2016 Honorary Degree Recipients
Carol Ann’s winding path to her current role as a financial consultant at Investors Group started in a mining community north of Sudbury, Ontario called Levack. After two and a half years in applied science at Queen’s, slated to be a Science’85, she was missing the north and left Kingston for Biscotasing, Ontario to marry and have two children.
She was welcomed to return to finish her Engineering Chemistry degree in 1987 and graduated as a Science’89. Upon graduation, Carol Ann spent 20 years in Research and Development as a professional engineer solving customer technical issues and leading global R&D projects. During this time she enjoyed volunteering as a Board Member, then Chairperson for the Canadian Aboriginal Science & Technology Society (CASTS) from 1996 to 2010. Her Research and Development career was halted early when her position was terminated in 2009. Drawing on her love of working with numbers and helping people, she soon transitioned to her current career as a Certified Financial Planner.
A past member of the Circle of Advisors, comprised of Aboriginal faculty members and alumni, she offered input during the development of Aboriginal Access to Engineering at Queen’s, a program to attract and retain more Aboriginal students. She was also recently a member and co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Ban Righ Centre at Queen's. The Ban Righ Centre, unique to Queen's, provides mature and returning women students, both undergraduate and graduate, with financial, academic and social support. Carol Ann continues to support the university as a member of the Queen’s University Aboriginal Council which was established “to ensure that for generations hereafter Aboriginal peoples will have access to higher education at Queen's University, and that the institution will be responsive to the broader needs of Aboriginal peoples."
Carol Ann is a proud member of the Sagamok Anishawbek reserve in Northern Ontario and has a track record of devoting a portion of her time towards supporting education and prosperity for First Nations people. With a busy family life that includes 4 grown children, and a much welcomed new grandson, Carol Ann derives great satisfaction from helping other busy families and professionals manage their personal and corporate finances.
She firmly believes education and financial skills can help alleviate the social problems facing Aboriginal communities. Building pride and prosperity will benefit all of us who hail from this beautiful land we call Canada.
One of Canada’s most celebrated actresses, Wendy Crewson continues to garner critical and popular acclaim for her extensive body of work in film and television.
Her career includes many awards and more than 100 titles, including credits like: Sarah Polley’s “Away From Her”; “The Santa Clause” trilogy opposite Tim Allen; and her role as the First Lady in “Air Force One” with co-star Harrison Ford.
This year she appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Room”. And on the small screen, Wendy continues her award winning role as Dr. Dana Kinney in the CTV hit medical drama “Saving Hope”. When she’s not on the “Saving Hope” set, she has become a regular co-host of CTV’s “The Social”.
Throughout her illustrious career, Wendy has gravitated to roles that have given her the privilege and opportunity to play Canadian women who have fought for human rights in this country. These remarkable women include Sue Rodriguez, “Jane Doe” and Louise Arbour.
This year marks a career highlight for Wendy, as she received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. She is also this year's recipient of the Earle Grey Award for her outstanding contribution to the Canadian screen based industry.
In her not for profit work Wendy is serving as Vice President, ACTRA Toronto for her fourth consecutive term and tenth year as an ACTRA Toronto and National Council member. She continues her work as an activist and vocal advocate for Canadian culture.
After her portrayal of Sue Rodriguez, Wendy dedicated time and energy to support awareness and fund raising for ALS. She is proud to be, for the eighteenth year, patron for Betty’s Run, this country’s largest fundraiser for ALS.
After graduating from Queen’s University, where she appeared in many productions in Convocation Hall, Wendy went on to study theatre in London and has worked all over the world. Canada has always been home and she now lives in Toronto. Her daughter Maggie has just started her MSW at Smith and son Jack graduated from this fine institution in economics last year.
In 1991, Dr. Feustel moved to Kingston, Ontario, Canada, to attend Queen’s University, where he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Teaching Assistant. Feustel’s PhD thesis investigated seismic wave attenuation in underground mines and measurement techniques and applications to site characterization. For three years, he worked as a Geophysicist for the Engineering Seismology Group, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, installing and operating microseismic monitoring equipment in underground mines throughout Eastern Canada and the United States.
In 1997, Dr. Feustel began working for the Exxon Mobil Exploration Company, Houston, Texas, as an Exploration Geophysicist, designing and providing operational oversight of land, marine and borehole seismic programs worldwide. Andrew J. Feustel was selected by NASA in 2000. The Lake Orion, Michigan native is a veteran of two spaceflights.
