Honorary Degree Recipients
2008 to 2010
Karen Armstrong, one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs, received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Queen's University at the Queen's School of Religion 2010 Convocation for Theology programs on May 12, 2010. Armstrong is much sought after throughout the world as a public speaker not only on theology and spirituality, but on the political implications of religious faith in the modern world.
A best-selling author whose books have been translated into forty languages, her early work focused on the monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and advanced a counter-intuitive theory of religious fundamentalism. She has since begun to explore eastern religions.
A nun in the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in the 1960's, Armstrong left the Order while attending St. Anne's College, Oxford University, where she studied English, earning a BA and an M.Litt. In the 1970's, Armstrong served as head of the English Department at a girls' public school in London, UK. In 1982, she became a full time writer and television broadcaster. Her television work includes The First Christian, a documentary series on St. Paul (1984), the series Varieties of Religious Experience (1984) and Tongues of Fire (1985). She regularly appears as a religious affairs commentator on radio and television in the United Kingdom and the United States, and is a regular columnist for the Guardian newspaper.
In the last decade, Armstrong has become known for her work on Islam and Fundamentalism, particularly in the United States of America. She has addressed members of the United States House and the Senate on three occasions, has participated in the World Economic Forum in New York and Davos, and has spoken at study days at the UN and at the NATO Naval Defense College in Rome. She has also advised members of the Dutch parliament about Islam and the integration of Muslim communities in Europe. In 2005 she was appointed by Kofi Annan to participate in the UN initiative "The Alliance of Civilizations," a high level group aiming for practical guidelines to member states about how to stem the rising tide of extremism. In 2007 she was awarded a medal for Arts and Sciences by the Egyptian government.
Author of sixteen books, including the international bestseller - A History of God (1993); The Battle for God, A History of Fundamentalism (2000); A Short History of Myth (2005) and Muhammad: A Prophet for our Time (2006), her most recent book, The Case for God, was published to wide acclaim in 2009.
Jeannette Armstrong is an Okanagan Indian who was born in 1948 on the Penticton Indian Reserve in British Columbia.
The grandniece of Hum-Ishu-Ma (Mourning Dove, 1888-1936), considered the first Native American woman novelist, Armstrong is a writer, teacher, artist, sculptor and activist.
She speaks both Okanagan and English; she received a traditional education from Okanagan elders and her family and has raised her own two children on the Penticton Indian reserve as well.
In 1978, she obtained a BFA from the University of Victoria. In 1986 Armstrong became the director of the En'owkin Centre in Penticton. She is also the first director of the En'owkin International School of Writing in Penticton, a creative-writing school organized by and for Native people which grants diplomas through the University of Victoria.
Armstrong writes poetry, fiction, essays and children's literature. She also continues to make visual art and teaches creative writing and performance. The importance of music and poetry is reflected in the recent production of her poem/song "Grandmothers" on the compact disk Word Up! She has been invited to speak to numerous international audiences on native issues including native education and indigenous rights.
Dr. Baird was born in Great Britain and was educated in medicine at McGill University. She trained as a pediatrician, further specializing in medical genetics. Her contributions to the field have been in two main phases. The first was focused in the field of genetic epidemiology using population-based data. This work is widely recognized for elucidating the distribution, natural history, and prognosis for several congenital anomalies and genetic diseases. The second was focused on the application of genetic and reproductive technology, in particular its societal, ethical, and policy implications.
Dr. Baird has been a member of many national bodies, among them the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology chaired by the Prime Minister, the Medical Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research where she served as Vice-President, then Vice-Chair of its Board. She has been an invited visitor at many universities, both in Canada and abroad, and has served as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization in genetics in recent years.
Dr. Baird was appointed by the Prime Minister to head the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies. The Commission conducted a broad range of research on social, medical, and ethical aspects of the use of these technologies and consulted across the country with Canadians. The Commission’s Report has been widely influential and its recommendations on policy resulted in legislation.
Dr. Baird has received many honours, including the Confederation Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and honorary degrees from McMaster University, the University of Ottawa, and Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a recipient of the Order of British Columbia, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000. She is a specially elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2005 she was appointed Chair of the Premier’s Council on Aging and Seniors’ Issues, whose mandate was to make policy recommendations to the Government of British Columbia, and she has continued to be active in policy development in that field.
Dr. Baird is currently a University Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of British Columbia.
Born in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Jean Béliveau has been a model and inspiration for all youngsters hoping to make a career in professional sports.
He signed his first Canadien and NHL contract in 1953. He was selected on an NHL All-Star Club 10 times, was second-best scorer in the Canadiens' history and best scorer in the Stanley Cup Series with the Canadiens.
He has won the Ross Trophy (champion scorer), the Hart Trophy (most valuable player) twice, and was the first player to win the Conn Smythe (outstanding player in Stanley Cup series).
He saw his team win the League championship 10 times and also won the Stanley Cup 10 times.
In 1971 he announced his retirement in active play after 18 glorious seasons with the Habs.
Mr. Béliveau then established the Jean Béliveau Foundation for underprivileged children throughout Québec and Canada. When he retired in 1993, he transferred the Foundation to the Society for Disabled Children. Today, the Foundation has a capital value of $1,200,000.
Mr. Béliveau has received many awards and honours, including being named an Officer of the Order of Canada for eminent services rendered to Canada and to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Honourable Edgar John Benson was born in Cobourg, Ontario.
After his graduation from Cobourg Collegiate in 1941, he joined the Canadian Army and was sent overseas as a member of the Canadian Artillery. He served in England and Europe.
He returned to Canada in 1946, and in 1949 graduated from Queen’s School of Business with a degree in commerce. He then became a chartered accountant and partner in the chartered accountants’ firm of England, Leonard, MacPherson in Kingston, Ontario until 1963. He was also a professor at the School of Business.
In 1962, he secured the Liberal nomination for Kingston and the Islands and went on to win a seat in Parliament. In 1963, he was re-elected, and when Lester Pearson formed a government, he became the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance.
In 1965, Mr. Benson became president of the Treasury Board and Minister of National Revenue – posts he filled until 1968.
He was also Pierre Trudeau’s campaign co-chairman for leader of the Liberal party in 1968, and later his first finance minister, a portfolio he held until 1972.
That year, he retired from politics and became president of the Canadian Transport Commission, a position he held for 10 years.
From 1982 to 1985 he served as Canada’s Ambassador to Ireland.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a trained and published neuroanatomist. Her specialty was in the post-mortem investigation of the human brain as it relates to schizophrenia and the severe mental illnesses. Because she has a brother who has been diagnosed with the brain disorder schizophrenia, Dr. Taylor served for three years on the Board of Directors of the National NAMI organization (National Alliance on Mental Illness) between 1994-1997. Currently she serves as President of the Greater Bloomington Affiliate of NAMI in Bloomington, Indiana.
