The University may confer the following degrees upon persons whose qualifications and record are approved for that purpose:

  • Doctor of Laws     (honoris causa)    LL.D.
  • Doctor of Letters   (honoris causa)    D.Litt.
  • Doctor of Science (honoris causa)    D.Sc.

Honorary degrees are awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Distinguished achievement in scholarship, the arts, or public service. Distinguished achievement is achievement widely recognized by peers in the field of endeavour and the public.
  2. Both the recipient and the University should be honoured in the granting of a degree honoris causa.

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2010-2029

2019

Craig Alan Baines

MSC, CD, B.A.(Man.); MDefStudies, MPA(RMC)

Before confronting Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, Rear-Admiral Craig Baines was a national judo medallist from Saskatchewan with an English degree from the University of Manitoba.

Upon graduation, he began his naval training on the West Coast.  RAdm Baines specialized in navigation; as navigator of HMCS Provider, he sailed from Esquimalt, BC to Halifax, NS via the Panama Canal - no small feat.

Then, in April 2009, came a tremendous challenge:  as commander of HMCS Winnipeg, which was escorting commercial freighters in the Arabian Sea, RAdm Baines ordered his ship's Sea King helicopter to ward off Somali pirates attempting to hijack an Indian merchant vessel.  They managed this successfully.  Five days later, the HMCS Winnipeg again came to the aid of a merchant ship under attack.

Besides protecting valuable shipments of food, oil and supplies, RAdm Baines and his crew of 240 also, in one instance, provided food and water to 51 Somali refugees crammed in a 25 foot boat without sustenance, on their way to Yemen.

RAdm Baines' efficient and effective actions in one of the busiest and most dangerous shipping routes off the Horn of Africa during 2009 won him the prestigious Meritorious Service Cross, which was awarded by Canada's Governor General.  In 2010, he was promoted to Commander of the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, overseeing 2,500 staff and a $130 million budget on the second largest military base in Canada.

Much praised for his innovation and teamwork in supporting the West Coast fleet, RAdm Baines continued to advance, serving as special advisor to Canada's Chief of Defence Staff and, subsequently, Commander of the Canadian Atlantic Fleet in Halifax.  Meanwhile, he earned two Master's degrees from the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, ON.

In 2017, he was promoted to Rear-Admiral and appointed Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) and Commander of the Joint Task Force Atlantic, the top military post in Atlantic Canada.  In this role, RAdm Baines leads all Navy operations worldwide while overseeing more than 10,000 personnel, many of whom are on standby to sail anywhere in the world to support Canada's interests.

Over his 30 year career, his expertise and diplomacy in handling complex defence and security issues have inspired a generation of Navy officers dedicated to defending our nation's interests at sea.  Moreover, his genuine caring for colleagues show him to be a leader with integrity, a role model within and outside the military, and the kind of individual who best merits an honorary degree.

The University of Manitoba is proud to recognize RAdm Craig Baines for his courage and dedication to our country, by bestowing upon him its highest honour, a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Paul Desmarais, Jr.

O.C., O.Q., B.Comm.(McG.), MBA(INSEAD), Ph.D.(Laval), LL.D.(McG.), DHC(Montr.)

Mr. Paul Desmarais, Jr., of Montreal, is one of Canada’s most successful business leaders and philanthropists, helping companies, employees, and communities thrive worldwide.

Mr. Desmarais is Chairman and, with his brother André, Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation of Canada, a diversified international management and holding company with annual revenues of $48 billion. Its group of companies, including Canada Life, IGM Financial Inc., Imerys, SGS, LafargeHolcim, Pernod Ricard, Total, Adidas, and Umicore, employ more than 30,000 individuals globally and support local businesses and charities in the communities where they operate.

Mr. Desmarais is at the centre of it all, overseeing successful businesses at home while deftly managing relationships with Europe’s business titans and venturing into new pursuits abroad.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, in 1954, Mr. Desmarais grew up in Montreal and earned a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, followed by an MBA from INSEAD business school in France. After working in London (U.K.), and New York City, he returned to Montreal in 1981 and joined Power Corp., the company his late father Paul Desmarais, Sr., developed into a billion-dollar empire. The younger Desmarais became Chairman and Co-CEO in 1996.

When he is not attending to Power Corporation, Mr. Desmarais provides guidance to key international groups, such as the International Economic Forum of the Americas (Canada) and the Brookings Institution’s international advisory council. He is past chair of the Business Council of Canada.

He also dedicates his time and fortune to philanthropy across a range of sectors. For more than 20 years, he has built a solid bridge between the business community and Centraide - Montreal’s equivalent of the United Way - particularly as founder and honorary chair of the Centraide Major Donors’ Circle until 2017. He is honorary chair of CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation’s campaign (for children’s health), and former campaign co-chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

A devoted French-Canadian patriot who is both bilingual and bicultural, Mr. Desmarais was part of a group of 22 prominent leaders who proposed constitutional reform in 1991. In recent years, he has called on the business community to provide work and health programs for Canada’s veterans.

Mr. Desmarais helps advise both of his alma maters and is an important partner of the University of Manitoba, having supported executive education, research, and students. In 2016, he helped establish the University of Manitoba’s new Institute for Leadership Development. His vision of nurturing the next generation of leaders drew significant corporate support, and Mr. Desmarais personally contributed major funds to launch this exciting initiative.

His stunning success and influence has earned him top national honours in Canada, France and Belgium, along with honorary degrees from several universities.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Mr. Paul Desmarais, Jr., a corporate powerhouse par excellence and a model for aspiring business leaders everywhere.

Carolyn Duhamel

Ed. Cert.(Lake.), B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Ed.(Ott.)

For nearly five decades, Ms. Carolyn Duhamel has distinguished herself through an unwavering commitment to bettering our education system, and for bolstering Manitoba's francophone community.

Her career began in elementary classrooms in Kenora, Ontario, in 1969.  In 1979, she brought her experience and perspectives to our community when she moved to Winnipeg, serving first as an active parent volunteer and council member in local schools for several years, and then elected in 1989 as a School Trustee in the Saint-Boniface School Division, serving for 11 years.

For Ms. Duhamel, education is the most potent tool we have to transform lives and build peaceful communities, which is why she dedicated her life to it. As a former teacher, she understands intimately the crucial role that teachers play in shaping future generations, and in 2014, she shared her wisdom with them in an article she wrote for EdCan, a publication for Canadian educators. She said that great teachers must learn to empathize with students from many backgrounds and traditions, and to do that, they must recognize that "understanding from the heart is at least as important as knowing from the head and in combination these two can be powerful instruments for change."

Outside the classroom, Ms. Duhamel impacts our community through the many boards she has served on, including the Winnipeg Foundation, the Saint-Boniface General Hospital, and the Canadian Education Association. She chaired the Canadian Clubs of Winnipeg and the Manitoba Children's Museum, the latter of which she helped to relocate and expand into an historical building at The Forks. In 1995, she became the first female chair of the Université de Saint-Boniface's Board of Governors.

As a former president of the Commissaires d'écoles franco-manitobains, she defended the francophone minority in Manitoba, and for her efforts she received the Prix Reseau in 1994. The Manitoba Association of Principals, and the Manitoba Association of Parent Councils have also recognized Ms. Duhamel's contributions to our education system.

For 15 years, Ms. Duhamel made an enduring impact serving as the executive director of the Manitoba School Boards Association, a role she held until 2015. During her tenure, the association expanded its capacity in education and training services for its members, created the Student Citizenship Awards Program, championed arts education, and helped transformative programs, such as Safe Schools Manitoba and the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba, to thrive.

Ms. Duhamel possesses remarkable professional judgment, competency and sense of justice, and has played an important role in educational administration in Manitoba, immeasurably benefitting teachers and the students they nurture.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Ms. Carolyn Duhamel, a champion for education.

Morley D. Hollenberg

B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Sc.(Man.); D.Phil.(Oxf.); M.D.(John H.); FRSC

Internationally respected biomedical researcher, Dr. Morley Hollenberg, was born into a Canadian medical dynasty with roots in Winnipeg's North End.

His grandparents, immigrants from Austria, had seven children, all of whom were University alumni, including five who earned medical degrees.  One of those five MDs, surgeon Dr. Jacob Hollenberg, married Dr. Esther Gorsey, a fellow physician.  They passed on their passion for science to their son, Morley, born in Winnipeg in 1942.

The extended family has included at least 15 distinguished physicians, including the late Dr. Charles H. Hollenberg, a University of Manitoba educated laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Dr. Morley Hollenberg has advanced the scientific understanding of the action of insulin, epidermal growth factor and other polypeptide hormones, and has been at the forefront of investigating the hormone-like roles played by certain protein-cleaving proteolytic enzymes in inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis and colitis.

Dr. Hollenberg did not start out as a physician.  After completing bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry at the University of Manitoba, he earned a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, and received his doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Oxford in 1967.

He then enrolled in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Graduating in 1972, he stayed on as a Howard Hughes investigator and as an assistant professor jointly in the departments of pharmacology and therapeutics and medicine.

In 1979, he joined the University of Calgary as head of the medical school's department of pharmacology and therapeutics.  He built a reputation as an outstanding professor, mentor and administrator, leading the department for 10 years.  Since 1991, he has played a major role in developing the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine's Leaders in Medicine program, which enables medical students to earn graduate degrees as MD-PhD-MSc physician-scientists.

Dr. Hollenberg has been a remarkably prolific and highly-cited researcher.  He has published more than 435 peer-reviewed papers and 70 book chapters.  His research citation index places him in the top rank of biomedical scientists in the world.

One of his lab's most influential discoveries, published in collaboration with international colleagues, was that enzymes called proteinases activate certain receptors on sensory nerves as part of the inflammatory process.  He has led many subsequent studies of how proteinase-activated receptors function in inflammation and pain.

Dr. Hollenberg's many honours include the Henry Friesen Award, the E. K. Frey-E. Werle Commemorative Gold Medal, and the Royal Society of Canada's McLaughlin Medal, which recognizes important medical research of sustained excellence.

Outside of the lab, he is an accomplished artist, creating brushwork influenced by Chinese calligraphy and by images he discovers at the molecular level of human life.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, to Dr. Morley Hollenberg for his scientific leadership and five decades of groundbreaking biomedical research.

Janice Y. Lederman

B.A., J.D.(Man.)

An esteemed Winnipeg lawyer and civic leader, Ms. Janice Lederman has contributed enormously to the prosperity of our community for more than 40 years.

Ms. Lederman is president of Valhalla Private Capital Inc., a venture-capital firm; director of Timia Capital, a publicly traded revenue-based financing firm; and director of Genome Canada, which invests in genomic science and technology. Growing up in Saskatchewan in the 1960s, she never imagined herself a successful business lawyer and negotiator, let alone a champion of aspiring entrepreneurs.

In 1971, Ms. Lederman thought only of becoming a journalist. That year, she moved to Winnipeg to study English at the University of Manitoba. She earned a Bachelor of Arts; then, a month before starting journalism school, she changed her mind and switched to law - taking classes at Robson Hall and writing for the Winnipeg Free Press through summer breaks.

Ms. Lederman built a distinguished legal career, becoming a partner at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman, one of Winnipeg’s oldest law firms, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, trade, finance, and governance. As co-founder and president of Innovate Manitoba, an industry-led non-profit organization, Ms. Lederman helped budding entrepreneurs obtain millions of dollars for their ventures, allowing them to thrive.

Along the way, Ms. Lederman took the reins of numerous organizations in her community, serving as chair of the Manitoba Horse Racing Commission, president of Manitoba’s New Democratic Party, president of Assiniboine Credit Union, and president and chair of the United Way of Winnipeg.

In the latter role, she asked thousands of Winnipeggers to identify the most important social issues and the best ways to solve them collectively. By doing so, she ushered in a new model for civic engagement, setting an example for United Ways across Canada and the United States - a feat that earned her the organization’s prestigious André Mailhot Award.

Ms. Lederman led the 2008 Spirit of Leadership Awards recognizing four Manitoba women for their legacies of vision and action.

Ms. Lederman has shared her tremendous skills with the University of Manitoba. She introduced a philanthropy program in the faculty of law, and launched a legal clinic to provide free advice to startup businesses. As chair of the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors from 2010 to 2013, she helped modernize the university’s processes and systems. In 2017, the University of Manitoba honoured her with a Distinguished Alumni Award.

The University of Manitoba is once again proud to recognize Ms. Janice Lederman as a bold and passionate leader in our community by bestowing upon her its highest honour, a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Naomi Z. Levine

B.A.(Wpg.), M.A., LL.B.(Man.)

Ms. Naomi Zena Levine - lawyer, mediator, consultant, ethicist, journalist, champion of human rights - has dedicated her life to the legal profession and the promotion of peace and justice throughout the world.

Born in Winnipeg in 1946, her parents, Sophie Levine (née Bookhalter) [B.A./39] and Louis Levine, instilled in her an unwavering moral compass and an inexhaustible compassion. Throughout her life, these traits led her towards conflicts, both profound and mundane, where she invariably dedicated herself to their diffusion and righting the wrongs they left behind.

One of the first incidents was perhaps the largest in scale. In 1967, she volunteered for the Six-Day War in Israel, providing humanitarian support, before returning to Canada to study English at university. She earned a B.A. in 1968 from the University of Winnipeg, followed by an M.A. (1970) and a law degree (1976) from the University of Manitoba.

Only three years into her law career, she assisted in drafting the first legislation of Manitoba’s Human Rights Act. Across the country in the late 1970s, governments were beginning to protect human rights under law, and Ms. Levine played a lead role in protecting minority groups from discrimination.

In the 1980s, while continuing to practice law, Ms. Levine developed her skills as a workplace consultant specializing in corporate conduct, ethics and workplace disputes. A little later, she dedicated herself to investigating sexual harassment and human rights complaints within universities.

Media soon sought Ms. Levine’s expertise and insights, and she began to drive our national conversation in profound ways. She commented frequently on legal and ethical issues, such as professor-student intimate relationships, and the lack of expertise on internal tribunals. During this time, in the late 1990s, she was elected national president of the Canadian Association Against Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.

After earning her qualification as a chartered mediator and arbitrator, Ms. Levine served as a judge on the Canadian Forces Grievance Board, the first independent organization to review military grievances. She had her own successful weekly radio column, Levine’s Law, on CBC Winnipeg, for which she won a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2003.

Ms. Levine’s belief in the power of higher education eventually led her back to the University of Manitoba, where she lectured and helped develop executive and professional programs. Ms. Levine is also a board member of the Mauro Family Foundation, which has donated millions of dollars towards human rights and social justice education at this institution.

Ms. Levine serves as an example to us all of what a determined heart and sharp mind can achieve and how, armed with them, one can bring peace and justice to people in need. The University of Manitoba is proud to honour Ms. Naomi Levine with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for her dedication to human rights, higher education and the law.

Guy Arthur Maddin

C.M., O.M., B.A., Litt.D.(Winn.)

Since directing his first film in 1985, Mr. Guy Maddin has become one of Canada's most celebrated and influential directors, producers, screenwriters, and cinematographers, acclaimed for creating pieces that captivate viewers with their beauty, wit and poignancy.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Mr. Maddin's rise in the world of cinema has been inspired in part by the liberating isolation of his hometown from Hollywood and Toronto.  For it is this distance that gave him the freedom to take a relatively unknown city, and re-imagine it on film.

He stumbled into filmmaking while studying economics at the University of Manitoba, taking some filmmaking classes and falling in love with the masterpieces of early cinema.  The result has been a thirty year career in filmmaking, and an artistic sensibility so distinctive that it has earned its very own adjective, "Maddinesque".  His work has been celebrated at home and abroad for its originality, its audacity, and its jaw-dropping beauty, even as its surrealistic qualities both shock and move its viewers.

His achievements embody the weaving together of disciplinary knowledge and personal creativity in the best expression of the liberal arts.

In 2003, he applied his storytelling talents to new mediums, including books and art installations, which were received with great fanfare.  In 2009, Mr. Maddin, the creator of nearly 50 short films and 11 feature films, including the Emmy Award-winning film, Dracula - Pages from a Virgin's Diary, received the Order of Manitoba, and in 2012, he was named a member of the Order of Canada.

His other honours include the Manitoba Arts Council Award of Distinction for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, four Genie Awards, three Geminis, and a Canada Council Bell Award in Video Art.  At age 39, he was the youngest filmmaker to be given a Telluride Medal for Lifetime Achievement at the Telluride Film Festival.  He has also won awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and the U.S. National Society of Film Critics.

In addition to his critical success, Mr. Maddin has advanced filmmaking in our province by recently serving as the UofM Faculty of Arts' Distinguished Filmmaker in Residence, mentoring and teaching others to find their unique voice.

The University of Manitoba is honoured to award a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, to Mr. Guy Maddin, a visionary storyteller with a profound creative spirit.

Shelagh H.S. Rogers

O.C., B.A.(Qu.), LL.D.(Mem.) (Mt. All.) (W. Ont.), D.Litt.(Car., Vancouver Island), D.Ed.(Nipissing)

Joining such national symbols as the maple leaf, the beaver and hockey is Ms. Shelagh Rogers, veteran radio journalist, who represents Canada like no other broadcast journalist of her time.

Ms. Rogers has built a prominent career as host and co-host of the country’s most popular radio programs, including Morningside, Sounds Like Canada and This Morning. Currently, she is the host of, and a producer for, CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter, travelling across Canada to connect with authors and readers.

She also serves as chancellor of University of Victoria.

While many other talented journalists have achieved success, no one else embodies the archetypal Canadian quite like Ms. Rogers, who amplifies our nation’s arts and culture with humility, respect and compassion.

Born in 1956, she grew up ensconced in national symbols - listening to CBC, the national public broadcaster, from her home in Ottawa.  It was in Ottawa, home to Parliament, where her great aunt Margaret Konantz was the first woman from Manitoba to serve as a federal MP. Ms. Rogers studied art history at Queen’s University in Kingston, volunteering at the campus radio station. She hosted classical and country music shows at a local station, and moonlighted as a TV weather presenter and daily current-affairs show host and producer before returning to Ottawa to join CBC Radio in 1980.

From there she moved to Toronto, finding her way into the nation’s bedrooms and kitchens as a contributor to national shows, including Basic Black, The Max Ferguson Show, The Arts Tonight and Take Five. Arguably her biggest break was at Morningside, a daily morning program with her mentor, the legendary broadcaster Peter Gzowski, where she built a relationship with listeners captivated by her warmth and energy. And it was at Morningside where she really learned how to listen.

