The History of Queen’s Graduation

Since 1847, Queen's University has been proud to recognize the academic achievements of our students, and to recognize individual achievements in various fields.

The first convocation ceremony in Queen's history took place on June 2, 1847, when the Senate awarded degrees to the university's first three graduates, probably in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

It was not until 1858 that convocations got their first designated, on-campus home: in a special Convocation Hall, constructed as part of the Old Medical building. The university soon outgrew that venue: that hall was dismantled after a bigger, more splendid Convocation Hall was included in Theological Hall, opened in 1878. That hall and its name both survive; but convocations soon moved on again, this time to the yet more spacious Grant Hall, completed in 1905. And after the rapid growth of Queen's in the 1950s and 1960s, convocations moved to the Jock Harty Arena in the early 1970s, although fall ceremonies continue to be held at Grant Hall. With the dismantling of Jock Harty Arena in 2007 (to make way for the new student life and athletics facility, the Queen's Centre), Grant Hall has become the host location for spring ceremonies as well.

Convocations have always been a time for pomp and circumstance. Until the 1950s, however, they were also frequently marked by rowdy behaviour, as students were notorious for drowning out speakers with catcalls and other noise and were even known to pelt the audience with assorted vegetables. The ceremonies have become quieter in recent decades, and also much bigger. There are now more than 25 ceremonies every year, attracting more than 4,000 graduating students (more than 5,000 students qualify to graduate every year, but not all attend convocation). The main features of the convocation ceremony are a speech to the graduands by the Principal, a speech by the Honorary Graduate or guest speaker - a tradition that dates from the granting of the first honorary degree in 1858 - and the granting of degrees by the Chancellor. Traditional music includes "Flourish for the Chancellor," an organ composition written specially for Convocation by Queen's music professor Fred Clarke.

Convocations are organized by the Office of the University Registrar. The Office is responsible for the main logistical arrangements and coordinates the work of other departments involved in the ceremony, including Physical Plant Services, Information Technology Services, Marketing and Communications, CFRC Radio, Environmental Health and Safety, and Student Wellness Services. The Registrar's Office also compiles the list of graduands and award winners, informs them of the time and place of convocation, produces diplomas, prints the convocation programs, and works with the Alma Mater Society's Hoods and Convocation Service to supply students with hoods and gowns. The Senate Academic Procedures Committee has authority for approving the list of graduands. The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee makes recommendations to the Senate for the award of honorary degrees.

The hood as an academical vestment is distinctly British and is worn by graduates of English speaking universities all over the world.

In its original form it was the upper part of the cowl worn by the Monks and Friars of the Middle Ages. The hood covered the head during inclement weather and in the draughty cloisters when taking exercise. If not needed for this purpose it could be pulled off and allowed to hang behind over the tippet. The tippet was the lower part, a short cape, reaching to the elbow and forming a very welcome article of clothing in the monasteries and hostels which were still unglazed at the end of the 15th century. Indeed, it would appear that glass was not in general use until 1650, for three years later an order was issued to all students at Oxford to "keep his chamber windows in repair after they have once been glazed by the college."

The cowl still forms part of the dress of the religious orders, but the hood, separated from the tippet now denotes a graduate of some British or American University or similar institution while the tippet is worn by certain dignitaries of both the Roman and Anglican church. A smaller type is also used to distinguish Diocesan Readers.

For the purposes of laureation at Queen's University, the design and colour scheme of regalia is as follows:

Honorary Doctor of Divinity: Purple silk shell with a white silk lining

Honorary Doctor of Laws: Black silk shell with a full blue silk lining

Honorary Doctor of Science: Gold silk shell with a black border

Doctor of Philosophy: Red/Gold/Blue

Doctor of Medicine: Red/White

Master of Applied Science: Black/Yellow

Master of Arts: Black/Red

Master of Arts (Art Leadership): Black/Red/Sky Blue/Emerald Green

Master of Art Conservation: Black/Red/Gold

Master of Business Administration: Black/Green

Master of Divinity: Black/Purple

Master of Education: Black/Powder Blue

Master of Engineering: Black/Yellow/Purple/Yellow

Master of Environmental Studies: Black/Gold/Royal Blue/Emerald Green

Master of Finance: Black/Green/Gold

Master of Industrial Relations: Black/Orange

Master of International Business: Black/Green/Gold

Master of Laws: Queen's Blue/White

Master of Management Analytics: Black/Gold/Green

Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Black/Green/Yellow

Master of Nursing: Black/White/Red/Green

Master of Nursing Science: Black/White/Red/Green

Master of Public Administration: Black/Honeydew/Henna

Master of Public Health: Black/Honeydew/Red

Master of Science: Black/Gold/Red

Master of Science (Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy): Black/Pale Blue/Royal Blue

Master of Science (Aging and Health): Black/Gold/Royal Blue

Master of Science (Anatomical Sciences): Black/Gold/Red/Gold

Master of Theology: Purple/Red/White

Master of Theological Studies: Black/Red/Purple

Master of Urban and Regional Planning: Black/Pistache Green/Red

Professional Master of Education: Black/Powder Blue/Red

Bachelor of Arts: Black/Red

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education: Black/Red/Pale Blue

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education: Black/Red/White/Red

Bachelor of Commerce: Black/Green border

Bachelor of Computing: Black/Purple/Gold

Bachelor of Education: Black/Pale Blue

Bachelor of Fine Art: Black/Emerald Green

Bachelor of Health Sciences: Royal Pilgrim / Old Gold Satin

Bachelor of Laws: Queen's Blue/White

Juris Doctor: Queen's Blue/White

Bachelor of Applied Science: Black/Yellow

Bachelor of Music: Sapphire Blue/Sky Blue

Bachelor of Nursing Science: White/Red

Bachelor of Physical and Health Education: Black/Red/White

Bachelor of Science (Arts and Science): Black/Red/Gold

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education: Black/Red/Gold/Pale Blue

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education: Black/Red/White/Gold

Bachelor of Theology: White/Purple

The Coat of Arms of the university that hangs behind the Chancellor's dais is based on that of Edinburgh University, the institution after which Queen's was modeled.

The Coat of Arms consists of a gold shield with red edges, divided into four triangular compartments by a blue, diagonal St. Andrew's Cross, which represents the university's Scottish origins.

A golden book, symbolizing learning, sits open at the centre of the cross.

In each of the four compartments is an emblem of the university's Canadian and British origins: a pine tree for Canada, a thistle for Scotland, a rose for England, and a shamrock for Ireland.

The red colour of the border is a mark of cadency, indicating that Queen's is younger than Edinburgh University.

The border is decorated with eight gold crowns, symbolic of Queen Victoria and the university's Royal Charter.

The official heraldic description of the coat of arms is: "Or on a Saltire Azure between in chief a Fir tree eradicated in base a Thistle stalked and leaved in fesse a Red Rose barbed, seeded, stalked and leaved all proper and a Trefoil Vert, an open Book of the First, a Bordure also Gules charged with eight Ancient Crowns Gold."

The shield is underlined by the Latin phrase "Sapientia et Doctrina Stabilitas" which is translated as "Wisdom and Learning shall be the stability of thy times."

Although the Coat of Arms has been in use throughout the 20th century, it was not until 1953 that it was sanctioned by the College of Arms of England and subsequently registered through Letters Patent, dated 27 November 1981, and recorded in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland, that is the Court of the Lord Lyon, Edinburgh, Scotland.

On 30 September 1991, during Queen's Sesquicentennial Celebrations, the Coat of Arms was registered in the Canadian Registry of Flags, Arms and Badges.


The Queen's Encyclopedia

With its tall limestone clock-tower, this assembly and concert hall, completed in 1905, is Queen's best-known landmark.      

Fittingly, it is named after Queen's most important principal, The Rev. George Monro Grant, a national figure in his own right who gave Queen's, for the first time, a national mission and profile.      

The hall seats 900 people and is used for public lectures and meetings, concerts, convocation ceremonies, dances, and exams. During the First World War it was used as a military hospital.

The building was originally supposed to be funded by the Frontenac County Council, and named Frontenac Hall. Abstemious county councillors, however, became angry with Grant for his public opposition to their plan to ban the sale of alcohol in the county. In 1901 they withdrew their support – despite an emotional plea by the now weak and ailing Principal.

Such was the devotion that Grant inspired in his students that they stepped into the breach themselves, raising the necessary $30,000 over the winter of 1901-1902 and planning to name the building Grant Hall to honour the 25th anniversary of his principalship in December 1902. Grant died in May, several months short of that anniversary, and the building was named for him posthumously on its completion in 1905.

It was designed in the Victorian Romanesque style by Symons and Rae, an architectural firm from Toronto that also designed Kingston Hall and Ontario Hall. The original tower clock was designed by Dr. Nathan Fellowes Dupuis, a professor of mathematics and other sciences, who served as Dean of Applied Science around the turn of the century. After years of unreliable service, the old clock was replaced in 1993 with an electrical mechanism designed in England and – like the building itself – paid for by students. The old clock mechanism is on display in Stirling Hall.

Grant Hall is located at the south end of University Avenue.

The Rev. George Monro Grant (1835-1902) is the most important of all Queen's Principals. More famous in his day that any Queen's Principal before – or since – Grant transformed the university in his 25 years of leadership (1877-1902) from a struggling denominational college into a dynamic national institution.

He was born into a farming family in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. At the age of eight, he lost his right hand in an agricultural accident, which guaranteed that his future would lie in mental rather than physical labour. He was educated at Pictou Academy, the West River Seminary, and Glasgow University, where he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1860. From 1863 to 1877 he served as Minister of St Matthew's Church in Halifax; one of his parishioners there was Sandford Fleming, who in 1871 was appointed Chief Engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1872, Fleming invited Grant to join him as a member of the CPR's survey party for the trans-Canada railway, and Grant wrote an account of the gruelling cross-country journey in his popular book Ocean to Ocean. That trip deepened Grant's ardent nationalism which, along with his profound religious convictions, formed the basis of his vision for Queen's.

He was selected Principal of the university in 1877. Queen's mission, he believed, should be to join moral and scientific education, sacred and secular knowledge, to produce graduates who would build the growing country in a spirit of dedicated service rather than material gain. To achieve these aims he first had to put the chronically poor university on a firm financial footing. This he did with a series of spectacularly successful fundraising campaigns. Queen's flourished under his leadership. It attracted first-rate faculty and increasing numbers of students; it began a program of graduate studies; and it added new buildings, faculties, and departments – the most important being the Ontario School of Mining and Agriculture, the precursor to the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Grant also wrote and spoke frequently and forcefully on the main political questions of the day and was one of Canada's most influential shapers of opinion. In his 25 years at Queen's he inspired deep devotion in students, who affectionately called him "Geordie, Our King." In his final years, as his health was deteriorating, they spearheaded a drive for a new stone building to be named in his honour. Grant Hall opened shortly after his death and, with its tall limestone tower, is Queen's best-known landmark.

Several of Grant's descendants have also made their mark on Canada. His son, William Lawson Grant, taught history at Queen's from 1909 until the First World War, and co-authored his father's biography 'Principal Grant' with alumnus F.C. Hamilton. His grandson, George Parkin Grant, was one of Canada's most distinguished philosophers and the author of the influential book Lament for a Nation: The Defeat of Canadian Nationalism. The Principal's great-grandson, Michael Ignatieff, is well known in Canada and Britain as an author, television host, former Member of Parliament and Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, as well as an expert on international affairs.


The Queen's Encyclopedia

Honorary Degree Recipients

For many years, the Queen’s community has been fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome people who have made remarkable contributions to the lives of others throughout the world – in academia, business, politics, scientific research, and the arts.

During convocation, we take the opportunity to honour those individuals who have redefined our world - and our perceptions of it. 

We Congratulate our Honourees for 2023

Brent Belzberg, LLD

David Bottrill, LLD

Rt. Hon. Charles Joseph Clark, LLD

Eleanor Daley, LLD

Elizabeth Eisenhauer, DSC

Gloria Epstein, LLD

Paul Finkelstein, LLD

Suzanne Fortier, DSc

Caroline Hargrove, DSc

Natan Obed, LLD

m. nourbeSe philip, LLD

Kimberly Prost, LLD

Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, LLD

Queen's Chronicles Honorary Degree Recipients

by Kay Langmuir

Queen's Gazette, April 24, 2006

This spring marked the 148th year that Queen’s has awarded honorary degrees. The history of this honour however, was, until recently, in danger of being lost amidst the dust of time.