Because there is a long term shortage of brain tissue donated for post-mortem research by individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, Dr. Taylor travels as the National Spokesperson for the Mentally Ill for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Harvard Brain Bank) located at McLean Hospital. As the Singin' Scientist, Dr. Taylor delivers this very popular keynote address titled "How To Get Your Brain To Do What You Want It To Do."
But as irony would have it, on December 10, 1996, Dr. Taylor woke up to discover that she was experiencing a rare form of stroke, an arterio-venous malformation (AVM). Two and a half weeks later, on December 27, 1996, she underwent major brain surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to remove a golf ball size blood clot that was placing pressure on the language centers in the left hemisphere of her brain.
It took eight years for Dr. Taylor to successfully rebuild her brain - from the inside out. In response to the swelling and trauma of the stroke, which placed pressure on her dominant left hemisphere, the functions of her right hemisphere blossomed. Among other things, she now creates and sells unique stained glass brains when commissioned to do so. In addition, she published a book about her recovery from stroke and the insights she gained into the workings of her brain. The New York Times bestselling memoir is titled My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey.
A native of Oshawa, Ont. Ed Broadbent has had a lengthy career in Canadian politics.
He graduated first in his class in philosophy at the University of Toronto, studied at the London School of Economics and obtained his doctorate in political science from the University of Toronto. He taught at York University until his election to parliament in 1968.
Mr. Broadbent was a Member of Parliament for 21 years, and leader of the New Democratic Party from 1975 to 1989. He has supported the struggle for democratic rights in developing countries and has published a book and many articles on human rights matters.
In 1993, he was one of four international judges on the Tribunal on Violations of Women’s Human Rights at the United Nations Conference on Human Rights in Vienna. He served as chairman of a national inquiry on Governance and Accountability in Canada's Voluntary Sector and co-chair of a commission on corporate social responsibility.
Mr. Broadbent was made a member of the Privy Council by Prime Minister Trudeau in 1982, an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993 and a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2002.
Mr. Broadbent is a Fellow in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's
William (Bill) Buxton began his career as a composer and performer. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Queen's, then studied and taught at Holland’s Institute of Sonology before shifting gears to do graduate work in Computer Science at the University of Toronto.
He has been senior researcher at Xerox's famous Palo Alto Research Center, a professor at the University of Toronto, and is currently principal researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington.
His many awards include being named one of the top five designers in Canada. In 2003, he was co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for his contribution the animation package Maya.
He is a relentless advocate for innovation, design, and the appropriate consideration of human values, capacity, and culture in the conception, implementation, and use of new products, services and technologies.
An avid outdoors person, Mr. Buxton has a passion for mountain sports ranging from back-country skiing, back-packing and ice-climbing. This summer he and friends plan to trace part of the old fur trade route along the Churchill River in traditional birch-bark canoes.
William Edmund (Ed) Clark is president and chief executive officer of TD Bank Financial Group. Prior to this appointment, he was president and chief operating officer of the bank, a role he held since July 2000.
Following TD’s acquisition of Canada Trust Financial Services in 2000, Mr. Clark joined TD Bank as chairman and chief executive officer of TD Canada Trust. In this role he oversaw the successful integration of the TD and Canada Trust retail and electronic banking operations. Before this, Mr. Clark was president and chief executive officer of Canada Trust Financial Services.
In 1985, he joined Merrill Lynch, and three years later was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Morgan Financial Corporation, a position he held until 1991 when he joined Canada Trust Financial Services Inc.
Mr. Clark graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Harvard University.
He serves as director of TD Banknorth and as vice-chairman and director of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the C.D. Howe Institute, co-chair of the Heart and Circulation Campaign for the University Health Network, and provides support to Woodgreen Community Services, an organization that delivers programs to build sustainable communities in the Toronto area.
The Honourable Thomas Cromwell attended elementary and high school in Kingston, Ontario. He attended Queen’s University, where he obtained a BMus in 1973 and an LLB in 1976. He also obtained an Associate of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto (ARCT) diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1974 and attended Oxford University, where he earned a BCL in 1977. He began his law practice in Kingston following his admission to the Ontario Bar in 1979 and also taught part time in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s and served as counsel to the Queen’s Faculty Association.
Justice Cromwell practiced law in Toronto and taught in the Faculty of Law of Dalhousie University beginning in 1982. He worked as Executive Legal Officer to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer from 1992 to 1995. He has also held many other offices: Secretary, Board of Governors, National Judicial Institute, 1992-95; Vice-chair, Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board and Construction Industry Panel, 1991-92; labour arbitrator and adjudicator, 1984-97; President, Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia; President, Canadian Association of Law Teachers, 1988-89; President, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, 1999-2001; Chair of the Board, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, 2007-8; Research Director, C.B.A. Court Reform Task Force, 1989-91; and Commissioner, Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia, 2002-7. He also served on the Queen’s University Council and on the Faculty of Law’s Dean’s Advisory Committee.
Justice Cromwell was an active member of the Canadian Judicial Council’s working committee that prepared the publication entitled Ethical Principles for Judges and its Education Committee. He continues to serve on the Council’s Working Committee on Jury Charges and as a faculty member for education programs for the bench and bar. He has authored or contributed to six books and numerous articles and served on the editorial boards for Canadian Criminal Jury Instructions (CRIMJI) publication and the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice.
Justice Cromwell has received many awards: the C.B.A.’s Louis J. St. Laurent Award of Excellence, 1992; Her Majesty's Jubilee Medal, 2002; the Dalhousie Law Students Society and Dalhousie Law Alumni Association Award of Teaching Excellence, 1992; and, in 2009, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford.
The Honourable Thomas Cromwell was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on December 22, 2008. He had previously been appointed to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal on August 27, 1997.
Dr. Hector DeLuca earned a BA in Chemistry, with honours, from the University of Colorado in 1951, and a Ph.D in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1955 with Dr. Harry Steenbock, a pioneer in vitamin D research. When Dr. Steenbock retired in 1958, he asked Dr. DeLuca to take over his laboratory and carry on his research. Dr. DeLuca accepted. In 1965, Dr. DeLuca was promoted to the position of Harry Steenbock Research Professor, one he retains today. From 1970 to 1986 and from 1991 to 2005, he was also the Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry.
Dr. DeLuca has devoted his research career primarily to vitamin D and physiological events linked to the function of this vitamin. His major initial discoveries were the identification of the vitamin D active forms 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 and the tissue and sub-cellular localization and characterization of the enzymes involved in the vitamin D metabolic pathways. His research group essentially defined the vitamin D-based endocrine system.