In a spirit that embraced Canada and its peoples, Ms. Rogers turned down an opportunity to advance her career in the United States, instead choosing to host the national current-affairs program This Morning. Her goal of sharing the stories of this country helped her overcome her decades-long struggle with depression and led to advocacy in mental health as well as adult literacy.

For her activism, and her contributions to Canadian culture, Ms. Rogers, in 2011, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour. That year, she became an honorary witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, widely sharing the testimony she heard from Survivors. She held conversations in living rooms, universities and community halls about the real story of Canada, and the necessary rebuilding of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, to Ms. Shelagh Rogers, queen of the national airwaves and true champion of Canada.

Helena Jean Riley Senft

B.S.Sc.(W.Ont.)

Today, the University of Manitoba honours a courageous advocate for integrity in sport, whose fortitude in the face of injustice has made a lasting impact on the world stage.

For Ms. Jean Riley Senft, striving for personal achievement and fairness in sport has always been part of her philosophy.  The daughter of Olympic athlete, J. Derek Riley, Ms. Senft became an accomplished figure skater in her youth.

After her first year at the University of Manitoba, she studied economics at the University of Western Ontario.  From there, she became Canada's first female sales manager of Xerox Corporation.  She then took the Canadian Securities Course and worked in real estate security investments until she left the business to turn her focus to her famly and skating, her true passions.

It is in the field of figure skating, where she has volunteered for 53 years, that Ms. Senft has made a lasting impact upon international competition.

She became a World and Olympic judge in 1990.  She risked her career when she chose to expose block judging and unethical practices during the Ice Dance event at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.  She was then herself cited by the International Skating Union for national bias.  She fought that citation, exposing the true rule breakers - and won.  In doing so, she set the stage for a new and fairer system of judging figure skating.

At the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, her actions encouraged the media to be on alert for judging corruption.  It surfaced in the Pairs event.  Faced with these exposures, the International Skating Union implemented a totally different judging system that is now in use today.

In 2009, Sports Officials Canada created the Jean Riley Senft Integrity Award, of which she was the first recipient.  Much of Ms. Senft's passion for the sport has been to educate the viewing audience.  For seven years, she commentated and produced segments for CBC, and she authored, Triumph on Ice, The New World of Figure Skating, revealing how the new judging system has driven the sport in a new direction.

Ms. Senft is also a philanthropist, having served on the Canadian Olympic Committee, and as a director of the Canadian Olympic Foundation.  She was founding chair of the Collingwood School Foundation, and is chair of the Senft Family Foundation.  Her love of the arts is demonstrated through her fundraising efforts for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the New Play Centre of Vancouver.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Ms. Jean Riley Senft, a woman of the highest integrity who can inspire us all to seek justice.

Shahina Siddiqui

B.A.(Karachi)

Ms. Shahina Siddiqui has enriched our city, province and country by envisioning and creating a social service network that has brought about a more equitable and just society for us all.

She moved from Pakistan to Winnipeg in 1976, shortly after first visiting the city as a tourist. She and her husband fell in love with Winnipeg and decided to raise a family here. Soon after settling in Winnipeg, a woeful inadequacy in our community revealed itself to them.

Their eldest son was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease and when he died, Ms. Siddiqui realized how little support Muslim-Canadians going through her experiences had, even regarding basic needs like funeral planning. She vowed to herself that no other family would go through what she did.

In 1999, Ms. Siddiqui attended the annual Islamic Society of North America conference in St. Louis, Missouri, where she met three other women who eventually helped establish the Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA). Ms. Siddiqui was the inaugural executive director of both the U.S. and Canadian chapters. In 2003, the chapters split and Ms. Siddiqui became president of ISSA Canada, which provides family, health, and social welfare services. She continues to serve ISSA-Canada as its volunteer executive director.

Ms. Siddiqui sits on the National Advisory Board for the Canadian Association for Muslims with Disabilities, and the National Council of Canadian Muslims. She is also a member of the RCMP Commissioner's National Advisory Committee on Diversity, as well as the RCMP Commanding Officers' Diversity Committee, D-Division in Manitoba. Prior to this, she sat on the board of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, the City of Winnipeg Anti-Racism Committee, Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba, and the Manitoba Coalition for Human Equality. She founded the Canadian Muslim Women's Institute, and co-founded the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute and the Federation of Canadian Muslim Social Services.

She has received many awards. Among them, the YMCA/YWCA (Winnipeg) Peace Medal 2002 for her work in fostering understanding between Muslims and other religious and cultural groups in Winnipeg since the 9/11 attacks. In 2012, she was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada. And in 2016, she received the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award.

The University of Manitoba is honoured to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Ms. Shahina Siddiqui, a visionary leader and community builder.

Robert Silver

O.M., B.Sc.(Man.)

In 1970, when Mr. Robert (Bob) Silver completed a bachelor's degree in science at the University of Manitoba, he could not wait to get out of Winnipeg.  He took off without attending convocation.

He backpacked around Europe, lived for six months in India, then went back to the land in British Columbia as a self-sufficient farmer.  But in 1973, his father died.

Reluctantly, Mr. Silver came home to help his great-uncle sell the family business, Western Glove Works, which had been manufacturing workwear in Winnipeg since 1921.  When no one would buy the company without the family management team, Mr. Silver decided to keep the business and lead it with partners Ron Stern, Norman Stern and Michael Silver.

With his new responsibilities, Mr. Silver gained new perspective.  He committed to building his businesses, strengthening the Winnipeg and Manitoba communities and supporting higher education.

Today, he exemplifies Manitoba's "can-do" spirit.  He is an influential business leader and advisor, community builder and philanthropist.  He has served for nine years as chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, emphasizing the importance of making education accessible to all.

At the University of Manitoba, he led the development of the Smartpark research and technology hub.  He now chairs the board overseeing the Southwood Lands expansion of the Fort Garry campus.

As president and co-owner of Western Glove Works, Mr. Silver has achieved international success with casual-wear brands such as Silver Jeans and Jag Jeans.  Navigating through enormous upheaval in the garment industry while driving innovation, he has kept the company on course to celebrate 100 years in 2021.

Mr. Silver co-owns the Winnipeg Free Press - the largest independent newspaper in Canada - and the Brandon Sun, as well as the Urban Barn, Warehouse One, Ricki's, Cleo, Suzanne's and Bootlegger retail chains.

He shares his expertise as a board member of CentrePort Canada, the First Peoples Economic Growth Fund, RBC Convention Centre and Canadian Apparel Federation.  He has chaired the United Way Winnipeg campaign, co-chaired the Premier's Economic Advisory Council and led projects for the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg.

Mr. Silver also works tirelessly to enrich Manitoba's cultural life.  He spearheaded the redevelopment of Winnipeg's Millennium Library and is a generous supporter of assets such as the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

His many accolades include the Order of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba's Distinguished Alumni Award.

The University of Manitoba is proud to honour Mr. Bob Silver with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his service to post-secondary education; leadership in enhancing the economic, cultural and social vibrancy of our communities and dedication to empowering others.

Winston D. Wuttunee

Through his roles as a performer, educator, writer and speaker, Mr. Winston Wuttunee uses storytelling as a method to share traditional knowledge and pride in his culture. His continued efforts to reach out to youth are truly inspirational, and he also has been successful in reaching a broader non-Indigenous audience, sharing the positive effects of Indigenous music and culture with people around the world.

A proud member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation, Mr. Wuttunee, whose full name is Kihiw Wuttunee (ke-ha-o wha-ta-knee), meaning “eagle tail feather”, grew up in Battleford, Saskatchewan, where he was no stranger to racism and discrimination. His father impressed upon him the importance of rising above such things, and his formative years created in him fond memories of Indigenous life, a great appreciation of the Creator, and a desire to share his spirituality through entertainment and education.

A household name in the Canadian Music industry since 1973, Mr. Wuttunee has performed across North America, as well as Europe and Australia, as a singer, keynote speaker and comedian.

Winston has opened for Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, appeared on national television, including Canada’s version of Sesame Street, on radio, and in films.

He has performed internationally at many festivals, sharing the stage with Al Simmons, and Fred Penner, even crawling through the famous log on Fred Penner's Place.

A career highlight was taking the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall to perform his own composition Museecho to a standing ovation.

Mr. Wuttunee’s music is both inspired and inspiring, utilizing cultural teachings and values in his songs. He once explained: “I was blessed by the Elders to heal wounds. My music is spiritually healing.”

His song, I Cried, was penned as a response to someone he knew who had attempted suicide, whereas the ballad, My Son, was written to encourage children to become great leaders, such as Crazy Horse and Louis Riel. When Calgarian Rafe Vadnais’ braid was cut off at school last year, Winston reached out and offered his song, My Braids, to the family.

Over the decades, Winston has been awarded for his many albums, nominated for a Juno, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, an Indspire Award (formerly, the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards) in 2013 for culture, heritage and spirituality.

The University of Manitoba is honoured to award a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, to Mr. Winston Wuttunee, who brings to life the Teachings of the Drum and the Eagle Feather.


2018

Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock
B.A.(UBC); M.M.(McG.); M.Jur.(Loyola); Ph.D.(Tor.); LL.D.(UNBC)(Sask.)(Western)(Wat.)(Wpg.)(Ryerson)(Osgoode Law School); ipkDoc(BQFNU); D.Litt.(Mt.St.Vin.); D.C.L.(St John’s College)

Dr. Cindy Blackstock grew up in northern British Columbia and is a member of the Gitksan First Nation. Inspired by the inequity she saw firsthand as a social worker, she made it her life mission to advocate for the reform of Canada’s child welfare system to meet the needs of all.

She is a passionate defender of the rights of Indigenous children and families across Canada, an author and researcher. Dr. Blackstock received her bachelor of arts majoring in psychology from the University of British Columbia, her master’s degree in management from McGill, her Master’s in Jurisprudence from Loyola University Chicago and her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Toronto.

Her work has been shaped by more than 30 years of experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights, first as a senior social worker for the Province of British Columbia and then for the Squamish First Nation.

Appalled at the shortage of resources for Indigenous families, she joined with colleagues from Manitoba to form a national non-profit organization to provide research, policy, professional development and networking support for First Nations child and family services agencies. After a meeting at Squamish First Nation in 1998, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada was created. As executive director, she is an advocate and strong voice against the discrimination Indigenous children face, particularly as it relates to government actions and policies.

In 2007, she became the central figure in a groundbreaking complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal by the Caring Society and the Assembly of First Nations. In January 2016, after nine years of testimony and investigation, the Tribunal issued a landmark ruling. For the first time in Canadian history, the federal government was ordered to provide equitable services to First Nations children and their families.

Dr. Blackstock travels tirelessly to communities all over Canada, reaching out to children, parents, policymakers and service providers. She is often accompanied by Spirit Bear, a teddy bear that doubles as a reconciliation advisor, with a very active Twitter account. With a little help from Dr. Blackstock, Spirit Bear has written a best-selling children’s book and outlined a plan to address inequities in public services for First Nations children, youth and families.

Dr. Blackstock’s vast contributions have been recognized with numerous honours, including honorary degrees, the Order of the Buffalo Hunt, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (Public Policy) and an honorary lifetime membership in the Indigenous Bar Association. She has also served as a Trudeau Foundation Mentor and an Expert Advisor for UNICEF on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a truth-teller, community builder and champion for the rights of all children.

Mary Elizabeth Courchene

Elder Mary Elizabeth Courchene
B.T.(Bran.); B.A., B.Ed.(Man.)

A distinguished Indigenous leader and inspirational role model in the field of public education, Elder Mary Courchene generously offers her guidance and courage on our shared journey toward truth and reconciliation.

Drawing from her own painful experiences as a Residential School Survivor, she seeks to build understanding that brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together to learn, heal and grow.

She was born in Sagkeeng First Nation, where she enjoyed a happy childhood until she was sent to the Fort Alexander Residential School at the age of five. Isolated from her family, she endured years of devastating loneliness. A bright light emerged in Grade 7 when a supportive teacher instilled within her a confidence in her academic abilities. She began to see her own potential, and gained a love of learning.

Years later, following marriage and seven children, this love of education would be rekindled. Although she had not completed high school, she reached out to Brandon University to apply for a special program. Her dream of a university education was fulfilled when she received her acceptance letter. She would go on to become one of the first Indigenous students to pursue multiple degrees from both Brandon University and the University of Manitoba.

She was soon at the forefront of Indigenous programming in the public school system. During a career that spanned more than three decades, she was the first Indigenous administrator in Winnipeg School Division, the inaugural principal of Children of the Earth School (the first Indigenous-focused, urban high school in Canada), and the first female dean of Aboriginal education at Red River College. She also co-founded Aboriginal Circle of Educators in 1987 and the Manitoba First Nations Educational Centre in 1998.

Over the years, she has earned numerous awards and honours, including the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Aboriginal Community Educator of the Year, Aboriginal Circle of Educators Innovator Trailblazer Award, and Aboriginal Educator of the Year (Canadian Teachers Federation). She is an honored grandmother of Keep the Fires Burning, and has been awarded a sacred shawl and community recognition.

In 2008, she was among the 100 survivors invited to the House of Commons to witness the Canadian government’s historic apology for its role in Residential Schools. Today, she continues to speak about the intergenerational impacts of residential schools, often with her daughter and granddaughter at her side.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Elder Mary Elizabeth Courchene, an innovator and role model who has left a positive imprint on the landscape of public education in Manitoba.

Arnold Frieman

Arnold Frieman
O.M.; B.A.(Man.)

Arnold Frieman arrived in Canada homeless and penniless, only to become an esteemed benefactor of his adopted community.

He was born in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary, in 1928, one of six children in an Orthodox Jewish family whose happy life was destroyed by the Holocaust. When he was 16 and studying in Budapest, his parents, two brothers, three sisters and grandfather were shipped to the concentration camp in Auschwitz. Arnold spent the next several months in a forced-labour camp before making a miraculous escape.

After the war, he was taken to Norway, where he studied electronics - a skill he put to use as an Air Force volunteer in the Israeli War of Independence. Although he discovered that two of his sisters had miraculously survived and were living in Israel, he returned to Norway. In 1951, he decided to start life anew in Canada. He was headed to an arranged job in Ontario, but on a whim headed for Winnipeg where he hoped to find the Wild West he had fallen in love with as a child through the movies. He found a job and new friends, one of whom, Minnie Heft, encouraged him to pursue a university education. He feared that poor English and a lack of money would stand in his way, but passed the entrance exam. With a $1,000 gift from Mrs. Heft, he started a business to finance his studies. He fixed and re-sold car radios purchased from wrecking yards.

Mr. Frieman considers his years at the University of Manitoba among the most impactful of his life. He graduated in 1960 with a bachelor of arts degree and a renewed belief in possibilities, as well as the love of Myra Thompson, whom he married that same year.

In 1962, he bought the small television repair shop that would become Advance Electronics. Within 12 years, Advance had grown into the largest independently owned electronics store in Western Canada.

One of the joys of his success is his ability to give back. The many organizations he has supported range from iconic arts groups to small, grassroots causes. His generosity made possible the premiere of I Believe, a Holocaust oratorio that helps people everywhere appreciate the importance of peace and justice. His inclusive style of philanthropy encourages creativity and kindness.

His many contributions to his alma mater include support for the University of Manitoba-University of Szeged Partnership, which funds exchanges between Hungarian and Manitoban scholars.

Over the years, his achievements have been recognized with numerous honours, most notably his induction into the Order of Manitoba in 2006.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Arnold Frieman, an exceptional global citizen and builder of this community.

Gregory Hanson

Gregory Hanson
C.M.; B.Comm.(Hons.)(Man.); F.C.P.A.; F.C.A.; F.L.M.I.; F.C.I.P.

Mr. Gregory Hanson is a highly respected business leader with a well-deserved reputation for strengthening Manitoba communities.

From a young age, his determined, independent spirit was encouraged. His father passed away when he was just 14 months old, but he was never made to feel disadvantaged. His mother, a woman as compassionate as she was strong, raised her son to be equally so.

He worked part-time to attend private school, eventually enrolled at the University of Manitoba and after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in 1976, went on to earn his chartered accountant designation. At university he also met his wife Mary, whom he says deserves three-quarters of the credit for his success. Together they raised a son, Adam, and a daughter, Janine.

Mr. Hanson joined Wawanesa Mutual Insurance in 1979. In 1992, at age 41, he became the youngest president and CEO in the company’s 100-year-old history. Under his leadership, Wawanesa transformed into Canada’s largest mutual insurance company and one of the country’s top-ranked property and casualty insurers.

As his influence in business grew, Mr. Hanson also became a major force in the community. He was chair of the Winnipeg Foundation and the 2010 United Way of Winnipeg campaign, and has played a leading role in many other organizations that improve the well-being of those who call Manitoba home.

The highlight of his volunteer service was with the 1999 Pan American Games, which he counts as the toughest but most rewarding of tasks. As chair of finance, he brought the event to a successful close with a surplus of $8 million - a legacy that continues to benefit sports programs in Manitoba.

Today he is focused on the success of the next generation of Indigenous Peoples, most notably through the Winnipeg Boldness Project, which empowers families in the Point Douglas neighbourhood. He also champions the Bear Clan Patrol, encouraging more formalized governance practices and also volunteering on the patrol itself.

Since retiring in 2007, he has remained active in the business community and currently sits on the board of James Richardson & Sons and chairs the board of Wynward Insurance Group. At the University of Manitoba, he is a member of the President’s Front and Centre campaign team.

His many honours include the Order of Canada, the University of Manitoba’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Lieutenant Governor’s Award for outstanding service to the community.

Richard G. Henriquez

Richard G. Henriquez
C.M.; B.Arch.(Man.); M.Arch.(MIT); LL.D.(SFU); F.R.A.I.C.; O.A.A.; R.C.A.; A.A.A.

Few Canadian architects have influenced contemporary urban design more than Mr. Richard Henriquez. Over the past 50 years, his imaginative approaches have shaped the architectural character of Vancouver and drawn worldwide attention.

Born in Jamaica, Mr. Henriquez came to Canada as a young man to study architecture at the University of Manitoba. He quickly distinguished himself, winning the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Student Medal and the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture thesis prize. After graduation in 1964, he then continued his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where, three years later, he received a master of architecture degree specializing in urban design.