When Dean of Arts and Science Bob Silverman realized one day in conversation with University Registrar Jo-Anne Brady that the university lacked a complete and accurate record of its honorary-degree recipients, they decided to rectify the situation. It proved to be a substantial task of detective work. A student hired as a researcher for the project spent one summer full-time and two semesters working part-time on the list before it was recently completed – two dozen pages and hundreds of names covering the 148 years between 1858 and today.

The university does a fairly broad call for nominations, says University Secretary Georgina Moore. Through newspaper notices and email postings sent throughout campus, the call goes out asking members of the Queen’s community to reflect on which individuals embody the values and actions they most admire.

Any two people can put forward a name. Some suggestions come from the university at large. Others originate with the Senate Committee for Honorary Degrees, which makes the final recommendations to the Senate. Some come regularly from a special think-tank on honorary degree recipients, currently chaired by Principal Emeritus Bill Leggett, which searches for particularly prominent individuals.

The nominating committee looks for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society on a national or international scale. Nominations can contain up to 15 pages of supporting information on the merits of an individual, Ms. Moore says.

In the early years of awarding honorary degrees, the recipients were almost exclusively male clergymen. Little is known about these people, says Dean Silverman. “Hopefully, some day we will know.”

From time to time in the latter part of the 19th century, prominent political figures took home the honour. Gradually over time, the dominance of clergy was balanced with other figures from public life. Sir John A. Macdonald (1863) appears to have been the first lay person, and one of the few politicians to receive the honour during an active career. Today, the guidelines wisely discourage honoring politicians before the end of their public service.

In the early days, the university also recognized the British royalty with The Prince of Wales (1919) and King George V (1901) donning robes in Kingston. A generous number of dukes, lords and ladies, earls and countesses, viscounts and rear admirals and knights were also honoured. Prominent politicians who collected honorary degrees and lectured to graduating classes over the years include Sir Oliver Mowat, Sir Wilfred Laurier, Sir Robert Borden, William Lyon Mackenzie King and Pierre Trudeau.

More recently, Jean Chrétien passed through the doors of Jock Harty Arena in June 2004. Even American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt collected an honorary degree in 1938 during a trip he made to the area to officially open the Thousand Islands Bridge on Aug.18 that year. Ten years later, his wife Eleanor Roosevelt, an early champion of human rights and social causes, became one of the first women to receive the honour.

The very first woman to be awarded an honorary degree from Queen’s, as well as from any Canadian university, was Lady Aberdeen, wife of then Governor General Lord Aberdeen, in 1897. Lady Aberdeen was a prominent social reformer, founder of the VON and feminist.

There were also captains of industry, Colonel Sam McLaughlin of Oshawa (1946) and Andrew Carnegie (1901), eminent doctors such as pioneering brain surgeon Wilder Penfield (1957) and outstanding scientists such as Alexander Graham Bell and Sir Frederick Banting.

The first representative of the arts appears to have joined the distinguished field in 1919 when writer and humorist Stephen Leacock received the honour. Further recipients from the field of the creative arts continued to be few. Hollywood actor Raymond Massey collected a degree in 1949, portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh in 1960 and author Ernest Buckler in 1964.

Beginning in the late 1960s, artists and writers were frequently honoured at convocation. They include Margaret Atwood, Oscar Peterson, Antoine Maillet, Peter Newman, Gordon Pinsent, Farley Mowat, Carl Sagan, Donald Sutherland, Carol Shields and Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak.

“We’re not setting out to find glitzy, starry people,” says Ms. Moore. “A person who has made an outstanding contribution to something may also be celebrated for that, but it’s the merit of this contribution that counts.”

The number of recipients varies each year, but usually ranges between several to a dozen or more people for both spring and fall convocations. The number of recipients increases in special years such as the Royal Convocation in the university’s sesquicentennial in 1991, when Prince Charles and 24 others received honorary degrees.

The nomination and selection process for honorary degree candidates is overseen by the University Senate.

For more information regarding the policies that pertain to honorary degrees at Queen's, please visit the University Secretariat's website.

Previous Honorary Degree Recipients

Brent Belzberg, LLD

Brent Belzberg formed TorQuest in 2002 following the 2001 sale of Harrowston, Inc., a publicly traded private equity fund he founded in 1992.

Prior to that Mr. Belzberg restructured multi-billion dollars of debt for a family holding company.
Mr. Belzberg has more than 30 years of executive management experience in finance, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and operations.

Mr. Belzberg served as chairman of Mount Sinai Hospital and its Foundations Board of Directors from 2012 to 2020. Prior to that he was chairman of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundations Patient Safety and Quality Committee from 2006 to 2010, and chairman of the Resource Committee from 2003 to 2006. He previously held directorships at CIBC where he chaired the Management Resource Committee, and its Risk Committee; held directorships at O&Y REIT; and Four Seasons Hotel. He has been a director of many of the TorQuest Partners portfolio companies, and currently serves as a Director of Sinai Health System. He is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto.

Mr. Belzberg received a B.Comm. (Honours) from Queen's University in 1972, and a J.D. from the University of Toronto in 1976. He received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, the Canada 150 Commemorative Medal from the Senate of Canada, and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General. Most recently, in December 2018, Mr. Belzberg was awarded the Order of Canada as a Member (C.M.) for his work as a business leader and philanthropist.

David Bottrill, LLD

It’s undeniable that the merits of diversity lay at the heart of David Bottrill’s vast discography. With artists like Peter Gabriel, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Muse, I Mother Earth, Crown Lands and Rush, David’s work spans genres and generations, lending to a sound that is both familiar and progressive. He’s cultivated the aggressive hard-rock palette of bands like Stone Sour, Godsmack, and Coheed and Cambria, while maintaining a connection to other ends of the spectrum with artists like Elsiean and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

With three Grammy Awards and the success of millions of copies sold worldwide, David has produced and mixed career-defining albums that have established paradigms and redefined genres. “I prefer to work on music that has a strong identity and shows elements of originality,” David states, “genre isn’t really important.” It’s this focus on identity and potential that inspires David to push artists to curate the best of themselves and make music that defines who they are in that moment. And yet, even in their individuality, each album that David works on distinctly shows his fingerprint.  David spent 20 years living in the UK, followed by a term in New York, but has settled back in Toronto, Canada, for the time being, to be closer to his hometown. Despite his roots, David still spends much of his time working with artists in various international locations.

Since 2009, David has also sat on the board of directors for Make Music Matter, a non-profit that uses music and socially conscious art to help heal trauma in marginalized communities around the world and Indigenous communities at home in Canada. Through Make Music Matter, David has found an outlet for his experience, truly helping better the lives of others and bringing awareness to the community at large.


Rt. Hon. Charles Joesph Clark, PC, CC, AOE, LLD (Hon.), PhD (Hon.)

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark served 25 years in the House of Commons of Canada, including as Prime Minister of Canada (1979-80), Secretary of State for External Affairs (1984-1991), Minister of Constitutional Affairs (1991-93), Acting Minister of both National Defence and Justice, and Leader of the Opposition.  He led the Progressive Conservative Party from 1976-83 and 1998-2004.  

He is a member of the board of Meridiam Infrastructure, chair of the Supervisory Board of Meridiam Africa, member of the board of GlobeScan, has served as vice-chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, as Chair of the Jury for the Global Centre for Pluralism’s Global Pluralism Award, as an “honorary witness” of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and a board member of several Canadian and international companies and not-for-profit organizations.  

He has led international Election and Governance missions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East through The Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute, and was a member of the Panel of Senior Figures of the Electoral Integrity Initiative of the Kofi Annan Foundation.  

Mr. Clark is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and l’Ordre de la Pléiade, the author of “Canada: A Nation Too Good to Lose” (1994), and, in 2013, the best-selling “How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change”.  Joe Clark is married to author and lawyer Maureen McTeer, and they live in Ottawa.

Eleanor Daley, LLD

Born and raised in Parry Sound, Ontario, Eleanor Daley received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Queen’s University and holds diplomas in piano and organ from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and Trinity College, England. She has been the Director of Music at Fairlawn Avenue United Church in Toronto since 1982, during which time she has established a thriving choral program thanks to the continuing support and talent of her choirs.

One of Canada’s most successful and gifted composers of choral music, Eleanor is a recognized leader in choral circles the world over. Her compositions are distinguished by a rich imagination and lyricism, enduring qualities that are immediately appealing to singers and listeners alike. A prolific composer, she has a remarkable gift for melody, and her works are most notable for their sensitive interweaving of text and music.  

Eleanor has over one hundred and fifty published compositions and has been commissioned extensively. Her works are widely performed, recorded, and aired throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, South Africa, and the Far East, and are published by fourteen publishing houses in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. Included in her unpublished choral output are dozens of anthems, twelve Missae Breves, five full length pageants, and hundreds of descants, introits, and psalm settings. Her Rose Trilogy received the Association of Canadian Choral Communities’ National Choral Award for Outstanding Choral Composition of the Year in 2004. Her Requiem received the same honour in 1994.  

Eleanor was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2022, was the recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Louis Applebaum Composers Award in 2020 and was the first Composer-in-Residence at the 2005 international choral festival, FESTIVAL 500, in St. John’s, Newfoundland. 
As well as being a highly respected choral clinician in Canada and the United States, Eleanor has had the privilege of accompanying choirs under the baton of many distinguished conductors, including Lydia Adams, Jean Ashworth Bartle, Linda Beaupré, the late Dr. Elmer Iseler, and the late Sir David Willcocks.

Elizabeth Eisenhauer, DSC

Dr. Eisenhauer obtained her MD from Queen’s University Kingston, Canada in 1976 and subsequently received fellowships in Internal Medicine and Hematology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada. 

From 1982 to 2012, she was Director of the Investigational New Drug Program of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (now the Canadian Cancer Trials Group) where her major responsibilities lay in identifying and bringing into clinical trial novel cancer agents. Her major research interest has been the evaluation of new anti-cancer agents. In that role she coordinated over 170 phase I, II and III trials which were conducted in institutions in Canada, the US and Europe. Several of these trials have led to the identification of new cancer agents now used in clinical practice. She served as Interim Director of NCIC Clinical Trials Group from 2013-2014. In addition, she held the role of Research Lead for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and Co-Chair of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance from 2007-2017. 

From 2012-2017 she was Professor and Head of the Department of Oncology at Queen’s University and Cancer Program Medical Director at Kingston Health Sciences Centre in Kingston. She is currently Professor Emerita at Queen’s University and, since January 2018, the Innovation Lead at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). In her recent work as Innovation Lead, she has been focused on creating a portfolio of opportunities for innovation and improvement at KHSC and Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

She has chaired or served on numerous committees and organizations in Canada and internationally including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association of Cancer Research, the European Society of Medical Oncology and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer. From 2006-2009 she served as President, National Cancer Institute of Canada and form 2007-2017, she held the role of Research Lead for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and Co-Chair of the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance. She currently Chairs the Scientific Audit Committee of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer and co-Chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the French National Cancer Institute.

For her contributions to cancer research and patient care, she has received several awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, Officer of the Order of Canada and the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award.

Gloria Epstein, LLD

In 1972 Justice Epstein received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Queens University.  For the next few years, she owned and ran a fishing camp on an island in Northern Ontario after which she returned to Toronto to attend the University of Toronto law school.

Called to the Bar in 1979, Justice Epstein practised litigation in two large Toronto law firms before starting a firm of her own - one of the first Toronto-based firms led and owned by a woman. 

She was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 1993 and to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2007. Throughout her judicial career, Justice Epstein presided over hundreds of cases, one of the most impactful being the landmark case known as M. v. H., the decision that paved the way for the recognition of same-sex marriage in Canada.   

While a trial judge, she was appointed by the Premier of Ontario to review the government’s involvement in the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets.

In 2018, Judge Epstein retired from the Court of Appeal, to accept an appointment from the Toronto Police Services Board to lead the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations.  The Report Judge Epstein released in April 20 2021 was received with universal acclaim. The Chief of the Toronto Police Service has publicly committed to ensuring the implementation of every one of the Report’s 151 recommendations.