After this groundwork had been laid, Dr. DeLuca’s continuing research has made outstanding contributions to various important aspects of vitamin D physiology, metabolism, and function, including cloning the vitamin D receptor, identifying and characterizing the CYP24A1 that degrades the active forms of vitamin D, and elucidating the mechanisms of the regulation of genes by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. His group has made significant contributions in discovering the function of vitamin D in the immune system, in bone resorption and formation, and in reproduction and in calcium and phosphate absorption. Among the most important research activities in Dr. DeLuca’s laboratory has been the synthesis of tissue-specific analogs of vitamin D for the treatment of diseases; this research has resulted in several drugs that are used for various diseases. His group has produced eight pharmaceuticals that are used for the treatment of diseases, including osteoporosis, vitamin D-resistant rickets, and bone diseases linked to kidney failure.
Dr. Hector DeLuca has received numerous international and local awards and honours, including the Gairdner Award of Canada. He was elected to the membership of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Sciences in 1979. He is a member of a number of scientific societies. Dr. DeLuca has over 1,150 publications in the fields of vitamin D, calcitonin, parathyroid hormone and vitamin A and he has over 250 active U.S. patents plus over 1,200 foreign filings corresponding to the U.S. patents.
Dr. Dodge, whose appointment as Chancellor of Queen’s University became effective July 1, 2008, received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Queen’s and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He taught Economics at Queen’s for several years but ultimately chose a career in the Public Service of Canada. He served as Deputy Minister of Finance from 1992 to 1997 and was appointed Deputy Minister of Health in 1998. In February 2001 he was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada for a seven-year term.
He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s in May 2002 and was appointed to the Queen’s University Board of Trustees in June 2007. In December 2007, Dr. Dodge was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Dr. Dodge was Associate Professor of Canadian Studies and International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia; and Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at Simon Fraser University. He has also served as Director of the International Economics Program of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
Dr. Dodge and his wife Christiane (nee Schweiger), an Arts'65 graduate of Queen’s, reside in Ottawa.
Donald Drummond was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, where he graduated from the University of Victoria. He subsequently received his MA in Economics from Queen’s University.
Mr. Drummond joined the federal Department of Finance upon completing his studies at Queen’s. During his almost 23 years at Finance, Mr. Drummond held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy, and tax policy. His last three positions were, respectively, Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy and Legislation, and Associate Deputy Minister. In the latter position, Mr. Drummond was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy, and federal-provincial relations. In particular, Mr. Drummond coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.
Joining the TD Bank in June 2000 as Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, Mr. Drummond leads TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. For Canada, this work is conducted at the city, provincial, and national levels. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies that influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies.
Mr. Drummond travels widely across Canada and abroad, speaking to TD clients and various groups about the Canadian economy and its prospects, and he is frequently quoted by the media on economic and policy issues.
Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans, AO, QC, has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since January 2010, an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne since July 2009, and is Co-Chair of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament whose report Eliminating Nuclear Threats was published in December 2009. He is also President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organization which he led from 2000 to 2009.
Professor Evans spent 21 years in Australian politics, 13 of them as a Cabinet Minister. As Foreign Minister from 1988 to 1996, he was best known internationally for his roles in developing the UN peace plan for Cambodia, concluding the Chemical Weapons Convention, and initiating new Asia-Pacific regional economic and security architecture. Professor Evans has written or edited nine books, most recently The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All, published by the Brookings Institution in 2008, as well as over 100 journal articles and chapters on foreign relations, human rights, and legal and constitutional reform.
Professor Evans was Co-Chair of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty in 2001, and a member of the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change in 2004, the Blix Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction in 2006, the Zedillo Commission of Eminent Persons on The Role of the IAEA to 2020 and Beyond in 2008, and the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention. He is Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.
In January 2010, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute/Roosevelt Stichting announced that Gareth Evans was the recipient of the 2010 Four Freedoms Award for Freedom from Fear, citing his pioneering work on the Responsibility to Protect concept, and his contributions to conflict prevention and resolution, arms control, and disarmament.
Mr. Philip (Phil) Fontaine is a dedicated and highly respected figure in Canada. He has been instrumental in facilitating change and advancement for First Nations people from the time he was first elected to public office as Chief at the young age of 28. He is a proud member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba and still plays an active role in the support of his community.
In the early 1980’s he was elected to the position of Manitoba Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. When his term expired in 1991, he was elected Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs where he served three consecutive terms. He played a key role in the development of Manitoba’s Framework Agreement Initiative, in the defeat of the Meech Lake Accord, and signed an Employment Equity Agreement with 39 federal agencies. In 1997, he stepped onto the national stage where he was elected to the highest elected position in First Nations politics, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. He recently finished serving an unprecedented third term in office.
His list of accomplishments as National Chief include signing the Declaration of Kinship and Cooperation of the Indigenous and First Nations of North America, being the first Indigenous leader to address the Organization of American States, leading the successful resolution and settlement of the 150 year Indian residential school tragedy, which led to the historical Apology by the Canadian government, the Making Poverty History Campaign, lobbying for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and negotiating a fair and just process for the settlement of Specific land claims. His belief in creating an inclusive Assembly of First Nations ensured that all information was accessible in both French and English languages, and initiated the Renewal Commission, resulting in a 47 recommendation report on improving the political structure of the AFN, including a universal vote by all First Nations citizens.
Mr. Fontaine has received many awards and honours for his work, including seven honorary degrees and membership in the Order of Manitoba. He now owns and operates his own consulting and mediation business, Ishkonigan Inc. He is also a senior advisor to the Royal Bank of Canada, TransCanada Pipeline, and Ogilvy Renault; and is on the board of directors of numerous companies such as Avalon Rare Metals, Plutonic Power and One Earth Farms.
Dr. Rocco Gerace was appointed Registrar of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons in May 2002.
From 1997 to 2002, Dr. Gerace served on the College’s Council as the University of Western Ontario representative. He was elected President of the Council in November 2000, for a one-year term.
Prior to his appointment as Registrar, Dr. Gerace was an attending staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the London Health Sciences Centre. He was also a consulting staff member at the Poison Information Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Dr. Gerace graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1972. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Emergency Medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Gerace is also certified in Medical Toxicology from the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Gerace is a professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, is past-chair of this division, and held a cross-appointment in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Gerace is also the Past President of the Medical Council of Canada.
Basil (Buzz) Hargrove served as National President of the Canadian Auto Workers Union from his election in 1992 until his retirement in September 2008. One of the most recognized labour leaders in Canada, Buzz has been a figurehead in the fight for workplace and social justice.
Born and raised in Bath, New Brunswick (1944), Hargrove's roots in the labour movement began in on the auto assembly line in Windsor, Ontario. His willingness to defend workers' rights won him the respect and confidence of his union brothers and sisters. Buzz eventually found himself a place in the union, serving in a variety of capacities. He held several leadership positions and eventually was elected to the executive of UAW-Canada Local 444.