After moving to Vancouver, he launched the practice that is now Henriquez Partners Architects. He soon began a prolific evolution beyond the modernist style so prevalent in the 1960s. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment is his influence on the development of Vancouverism, a distinctive form of high-density urban design that combines slim towers, lowrise buildings, parks and view corridors to create intimate, livable neighbourhoods. Vancouverism is now widely regarded as one of the reasons the city is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the world.

Vancouverism originated at a time of growing opposition to tall buildings. The turning point came in 1984 with the construction of The Sylvia, the first of four residential highrises designed by Mr. Henriquez for Vancouver’s West End. With its slim proportions and thoughtful relationship to the site, The Sylvia overcame public resistance to towers, enabling these structures to become one of the defining features of Vancouver’s urban landscape. In 1999, Canadian Architect magazine named this highrise one of the most influential Canadian buildings of the twentieth century.

The Sylvia was also an artistic breakthrough for Mr. Henriquez. He became a storyteller, combining functional forms with a more complex range of expression and meaning. An accomplished visual artist in his own right, he has continued to blur the lines between art and architecture, introducing elements of painting, sculpture, geometry and surrealism to his work. Planners and designers from all over the world now flock to Vancouver for inspiration.

Mr. Henriquez has also become one of Canada’s foremost crusaders for public architectural awareness. He has been the driving force behind the Vancouver Urbanarium Society, a platform for engaging citizens in conversations about urban development.

His achievements have been recognized with many honours, including the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the most prestigious award for lifetime achievement in Canadian architecture.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, to Mr. Richard G. Henriquez for his outstanding contribution to the craft and culture of architecture in Canada and beyond.

Janis Guðrún Johnson

The Honourable Janis Guðrún Johnson
B.A.(Man.)

For nearly half a century, the Honourable Janis Johnson has had an important influence on public policy in Canada. She has also championed many vital organizations that enrich the quality and vibrancy of life in Manitoba.

A proud Icelandic-Canadian from Gimli, she is the eldest daughter of Doris Blondal Johnson and the Honourable Dr. George Johnson, the province's 20th lieutenant governor.

Ms. Johnson first pursued political science at the University of Manitoba and was a leader in the student union. After completing her bachelor of arts degree in 1968, she moved to Ottawa, where she was a youth policy advisor to the Honourable Robert Stanfield, then Leader of the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Canada. Later, she became policy advisor to the president of the PC Party of Canada.

Returning to Manitoba in 1979, Ms. Johnson became an advisor to Premier Sterling Lyon and created the first Women's Progressive Conservative Caucus in Winnipeg. She also worked with the University of Manitoba's continuing education division, where she designed a program enabling women to become better-equipped to return to the workforce.

In 1983 she served as Manitoba co-chair of Brian Mulroney's successful campaign for the leadership of the national PC Party, and soon after became the national director of the PC Party of Canada - the first woman to hold this position.

Ms. Johnson also founded a public policy and communications consulting company that did extensive work in the areas of women's health and equality, Indigenous affairs and cultural policy.

She was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1990, and upon retiring in 2016 was the longest-serving Conservative member. She served as chair or vice-chair of the committees on Human Rights, Aboriginal Peoples, Transport and Communications, and Fisheries and Oceans. She was also elected three times to lead the U.S.-Canada Parliamentary Group, and served on the steering committee for the Senate Foreign Affairs and Environment committees.

Volunteerism has been a fundamental part of Ms. Johnson's life, through her extensive involvement with the Special Olympics and arts organizations in Winnipeg. She was the founding honorary president of Nature Canada for Women, and has been a long-time advocate and fundraiser for women's health research and services.

Ms. Johnson is one of the few Canadians to be awarded the prestigious Order of the Falcon by the Government of Iceland in recognition of her work on Canada-Iceland relations. She is currently chair of the Valuing Icelandic Presence board in the University of Manitoba's department of Icelandic studies. Ms. Johnson also founded the Gimli Film Festival, now one of the largest festivals of its kind in Canada.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to the Honourable Janis Guðrún Johnson, a visionary leader in public policy and community service.

Glen Alan Jones

Glen Alan Jones
B.A., B.Ed.(Man.); M.Ed., Ph.D.(Tor.)

Dr. Glen Jones is widely recognized as the foremost scholar writing about Canadian universities, as well as one of the world’s leading authorities on university governance.

He grew up on a farm near Killarney, Manitoba, the youngest of four children. He began his post-secondary education at the University of Manitoba, earning his bachelor of arts in 1983 and bachelor of education in 1985.

During his studies, he developed a passion for universities, envisioning these post-secondary institutions not just as places to be educated, but as extraordinary spaces where ideas are born and diverse perspectives come together. He has since devoted a lifetime to the study of what makes the Canadian system unique, why it works and how we can maximize its capacity to be an incubator of new opportunities.

Dr. Jones pursued this dream at Canada’s largest all-graduate faculty of education, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. After earning his master’s and doctorate in higher education, he joined the faculty as a teacher and researcher. He progressed through a number of roles, and was the first to hold the prestigious Ontario Research Chair in Postsecondary Education Policy and Measurement.

In 2016, he became dean of OISE, an appointment that allows all of his strengths to converge. With Dr. Jones at the helm, the organization has successfully undergone a comprehensive and rapid transformation involving a range of stakeholders, from students and staff to policymakers.

While his leadership skills are revered, he is most proud of his contributions to higher education research. Collaborating with peers from around the world, he has greatly expanded our academic understanding of the factors impacting Canadian universities, from systems and governance to politics and policy.

His work has explored the unique aspects of the Canadian model, including the strong national partnerships that have flourished within the world’s most decentralized university system. Two decades ago, he explained these differences in the book Higher Education in Canada: Different Systems, Different Perspectives, and it remains a foundational work for understanding higher education across our country.

Dr. Jones has written or co-authored 14 books and more than a hundred articles on Canadian higher education, and has been called upon to share his expertise in more than 40 countries. The many awards and honours bestowed on his work have taken him to Barbados, Beijing, Oslo and Shanghai, to name a few.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, to Dr. Glen Alan Jones for his outstanding contribution to higher education.

Ovide William Mercredi

Ovide William Mercredi
O.M.; LL.B.(Man.); LL.D.(Bishop's)(St. Mary's)(Leth.); D.Litt.(Athab.)

Mr. Ovide Mercredi, former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, is a highly respected lawyer, negotiator, lecturer, activist, artist, author and poet. During his decades of advocacy for Indigenous rights, Mr. Mercredi has championed education and charted a path towards reconciliation.

Born into a traditional Cree family in 1946 in Grand Rapids, Manitoba, he learned early on about social injustice. When he was a teenager, his family lost their home and traditional way of life to massive hydro development in their community.

This experience ignited young Ovide’s political awareness and moved him to pursue higher education at the University of Manitoba in 1970. Without Grade 12, he was able to attend the University of Manitoba through the ACCESS program. He was a trailblazing student, helping to establish the first Indigenous Students’ Association in Canada, and as its president, successfully lobbied for a department of Native Studies. He graduated with a law degree.

Inspired by the teachings of notable world leaders who advocated non-violent protest, particularly Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mr. Mercredi formed a strong belief that constitutional law must be the basis for achieving real change for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Mr. Mercredi was elected Manitoba regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations in 1989, and soon became a leading advocate for the right to self-government. Not only was he a key strategist in helping defeat the Meech Lake Accord, he played an integral role in resolving the Oka Crisis in Quebec.

From 1991 to 1997, he served two terms as national chief for the Assembly of First Nations, representing 1.5 million people from more than 600 bands. Involved in formulating the Charlottetown Accord, Mr. Mercredi addressed the United Nations in both Geneva and New York. And from 2005 to 2011, he brought many improvements to his home community as chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation.

Today, Mr. Mercredi is helping to transform health services for those living in the 49 communities of Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario.

Mr. Mercredi has been actively involved with the University of Manitoba as an advisor on many issues, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Mr. Ovide Mercredi, a tireless advocate and mentor who guides us on the path to reconciliation.

Janet Rossant

Janet Rossant
C.C.; B.A., M.A.(Hons.)(Oxford); Ph.D.(Cambridge); LL.D.(Dal.)(Mt.All.)(Wind.); D.Sc.(UBC)(Cambridge)

Through her trailblazing stem-cell research, Dr. Janet Rossant has advanced the study of children’s illnesses and laid the groundwork for future advances in regenerative medicine.

Growing up in southeast England, she was inspired to study life sciences by her female biology teacher, during a time when girls were often discouraged from pursuing science. Undeterred, she received her bachelor of arts in zoology at Oxford University, followed by a Ph.D. in mammalian development at Cambridge University. In 1977, marriage brought her to Canada, where she joined Brock University and then the University of Toronto, as an associate professor.

The goal of her research is to understand the miracle of how a single cell develops into a complex organism like a human being. She demonstrated that mouse embryonic stem cells can in fact form a healthy, living creature, if provided with supporting placental cells. This suggested that human embryonic stem cells could be a major source of cells to treat degenerative diseases.

Her groundbreaking work led to the discovery of the trophoblast stem cell, which helped understand how congenital abnormalities in the heart, blood vessels and placenta can occur. Her current research focuses on genetic control of both normal and abnormal development of embryos. These findings have been applied to the study of regenerative medicine, birth defects and cancer.

With these advances come questions about the ethical use of stem cells. She has helped lead the discussion by chairing the working group developing stem cell guidelines set by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Today, she remains at the forefront of developmental biology and stem cell research. She is president and scientific director of The Gairdner Foundation, a senior scientist and chief of research emeritus at the Hospital for Sick Children, and a deputy scientific director of the Canadian Stem Cell Network. She has also been the director of the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine and a member of the University of Manitoba’s Distinguished Professor Selection Committee.

Her contributions have been recognized with many national and international awards, including the Gairdner Wightman Award (2015) and the Ross G. Harrison Medal from the International Society of Developmental Biologists (2013). In 2018, she was selected as the Laureate of North America for the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award. She is also a Companion of the Order of Canada.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, to Dr. Janet Rossant, a world leader in the field of developmental biology.

Esther Suen Chi Lan

Esther Suen Chi Lan
B.Comm.(Hons.)(Man.); Honorary Fellow (Hong Kong)

Ms. Esther Suen transformed her family’s business into one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-end electrical appliances, while furthering its legacy of international philanthropy.

Raised among the skyscrapers of Hong Kong, Ms. Suen moved to the Canadian prairies at age 17, eager to study business at the University of Manitoba.

As a student here, she quickly realized that learning about a culture different from her own was as much of an education as her lessons in the classroom. This new global awareness would shape her way of thinking, in life and in business, from that point forward.

She returned to Hong Kong in 1985 with her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree, and soon joined Simatelex Manufactory Company Ltd., founded by her father, Suen Chi Sun.

Since taking over as vice-chair and managing director two decades ago, Ms. Suen has guided Simatelex through a period of tremendous growth. She has greatly expanded the company’s product lines, from kitchen appliances to floor care and robotic products for the global market.

What began as a small factory in 1969 is now a top manufacturer with five plants in southern China and 20,000 employees. The company produces 20 million products a year for some of the world’s biggest brands such as Keurig, Cuisinart, Philips, Nespresso and Breville.

While expanding, modernizing and reshaping operations, she remains true to her father’s core principles of quality, integrity and attention to detail. She also honors her family’s strong commitment to the community. Through the Simatelex Charitable Foundation, she supports a wide range of causes related to higher education, medical research, emergency relief and the arts.

Ms. Suen has never forgotten the value of her experience at the University of Manitoba. To give others this opportunity, she supports an exchange program for international students enrolled at her alma mater.

Ms. Suen also champions the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Hong Kong through contributions toward endowed professorship, dormitory development and student scholarships. She has made donations to support schools for underprivileged students as well as those with accessibility requirements.

In recognition of her gifts to academia and the wider community, the University of Hong Kong named Ms. Suen an honorary fellow in 2008.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Ms. Esther Suen, a business leader and philanthropist who inspires the next generation.

Martin Joel Yaffe

Martin Joel Yaffe
C.M.; B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Sc.(Man); Ph.D.(Tor.); A.A.P.M.

Internationally recognized scientist, Dr. Martin Yaffe, has devoted his career to finding ways to help women with breast cancer. The diagnostic techniques he continues to pioneer save thousands of lives around the world every year.

Dr. Yaffe grew up in the North End of Winnipeg, the eldest of three sons in a family with Eastern European roots. His parents taught their boys that education was the pathway to a successful life. Inspired by an uncle who was a nuclear chemist, young Martin pursued a career in science.

He began his studies at the University of Manitoba, completing a bachelor of science in 1971 and master of science two years later. Dr. Yaffe recalls listening intently to a visiting scientist from the University of Toronto, who spoke passionately about the great contributions physicists could make to medicine. He immediately shifted his focus to medical physics - a decision that eventually led to him becoming a Ph.D. student in the lab of that same inspiring scientist.

Dr. Yaffe earned his Ph.D. in medical biophysics in 1978, and in the 40 years since, the University of Toronto remained his homebase for groundbreaking research in breast cancer management. Today he is a professor in the department of medical biophysics and the Tory Family Chair in Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Institute.

He is driven to transform laboratory findings into practical advances in everyday care. Best known as a pioneer in the development of digital mammography, he has helped to substantially improve the accuracy of breast cancer imaging. He was one of the first scientists to recognize the potential of emerging technologies in digital electronics and computers, and then motivate industry leaders to bring his concepts to commercial fruition. Today, digital mammograms are widely accepted as the modern standard of care throughout the world.

Dr. Yaffe is now researching ways to improve and expand the use of the technologies he has developed. With his colleague Dr. Norman Boyd, he is exploring computer-generated mammographic signatures associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. A startup company he co-founded is developing software that will allow these findings to be used cost-effectively in the field.

Dr. Yaffe’s achievements have earned him many distinguished awards, among them the Sylvia Fedoruk Prize, the Greenfield Award and a fellowship from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. For his tireless advocacy of improved breast screening for younger women, he was recently honoured with the Cause Leadership Award of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2015.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, to Dr. Martin Joel Yaffe, an outstanding role model for the Canadian scientific community.


2017

Maria Emma Chaput

The Honourable Maria Emma Chaput
P.C.

Born in 1942, Mme Maria Chaput was raised in a francophone family in Ste. Anne, Manitoba, rich with French culture and with an unwavering dedication to their mother tongue. She would devote herself to ensuring future generations experience the same opportunity and freedom she had: to live life in the official language of their choosing.

Mme Chaput’s passion for language and minority rights was ignited when she went to enroll her eldest daughter in school. She and fellow community parents realized their French children had no choice but to receive an education in English-speaking schools. Mme Chaput and her colleagues faced court battles for decades as they fought for their legal right to access schooling in their official language. Thanks in large part to the tenacity of the community, the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine was established in 1994 and today, the francophone division educates more than 5,000 students in 24 schools province-wide.

Mme Chaput believes strongly in the power of post-secondary education and yet it was not always within reach. The eldest of 11 children, Mme Chaput initially had to forgo university to stay home to help her mother, but years later while raising three daughters of her own, she proudly enrolled in classes at the Université de Saint-Boniface.

In 1984, Mme Chaput expanded her advocacy to the arts in the role of executive director at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. She understands the need to create in one’s native language, and has said, “If I couldn’t speak French, part of my heart would be missing.”

She served as the first female president of the Caisse Financial Group in Manitoba, and also brought the integrity she is known for to her post as vice-chair of the Board of Governors at the Université de Saint-Boniface, deputy director of the Franco-Manitoban Society, and director of the charitable foundation Francofonds.

Her historic appointment to the Senate in 2002 as the first Franco-Manitoban woman to sit in the chamber cast a national spotlight on her trailblazing spirit. During her 13 years as a Senator, Mme Chaput served on diverse committees, including agriculture and forestry, national finance, foreign affairs, and of course, official languages.

She put forth Bill S-209 four times to modernize the Official Languages Act, and pushed diligently for the language and cultural rights of francophones in settings as varied as airports, the Olympics and the Internet. Through it all, she has asserted that upholding French language rights is not simply an obligation or concession, but a central tenet and asset of the Canadian identity.

She has received numerous awards, including the Prix Riel of the Société Franco-Manitobaine, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Légion d’honneur, the highest distinction awarded by the Government of France.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Mme Maria Chaput, a driving force for language and cultural rights.

Thomas Ralston Denton

Thomas Ralston Denton, LL.D., June 8, 2017
O.M.; B.A.(Acadia); LL.B.(Dal.)

Mr. Tom Denton was born in 1934 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, and in the formative years that followed, developed a finely tuned sense of injustice.

As a child, he was horrified when his father’s colleague, an esteemed Baptist minister and black man, was refused service at restaurants. As an arts student at Acadia University years later, he spoke out in an opinion piece in the student newspaper effectively putting an end to offensive minstrel shows on campus. Once he became a corporate lawyer with a degree from Dalhousie University in 1958, he convinced senior management to raise the pensions of employees who had been acquired through corporate takeover. He was also concerned about the democracy of a city with only one newspaper, and therefore launched the Winnipeg Sun with three partners, in 1980.

When Mr. Denton convinced his Rotary club to sponsor a Vietnamese refugee family in the late 1970s, his background in law and his unyielding moral conscience found the perfect fit, and so begun a journey of compassion and care that has endured.

He has been called “the godfather of the refugee settlement sector in Canada”. From 1984 to 2000, Mr. Denton was the executive director at the International Centre of Winnipeg supporting the needs of government-aided refugees. When he became frustrated by the number of people still turned away by the government, he created a platform through his church to bring in privately sponsored refugees.

Mr. Denton retired in 2000, but remained a highly sought-after speaker and policy consultant across the globe. He has served on the Council of the Sponsorship Agreement Holders of Canada; the Canadian Council for Refugees; the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council Immigration Task Force; and as chair of the Manitoba Immigration Council.

In 2006, he took on the executive director position at the Hospitality House Refugee Ministry. He remains at the helm more than a decade later, helping privately sponsored refugees navigate a complex process, and in turn, successfully sponsor their own relatives to reunite family.

Mr. Denton’s refugee rights and integration policy is considered protocol by countries around the world. He has called the fateful and systemic cruelties that refugees face “the fundamental moral issue of our time”, and is a fearless critic of government and regulatory bodies in his advocacy for updated policy and further assistance. Mr. Denton has been personally involved in the settlement of more than 40,000 refugees. For his remarkable efforts, he was inducted into the Order of Manitoba in 2014.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Mr. Thomas Ralston Denton, a seminal figure in human rights work and a hero to tens of thousands of refugees.

