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2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

Lord Alderdice, LLD

As Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland for eleven years, John Alderdice played a significant role in the development of the Irish Peace Process and the negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He then stepped down as Alliance Leader and was appointed Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly.  Retiring as Speaker and Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2004, he was appointed to the four-man Independent Monitoring Commission tasked by the British and Irish Governments with closing down terrorist operations and overseeing security normalization in Ireland.  In 2015 he was appointed to a three person panel by the First, Deputy First and Justice Ministers of Northern Ireland to report on ways to deal with the remaining paramilitaries.

Formerly Vice-President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party and from 2005 to 2009 President of Liberal International (the world-wide network of more than 100 liberal political parties) he was from 2010 to 2014 Chairman of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords during the Conservative/Liberal Coalition Government.

For many years a Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy at Queen’s University Belfast, he established the Centre for Psychotherapy in Belfast. He was also a Visiting Professor in the School of Medicine, and Joint Chair of the Critical Incidents Analysis Group at the University of Virginia.

He continues as an active member of the House of Lords, but has stepped back from front-line party politics to focus on his academic and practical involvement in situations of violent political conflict.  He is a Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford and Founding Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict there.  He has research appointments with the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnology in Oxford and is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, USA. 

He is the founding Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building in Belfast and lectures and consults around the world on terrorism, violent political conflict and the psychology of religious fundamentalism.  He also takes an interest in conflicts between First Nation people and majority populations in various parts of the world and continues his involvement in international liberalism as Présidente d’Honneur of Liberal International.


Donald Bennett Bayne, LLD

Originally from Winnipeg, now resident of Ottawa and Wolfe Island, Ontario, Don Bayne is a partner with Bayne, Sellar, Boxall, a firm practising exclusively criminal law, Ottawa, Ontario:  Trial and Appellate Advocacy.  He received his LL.B. from Queen’s University, an L.L.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an M.B.A. from Queen’s University.

Mr. Bayne has practised criminal law exclusively for the past 45 years.  He has been designated a specialist in criminal litigation by the Law Society and has conducted trial and appellate advocacy at all levels of courts in Canada and at public inquiries (Somalia, Arar, Iacobucci).  He has defended all manner of criminal charges including murder, complicated conspiracies, war crimes cases (in Canada, the Soviet Union, Ukraine) and charges against corporations.

Mr. Bayne was the 2006 recipient of the G. Arthur Martin award for “an individual in Canada who has made a significant contribution to criminal justice”, the 2011 Ottawa Advocate Honoree awarded by the Advocates Society of Ontario, the 2016 Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility and the 2016 William Carroll Award for Case of the Year.

Mr. Bayne has lectured at: Faculty of Law, Queen’s University; Supreme Court of Canada education program for visiting Judges; Ontario Court of Appeal appellate advocacy program; Criminal Lawyers Association programs; Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa-Carleton programs; Canadian Bar Association programs; Ontario Provincial Judges’ education programs; Law Society of Upper Canada continuing education programs; Ontario Centre for Advocacy Training programs (Advocates Society) and the Bar Admissions Course, Law Society of Upper Canada.

Mr. Bayne is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Advocates Society, a past Director of the Criminal Lawyers Association, a Director of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, as well as a past member of the Board of Trustees of Queen’s University.  Mr. Bayne was counsel to and a Director of Homestead Land Holdings Limited from 1991 to 2013.

Pierre David Bouchard, LLD

A writer, poet, father, former school principal, traveller, musician and one-time candidate for Parliament, David Bouchard has certainly had a full life. 

A Métis, David grew up knowing nothing of his roots. But through the process of writing, David has learned more about his Métis heritage. “Our grandmothers and grandfathers were made to feel less than those around them,” David says of his ancestors. “So that their children might have a chance in Canadian society, they lied or purposefully hid our bloodlines. The irony in this is that it is now incumbent upon us, this new Métis generation, to prove our ancestors’ liars in order to regain our heritage.” Many of his books centre around aboriginal issues and the journey of discovery.

David believes strongly in the positive power of reading. “I speak to educators, parents and students about the importance of reading,” he says. “I work to inspire educators and parents to share the most valuable gift we can give our youth, the gift of reading.”  His love of reading and writing fills his daily life. He writes wherever he happens to be at the time. It is not uncommon for him to stray from his cozy shack behind their 110-year old heritage house to go sit in a Tim Horton’s and write, where, he claims, he produces some of his best work.