Buzz joined the UAW staff in Toronto in 1975 and three years later became the assistant to then UAW Canadian Director Bob White. Hargrove was an integral part of the leadership team that broke away from the UAW in 1984 and formed the CAW in 1985. Along with his efforts as National President for sixteen years, he served as vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress' executive committee.
Hargrove has extensive bargaining experience, having negotiated with some of Canada's largest private corporations including General Motors, Chrysler, Ford, Air Canada, Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier and CN Rail. His well-rounded understanding of the economic, social and political issues affecting workers has fuelled his commitment to help working people and their families at home and around the world.
In November 1998, Hargrove released an autobiography entitled Labour of Love: The Fight to Create a More Humane Canada. In recognition of his hard work and dedication Hargrove received honorary doctorates from Brock University in 1998, the University of Windsor in 2003, Wilfred Laurier University in 2004, Ryerson University in 2006 and the University of New Brunswick in 2008. He was also named a Fellow of Centennial College in June of 2005.
Nationally recognized for his contributions to society, Buzz was named an officer of the prestigious Order of Canada in 2008.
Since retirement, Buzz has focused his energy on many different projects. He is the co-host of BNN's Buzz Cuts, was recently appointed as Ombudsman to the National Hockey League Player's Association (NHLPA) and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in the Ted Rogers School of Business offering a critical labour perspective on social, economical and political issues to undergraduate, graduate and MBA students.
Hargrove now lives with his wife Denise Small in Mississauga, Ontario.
Tom Kent graduated from Oxford with first-class honours before being called into the wartime intelligence service of cipher-breaking.
In 1946 he entered journalism with the Manchester Guardian, followed by The Economist and the Winnipeg Free Press, of which he was editor in 1954 when he arrived in Canada.
In 1957, the future Prime Minister Pearson asked Mr. Kent to help him in writing part of his Nobel Peace Prize address. It was the beginning of a close association, and Mr. Kent became involved in the policy development of the Liberal party. He was closely identified with the distinctive measures such as Medicare and the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan.
Mr. Kent has served as dean at Dalhousie University and was chair of the Royal Commission on Newspapers and the founding editor of Policy Options.
Mr. Kent's memoir of the 1954-71 period, A Public Purpose, was published in 1988 and was followed a year later by Getting Ready for 1999: Ideas for Canada's Politics and Government. He has continued to write on a wide range of public issues and has contributed to numerous books and journals. He is a fellow of the Queen's School of Policy Studies, a Lifetime Fellow of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and a Companion of the Order of Canada.
Kathryn M. Knowles has spent decades enriching the lives of children around the world. She was born in Toronto and completed her Bachelor of Nursing Science degree at Queen's in 1977. She was a paediatric nurse until she moved to Accra, Ghana with her family.
Her project began in her garden in 1990, with a basket of books and six neighbourhood children. That modest initiative became the Osu Children's Library Fund, which raised funds to build, furnish and stock six large community libraries and went on to develop 200 smaller libraries in Ghana. These facilities give thousands of children their only exposure to books, and also act as community centres, offering free adult literacy classes, theatre and cultural activities, meals for hungry members and lay librarian training.
Ms. Knowles works on a volunteer basis from her Winnipeg home and relies on a group of dedicated volunteers. She speaks across Canada, and has created an awareness of the far-reaching effects of libraries and literacy. She has published 25 books reflecting African culture, eight of which are in African languages.
She was awarded the Governor General's Meritorious Service Medal in 2001.
The Hon. Frances Lankin, PC, has been the President and CEO of United Way Toronto since 2001, guiding it through a strategic transformation into an organization that works to change social conditions. Under Frances's leadership, United Way has become a leading community builder that not only funds social service agencies, but also works to strengthen neighborhoods and create opportunities for a better life for everyone in Toronto.
Frances has spent a lifetime in service to her community and is widely recognized as a leader in the non-profit sector. In 2006, she chaired a federal government-commissioned Blue Ribbon Panel that recommended changes to Ottawa's grant and contribution distribution process. Frances has served on the boards of several not-for-profit and charitable organizations and is currently a member of the Toronto City Summit Alliance Steering Committee and the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy Advisory Committee.
Frances has been widely recognized for her community work. She was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2003. In 2004, she was presented with United Way Canada's Award of Excellence. In 2007, she was named the Canadian Public Relations Society's CEO of the Year and received the Toronto Star's Laurel Award. In 2008, Frances received the Equal Voice EVE Award, was named both Toronto Consumers' Choice Woman of the Year and one of More Magazine's Top 40 Over 40. Most recently, she was honoured with the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Toronto's Community Builder Award.
Frances was the MPP for Beaches-East York for eleven years before joining United Way in 2001. From 1990-1995 she served as Ontario's Minister of Health, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, and Minister of Government Services.
In 2009, she was made a member of the Queen's Privy Council of Canada, and appointed by the Prime Minister to the Security Intelligence Review Committee which provides an external review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
Kevin Gordon Lynch is a Canadian economist, clerk of the Privy Council and secretary to the cabinet, Canada’s most senior civil servant.
Born in Nova Scotia, he received a degree in economics from Mount Allison University, a Master of Economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Economics from McMaster University in 1980.
Mr. Lynch began his career with the Bank of Canada as an economist in 1976. He soon joined the Department of Finance and rose quickly through the ranks, becoming a director in 1983 and an assistant deputy minister in 1988.
In 1992 he became associate deputy minister at Industry and deputy minister of that department in 1995. In 2000, he returned to finance, this time as deputy minister.
In 2004, Mr. Lynch moved from Ottawa to Washington, DC, to serve as executive director for the Canadian, Irish and Caribbean constituency at the International Monetary Fund.
In 2006, he became the 20th Clerk of the Privy Council.
His Excellency, the Former President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918 and was educated at University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand. He joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1944 and was involved in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. He went on trial for treason from 1956 to 1961 and was acquitted in 1961.
Mr. Mandela was arrested in 1962, after setting up a military wing within the ANC, and sentenced to five years' imprisonment. In 1963, when many fellow leaders of the ANC were arrested, Mr. Mandela was brought to stand trial with them for plotting to overthrow the government by violence. His statement from the dock received considerable international publicity. On June 12, 1964, eight of the accused, including Mr. Mandela, were sentenced to life imprisonment. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town; thereafter, he was held at Pollsmoor Prison on the mainland.
During his years in prison, Nelson Mandela's reputation grew. He was widely accepted as the most significant black leader in South Africa and became a potent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom.
Nelson Mandela was released from prison on February 11, 1990. In 1991, at the first national conference of the ANC held inside South Africa after the organization had been banned in 1960, Mr. Mandela was elected President of the ANC. In 1994, Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, a position he held until 1999.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation was started upon Mr. Mandela’s retirement from politics in 1999 and focuses on supporting a wide range of projects. In 2007, the Foundation established the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Dialogue, which contains an archive about the life and work of Mr. Mandela, ensuring his enormous legacy will be kept alive for future generations.
