2015 Honorary Degree Recipients
A 1982 RMC graduate, Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier served with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry before studying medicine at McMaster University and in Toronto. He served as a Regimental and Hospital Medical Officer in Germany, commanded MacPherson Military Hospital in Calgary, trained in medical chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defence with US research institutes, completed post-graduate environmental and public health programs at the US Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and served as a US Defense Intelligence Agency analyst. He was later responsible for Canadian medical defensive capabilities against operational threats, chaired several related allied committees, headed the military Occupational and Environmental Health program, and led the Canadian Forces public health agency as Director of Force Health Protection.
As Director Health Services Operations, he chaired the multi-national steering group coordinating NATO health resources in southern Afghanistan and was responsible for support to all Canadian missions, including the combat hospital in Kandahar which achieved history’s highest casualty survival rate and earned Canada NATO's highest honour for medical support. As Deputy Surgeon General, he also chaired the medical research committee of NATO's Science and Technology Organization, the world's largest research network.
He was appointed Surgeon General, Head of the Royal Canadian Medical Service, Commander of Canadian Forces Health Services Group, and Honorary Physician to Her Majesty the Queen in 2012. He subsequently oversaw Canadian missions to establish Afghanistan’s medical professional and post-graduate programs, to treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, and the health components of other humanitarian, development, and combat missions.
A graduate of advanced military leadership programs and the Queen’s Public Executive Program, he is a recipient of the Royal Military College History Prize and the US Army Medical Department Center and School Commanding General's Award, an Officer of the Order of Military Merit, a Knight of Malta, an elect of the US public health honour society, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, an Honorary Graduate of the US Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, and serves on the boards of the Foundation for Civic Literacy and the Dorchester Review. The first alumnus of the US federal health sciences university to be appointed a Surgeon General, he is also the first person from outside continental Europe elected to chair the committee of Surgeons General of NATO and partner nations beginning in November 2015.
Rick Battarbee is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Change at University College London, and was the director of the Environmental Change Research Centre at UCL from 1991 to 2007. He has also held research positions at Uppsala University (Sweden), Ulster University (Northern Ireland), Joensuu University (Finland) and the University of Minnesota (USA).
Throughout his career he has been interested in the way lake sediment records can be used to reconstruct lake ecosystem change through time. In particular, he has pioneered the use of diatoms as indicators of water quality, developing techniques that are now used routinely throughout the world.
With his colleagues in the ECRC he has successfully applied those techniques to problems of eutrophication, surface water acidification and climate change. In the 1980s he and his group demonstrated that “acid rain” was responsible for causing the acidification of surface waters in the British uplands, research that was instrumental in persuading the UK government to sign up to international agreements on the reductions of sulphur dioxide emissions from power stations. His research on “acid rain” has continued, and now focuses on lake ecosystem recovery especially the role of climate change in modifying recovery processes.
He received the Back Award from the Royal Geographical Society in 1989, was elected a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 1991, awarded the Rector’s Guest and Research Medal of the University of Helsinki in 1994, recognized by Queen Elizabeth II as a “pioneer of the nation” in 2003, and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006. He was awarded an Honorary DSc by the University of Ulster in 2007, the Ruth Patrick Award from the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography in 2009, and the Victoria Medal from the Royal Geographical Society in 2010. In 2012 he became an Einstein Professor in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, he was awarded the James Croll Medal of the UK Quaternary Research Association in 2013, and was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Paleolimnology Association in 2015.
Alan Broadbent is Chairman and Founder of Maytree, and Chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation.
He co-founded and chairs the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, Diaspora Dialogues, and the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto. In addition, Alan is a Director of Sustainalytics Holdings B.V., Senior Fellow and Governing Board member of Massey College, Member of the Governors’ Council of the Toronto Public Library Foundation, and Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Alan is the author of Urban Nation: Why We Need to Give Power Back to the Cities to Make Canada Strong, and co-editor of Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University in 2009.
Nellie Cournoyea is Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC). The corporation was established in 1985 with the mandate to receive the Inuvialuit lands and financial compensation resulting from the 1984 land claim settlement. Today it has assets in excess of $492 million.
Before her election as Chair of IRC, Ms. Cournoyea was Premier of the Northwest Territories for four years beginning in November, 1991. She represented the riding of Nunakput from 1979 to November 1995.