In 2009, Dr. Feustel served on STS‐125. This mission launched on Atlantis and was the fifth and final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope that improved the observatories capabilities through 2014. Dr. Feustel also served on STS‐134, launching on Endeavour to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an ExPress Logistics Carrier to the International Space Station. Dr. Feustel has logged more than 25 days in space with over 42 hours in spacewalks.
Dr. Feustel has participated in many of NASA’s Astronaut Training activities including: Field Medical Training, Field Maintenance Training, NEEMO X in the Aquarius Habitat in Key Largo, Florida; CAVES in Sardinia, Italy; NOLS in Alaska and Mexico; Winter Survival Training with the Canadian Armed Forces in Valcartier, Quebec; Desert Rats in Flagstaff, Arizona; Geotechnical Studies, Dry Valleys, Antarctica; and Deepworker Submersible Pilot Training, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Dr. Feustel is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station on the Soyuz 54 launch vehicle in March of 2018. During his 6 month mission he will serve as Commander of the ISS during Expedition 56.
Piers Handling has been the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) since 1994, responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of the organization. Now an internationally renowned cultural institution, Handling led the $196 million fundraising campaign for TIFF’s permanent home, TIFF Bell Lightbox, which presents year-round, daily programming. TIFF has a $44 million annual operating budget, employs more than 200 full-time staff, and for nine years has been named one of the Canada's Top 100 Employers.
Handling has curated numerous film retrospectives, presented programmes of Canadian cinema, and sat on festival juries all around the world, and has published extensively on Canadian cinema.
He holds three Honorary Doctorates from Ryerson University, York University and OCAD University, and has been honoured with a number of awards and recognitions, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres,” France’s highest cultural insignia; and was invested into the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour, by Lieutenant Governor David Onley.
Dr. Eileen Hutton, RM, PhD, is Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of Midwifery at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where she is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Professor Hutton holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science (1974) from Queen’s University, a Master’s Degree from, School of Nursing and her PhD Clinical Epidemiology from the Institute of Medical Science from The University of Toronto.
Professor Hutton has held a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award (2004-2009) and was a recipient of a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar award. She has held numerous CIHR funded grants both as Principle Investigator and as Co-investigator. She has expertise in clinical trial methodology, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, clinical epidemiology, and implementing evidence-based practice. Her particular interest is in clinical trials with a focus on normal childbirth. She has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics relevant to midwifery and obstetrics including twin birth, external cephalic version, late and early clamping of the umbilical cord in term neonates, vaginal birth after caesarean section, sterile water injections for labour pain relief and home birth. Dr. Hutton has been a member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Clinical Trials Committee, the Fellowship Awards Committee, and is currently on the Clinical Investigations (A) Review Committee. She was the founding editor of The Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada and the ICM Midwifery Journal. She was the first midwife member of the Council of the Society of Obstetrician and Gynecologist of Canada and is remains a member of the ALARM International Committee of the SOGC. She has been recently elected to the inaugural board of the Canadian Association of Midwifery Educators. In 2010 Dr. Hutton was appointed Professor of Midwifery Science at Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with a part time endowed chair position from 2010-15. In taking this position she is the first midwife ever to hold a professorship in the Netherlands.
Professor Hutton began her practice of midwifery prior to regulation of the profession in Ontario and she played an active role in seeking legislative recognition of the profession. She was President of the Association of Ontario Midwives in 1993 when legislation pertaining to midwifery regulation was enacted. The Association of Ontario Midwives awarded her the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her role in education, research and contribution to the profession.
Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO studied law at Monash University, graduating in 1972. In 1974, he completed a Master of Laws Degree under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan at Queen’s University. It was at this point that Ron developed his interest and expertise in labour and employment law. After teaching law at Monash University for eighteen years, he moved to Sydney in 1993 where he was appointed to a full professorship at the University of Sydney. This appointment made Ron the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any Australian or New Zealand university. He served as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School between 2002 and 2007. His expertise in labour law and occupational health and safety saw him appointed as chair or member of various federal and state inquiries. The most recent was the 2012 inquiry into the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
Professor McCallum was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2006 for his services to tertiary education, for industrial relations advice to governments, for assistance to visually impaired persons and for social justice. In October 2007 at Queen’s University, Professor McCallum received the Queen’s University Alumni Achievement Award. In January 2011, Prime Minister Ms Julia Gillard designated Ron as Senior Australian of the Year for 2011.