Judge Epstein has recently joined Arbitration Place to continue her career as a Mediator/Arbitrator.
Included among her community engagement, Judge Epstein founded the McMurtry Gardens of Justice, was Co-Chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network and Director of the Canadian Women’s Foundation and a member of the Pathways National Board of Directors.  Justice Epstein is now a member of the Sinai Health Foundation Board of Directors, the Smith School of Business Advisory Board and the Ontario Water Centre Board of Directors.

In 2007, Judge Epstein received a University of Toronto Arbor Award for volunteerism, and in 2013 she received a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.  She has also been recognized with three Honorary Doctorate degrees - from the Law Society of Ontario, the University of Toronto Law School and the Queen’s University Faculty of Law.  

Paul Finkelstein, LLD

Paul Finkelstein is a Queen's alumnus, former Gael cheerleader, TV host, food columnist, front-line teacher, globally celebrated educator, and chef who knows that food can be one of the most powerful tools for change.

Chef turned culinary arts teacher Paul is one of Canada's leading advocates for healthy living through good nutrition and culinary skill training. For "Fink" - as his students, colleagues and legions of fans know him – cooking is an essential skill and the most important one for all Canadians to live a whole and healthy life.

Paul spearheaded the creation of the Screaming Avocado, a student-run canteen, which provides healthy, bistro quality made-from-scratch meals by and for students. Other schools across Canada followed The Screaming Avocado model, opening canteens that empower students.

The success of the Screaming Avocado caught the attention of Food Network Canada, leading to a thirteen-episode series, "Fink," which shone a spotlight on Paul, the Screaming Avocado café and the lives of his students who become as passionate as Paul about "food as a tool for change." Soon after Fink aired, Best Health Magazine gave Paul a monthly column that shared recipes and healthy eating advice that spanned seven-years.

Undoubtedly one of Paul's greatest passions is Canada's North. Since 2010, he has led fifteen of his branded 'EatFit Project Exchanges' with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities in Ontario, NWT, and Nunavut. Using 'food as the tool for change,' the youth participants share food, fitness, exploration, culture and lived experiences, building personal bonds that continue throughout their lives.

The uniqueness of the Screaming Avocado and EatFit Project led Paul and his students to share their food stories with audiences in Italy, Ireland, Japan and across Canada. In addition, they've worked with the Governor General's Chef at the esteemed James Beard House in New York City, cooked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to Canada and hosted the Governor General at the Screaming Avocado Cafe.

A married father of three and grandfather of one, Paul Finkelstein has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Meritorious Service Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, the Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence, the OHI Gold Teacher of the Year Award, Food Canada Food Hero in 2014, the Rotary Paul Wallace Fellow and the Perth County Federation of Agriculture Award.

Suzanne Fortier, DSc

Suzanne Fortier served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University from September 2013 to September 2022. Prior to her appointment as Principal, she was President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) from 2006 to 2013. She spent twenty-five years at Queen’s University where she was a Professor of Chemistry and served in the roles of Vice-Principal (Academic) and Vice-Principal (Research). 

A native of St-Timothée, Québec, Canada, Professor Fortier graduated from McGill with a BSc (1972) and a PhD in Crystallography (1976). Her research work has focused on the development of mathematical and artificial intelligence methodologies for protein structure determination. 

Suzanne Fortier has served on many Boards and Councils, including as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), co-chair of the WEF Global Future Agenda on Education and Skills and member of the Canadian Federal Minister of Finance Advisory Council on Economic growth.

She is currently a Board member of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Madan Bhandari University of Science and Technology (Nepal) and SRM Andhra Pradesh University (India). She is also on the International Advisory Board of HEC Paris and of the University de Bordeaux and serves on the President’s Council of the University of the People. 

Suzanne Fortier was appointed Officière de l’Ordre national du Quebec (2023), Officer of the Order of Canada (2018) and Officer of France’s National Order of Merit (2012). She holds honorary doctorates from Thompson Rivers University, Carleton University, and the University of Glasgow. She has been honoured with the Queen’s University Distinguished Service Award (2005), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and was named Principal and vice-chancellor emerita by McGill University (2022).

Professor Fortier is a vocal proponent for the creation of rich learning environments that ignite students’ curiosity and creativity, equip them to be future ready, hone their leadership capacity and inspire them to put their knowledge and talents to work to build a better future for all. 

Caroline Hargrove, DSc

Caroline is passionate about Technology.  She is currently Chief Technology Officer at Ceres, overseeing the development of next generation fuel cell and green hydrogen technology. She is also a non-Exec Director at Zedsen, a med-tech start-up developing non-invasive sensors for detecting and monitoring breast cancer tumours.  

She started her career as a lecturer in Applied Mechanics at Cambridge and then moved to work in Formula 1 for McLaren Racing, where she spent 10 years developing simulations and the first F1 simulator.  She then became a founding member of McLaren Applied Technologies, a company set up to exploit McLaren F1 technology and expertise to new markets and eventually became its CTO until she left in 2018.  She subsequently spent 3 years at Babylon Health as its CTO, developing AI tools to support primary care health.

Caroline is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), was a Visiting Professor at Oxford from 2015-2018 and holds a PhD in Applied Mechanics from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Math and Mechanical Engineering) from Queen’s. She received a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to Engineering in 2020.

She is also a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Board at the National Physics Laboratory, and a Trustee of the National Saturday Club, a charity that encourages teenagers from underprivileged backgrounds to consider careers in the creative industries.

Natan Obed, LLD

Natan Obed is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. He was first elected in 2015 and was acclaimed to his third consecutive term in 2021. He grew up in Nain, the northernmost community of Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). He graduated from Tufts University in 2001.

President Obed is the national spokesperson for Inuit in Canada and also serves as Vice-President of Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada. As ITK President, he implements the direction set out by Inuit Leadership from the four regions of Inuit Nunangat — the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. 

m. nourbeSe philip, LLD

M. NourbeSe Philip was born on the island of Tobago in the “huddled hunchbacked hills” of Woodlands, Moriah, where the blue of sky and ocean often appears as one. She studied at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and took graduate degrees in political science and in law at Western University London, Ontario. She practised law for seven years in the space-time of Toronto where she still lives as an unembedded poet without ambition, essayist, novelist, playwright, reader and thinker. Her first collection of poetry, Thorns, was published in 1980. A further four books of poetry have followed including the seminal She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks and Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence. 

Her published fiction includes the young-adult novel Harriet’s Daughter, a now-classic work that navigates the adolescent friendship between two girls of Caribbean background living in Toronto, while her dramatic work includes Coups and Calypsos, produced in both London and Toronto in 1996. Her essay collections, including her most recent, BlanK, are in the tradition of the socially and politically engaged poets, novelists and artists of the Caribbean. Alongside her poetry they articulate a powerful and decades-long engagement with issues generated by the destructive legacies of colonialism in both the Caribbean and Canada, even as they display a lifelong concern with the possibilities afforded by language to interrogate and remake these legacies.

Zong! As told to the author by Setaey Adamu Boateng, first published in the US and Canada in 2008, takes its title and subject from the massacre on board in the slave ship Zong in 1781, when the captain ordered that some 150 enslaved Africans be thrown overboard to their deaths so that the ship’s owners could claim insurance monies. Zong!, the poem, is a conceptually innovative, genre-breaking epic, which explodes the legal archive as it relates to slavery, and creates an anti-narrative lament that stretches the boundaries of the poetic form. It remains a haunting lifeline between archive and memory, law and poetry.

Among her awards are numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants, including the prestigious Chalmers Award (Ontario Arts Council), the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award (Outstanding mid-career artist), as well as the Pushcart Prize (USA), the Casa de las Americas Prize (Cuba), the Lawrence Foundation Prize (USA), the Arts Foundation of Toronto Writing and Publishing Award (Canada), and Dora Award finalist (drama, Canada).  Her fellowships include Guggenheim, McDowell, and Rockefeller (Bellagio).  She is an awardee of both the YWCA Woman of Distinction (Arts) and the Elizabeth Fry Rebels for a Cause awards.  She has been Writer-in-Residence at several universities and a guest at writers' retreats.  In 2020 nourbeSe Philip was awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award (USA) for Achievement in International Literature; in 2021 she received the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize for outstanding achievement and was the Spring 2023 Bain-Swigget Chair in Poetry at Princeton University.

Kimberly Prost, LLD

Graduating as a gold medallist from the University of Manitoba Law School, Ms.Prost worked for the Canadian Department of Justice for eighteen years appearing before all levels of the Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court. For 7 years she served as Director of the International Assistance Group which is responsible for extradition and mutual legal assistance matters for Canada. She participated in the negotiation of over 40 extradition/mutual legal assistance treaties and was a member of the Canadian delegation for the negotiation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and related documents, as well as the UN Conventions against Transnational Organized Crime and Corruption.

Ms. Prost also held managerial positions with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime delivering a range of programs for States on international cooperation, money laundering and asset forfeiture, counter terrorism, implementation of the Rome Statute, and combating organized crime and corruption.

After election by the General Assembly, in July 2006, she was appointed to sit as an ad litem judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on a multi-accused trial (Popovic et al) related to events at Srebrenica and Zepa. Judgement was delivered in that case in June 2010. She also served as and pre-trial judge and presiding judge in the pre-trial phase of a related case.

In June 2010 Ms. Prost was appointed by the Secretary General as the first Ombudsperson for the Security Council Al Qaida Sanctions Committee. She completed her five year term in that role in mid July 2015. She subsequently served as Chef de Cabinet for the President of the International Criminal Court for a two year term, prior to her election as a judge of the ICC.


Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, LLD

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, PC, OBC, KC, was raised to be a leader. The daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, she always knew that she would seek leadership roles and responsibilities. As a lawyer, an advocate, and a leader among Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, she’s built a strong reputation as a bridge builder and champion of good governance and accountability. She shares her unique perspective as both a community and political leader on topics such as Indigenous rights and
reconciliation, democracy and governance, leadership, and justice.

Wilson-Raybould was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the new constituency of Vancouver Granville in 2015. She was then appointed the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada making her the first Indigenous person to serve in this portfolio. In January 2019, she was appointed the Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence, positions she held until her resignation from cabinet in February 2019.

During the 2019 election, Wilson-Raybould was re-elected as an Independent Member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, making her Canada’s first ever female Independent MP elected and the only elected Independent in the 43rd Parliament. Prior to politics, Wilson-Raybould was a provincial crown prosecutor in Vancouver and served three terms as an elected Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission. She was
also elected BC Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2009, where she devoted herself to the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to land and resources, as well as improved education and health care services. She served until 2015, holding responsibilities for governance and Nation building on the Assembly of First Nations Executive.

Wilson-Raybould is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation with her traditional name, Puglaas, means “woman born to noble people.” She served two terms as an elected councillor for her Nation and was also a director and chair of the First Nations Finance Authority and a director of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board. 

Wilson-Raybould is the national #1 best-selling author of “Indian” In The Cabinet: Speaking Truth To Power, which was a finalist for The Writers' Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy and Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, From Where I Stand: Rebuilding Indigenous Nations for a Stronger Canada and True Reconciliation: How To Be A Force For Change.


Adelle Blackett, LLD

Dr. Adelle Blackett has been at the forefront of international and national human rights law for the past 25 years.

A prolific, world-class scholar in labour law and its interface with trade, she is a key thinker behind the emerging field of transnational labour law, foregrounding decolonial approaches.

She joined the McGill Faculty of Law in 2000, becoming McGill’s first Black law professor. A Tier 1 Canada Research Chairholder in Transnational Labour Law and Development, she was the lead architect of an historic international treaty, the 2011 ILO Domestic Workers’ Convention. Her recent book, Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labor Law (Cornell University Press, 2019) earned the 2020 Canadian Council on International Law’s Scholarly Book Award. An elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she has worked closely with the ILO, governments, employers and trade unions to prepare a draft Haitian labour code. She offers expert advice on trade-labour interface, and is on dispute-resolution rosters for the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement and the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

Professor Blackett is also a cherished educator and mentor, who has throughout her career brought innovative, contemplative approaches to teaching, and shared them in award-winning scholarship. She has been a leader in fostering equity in law, and in Canadian higher education. Notably, she founded and convened the Dr. Kenneth Melville McGill Black Faculty and Staff Caucus, chaired professorial recruitment that yielded pathbreaking hires, and was the principal drafter of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education, signed by approximately 60 universities and colleges across Canada.