Born in Aklavik in 1940, Ms. Cournoyea was educated through the Federal Aklavik Day School by Alberta correspondence courses. She worked at CBC Inuvik for nine years as an announcer and station manager and was a land claim fieldworker for the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). Ms. Cournoyea was a founding member, and later administrator and land rights worker, of the Committee of Original Peoples’ Entitlement (COPE).
Ms. Cournoyea was the first managing director of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation after being part of the land rights negotiating team. She also held the position of implementation coordinator for the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA) for several years, and served on the Board of Directors of Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation, Inuvialuit Development Corporation, and the Enrolment Authority and Arbitration Board.
Having decided not to run in the 1995 NWT election, Ms. Cournoyea returned to the Beaufort-Delta where she was elected Chair and CEO of IRC in 1996. In January 2010, she returned for an eighth two-year term. In January, 2012 she returned for her second three-year term.
Appointments include Chair of the Inuvik Regional Health and Social Services Authority, 1996 to 2004; and Chair of the Aboriginal Pipeline Working Group, 2000 to 2002, where she still remains on the Executive Committee.
Ms. Cournoyea’s many awards include: Woman of the Year Award (NWT Native Women’s Assn.), 1982; Wallace Goose Award (Inuvialuit Regional Corporation), 1986; National Aboriginal Achievement Award, 1994; Honorary Doctorates in Law (Lakehead University, 1995; Carleton University, 1996; University of Toronto, 1996; University of Lethbridge, 2001; University of Alberta, 2004; and the University of Calgary, 2015); Canadian Energy Person of the Year (Energy Council of Canada), 2004; Northern Medal Award (Governor General of Canada), 2008; and Officer of the Order of Canada (Governor General of Canada), 2008.
With sales of more than four million records and eleven JUNO Awards, Blue Rodeo has established itself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary rock bands. Founded in 1984 by lead singers, guitarists and songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, the band’s success and longevity are widely attributed to their love of touring, their active connection with their fans, and their unwavering commitment to pushing their creative limits. Blending country, blues, folk and rock influences, Blue Rodeo deliver a consistently recognizable, engaging sound while reinventing themselves with every new album and project.
The band played their first show in 1985 at The Rivoli in Toronto and quickly developed a loyal following on the Toronto music circuit. Their debut album Outskirts (1987), featuring the hit single “Try,” went double platinum and launched a three-decade-long career of headlining almost every club, theatre and arena in the country. Blue Rodeo continue to tour extensively across Canada and the United States, and perform regularly at benefit concerts and charity events in support of causes ranging from school music programs to community health initiatives and disaster relief.
To date, Blue Rodeo has released thirteen full-length studio albums, three live recordings, one greatest hits package, and five DVDs. In 1998, Jim released the first of three solo albums, All in Time, that went on to sell Gold and garner him the Best Male Vocalist JUNO Award. His next album, 2006’s The Light That Guides You Home, won the Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. In 2011 Jim released Skyscraper Soul, his 3rd solo album, to critical acclaim. His voice, always a voluptuous instrument, has never sounded better and Cuddy proves once again that his songwriting ranks with the best Canada has to offer.
Blue Rodeo’s awards and honours include eleven JUNO Awards, the Governor General’s Award for Performing Arts, a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, membership in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, 15 SOCAN Classics Awards and National Achievement Award, and the keys to the City of Toronto. Jim Cuddy has received two JUNO Awards for his solo work and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.
Lyse Doucet is the BBC’s award winning Chief International Correspondent and senior Presenter who anchors news programmes for BBC World TV and World Service Radio. She is regularly deployed to present special news coverage from the field, interview world leaders, and report across the BBC’s domestic and global outlets.
Before joining the BBC’s team of presenters in 1999, Lyse spent 15 years as a BBC foreign correspondent with postings in Amman, Jerusalem, Tehran, Islamabad, Kabul and Abidjan
Lyse’s TV documentary “Children of Syria” has been nominated for a BAFTA award this year. Her most recent awards include an Emmy and a Peabody in the United States in 2014 for her team’s reporting from Syria. Her broadcasting also won her the Women in Film and Television Studio award. Her report from the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk outside Damascus was honoured with the 2014 Prix Bayeux Calvados for war reporting. In 2013 she was awarded Britain’s James Cameron Award, in 2012 an Edward R Murrow award for radio reports from Tunisia, and a Peabody and David Bloom Award in 2010 for television films from Afghanistan. Earlier awards include Gold and Silver Sony Awards for News Journalist of the Year, International Television Personality of the Year from the Association for International Broadcasting and the News and Factual Award from Women in Film and Television.
Last year Lyse was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list for her services to Broadcasting.