About the art of writing itself, David says: “I think of a good novel or a captivating series as a bouquet of roses.  I don’t write bouquets.  I write single flowers.  My hope is that my reader will take a deep breath after reading one of my books, breathe out and with a gentle smile on their face, say, ‘nice.

Gururaj and Jaishree Deshpande, DSc

Gururaj “Desh” and Jaishree Deshpande are Trustees of the Deshpande Foundation. Desh is also the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, a family investment office, while Jaishree serves as its Treasurer.

Gururaj Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Canada.

Dr. Deshpande has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades.  He was involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata. Dr. Deshpande co-chaired the National Council to support President Obama's innovation and entrepreneurship efforts.

Jaishree Deshpande received a Master of Science in Physics in 1975 from the Indian Institute of Technologies (IIT), Madras, India. She also received a Master in Computer Science in 1989 from Boston University.

Jaishree currently serves as a Trustee for the Museum of Science and is involved with HESTIA Fund – a fund established to support after school programs for low-income children in Massachusetts.  Jaishree Deshpande worked for the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore, India until 1980 before moving to Canada. After moving to Massachusetts in 1984, she worked for several companies and taught courses in computer.

The Deshpande Foundation strengthens ecosystems that create significant social and economic impact through entrepreneurship and innovation. The Foundation set up a Technological Innovation Center at MIT in 2002. 

Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the setup of five other centers;  Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, EforAll in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts, Pond-Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, Dunin-Deshpande Centre at Queen’s University in Canada and the Gopalkrishnan-Deshpande Centre at Indian Institute of technology in Chennai, India. Deshpande Foundation also provided the founding grant for MassChallenge in Boston, National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™), and the UPOP program at MIT.

The Deshpandes reside in Boston where Gururaj serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation. 


Deborah Gillan Docherty, DSc

Debbie and her four terrific siblings were raised in Toronto.  Studying at McMaster University led to a very fulfilling career, most of it spent at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston.  Late in her career she completed her Master of Social Work degree at McGill University, thanks to a shared space arrangement with Queen’s University.  She learned how enriching higher education can be, based on life experience.

The experience of living with Multiple Sclerosis from age 38 and retirement at age 55 opened unexpected opportunities.  Affiliation with Queen’s Health Sciences began during her professional work but retirement allowed more time to engage in mentoring students in Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Medicine and Physiotherapy.  Queen’s Glaxo Wellcome Clinical Education Center provided one of the forums for mutual learning.  The Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice included Debbie in the planning and delivery of a wide range of significant educational events for all Faculty of Health Science students.  Here Debbie learned what the mantra “with, from and about each other” really meant.

An important and enriching opportunity emerged allowing Debbie to participate in international development work with Queen’s International Center for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation.  Through this work she met many wonderful and committed people who were eager to learn, share and then go on to use their knowledge to help their own citizens in both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.  This was truly life-changing for Debbie and reinforced in her mind the power of collaboration.

Thriving in both her professional career, her post-retirement activities in Kingston and her international work, she is continually reminded that regardless of one’s goal, it is more likely to be achieved through open, respectful conversation, consultation and collaboration.

Debbie now spends as much time as she can with her family including her amazing daughter and son, their respective wives and her three (very soon to be four) fabulous grandchildren.

Debbie is deeply honoured to receive this degree (though her Grade 11 Science teacher would be shocked!).  She shares this honour with friends around the World, many of whom live with significant health challenges but all of whom know that “together we are better.

Oliver Theophilus Jones, LLD

Montréal born Oliver Jones made his debut as a pianist at age five at Union United Church, and by the time he had his first nightclub appearance, he was nine.  In his 77-year career he has released an impressive 25 albums (and one DVD).  He has been recognized with numerous awards including the Order of Québec; he was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada and is also the proud recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr award.  In 2013 Dr. Jones was honored with a stamp in his likeness as part of the Canada Post stamp program paying tribute to black history.  A veteran of life on the road – he has toured extensively throughout Canada, appearing at festivals, concerts and clubs, either as a solo artist or with his trio. His travels also took him to the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and his tour of Nigeria was the subject of a 1990 National Film Board of Canada documentary, Oliver Jones in Africa.

