’s University 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 and other modern orogenic belts. 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 recently was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sudbury Neutrino Institute, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Earth Systems Evolution Program of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, and a Member of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the U.S. National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences. He also was Chair of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Scientific Review Group that evaluated the scientific and engineering aspects of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s proposed concept for the disposal of Canada’s Nuclear Fuel Waste, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Global Change Program, and a Member of the Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources of the U.S. National Research Council.
Dr. Price graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1955 with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology, and in 1958 he received a Ph.D. in Geology from Princeton University. From 1958 to 1968 he was a member of the Petroleum Geology Section of the Geological Survey of Canada and was engaged in geological mapping and structural and tectonic studies in the Cordillera of western Canada. He then moved to Queen’s University where he was Head of the Department of Geological Sciences from 1972 to 1977, and a Killam Research Fellow from 1978 to 1980. Between 1981 and 1988 Dr. Price was the Director-General of the Geological Survey of Canada and an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources in Ottawa. He was President of the International Lithosphere Program from 1980 to 1985, and President of the Geological Society of America in 1989-90.
Dr. Price is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Associate of the US 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 received the R.J.W. Douglas Medal from the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists in 1984, the Sir William Logan Medal of the Geological Association of Canada in 1985, the Leopold von Buch medal from the Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft in 1988, and the Major Edward Coke Medal from the Geological Society of London in 1989, the Massey Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2010, and he was made an Officer in L’Ordre des Palmes Academique of France in 1988. He was awarded the degree D.Sc. (honoris causa) by Carleton University in Ottawa and the Memorial University of Newfoundland; and the degree LL.D. (honoris causa) by the University of Calgary. He has been selected to receive the Penrose Medal of the Geological Society of America in November 2012.
Dr. David Sinclair was born in 1946 in Montreal. He 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). Although he provided much of the conceptual design for the project, his main contribution was to develop techniques that allowed radium to be measured in water at a level about one million times lower than had been achieved previously. This huge improvement was essential for the success of the experiment.
Dr. Sinclair 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 elusive neutrino and possibly shed light on some of the mysteries surrounding the origin of the universe.
Justice David Stratas attended elementary and high school in Scarborough, Ontario. In 1984, he obtained his LL.B. from Queen’s University. From 1984-1986, he attended Balliol College, Oxford University, obtaining his B.C.L. with first class standing. He then served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Bertha Wilson, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Canada.
Justice Stratas practised law in Toronto from 1988 to 2010, primarily in the areas of administrative and constitutional law. During that time, he acted as counsel in many high profile matters in all courts, including 12 appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada.
While practising law, Justice Stratas earned a reputation as one of the best counsel in Canada. The Chambers Global Guide described him as a “tremendously hard worker,” “meticulously prepared” and “a creative force,” with “ideas you’d never think of.” The annual Lexpert Survey consistently rated him as “repeatedly recommended” by other counsel. Up until his appointment to the judiciary, he appeared in every edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.
In 2008, Justice Stratas was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of a select number of Canadian counsel to receive that honour. In that same year, the federal Minister of Justice appointed him to the roster of Special Advocates who, upon court appointment, act independently of government to protect the interests of persons facing allegations in closed national security proceedings.
In 2010, Justice Stratas was appointed directly to the Federal Court of Appeal. That Court, based in Ottawa, is the world’s most itinerant appellate court, holding hearings in eighteen major Canadian cities. It reviews decisions of the Federal Court, the Tax Court of Canada, and over 2,500 federal boards, tribunals, and other decision-makers. It issues judgments in constitutional, administrative and regulatory law, intellectual property law, tax law, immigration law, national security law, and human rights law, to name a few.
From 1994 to 2012, Justice Stratas was a sessional lecturer at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law, winning a total of eight teaching awards. He has received other awards for his contributions to mentoring and the administrative law and regulatory community. Ever keen to educate, he has spoken at over 100 conferences and has authored approximately 120 articles, papers and commentaries, primarily in the areas of constitutional, administrative, and regulatory law.
Dr. Sally Thorne, RN, PhD, FAAN, FCAHS, is an internationally-recognized and admired academic nurse who has led the country in the advancement of the philosophy of nursing science, the development of graduate education within the discipline, and the expansion of nursing leadership capacity across the health and academic sectors.
A pioneer in the development of qualitative research methods innovations that apply a nursing disciplinary perspective to solving complex health problems, Thorne’s research and writing have reconfigured our understanding of the human interface of cancer and chronic disease. She has also played an active role in shaping health care and health research policy through her career, including involvement as a Board Director for such organizations as the BC Cancer Agency, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Association of Registered Nurses of British Columbia, the International Institute of Qualitative Methodology, and the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology.
Dr. Thorne has further contributed to the advancement of scholarly thought within nursing and health care through her work as Associate Editor for the journal Qualitative Health Research and as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nursing Inquiry.
Widely recognized nationally and internationally as an outstanding speaker and consultant on matters of nursing education, leadership, clinical practice, and research, she has given generously of her time to ensuring that nurses are equipped with the knowledge and skills that will bring their discipline’s perspective to policy decisions that affect the health of both people and populations.
In addition to numerous awards and honours associated with her research, teaching and professional leadership, the impact of her contributions to the profession of nursing have been acknowledged through such recognitions as Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2005), being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women (2009), and induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2011).
Garry Trudeau was born in New York City in 1948, and was raised in Saranac Lake, New York. He attended Yale University, where he received his BA and an MFA in graphic design.
Doonesbury was launched in 1970. It now appears in nearly 1,100 daily and Sunday newspaper around the world, and his work has been collected in over 60 books. In 1975, Trudeau became the first comic strip artist ever to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1989, 2004 and 2005.
