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Queen’s recognizes exemplary careers with honorary degrees

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Among those receiving honorary degrees from Queen's University at spring convocation are, clockwise from top left, Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier; Lyse Doucet; Jim Cuddy; David John Mullan; John MacGregor; and Alexander McComber. 

Queen’s University revealed today 10 new honorary degree recipients who will be honoured at the spring 2015 convocation ceremonies. Recipients include James Cuddy, Eric Windeler and Alan Broadbent.

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 first six honorary degree recipients at this spring convocation.

Jean-Robert Bernier

Originally from Sarnia, Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier graduated from the Royal Military College in 1982 and studied medicine at McMaster University. He was appointed Surgeon General, Head of the Royal Canadian Medical Service, Commander of CF Health Services Group, and Honorary Physician to Her Majesty the Queen in 2012. He is the first person from outside continental Europe elected as Chair of the committee of Surgeons General of NATO and partner nations (COMEDS) beginning in November 2015.

Brigadier-General Bernier will receive his honorary degree (DSc) Thursday, May 21 at 2:30 pm.

Lyse Doucet

Lyse Doucet OBE is a Canadian journalist and the BBC's Chief International Correspondent and an occasional contributing editor to the BBC. She presents on BBC World Service radio and BBC World News television, and reports for BBC Radio 4 and BBC News in the UK, including presenting and reporting for Newsnight.

Ms. Doucet will receive her honorary degree (LL.D) Wednesday, June 3 at 10 am.

James Cuddy

With sales of more than four million records and eleven JUNO Awards, Blue Rodeo has established itself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary rock bands. Founded in 1984 by lead singers, guitarists and songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, the band’s success and longevity are widely attributed to their love of touring, their active connection with their fans, and their unwavering commitment to pushing their creative limits.

Mr. Cuddy will receive his honorary degree (LL.D) Wednesday, June 3 at 2:30 pm.

Alexander McComber

Mr. McComber is a Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) member of the bear clan living in Kahnawake Territory. For the past 35 years, he has worked to enhance the wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities across Canada. After starting as a teacher, Mr. McComber worked his way up to becoming a principal and during that time, met many families living with Type 2 diabetes, a common disease in First Nation communities. Since then, he has worked with a number of national diabetes organizations including Health Canada’s Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative.

Mr. McComber will receive his honorary degree (DSc) Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 pm.

John MacGregor

Dr. MacGregor has made major contributions to the development and practice of advanced control techniques in industry including the Canadian technology sector. He hold the title of Distinguished University Professor, the highest honour awarded to faculty at McMaster University.

Dr. MacGregor will receive his honorary degree (DSc) Thursday, June 4 at 10 am.

David John Mullan

David Mullan is a long-serving law professor at Queen’s University, a prolific writer and an often-called upon consultant. Brought up and educated in New Zealand, Professor Mullan has taught and lectured at universities across Canada and in Australia and New Zealand. His major areas of interest are Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Contract, and Remedies.

Mr. Mullan will receive his honorary degree (LL.D) Friday, June 5 at 2:30 pm.

The remaining four bios will be posted at a later date.