Douglas D. Everett

Douglas D. Everett, LL.D., October 19, 2017
The Honourable Douglas D. Everett
LL.B.(Osgoode); LL.B.(Man.)

The Honourable Douglas D. Everett served in the Canadian Senate for almost three decades and remains one of Manitoba’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Born in Vancouver in 1927, he grew up with the strong moral compass and work ethic displayed by his parents, and the competitive spirit of three siblings.

In 1943, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a 16-year-old cadet at Royal Rhodes Military College. He served for four years and retired as a sub-lieutenant. He graduated from Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1950 and from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law in 1951.

He charted a course in business at his father’s Winnipeg car dealership, Dominion Motors, which was Canada’s largest Ford dealership. In 1970, his entrepreneurial spirit pushed the company into an innovative foray to create a chain of gas kiosks at grocery stores.

Senator Everett leased a small spot of land on three Safeway parking lots, installing two-pump kiosks. Such low overhead created savings he could pass along to the customer and he had effectively levelled the playing field against industry giants Shell and Imperial Oil. The iconic Domo brand is now among Canada’s largest independent gas retailers with more than 90 locations across Western Canada. The company is one of several that make up Royal Canadian Securities, of which Senator Everett remains chairman emeritus and strategic advisor.

Humble by nature, he credits his business success to the individuals who made up his team. His visionary leadership earned their loyalty and many Domo employees enjoyed careers that stretched four decades.

As the company expanded and grew into a major industry player, the astute businessman caught the attention of Prime Minister Lester Pearson, who called him to the Senate in 1966. At the time, he was the youngest person to have joined our nation’s Upper Chamber, at just 39 years old.

As chairman of the Committee on National Finance, he sought out inefficiencies in government departments, and criticized policy on wage and price control, the inflation rate and our unemployment system. His convictions prompted him to sit as an Independent in the Senate and, in 1988, he made headlines around the world when he began to donate his Senate salary back to the Crown, which he did until his retirement in 1994.

He and his late wife, Patty, then turned their attention to philanthropy with transformational gifts in health care, the arts, and education that have bolstered neurodegenerative research, championed creative works, and enriched the experience of post-secondary students.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to the Honourable Douglas D. Everett, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who fulfilled his civic duty to the highest accord.

Tomson Highway

Tomson Highway, D.Litt., June 6, 2017
Tomson Highway
C.M.; B.A., B.Mus.(Western); LL.D.(Carl)(Thornloe)(Bran.)(Wpg.)(Western)(Wind.)(Laur.)(Lake.)(Montr.)(Tor.)

Born on the Tundra in December of 1951, Mr. Tomson Highway is the proud son of caribou hunter and avid dogsled racer, Joe Highway, and artist, Pelagie Highway. He enjoyed a rich, early childhood in the northern reaches of Manitoba. His father wanted him to receive the education he could not access so he sent him to residential school. That is where a young Tomson found music and developed a love for playing the piano.

He dreamt of becoming a concert pianist and completed a bachelor of music at the University of Western Ontario in 1976. Social work soon became his passion and he devoted himself to developing cultural-educational programs and working with Indigenous peoples on issues such as crime, addiction, and family separation.

By age 30, he combined his profession with his artistry, and turned his focus to playwriting as he appreciated how it mirrored the oral tradition of his Cree culture. In 1986 while serving as artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto, the first professional Indigenous theatre company in the country, he wrote the groundbreaking play The Rez Sisters. By portraying the difficulties of Indigenous peoples with sensitivity and humour, he set the tone for a new movement in Indigenous performing arts in Canada.

His follow-up companion play, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, was the first Canadian play to have a full (and extended) run at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, and productions continue to be mounted globally. The play launched Mr. Highway’s name into the elite realms of international theatre and had a profound effect on the Indigenous cultural landscape. In 1998, his award-winning first novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, won equal praise and continues to be used in university curriculum in classes across the globe from Poland to Brazil.

The way in which Mr. Highway has claimed his experiences, and the truth he portrays without fear, has validated the stories of Indigenous peoples and spurned other artists into action. The proliferation of Indigenous arts courses and departments can be traced in large part to his influence.

He has served as playwright- and writer-in-residence at universities across the country, and has received recognition across genres from Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Best New Play and Best Production in 1988, to a Juno Award nomination for Aboriginal Album of the Year.

In 1994, Mr. Highway became the first Indigenous author inducted into the Order of Canada, and he has been named one of the 100 most important people in Canada’s history by Maclean's magazine.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, to Mr. Tomson Highway for his powerful truth telling, his generous artistic spirit, and his indelible leadership in the Indigenous creative arts.

Sharon J. Johnston

Sharon J. Johnston, LL.D., May 18, 2017
Her Excellency Sharon J. Johnston
C.C.; B.A.(Western); B.Sc.(Tor.); M.Sc., Ph.D.(McGill); LL.D.(Carleton)(VIU)

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston has given her formidable knowledge, a sympathetic ear and a visible platform to those living with mental illness. She is a fervent advocate who has challenged Canadians to remove stigma and create positive change.  Her desire to help others, coupled with her passion for health, wellness and the sciences, prompted her to pursue a career as a physical and occupational therapist. With determination and drive, Her Excellency completed her masters and doctorate degrees in rehabilitation sciences at McGill University while helping to raise five young daughters.

When her husband, Governor General David Johnston, took on his distinguished new role in 2010 she stepped forward as vice-regal consort. In this capacity, Her Excellency has advocated for all Canadians, from our children to our nation’s civil service, and urges us to consider mental illness in the same way we would any other illness.

She has travelled to Indigenous communities throughout the country and witnessed the challenges they face. Her Excellency was so alarmed by what she found that in 2012, she initiated the country’s first roundtable on Indigenous health, in her home at Rideau Hall.

She has advocated for better support and updated policy for our military members and their families. With her background in art therapy, Her Excellency sought paintings and sculptures to install at CFB Petawawa to help soldiers on their path to wellness. In 2016, she was appointed Honorary Captain (Navy) for Military Personnel Command of the Canadian Armed Forces in appreciation of her dedication and support.

Her latest turn is that of novelist. Matrons and Madams evolves around the theory that it takes four generations of a family to resolve the effects of war. It is loosely based on her insight into those that serve our country, and her grandmother, who served as a hospital superintendent after the Great War. Proceeds from the novel will support the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

Altruism is an integral part of Her Excellency’s character. Beyond her mental health advocacy, she served on the Board of Governors for the Collège Marie de France and Bishop’s College School, and co-founded Friends of the Neuro at the Montreal Neurological Institute, which provides support for patients and their families.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, for her life-long commitment to the mental health of all Canadians.

Jennifer Judith Jones

Jennifer Judith Jones, LL.D., June 8, 2017
Jennifer Judith Jones
O.M.; B.A., LL.B.(Man.)

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Ms. Jennifer Jones grew up watching her parents curl at the local rink in their Windsor Park neighbourhood and by age 11, she started playing the popular winter sport in earnest.

At first, her participation was a means to overcome the shyness she felt as a child, but soon it became clear she possessed remarkable skills on the ice. By age 16, she had won her first of three Manitoba Junior Championships. She is a seven-time provincial champion with an inaugural win in 2002; a five-time Canadian champion with her first victory in 2005; and has achieved bronze, silver and gold medals at the world curling championships.

In 2014, Ms. Jones stepped atop the ultimate podium to receive her Olympic gold in Sochi, Russia. By then the face of women’s curling in Canada, Ms. Jones led her team to a continuous run of victories in the 11-game Olympic tournament, a feat that had never before been accomplished by a female skip.

Ms. Jones had first set the curling world on fire one decade earlier during the Scott Tournament of Hearts, when she made what has become known as “The Shot”. Under tremendous pressure, she completed a difficult in-out maneuver to secure four points, claiming not only a game victory but her first national title. It had teammates cheering and fans across Canada trying to re-enact the spectacular move characterized by one announcer as “the best shot I’ve ever seen to win a game”.

She brings the skills she acquired through elite sport to her role as a corporate lawyer. Ms. Jones completed her bachelors of arts in 1996 and a law degree three years later at the University of Manitoba. She is currently a senior advisor and community ambassador at National Bank Financial.

Ms. Jones offers mentorship to young athletes through the organization Fuelling Women Champions, which aims to keep teenaged girls engaged in organized sport given the many benefits to their physical health and emotional well-being. Ms. Jones also serves on the board of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation and initiated the popular Celebrity Human Race, which has raised more than $2.8 million to improve facilities and patient care.

Team Jones attempted an Olympic repeat in South Korea in 2018. Ms. Jones was inducted into the Order of Manitoba in 2014, and most recently in 2017 was declared a recipient of a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Ms. Jennifer Jones for setting the bar not only in sport, but in mentorship and strengthening community.

Micheal O'Siadhail

Micheal O'Siadhail, D.Litt., October 17, 2017
Micheal O'Siadhail
B.A., M.Litt.(Trinity)

Micheal O’Siadhail, one of Ireland’s finest and most prolific poets, grew up in middle-class Dublin in the 1950s.

While attending a Jesuit boarding school as a teenager, he discovered his love of poetry. It was a fitting medium for the impassioned youth, who felt things deeply and was intrigued by language.

He pursued a Master of Letters from Trinity College Dublin and would continue on with this post-secondary institution from 1969 to 1973 in his career as a linguistics academic. In his role as a professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies that followed, Mr. O’Siadhail pioneered a textbook and audio collection titled Learning Irish that remains the standard introductory course on the topic around the world.

The pull of poetry was strong and Mr. O’Siadhail left academia in 1987. His intuitive grasp of the human experience has since made him a treasured poet with works translated in countries across the globe.

Mr. O’Siadhail has written 16 collections of poetry, alternating between public and private spheres, exploring themes as varied as friendship, history, trust, love, language, mortality and the Holocaust. This international scholar who speaks 10 languages feels equally at home in Norway, Iceland, England, the U.S. and Canada. His recent collection of poetry, titled Tongues, reflects his truly global perspective.

His poetry achieves a level of intensity while still being accessible, the latter of which Mr. O’Siadhail believes in wholeheartedly. He has served as editor of the Poetry Ireland Review, established and first chaired the Ireland Literature Exchange, and was a founding member of Aosdána, the Academy of Distinguished Irish Artists.

Bringing his keen intellect and artistic insight to students and fellow academics, he has served as a visiting professor, writer-in-residence and guest lecturer around the world, including at Harvard and Yale universities.

His work has been awarded the Irish-American Cultural Institute Prize for Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award, and the Poetry Book of the Year from the Sunday Tribune. In 2003, The Gossamer Wall: Poems in Witness to the Holocaust was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize.

His inspiration finds its roots in theatre, classical music and jazz; he sees their intrinsic connection to poetry, through rhythm, alliteration and rhyme. Passionate about his art, Mr. O’Siadhail likens each of his poems to a child he sends off into the world to engage and explore.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, to Mr. Micheal O’Siadhail, who stands tall in the mighty pantheon of Irish poets.

J. Louis Peninshish (Bird)

J. Louis Peninshish (Bird), D.Litt., October 19, 2017
Elder J. Louis Peninshish (Bird)
Journalism Cert.(Confederation)

Born on Hudson Bay’s west coast in 1934, Elder Louis Peninshish gained an appreciation early on for the traditional stories of the Omushkego Cree peoples.

His childhood was spent by his mother’s side, as she performed the tasks that allowed their family of 10 to live off the land. She would share stories with him passed down over generations that celebrate the culture, spiritual practices, beliefs and history of the Omushkegowak.

Elder Peninshish’s love of their holistic way of life would survive the pain of four years at Ste. Anne Residential School in Fort Albany, beginning at age five. His life experiences, both the joys and the sorrows, shaped his journey and pushed him to continue his pursuit to preserve and celebrate the stories of his people.

As a young adult, he took on various jobs in neighbouring communities and encountered a growing number of Elders who enabled him to record even more stories. In 1955, he worked on the Winisk radar station, and later as a line cutter, surveyor’s assistant, winter tractor operator, carpenter’s helper, and section man for CN Rail. He has also served as band councillor and chief in Winisk, and in 1970 began work as a translator and consultant.

All the while, Elder Peninshish has remained a fierce protector of a culture steeped in oral tradition, dedicating more than five decades to the collection, narration and recording of more than 340 hours of Cree legends and traditional teachings. He has brought the history of his people to audiences across Canada, the United States and overseas, sharing these teachings in Cree and English at storytelling festivals and universities.

With a light heart and a quick wit, he brings to life the wisdom of his ancestors for the world to hear and learn from. A living archive, Elder Peninshish has published two books, The Spirit Lives in The Mind: Omushkego Stories, Lives, and Dreams and Telling our Stories: Omushkego Legends & Histories from Hudson Bay. He also narrates all stories recorded on the website, ourvoices.ca.

His expertise as a cultural historian is well-established and highly sought by government officials, curators, scholars and students across various disciplines. He has informed decisions on everything from educational funding to environmental legislation and economic development.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, to Mr. Louis Peninshish, a treasure to the Omushkego peoples and to all Canadians.

Sandra Pitblado

Sandra Pitblado, LL.D., June 6, 2017
Sandra Pitblado
B.A.(Tor.); LL.D.(Windsor)

As a young girl growing up during the Depression, Sandra Pitblado was introduced to the alchemy of the arts in Winnipeg by her mother and grandmother. She knew even then how fortunate she was to experience the magic of a show, and a lifetime later has become one of Canada’s greatest patrons of our dance and theatre communities.

Ms. Pitblado met her husband of more than five decades, business leader Mr. Jim Pitblado, when both were working at the Great West Life Assurance Company. His career took their family, complete with five children, from Winnipeg to Montreal and Toronto, where she began to make her mark as an enthusiastic fundraiser for arts and culture.

Her support of The National Ballet of Canada has been particularly profound. She is a member of the organization’s Producers Circle, which provides funds for new productions, and she spearheaded the establishment of The Music Circle benefitting the Ballet’s orchestra.

During her term as chair of the Stratford Festival from 1999 to 2001, she helped to facilitate the launch of the highly respected organization’s endowment foundation, as well as establish the Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training. The Avon Theatre was rebuilt and the Studio Theatre was constructed thanks to a significant leading gift from the Pitblados. An avid admirer of Shakespeare’s iconic works, Ms. Pitblado also helped to make it possible for the company to film its Shakespearean productions and distribute them to cinemas worldwide.

The Pitblados are loyal supporters of The Hospital for Sick Children and its SickKids Foundation, where they established a Chair in Cell Biology in memory of their son, David, who was passionate about science and lost his battle with cancer in 2004.

The University of Manitoba has been a proud recipient of the Pitblados’ generosity, most notably a transformational gift in 2001 that created the Pitblado Scholars program in Law. They have personally met every one of the more than 200 scholarship recipients.

The Pitblados were named the outstanding philanthropists of the year by the National Society of Fundraising Executives in 1999, and received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts in 2003.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Ms. Sandra Pitblado for her passion, her inspiring leadership, and her steadfast advocacy, all in the name of the arts.

Gerry V. Price

Gerry V. Price, LL.D., June 7, 2017
Gerry V. Price
B.Sc., M.Sc.(Man.); Ph.D.(Lehigh)

Dr. Gerry Price’s father, the son of immigrants from Wales, earned an engineering degree from Carnegie Tech in 1932 and established a one-person sales company in air distribution products in Winnipeg in 1946. Dr. Price followed in his footsteps, earning a bachelor and master of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba.

After completing his doctorate in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania in 1976, Dr. Price moved to rural Alberta to work as a defense scientific services officer with the Defense Research Board of Canada. One year later, he joined E.H. Price Limited and by 1986, he was appointed President.

As chairman and CEO of what is now the Price Group of Companies, the company has grown from 250 employees to more than 3,000, and sales from $30 million to over $550 million, with 19 sales offices and 13 manufacturing sites across North America. He immersed himself in every department of the company, even moving to Singapore at one point to oversee the development of its new manufacturing site. Price Industries is now a leader in air distribution equipment and technology.

The founding principles of the company have remained the same, and reflect a deep commitment not only to customer service but to research, development and innovation. Despite branching out to sites across the globe, Dr. Price has kept his headquarters in Winnipeg.

Beyond his business acumen, he is renowned for his loyalty to his home community. At the University of Manitoba, he has established and contributed to scholarships for engineering and architecture students, supported facilities in the Faculty of Engineering, and recently established a bursary fund for Indigenous engineering students. In 2015, Dr. Price joined the President’s Campaign team for the Front and Centre campaign.

He has been instrumental in strengthening ties between the university and industry. Dr. Price was a founding member of Friends of Engineering, the Partners Program in the Faculty of Architecture, and the Associates of the I.H. Asper School of Business.

Dr. Price and his wife, Barb. are generous with their support, time and leadership, and highly committed to organizations throughout Manitoba. In 2011, they were named the Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Manitoba Association of Fundraising Professionals.

In 2003, Dr. Price received the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Excellence Award. He was inducted into the Manitoba Manufacturers’ Hall of Fame in 2006, and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers in 2011. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. Manitoba’s Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists gave Dr. Price the Leadership Award in 2013, and the University of Winnipeg awarded him the Duff Roblin Award in 2016.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Dr. Gerry Price for his exceptional business success and innovation, his generous spirit, and his commitment to our province and its people.

John Derek Riley

John Derek Riley, LL.D., June 7, 2017
John Derek Riley
C.M.; B.Comm.(Man.)

Mr. John Derek Riley was born into one of Winnipeg’s most esteemed families in 1922. He went on to become an Olympic athlete, a war veteran, a businessman, and a philanthropist of the highest order.

In 1943, he completed his commerce degree from the University of Manitoba, in absentia, while serving as an officer of the Royal Canadian Navy aboard a Destroyer during the Second World War. He married his university sweetheart, Polly, during a one-month leave at home. After the war, in 1949, he completed his chartered accountant degree at the University of Manitoba. He took a job at the Hudson’s Bay Company and quickly established himself as chief financial officer of their fur trade division.

Mr. Riley competed as a rower in the 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki, and rowing has remained a passion throughout his life. He led a campaign to build a new clubhouse for the Winnipeg Rowing Club, which now bears the Riley family name, and chaired the rowing venue for the 1967 Pan Am Games. He competed in Masters events until the age of 75.

In his own words, Mr. Riley likes to keep busy and solve problems. He saw challenge and opportunity in Dominion Bronze & Iron Limited, whose leadership was struggling. Over the course of 25 years, he turned the firm into a highly profitable architectural metal company as president and CEO.