The Right Honourable Paul Martin was the twenty-first Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006.
Mr. Martin studied philosophy and history at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1966.
Before entering politics, Mr. Martin had a distinguished career in the private sector as a business executive at Power Corporation of Canada in Montreal and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CSL Group Inc. Its acquisition in 1981 represented the largest leveraged buyout in Canada at that time.
Mr. Martin was the Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002, during which time he erased Canada’s $42 billion deficit and recorded five consecutive budget surpluses. He also strengthened the regulations governing Canada’s financial institutions, with the result that Canada is now viewed as an international model for sound financial regulation. In conjunction with his provincial counterparts, he restored the Canada Pension Plan and, in September 1999, he was named the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G-20.
During his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr. Martin was able to set in place a $41 billion initiative to improve healthcare, sign a landmark agreement with the provinces and territories for a national early learning and childcare program, create a new financial deal for municipalities, and redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. Further, he achieved a historic consensus with the provinces, territories, and Canada’s aboriginal leadership on an agreement entitled the Kelowna Accord, the objective of which was to ensure the provision of equal opportunity for Canada’s aboriginal population.
Currently, Mr. Martin is the co-chair, with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, of a $200 million British-Norwegian poverty alleviation and sustainable development fund for the ten-nation Congo Basin Rainforest. He also sits on the advisory council of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, an initiative that examines critical issues facing the continent. It is sponsored by the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank.
Mr. Martin also continues to contribute to Canada. The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative aims at reducing the Aboriginal youth dropout rate and at increasing the number of Aboriginal students attending post-secondary institutions. The Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund helps establish and grow successful Aboriginal businesses both on and off reserve.
Marilyn McHarg's life journey, from young nurse in Toronto to a leader of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), one of the world's most respected medical humanitarian organizations, is rooted in an intimacy with the consequences of war and disease.
As General Director of MSF in Canada, Ms. McHarg oversees staff in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and a $25-million budget. She is a member of the steering committee for the Geneva-based Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, the management team for Operational Centre Amsterdam, and the MSF working group for accountability toward its patients.
A McGill University Nursing graduate and a Queen's Life Sciences and Psychology undergraduate, Ms. McHarg and a group of friends founded MSF Canada in 1991. She worked as a nurse in Uganda, a medical coordinator in Sudan, and Head of Mission in Uganda and then Sudan. Ms. McHarg contributed to the organization's decision-making at headquarters, guiding field teams as Operational Manager and later as Director of Operations in Geneva.
The foundation of her rich career is her work as a registered nurse in Toronto at Women's College Hospital and Sunnybrook Medical Centre in the late 1980s. She holds certificates in Tropical Medicine, and Critical Care Nursing. Her work embodies a career dedicated to respecting human dignity, alleviating suffering and saving lives.
In 2000, Parker Mitchell saw huge potential in the engineering profession’s ability to contribute to a more prosperous Africa. Driven by this belief, he, along with George Roter, co-founded Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB).
EWB works to create opportunities for rural Africans to access clean water, basic infrastructure, and improvements in agriculture. EWB harnesses the problem-solving and pragmatic approach of Canadian engineers to tackle the root causes of poverty in rural Africa. To complement the work in Africa, engagement and advocacy programs in Canada promote responsible global citizenship and more effective aid. To date, EWB has sent 500 volunteers overseas, established 34 chapters across Canada, and attracted 40,000 members.
In recognition of EWB’s work and impact, the organization has received almost a dozen major national and international awards.
Mr. Mitchell’s contributions have been recognized with the Public Policy Forum’s Leaders for the Future Award and as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He was featured in TIME Magazine as one of Canada’s next generation of social leaders and was awarded an Honorary Degree from Seneca College.
Prior to founding EWB, Mr. Mitchell worked for McKinsey & Co. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Arts from the University of Waterloo, where he was awarded the Alumni Gold Medal, and a Master’s in Development Studies from Cambridge University, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar.
Patricia Anne Monture is a tireless supporter of the pursuit of justice for Aboriginal peoples.
A citizen of the Mohawk Nation, Grand River Territory, Professor Monture has a BA in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, a LL B from Queen’s a LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School and an honorary LLD from Athabasca University.
From 1989 to 1994, she taught in Canadian law schools, and in 1994 joined the Native Studies department at the University of Saskatchewan, where she was also special advisor to the dean of the College of Arts and Science on Indigenous Initiatives. She is now a professor in the Sociology department, chair of Graduate Studies and academic coordinator of the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program.
She has worked extensively in the area of federal corrections and recently received the Human Rights in Action Award from the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.
She has advised several Aboriginal organizations including the Assembly of First Nations and the Native Women's Association of Canada. Her contributions to the advancement of women in the university were recognized last year with an award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers.
Donald Newman, award-winning broadcaster and journalist, is one of Canada’s most respected political commentators. Born in Winnipeg, Ontario, he reported for over four decades from every Canadian province, as well as from Washington, London, and the United Nations, interviewed numerous Canadian and international leaders, and covered the major political and economic events of our times.
Currently a regular contributor to the CBC, both on television and in writing on its website, Mr. Newman is also an advisor to business and governments, and a sought-after analyst, speaker, and moderator. For 20 years, he served as Senior Parliamentary Editor of CBC Television News in Ottawa, where he anchored live coverage, news specials, and his daily Politics program on CBC’s news channel, which he helped to launch. He is a life member of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery.
Mr. Newman was named to the Order of Canada over a decade ago and is also a recipient of the Gemini’s Gordon Sinclair award for lifetime achievement, the Public Policy Forum’s Hyman Solomon Award for public policy journalism, and was the first recipient of the Parliamentary Press Gallery’s Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national affairs. He holds an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg.
Mr. Newman is on the Board of Canada’s National History Society (which publishes Canada’s History Magazine), is Chair of the Selection Committee of the 2010 Canadian Foreign Service Officer Awards, and is Judge of National Newspaper and Charles Lynch Awards, is Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, and is a Member of the Advisory Board of Canada 2020. He has also served as President of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery and is the long-serving Chair of its Liaison Committee with the Supreme Court of Canada.
Phil Nuytten is an inventor, entrepreneur, explorer, president and founder of Nuytco Research Ltd. and Can-Dive Services Ltd. An internationally recognized pioneer in the diving industry, Nuytten has spent 40 years creating deep water dive products that have opened the ocean's depths to exploration and industry.
Through his companies, Nuytco and Can-Dive, he developed internationally renowned technology to allow longer-length diving expeditions with increased safety. His deep-diving equipment, along with his military submarine rescue system, is standard in nearly a dozen of the world's navies.
He has worked in oilfields, submarine construction sites and sunken wrecks around the world, including the Breadalbane, the northern-most known shipwreck, where his record dives through icy Arctic waters earned him a place on the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1984.