Professor Blackett’s human rights engagements include her unanimous appointment by the National Assembly of Quebec to the Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission. She subsequently chaired the federal Court Challenges Program’s Human Rights Experts Panel. The Quebec Superior Court has recognized her as an expert witness on forced labour. She is currently chairing the 12-member federal Employment Equity Act Review Task Force, the first review of its kind since the Hon. Rosalie Abella proposed employment equity legislation in the 1984 Royal Commission on Equality in Employment.

Professor Blackett’s numerous recognitions include the Barreau du Québec’s Christine Tourigny Award of Merit and the Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.) designation; the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers’ Pathfinder Award; and the McGill Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Daniel Christmas, LLD

Daniel Christmas, a lifelong resident of the Mi’kmaw community of Membertou, has been active in a number of international, national, provincial and local organizations in a range of fields including Aboriginal and treaty rights, youth, justice, policing, education, health care, human rights, adult training, business development and the environment. 

He is the first Mi'kmaw individual to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and sits as an independent and made sure to open a constituency office, a step not normally taken by those appointed to the upper house.  Senator Christmas reasoned that he wanted to ensure he was available year-round, in his community, for those with questions, concerns, ideas, and issues.

Senator Christmas is also a consultant with Membertou Quality Management Services, providing services to a number of Mi’kmaw organizations. He has served with or chaired many provincial and national boards, advisory committees, and organizations. For 18 years, he chaired a local charitable organization, Educational Program Innovation Charity, which was recognized as the best run non-profit organization in Canada by the Donner Canadian Foundation in 2010. He has received numerous awards and distinctions for his work.

While working with the Union of Nova Scotia Indians, which represents multiple Nova Scotia Mi'kmaw First Nations, Senator Christmas helped organize a political and legal strategy to defend Mi'kmaw rights.  This work then contributed to a Supreme Court of Canada ruling (Simon v. The Queen, 1985) in a case associated with a 1752 treaty concerning hunting rights, which recognized the validity of the treaty and confirmed that it continued to provide a right to hunt for Mi'kmaw peoples.
Senator Christmas' priorities for his time in government include using his experience and position to assist the federal government in rebuilding its relationships with the Indigenous peoples of Canada.  He was the Senate sponsor of Bill C-68, which proposed amending the Fisheries Act to require the government to consider any adverse effects a decision made under the Act may have on the rights of Indigenous peoples of Canada.  Senator Christmas also plans to press for the involvement of Indigenous peoples in major energy sector projects and for more work to be done against sexual exploitation and modern slavery.
Senator Christmas has been active in a number of international, national, provincial, and local agencies in a wide range of fields, including Indigenous and treaty rights, justice, policing, education, health care, human rights, adult training, business development, and the environment.
Senator Christmas spent his time with the Membertou First Nation focusing on how to recover from a financial situation close to bankruptcy, with 95% unemployment, eventually resulting in the recovery of the community to a profitable status with a ten-fold growth in labour force and revenue.

Evelyn Forget, DSc

Evelyn L Forget is an economist whose research has been dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to the tools and resources they need to live full lives. She has advocated for a basic income guarantee that would offer financial support to those living below the poverty line, without shame and without making resources conditional on meeting arbitrary regulations.

Born and raised in Scarborough Ontario, she first came across the idea of a basic income guarantee as a psychology undergraduate at Glendon College when she accidentally found herself in an economics class trying to fulfill a university requirement. One day, her economics professor came to class with a story about a massive Canadian social experiment on guaranteed income then underway. She was so intrigued that she changed her major to economics and nothing was ever the same again.

Professor Forget went on to do a PhD in economics at the University of Toronto, and then moved to Winnipeg where she was Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba until 2000. She published many books and articles in various areas of economics, but poverty was always central to her analysis. In 2000, she was hired as Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Anyone working in healthcare recognizes very quickly that we spend a lot of time and money treating the effects of poverty in our healthcare system. Our Emergency Departments are full of people who have lived hard lives, showing the effects of poor housing, inadequate diets and poor working conditions at far too young an age.

Professor Forget’s research into this important and too-often neglected aspect of health policy has transformed international research, and helped move discussion from the political margins to serious policy consideration. She has advised policymakers and researchers around the world. Her work has received international media coverage, and featured in a documentary that opened at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in 2018.
Professor Forget has received many awards and prizes from academic societies. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, past president of the History of Economics Society and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her most recent books are Basic Income for Canadians: from the COVID-19 emergency to financial security for all (Lorimer and Co., 2020) and (with Hannah Owczar) Radical Trust: Basic Income for Complicated Lives.

Helen Humphreys, LLD

Helen Humphreys is the award-winning author of four books of poetry, nine novels, and six works of creative non-fiction. She has won the City of Toronto Book Award, the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize, a Lambda Award for fiction, the Canadian Author’s Association Award for poetry, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize for Literary Excellence. Her work has also been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Prize, the B.C. Non-Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Prize, and has been a finalist on CBC Canada Reads. Her books have been translated and published all over the world and have been adapted for stage, screen, TV, and opera. She has been a writer in residence at many institutions, including the University of Toronto and Queen’s University, and has been a resident artist at the arts colonies Yaddo and McDowell. From 2014 to 2018 she was the Poet Laureate for the City of Kingston. She lives and writes in Kingston. Her most recent books are the novel, Rabbit Foot Bill, the non-fiction “Field Study”, and the memoir, “And A Dog Called Fig.” 

Suzanne Lacasse, DSc

Dr. Suzanne Lacasse was born in Noranda, Québec, did a Bachelor of Arts at Université de Montréal and her civil engineering degrees at École Polytechnique de Montréal and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

She was first Lecturer at École Polytechnique (1973-1975) and then on the faculty of the Civil Engineering and Environmental Department at MIT (1975-1984), where she also was Head of the Geotechnical Laboratory. Dr. Lacasse then went to the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), and became NGI’s Managing Director in 1991, a position she held until 2012. She served as President of the Canadian Geotechnical Society in 2003-2004.

During the early part of her career, Dr. Lacasse concentrated her work on geotechnical laboratory techniques, soil behaviour studies and in-situ investigation methods. Subsequently, she worked on foundation engineering and design for structures on land and offshore, slope stability and development of calculation procedures. In her work, Dr. Lacasse concentrated on combining mathematical and numerical analyses with practical geotechnical engineering design considerations. She was a key member of the NGI-team developing practical design analysis procedures for offshore platforms subjected to storm loading. She then worked extensively on geotechnical risk and reliability with implementations for offshore and onshore foundations, landslides, tunnelling and both water-retaining and tailings dams.

Dr. Lacasse was honoured with several awards, including doctorates honoris causa from Scotland, Norway and Canada, the Robert Legget Medal of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS), the Kennedy and K.Y. Lo Medals of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Effective Teaching Award in Civil Engineering at MIT and the Robert Schuster Medal from the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and the CGS. She is elected member of the National Academy of Engineers in the US, Canada, Norway and France. She is Honorary Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, and Advisory Professor at the Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. She published over 380 papers. She gave the Terzaghi Lecture in 2001, the Terzaghi Oration in 2013 and the Rankine Lecture in 2015 and will give the Nabor Carrillo Lecture in 2022. The ISSMGE established in her honour the ‘Suzanne Lacasse Lecture’ on risk and reliability in geotechnical engineering. She is a Knight of the 1st Order of the Falcon in Iceland and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Wesley Hall, LLD

Wes Hall came from very humble beginnings in Jamaica to become one of the most influential businesspeople in Canada. He has established himself as the preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services and contested investor situations. The Globe and Mail, has called him one of the nation’s “most influential powerbrokers,” Canadian Business magazine named him one of the “most powerful business people” in 2016, Toronto Life magazine voted him among the “50 most influential Torontonians in 2020, ”the International Association of Business Communicators (Toronto) named him their “2020 Communicator of the Year,” and Maclean’s magazine ranked him number 18 on their 2021 Power List of the “50 most powerful people in Canada.”

As the Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, Wes has delivered an unparalleled track record of success for North America’s biggest names including Air Canada, Barrick, BHP Billiton, Citigroup, CN, CP, Ovintiv, Goldcorp, Talisman, and Suncor. He has been sought out to lead some of the highest profile deals and activist campaigns in North America. They include Enbridge’s $37 billion merger with Spectra Energy, Agrium and Potash Corp.’s $36 billion merger, Tim Hortons’ $12.5 billion merger with Burger King, Pershing Square Capital Management’s campaign to replace the board of Canadian Pacific Railway, and Petro Canada’s $19 billion merger with Suncor Energy.

Wes is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading national environmental and industrial services provider with over 450 employees; Titan Supply, a top manufacturer and distributor of rigging and wear products serving industries in the oil and gas, construction, and transportation sectors; and Harbor Club hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, one of St. Lucia’s premier resorts. He is an instructor at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto (Rotman), where he teaches Black Entrepreneurship & Leadership in Canada, a first-of-its-kind course in North America that provides students with a deep understanding of the systemic anti-Black racism faced by Black entrepreneurs, the cultural impacts and how to navigate the system. In 2020, he was appointed to the Ontario government’s Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce, an advisory group of experts tasked to review and modernize the province’s capital markets regulations.

In June 2020 Wes launched the BlackNorth Initiative. BNI challenges Canadian businesses to end systemic racism head on in a business centric approach. Hall and his highly esteemed team of experts are collaboratively improving the lives of millions of black Canadians by opening doors that otherwise would have been shut.

You can find Wes on the upcoming 16th season of CBC’s Dragons Den as the first black Dragon, making an impact and conscious effort to award opportunities to up and coming BIPOC entrepreneurs. Wes is also the Executive Producer for the Dionne Warwick documentary: “Don’t Make Me Over” which premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2021, Wes received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards for his exceptional leadership in business. Wes also received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa, Ryerson University, as well as the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West Indies.

Wes’ first ever biography “No Bootstraps When You’re Barefoot”, published by Penguin Random House will hit bookshelves everywhere in Fall of 2022.
Wes sits as a board member of the SickKids Foundation, Pathways to Education, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and The Black Academy. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors at Huron University College, and is Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism. He has also changed the lives of thousands of children in the Caribbean and Canada, donating both his money and time.

Clarence Louie, LLD

Clarence Louie was elected Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) in 1984 at the age of 24 and has held the position for more than 12 terms. The OIB Development Corporation (OIBDC) was formed in 1988 under Louie’s leadership. As CEO, he has developed over eleven successful on-reserve, OIB-owned
businesses and five joint ventures in pursuit of economic self-sufficiency for the community. 

For over 30 years, Chief Clarence Louie has been a champion for the Osoyoos Indian Band’s working culture, inspiring generations not only within the ban but around the world with his message about self-empowerment through employment, hard work, and community building. Louie is quoted widely in media and is a highly sought-after speaker for his strong and straightforward views on the link between economic development and First Nations self-reliance. Known for doing business in a modern First Nations context, Chief Louie wants to build an ‘indigenous economy’ where First Nations business people and leaders not only participate in the mainstream of Canada’s business economy, but more and more, take a stronger leadership position to shape environmentally and socially responsible outcomes that still feed the bottom line.

As Chief, he negotiated settlement of three specific land claims with the B.C. government, the settlement of more than 1,000 acres of lease land development, and the expansion of the OIB reserve by hundreds of acres of land. In 2000, Louie joined the Governor General of Canada on a leadership tour, and in 2001, he was appointed to the board of Aboriginal Business Canada, becoming chair in 2007. In 2003, the U.S. Department of State invited Louie as one of six First Nations representatives to participate in a two-week tour of Indigenous tribes in the US, and in 2008 he consulted with federal finance minister Jim Flaherty on matters of economic development in Canada. In 2014, he served as a mentor for doctoral students with the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. He is a past member of the B.C. Region Indian Affairs committee, the board of directors of First Nations organizations Denendeh Investments (2007), Sts’ailes Development Corporation (2009), the board of directors for Destination B.C. (2015) and the B.C. Provincial Health Services Authority (2015). In 2020, he was on the selection committee for the Governor General’s Innovation Awards.

In 2003, MacLean’s magazine named him in Top 50 Canadians to Watch. In 2004, he won the Business and Community Development award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, and in 2008, he received the “Partnership with Community Special Citation” award from Ernst & Young – the first First Nations person to receive such an award. He won the Aboriginal Business Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in 2011.