Professor McCallum served as an inaugural member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities from 2009 to 2014 and he was its Chairperson from 2010 to 2013. The primary function of this Committee is to monitor the implementation in ratifying countries of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He also served as Chairperson of the meetings of the Chairpersons of the United Nations human rights committees from July 2011 to June 2012.
On 21 August 2013, Professor McCallum was sworn in as a part time member of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal, which hears appeals from various classes of decisions of the Australian Government.
Ron’s interests include reading, listening to music and meditation. He is married to Mary Crock who is Professor of Public Law, University of Sydney. They have one daughter and two sons.
Dr. Debra Pepler received her BA / BPHE and BEd from Queen’s University and her PhD from the University of Waterloo and is a Registered Psychologist in the Province of Ontario. Dr. Pepler is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University, where she has been since 1988. She was Director of the LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence and Conflict Resolution from 1994 to 2002.
Dr. Pepler’s research has changed the way we think about bullying, aggression and the importance of healthy relationships. Her research focuses on children and youths’ relationships within peer and family contexts. Her research identifies bullying as a relationship problem that transforms to other problems over the lifespan. Dr. Pepler has conducted research with the Child Development Institute for over 30 years with the SNAP® (Stop Now and Plan) programs. She has conducted research for over 20 years with Breaking the Cycle – a program for substance using mothers and their young children. Dr. Pepler has also conducted research with Pine River Institute for substance addicted adolescents, UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Program, and the Canadian Red Cross Walking the Prevention Circle – a program developed by and for Aboriginal communities.
Dr. Pepler has co-authored over 240 journal articles, book chapters, reviews, and reports. She speaks widely to professional and community audiences and has been tirelessly involved in community-based research and policy development on pressing social issues related to children and youth. She served on the Ontario Minister of Education’s Safe Schools Action Team from 2004 to 2012 and continues to serve on advisory committees related to children and youths’ mental health, parenting, and violence. Together with Dr. Wendy Craig, Dr. Pepler has been awarded two Networks of Centres of Excellence grants for PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network). PREVNet’s mission is to promote safe and healthy relationships for all Canadian children and youth (www.prevnet.ca).
Dr. Pepler has been honoured for her research with the Canadian Psychological Association Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Science and its award for Distinguished Contributions to Public or Community Service, the Pickering Award for Outstanding Contribution to Developmental Psychology in Canada, Telus Wise Outstanding Canadian (post-secondary institution), Contribution to Knowledge Award from the Psychology Foundation of Canada, the Educator of the Year Award from Phi Delta Kappa (Toronto), the University of Waterloo Arts in Academia Award, and the Humanitarian Award from the Queen’s University Alumni Association.
Stephen Safe was born in Belleville, Ontario where he attended Albert College prior to enrolling as an undergraduate at Queen's University with a major in chemistry and minor in mathematics. After graduating from Queen's in 1962 with a BSc, he completed an MSc in Chemistry in 1963 (with Dr. Bob Moir), and he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for his doctorate at the University of Oxford in England. After completing his D.Phil. in bioorganic chemistry (with Sir Ewart Jones) in 1966, he accepted a postdoctoral position at Oxford and then a Research Associate position at Harvard University (1967-1968) in the Chemistry Department (with Dr. Konrad Bloch). In 1968, Dr. Safe accepted an Assistant Research Officer position at the Atlantic Regional Laboratory of the National Research Council in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He then joined to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the University of Guelph (1973-1981) before accepting a position at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, as a Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Safe was promoted to Distinguished Professor (1985) in the College (Department of Physiology and Pharmacology) at Texas A&M where he holds the endowed Sid Kyle Chair.