Mr. Nuytten was one of the forces behind the Sustainable Seas Expeditions in the 1990s, a five-year initiative by the National Geographic Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study deep-ocean environmental impact.
More recently, Mr. Nuytten and his team finalized development of the "Prehensor," a prosthetic-like device that mimics the human hand giving the operator safety and rigidity along with the manual dexterity of a scuba diver's gloved hand. NASA has shown considerable interest in this technology.
Mr. Roter has been recognized as one of Canada’s leaders in the non-profit sector and believes that Canadians are passionate about driving social change. Mr. Roter co-founded Engineers Without Borders (EWB) along with Parker Mitchell as a movement of engineers driven to create meaningful and lasting opportunities for Africans by tackling the root causes of why poverty persists. EWB envisions a world where the next generation of Africans will have the same opportunities as Canadians today. Mr. Roter continues to serve as co-CEO and EWB has earned its place as one of Canada’s most respected international development organizations.
EWB has created an approach to building capacity for bottom-up innovation in African organizations, which allows these institutions to prototype, pilot, and scale impactful programs. EWB has had over 500 staff and volunteers working on agriculture, rural infrastructure, and water and sanitation, focusing on four countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The organization works with 20 organizations which serve over 2.5 million community members.
In Canada, EWB engages 50,000 members and 3,000 active volunteers at 35 chapters who, with their actions and voices, work to promote the idea that lasting change in Africa will stem not from charity, but from helping foster opportunity. Since 2000, “EWBers” have spoken to 1,000,000 Canadians in-person, delivered workshops to 125,000 high school students, successfully pushed an aid effectiveness agenda that the government has now adopted, and have raised over $10 million for international development. EWB-designed global engineering curriculum is running at 20 universities, reaching 50% of all Canadian undergraduate engineering students.
Mr. Roter is a frequent speaker at conferences and events across North America. He was has been awarded the Young Leaders Award from the Public Policy Forum (2007) and has been named as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2005). He was awarded a prestigious Action Canada Fellowship (2004) on public policy, in addition to other EWB-related awards from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (2002) and the University of Waterloo (2000). He has been featured by Time magazine as one of Canada’s next generation of social leaders (2001) and has appeared on television, radio, and in numerous print publications across the country.
Mr. Roter holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo (1999) and a Bachelor of Applied Studies (Honorary) from Seneca College (2009).
When he is only indirectly creating social change, Mr. Roter spends time with his amazing wife Sari Stillman and golden retriever Coel, and would like to think they can all be found paddling their Old Towne canoe down the French River.
Joseph Schlesinger is a veteran Canadian journalist who, for four decades, has reported for CBC Television News from every corner of the world. He has covered wars from Vietnam to the Gulf, with many other conflicts in between.
Born in Vienna in 1928, Mr. Schlesinger was raised in Czechoslovakia. In 1939, his parents sent him for safety to England. When he returned to Czechoslovakia at the end of World War Two in 1945, he found his parents had been killed in the Holocaust.
Mr. Schlesinger started his journalistic career in 1948 in the Prague bureau of the Associated Press (AP). When the communist rulers of Czechoslovakia started arresting AP staffers, he fled across the Iron Curtain and came to Canada. He became a reporter at the Vancouver Province and the Toronto Star, then an editor at the United Press International (UPI) bureau in London, England, and at the European Herald Tribune in Paris.
In 1966, he joined the CBC in Toronto. He served both as Executive Producer of The National and head of CBC TV News. In 1970, he went overseas again, this time as the CBC's Far East correspondent based in Hong Kong. This was followed over the next 20 years by postings to Paris, Washington, and Berlin. In 1991, he became the CBC's Chief Political Correspondent in Ottawa. He retired from the CBC news service in 1994, but has continued to contribute to CBC programs.
Mr. Schlesinger reported on wars in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Salvador, and the Israeli-Arab conflict, as well as revolutions in Portugal, Iran, and the Cultural Revolution in China. Fifty years after he first left Czechoslovakia, he returned to witness the Velvet Revolution that overthrew its communist regime.
A book of Mr. Schlesinger's memoirs, Time Zones, was published in 1990 and became a best-seller. He has won four Gemini awards, the John Drainie award for distinguished contribution to Canadian broadcasting, and a Hot Doc award for documentary writing. The Power of Good, a documentary he wrote and narrated, won an International Emmy award in 2002. He has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
In 1994, Mr. Schlesinger was named a member of the Order of Canada. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of British Columbia, The Royal Military College, and Dalhousie University.
Albert Schultz is an award-winning actor, director, singer and producer. Born in Port Hope, Ontario, he studied theatre at York University and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Early in his career, Mr. Schultz played several major roles, including Romeo, at the Stratford Festival. He has also played lead roles in television, including in CBC's 'Street Legal' and 'Side Effects.'
In 1998, he became the founding artistic director of the acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre Company. With Soulpepper, Mr. Schultz has produced more than 70 productions, while acting and directing. In 2005, his performance of Hamlet was hailed as "the performance of the year" by the Globe and Mail.
Under his leadership, Soulpepper launched its academy for the training of actors, designers, and playwrights, and in partnership with George Brown College, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto's Distillery District, of which he is the general director.
Mr. Schultz has received many awards, is a member of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Arts Summit and has a busy volunteer career. For his work on behalf of UNICEF, Mr. Schultz received the Queen's Jubilee Medal.
Hassina Sherjan serves as president, Aid Afghanistan for Education, and Boumi Co in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, she arrived in the U.S. with her family in 1980 to escape the Russian invasion.
In 2000, she received a degree in international development from American University.
Fifteen years later – after the passing of her father – she vowed to educate as many Afghans as possible. In 1999, after establishing education programs in the refugee camps in Peshawar, Ms. Sherjan went to Kabul to meet the Taliban and convince them to open the girls’ schools.
In spite of several failed discussions she established five underground classes for 250 students.
In 2002, Ms. Sherjan established three learning programs for 1,100 female students in Kabul who were deprived of education during the Taliban era. Within two years, these programs expanded to 2,300 students. By the end of last August, five additional accelerated learning programs for 1700 girl and boys in the Northern provinces were established.
She also established BOUMI, a home textile production company. BOUMI is meant to be an entrepreneurial approach to a social problem. Through their own initiative, women become strong and visible, and their tremendous economic and social contributions become recognized and respected, while families feel secure by having their own businesses
Kingstonian Arthur Britton (Britt) Smith has spent a lifetime making his community a better place. He graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC) in 1940, and, after being wounded in Normandy, he returned to Canada in 1944.
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, he practiced law in Kingston until 1998, when he was given honorary life membership in the Law Society of Upper Canada. He built apartment buildings as a hobby from the time he was in law school. This is now his full-time occupation as executive chairman of Homestead Land Holdings.