In 1987 at the age of 65, Mr. Riley became a founding investor and first chair of the North West Company, and was instrumental in brokering its purchase from the Hudson’s Bay Company. As part of his new position, he toured the North extensively and was shocked by the lack of opportunity for young Indigenous peoples in many of the communities he visited. He made a transformational gift to the University of Manitoba to support bursaries for Indigenous students coming from remote communities, as well as mentorship, educational and cultural programs for children and teenagers in these regions.

Mr. Riley’s unassuming generosity has improved the lives of Manitobans through organizations such as the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, United Way, Winnipeg Foundation, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Mr. Riley is a member of the Associates of the Asper School of Business. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Order of Canada in 2014.
The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Mr. Derek Riley for his business acumen, his outstanding philanthropy, and his commitment to Indigenous education and success.

Miriam Toews

Miriam Toews, D.Litt., October 18, 2017
Miriam Toews
O.M.; B.A.(Man.); B.Journ.(King's College)

Ms. Miriam Toews was born in Steinbach, Manitoba, in 1964 and has become one of Manitoba’s most original and brave voices, authoring seven critically acclaimed books.

Her novels explore topics society generally prefers to ignore, such as mental illness and suicide. Yet her deft use of humour disarms the reader and allows her to connect in profound ways as she relates her own experiences of growing up in a Mennonite family that suffered tragic losses.

A direct descendent of one of the first Mennonites to settle in Steinbach, Ms. Toews embraced her Prairie roots and in her youth rode horses competitively, both dressage and barrel-racing. She left Steinbach at 18, moving to Montreal and London before returning to Winnipeg where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies at the University of Manitoba in 1989. In 1991, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

Her first novel grew from a radio documentary she was working on for the CBC about single mothers struggling within the Manitoba welfare system. She believed more had to be said beyond what journalism’s boundaries allowed for, leading to her first novel, Summer of My Amazing Luck. It shattered stereotypes and granted dignity to characters who so often have it stripped away. As a result, she won the John Hirsch Award for the Most Promising Manitoba Writer in 1996.

Her third novel, the bestseller A Complicated Kindness, explores religious hypocrisy in a Manitoba Mennonite town and is revered for its brilliance and beauty. It won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, an honour she has twice received.

The accolades continue as her latest work, her sixth novel, All My Puny Sorrows, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. This striking narrative explores the strength of sisters. In 2010, Ms. Toews lost her older sister to suicide, 12 years after her father took his own life. In his voice, she wrote a moving memoir Swing Low: A Life.

Ms. Toews has written for The New York Times Magazine, Geist, The Guardian, Saturday Night and Canadian Geographic. Her perceptions of life have been successfully adapted to other media: two of her novels have been performed on the stage, and in 2007, she played the lead role in the Mexican film Silent Light, which won the Cannes Jury Prize that year. In 2013, Ms. Toews was inducted into the Order of Manitoba.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, to Ms. Miriam Toews, a novelist who sheds lights on our inner struggles, bravely sharing her personal journey.


2016

Sandra Buhai Barz

Sandra Buhai Barz, D.Litt., October 18, 2016
Sandra Buhai Barz
B.A.(Skidmore)

Raised in an eclectic Chicago suburb, Ms. Sandra Barz developed a deep appreciation for different cultures and ethnicities early in life. The daughter of a businessman and a social worker, she grew up with a love for storytelling and, in Grade 6, would make her own newspapers. Ms. Barz studied sociology in college but ultimately pursued a career in publishing, for years working at American magazines Redbook and McCall’s.

What began as a personal interest in Inuit art as a collector would grow into a lifelong commitment to the people of the Far North. In 1976, Ms. Barz launched the first international newsletter on circumpolar art and affairs, Arts and Culture of the North, once realizing no such forum existed. She wanted to give a voice to Inuit artists, believing their rich culture should be shared with the world. The publication served as an important catalyst, bringing together artists, scholars, curators and collectors for the first time and capturing a time of enormous growth. Ms. Barz would go on to write and publish three books of documentation on Inuit printmaking, now recognized as the definitive works in the field. This labour of love is an unprecedented record of contemporary Inuit art that is widely cited by students and scholars in both the academic and museum worlds.

Ms. Barz championed the culture and creativity of a people. She made 35 trips to the Arctic over 40 years, painstakingly documenting the tiniest of details, from artists’ birthdates to their genealogy, all in an effort to preserve this history for future generations. She faced a formidable task: language barriers, remote communities, and collections hidden away in museums and in the homes of private collectors. Colleagues describe her accomplishment as an extraordinary feat, and her dedication as inspirational. She grew a database of nearly 8,000 Inuit prints from across the Arctic that date back almost six decades.

She also launched educational tours to the Far North, bringing people from around the world to meet artists face-to-face and expand their appreciation for Inuit culture and traditions. The study conference series Ms. Barz developed in Canadian cities and south of the border were groundbreaking and forged community connections that without her foresight might never have happened.

Ms. Barz’s legacy is to preserve the legacy of others. She has generously donated her collected materials to the National Gallery of Canada, the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the University of Manitoba archives.

For her outstanding example of altruism, the University of Manitoba is proud to bestow upon Ms. Sandra Barz a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa.

Bonita Lesley Buhler

Bonita Lesley Buhler, LL.D., May 31, 2016
Bonita Lesley Buhler
LL.D.(Wpg.)

Born in British Columbia, Ms. Bonnie Buhler moved to Winnipeg when she was 12 years old. Growing up, she never entertained the thought of attending university. In her early adult life, as a single mother raising two daughters, she struggled on a legal secretary’s salary to make ends meet.

Things improved when she met her future husband and eternal best friend, John Buhler. He was also from a humble background, but over the years, they became a financial success story as they grew Buhler Industries, a leader in agricultural equipment.

Today, Ms. Buhler is one of the most transformational philanthropists in Manitoba. She has made an immeasurable impact in our community through her support of health-care services, cultural institutes and education. She is the driving force behind her family's charitable foundation and her knowledge and influence have contributed to several successful campaigns.

The Buhlers have given a stunning $60 million to various charities, and recently revealed their aspiration to donate at least $100 million in their lifetime.

Ms. Buhler shapes our communities through her support of numerous organizations, including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Manitoba Children's Museum, as well as Victoria General Hospital, Seven Oaks Hospital, St. Amant Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation, the Misericordia Hospital Eye Care Centre, and the Health Sciences Centre.

Ms. Buhler's first foray into philanthropy came as the result of a family health scare. After her daughter was diagnosed with endometriosis, she and her husband had to travel out of province for her treatment. Recognizing that most Manitobans do not have the means to travel to the Mayo Clinic in the United States, the Buhlers gifted the Health Sciences Centre with the equipment to treat endometriosis, initiating a legacy of philanthropy that continues today.

Ms. Buhler gives from the heart, and never seeks reward. Recalling her struggle to thrive as a single mother, Ms. Buhler established a scholarship at the University of Winnipeg to help single parents pursue higher education. Inspired by the joy of watching her grandchildren volunteer at the Children’s Museum, she financed significant renovations when it moved to its new location at The Forks. Honouring her mother and the health-care staff at St. Boniface Hospital, she established the unique Buhler Gallery, which presents rotating exhibitions by major Canadian artists to provide hospital visitors a refuge and solace. These are but a few examples of her philanthropy.

The University of Manitoba thanks Ms. Bonnie Buhler for her visionary and heartfelt support of our community and is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to someone who has impacted countless lives, now and for generations to come.

Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne, LL.D., May 31, 2016
Andrew Coyne
B.A.(Hons.)(Tor.); M.Sc.(London School of Economics)

Mr. James Andrew Stobie Coyne was born in 1960 in Ottawa, Ontario, to Hope Meribeth Cameron Stobie and former governor of the Bank of Canada, James Elliott Coyne.

Mr. Coyne was raised in Winnipeg and while a student at the University of Manitoba was editor of The Manitoban. He went on to be a reporter at the Winnipeg Sun and eventually pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and history at the University of Toronto's University of Trinity College. At the London School of Economics, he received his Master's degree in economics and is also a Fellow of the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.

After working as a columnist and editorial writer for the Financial Post from 1985 to 1991, Mr. Coyne became a member of the editorial board of The Globe and Mail. Mr. Coyne earned back-to-back National Newspaper Awards for editorial writing in 1991 and 1992 (he later won the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism).

Mr. Coyne became the national affairs columnist at the National Post in 1998. His publication credits include The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Saturday Night, and the Canadian edition of Time. For many years Mr. Coyne has also shared his insights with the popular At Issue panel on the CBC’s The National.

In 2007, Mr. Coyne left his position with the National Post to become the national editor of Maclean's magazine. He returned to the National Post and its parent corporation, Postmedia, in 2012.

Mr. Coyne considers himself an optimist and believes that there is an opportunity for better politics, and that it is the role of the media to help bring it out. This passion and belief, combined with his acerbic wit, deft reasoning, sterling integrity and a deep well of knowledge, has propelled his career to the highest benchmark of excellence. He is one of our nation’s most trusted journalists, and his analyses of our government’s affairs and culture have helped Canadians see new truths.

The University of Manitoba is proud to bestow upon Mr. Andrew Coyne a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for promoting and protecting our democracy.

Bryce Douglas

Bryce Douglas, LL.D., June 2, 2016
Bryce Douglas

Mr. Bryce Douglas was born and raised in Winnipeg. After graduating from high school in 1960, he worked as a junior clerk at the Bank of Montreal and as a miner in Thompson, Manitoba.

He found employment with Dominion Securities in 1963 and during his 42-year tenure with the organization, which is now RBC Capital Markets, Mr. Douglas helped to shape not only the largest but also the premier investment banking institution in Canada, and one of the oldest and most respected investment firms in all of North America. He retired from RBC Dominion Securities in 2006, holding the position of deputy chairman.

By dedicating himself to one firm over his lifetime, he has shown tremendous loyalty and has become an undeniable leader in finance. Mr. Douglas has also become a leader in philanthropy.

As he moved from city to city, taking on more senior responsibilities at RBC, Mr. Douglas would think of ways he could strengthen each community he called home. Not only does he champion causes he believes in, he achieves impressive results. It was Mr. Douglas’ business acumen, passion and dedication that helped to grow the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation into one of the most successful fundraising organizations in the country.

He also chaired a campaign for the University Health Network in Toronto, raising more than $540 million for capital improvements and leading-edge programs to benefit all Canadians. He has funded a number of research programs there, most recently involving stem cell therapy for the treatment of arthritis.

When Mr. and Mrs. Douglas see a need, they step forward. The couple supports a breakfast program in Kenora for kids who come to school hungry. They also provide funding, primarily through the YMCA, for children who do not have the resources to have a real outdoor camping experience.

Also close to their hearts is a Toronto-based program which offers supplemental education and leadership programs to financially disadvantaged children, many of whom come from new immigrant families. This program has grown from a handful of kids to 70 and counting.

During his career, Mr. Douglas remained committed to enhancing the financial industry through ethical practices and education. He inspired the Bryce W. Douglas Professorship in Finance at the University of Manitoba in 2005. More recently, he and his family endowed a Chair in Finance at the Asper School of Business.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Mr. Bryce Douglas, a visionary philanthropist who has strengthened our communities.

Paul Henteleff

Paul Henteleff, D.Sc., May 12, 2016
Paul Henteleff
M.D.(Man.)

Dr. Paul David Henteleff was born in 1931 in Winnipeg to Lillian Axelrode and Harry Henteleff. He earned his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1956 while also pursuing an interest in literature, philosophy and the arts.

Inspired by Dr. George Johnson, who later became Minister of Health, Dr. Henteleff completed additional training in rural Quebec and Saskatoon before setting up a small general practice in Winnipeg.

During his 12 years as a family physician, Dr. Henteleff worked part-time with Dr. Jack MacDonnel, a pioneer in geriatrics, and served as medical director of St. Boniface Hospital’s Home Care program. He trained further in administrative medicine, earning certificates at home and in London, England.

In 1972, Dr. Henteleff took a leading role at the Manitoba Health Services Commission, where he helped design the personal care home program that today cares for approximately 10,000 people across 130 facilities. Three years later, he was appointed medical director of the palliative care unit at St. Boniface General Hospital, which was the first hospital in Canada to develop a program for patients nearing the end of their lives. From 1975 until his retirement in 1991, Dr. Henteleff presided over the palliative care system in Manitoba, helping more than 2,000 patients and their families understand their needs, wishes and fears.

His philosophy of looking at the spiritual aspects of death, rather than the biology, meant he focused on the patient instead of the disease, which was a humble approach that inspired a generation of medical students and caregivers. Apart from his clinical work, Dr. Henteleff collaborated on the first study of depression and suicidal thinking in terminal illness, and co-piloted studies that helped to create the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy in 1991.

Following his retirement at 60 years old, he became founding president of the Canadian Palliative Care Association and head of what is now Palliative Manitoba. His steadfast leadership helped to make end-of-life care a core service in this province and influenced the direction of clinical and research programs across Canada. In recognition of his many accomplishments, he has earned several awards, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Unafraid to tackle a controversial issue, Dr. Henteleff currently advises Dying with Dignity Canada, which promotes physician-assisted death as a compassionate response to those desperate for a release from suffering.

His courageous stance and his dedication to bringing light to patients in their darkest hours have helped Canadians explore the most challenging and intimate issues of life and death. He is a physician, administrator, and scientist of immense integrity.

The University of Manitoba is proud to bestow upon Dr. Paul Henteleff a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, for creating a legacy of care in Manitoba and across our nation.

Susan Lewis

Susan Lewis, LL.D., June 2, 2016
Susan Lewis
C.M.; O.M.; B.A.(Man.)

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Ms. Susan Lewis gained a deep appreciation of community when she began working for, and volunteering with, social service organizations. She learned the value of providing opportunities for others, and our communities are richer for it.

While earning her arts degree at the University of Manitoba in the 1960s, she worked at Marymound, an agency in Winnipeg, helping girls close to her own age in need of a safe and caring environment. As her empathy for others grew, she realized she wanted to pursue a career that would enable her to make a difference in the lives of others.

Ms. Lewis joined United Way of Winnipeg in 1973 and a year later became the first female United Way campaign director in the country. In 1985, she became the organization’s president and Chief Executive Officer, again breaking ground as the first woman to do so in Canada. Along the way, she has been a highly respected leader and mentor within the United Way movement across Canada and in the United States. She stepped down in 2014 after a distinguished career with United Way of Winnipeg. Under her leadership, the organization transformed from primarily a fundraising organization to a change-maker that improves lives and builds a better community for all.

Ms. Lewis developed a model for community involvement known as Journey Forward, focused on engaging the public in identifying the most pressing issues and mobilizing leaders from all sectors in a collective effort towards finding solutions. Her ingenuity and vision have played a crucial role in enhancing much-needed social services to all parts of the city. She spearheaded the construction of the new United Way headquarters with the intention that it should contribute to the city’s core area community, as well as support the revitalization of Winnipeg’s downtown.

Ms. Lewis believes change is impossible without outstanding leaders and dedicated individuals working their “everyday magic” of voluntarism together. One of her proudest achievements is the creation of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council in 2006, bringing together senior leaders from all sectors in a comprehensive and sustained effort to finally put an end to poverty in this city.

In 2011, Ms. Lewis received the Order of Manitoba and in 2015, was honoured with the Order of Canada. She views philanthropy as an opportunity, a chance to invest in one’s own community, and her commitment to bringing communities together reminds us that each one of us can make a difference.

For her tireless work helping those in need and as an outstanding example of leadership and altruism at the highest level, the University of Manitoba is proud to bestow upon Ms. Susan Lewis a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Wilton Littlechild

Wilton Littlechild, LL.D., October 19, 2016
Wilton Littlechild
C.M.; Q.C.; I.P.C.; F.P.; B.A., M.A., LL.B.(Alta.); LL.D.(Alta.)(Leth.)

An advocate, a lawyer and a former Member of Parliament, Chief Wilton Littlechild has advanced the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world.

He saw his role as a Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to building a better country, one that is inclusive for all. A Survivor of the Residential School System and father of three, Chief Littlechild believes in fostering forgiveness while educating Canadians of today and tomorrow.

With great heart and spirit, he travelled the country to hear the stories of other Survivors. As a young boy he lived with his grandparents, who helped instill within him a deep connection to his Cree culture, including its language and sacred ceremonies. His grandfather was Chief of the Ermineskin Cree Nation for more than three decades and taught his grandson about the importance of strengthening the community you call home.

Chief Littlechild knows first-hand the trauma of being forced into Residential School, along with the abuse, cultural disparagement, and longing for his family. He found solace in sports and says that was how he survived the devastating 14 year ordeal.

He would go on to compete internationally in hockey, baseball and swimming, winning more than 70 championships at various levels. An exceptional athlete, he pursued this passion in university, graduating with a Bachelor of Physical Education in 1967 from the University of Alberta and securing a master’s degree eight years later. Knowing the positive power of sport, he helped to found the North American Indigenous Games and the World Indigenous Nations Games and has been inducted into seven Sports Halls of Fame. Chief Littlechild earned a law degree in 1976 and became the first Indigenous lawyer in Alberta; he was also among the first Indigenous members of the Canadian Parliament.

As an MP for Wetakiwin-Rimby from 1988 to 1993, he served on several senior committees and was a parliamentary delegate to the United Nations. He was tireless in his efforts to ensure Indigenous peoples achieve the rights and recognition that is theirs on the international stage.

In 1999, he was inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada. A true leader, he has been recognized with appointments as the Honorary Chief of the Maskwacis Cree and as the International Chief for the Treaty No. 6 Confederacy. He was also elected as the Regional Chief for the three Treaty territories in 2006 and more recently awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence and named a recipient of the Saskatchewan Distinguished Service Award.

From his law firm in his home community of Ermineskin Reserve in Alberta, Chief Littlechild continues to advocate for the implementation of the Treaties and champion the rights of Indigenous peoples.

The University of Manitoba is proud to bestow upon Chief Wilton Littlechild a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his advocacy and leadership.

Heather M. Reisman

Heather M. Reisman, LL.D., June 1, 2016
Heather M. Reisman
C.M.; LL.D.(Ryerson), (W. Laur.), (Mt.All.), (St.FX.)