Under Dr. Safe's leadership, the Toxicology program was developed and expanded to become one of the most well recognized and successful programs in the United States. His scientific career has covered several different areas of research which include his early studies on the chemistry and toxicology of halogenated environmental pollutant such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dibenzo-p-dioxins ("dioxins"). He and other colleagues worldwide developed the toxic equivalents approach for risk assessment of PCBs, dioxins and related compounds and this has helped to regulate and subsequently reduce levels of these compounds in wildlife, humans and food. Dr. Safe subsequent research focused on molecular toxicology problems and studies on mechanisms of hormone (estrogen)-induced gene expression in breast cancer and other hormone-responsive cells/tissues. Dr. Safe's current research is focused on development of novel mechanism-based anticancer agents and also characterization of specific classes of microbiota metabolites and their roles in colon inflammation and cancer.
Dr. Safe is co-author of over 730 peer-reviewed publications. He holds 10 patents and has supervised over 90 graduate students and 30 postdoctoral trainees. He has received several awards for research, training and innovation and these include the Burroughs Wellcome Toxicology Award, Society of Toxicology Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, Mentoring Award for Women in Toxicology, Excellence in Innovation Award (Texas A&M University) and an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Guelph.
Donald Creighton Rae Sobey graduated from Queen’s University in 1957 with a B. Comm.
Donald joined the family business in 1958. He joined the Board of Empire Company Limited in 1963, was appointed President in 1969 and in 1985 attained the position of Chairman. In September 2004, he retired as Chairman of Empire Company Limited and retired from the Board in September of 2015.
Empire Company Limited is a diversified Canadian company headquartered in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. In 1999, Donald established The D & R Sobey Atlantic Leadership Scholarships at Queen’s University, which are awarded to Atlantic Canadian students who demonstrate academic achievement and leadership.
Mr. Sobey was President of the Sobey Art Foundation, which announced the creation of the Sobey Art Award in 2002, with a lst prize of $50,000 to be awarded annually to an emerging Canadian Artist, 39 years of age or under, who has exhibited his or her work in a public or private art gallery within Canada during the past 18 months. Mr. Sobey served as Chair of the Board of The National Gallery of Canada for two consecutive terms, ending in 2009. In 2003, Mr. Sobey received the Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership by the Canadian Conference of the Arts.
In 2000, Donald and his brothers were inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. In May of 2007, Donald R. Sobey and his brother, David F. Sobey, were both inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Sobey serves as a member of the Advisory Council of Queen’s University. He is past Chair of Maritime Telegraph & Telephone Company Limited and served on various Boards over the years for many companies and non-profit associations.
Mr. Sobey has been actively involved in many fund raising activities over the years. He acted as Chair of Dalhousie University Fund Raising ($44 million) and Chair of the Camp Hill Medical Foundation.
Kim Sturgess is the founder and CEO of Alberta WaterSMART, a services organization committed to improving water management through better technologies and practices. WaterSMART has been widely recognized for its work in collaborative watershed management and contributions to key issues of flood and drought management. A professional engineer, Kim graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Engineering Physics. She earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario. As the CEO of several technology based companies over her career, she has extensive experience in technology start-ups and technology management, as well as in oil and gas, pipelines, and industrial products and services. In addition to serving on the boards of her own companies, she serves on the boards of CCI Thermal Technologies, the Alberta Chamber of Resources and the Alberta Land Institute.
Formerly she served as a director of the Alberta Water Council, the Calgary Airport Authority, the Council of Canadian Academies, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the National Research Council, APEGA, the Alberta Economic Development Authority, and Queen’s University. She served as President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. She has been recognized with the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the Global Woman of Vision Award, the Distinguished Service Award and the Alumni Achievement Award from Queen’s University, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Alberta Centennial Medal. In 2007, she was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and in 2012 she was named Business Woman of the Year in Calgary by the Consumers Choice Awards. In 2015 she was awarded the SCI Canada Medal and was recognized by the Alberta Science and Technology Foundation for Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community. Kim is a Member of the Order of Canada.
Judith Thompson is a playwright, director, actor, Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, and the artistic director of RARE Theatre, a company with a mandate to give voice to those who are seldom heard. She is the author of 18 plays, two feature films, two television movies, and numerous radio plays.
She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, recipient of two Governor General's Awards for Drama, the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, the Dora, the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her plays are performed in many languages around the world.
