David Golden, LL.D., May 29, 1986
David Aaron Golden
O.C., LL.B., LL.D. (Carleton)

I have the honour to present David Aaron Golden, O.C., LL.B., LL.D. (Carleton).

In the practice of his profession, in public administration, in the fostering of the growth and application of technology, in industrial policy development and by no means least in university and professional education, he had made diverse and distinguished contributions to our national life that today, as his fellow Manitobans and members of this University, we are proud to recall and honour.

Mr. Golden was born in Sinclair, Manitoba, and, after his family moved to Winnipeg, he received his education at Machray School, St. John's High School, The University of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Law School. He graduated from the Law School in 1940, with the Alexander Morris Exhibition for best overall performance in the degree programme, and was awarded the Rhodes Scholarhip. He did not, however, proceed immediately to Oxford. Instead, he enlisted in the Winnipeg Grenadiers, first battalion, and in 1941, in the fall of Hong Kong, became for four years a prisoner of war. On being discharged from the Army with the rank of captain, he was admitted a solicitor and called to the Bar of Manitoba. After a year reading Jurisprudence at Queen's College, Oxford, under his long deferred Rhodes Scholarship, he came back to Winnipeg and entered into practice with the (then) Mr. Samuel Freedman in a partnership that continued for what Chief Justice Freedman later recalled as "six and a half glorious years".

During that period, Mr. Golden performed a public service which is still gratefully remembered by law students of the time. There were not enough places available for all those students, including many returned from the war, in the law offices where those who wanted to become lawyers had then to serve under articles concurrent with their lectures for four years. Mr. Golden, who was lecturing in the Law School, developed for those without offices a special course to teach the practical side of law that was recognized by the Law Society as fulfilling the purpose of articles, and many students took his programme of practice classes at the Law School until articling places opened up for them. It was a remarkable and pioneering venture in professional training.

In 1952, when Mr. Freedman was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench, Mr. Golden accepted appointment as Director of the Legal Branch of the Department of Defence Production. This was the beginning of a remarkable career in the Canadian public service, which later included the following positions: Assistant Deputy Minister and General Counsel, Department of Defence Production, 1951-1954; Deputy Minister, Department of Defence Production, (at age 34!) 1954-1962; President of the North Ontario Pipeline Crown Corporation, 1956-1962; Deputy Minister, Department of Industry, 1963-1964.

From 1964-1969, he was President of the Air Industries Association of Canada. He has also served as a director of a number of leading Canadian business corporations and on the Conference Board of Canada.

In 1969, the Prime Minister announced the appointment of Mr. Golden as President of Telesat Canada, just then brought into being as a new tripartite venture of government, private industry and public shareholders, to pursue the exciting new possibilities of distant communications opened up by modern technology. He is now Chairman of that corporation.

From 1960 to 1969, Mr. Golden was a member of the Board of Governors of Carleton University, from which he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in 1975.

In 1965, his fellow graduates of this University presented him with the Alumni Jubilee Award. In 1977, he was made an officer of the Order of Canada.

Madam Chancellor, it is my privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you now confer on David Golden the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.