Born in Canada, Lyse has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University in Kingston.
Lyse is an honorary patron of Canadian Crossroads International, and a member of Friends of Aschiana UK which supports working street children in Afghanistan.
When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge.
He was first appointed in 1975 as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission. Soon after, he was seconded as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84). Later, he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, then President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and, concurrently, President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands. His appointment to the High Court of Australia came in 1996 and he served thirteen years. In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice.
In addition to his judicial duties, Michael Kirby has served on three university governing bodies being elected Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney (1984-93). He also served on many national and international bodies. Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); as President of the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva (1995-8); as UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); as a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (1995-2005); as a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007-) and as a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights(2004-).
Following his judicial retirement, Michael Kirby was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia from 2009-2010. He serves as a Board Member of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. In 2010, he was appointed to the Australian Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank). He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Laws of Australia. He has been appointed Honorary Visiting Professor by twelve universities. He participates regularly in many local and international conferences and meetings. He has been awarded a number of honorary doctorates at home and abroad.
In 2010, Michael Kirby was awarded the Gruber Justice Prize. He served 2011-12 as a member of the Eminent Persons Group investigating the future of the Commonwealth of Nations. He was appointed as a Commissioner of the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law. In March 2011, he was appointed to the Advisory Council of Transparency International, based in Berlin. In 2013, he was appointed Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea. He was also appointed in 2013 as a Commissioner of the UNAIDS Commission on moving from AIDS to the Right to Health (2013-2014).
Dr. MacGregor obtained a B.Eng degree in chemical engineering from McMaster University, and MASc degrees in chemical engineering and statistics and a PhD degree in statistics from the University of Wisconsin.
After working in industry for several years as a process specialist with Monsanto Company in the USA, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University in 1972. His research interests included polymer reaction engineering, advanced process control and multivariate statistical methods in engineering. During that period he published more than 200 papers in refereed technical journals, and supervised more than 60 MASc and 40 PhD students, some of whom are now professors at Queen’s University.
He retired from McMaster as a Distinguished University Professor in 2008 and is now President of ProSensus, Inc., an engineering consulting and software company that was spun out of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium. ProSensus works mainly with Fortune 500 companies. It develops and deploys powerful methods and software systems for extracting information from industrial data for use in the analysis, control and optimization of processes and products.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the American Statistical Association, he has received many awards for his work in applied statistics and systems engineering, among them: the Shewhart Medal from the American Society for Quality; the Herman Wold Medal from the Swedish Chemical Society; the Century of Achievement Award, the Industrial Practice Award, and the R S Jane Award all from the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering; the Computing and Systems Technology Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; and the Guido Stella Award from the World Batch Forum.
Alex is bear clan Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) from Kahnawake Territory near Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, son of a high steelworker and a housewife/ community organizer. He is married with three children of the wolf clan and they have seven grandchildren.
Alex received his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary School Teacher Training (1976) from Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, New York; holds a Master’s in Education Administration (1996) from McGill University in Montreal; and has been an adjunct professor with the McGill Faculty of Education. He received a Certificate in Indigenous Community Health Approaches (June 2008) from First Nations Technical Institute and St. Lawrence College.
Alex returned to Kahnawake in 1976 and began his career as a substance prevention worker and in 1978 was one of many who started the Kahnawake Survival School, a high school rooted in Mohawk values and controlled by the Mohawks of Kahnawake; he worked as a social studies teacher and later school principal for a total of eighteen years.
Alex began his work with the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project (KSDPP) in 1994 for twelve years as an intervention facilitator, executive director and training coordinator. He carried a leadership role in the development of the diabetes prevention model, and the development of the KSDPP Code of Research Ethics (©2007) through a thoroughly collaborate community-academic partnership, one of the first documents of its kind in Canada. Alex has facilitated community mobilization training with the KSDPP model and personal empowerment workshops across Canada with many Indigenous communities and continues to be involved with research projects that involve the sharing of Indigenous knowledge around health promotion.
Alex participated in the creation of the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative from 1997-2000 and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association from 1999 to 2006, including Chairperson from 2001-2005. He currently sits on the Motivate Canada Aboriginal Advisory Board.
Alex continues to participate with KSDPP on intervention projects, as a Community Advisory Board member and community researcher. He continues to deliver workshops in health promotion, Indigenous education and strategic planning in Kahnawake and across Canada. Alex considers himself an advocate for reconnecting with Indigenous world views, values and philosophies, for communities and individuals taking control of their lives through healing from the historical traumas and for being responsible for the future generations of Indigenous peoples.