Ms. Heather M. Reisman was born in 1948 in Montreal to Rose Gutwillig and Mark Reisman, and she is the niece of Simon Reisman, who helped negotiate the 1988 Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

Ms. Reisman studied psychology at McGill University and she began her career working with troubled teens while raising her two children on her own. In 1979, she co-founded Paradigm Consulting, the world’s first strategic change consultancy.  As managing director, Ms. Reisman pioneered strategies that remain the standard for organizations today.

A voracious reader since childhood, Ms. Reisman eventually followed her passion by launching Indigo Books & Music with the goal of creating a book lovers’ cultural department store that would inspire, inform and indulge customers. Five years later, she bought out her biggest competitor, Chapters, Inc., to become the largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer in Canada.

With more than 200 stores across Canada and a large e-commerce platform, Ms. Reisman is arguably the most influential figure in the Canadian book industry and ranks among the world’s most powerful businesswomen. She also distinguished herself as a former policy adviser to the federal Liberals, and as a major philanthropist together with her husband, entrepreneur Gerald Schwartz.

Ms. Reisman dedicates herself to global challenges, working relentlessly to improve literacy, health and well-being in Canada and around the world. She has spoken out about and invested in a wide range of issues, including underfunded school libraries, violence against women and society’s overconsumption of sugar. Proud of her Jewish heritage, she commits millions of dollars to Canada’s Jewish communities and in various charitable causes aimed at strengthening the bond between Canada and Israel.

Ms. Reisman is the Canadian Steering Committee member of the Bilderberg Group, an annual meeting of the world’s business, political, military and financial leaders. In addition, she serves on the boards of many organizations, including Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Onex Corporation, and has previously served as a Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange and McGill University.

Her achievements and philanthropy have earned her many accolades, including four honorary doctorates and numerous business awards. In 2012, Ms. Reisman received this country’s most prestigious honour when she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2015, she became one of only two women to be inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

In bestowing Ms. Reisman with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, the University of Manitoba recognizes her trailblazing accomplishments as an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Gerald W. Schwartz

Gerald W. Schwartz, LL.D., June 1, 2016
Gerald W. Schwartz
O.C.; B.Comm., LL.B.(Man.); M.B.A.(Harv.); Ph.D.(Hon.)(Tel Aviv); LL.D.(St.FX.)

Mr. Gerald Wilfred Schwartz was born in Winnipeg in 1941, the son of lawyer, Lillian Arkin, and auto-parts dealer, Andrew O. Schwartz. He grew up in Winnipeg’s River Heights neighbourhood and studied business at the University of Manitoba. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1962 and a law degree in 1966. After articling with Israel Asper, he practiced corporate and tax law in Winnipeg before pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in 1970.

During his ten years away from home, he worked first at the New York brokerage firm, Estabrook & Company, and later at Bear Stearns & Co. In 1977, he returned to Canada and, with Mr. Asper, co-founded CanWest Capital, which later became CanWest Global Communications, one of the country’s largest media companies.

Mr. Schwartz was one of the first to introduce leveraged buyouts in Canada, and in 1983, he founded Onex Corporation, serving as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Over the years, Onex has acquired hundreds of undervalued companies, including Beatrice Foods, Celestica Inc. and Loews Cineplex, transforming them into successful operations. Through his prodigious skill and leadership, Onex has grown into one of the world’s most respected private equity firms with more than 146,000 employees worldwide and $24 billion in global revenue.

A staunch ally of Israel, Mr. Schwartz has built a reputation as this country’s largest financial supporter of Jewish charities and advocacy groups in Canada and Israel. Together with his wife, entrepreneur Ms. Heather Reisman, he has also donated millions of dollars to health, education, literacy, politics and human rights, driven by a keen sense of public service and a feeling of responsibility to help those less fortunate. He has been a director, governor or trustee of many organizations, including the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, Indigo Books & Music, Mount Sinai Hospital and Harvard Business School.

Mr. Schwartz holds two honorary doctorates and has won numerous business accolades. He is a member of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and in 2006, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian award.

He is one of our nation’s most successful business leaders and philanthropists, whose loyalty to a broad spectrum of communities and causes will continue to benefit Canadians for years to come.

The University of Manitoba is proud to honour Mr. Gerald Schwartz with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his brilliant leadership and business acumen, and his wide-ranging philanthropy.

Wayne G. Wouters

Wayne G. Wouters, LL.D., October 20, 2016
The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters
P.C.; B.Comm.(Sask.); M.A.(Queen’s); LL.D.(Sask.)

During a distinguished career in public service spanning nearly four decades, former Clerk of the Privy Council, The Honourable Wayne Wouters helped to shape a stronger Canada.

He did so with the utmost humility and respect for others, tenets he learned from his parents growing up on the family farm in small town Edam, Saskatchewan.

The Honourable Wayne Wouters played an influential role in many of the important public policy decisions of the last decade, and informed major government-led initiatives as Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the Cabinet, and Head of the Public Service. He directed complex institutional transformations, enhanced Canada’s international trade relations and, as Secretary of the Treasury Board, oversaw an annual budget exceeding $250 billion.

His career in public service began in 1977 with the Government of Saskatchewan. With a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s in Economics from Queen’s University, The Honourable Wayne Wouters held several positions at the provincial level before moving to Ottawa in 1982 to join the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources as Director of Industry Analysis.

Recognized for his ability to achieve transformational change, The Honourable Wayne Wouters moved up through the ranks, accepting greater responsibilities and bringing his expertise to a diverse range of portfolios. As Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, he led the expenditure reduction plan that in 1995 brought the federal budget back into a surplus for the first time in years.

He was not afraid to tread into unfamiliar waters. Despite coming from a landlocked province, his first appointment as a Deputy Minister was with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He would also serve as Deputy Minister of Labour, of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission, and of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

In 2009 he was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council, the country’s top post in public service. Throughout his career, The Honourable Wayne Wouters knew the importance of not only having a clear vision but also offering mentorship along the way.

He guided 450,000 employees into the digital era and inspired a new spirit of collaboration with the development of Blueprint 2020, a ground-breaking consultation process to create a more transparent public service. The Honourable Wayne Wouters championed a more open style of leadership and set his own example by communicating extensively to front-line workers and inviting feedback.

He reinforces the link between public service, the public good and personal giving. His contribution to building a stronger Canada extends to his volunteerism; he became the first public servant to chair the United Way Campaign in the nation’s capital.

Following his retirement in 2014, The Honourable Wayne Wouters was sworn in as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada, a rare honour for an unelected government official that recognizes his outstanding service to Canadians.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to The Honourable Wayne Wouters, a visionary who has been tireless in his work for others.


2015

Stella Blackbird

Stella Blackbird, LL.D., May 28, 2015
Elder Stella Blackbird

Never sit back and wait for your vision to materialize. You alone are responsible for making your dreams come alive. You need to talk about it. You need to fight for it.

This is what challengers do. This is what visionaries do. This is what Elder Stella Blackbird does.

Known as Red Eagle Woman of the Turtle Clan, Elder Blackbird is a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who raised six children with her husband, Dan Blackbird. She was born in Saskatchewan and grew up at Beardy’s and Okemasis Willow Cree First Nation near Duck Lake. She attended St. Michael’s Residential School, but left at fifteen to join her sister’s family at Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation in Manitoba, which has remained her home.

Elder Blackbird transforms lives and communities throughout our country by serving others as an Elder, Medicine Teacher and Traditional Healer. For nearly half a century she has been on a healing journey. As a Residential School Survivor, Elder Blackbird has a clear dream: Never again will a First Nation, Métis or Inuit child have to feel the shame that she and others experienced in the Residential School System. Instead, children will freely and proudly embrace their cultures and identities.

Through ceremony, teachings and counseling, Elder Blackbird promotes positive change and cultural connection. She works to empower all people, cultivating their personal pride so they discover their potential and define their own futures. She supports her noble vision with bold, creative and immediate action.

Elder Blackbird saw the need for a childcare program grounded in traditional Aboriginal values. And so she started the Makoonsag Intergenerational Children’s Centre in Winnipeg’s North End. Her vision and action turned an old department store into a vibrant, culturally-rich building where generations of families come together to meet, play and learn.

As a Traditional Healer and Medicine Teacher, Elder Blackbird freely shares her vast knowledge with people of all nations from around the world. To this end, she co-founded the Medicine Eagle Healing and Retreat Place for youth, adults and families, on the sacred ceremonial grounds of the ancestors near Riding Mountain National Park. And her work with Parks Canada in reclaiming land and the right to harvest the traditional plants growing in parks, has set the standard for negotiations between the Government of Canada, Parks Canada and all First Nations within Canada.

Elder Blackbird has received numerous awards including the Caring Canadian Award from the Governor General, which recognizes her philanthropy and her never-ending efforts to cultivate understanding, acceptance, respect and love in Winnipeg and throughout our country.

Elder Blackbird, like the wind, touches upon everyone at the same time. Elder Blackbird is strengthening this nation by bringing its peoples together, empowering all of us to build collaboration, trust and understanding. She exemplifies what can be achieved when we share our gifts freely.

The University of Manitoba is honoured to celebrate Elder Stella Blackbird with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Susan Glass

Susan Glass, LL.D., May 27, 2015
Susan Glass
C.M.; B.Comm.(Man.)

The story of Susan Jane Glass is the story of a small-town girl, who, once dazzled by Broadway, returned home to become the guiding light of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. For two decades she has devoted herself to supporting the arts in Canada by serving governing boards across the country, raising funds, advocating and volunteering. Ms Glass’ name is synonymous with community service - and fun: she rides a custom, leopard-print Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Ms Glass was thirteen when she left Prince Albert, Saskatchewan for Winnipeg. She came with her mother, the late Helen Glass, who obtained her nursing certificate here, and whose name graces the University of Manitoba's College of Nursing building.

From here, they went on to New York City. Live theatre captivated Ms Glass during her high school years and later inspired her to channel her energy and talent toward the arts. What she did with her life after high school now seems like a dress rehearsal before the performance: Ms Glass obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and spent fifteen years with Air Canada doing computer systems management and marketing -valuable skills she later used as a leader and fundraiser in the non-profit sector. Then, in the early 1980's, the dress rehearsal became the show. Ms Glass turned her attention toward her first passion, the arts.

For more than twenty years, Ms Glass lent her indomitable spirit and inspiring leadership to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a board member, chair, and volunteer fundraiser. She has been governor of The Banff Centre and the prestigious Shaw Festival, chair of the Canadian Arts Summit, and committee co-chair for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. Currently, Ms Glass is vice-chair of the National Arts Centre and a board member of many other arts groups. She has also lent her expertise to several local institutions, including the University of Manitoba and St. Boniface General Hospital.

In 2008, the Association of Fundraising Professionals named Ms Glass and her entrepreneur husband, Arni Thorsteinson, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers in Manitoba. In 2009, she received Canada’s highest honour, an appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada for her inspiring service to the arts and to Winnipeg.

The University of Manitoba is delighted to celebrate Ms Glass for her dedication to the local and national arts communities, and for her commitment to Winnipeg, as a supporter of the University of Manitoba, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the United Way, and many other institutions.

In bestowing Ms Glass with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, the University of Manitoba commends her longstanding generosity and determination to make Winnipeg, and Canada, a finer place for artists, and a better place for all citizens.

Dean Louder

Dean R. Louder, LL.D., June 1, 2015
Dean R. Louder
B.A.(Brigham Young); M.A., Ph.D.(Washington)

Dr. Dean Louder is an unlikely champion and pioneer of research into the North American Francophonie. Slowly, consistently, passionately, for over thirty-five years, this American-born geographer became the foremost specialist of French-speaking America by exploring communities others overlooked. The University of Manitoba honours him today for his extraordinary contributions to the preservation and promotion of French-language culture in North America.

Dr. Louder is an anglophone whose love of the French language infuses everything he does. Indeed, he has published the greater part of his scholarly work in French.

Upon his arrival at Université Laval, Dr. Louder immediately took up the cause of the Francophonie. Throughout his career, the now retired geography professor pioneered studies into French-speaking America and became a recognized expert in the field. His works have made important contributions to the knowledge and understanding that we have of Franco-America, and his publications have led to specialized studies and research chairs in this field.

Dr. Louder took an interest in minorities in the United States, particularly in Louisiana, where he made the discovery of a different America, a French-speaking America. This first contact with the francophone world influenced the direction of his career, and the majority of his work has dealt with various aspects of living in French in North America.

Early in his trailblazing career, Dr. Louder and a colleague published a book that set the tone for research into the continental Francophonie, a foundational text that would become a classic, translated into English as: French America: Mobility, Identity, and Minority Experience across the Continent.

Throughout his academic career he made numerous students aware of French communities by organizing excursions to the far corners of the continent. What followed were explorations into French-speaking regions: Acadia, Louisiana, New England, Ontario, the American Midwest, Western Canada and the United States, and many other tiny communities of which few people are aware.

The University of Manitoba is proud to recognize Dr. Dean Louder, a fine example of an academic explorer, with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Michael Nesbitt

Michael F.B. Nesbitt, LL.D., October 21, 2015
Michael F.B. Nesbitt
B.Comm., B.A. (Man.)

A businessman, philanthropist and patron of the arts, Mr. Michael Nesbitt grew up with an understanding that education opens doors. Eager to learn, he wasted no time and by 21 had completed two degrees at the University of Manitoba - in commerce and arts.

Following graduation, he headed to Toronto to work on Bay Street for the TD Bank and soon started a family, doing so on the advice of his dad who encouraged his son to: ‘Go explore, and come back only when you’ve got some life experience’.

When Mr. Nesbitt returned in 1965, he took the helm of his father’s mortgage company. He grew Montrose Mortgage Corporation into one of the largest privately owned mortgage banking and servicing companies in the country. Today, the firm manages $2 billion in loans from coast to coast.

As its Chairman and President, Mr. Nesbitt is known for leading by example. He believes that if you are ethical and hard-working, that is the type of employee whom you will attract, and hiring good people is key. It is equally important to get out of their way and let them shine.

With five decades of experience, Mr. Nesbitt has been a beloved mentor to many, always mindful to teach in a manner that he would want to be taught. When colleagues speak about him, they use words like: integrity, inspiring and humble.

Few know the depth of Mr. Nesbitt’s philanthropic contributions in the home province he treasures. Out of the spotlight, he has been building a better community by taking steps to: send more kids to Camp Stephens, attract more graduate students to Manitoba, and ensure Indigenous students have access to university. When Mr. Nesbitt sees a need, he finds a solution: in the mid-60s he helped found the first Montessori School in the province, and in 1977 he supported Winnipeg’s first public, co-ed squash courts.

Mr. Nesbitt has also shaped the creative landscape in Manitoba. Local organizations, including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, the Graffiti Gallery, the Manitoba Opera, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, know well the impact of his generosity.

Mr. Nesbitt’s drive to make a difference has brought world-class exhibits to Winnipeg - the type of shows normally reserved for galleries in Paris or New York.

He is also eager to celebrate Winnipeg talent, commissioning artists’ work and underwriting project and exhibition costs. He has invested in people like U of M alumnus Micah Lexier, a Winnipeg artist who, in 2015, received a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Mr. Nesbitt also supported the Art Gallery of Ontario’s acquisition of a major installation of U of M alumna and Winnipegger, Sarah Anne Johnson, in 2009, ensuring the unique artworks stayed in Canada.

Believing in the intrinsic power of music, Mr. Nesbitt has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Desautels Faculty of Music. He helped establish the Babs Asper Professorship in Jazz Performance and later helped the faculty launch the Bridge Program to bring jazz music instruction to inner-city kids.

His steadfast support has made it possible for emerging artists and musicians to not only dream, but to dream big. One thoughtful gift at a time, Mr. Nesbitt has had a transformational impact on the projects and people he believes in.

André Picard

André Picard, LL.D., May 14, 2015
André Picard
B.Comm.(Ott.); B.J.(Car.); LL.D.(UOIT)

In 1987, journalist André Picard put a human face on the AIDS crisis, forever changing the way the disease and its victims are perceived and treated. Three years later, he exposed the Canadian tainted blood scandal, prompting a complete overhaul of the national blood system and ensuring a safer, more transparent health-care system for all Canadians.

This is what defenders do. This is what challengers do.

For almost thirty years, Mr. Picard has been one of the most admired, respected and relevant journalists in Canada. The Franco-Ontarian from North Bay never imagined he would stay at the Globe and Mail for long, but it has been decades since he began writing for the national newspaper and people still want to know what André Picard has on his mind. He has a loyal following that continues to grow among young and emerging generations who read his articles, listen to his radio interviews, watch him on television or read his thought-provoking tweets.

Mr. Picard was a business student at the University of Ottawa when he was first attracted to journalism. It took some persuading from a friend, but he soon started writing album reviews for the Fulcrum, an independent English-language student-run newspaper. He would go on to become the paper’s arts editor, then editor-in-chief.

When Mr. Picard joined the Globe and Mail in 1987, he focused his reporting on the AIDS crisis, specifically on the men and women suffering from the fatal disease and the stereotypes which went along with the diagnosis. It was a time when most media outlets did not explore the human side of the disease, and many reporters avoided the subject altogether. Mr. Picard’s bold AIDS reporting changed our national attitudes and our public policy. By 1990, Mr. Picard assumed the health beat and continued to challenge the system. It was Mr. Picard and a colleague who discovered that provincial governments across Canada conspired to deny compensation to victims of tainted blood transfusions. Within weeks, provinces changed their policies and provided $159 million in victim compensation. For this reporting, he won the 1993 Michener Award for public-service journalism.

That was only the beginning of the awards and accolades to come:  Mr. Picard was honoured with the Outstanding Leadership in Cancer Control Prize from the International Campaign to Control Cancer. He was celebrated as the top health reporter in the Americas by receiving the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Organization. He was named Canada’s top newspaper columnist in 2010, and is a six-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards.

Mr. Picard has achieved success for many reasons, his integrity and intelligence being key contributors. But his ability to gain and hold trust cannot be overstated. Many health-care professionals are wary to speak with journalists, but Mr. Picard stands as one of the most trusted.

It is why the University of Manitoba’s College of Medicine solicited his expertise to contribute to the Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy. This network was created to bridge the gap between academics and journalists so that mainstream media can support their stories with the best science possible. In true Picard style, André Picard provided invaluable insights that improved the network, resulting in our nation being better informed.