In early 2016 Oliver announced his plans to retire from performing professionally after one last cross country tour of Canada.  His very last show was in Barbados in January 2017 as a tribute to his parents.

"It's been seventy-seven years and I guess that's more than enough time working any job, but it's always been my contention I should play until that feeling is gone but the feeling is still there," says Jones but he can no longer play at the same capacity, though Jones says he still plans on performing a few times a year. In September 2017 the documentary Oliver Jones | Mind Hands Heart premiered at the Montreal International Black Film Festival. The documentary goes behind the scenes at his final concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July 2016 as well as the Barbados show. Mr. Jones reflects on his memorable life and career, and some of the people who know him best share what he has meant to them and to the Canadian jazz scene.

His retirement plans include travelling, dusting off his saxophone and helping to promote Canadian jazz artists who are just getting started.

In a career filled with superlative achievements, Oliver Jones remains one of Canada's finest musicians.

Arthur Bruce McDonald, DSc

Arthur McDonald is a native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. He graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1964 with a B.Sc. (Hon. Physics) and 1965 with a M.Sc. (Physics). He continued his studies at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, graduating in 1969 with a Ph. D. in Nuclear Physics.  From 1969 until 1981 he worked at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories of Atomic Energy of Canada, performing fundamental nuclear and particle physics experiments with accelerators and reactors. In 1981 he accepted a Professorship in the Physics Department at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. and continued his research program there as Co-Principal Investigator of the Princeton Cyclotron. In 1989 he moved to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario as Professor of Physics and Director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) project. In 2002 he was awarded a University Research Chair at Queen’s University, in 2006 became the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics and in 2013, Professor Emeritus. He was Director of the SNO Institute from 1991 to 2003 and 2006 to 2009 and Associate Director of the SNOLAB Institute 2009-2013.

Professor McDonald's early research involved the use of the nucleus as a laboratory for the investigation of fundamental symmetries and interactions in nuclear and particle physics. He has also participated in nuclear astrophysics research since his early work in William Fowler's laboratory at Cal Tech. Professor McDonald is a Co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, Companion of the Order of Canada, Member of the Order of Ontario, Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of the UK and Commonwealth and the Royal Society of Canada, Foreign Associate of the US Academy of Sciences,  Governor General's Undergraduate Medal winner at Dalhousie,  Rutherford Fellow at Chalk River Laboratories,  Killam Research Fellow (1998-2000), recipient of the Bonner Prize from the American Physical Society (2003), the Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics (2003), the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering (2003), Sigma Xi Fund of Canada Award for Scientific Achievement (2004), Bruno Pontecorvo Prize in Particle Physics (2005), co-recipient Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (2007), member of the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame (2009) and the Nova Scotia Discovery Centre Hall of Fame (2010), recipient of the Killam Prize (2010), Henry Marshall Tory Medal (2011), co-recipient of the European Physical Society High Energy Physics Division Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize (2013), recipient of LL.D. (Honoris Causa) from Dalhousie University, the University College of Cape Breton and Saint Francis Xavier University, D. Sc. (Honoris Causa) from the Royal Military College, the University of Chicago, the University of Waterloo, the University of Alberta, Mount Allison University and the University of British Columbia.

Professor McDonald has served on numerous Advisory Committees to U.S. and Canadian Scientific Agencies and Laboratories and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo and the Canadian Federal Advisory Panel on Fundamental Science. He is the author of more than 150 papers in physics. He continues an active research program in particle astrophysics in addition to his remaining duties as the Director of the SNO Scientific Collaboration. SNO is a major international experiment that has clearly observed flavour change for solar neutrinos, new physics beyond the Standard Model of elementary particles. The SNO results also show that the total flux of neutrinos is in agreement with solar model calculations, thereby solving the long-standing Solar Neutrino Problem. For this work, the SNO Scientific Collaboration received the first John C. Polanyi Prize from NSERC in 2006 and the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Professor McDonald is actively involved in the DEAP-3600 and SNO+ experiments at SNOLAB that will address other fundamental questions in particle physics and astrophysics.