Working with John and Faith Hubley, Trudeau wrote and co-directed the animated film, A Doonesbury Special, for NBC-TV in 1977. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and received the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Collaborating with composer Elizabeth Swados, Trudeau wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical, Doonesbury, for which he was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards. A cast album of the show, recorded for MCA, received a Grammy nomination. Trudeau also collaborated with Swados on Rap Master Ronnie, an Off-Broadway satirical revue. A filmed version was later broadcast on Cinemax.
In 1988, Trudeau wrote and co-produced, along with director Robert Altman, HBO's critically acclaimed Tanner '88, which won an Emmy, the gold medal for Best Television Series at the Cannes Television Festival, and Best Imported Program from the British Broadcasting Press Guild. In 2004, he reunited with Altman to write and co-produce a sequel series, “Tanner on Tanner”, for the Sundance Channel.
Trudeau has contributed articles to publications such as Harper's, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The New Yorker, New York, and The Washington Post. He was a contributing columnist for The New York Times op-ed page, and later an essayist for Time magazine. He has received honorary doctorates from Yale, Williams, University College Dublin and 28 other academic institutions, and has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In recognition of his work on wounded warriors, Trudeau has been presented with the Commander’s Award for Public Service by the Department of Army, the Commander’s Award from Disabled American Veterans, the President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from Vietnam Veterans of America, and several other awards.
Trudeau is married to broadcaster Jane Pauley. They have three grown children and make their home in New York City.
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 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.
Her special area of study is Asian religions. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism. Since 1997, she has been a Research Associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. Her Confucian publications include: Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism (SUNY, 1989) and The Philosophy of Qi (Columbia University Press, 2007). With Tu Weiming, she edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality (Crossroad, 2003, 2004).
Her concern for the growing environmental crisis, especially in Asia, led her to organize with John Grim a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1995-1998).Together they are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. After the conference series, she and Grim founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology. To help shape this new interdisciplinary field they edited Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 1994) and a Daedalus volume titled Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (2001). Tucker also wrote: Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Open Court Press, 2003).
Tucker and Grim studied world religions with Thomas Berry and worked closely with him for some 30 years. Tucker edited several of Berry's books: The Great Work (Random House, 1999), Evening Thoughts (Sierra Club Books and University of California Press, 2006), The Sacred Universe (Columbia University Press, 2009), and with Grim, The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth (Orbis, 2009).
She has also worked closely with evolutionary philosopher, Brian Swimme, for some 25 years. Together they have created a multi-media project called Journey of the Universe which consists of an HD film, a DVD series of interviews, a book published by Yale University Press, and a website.
Tucker has been involved with the Earth Charter since its inception. She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000 and is a member of the Earth Charter International Council.
She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Orion Magazine, the Garrison Institute, and Climate Central.
Wilfrid J. (Wilf) Wilkinson, a retired chartered accountant was a founding partner of Wilkinson & Company, a public accounting firm. He is a past-president of the Province of Ontario Public Accountants Council –, and a past Treasurer of both the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Quebec and the Royal Canadian Military Institute and was elected a Fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants.
A Rotarian since 1962, Mr. Wilkinson is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Ontario. He served Rotary International President in 2007-08, the first Canadian to serve in that position in 55 years. Previously he served Rotary International as Vice-President, Director, Rotary Foundation Trustee, District Governor, International Assembly Chair and Chair of the Rotary International Centennial Convention in Chicago.
After retiring from accountancy, Mr. Wilkinson was the part-time executive director of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. He has also been chair of the Trenton Memorial Hospital fundraising committee, founding chairman of the Belleville Cheshire Home for Physically Handicapped Adults, chairman of the Board for Loyalist College and president of the district council of the Boy Scouts of Canada.
As a member of the International PolioPlus Committee, Mr. Wilkinson has advanced the global effort to eradicate polio. He participated in National Immunization Days (NIDS) in Kenya, Tanzania, India and also administered polio drops to children of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. He has also been a Health, Hunger and Humanity Program volunteer to India. In addition, Mr. Wilkinson has had Rotary assignments in South African, Namibia, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and many regions of the United States and Canada.
Mr. Wilkinson has been recognized for his humanitarian service by the Knights of Columbus, Province of Ontario, the government of Canada and was honoured by Pope John Paul II with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal. He is also the recipient of many Rotary honours, including the Citation for Meritorious Service, International Service Award for a Polio-free World, the Distinguished Service Award and Service Above Self Award. He became a Member of the Order of Canada on May 3, 2007 with a citation that read, in part, “Integrity, commitment and service are the hallmarks of Wilfrid Wilkinson’s contributions to his community”.
Mr. Wilkinson has been married to Joan since 1953 and they have four sons and eight grandchildren.
Chief Justice Warren K. Winkler, B.A., LL.B., LL.M. was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario and President of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in June 2007. Prior to his appointment he served for 14 years as a trial judge of the Superior Court of Justice, including three years as the Regional Senior Justice for Toronto.
Chief Justice Winkler is widely recognized for his expertise in mediation, having judicially mediated many large national and international disputes, including those involving the Air Canada restructuring, Ontario Hydro and the Power Workers, the Windsor-Michigan Tunnel, and the CanWest/Shaw Cable restructuring. He has heard major class action proceedings including those involving Hepatitis C, breast implants, tobacco, Walkerton’s tainted water supply, Mad Cow disease, and Native residential schools.
Chief Justice Winkler has received honorary doctorates from the Law Society of Upper Canada and from many Canadian universities. In 2012, Osgoode Hall Law School announced the creation of the Winkler Institute in Dispute Resolution, honouring the Chief Justice’s career in this field. Chief Justice Winkler publishes and speaks frequently on a broad array of topics including class actions, access to justice, alternative dispute resolution, labour relations, judicial mediation and civil justice reform.