Mr. Picard is a leader in health-care journalism in Canada. Throughout his career he has given a voice to the voiceless, defended the truth, and challenged our thinking. It is with pride that the University of Manitoba bestows upon him an honorary Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Ernest Rady

Ernest S. Rady, LL.D., May 27, 2015
Ernest S. Rady
B.Comm., LL.B.(Man.); LL.D.(UCSD)

Mr. Ernest Rady is a nice guy. So true is this characterization that, in 2012, he was celebrated as the “Nice Guy of the Year” by the San Diego Nice Guys charity. A few years later, San Diego’s main daily newspaper named him its city’s Person of the Year for 2015. Mr. Rady is loved because he creates opportunities for others to succeed. Whether he is supporting this institution, his alma mater, the Jewish community in his birth-city of Winnipeg, a children’s hospital or his adopted city’s world-famous zoo, Mr. Rady is a leader determined to change lives.

This is what visionaries do.

In 2009, Mr. Rady and his sisters, Marjorie Blankstein and Mindel Olenick, established the Mindermar Professorship in Human Simulation at the University of Manitoba’s College of Medicine, which has transformed how our students learn and ultimately how they practice medicine. It is no surprise that Mr. Rady and his family chose to support medical training at the University of Manitoba. Their father was a deeply respected member of Winnipeg’s medical community and a great friend of the University of Manitoba. He taught his children the importance of giving back to the community.

Mr. Rady recognizes his tremendous capacity to impact the health and well-being of young people. In 2006, he and his company, American Assets, Inc., donated $60 million to San Diego’s children’s hospital. Driven to do more, this past year, Mr. Rady pledged a further $120 million to the hospital to establish the Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute. This is the largest donation ever made to the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation and its impact on sick children and their families is immeasurable. Most recently, in April of this year, he donated $100 million to the Rady School of Management, a school he founded at the University of California, San Diego.

Mr. Rady’s impact is vast, with philanthropic gifts well in excess of $200 million spread among an array of charities. He has the foresight to use his resources to challenge others to participate in advancing their communities. He also has the determination to give his time as a committed volunteer, whose service is sought after by numerous organizations such as the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego, the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, and Junior Achievement Winnipeg.

An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Rady has founded several successful businesses, including American Assets Trust in 1967. He is currently chairman of this and other businesses, and sits on the boards of a number of corporations in the United States and Canada. A trailblazer in the business world, his skillful leadership has steered his companies to tremendous success in financial services, investment management, real estate, and other industries.

Mr. Rady has received many honours for both his charitable work and professional achievements. Most notably, Ernst & Young named him its 2009 Financial Services Entrepreneur of the Year and presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Although Mr. Rady calls California home today, his path to success started right here at the University of Manitoba where he received his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws. It is fitting that he now returns to his alma mater to have his accomplishments and impacts recognized by the University of Manitoba’s highest award, an honorary degree.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award an Honorary Doctor of Laws to Mr. Rady, a loving family man, visionary philanthropist, savvy businessman, and truly nice guy who has transformed the lives of many.

Steven Schipper

Steven Schipper, D.Litt., May 28, 2015
Steven Schipper
C.M.; D.Litt.(Wpg.)

What do celebrated actors Keanu Reeves, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt and Judd Hirsch all have in common? They were each coaxed, enticed and ultimately persuaded to bring their talents to Winnipeg through the enthusiasm and passion of Steven Schipper.

Mr. Schipper is just coming out of his twenty-fifth year as Artistic Director to the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. During that quarter century, he established the artistic excellence and fiscal stability for which the Royal MTC has become known - a notable achievement given the company’s considerable duress at the time he took the helm. To commemorate his dedication, in 2014, the theatre centre renamed its endowment fund, The Royal MTC Endowment Fund, in honour of Artistic Director Steven Schipper.

As Artistic Director, Mr. Schipper is a tireless champion of the theatre who has cultivated interest in his audience for both classic and contemporary works.  In 2013, he staged the world premiere of Gone with the Wind to much acclaim. His depth of commitment to the arts and artistry are unparalleled. While aware that talented Hollywood names draw attention, Mr. Schipper is also a keen promoter of Manitoba actors, ensuring audiences experience and appreciate the talent that exists in our own backyard.

Steven Schipper uses theatre to change the world. This is what creators do.

Through his vision and quiet determination, he has dramatically transformed the theatre community in our city and province, so it is our good fortune that Mr. Schipper chose to practice his craft here. Today, the University of Manitoba is pleased to honour him with its highest award.

He has also been celebrated as the recipient of the David Peacock Award and as a member of the Order of Canada, recognizing his contributions to Canadian theatre.

This passionate born-and-bred Montrealer is now a passionate Winnipegger. Mr. Schipper trained at McGill University, Bishop’s University and the National Theatre School of Canada. He has served as associate director at the Stratford Festival and has directed almost three dozen plays, including world premieres by local and Canadian playwrights. But Mr. Schipper remains dedicated to grassroots theatre.  He conceived and directed The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes, an award-winning play that tours Manitoba high schools. He also volunteered to direct a summer production of Little Red Riding Hood for the Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s Aboriginal Training Program and directed an all-female production of Les Miserables at Balmoral Hall, setting the classic story in our own city.

Under his artistic direction, the Royal MTC has solidified an international reputation and expanded its purview and audience through popular enterprises such as the annual Fringe Festival and Master Playwright Festival. Mr. Schipper’s innovations include an annual regional tour, much-lauded youth programming, and audience/actor/production panels and in-house tours, all garnering audience involvement and enthusiasm.

The Globe and Mail described Mr. Schipper’s revival of the Manitoba Theatre Centre as “one of Canadian theatre’s most striking success stories”, and in 2010, after years of bold action by Mr. Schipper and the theatre’s general manager and support team, the Manitoba Theatre Centre was recognized with a Royal designation, becoming the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Every great play has a cast of characters who are dedicated, invested and passionate. In this regard, the Royal MTC has a stellar cast and Steven Schipper plays the lead role.

The University of Manitoba is proud to shine a well-deserved spotlight on a visionary and champion whose accomplishments we celebrate today with an honorary degree.

Emöke Szathmáry

Emőke J.E. Szathmáry, LL.D., May 26, 2015
Emőke J.E. Szathmáry
C.M., O.M.; B.A.(Hons.), Ph.D., D.Sc.(W.Ont.); D.S.Litt.(St.M.Coll.Tor.); LL.D.(Tor.), (York), (Mc.M), (Calg.); F.R.S.C.; F.A.A.A.S.

Throughout its history, the University of Manitoba has been led by women and men dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and the building of a dynamic and engaged institution. Distinguished among these leaders is Dr. Emőke Szathmáry, the University’s tenth President and Vice-Chancellor. Dr. Szathmáry has dedicated her entire career to the ideals of the academy, to scholarship and to community service.

Born in Hungary, Dr. Szathmáry is a first generation Canadian, having immigrated to Canada as a child in 1951 after living in a displaced persons camp in Europe following the Second World War. Through her determination and hard work, she has embodied the Canadian dream - starting a family, earning advanced degrees, distinguishing herself in her field, leading a major research intensive university to new heights, and serving her community as a leader and volunteer.

This is what trailblazers do.

Dr. Szathmáry studied physical anthropology at the University of Toronto, specializing in the study of human genetics. Her research addressed the genetics of the Indigenous peoples of North America. Her publications include more than eighty scientific articles and reviews, and she has co-edited three books.

During Dr. Szathmáry’s tenure as President of the University of Manitoba, she promoted accessibility and worked diligently to foster respect for students of diverse cultural backgrounds, particularly for the Indigenous community with whom she has forged a special connection. Under her leadership, Indigenous student enrolment doubled, the number of international students tripled, sponsored research income tripled, a dozen new facilities were built, the research and technology Smartpark was established, and the University successfully undertook a $237 million dollar philanthropic campaign.

She has served on no fewer than fifteen boards and councils across the country, including the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on Science and Technology, the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the University of the Arctic. For her devoted service to Manitoba, she received the 2007 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration in Manitoba.

So respected in her field, Dr. Szathmáry was named Distinguished Lecturer by her peers at the American Anthropological Association; it is their highest honour recognizing a lifetime of exemplary scholarship. Her life’s work has been celebrated across Canada: she has received six honorary degrees, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and made a member of the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada.

Dr. Szathmáry’s success as a scholar and leader is based on the quality of her character and her steadfast and complete commitment to the positions she has undertaken - professor, researcher, dean, Provost, President and community leader. In bestowing her with this honorary degree, the University of Manitoba recognizes her unwavering dedication to advancing the best interests of this institution and welcomes her officially into the alumni family of the University of Manitoba.

David Turpin

David Turpin, LL.D., May 26, 2015
David Turpin
C.M.; B.Sc., Ph.D.(UBC); F.R.S.C.

Through his visionary leadership, Dr. David H. Turpin transformed a relatively young Canadian university from regional jewel to international star.

During his tenure as President of the University of Victoria, Dr. David Turpin’s vision was clear - develop UVic into one of the best universities in the world. And he did. At the end of his final term in 2013, the University of Victoria was ranked among the best in the world for universities founded within the last fifty years. It was the only Canadian university on the list.

This is what visionaries do.

For more than three decades, Dr. Turpin has shaped the definition of what a publicly-funded university should be. Through positions he has held at multiple universities, he pushed scientific exploration, championed the liberal arts, and advanced Indigenous excellence. The University of Manitoba is proud to award an honorary degree to this innovative leader.

Dr. Turpin trained as a botanist and began teaching at Queen’s University and then at the University of British Columbia. Throughout his academic career, Dr. Turpin stressed that a liberal arts education is the heart of a university and key to the economic and social well-being of our communities. He has infused this idea into his practices, and his own research interests have expanded to include issues related to post-secondary education, and how our society views universities.

In 1995, Dr. Turpin left the classroom to begin serving as Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University. He proved a gifted leader and in 2000, he took the office of President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Victoria. There, in his thirteen years of service, he radically improved the university’s trajectory by bolstering its research, teaching and student services. He was instrumental in establishing the university’s internationally-renowned Ocean Networks Canada, a set of two oceanic observatories, which, in keeping with his philosophy, were not just about the science, but also focused on law, culture and social science. Dr. Turpin also placed a special focus on attracting and supporting Indigenous students, establishing programs to meet their specific cultural and academic needs.

Dr. Turpin shares his acumen with governing bodies across Canada. As a result, he has earned many honours and distinctions including Queen’s University’s highest award for teaching, the NSERC Steacie Fellowship. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, and is a member of the Order of Canada.

On July 1, 2015, Dr. Turpin will re-enter the academic realm, serving as the thirteenth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta.

Marie Wilson

Marie Wilson, LL.D., October 22, 2015
Marie Wilson
Diplôme d’études étrangères (Besançon); B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Western); LL.D. (STU)

Before she became a tireless advocate for Indigenous communities across this country, Dr. Marie Wilson was a 15 year-old who longed to explore.

She spent two weeks as an exchange student near Montreal and instantly her world was much larger than the small Ontario town where she grew up. She fell in love with the French language, and believed it was key to learning about different cultures.

By 23, she was on her way to Africa to teach high school students in the impoverished francophone country of what is now known as Burkina Faso. With civil unrest happening all around her, Dr. Wilson saw that foreign media coverage was focused on politics rather than on the impact the strife was having on the local people. At that moment, Dr. Wilson knew she wanted to become a journalist.

She pursued a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Western Ontario and by 1980, was a national reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/Radio-Canada) based in Quebec City, covering the first referendum on Quebec sovereignty. She also covered important stories affecting Indigenous people - stories that would challenge Canadians to face tough issues involving the rights of the country’s First Peoples.

A lengthy Radio-Canada labour strike in 1981 prompted a move for Dr. Wilson and her husband, Stephen Kakfwi, to his hometown in the Dene community of Fort Good Hope near the Arctic Circle.

Dr. Wilson found the North rich in stories that needed to be shared with the rest of the country. With her skills as an experienced reporter, she trained community news contributors and encouraged them to recognize the value of their own stories and expertise. As a non-Indigenous woman, she was in awe of traditional northern skills used to make shelter, source clean drinking water and navigate by the stars.

In 1982, CBC launched Northern Canada’s flagship TV current affairs show, Focus North. As its first host, Dr. Wilson helped pioneer the broadcast industry above the 60th parallel. Ten years later, Dr. Wilson became the CBC’s senior manager for northern Quebec and the three northern territories. As regional director, she launched daily television news for Canada’s North, navigating four time zones and 10 languages, the majority of them Indigenous.

She developed the Arctic Winter Games and the True North Concert Series for network television to showcase Indigenous talent. She received a CBC North Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Northerner of the Year Award.

By the time Dr. Wilson left the CBC, nearly half of her reporters were Indigenous northerners.

Because of her expertise in cross-cultural communications, the South African Broadcasting Corporation invited Dr. Wilson to work with their journalists as they brought Nelson Mandela’s dream for democracy to life. Throughout the 1990s, she taught reporters how to hold their new public government to account.

All these experiences would prove valuable when Dr. Wilson, two decades later, bore witness to the stories of Canada’s Residential School Survivors. As one of three Commissioners of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, she heard horrific accounts of cruelty and abuse from among the 7,000 courageous Survivors. Yet she found a thread of beauty and of shared hope. She continues to lend her voice to encourage all Canadians to explore our past so we can move forward together on a path to national healing.

 


2014

Rosalie Silberman Abella

Rosalie Silberman Abella, LL.D., June 5, 2014
The Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella
B.A., LL.B.(Tor.)

In this year of the Centennial of the Faculty of Law, and of the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, in this province with a long and deep history of human rights struggles, at this University with its commitment to human rights teaching and research, it is fitting that we are honouring Supreme Court of Canada Justice, Rosalie Silberman Abella.

She has devoted seemingly limitless passion, energy and intellect to all that she does but particularly to human rights. She has said that “one of the psychological legacies of having a Holocaust background like mine, is that you take nothing and no one for granted and you appreciate that it’s not just what you stand for, it’s what you stand up for….Without democracy, there are no rights; without rights there is no tolerance; without tolerance there is no justice; and without justice, there is no hope.”

Justice Abella was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany just after the end of the Second World War. She and her family came to Canada as Jewish refugees in 1950. Twenty years later she had earned both an arts degree and a law degree from the University of Toronto. She was called to the bar in Ontario in 1972 and was appointed a judge in the Ontario Family Court in 1976, the youngest judicial appointment in Canada; she was seven months pregnant with her younger son when she was appointed. She was the sole commissioner of the 1984 federal Royal Commission on Equality in Employment and the theories of equality and discrimination she developed became the foundation of the Supreme Court’s first decision about equality rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1989. In 1992, she was appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal and in 2004 was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Abella is known and loved in this city. She spoke last February at the retirement of Chief Justice Scott, in 2006 she visited and spoke at the Faculty of Law and met with members of the Jewish community, and in 2004 she came to receive the Tarnoplosky Award for Human Rights at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Bar Association. While she has been a great champion for human rights, she is so much more. She is a champion for humanity. She is a lover of the arts, an accomplished pianist who graduated from the Royal Conservatory. She has served as a judge for the Giller literary prize, and has a remarkable collection of art hanging on the wall of her office. When she spoke to our law students, she reminded them that they must make time to read great literature and poetry, to play or listen to music and spend time with their loved ones. Law serves people, and law students and lawyers must never forget their own humanity.

The University of Manitoba is proud to recognize The Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella with an Honorary Doctor of Laws for enriching our society with her integrity, bold ideas and humane service.

Marjorie Blankstein

Marjorie B. Blankstein, LL.D., June 3, 2014
Marjorie B. Blankstein
C.M., O.M.; B.A.(Man.); M.S.W.(Minnesota)

Dr. Max and Rose Rady taught their children to live by two principles: kindness and generosity. Their daughter Marjorie Blankstein embodies these values and displays them with intelligence and grace. Her devotion to her native city of Winnipeg has resulted in many extraordinary contributions to its welfare and citizens.

She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA in 1950 and then earned her Master of Social Work degree in 1952 from the University of Minnesota. After her graduation, she married architect Morley Blankstein and devoted her life to her five children, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and volunteerism.

In the 1960s, as President of the Winnipeg Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, and together with the Junior League, she was instrumental in sponsoring a nursery school for Indigenous children. She became the President of the National Council of Jewish Women in 1977. As a member of the Manitoba Study Committee for Children with Emotional and Learning Disorders, she helped produce a report that advocated for all children to be integrated in regular classrooms instead of being segregated. Later, as chair of the Jewish Child and Family Service Child Care Committee, she was instrumental in establishing a group home for boys. Mrs. Blankstein has continued to advocate for Manitoba’s young people throughout her career as a volunteer and has been instrumental in establishing many services, including a youth hostel and Klinic, in the 1970s.

She has shared her wisdom and passion with over 30 different community organizations, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, St. Boniface Hospital, the Winnipeg Library Foundation, the Legal Education and Action Fund, Rady Jewish Community Centre, Age & Opportunity Centre, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, and she was a founding member of the Women’s Health Research Foundation. She is a Board Member Emerita of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice. She served on the Board of the United Way, and chaired the 1994 Campaign. She chaired the Capital Campaign for the Asper Jewish Community Campus.

Mrs. Blankstein has received numerous honours for her exceptional service. In 1982 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba in 2010, and she has received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and 125th Anniversary of Confederation Commemorative medals. She was the first recipient of the Sol Kanee Distinguished Community Service Medal from the Winnipeg Jewish Community Council. She has been recognized as the YM/YWCA Woman of the Year (Community Service category) in 1978, Volunteer of the Year (by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Manitoba) in 2000, and received a Distinguished Service Award from the University of Manitoba in 2003. Most recently, in May of this year, the Canadian Associates of  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev honoured her and her husband Morley.

Marjorie Blankstein is a philanthropic leader and cultural nurturer. She is the hallmark of a selfless citizen. She inspires and she amazes. The University of Manitoba is proud to award an Honorary Doctor of Laws to one of its own, a woman for others.

Lorne Davies

Lorne Davies, LL.D., June 3, 2014
Lorne Davies
O.B.C.; B.Ed.(Western Washington State); M.Sc.(Oregon)

Lorne Davies counseled Terry Fox before and after his valiant run. For the past 40 years, Lorne Davies has championed sports in Canada and influenced thousands of young athletes - some famous, some not - but all nevertheless enriched by the impact of Mr. Davies’s commitment to them and their sports. A former football player and coach, Mr. Davies has long been a pioneer, leader, motivator, teacher and tireless volunteer worthy of recognition, and the University of Manitoba is proud to celebrate and honour him.