Professor McDonald's wife Janet is also a native of Sydney.  They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Frank Joseph McKenna, LLD

Frank McKenna was appointed Deputy Chair of TD Bank Group on May 1, 2006. He is responsible for supporting the Bank in its customer acquisition strategy, particularly in the area of Wholesale and Commercial Banking.

Frank has held numerous leadership positions in both the public and private sector. For a decade (1987–1997) he was Premier of New Brunswick, having earned three consecutive majority governments, including the historic victory in 1987 of all 58 seats in the legislature. The McKenna government significantly improved the province’s standard of living and quality of life. Among its accomplishments, it balanced budgets, pioneered e-government services, attracted innovative industry clusters and improved educational outcomes. Frank also played a central role on the national stage, where among other initiatives, became a lead advocate for the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement.

Prime Minister Martin nominated Frank as Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America in 2005, where he was charged to navigate contentious bilateral issues related to trade and security. In 2006, Frank resigned this position upon change of national government.

In the private sector, Frank is in wide demand as a corporate director. Currently he is the Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management and is on the board of Canadian Natural Resources. He has also been Chairman of the Board of CanWest Global and served on the Boards of Noranda, Shoppers Drug Mart and General Motors.

Frank is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University as well as Queen’s University, where he completed his post-graduate degree in political science and the University of New Brunswick Law School. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2008 and is the recipient of ten honorary degrees.

Frank and his wife Julie have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Fredy Armando Peccerelli Monterroso, DSc

Since his return to Guatemala in 1995, Fredy Peccerelli has dedicated his life to upholding human rights and dignity through the application of forensic sciences. Peccerelli is an internationally renowned and recognized Human Rights Defender and Forensic Anthropologist, and founding member of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG). Today, as the organization’s Executive Director, he leads the development and implementation of a Multidisciplinary Human Identification System that applies victim investigation, forensic-archaeology, -anthropology, and -genetics to uncover the identity of victims of mass human rights abuses, and the truth behind their disappearance. Applied in over 1,800 cases throughout the country, this System supports the search for and identification of victims from Guatemala’s internal armed conflict (1960 – 1996). FAFG is the sole organization the family members trust to search for their loved ones, and these trusting relationships now reach internationally as FAFG is sought after in other post-conflict countries. Working within and supporting the Public Ministry (Ministerio Publicos, MP) in Guatemala, they use the evidence uncovered by the FAFG to hold the perpetrators accountable for their crimes against humanity from the conflict, therefore they are often called upon to testify and present expert reports in emblematic cases in the Guatemalan judicial system. To name a few, Mr. Peccerelli has testified as expert witness in the 2013 Genocide case against Ríos Montt in Guatemalan National Court, expert witness in the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Some of his international recognitions include the Queen’s University 2015 Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecturer, presented Special Honors Medal from the Canadian Governor General David Johnston, Award for Human Rights Activist presented by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) and the Puffin Foundation, 2008 Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Science award, first recipient of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) Human Rights Award, as well as recognized as Time Magazine and CNN’s 50 Latin American Leaders for the New Millennium.

Otto Naumann, LLD

Dealing in fine art for over thirty years, Otto Naumann is the leading name in Old Master paintings in the United States and is one of the most respected figures in the international art scene.  With a Master's degree from Columbia University and a doctorate in Art History from Yale, Otto is renowned for his exceptional "eye" for quality and for his skills in connoisseurship.  

Having made a name for himself specializing in Dutch and Flemish art, Otto has handled more Rembrandts than any other living dealer and is the only dealer alive who has sold a painting by Vermeer.  He wrote the authoritative monograph on Frans van Mieris (1635 - 1681) and helped organize the 2005 exhibition on the artist at the Mauritshuis, The Hague and in the National Gallery of Art, Washington. 

The scholarly savant is also an astute and bold businessman whose reputation for candid honesty is as surprising as it is reliable.  Otto expanded the breadth of his trade in 2007 to include Italian, French, Spanish and British works as well as 19th century European paintings. The gallery's clientele is comprised of serious collectors and museums worldwide, including the Getty, the National Gallery, Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum, and the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo.

Justice Kin Kee Pang, LLD

Justice Kin Kee Pang, Arts’70, was born in China and raised in Hong Kong, where he graduated from Diocesan Boys’ School in 1966. He received his B.A. from Queen’s in 1970 and was elected to the University Council in 1994 and served 2 terms until 2006. He is also a long-time Queen’s volunteer, having served as the president of the Hong Kong Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) for the past several decades.