Mr. Smith served on city council and commanded a company in the Princess of Wales Own Regiment. He has been active with Branch 560 of the Royal Canadian Legion and has chaired several fundraising campaigns. In 1990, he was named the Kingston Chamber of Commerce's Business Person of the Year and in 2006 was inducted into the Kingston Business Hall of Fame.
Mr. Smith has compiled two books on local history, Kingston! Oh Kingston! and Legend of the Lake: The 22-Gun Brig-Sloop Ontario, 1780.
His honours include the Military Cross, the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Canada 125 medal, Queen's Counsel and an honorary doctorate from RMC.
Alexander McCall Smith is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, set in Botswana, which has risen to the top of bestseller lists throughout the world. The fifth novel in the series, The Full Cupboard of Life, received the UK Saga Award for Wit. He is also the author of The Sunday Philosophy Club series. He has written more than 60 books, including specialist academic titles, short-story collections, and children's books.
Dr. Smith was born in Zimbabwe and was educated there and in Scotland. He became a law professor in Scotland, and was for many years Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. It was in this role as professor that he returned to Africa to work in Botswana, where he helped to set up a new law school at the university there.
Dr. Smith has also been a visiting professor at several universities, in Italy and the U.S. Now a professor emeritus, he retired several years ago to concentrate on his writing career.
Dr. Smith was the vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics committee, and a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO.
In 2007 he was made a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List, for services to literature.
Daniel Soberman has been an outstanding contributor to Canadian society and to Queen's, having taught in the Faculty of Law from its opening in 1957 until 1999. His academic work has spanned both private law (contracts and business law) and public and constitutional law (especially in the area of federalism).
Professor Soberman received a BA and LL.B from Dalhousie and an LL.M (1955) from Harvard.
From 1968 to 1977, during his two terms as Dean at Queen's, he skilfully steered the Faculty of Law through its greatest period of professional recruitment and curriculum development.
In 1993 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, followed by the Queen's Law Alumni Award and the Canadian Association of University Teachers Milner Award in 1997.
Professor Soberman's work has also had a major impact on academia in Canada.
In 1965 he wrote an influential report on the status of tenure in Canadian universities, and he has influenced Ontario and Canadian public policy.
During the past 30 years he has been Chair of many Boards of Inquiry for the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a member of the Ontario Law Reform Commission, Deputy Chair of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario, and a member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
One of his enduring legacies to national policy was his work heading an inquiry in the 1990s on behalf of the Canadian Human Rights Commission into the relocation of Inuit families to the high Arctic in the 1950s.
In the course of his career, Mr. Volcker worked in the United States Federal Government for almost 30 years, culminating in two terms as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1979-1987. He divided the earlier stages of his career between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Treasury Department, and the Chase Manhattan Bank.
Mr. Volcker retired as Chairman of Wolfensohn & Co. upon the merger of that firm with Bankers Trust. From 1996-1999, Mr. Volcker headed a committee formed to determine existing dormant accounts and other assets in Swiss banks of victims of Nazi persecution.
From 2000-2005, Mr. Volcker served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Accounting Standards Committee overseeing a renewed effort to develop consistent, high-quality accounting standards acceptable in all countries. In 2003, he headed a private Commission on the Public Service recommending a sweeping overhaul of the organization and personnel practices of the United States Federal Government.
In April 2004, Mr. Volcker was asked by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to chair the Independent Inquiry into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program. The report on the Inquiry was published in October 2005.
In 2007, Mr. Volcker was asked by the President of the World Bank to chair a panel of experts to review the operations of the Department of Institutional Integrity. A report was published in September 2007.
In November 2008, President-Elect Obama chose Mr. Volcker to head the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Pursuing his many continuing interests in public policy, Mr. Volcker is associated with the Japan Society, the Institute of International Economics, the American Assembly, and the American Council on Germany. He is Honorary Chairman of the Trilateral Commission and Chairman of the Trustees of the Group of 30.
Educated at Princeton, Harvard and the London School of Economics, Mr. Volcker is Professor Emeritus of International Economic Policy at Princeton University and was the first Henry Kaufman Visiting Professor at the Stern School of Business at NYU.
Bert Wasmund has a distinguished 40-year career spanning excellence in technical innovation, engineering of major metallurgical projects worldwide, top management in a global engineering company, and contributions to Canadian universities.
Through inventing and implementing new technology to reduce the environmental impact of mining and metallurgy, Dr. Wasmund enabled sustainable development of this important industry.
He is a recognized world leader in metallurgical and chemical process development and engineering implementation, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and environmental protection.
Dr. Wasmund is the recipient of numerous patents and awards for novel designs of smelting furnaces and fluidized-bed reactors that greatly improved productivity and efficiency in the metals industry worldwide.
He has held progressive positions of technical and business leadership at Hatch Ltd, during an exciting period of globalization and unprecedented growth of the company.
He has a lifelong commitment to mentorship and the development of young people, including significant endowments and service to Queen's and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Wasmund's current thrust is the development of technologies for the sustainable production and utilization of energy from our renewable resources. He has supported this interest with permanent endowments for three postgraduate energy students annually along with 12 Queen's undergraduate students drawn from his ancestral roots in North Hastings and Renfrew counties.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier currently resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She was born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (northern Quebec), and was raised traditionally in her early years before attending school in southern Canada and in Churchill, Manitoba. She is the past Chair of Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), the organization that represents internationally the 155,000 Inuit of Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Chukotka in the Far East of the Federation of Russia.
Dealing with youth issues holistically is important for Ms. Watt-Cloutier. She contributed significantly to "Silatunirmut: The Pathway to Wisdom," the 1992 report of the review of educational programming in Nunavik, and she co-wrote, produced and co-directed the acclaimed youth awareness video "Capturing Spirit: The Inuit Journey."
Ms. Watt-Cloutier was a political spokesperson for Inuit for over a decade. From 1995 to 1998, she was Corporate Secretary of Makivik Corporation, set-up under the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Land Claims Agreement. She was elected as President of ICC Canada in 1995 and re elected in 1998. She was a spokesperson for a coalition of northern Indigenous Peoples in the global negotiations that led to the 2001 Stockholm Convention banning the generation and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that contaminate the arctic food web. In 2002, Ms. Watt-Cloutier was elected international Chair of ICC.
In the past several years, Ms. Watt-Cloutier has alerted the world that Inuit will not become a footnote to the onslaught of globalization by working through the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to defend Inuit human rights against the impacts of climate change. On December 7, 2005, she filed a climate change-related petition with to the Commission as an urgent message from the Inuit "sentinels" to the rest of the world on global warming's already dangerous impacts. On March 1, 2007, she testified before the Commission during their extraordinary first hearing on the links between climate change and human rights.