Recipient of the Order of Canada in 2017 and two years later, inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Chief Clarence Louie is an internationally acclaimed leader dedicated to the economic and social prosperity of his people. 

Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, LLD

Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue is a Labrador Innu environmental and cultural activist who has been featured in numerous documentaries, books, and articles. She was born near Churchill Falls, Labrador; however, in the early 1960s, her family and community was relocated to Sheshatshiu, Labrador with the promises of a better, more easier life.  By the time they expressed a desire to return, development of Churchill Falls and the creation of the Smallwood Reservoir had destroyed the traditional hunting grounds off which they lived.  Her campaigns have inspired countless to advocate for legal and environmental rights, both in Canada and internationally.
Tshaukuesh's high profile work began with leading the Innu community's campaign against NATO's low-level flying and bomb testing on Innu land in the 1980s and 1990s.  She stayed the course despite going to jail with nine others as a result of their actions.  She then moved on to a role as a key respondent in a legal case related to the "colour of right", in which a judge held that the Innu could occupy a Canadian Forces base in Goose Bay, Labrador.
One of Tshaukuesh's primary goals has always been to pass along what she learned from her elders and own experiences to others.  She has taught people from around the world about Innu culture for over two decades, often during multi-day or multi-week canoe trips and walks in the Mealys Mountains and surrounding bush during summer and winter.
Her book, Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep The Land Alive (2020), was composed based on her diaries from 1987 to 2016 and describes in detail her day-to-day life and thoughts on Innu politics, culture, land, and history.

Alexis Puentes, LLD

Alexis Puentes is a multiple Latin Grammy/Grammy/Juno winning singer-songwriter/producer/musician, born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba. He was immersed in music at a very young age, joining his father’s (guitarist and teacher Valentin Puentes) group of 24 guitarists. Alex then went on to study electric and upright bass and touring and recording nationally and internationally. His sound is the unique confluence of tradition and global influences in articulate arrangements that convey emotions through melody and lyric.

Though raised in Artemisa, an hour outside of Havana, Alexis Puentes’ artistry is as far-flung as the place he has set- tled and lived for over ten years: Smithers, BC, 14 hours north of Vancouver. His music at once incorporates his Cuban roots and is a unique amalgam of styles from funk, pop to soul. Collaborating with peers ranging from Nelly Furtado and Jason Mraz to Ron Sexsmith and Jim Cuddy to Pablo Milanes and Lionel Garcia.

A forward-thinking, indie-minded artist, Alex has amassed a steadily growing following among critics and fans, garnering over 20 awards and nominations to his name, including a Grammy Award and 4 Latin Grammys and two Junos Awards. Over the course of 8 albums Alex has explored and expanded on his Cuban and international influences. Uplifting and bright to soulful and philosophical, his songs will speak to the listener though melody as well as lyrics. In 2022 Alexis Puentes’ 8th studio release, Mendó, won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album where he won as artist, producer and engineer.

Overcoming obstacles of politics and cliché, Alex’s music rises above commonly held notions of Cuban music and makes a space to understand more about bringing together different genres to create something new, about being accepted on your own terms and forging a path for others to follow. His journey has included being at the forefront of independent artists entrepreneurs, concurrent with raising a family of three wonderful children.

Romek (Robbie) Waisman, LLD

Romek (Robbie) Waisman was born in 1931 in Poland.  He was raised in a very close family and community according to the traditions of the Orthodox Jewish faith.  
When the Nazi army invaded Poland in September 1939, Waisman was to stay with friends who were not of the Jewish faith.  He soon returned to his family, but was relocated to his city's Jewish ghetto in 1941.  He was subsequently put to work in the city's munitions factory for two years, but was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1944.  The camp was liberated by the American military in April 1945; however, the children of the camp were required to stay for an additional three months given many had become orphans and had no homes.
In 1949, after time spent in various French villages where the Buchenwald orphans were housed with families, Waisman chose to emigrate to Canada, first to Calgary, then Saskatoon where he met his wife, and finally Vancouver in 1978.
In 1983, charges were laid against a public school teacher in Alberta for spreading antisemitism in his classes.  This incident caused Waisman to reflect on his experiences during the Holocaust and to confront the threat of Holocaust denial.  He chose to take an active role in Holocaust education, speaking to the public at various events and publishing a book, "None is Too Many".  He became highly involved in the work of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, serving as its Treasurer, Vice-President, and President since the 1980s.
In the early 2000s, Waisman became involved in work with Indigenous communities and acted as a key figure in conversations between the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Assembly of First Nations, eventually traveling across British Columbia and to the Northwest Territories to speak to residential school survivors about shared experiences of persecution, violence, and ongoing trauma.  Waisman was declared an honorary witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2011 and has spoke alongside its Chairman, Justice Murray Sinclair, in a summit on historical trauma and injustice in 2012.  Having survived the horrors of the Holocaust and discovered the importance and healing power of sharing one’s painful experiences, he became involved in helping residential schools survivors find the strength to speak up about the horrors they experienced and the impact these have had on their lives and families. Together with TRC head Justice Murray Sinclair, Waisman traveled the country for two years, meeting with many of the estimated 80,000 surviving residential school students to share his story and to listen to theirs.
Waisman made a crucial recommendation that was adopted by the commission. The Holocaust survivor told Sinclair that he had not been able to speak about his wartime experiences to his own children — and that it wasn’t until they overheard him speaking later to school groups that they learned what he had gone through.  “Based on that, when we go to a community, we bring all the [residential school] survivors in and we always make a point to bring their children in so that when the survivors are talking to us, the children are hearing them,” Sinclair told the Jewish Independent. “That proved to be an exceptionally strong piece of advice for us to open the lines of communication within families. From the perspective of residential school survivors, often the most important process of reconciliation that they wanted to engage in, that they needed to engage in, was to apologize to their own families for how they behaved after residential schools and to be given an act of forgiveness by their children, their spouses, their family members,” he said.


Daniel Bader, LLD

Daniel Bader, President and CEO of Bader Philanthropies, is a respected corporate leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, whose leadership of the Bader Foundation has transformed the lives of some of society’s most vulnerable. A philanthropic force, Bader’s efforts have provided more than US$377 million in funding to more than 8,500 causes around the world. An active and engaged member of the Queen’s Board of Trustees, including serving as the vice-chair of its advancement committee, he has expanded and deepened the philanthropic legacy of his parents, Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader, to Queen’s with the 2019 donation of Rembrandt van Rijn’s Head of an Old Man with Curly Hair – the fourth painting of the Dutch master donated to the university. He has also supported the revitalization of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre with a generous gift of $54 million, establishing the Bader Collection, the greatest university collection of European Art in Canada. Bader played a key role on securing the resources needed to complete the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Raymond Mason, LLD

A survivor of the residential school system, Mason is being recognized for his efforts in seeking justice and compensation for residential school survivors from the federal government. He founded Spirit Wind Inc., an organization which gathered testimonies and started the process that led to the largest class action settlement in Canadian history and the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Mason has served as the Chair of the Elder Advisory Commttee and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Peguis First Nation, Director of Operations and Program Development for the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, as well as a Technical Advisor to the Chief and Council of the Swan Lake First Nation.

His autobiography, “Spirit of the Grassroots People: Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada’s Colonial System”, which recounts a life of determined and principled struggle, has transformed countless lives and given hope to a new generation of Indigenous peoples – a chronicle that has been described as “an important story for all Canadians”;


Bruce H. Mitchell, LLD

Born and raised in Western Canada, Bruce attended Ridley College in St. Catharines and Neuchâtel Junior College in Switzerland. He graduated from Queen’s University with an honours Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard.

A noted businessman, Bruce is the founder, sole owner and CEO of Toronto based Permian Industries, a management and holding company. Over his career, he has acquired over 30 businesses, diversifying Permian’s investments across a number of industries in Canada and the US, and consolidating several industry sectors. He has had significant or controlling ownership positions in companies in the automotive parts manufacturing, oil and gas, water purification devices and advertising industries.

Today, Bruce’s holding company has three wholly owned subsidiaries, which include one of Canada’s largest edible nut and confectionary companies and two US based computer software businesses. Having sold down from a controlling ownership position, he also retains a significant shareholding in North America’s largest grower, marketer and distributor of greenhouse grown tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Together, these four businesses generate annual sales in excess of $2 billion and employ 5,000 across North America. 

Bruce has been active on a number of public company, private corporation and not-for-profit Boards. Among these, he was a Trustee and councillor of Queen’s University and served as Vice-Chair of its Board of Trustees and on several of its Committees. He served on the Board of Directors of UNICEF Canada, as Vice-Chair, on the Board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research as Vice-Chair and Chair of its Finance and Audit Committee, on the Board of Ridley College, the Executive and Board of Young President’s Organization, and on the Board of the Bank of Montreal where he chaired its Governance and Nominating Committee and its Risk Review Committee. 

A long-time member of The Toronto Golf Club, he served as its President, and chaired various Committees. He was a Trustee of Windermere Golf and Country Club and served as a Co-Chair of its Board. A member for over 30 years of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, Bruce was elected its Captain in 2017 and is the first Canadian to hold this position and the ninth Captain from outside the United Kingdom in the Club’s 265 year of existence. Today, he is an active member of the Foundation Boards of St. Michael’s Hospital and Ridley College. He has established and funded The Bruce H. Mitchell Foundation and works with his wife Vladka, on various philanthropic initiatives. 

Bruce resides in Toronto and has four children and nine grandchildren. In addition to his business and not-for-profit Boards, he has a passion for golf, is an avid skier, and enjoys adventure travel and biking trips.

Bruce developed the following mission for himself. It is simply – “To build, to give and to live with purpose, perspective and passion”. He lives this every day.

Heather Ross, DSc

Heather Ross, MD, MHSc, FRCP (C), FACC, FCCS is the Head, Division of Cardiology at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at UHN and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Site Lead for the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, and holds the Loretta A. Rogers Chair in Heart Function and the Pfizer Chair in Cardiovascular Research. She received her BSc (Honours Biology) from Queen’s University, her MD from the University of British Columbia, her Cardiology training at Dalhousie University, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiac Transplantation at Stanford University, California. She earned her MHSc in Bioethics from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Ross has had numerous leadership roles including President of the Canadian Society of Transplantation in 2005, Executive of the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation (ISHLT 2002 – 2005) and ISHLT Secretary Treasurer 2007-2010.   She has served 11 years over two terms on the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Council, and is a past president of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. She spent 6 years on the Board of the CCS Academy. She served 4 years on the Executive of the Heart Failure Society of America. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. She is the past Ted Rogers and Family Chair in Heart Function 2010-2017. She has published over 320 peer reviewed articles and won numerous teaching awards including the University of Toronto Teacher of the Year (2017), and the UHN Department of Medicine Michael Hutcheon Mentor Award (2017). She is the founder of dedicated to improving heart health and research in heart failure. In 2015, she was named by Canadian Geographic as one of the top 100 modern day explorers.

Nasrin Sotoudeh, LLD

Nasrin Sotoudeh – a brave human rights lawyer, defender of women's rights, children's rights and journalists – symbolizes the Iranian regime's systematic pattern of persecution and prosecution. First imprisoned in 2010 sentenced to 11 years in prison – later released after three years due to international outcry – for defending the vulnerable, including those arrested during the Green Movement uprising, in 2009. Fortunately, her sentence would eventually be reduced – in large part due to international public outcry – to three years. In June 2018, she was once again arrested and 10 months later was charged with numerous “national security-related” offences, resulting in a cumulative sentence of 38 years and 148 lashes – a virtual death sentence for a 56-year-old woman. 

The criminalization of her innocence continued more recently as she was, in Kafkaesque fashion, convicted in absentia on trumped up charges for her defense of the courageous women who took part in the Girls of Revolution Street protest, unveiling and waving their headscarves in defiance of the compulsory hijab dress code.

Since her imprisonment, Nasrin languishes in prison alongside the political prisoners she readily defended before becoming one herself. 

Terrence Sullivan, DSc

Terrence Sullivan is a behavioral scientist, Professor and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and adjunct professor in the Department of Oncology at McGill University. His research interests span Cancer Control, Quality and Performance Strategies and Disability Policy. 

