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Renowned pianist among honorary degree recipients

[Janina Fialkowska will receive an honorary degree from Queen's this month]Janina Fialkowska

Janina Fialkowska will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Queen’s fall convocation this month.

Ms Fialkowska has enchanted audiences for over thirty years with her glorious lyrical sound, her sterling musicianship, and her profound sense of musical integrity. Born to a Canadian mother and a Polish father in Montreal, she started to study the piano with her mother at the age of five. In 1969, Ms Fialkowska’s career was greatly advanced by two events: winning first prize in the Radio Canada National Talent Festival and travelling to Paris to study with Yvonne Lefébure. One year later, she entered the Juilliard School of Music in New York. In October 2002 Ms Fialkowska was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. She continues to tour the world and delight audiences with her outstanding skill.

Ms Fialkowska will receive her degree on Tuesday, November 15 at 10 am. She will perform a benefit concert for the Queen’s School of Music on November 14 at 7:30 pm in Grant Hall.

Other recipients of Queen’s honorary degrees this fall:

[Robert Fowler will receive an honorary degree from Queen's this month]Robert Fowler

Robert Fowler will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws on Tuesday, November 15 at 2:30 pm.

Mr. Fowler spent a dozen years in the Department of External Affairs, serving in Paris, at the United Nations, and at headquarters in Ottawa, before being transferred to the Privy Council Office where he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Ministers Trudeau, Turner, and Mulroney from 1980 to 1986. Mr. Fowler was Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy) at the Department of National Defence from 1986 to 1989, during which time he produced three White Papers on Canadian Defence Policy, and served as Deputy Minister of National Defence from 1989 to 1995. From 2001 to 2006, he was the Personal Representative for Africa of Prime Ministers Chrétien, Martin and briefly, Harper.

In July 2008, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, appointed Mr. Fowler to be his Special Envoy to Niger, with the rank of Under-Secretary-General. While acquitting his UN mission in 2008, Mr. Fowler and his colleague, Louis Guay, were captured by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and held hostage in the Sahara Desert for 130 days.

Bruce Alexander will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws on Wednesday, November 16 at 2:30 pm.

Mr. Alexander graduated from Queen’s with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1960, after which he attended the London School of Economics and Dalhousie Law School. Mr. Alexander has extensive experience in both government and the private sector. He began his career in 1967 as an associate lawyer at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt and moved to the Ontario provincial government where had a 13- year career. During the negotiation of the Charlottetown Accord, he was Special Adviser to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, the Minister for Constitutional Affairs (Canada). He returned to the private sector in 1993 as a Principal in GlobeInvest Capital Management, and was subsequently Vice-President of McCutcheon Steinbach Investment Management. Since 1999 he has been Vice-Chair of the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Mr. Alexander’s contributions to Queen’s since he was a student have been substantial. He was president of the Alma Mater Society and recipient of the A E MacRae award in 1960. He has been a member of the University Council since 1968 and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1982. He chaired the John Orr dinner in 1970, 1984 and 1985 and was co-founder of the Kingston and Queen’s Rowing Clubs and the Queen’s Public Sector Management Program. He received the Queen’s Distinguished Service Award in 1988, the National Alumni Award in 1991, the Toronto Branch Award in 1995, and the John Orr Award in 2001.

Duncan Sinclair, emeritus professor of physiology and fellow in the School of Policy Studies, will be a guest speaker at the convocation ceremony on November 16 at 10 am.

Chancellor David Dodge will preside over the ceremonies. They will be webcast live from the Queen’s campus.

For more information visit the Office of the University Registrar’s website.