Justice Pang is highly accomplished in his field. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn in 1978, in Hong Kong in 1979 and in Victoria, Australia in 1983. Since then, Justice Pang has had a long and distinguished legal career. He joined the Hong Kong Judiciary in 1985 as a Magistrate and retired in 2012 as a Judge of the High Court. He also served for some time as Commissioner in the High Court of Brunei. During his term with the Judiciary, Justice Pang pioneered the use of Chinese as the language of trial in judicial proceedings in Hong Kong which has an English Common Law heritage. He also chaired a number of high profile public and statutory bodies including the Electoral Affairs Commission, Mental Health Review Tribunal, Advisory Committee on Post Service Employment of Civil Servants and Criminal Court Users Committee. Moreover, Justice Pang has held memberships in the Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission and Law Reform Commission (Juries) Sub-committee.

On his retirement in 2012, Justice Pang was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for his services to the Judiciary. Justice Pang continues his civic duties by serving as the President of the Society for the Rehabilitation of Offenders and Crime Prevention and Long Term Prison Sentences Review Board.

Justice Pang’s most memorable moment at Queen’s was cheering in the Toronto Stadium for the Golden Gaels to defeat Waterloo to win the Vanier Cup in the 1968 season.

John A. Rae, LLD

Born in Paris, France in 1945, John Rae is a Special Advisor to Power Corporation of Canada, where he has served in various roles, including Executive Vice-President and Board Director.

A graduate of Queen’s University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies and Economics. During this time, he served as the Editor of the Queen’s Journal, earning a reputation as a reasoned, yet sensitive, voice and helping to establish a conciliatory tone for campus life during a period of great social change.

Mr. Rae served as an Executive Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Northern Development, from 1967 to 1971. During this time, Mr. Rae helped facilitate work between government and indigenous peoples, as well as aiding in the expansion of the National Parks system across Canada,

In his career with Power Corporation, Mr. Rae’s vision and talent has helped guide one of Canada’s preeminent corporations, strengthening its global footprint while promoting ethical practices both at home and abroad.

Chairman for the Leadership Campaign of the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien (March - June, 1984 and June 1989 - June 1990), Mr. Rae also served as National Campaign Coordinator for the Liberal Party of Canada during the Federal General Elections of 1993, 1997 and 2000. He also served as the representative of the Liberal Party of Canada on the ‘No’ Committee during the National Referendum of 1995. 

Mr. Rae is a Director on the Boards of Fednav Limited and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. He is the Chair of the Best Care for Life Capital Campaign of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), as well as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Queen's University, having served as its Chair from 2000 to 2006.

For his many contributions to business and political life, as well as charitable work, Mr. Rae was named to the Order of Canada in 2006, and awarded Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from McGill University in 2011. In 2006, he was named by the Queen’s University Council as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

A resident of Montreal, he is married to Phyllis Walter, who has been a partner in supporting the city’s numerous charitable and not-for-profit organizations.

James Thomas Rutka, DSc

Born in Toronto, and educated at Princeton University (1975-1977), and Queen's University Medical School (1977-1981), Dr. Rutka did an internship at McGill University (1981-1982) before entering the University of Toronto Neurosurgery Training Program in 1982.  His training included a research fellowship at the Brain Tumor Research Centre, the University of California San Francisco where he obtained his PhD in Experimental Pathology (1984-1987). 

Dr. Rutka assumed his appointment in the Division of Neurosurgery, the Department of Surgery, at the University of Toronto in 1990.  He is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon whose clinical practice has been at the Hospital for Sick Children.  Dr. Rutka's primary research and clinical interests relate to the science and surgery of human brain tumors and epilepsy. He has over 450 peer reviewed publications.

In 1999, Dr. Rutka was promoted to Professor in the Department of Surgery, the University of Toronto, and was appointed to the Dan Family Chair in the Division of Neurosurgery -- a position he held until 2011.  In 2009, he was the Honored Guest at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Annual Meeting.  In 2010 - 11, Dr Rutka served as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.  In 2011, he became President of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery, President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  That same year, he was appointed as the RS McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.  In 2013, he became the first Canadian to be appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery, and was inducted as a Member of the Order of Ontario.  In 2015, he received the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize from the University of British Columbia, the Robert L. Noble Award from the Canadian Cancer Society, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.  Dr. Rutka is married to Mari Rutka.  Together they have three children:  Daniel, Hana and Marissa.