David John Mullan is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington (LLB (1968) and LLM (1970)) and Queen’s University (LLM (1973)). While a graduate student at Queen’s, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law in 1971. In 1973, he moved to the Faculty of Law at Dalhousie University where he remained until 1977 before returning to Queen’s as a Professor. At the time of his early retirement in 2003, he was the holder of the Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Professorship in Constitutional and Administrative Law.
Mullan’s principal area of research and teaching is Administrative Law with particular emphasis on procedural design, the boundaries of judicial review of administrative action, and remedies. He has published many papers in these fields and is the author of a general text, Administrative Law, as well as one of the founding authors of Evans, Janisch, Mullan and Risk, Administrative Law: Cases, Text, and Materials, a pioneer in published teaching materials in Administrative Law and now in its 7th edition. Both during and following his career at Queen’s, Mullan prepared reports for various governments, agencies, and Law Commissions, including a 2010 report for Correctional Service Canada on inmate grievance processes.
At both Dalhousie and Queen’s, Mullan was active in the Faculty Association and was President of the Queen’s University Faculty Association and a member of Senate.
Following his retirement from Queen’s, Mullan served as the City of Toronto’s first Integrity Commissioner from 2004 until 2008. He has been a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and a part-time Vice-Chair of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and remains on the roster of the NAFTA Chapter 19 Canadian Panel. For many years, he has been a frequent presenter at continuing legal education programmes for members of courts, tribunals, and agencies as well as a consultant to tribunals, agencies and law firms.
Among Mullan’s awards are the Queen’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Queen’s University Prize for Excellence in Research, the Canadian Association of Law Teachers Academic Excellence Award, and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators Medal. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Law Society of Upper Canada and Victoria University of Wellington. On his retirement, he was recognized by the publication of a collection of essays and the establishment of the David Mullan Entrance Scholarship in the Queen’s Faculty of Law.
David Reville has been approaching mental health as a social justice issue for almost 50 years. He takes as his starting point his own experience as a psychiatric patient in Toronto and Kingston in the mid-sixties. In an era when people stayed quiet about such histories, David instead used these experiences to fight for system improvements . He started as a community activist in the 70s – founding chair of Neighbourhood Legal Services in 1973, founding member of the Ontario Mental Patients Association in 1977 - and that activism led him into politics.
As a politician, first on Toronto City Council (1980-1985) and then as a member of the Ontario Legislature (1985-1990), David worked on a wide range of mental health issues. His private member’s bill brought roomers and boarders under the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act for the first time. He did important public policy work with the Canadian Mental Health Association in the late 80s. He stays connected to his community by serving as a director on boards such as A-Way Express Couriers (1999-2007) and Working for Change (2009-present).
David served as Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario from 1990 until he was appointed Chair of the Ontario Advocacy Commission in 1994. When a new government shut the Commission down, David established David Reville and Associates. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has been a major client, seeking advice on its massive redevelopment project and on client empowerment and employment. One such employment initiative was the development in partnership with George Brown College of “augmented education,” a program designed to help people with mental health and addictions histories get their first jobs in the culinary and construction industries.
David spent the last decade as an adjunct professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University (2004 – 2014). He was delighted to have the opportunity to mentor a new generation of activists and scholars. He has been at the forefront of building Mad Studies as a disciplinary field, publishing, organizing and lecturing nationally and internationally.
David’s community service has been recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association, the ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. In 2002, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.
Eric Windeler is the Founder and Executive Director of Jack.org.
After graduating from Queen’s University in 1982 with a B. Comm (Hons.), Eric enjoyed nearly 30 years of business success, first as a consultant with Accenture, and then as an entrepreneur in the automotive and software sectors.
In 2010, Eric and his wife Sandra Hanington got a call that would change their lives forever. Their 18-year-old son, Jack, a first year student at Queen’s University, had died by suicide.
Following Jack’s death, Eric put aside his business interests to found and lead Jack.org, a Canadian charity dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health.
Eric has spent the past five years working tirelessly to spread awareness and promote discussion about mental health, especially among young people.
In 2013, he was the recipient of the Champion of Mental Health Award from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, celebrating his outstanding contributions to the field of Canadian mental health.
In January 2015, Eric was appointed to both the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council and the World Bank – World Health Organization Advisory Group on Scaling Up Mental Health.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Partners for Mental Health, a national charity dedicated to improving mental health.