Governance roles include immediate past chair of the board of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (2011-2018), current chair of the Quality and Safety committee of the Hospital for Sick Children board, chair of Governance and Nominations committee of Exactis Innovation (a business-led federal NCE focused on precision oncology) and chair of Audit and Finance committee on the Board of Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. He also chairs the International Advisor Committee for the Rossy Cancer Network (McGill University), the Advisory Group for the EXTRA Fellowship program for the Canadian Foundation for Health Care Improvement and is a steering council member for the Diabetes Action Canada SPOR network.

From 2001 to March 2011 he occupied leadership positions in at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), the final seven years as President and CEO during which period the organization transformed its business model to a cancer control organization with a strong focus on commissioning services, performance measurement, public reporting and quality improvement.  While at CCO, at the request of the government, he also played formative roles in the creation, design and governance of Public Health Ontario and Health Quality Ontario. Founding president of the Institute for Work & Health (1993-2001), he previously played senior roles in the Ontario Ministries of Health, Cabinet Office and as Assistant Deputy Minister, Constitutional Affairs and Federal-Provincial Relations during the Charlottetown negotiations (1992-3).  He served two successive First Ministers of Ontario as Executive Director of the Premier's Council on Health Strategy (1989-1992). From 1986-1989, he served as senior policy advisor in the Children’s Services Branch during a period of major restructuring. He played leadership roles in two Children’s Mental Health organizations as a director at Youthdale Treatment Centers (1977-1981) and Clinical Director of Central Toronto Youth Services (1982-86). He worked from 1974-1976 as neuropsychologist in the Dept. of Clinical Neuroscience, Victoria Hospital, London (Ont).

He continues to provide a range of consulting and advisory services to governments, health care and cancer organizations in Canada and internationally, contributing most recently to an evaluation of the pCPA and the just released WHO 2020 Report on Cancer.

Brenda Trenowden, LLD

Brenda Trenowden CBE, Global co-chair of the 30% Club, is a Partner in PwC UK within the Workforce Strategy and Culture consulting practice. Brenda helps clients to improve business performance with a particular focus on diversity, inclusive culture and purpose. She is a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment and has been recognised with several awards for her global campaigning for greater gender balance across organisations as a voluntary, business-led imperative. She is also an advisor to the UK Government’s Hampton-Alexander Review for increasing the representation of women in the executive level of the FTSE 350. Brenda was listed as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Women in Finance’ in 2016, 17 and 18, she was No. 1 in the FT HERoes list 2018 and she was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2018 for services to the financial sector and gender equality.

Prior to joining PwC, Brenda had a successful career in both investment and corporate banking with a strong track record of building international businesses and teams, and managing complex client relationships across the globe. She has lived and worked in a number of different countries in Asia, Europe and North America for some of the world’s largest banks including Citi, BNP Paribas, Lloyds Banking Group, BNY Mellon and most recently ANZ.

Brenda graduated with an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada and has a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Brenda is a non-Executive Director on the England and Wales Cricket Board, a Trustee for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, a Member of the Global Council of Queen’s Smith School of Business, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

A Canadian by birth, Brenda now considers herself a ‘citizen of the world’ and lives in Kent, UK with her husband, ‘Trend’, her two children, Teddy and India and their dog, Bonzo.


Neil Turok, DSc

Neil Turok is Director Emeritus and holds the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Niels Bohr Chair at Perimeter. He is also Director of the Centre for the Universe at Perimeter and inaugural Higgs Chair at the University of Edinburgh. Previously he was Professor of Physics at Princeton University, USA and Chair of Mathematical Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Neil is a leader in developing and testing theories of the universe. His team’s predictions for polarization-temperature correlations in the cosmic background radiation (CBR) and for galaxy-CBR correlations induced by dark energy were confirmed at high precision. He pioneered investigations of many theoretical proposals, including cosmic strings, “single-bubble” inflationary universes – the basis of the multiverse paradigm - and cyclic universe pictures. Recently, he and his collaborators have developed a new, foundational approach to path integrals, with applications ranging from quantum cosmology to particle physics and radio astronomy. They also proposed a new picture of the cosmos – the CPT-invariant universe – giving the simplest yet explanation for cosmic dark matter.

Neil founded the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), a network of centres of excellence for maths and science training, research and public outreach spanning the African continent. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the UK Institute of Physics and the John Torrence Tate Medal of the American Institute of Physics for International Leadership in Physics. He is author of The Universe Within, a popular science bestseller in Canada.

Perry James Bellegarde, LLD

Perry Bellegarde was re-elected for a second term as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2018. Originally from Little Black Bear First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory, he has spent the past thirty years putting into practice his strong beliefs in the laws and traditions instilled in him by many Chiefs and Elders. Perry has served in several elected leadership positions in First Nations governments. In 2018, the Province of Saskatchewan recognized Perry with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, one of several recognitions.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde remains committed to building on the momentum created since his election in 2014. His national platform and agenda remain a top priority and have directly influenced the federal government’s planning and priorities to date.

John Joseph Borrows, LLD

John Borrows B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Hons., Dalhousie, York & Law Society of Ontario) F.R.S.C., is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia. His publications include: Recovering Canada The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002); Canada’s Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award, 2011); Drawing Out Law: A Spirit’s Guide (2010); Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2016); The Right Relationship (with Michael Coyle, ed.); Resurgence and Reconciliation (with Michael Asch, Jim Tully, eds.); Law’s Indigenous Ethics (forthcoming); all from the University of Toronto Press. He is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences, and the 2019 Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. John is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

George A. Cope, LLD

Mr. Cope leads Canada’s largest communications company with a strategy of unparalleled investment and innovation in broadband networks and Wireless, TV, Internet and media growth services. Focused on leading growth in Canadian broadband and delivering sustainable value to shareholders, Bell’s goal is to be recognized by customers as Canada’s leading communications company.

A 2018 Canadian Business Hall of Fame inductee and Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year in 2015, Mr. Cope has earned a reputation as a strategic leader in Canadian communications and as a builder of high performance teams in public-company chief executive roles over the past 30 years. Appointed President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada in July 2008, Mr. Cope also led the launch of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, the largest-ever corporate commitment to Canadian mental health, and now one of the country’s most prominent community investment campaigns.

A graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University (HBA ’84), Mr. Cope was named Ivey Business Leader of the Year in 2013 and serves on the school’s advisory board. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by his alma mater, the University of Windsor and Trent University, was Chair of United Way Toronto’s record-breaking 2013 campaign, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on Bell Let’s Talk. Mr. Cope was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014.
Mr. Cope serves as a Director of the Bank of Montreal and as a Director of Brain Canada. 

Terence Dickinson, DSc 

Terence Dickinson was born in Toronto in 1943 and became interested in astronomy at age 5 when he saw a brilliant meteor one evening from the front lawn of the family home. In grade 3, he discovered a book about the stars in the school library. He took the book home and read it cover to cover. A few weeks later, his mother received a phone call from his teacher asking when he was going to return his overdue library book.

Dickinson is a prolific science writer specializing in astronomy. More than one million copies of his 15 astronomy books are in print in several languages. His book NightWatch is widely regarded as the essential guidebook for beginning stargazers, and Hubble’s Universe is promoted at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., as recommended reading for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Because of Dickinson’s ability to simplify astronomical concepts and explain the universe in easily understood terms, hundreds of thousands of would-be stargazers and naturalists have found a new appreciation for the wonders of the universe. As an accomplished astrophotographer, his photographs have appeared in publications as wide-ranging as Australian Geographic and Reader’s Digest, and in 2000, the U.S. Postal Service featured one of his photographs of the Moon on a stamp.

Dickinson’s professional career began in 1968 when he became a staff astronomer and teacher at the McLaughlin Planetarium of the Royal Ontario Museum. In 1970, he became assistant director of the planetarium in Rochester, New York. By 1974, he was recruited to move to Wisconsin to become editor of Astronomy magazine, now the largest magazine on the subject in the world. He returned to Canada in 1976 to the then-new Ontario Science Centre, in Toronto. The following year, he moved to eastern Ontario and became a full-time astronomy writer and editor. Around this same time, he began a series of CBC radio interviews with host David Suzuki that continued periodically into the 1990s. In 1994, he became editor of SkyNews, Canada’s national astronomy magazine. When the Discovery Channel began broadcasting in Canada in 1995, he reported on significant astronomical events for over a decade.

Among his numerous awards are the New York Academy of Science’s Children’s Book of the Year, the Royal Canadian Institute’s Sandford Fleming Medal and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Klumpke-Roberts Award. In 1995, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to public understanding of astronomy.

Ann Dowsett Johnston, LLD

Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named by the Washington Post as one of the top 10 books of 2013. Part memoir, part journalistic exploration of the closing gender gap on risky drinking, the book explores the “pinking” of the alcohol industry. Dowsett Johnston has been honoured for her work on Drink; she is the recipient of a Transforming Lives Award from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the American Research Society on Addiction’s Media Award, plus the T. A. Sweet Award from the Ontario Psychiatric Association for helping address stigma related to mental health and addiction.

Winner of seven National Magazine awards, Dowsett Johnston spent the lion’s share of her journalistic career at Maclean’s magazine, where she is best known as the chief architect of the university rankings. Founding editor of the Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities, Dowsett Johnston oversaw all educational coverage at the magazine for 14 years. During that time, she developed a prominent voice as an advocate for higher education, speaking both nationally and internationally.

Dowsett Johnston started her journalism career straight out of Queen’s University, beginning as a researcher at Maclean’s as the magazine went weekly. Over almost three decades, she held a wide variety of roles at Maclean’s, including that of columnist and editor of the magazine’s first book. She is the recipient of both a Southam Journalism Fellowship and the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. For the latter, she wrote a 14-part series in the Toronto Star on women and alcohol.

Dowsett Johnston has also held the position of Vice-Principal of McGill University, overseeing development, alumni, and university relations.

Last year, Dowsett Johnston decided to switch career paths and went back to school. She is currently enrolled at Smith College where she is working on her Master’s in Social Work. She lives in Toronto and is the mother of Queen’s graduate Nicholas Johnston, who lives in Los Angeles.

Sir Richard John Evans, LLD

Sir Richard John Evans was born in 1947 in London E17 to Welsh parents. He was educated at Jesus and St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate in 1973.

He has been Professor of European History at the University of East Anglia, Scotland, and subsequently Professor of History, Vice-Master and Acting Master at Birkbeck, London University’s college for adult, part-time students. In 1998 he became Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. He was appointed Regius Professor of History in 2008, retiring in 2014. From 2010 to 2017 he was President of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is currently Provost of Gresham College in the City of London, which has been offering free lectures for the general public since 1597.

He is Deputy Chair of the Spoliation Advisory Panel, a non-departmental public body advising the UK government on claims for the return of cultural objects looted during the Nazi era. In 2000 he was principal expert witness for the defence in the defamation action brought by the Holocaust denier David Irving against the American historian Deborah Lipstadt over allegations of historical falsification in his work, an action which she won. The trial was subsequently portrayed in a Hollywood motion picture, Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall.

Richard J Evans is the author of more than twenty books, including Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years 1830-1910 (1987), winner of the Wolfson History Prize, and Rituals of Retribution: Capital Punishment in Germany 1532-1987 (1996). His three-volume history of Nazi Germany (The Coming of the Third Reich, The Third Reich in Power, and The Third Reich at War) has been translated into fifteen languages. He has published a number of influential works of historical theory and method, including In Defence of History (1997) and Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History (2015). His most recent publications are The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 (2016), a volume in the Penguin History of Europe, and Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History (2019). From 2013 to 2019 he led a multi-disciplinary research project on conspiracy theories and democracy; his book The Hitler Conspiracies will be published by Penguin in 2020.

Richard Evans is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and holds honorary degrees from the universities of London and Oxford. In 2012 he was knighted by the Queen for services to scholarship.

Margaret Murphy, DSc

Following the death of her son as a result of medical error, Margaret Murphy has been actively involved as a patient safety advocate. Margaret is the External Lead Advisor of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Patients for Patient Safety (a network of 400 patient safety champions from 52 countries with 19 collaborating organizations).

The focus of her work relates to seeing adverse events as having the potential to be catalysts for change as well as being opportunities for learning, identifying areas for improvement, and preventing recurrence.

