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Honorary degrees recognize outstanding work

[2015 Honorary Degrees]
Among those receiving honorary degrees from Queen's University during this year's spring convocation ceremonies are, from left, Alan Broadbent, Eric Windeler, Michael Kirby and David Reville. (Supplied photos)

As Queen’s University’s spring convocation ceremonies enter a third and final week, the remaining four of the 10 honorary degree recipients are being honoured at Grant Hall.

For 157 years Queen’s has been conferring honorary degrees to people who have made remarkable contributions to the lives of people throughout the world in academia, business, politics, science and the arts.

The following is a brief description of the final four honorary degree recipients at this spring convocation.

Alan Broadbent

Alan Broadbent is chairman and founder of Maytree, and chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation. He co-founded and chairs the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, Diaspora Dialogues, and the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto.

Dr. Broadbent will receive his honorary degree (LLD) Monday, June 8 at 2:30 pm.

Eric Windeler

The founder and executive director of Jack.org, Mr. Windeler graduated from Queen’s University in 1982 with a B. Comm (Hons.) and enjoyed nearly 30 years of business success, first as a consultant with Accenture, and then as an entrepreneur in the automotive and software sectors. In 2010, Mr. Windeler and his wife Sandra Hanington got a call that would change their lives forever. Their 18-year-old son, Jack, a first-year student at Queen’s, had died by suicide. Following Jack’s death, Mr. Windeler put aside his business interests to found and lead Jack.org, a Canadian charity dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the stigma that surrounds mental health.

Mr. Windeler will receive his honorary degree (LLD) Tuesday, June 9 at 2:30 pm.

Michael Kirby

Michael Kirby was first appointed in 1975 as a deputy president of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. Soon after, he was seconded as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84). His appointment to the High Court of Australia came in 1996 and he served 13 years. In later years, he was Acting Chief Justice of Australia twice. When he retired from the High Court of Australia on Feb. 2, 2009, Mr. Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge.

Mr. Kirby will receive his honorary degree (LLD) Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30 pm.

David Reville

David Reville is a former politician in Ontario. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1985 to 1990, and was later an advisor to the government of Bob Rae. Mr. Reville was the first (and only) chair of the Ontario Advocacy Commission. He received an award from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities in 2001. He now operates David Reville & Associates in Toronto, specializing in social research and community development. In 2004, Mr. Reville began teaching for the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University; one of his courses is called A History of Madness and the other Mad Peoples' History.

Mr. Reville will receive his honorary degree (LLD) Thursday, June 11 at 2:30 pm.

An earlier story introduced the first six honorary degree recipients.