The Tragically Hip were formed in 1984 by five friends from Kingston, Ontario – Rob Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair. The Hip have sold millions of records worldwide, managing to enjoy both mass popularity and critical acclaim. The group released their first album, ‘The Tragically Hip,’ in 1987 and have since released thirteen studio albums, earning two diamond certifications and over twenty #1 hits. They have won 14 Juno Awards and were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The Tragically Hip have also received honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. Known for their powerful, energetic live performances, The Hip have established a demanding concert itinerary, touring extensively in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. The Tragically Hip continue to support numerous charitable organizations, lending their name to help raise and donate millions of dollars for various social and environmental causes. The band will be releasing their 14th studio album, Man Machine Poem, on June 17th, 2016.
Ali Velshi was most recently the host of “Ali Velshi On Target” a nightly prime-time show on Al Jazeera America that spoke truth to power through debate, interview and on-the-ground reporting. Velshi has reported from the U.S. Presidential campaign trail, as well as covering ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis from Turkey, the days leading up to the nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern Europe and the High Arctic, the debt crisis in Greece, and the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. He was previously the host of “Third Rail” & “Real Money with Ali Velshi” on Al Jazeera America.
Velshi joined Al Jazeera America as its first on-air hire from CNN where he was the channel’s chief business correspondent, anchor of CNN International’s “World Business Today” and the host of CNN’s weekly business roundtable “Your Money”. Velshi also co-hosted CNN’s morning show, “American Morning”
In 2010, Velshi was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting for “How The Wheels Came Off,” a special on the near collapse of the American auto industry. Additionally, CNN was nominated for a 2010 Emmy for Velshi’s breaking news coverage of the attempted terror attack by Umar Farouq Abdulmuttalab on Northwest flight 253 into Detroit.
Velshi has reported extensively on the global financial crisis; the struggles of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG and Lehman Brothers; the U.S. government’s bailout plan; the battle over the fate of the American big three automakers; and the U.S. debt ceiling and budget debate. Known for his trademark exposition and explanation, Velshi appeared as a guest economics analyst on shows like “Oprah”, “The View”, and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” at the height of the global financial crisis, explaining the causes of the meltdown in plain terms.
Velshi is the author of “Gimme My Money Back” (Sterling and Ross, 2008) and co-author with CNN’s Christine Romans of “How to Speak Money” (Wiley, 2010).
Born in Nairobi and raised in Toronto, Velshi graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Religion. Velshi splits his time between New York City and Philadelphia. Active in the community, Velshi serves on the Board of Trustees of the X-Prize Foundation, Seeds of Peace, and the Chicago History Museum. He volunteers with the New York City's Center for Urban Community Services homeless outreach program one morning per week.
Brian Yealland was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, where playing keyboards in rock bands and racing sailboats were his favourite pastimes.
A passion for social justice took hold in his teen years, along with a desire for ordained ministry. Brian graduated from U of T in 1969 with a BA in Philosophy, followed by an M. Div. from (then) Queen’s Theological College in 1972, and was ordained a United Church minister in June 1972.
A fascination with prison work had emerged and Brian was given leave from settlement in a pastoral charge to pursue work in the federal prison system. He spent 11 years, 1972 to 1983, with Correctional Services Canada as a parole officer, Director of the Portsmouth Centre (federal half way house), program coordinator, policy analyst, and finally Regional Manager, Offender Programs for the Ontario region.
Following the retirement of Padre Marsh Laverty, Brian took on that challenge and worked as Queen’s University Chaplain from 1983 to 2013. Continuing in the Padre’s legacy of serving as friend, supporter, counselor, and advocate to students staff and faculty, Brian sought to expand support to an increasingly diverse religious and cultural community, establishing the Interfaith Council in 1985 and years later, securing the part time employment of a Muslim Imam. He also taught a course in Canadian religious pluralism for several years in the School of Religion.
In the 1990’s, with the new heavy government investment in casino development, he became spokesperson for Gambling Watch Network, and spent 10 years drawing attention to the risks to the public good inherent in the proliferation of government sponsored gambling.
He is the recipient of the Queen’s University Distinguished Service Award, the John Orr Award of the Toronto alumni, and the Queen Elizabeth ll diamond jubilee medal.
Brian also served on a part time basis as minister at Zion United Church for 8 years, retiring in 2014.
In retirement, he stays fit playing racquetball, rides his motorcycle, sails a Hobie catamaran, plays keyboards in the rock band RoarShack, renovates his own and other people’s houses, cooks dinner for his spouse, Susan, who is Chaplain at Joyceville Institution minimum unit and spends as much time with grandchildren as possible.