She promotes this viewpoint at local, national, and international levels as an invited presenter to conferences, hospital staffs and students. Her area of particular interest is education as a vehicle to achieve sustainable culture change. Viewed as a resource for including the patient perspective in a variety of initiatives and a range of fora, Margaret has been invited to partner and collaborate in the areas of policy-making, standard-setting, regulation, education and research. Designated as one of seventy International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) Experts in 2012, Murphy has been a sought-after speaker to conferences and lectures in Ireland and internationally, including the Global Health Policy Summit at Doha.

Margaret Murphy is a member of Ireland’s Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance; a member of the Health Services Executive (HSE) National Risk Committee; the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) working group; a lay member of the Irish Medical Council, member of the Board of Directors of the South/South-West Hospital Group; as well as a member of the HSE’s Executive Risk Committee.

Shelagh Rogers, LLD

Shelagh Rogers, OC, is a Canadian broadcast journalist based in British Columbia. She is the host and producer of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter, a program devoted to writing in Canada, and the 11th Chancellor of the University of Victoria.
Ms. Rogers began in broadcasting at CFRC, the campus radio station of Queen’s University, where she earned a BA in Art History, in 1977. In 1980, Shelagh was quickly picked up by CBC Radio, where she worked on a variety of CBC shows including The Arts Tonight, Basic Black, and Morningside alongside Canadian legend Peter Gzowski.

In 2011, Ms. Rogers was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for promoting Canadian culture and for her advocacy work in the fields of mental health, adult literacy, and reconciliation. She was inducted as an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in June 2011, and continues to champion reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. She is the co-editor of Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School (2012), Reconciliation and the Way Forward (2014) and Speaking My Truth: A Journey to Reconciliation (2018).

Ms. Rogers is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy, the ACTRA Award for Best Host / Interviewer, the John Drainie Award for contributions to broadcasting in Canada, and a multiple Bronze Radio Winner at the New York Festivals Best Radio Programs Awards; recipient of the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award, the Transforming Lives Award from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as well as honorary degrees from Western, Mount Allison, Memorial, Nipissing, Vancouver Island, and Carleton Universities.

Fiona Amaryllis Sampson, LLD

Fiona Sampson is a human rights lawyer with a PhD in women’s equality law who has dedicated her 20+ year career to seeking justice for society’s disadvantaged: disabled persons, refugees, Indigenous persons, and victims of violence. She founded the equality effect, an NGO that uses international human rights law to make girls/women’s rights real; a main area of focus for the equality effect is the protection of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa from rape. As its CEO, she led her team to the landmark 160 Girls High Court victory in Kenya. Fiona has been called one of the world’s “women revolutionaries” alongside notables that include Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, and Isobel Coleman. As one of the last thalidomide victims born in Canada, Fiona has an affinity with other disadvantaged persons that inspires her human rights work.

In addition to her full-time role with the equality effect, Fiona recently completed a 7-year term as a Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. An experienced litigation lawyer, she has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada representing various women’s NGOs in equality rights cases. Fiona has published widely relating to women’s and girls’ equality. Fiona has received many awards and much recognition for her human rights work. Fiona has been appointed an Ashoka Fellow, awarded the 2014 Distinction in International Affairs Award by the New York State Bar Association, named a YWCA 2015 “Woman of Distinction”, named one of Canada’s Top 25 Lawyers (Top 5 on the “World Stage”), awarded the Law Society of Ontario 2018 Human Rights Award, and named one of 50 “Global Heroes” working to end violence against children, along with Queen Noor of Jordan and Hillary Clinton, amongst others. In 2015 Fiona was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honour a Canadian civilian can be awarded. “Persistent” is the adjective most commonly used to describe Fiona (or at least the adjective she most prefers!).

Calvin Murray Sinclair, LLD

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Indigenous Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second. He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He also oversaw an active multimillion-dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada, the United States and internationally, including the Cambridge Lectures for members of the Judiciary of various Commonwealth Courts, in England.

He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (1994, now called the Indspire Awards) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2017) from Indspire, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016). He most recently received the President’s Award from the Canadian Bar Association (2018), the SSHRC Impact Award (2019) and will be the 2019 recipient of the Symons Medal.

Senator Sinclair has received Honorary Doctorates from a dozen Canadian universities. He was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

While in the Senate, he has served on the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, as well as the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. He is currently a member of the Senate Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senator’s Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and Rights of Parliament.

Gerald Dudley Sutton, LLD

Gerald Dudley Sutton was born in Uckfield, Sussex, England in 1925 and attended grammar school on a scholarship in the historic county town of Lewes. He watched the Battle of Britain being fought overhead in 1940. In 1941, despite the danger of U-Boat attacks, his mother brought him to Canada to join his father in Chatham, Ontario.

At age 16 he joined the Bank of Montreal, and was given leave to enlist in the RCAF in 1943, at the age of 17. He was commissioned as a pilot. Following his service, he enrolled in the Commerce program at Queen’s where, in his final year, he met Margaret. They had strong mutual attraction, and five days later, he proposed and she accepted. Both graduated in May 1948 and were married that evening in the Queen’s chapel by Padre Laverty with the whole of Commerce’48 in attendance, adjourning afterwards to the graduation dance in Grant Hall. Later, in 1948, he enrolled in a Master of Commerce program, an innovation at the time, and graduated in 1949.

Moved to Head Office by the Bank of Montreal, he became Assistant Economic Adviser, but left in 1958 to be Director of Research at Nesbitt, Thompson and Company Limited (now BMO Nesbitt Burns). While there he organized, in 1961, Canada’s first venture capital company, Canadian Enterprise Development Corporation Limited, with the participation of the highly successful and innovative American Research and Development Corporation, led by Professor Doriot of the Harvard Business School, and investment by some 22 Canadian insurance companies, banks, investment dealers and other companies.

He was appointed General Manager in 1964 and subsequently President of CED. Other venture capital firms were created and Gerry saw the need to have an association that could do things collectively better than individually and in 1974 he organized the Association of Venture Capital Companies and was elected its first President. After CED, he joined a private company of investors in Calgary to pursue venture capital in the oil patch.

Throughout his career in business he was also a pioneer in organizing and supporting not for profit organizations to improve the lot of developmentally handicapped people, including six years as a director, and two as President, of OASIS - Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs – and two terms as President of Community Living Oakville, where he lives. In 2003, he formed a foundation to support agencies throughout Ontario.

In 2006, he received an Ontario Senior Achievement Award, recognizing his commitment to his community after age 65. Mr. Sutton and Margaret are also enthusiastic supporters of Queen’s and have established a number of bursaries, awards and scholarships. Two rooms in Goodes Hall bear their names.

The Suttons have four children, eight grandchildren and seven great grands. His older brother, with whom he had a close relationship, was a Royal Marine killed in the Sicily Landing in 1943.

Deborah Anne Turnbull, DSc

Deborah Turnbull is a single adoptive mother of twins from Cambodia, business woman, university instructor, community leader, international development expert, mentor, career counselor, philanthropist, and friend. Ms. Turnbull is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the University of Calgary, is a Certified International Trade Professional, has a Master’s Degree in Oceanography from McGill and an undergraduate degree in Biology (Honours) from Queen’s (Arts ’75). While at Queen’s, she swam for the Queen’s Swim Team and was on Queen’s first women’s water polo team. As a student, she worked as a part-time librarian at the Queen’s Biology Library and worked as a research assistant to the late Dr. Allan Keast during the summers of 1974 and 1975 at the Queen’s Biology Station. After graduation, she was a member of the Queen’s University Council (1990-2002) and has organized events for her graduation class, as well as financially supporting Queen’s. Following in her footsteps (as she was the first in her family to go to Queen’s), her siblings (Greg, Arts ’76; Tim, Arts ’79; Ruth, Arts ’82), nephews (Tyler, Arts ’06; Matthew, Arts ’11), and son (George, Arts’16),as well as many of her cousins, have gone to Queen’s. For her more than 40 years of distinguished voluntary and professional service, she was the recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Alumni Toronto Branch Award.

Ms. Turnbull had a career in international development. She worked with the International Development Research Centre (Information Officer), Agrodev Canada (Vice President and General Manager, and then President), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) (Vice President, International Trade) and taught international development studies courses at the University of Toronto. During her career, Ms. Turnbull managed and implemented more than 200 projects in Canada and in more than 60 developing countries and countries-in-transition funded by the International Financial Institutes, the Canadian Government, as well as many other public and private agencies.

Always wanting to give back to her community, she is, or has, been on the board or chaired many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including: Aquaculture Association of Canada (founding member); Canadian Council on Africa (founding member); Canadian and African Business Women’s Alliance (founder) (a NGO she established in 2000 based on the identified needs of African business women); Stone Soup Network; Fiera Capital Foundation; Canadian Exporters’ Association; Humber Valley United Church; among many others. She also was a volunteer at the 2015 Pan Am Games and chaired school reunions at her primary, middle and high schools. In addition, she has, and continues to, financially support such organizations as: Queen’s University; the Trillium Hospital Foundation; the Yonge Street Mission; Out of the Cold; the Canadian Red Cross; the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada; the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation; and Sleeping Children Around the World.

Daniel Robert Woolf, LLD

Daniel Woolf was born in London, England and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a Professor of History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He recently stepped down after ten years (2009-19) as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s. A graduate of Queen’s University (BA Hons, 1980) and Oxford University (DPhil, 1983), he is a specialist in early modern British intellectual and cultural history, and in the global history of historical writing. He is the author of five books, most recently A Concise History of History (Cambridge University Press, 2019); a previous book, The Social Circulation of the Past: English Historical Culture c.1500-1730 (Oxford University Press, 2003) was awarded the John Ben Snow Prize by the North American Conference on British Studies in 2004 for the best book on British History pre-1800.

The editor, or co-editor of several other books, and the author of many academic articles, his previous administrative and academic appointments took him first back to Queen’s (SSHRRC postdoctoral fellow in history, 1984-86), then to Bishop’s University (Assistant Professor, 1986-87), Dalhousie University (1987-99; promoted to full professor in 1994), McMaster University (1999-2002 as Professor of History and Dean of Humanities), and the University of Alberta (2002-2009 as Professor of History and Dean of Arts). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Canada, the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the Royal Historical Society (Great Britain), on which last-mentioned body he served as a member of the RSC Council and executive committees for several years.

The current or past supervisor of many Master’s and Doctoral students, several of whom occupy faculty positions at North American and Asian universities, he is the father of three adult children. As Principal of Queen’s, Dr. Woolf led the largest fund-raising campaign in the university’s history, initiated significant reforms to university governance and financial administration, improved town-gown relations, oversaw several major capital projects, and worked to make the university a national leader in student mental health. Dr. Woolf and his wife, Julie Gordon-Woolf, live in Yarker, Ontario, with their two cats.

John Russell Baird, LLD

John Baird is a Senior Advisor to various enterprises and a former Senior Cabinet Minister in the Government of Canada.

An instrumental figure in bilateral trade and investment relationships, Mr. Baird has played a leading role in the Canada-China dialogue and worked to build ties with ASEAN countries. In addition, Mr. Baird has worked closely with international leaders to strengthen security and economic ties with the United States and Middle Eastern countries.

A native of Ottawa, Baird spent three terms as a Member of Parliament and four years as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He also served as President of the Treasury Board, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. In 2010, he was selected by MPs from all parties as Parliamentarian of the Year. Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Baird spent ten years in the Ontario Legislature where he served as Minister of Community and Social Services, Minister of Energy, and Government House Leader.

Currently, Mr. Baird serves as a Senior Business Advisor with Bennett Jones LLP, a premier Canadian law firm. In addition, Mr. Baird sits on the advisory board of Barrick Gold Corp., the corporate boards of Canadian Pacific, Canadian Forest Products (Canfor), the FWD Group and PineBridge Investments. He also serves as a Global Strategic Advisor to Hatch Ltd, a Canadian global multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy, and is a Senior Advisor at Eurasia Group, a global political risk consultancy.

Mr. Baird also volunteers his time with Community Living Ontario, an organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities, the Prince's Charities, the charitable office of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and is a board member of the Friends of Israel Initiative. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University at Kingston.

Isabel Bassett, LLD

Now retired, Isabel Bassett is known as a facilitator, using her know-how and connections, as she continues to work for gender parity, to speak out for more diversity on boards as well as in senior management, and to get young people more involved in politics.

Professionally, Isabel Bassett was former Chair and CEO of TVO, MPP and Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation for the Ontario Government, and host and producer of award-winning documentaries on CFTO TV which focused on social issues such as sexual abuse, mental health, and teen gangs.