Ms. Watt-Cloutier received the inaugural Global Environment Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in recognition for her POPs work. In 2004, she received the 2004 Aboriginal Achievement Award for Environment.
In 2005, she was honoured with the United Nations Champion of the Earth Award and the Sophie prize in Norway. Later in the year, she was presented with the inaugural Northern Medal by the outgoing Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson.
In 2006, Global Green, USA, selected Sheila for its International Environmental Leadership Award, she received both the Citation of Lifetime Achievement from the Canadian Environment Awards and the Earth Day Canada International Environment Award, and she was made an Officer in the Order of Canada.
In 2007, she was publicly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Norwegian parliament. Also in Norway, she received the Rachel Carson Prize. And at the U.N. Human Development Awards in New York, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon presented Sheila with the 2007 Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Award.
In 2008, the Public Policy Forum honoured her with a Testimonial Award at its 21st Annual Testimonial Award Dinner in Toronto, Canada.
Galen Weston is Chairman and President of George Weston Limited, a company founded by his grandfather, George Weston, in 1882 that now processes and distributes food products throughout North America.
Mr. Weston is also President of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (Canada), a family foundation that for four decades has made charitable grants in Canada for the benefit of Canadians, and which now directs the majority of its funds to organizations in the fields of education and conservation.
Mr. Weston is also the Chairman of Holt Renfrew (Canada), Selfridges (UK) and Brown Thomas (Ireland), as well as Vice-Chairman of Fortnum & Mason (UK).
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and a Commander in the Order of St. John.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.
He is Past Chairman of the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific (Canada), a member of the International Advisory Council of Columbia University and an Honorary Trustee of The Upper Canada College Foundation.
The Hon. Hilary M. Weston was born in Dublin in 1942. In 1966, she married Galen Weston and moved to Toronto in 1972.
Prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in 1997, Mrs. Weston spent more than two decades working in business and in the fashion industry. As Deputy Chairman of Holt Renfrew, she proudly promoted Canadian design and craftsmanship.
During that same period, she served as Director of Brown Thomas (Ireland), co-founded Torwest (USA) and served as Vice-Chairman and Design Director of the Windsor Club in Florida.
In 1979, Mrs. Weston founded the Ireland Fund of Canada and was Founding Chair of the Mabin School in Toronto. She also co-founded and chaired the Canadian Environment Educational Foundation, and established the Winter Garden Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Mrs. Weston explored her longstanding interest in homes and gardens as co-author of two best-selling books, In a Canadian Garden and At Home in Canada.
Mrs. Weston was the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 1997 to 2002. She has spearheaded the most successful fundraising campaign in Canadian cultural history, which raised more than $250 million for the Royal Ontario Museum.
She is patron of several organizations dealing with social issues, such as the Hospice Association of Ontario, the Landmine Survivors Network, the Ontario March of Dimes and Yonge Street Mission.
Mrs. Weston served as the first Chancellor of the Order of Ontario and received the honour in 2001. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003. She was invested as Dame of Justice in the Venerable Order of St. John in 1997 and received the Queen's 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal.
She is a member of the International Advisory Board of Sotheby's, a Trustee of Angel's Quest in Dublin, and a Trustee of the Foundation of the College of St. George, Windsor Castle, while also devoting a significant proportion of her time, as well as her business and fashion expertise, to Selfridges, the London department store of which she is a director.
Mrs. Weston has received many awards and nine post-secondary institutions have recognized her with honorary degrees.
Dafydd (Dave) Rhys Williams has worn many hats over the years including doctor, lecturer, astronaut and aquanaut.
A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, he has worked as an emergency physician, a lecturer at the University of Toronto, medical director of the Westmount Urgent Care Clinic, and director of Department of Emergency Services at Sunnybrook Health Science.
He is currently the director of the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and a professor in the Department of Surgery of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.
In 1992, Dr. Williams was selected by the Canadian Space Agency to begin astronaut training. His assignments included supervising the implementation of operational space medicine activities for the Canadian Astronaut Program Space Unit Life Simulation Project.
He joined the international class of NASA mission specialist astronaut candidates. In 1998 he was one of seven astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. He also served as a mission specialist in 2007 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour. As director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Dr. Williams was the first non-American to hold a senior management position within NASA.
In 2001, he became an aquanaut, taking part in a training exercise held in Aquarius, the world's only underwater research laboratory. This made him the first Canadian to have lived and worked in space and in the ocean.
Dr. Williams, the 19th Principal of Queen's University, has served in many key leadership roles at Queen's since arriving in 1977 to assume the position of Dean, Faculty of Education. These roles and appointments include Vice-Principal (Operations and University Finance); Vice-Principal (Institutional Relations); and Acting Director of the School of Policy Studies. In the late nineties, he also served a term as the honorary president of the Queen's Alma Mater Society.
He holds a PhD. from the University of Michigan and an MA. from McGill University, both in Educational Administration, and a BSc. in Chemistry from McGill University.
Dr. Williams has served on the boards of both Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital. He is a past board member with the Kingston Community Foundation and former Chair of the Board of Kingston YMCA.
After a long and noteworthy career, Ian Wilson recently retired as the first Librarian and Archivist of Canada. He began his career in archives in the Douglas Library in the summer of 1966, after graduating with a BA and MA from Queen's.
In 1970, he was named head of Queen's University Archives and led an active program of acquisitions, nationally and regionally, adding considerably to the strength of the university archives as a research centre for Canadian politics, literature, business and labour.
Mr. Wilson became Saskatchewan's provincial archivist in 1976, and chaired the Consultative Group on Canadian Archives for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Their report, generally known as the Wilson Report, was published in 1980 and is described as "a milestone in the history of archival development in Canada."
He was appointed Archivist of Ontario in 1986, and for several years he was also responsible for the Ontario public library system. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, is a member of the Order of Canada and Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres(France).
Mr. Wilson was appointed as National Archivist in 1999, and he and Roch Carrier, National Librarian, developed and led the process to create a new knowledge institution for Canada in the 21st century: the integrated Library and Archives of Canada.
Almost 14 years to the day after Ruth Wright graduated from Queen's Theological College with a Master of Divinity, she returns to Grant Hall on May 13 to accept an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity at the Theological College’s spring convocation.
Rev. Dr. Wright is being recognized for her deep commitment to affirming the worth of individuals and empowering communities to work for social justice.
A native of the Maritimes, she began her career as a high school teacher and administrator. After completing her doctorate at the University of Ottawa in 1982, she taught at several Canadian universities before coming to Queen's.
In 1997, Rev. Dr. Wright was appointed Executive Director of First United Mission in Vancouver, a position she held until retiring in 2007. She led a fundraising strategy to address the needs of the homeless, hungry and addicted. She raised national awareness of the plight of victims of the sex trade in Vancouver’s downtown corridor and successfully advocated for the creation of Canada's first supervised needle injection and exchange program.