David Christopher Graham Skegg, DSc

Sir David Skegg is an epidemiologist and public health physician.  After growing up in Auckland, New Zealand, he went to the University of Otago in Dunedin for his medical education.  A Rhodes Scholarship took him to the University of Oxford, where his DPhil supervisor was the renowned epidemiologist, Sir Richard Doll.  Later he became a lecturer in Professor Doll’s department at Oxford.  In 1980, at the age of 32, he returned to the University of Otago to take up the Chair of Preventive and Social Medicine.

Under Professor Skegg’s leadership, his department grew to become one of the strongest of its kind in Australasia.  His own research has been focused mainly on the causes and control of cancers (especially breast and cervical cancer), and the use of epidemiological methods to study benefits and risks of medicines.  In particular, he played a key role in international efforts to clarify the relationship between hormonal contraceptives and cancer risk.

David Skegg has held many leadership positions in New Zealand, including as Chair of the Health Research Council, the Public Health Commission, the BSE Expert Science Panel, and the Science Board.  Until recently he was the President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, which is the national academy for science, technology and the humanities.

His career has also involved a major commitment to global health, through his work with the World Health Organization.  Since 1984 he has been a consultant to the WHO Special Programme of Research in Human Reproduction, which has often required him to make several trips to Geneva each year.  From 2011 to 2016, he chaired the Scientific Advisory Group for this large programme of research and development on sexual and reproductive health and rights, with particular emphasis on the needs of developing countries.

As Vice-Chancellor (equivalent to Principal) of the University of Otago from 2004 to 2011, David Skegg also took a strong interest in opportunities for international collaboration.  He promoted discussions that led to the establishment of the Matariki Network of Universities.  This is an international group of research-intensive universities which are focused on providing a high-quality student experience and on contributing to international progress.  Queen’s and Otago are both founding members of the Matariki Network.   

Stephen John Richard Smith, LLD

Stephen Smith is one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs in the financial services industry. He is renowned for innovation in information technology and financial structuring in the Canadian mortgage industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University (’72) and a Master of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Stephen is currently the Chairman and CEO of First National Financial Corporation (TSX: FN), Canada’s largest non-bank lender of residential and commercial mortgages, a business which he co-founded in 1988 and now has over $90-billion of mortgage loans under administration. He is also the Chairman and co-owner of Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance. Formed in April 2010 after he acquired AIG’s Canadian mortgage insurance business in partnership with the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, Canada Guaranty is currently the country’s third largest mortgage insurance provider. Stephen is also the largest shareholder in Equitable Bank, Canada’s ninth largest bank and one of the country’s leading alternative lenders. Stephen received Ernst & Young’s “Ontario Financial Services Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2007 to recognize the success of First National.

Stephen is an avid supporter of post-secondary education. He began his philanthropic relationship with Queen’s in 1997, when he established a financial award to support students in Electrical Engineering and Economics. Since then, more than 250 students have received financial support through this bursary. In 2013, Stephen funded a Chair in Public Policy in the Department of Economics.

Having spent his career in the mortgage finance and insurance industry, Stephen believes business has a social responsibility. Successful businesses fuel a healthy economy, and a healthy economy is critical to a strong and well-functioning social infrastructure. Through his $50-million investment in business education at Queen’s, Stephen aims to equip the leaders of tomorrow with the skills to sustain Canada’s business, economic and social development.

With a passion for the arts and history, Stephen is Chair of Historica Canada, a Governor of the Royal Ontario Museum, and member of the Advisory Council of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In 2014, Stephen and his wife donated $3-million to help establish the “Myseum of Toronto,” which chronicles the evolution of one of Canada’s oldest cities.

Stephen also holds a variety of leadership positions in corporate and public governance. He serves as a director of The Empire Life Insurance Company, a board member at the C.D. Howe Institute and a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. In 2012, Stephen was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada.

Originally from Ottawa, Stephen currently lives in Toronto with his wife, Diane Blake, and their three children.