She is now adding her voice in support of the McMichael Gallery to awaken the public to Canada's little- known treasure house of Canadian Art.

Douglas Cardinal, LLD

Born in 1934 in Calgary, Alberta, his architectural studies at The University of British Columbia took him to Austin, Texas, where he achieved his architectural degree and found a life experience in human rights initiatives.

Douglas Cardinal’s architecture springs from his observation of Nature and its understanding that everything works seamlessly together. His work has defined contemporary Canadian, Indigenous, and organic architecture. Throughout his career he has been forerunner of philosophies of sustainability, green buildings and ecologically designed community planning.

In recognition of such work, Douglas Cardinal has received many national and international awards including: 20 Honorary Doctorates, Gold Medals of Architecture in Canada and Russia, and an award from United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO) for best sustainable village. He was also titled an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the most prestigious awards given to a Canadian, and he was awarded the declaration of being “World Master of Contemporary Architecture” by the International Association of Architects.

Douglas Cardinal is one of the visionaries of a new world; a world where beauty, balance and harmony thrive, where client, architect, and stakeholder build together with a common vision.

Phil Gold, DSc

Dr. Phil Gold is the Douglas G. Cameron Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Physiology and Oncology, at McGill University. He has served as the Inaugural Director of the McGill (now Goodman) Cancer Centre, Chairman of the Department of Medicine at McGill and Physician-in-Chief at the Montreal General Hospital. He is presently the Executive Director of the Clinical Research Centre of the McGill University Health Centre at The Montreal General Hospital.

Dr. Gold’s early research led to the discovery and definition of the Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA), and the subsequent CEA blood test. This was the first blood test for cancer sanctioned by the FDA, and then internationally, and is still the most frequently used test in the diagnosis and management of patients with cancer. For this work, other studies, and his outstanding contributions as a medical educator, he has gained national and international recognition. He has been elected to numerous prestigious organizations and has been the recipient of such outstanding awards as the Gairdner Foundation Annual International Award (1978), the Isaak Walton Killam Award in Medicine of the Canada Council (1985), the National Cancer Institute of Canada R.M. Taylor Medal (1992), the Heath Medal of the MD Anderson Hospital (1980), the Inaugural Ernest C. Manning Foundation Award (1982), the Johann-Georg-Zimmerman Prize for Cancer Research (1978), Medizinische Hochschule, Germany (1978), the ISOBM Abbott Award in Japan, the Award of the Academy of International Dental Studies (1984), and the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal (2002) and DSc degrees (honoris causa) from a number of universities.

He has been elected to Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the Association of American Physicians (AAP), and Mastership in the American College of Physicians. His outstanding contributions to teaching have been recognized by an award as a Teacher of Distinction from the Faculty of Medicine. He has been honored by his country, his province, his city, and his university by appointment as a Companion of the Order of Canada, an Officer of l’Ordre National du Québec, a member of the Academy of Great Montrealers (now a Member of the Order of Montreal); and a recipient of the Gold Medal of the McGill University Graduate Society, respectively. He has lectured internationally, received honorary degrees, and been the Sir Arthur Sims Traveling Professor to the British Commonwealth.

In 2006, the Phil Gold Chair in Medicine was inaugurated at McGill University, and the first incumbent was selected in 2009. He was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2010. He received the Life Time Achievement Award from McGill University, October 2011 and the inaugural McGill University Faculty of Medicine Global Achievement Award. In 2012, Dr. Gold was inducted as an Honorary Member on the International Golden Key Society; he received the Gerald Bronfman Center Lifetime Achievement Award from the Department of Oncology, McGill University, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Wilder-Penfield, Prix du Québec.

In 2015, Dr. Gold received Awards of Honors on the 50th Anniversary of the first publication on Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA) from the International Society of Oncology and Biomarkers, Zakopane, Poland; the 25th Annual International CEA Symposium, Washington, DC; and the McGill Symposium on CEA.

In 2017, Dr. Gold received the Einstein Legacy Award - "Celebrating a Century of Genius" and given to 100 visionaries internationally, and from all disciplines, on the occasion of the centennial celebration of Einstein’s publication of the General Theory of Relativity. He was also honoured with the inauguration of the 'Phil Gold Distinguished Lectureship' at the Goodman Cancer Centre, McGill University.

Dr. Gold has been involved in Jewish community functions, at home and abroad, over many years. An Early Career Chair was established in his name at The Weizmann Institute, and he has been honoured at Boys Town, Jerusalem.

His major activities in Montreal have been with the Education Committees and Boards of various Jewish Day Schools. He has often been called upon to speak Jewish community organizations, on a variety of topics.

Dr. Gold has been married to the former Evelyn Katz since 1960. They have three children, Ian (b. 1962), Josie (b. 1965) and Joel (b.1968). They also have six grandsons, Zachary, Michael, Benji, and Matthew Ziegler; and Alexander Samuel, and Adam Gold, and, finally, one granddaughter Amalia Matilda Gold, all of whom are the conjoint apples of their eyes.

Sylvia Maracle, LLD

Sylvia Maracle (Skonaganleh:ra) is Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and is a member of the Wolf Clan.

Sylvia is the Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, and has been involved in the Friendship Centre movement for more than 45 years. She studied journalism at Ryerson University and holds Honorary Doctorates in Management and Economics from the University of Guelph, Education from York University and Indigenous Studies from Trent University.

Sylvia lectures nationally and internationally on women's issues, urban development, and the cultural revitalization of Indigenous people. She is a published author.

A passionate advocate, she is known for her leadership in the area of ending violence against Indigenous women. She is the Indigenous Chair of the Executive Committee to End Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls and a member of the North American Liaison process to address needs, solutions and prevention to support Native American Indigenous Women and Girls.

Ms. Maracle continues to work in traditional knowledge transfer, education, justice and cultural management. She has been on numerous boards and agencies over her career to date including Indigenous Headstart, Indigenous Justice, employee development, and economic development.

Sylvia Maracle has served as Chair of the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, providing a broad base of housing and delivery processes to the rural and urban Indigenous people over the last 20 years.

Sylvia was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017, in recognition of her significant contributions to improving the lives of Indigenous people. She is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and an Indspire Achievement Award in Public Service.

Reeta Roy, LLD

Reeta Roy is the President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation. Today, with US $24 billion in assets, the Mastercard Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the world. Its vision is a world where all people have the opportunity to learn and prosper. Under Reeta’s leadership, the Foundation has focused its work in Africa and committed more than US$2.1 billion to advance education and financial inclusion across the continent. Its programs have improved the lives of more than 27 million people and their families.

Reeta is regularly called upon by the United Nations, the World Bank, USAID, and international agencies to represent the philanthropic sector and contribute to global development strategies.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Reeta was the Divisional Vice President of Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott and was Vice President of the Abbott Fund, its corporate foundation. She led Abbott’s public-private initiatives related to HIV/AIDS in Africa and a range of global health programs. Before Abbott, Reeta held a number of leadership positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, working on global health policy issues. Prior to joining the private sector, she worked at the United Nations.

Reeta received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

She holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from EARTH University, McGill University and the University of Toronto. She has received several awards, including The Resolution Project’s Champions Circle Award for Supporting Young Leaders, the C3 Women Empowerment Achievement Award, The Class of 1947 Memorial Award from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and the Women of Distinction Award from YWCA Toronto. During Reeta’s tenure, the Foundation also has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education Friend of Education Award, the Global Education Award of the World Affairs Council, the Women’s Leadership Award from Opportunity International, and the Global Foundation for Peace Award from International House at Berkeley.

Indira Samarasekera, DSc

Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera served as the 12th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta, from 2005-2015, one of Canada’s most respected research-intensive universities. She also served as Vice-President (Research) at the University of British Columbia from 2000-2005. She is currently a Senior Advisor for Bennett Jones LLP and serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Nova Scotia, Magna International and TransCanada. She serves on the boards of the Asia-Pacific Foundation, the Rideau Hall Foundation, and the selection panel for Canada’s outstanding CEO of the Year sponsored by Caldwell Partners and Bennett Jones. Dr. Samarasekera was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a Federal Member to the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, until 2017.

Dr. Samarasekera is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading metallurgical engineers for her ground-breaking work on process engineering of materials, especially steel processing. She held the Dofasco Chair in Advanced Steel Processing at the University of British Columbia. She has consulted for over a hundred steel companies worldwide solving problems and offering short courses on the continuous casting of steel. Dr. Samarasekera has also devoted her career to advancing innovation in higher education and the private sector, providing national and international leadership through invited lectures and participation on national and international boards and councils. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002 for outstanding contributions to steel process engineering. In 2014 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in the US, the professions highest honour.

Dr. Samarasekera was Chair of the World-wide Universities Network, consisting of nineteen universities from around the world and has served on several boards and committees including the Prime-Minister’s Advisory Committee for Renewal of the Public Service, a Presidential Visiting Committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Conference Board of Canada, Canada’s Science, Technology, Innovation Council, the Minister’s advisory committee on Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy and the Public Policy Forum.

Dr. Samarasekera received the E.W. R. Steacie Memorial fellowship in 1991, awarded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to the top 4 researchers under 40. Dr. Samarasekera is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIMM) and an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Mining, Materials and Petroleum Engineering. She has received honorary degrees from the Universities of British Columbia, Toronto, Waterloo, Montreal, and Western in Canada, and Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland. She received the Peter Lougheed Leadership Award from the Public Policy Forum in Canada in 2012.

As a Hays Fulbright Scholar, she earned an MSc from the University of California in 1976. In 1980, she was granted a PhD in metallurgical engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Hugh David Segal, LLD

The fifth elected Principal of Massey College, Mr. Segal has spent his career in public service roles, as Associate Cabinet Secretary (Federal-Provincial Affairs) in Ontario and Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. In Ontario, he was involved in the negotiations to patriate the Canadian constitution and create the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He chaired the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism between 2005 and 2014. He also served as Canada's Special Envoy to the Commonwealth and a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on reform and modernization, human rights and rule of law.

A former President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal, a Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Global Affairs, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Queen's School of Policy Studies and the Smith School of Business at Queen's University, Hugh holds honorary doctorates from the Royal Military College of Canada and the University of Ottawa.

He is Co-Chair of the Democracy-10 Strategy Group based at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Chair of the NATO Association of Canada, and is now the Honorary Captain of the Canadian Forces Staff College in Toronto. He has written books on public policy, politics, and international affairs, of which the most recent, "Two Freedoms: Canada's Global Future" was published last year by Dundurn Press.

He is a strategic advisor at the law firm of Aird and Berlis, LLP, and has been a director of public and private companies in the alcohol, food, construction, financial and energy sectors. He is married to Donna Armstrong Segal, Queen’s University Nursing Science ‘73.

Valerie Tarasuk, DSc

Valerie Tarasuk is a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Val grew up in a military family, moving every 2-3 years throughout her childhood and frequently passing through CFB Trenton on the way to and from postings in Germany. She holds a BA from Mount Allison University, a BEd from Ottawa University, a BASc from the University of Guelph, and MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto. She has been on faculty at the University of Toronto since 1994.

Val’s research extends to Canadian food policy and population-level dietary assessment, but much of her career has focused on income-related problems of food access in Canada. Her initial studies of food banks and food bank users explored what lay behind the public face of ‘hunger’ in Canada, revealing shocking levels of chronic deprivation and laying bare the limitations of community responses. She played a pivotal role in the implementation of food insecurity monitoring in Canada and has helped spearhead efforts to use monitoring data to inform programming and policy decisions. Val’s research has elucidated the scope and nature of food insecurity in Canada, charted the public policy underpinnings of this problem, and established that food insecurity has a direct impact on health and health care costs in Canada, independent of other social determinants of health.

Since 2011, Val has led PROOF, an interdisciplinary research program launched with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and designed to identify effective policy approaches to reduce household food insecurity in Canada. Working with stakeholders in civil society and public health nutrition, Val and her colleagues have worked to raise awareness of the problem of food insecurity in Canada and shift the discourse from a focus on food charity to the recognition of food insecurity as measure of profound material deprivation and a potent social determinant of health, responsive to policies affecting household finances.

In 2017, Val was honored by the Canadian Nutrition Society with the Earle Willard McHenry Award for Distinguished Service in Nutrition.

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