Mr. Davies counseled Terry Fox, a student athlete at Simon Fraser University, before and after his Marathon of Hope. Mr. Davies helped develop the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program and is now its executive director, providing support to outstanding young Canadians, encouraging them to pursue humanitarian work while studying in a Canadian college or university. The program has produced more than 75 medical doctors, 50 teachers, hundreds of other professionals in a wide variety of fields and seven recipients of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. Mr. Davies also raised funds and organized to have a bronze statue of Terry Fox, worth $75,000, displayed on the Simon Fraser University campus to honour the Canadian hero.

For half a century Mr. Davies has been committed to community service, lending his voice to various causes that foster young athletic talent, including the B.C. Special Olympics and the Provincial Drugs in Sport Task Force. In 2000, he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia for his lifetime of achievement. Mr. Davies’s dedication to transforming sports in Canada has spanned decades and helped inspire generation after generation of Canadians. Just like the athletes whose lives he has touched, Mr. Davies shows us what is possible when we dare to go further and pursue our personal best.

As director of athletics and recreation at Simon Fraser University - a position he held for three decades, from 1965 to 1995 - Mr. Davies created the current gold standard for athletic programs and award funding in Canada. The groundbreaking program he established in his first year there has since been adopted by most universities and colleges across Canada. Mr. Davies’s forward-thinking produced the first university athletic endowment fund and the first university athletic awards program in Canada—all during a time when athletic scholarships were being openly shunned. His awards program sparked a change nationwide that has helped post-secondary institutions, including the University of Manitoba, keep Canadian athletes from leaving for more lucrative opportunities south of the border. Mr. Davies’s model also aimed to put male and female athletes on equal footing. In the 1960s, women in sport didn’t have as many teams or receive the same level of coaching, funding or equipment. When Mr. Davies built his varsity program he leveled the playing field: nine of the 18 teams were female and everyone would receive top coaching, equipment and equal scholarships.

Indeed, Mr. Davies changed the athletic landscape in Canada. But he also directly helped to shape our country’s young athletes. He coached 30 seasons of football at various levels, from high school to professional. Mr. Davies was assistant coach at Western Washington State University, the University of Oregon and the University of British Columbia; was head coach of the Vancouver Blue Bombers junior team, a special assistant with the BC Lions when they won the 1964 Grey Cup, and the first coach at Simon Fraser University. He earned an education degree and Master of Science before joining Simon Fraser University where, under his leadership, their coaches produced the most players in the Canadian Football League, wrestlers on the Canadian Olympic team, swimmers on the Canadian national team, basketball players on the Canadian national team, and track and field athletes on the Canadian national team. Mr. Davies has helped develop numerous Olympic athletes and provided guidance on sport, career and life to athletic and humanitarian heroes like Karen Magnusson, Debbie Brill, Dave Cutler, Jay Triano, Wayne Holm, Lui Passaglia and Terry Fox.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award an Honorary Doctor of Laws to Mr. Lorne Davies for all the work he has done to inspire those who inspire us through sport.

Joseph N.H. Du

Joseph N.H. Du, LL.D., May 15, 2014
Joseph N.H. Du
C.M., O.M.; M.D. (National Taiwan University); F.R.C.P.C.; F.A.A.P.

Dr. Joseph Du was born in Laokay, Vietnam in 1933, the youngest of 11 children. It was a time of great turmoil - the Japanese army occupied his home country at the time - and his father was killed when Dr. Du was 10. His mother struggled to support his family, and three brothers had to quit school to help. At 17 Dr. Du fled Communist North Vietnam and studied medicine for the next seven years in Taiwan, graduating from National Taiwan University Medical School. He then came to Canada to complete his accreditation and later studied at the University of Washington under a scholarship from the National Institute of Health, specializing in neonatology. Dr. Du returned to Winnipeg in 1968 to join the Winnipeg Clinic as a pediatrician.

Soon after beginning his career, he joined a group of doctors in an outreach program in northern Manitoba. For 33 years, Dr. Du regularly flew to all remote communities in northern Manitoba as well as communities of the Northwest Territories, often travelling in small airplanes in difficult and perilous conditions. During this time he was appointed an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba Medical School. In the 1980s he was commissioned by the God’s Lake Narrows Band to write a study on gasoline sniffing and organized the first symposium on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Winnipeg.

Dr. Du has stepped forward to contribute when crises threatened. In 1979 he co-chaired a committee to help coordinate the settlement of Vietnamese boat people in Canada and later served for nine years on the Council for Canadian Unity when the possibility of Quebec separation was at its peak.

The scope of his involvement has always been broad. In 1989 Dr. Du spearheaded the visit of two pandas from China to the Winnipeg Zoo; in the 1990s he led the commissioning of two sculptures, including one by Leo Mol, to commemorate the role of Chinese-Canadian workers in constructing the Canadian Pacific Railway; and in 2001 he worked with Winnipeg’s Jewish community to bring the Shanghai Connection exhibition to the Jewish Heritage Centre, which told the story of the successful efforts of a Chinese counsel in Vienna to help over 18,000 Jewish refugees escape the Holocaust.

Dr. Joseph Du has been the key force in redeveloping Winnipeg’s Chinatown beginning in the 1980s. His leadership efforts in this regard include the development of the Chinese Cultural Centre, two commercial buildings – the Dynasty Building and the Mandarin Building – a Chinese Gate and Garden and two residential buildings, Harmony Mansion and the Peace Tower. In October 2013 a portion of James Street in Chinatown was named after this physician and community builder to honour his work in transforming this area and his contribution to Winnipeg.

Dr. Du’s distinguished career spans almost four decades, to his retirement in 2002. He has received many honours and awards, including being named to the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, and the Order of the Buffalo Hunt.

Chantal St-Cyr Hébert

Chantal St-Cyr Hébert, D.Sc., October 22, 2014
Chantal St-Cyr Hébert
O.C.; B.A.(York); LL.D.(Bishops, York, W.Ont., Concordia)

One of Canada’s most influential journalists, Ms. Chantal St-Cyr Hébert’s reportage and commentary have profoundly shaped the way Canadians understand their government, their country, and their place in global society. Guided by integrity, skepticism and a challenger’s mind, Ms. Hébert has promoted and protected our democracy through her insightful questioning of the status quo.  The University of Manitoba is proud to recognize her with an Honorary Doctor of Science.

Ms. Hébert is a national affairs writer with the Toronto Star, a guest columnist for L’Actualité, and a regular voice on the At Issue political panel on CBC’s The National. She is also a panelist on Les Coulisses du Pouvoir and C’est pas trop tôt on Radio-Canada.

Ms. Hébert’s distinguished career began in 1975 when she reported for Radio-Canada in Toronto. Her understanding of politics and determination to promote public discourse quickly landed her on Parliament Hill where she also served as parliamentary bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse.

“You could tell from the get-go that she was good—and that she was going to be really good,” Peter Mansbridge, CBC news anchor, told the Ryerson Review of Journalism about a young Ms. Hébert. Mansbridge later made Hébert a regular on the At Issue panel and now calls her the group’s lynchpin.

A Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto, she holds numerous honorary degrees from Canadian universities and is the recipient of two Asia-Pacific media fellowships. In 2005 she received the APEX Public Service Award, and in 2006 the Hy Solomon Award for excellence in journalism and public policy. In 2012 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2014 her column Politique in L’Actualité won gold at the National Magazine Awards.

Her 2007 political affairs book, French Kiss: Stephen Harper’s Blind Date with Quebec, explores the fall of the Liberal party and the rise of the Conservative party in that province. It was short listed for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction in 2008.

Her latest book, The Morning After, investigates the 1995 Quebec Referendum by asking a simple question: What would the different party leaders have done if the ‘Yes’ vote won? Published in September 2014, it is described as being a “sly, insightful and wonderfully original book…that cleverly expose[s] the fractures, tensions and fears that continue to shape Canada today.”

Born into a francophone family in Ottawa, raised in Hull and Toronto and educated at York University, she is a rare bilingual political columnist. She has acquired and nurtured the ability to assess and critique our cultural and political landscapes, reporting on them with passion and courage. As Allan Gregg, pollster and frequent panelist on CBC, told the Ryerson Review of Journalism: “She is the most influential journalist in the press gallery right now….When she says something, when she writes something—English and French—all her colleagues pay attention.”

She is undoubtedly one of the best-known and trusted political pundits in our country. In her three decades of commentary and investigative journalism, Ms. Hébert has explained, documented and argued the finer points of constitutional struggles, free trade, parliamentary politics, and First Nations concerns, among others.

She is bold. She is astute. She is a rebel. The University of Manitoba is proud to bestow Ms. Hébert with one of its highest honours, a Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

Leah Hollins

Leah Hollins, LL.D., May 15, 2014
Leah Hollins
Dip.P.H.(Man.); B.Sc.Nurs.(Vic.B.C.); M.B.A.(Healthcare)(City University, Seattle)

Leah Hollins, a powerhouse generator oforiginal thoughts and solutions, changed the Canadian medical system with a radical idea: join together. Ms Hollins identified a gap in organ and tissue donation and transplantation when she boldly stated, “Canada needs an integrated national organ donation system.” She envisioned a solution that involved a revolutionary change in the way organs and tissues are donated and supplied in Canada. Her tireless and inexhaustible energy ultimately facilitated the transfer of responsibility for organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT) from the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation to Canadian Blood Services (CBS). She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of CBS, Canada’s national (save Quebec) blood system with an annual budget of $1 billion.

The organization’s innovative “Call to Action” plan propelled the creation of several national registries now coordinated by CBS. The number of organ transplants conducted in Canada has dramatically increased, especially kidney transplants. This result is unprecedented and unparalleled in Canadian health care. Nine months after assuming responsibility for OTDT, the not-for-profit organization launched the first of three patient registries - the Living Donor Paired Exchange - as a three-province pilot. By November 2010 all provinces had signed on, making it the first-ever Canada-wide registry. To date, 270 transplants have been completed; each one saving the health care system upwards of $40,000 annually. The decrease in dialysis treatments saves our system millions of dollars and improves the lives of the transplant recipients beyond any monetary value.

Ms Hollins is literally irreplaceable. A board once refused her resignation because she would leave too big a void. One of her referees pointed out, “health-care systems in Canada could do with a few more leaders such as Leah Hollins.”

Recognized as a leader in program review, organization structure, and governance related issues, Ms Hollins has built and maintained a high level of credibility. Her views are often sought after by both provincial and national health care forums. A CBS board member shared that at the conclusion of meetings, fellow members do not merely shake her hand as they depart, instead they give her a hug.

Ms Hollins’s involvement in Canadian health care is as impressive as her CV: she’s a graduate of the Master of Business Administration in Health Care program from City University of Seattle, holds a BSc Nursing from University of Victoria, and completed the Executive Development Program at Queen’s University.

During her appointment as Deputy Minister of Health in British Columbia she managed an organization of 2,500 employees and a budget of $9.5 billion; she transformed the B.C. health care system into a regionalized delivery system and led the province’s response to the Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Health Information and is currently chair of Maximus Inc., the company on contract to the B.C. government that administers the medical services plan.

Ms Hollins’s game-changing ideas, passion for collaboration and trailblazing success in shifting the way Canadians donate organs bring distinction to the University of Manitoba. We are delighted to recognize Ms Leah Hollins with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Robert Houle

Robert J. Houle, D.Litt., June 4, 2014
Robert J. Houle
B.A.(Man.); B.Ed.(McGill)

Robert Houle is an artist, curator, critic and educator who has played a significant role in shaping Indigenous art history. Exhibited nationally and internationally, his art is a force that compels and disarms, and through it he opens a direct dialogue on the toughest issues in Canada’s history and contemporary society. The University of Manitoba is proud to honour such a bold and fearlessly creative mind.

Mr. Houle is the oldest sibling in a large and supportive family and he embodies the joy and responsibility that comes from leading with strength, courage and love. He has freely shared his immense talents, found ways to collectively overcome challenges, and honoured his Anishnaabe Saulteaux culture. Across four decades in a formidable career, he has brought together these same abilities to create a collective, broader awareness that challenges assumptions and breaks down barriers.

In Mr. Houle’s own words, “Art has the capacity to lift people’s spirits. Culture is an essential ingredient to any improvement in social and economic conditions. For that reason the special status of native people must be acknowledged and protected not only in a constitutional but also in a cultural context.”

Mr. Houle is a member of Sandy Bay First Nation, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA in Art History in 1972, and in the same year studied painting and drawing at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria. He then went on to earn a BEd in Art Education from McGill University in 1975.

It didn’t take long for his vision and talent to be recognized, and shortly after graduating Mr. Houle became the first curator of Contemporary Indian Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. During his tenure he was a strong voice in opposition of relegating contemporary Indigenous art to anthropological artifacts, and was proactive in having them understood as living pieces of work. As a curator, he has achieved extraordinary impact in bringing together groundbreaking exhibitions such as “New Work by a New Generation” at the World Assembly of First Nations in Regina in 1982, and “Land Spirit Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada” in 1992.

Drawing on Western and Aboriginal artistic traditions, Mr. Houle’s work is a testament to the survival and strength of Indigenous people. Moving past the destruction of colonization, he opens a path where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people can form a new relationship together.

Most recently, Robert Houle’s work examines his own Residential School experiences. This body of significant work is now in the collection of the University of Manitoba’s School of Art, and its importance was recognized in the receipt of the 2013 York Wilson Award of the Canada Council.

Mr. Houle is the recipient of several awards that recognize his immense contributions to the development and advancement of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada. He received the Janet Braide Memorial Award for Excellence in Canadian Art History in 1993 and the 2001 Toronto Arts Award for Visual Artists. He was awarded the Eiteljorg Fellowship in 2003, membership in the Royal Canadian Academy, Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Manitoba in 2004, and the 2006 Canada Council International Residency Program for the Visual Arts in Paris.

Mr. Houle has shared his knowledge and experiences through the publication of many critical essays on contemporary First Nations art and as a professor of Native Studies and Indigenous Abstraction at the Ontario College of Art and Design University for over 15 years, and continues to do so through extensive volunteer work, serving on the board of many prominent organizations.

Robert Houle is a brave leader, forging a path for future generations of his family, his community and this country. He exemplifies strength and hope in building a better Canada. The University of Manitoba is honoured to celebrate Mr. Robert Houle with an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije, LL.D., June 5, 2014
Israel Idonije

While quarterbacks in the National Football League have scrambled to escape his grasp, thousands of young people in Winnipeg, Chicago and West Africa have found comfort and hope in a hug from Israel “Izzy” Idonije. A feared defensive lineman, and a humble humanitarian, Mr. Idonije is an extraordinary study in contrast.

Mr. Idonije is the only Manitoban, and former Bison football player, to ever suit up in the NFL. His career spans more than a decade, and during that time the 33-year-old has experienced something few of his professional peers ever will: playing in football’s ultimate competition - the Super Bowl - in 2007.

He has debunked the myth that kids from Canada can’t crack the NFL, and it’s a message he shares with current Bison football players each time he returns home: “I don’t care where you’re from, you should set your goal for the highest possible achievement,” says Mr. Idonije.

Impressive as his on-field accomplishments are, Mr. Idonije has never let his career define him. He calls his status as a professional athlete his “platform”, and uses it as the foundation for what has been a lifelong endeavour: community service.

For his charitable work, Mr. Idonije has received numerous honours, including being recognized at the White House by President Barack Obama and former President George H.W. Bush as a Daily Points of Light Award recipient in 2013.

Since 2007, the primary vehicle for Mr. Idonije’s philanthropic activities has been the Israel Idonije Foundation. It focuses on kids in underserved communities in the three places Mr. Idonije considers home: West Africa, where the foundation delivers humanitarian aid; Winnipeg, where it hosts an annual All-Star Football Camp; and Chicago, where it leads a variety of after-school, mentorship and community-building activities.

In recent years, Mr. Idonije has branched out beyond the work of his foundation to reach kids in different ways – like starting a comic book series called The Protectors. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Idonije builds brands and opportunities reflective of his own diverse interests. The end result always has a positive impact.

Mr. Idonije’s childhood experiences helped forge his identity. His family immigrated to Brandon, Manitoba, from Lagos, Nigeria, when he was four. His father Henry and mother Choice, both Christian missionaries, didn’t have much money, but they exposed young Israel Idonije to the wealth one realizes through selfless acts of charity.

Inspired by those early experiences, Mr. Idonije’s personal investment in his foundation today goes far beyond lending his fortune or fame to the organization. His work with kids parallels his role on the football field. In both, he is an indomitable presence on the front line. To both, he commits himself 100 percent.

Mr. Idonije was traded from the Chicago Bears in 2013 but not only did he continue his work in Chicago, he also looked to get involved with youth in Detroit. After only being in Detroit for a few weeks, he teamed up with an alternative school and began an incentive-based program to help them make improvements in school.

He was re-signed to Chicago for the 2014 season and last summer he joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a bet with kids who are part of the Rahm’s Readers literacy program. The bet: If the kids collectively read more than two million books during the summer, the duo would take the traditional Polar Plunge the following spring.

The kids won the wager. This past March, Mr. Idonije made good on his promise, joining Emanuel and TV talk show host Jimmy Fallon for a frosty dip in Lake Michigan. The water hovered around the zero degree mark, but the smile on Mr. Idonije’s face told the cameras that there’s no place he’d rather be and nothing he wouldn’t do for the kids he loves.

The University of Manitoba is proud to award an Honorary Doctor of Laws to such an inspiring, selfless role model who is committed to achieving excellence in all his endeavours.

Hubert Kleysen

Hubert Kleysen, LL.D., June 4, 2014
Hubert Kleysen

Inventor, entrepreneur, family man, philanthropist, leader. Hubert Kleysen has embodied all these roles and more throughout his life and successful career in the transportation industry. Mr. Kleysen built a small family-run business into one of the largest trucking companies in Manitoba. In 2006, he sold that company, Kleysen Transport, to the Mullen Income Fund and now serves as Chairman of Kleysen Inc.

As his company continued to grow, Mr. Kleysen always maintained a hands-on approach that often found him checking a truck, chatting with a mechanic or acting as a mentor to those who worked for him.

A firm believer in education, Mr. Kleysen was an early supporter of logistics courses at the University of Manitoba in the 1990s. These small beginnings eventually led to the founding of the Department of Supply Chain  Management at the I.H. Asper School of Business, the Logistics and Transport major in the Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) and the Master of Science programs in Transport and Logistics. In 2008, he established the Kleysen Transport Award for the top graduate in the Certificate in Logistics program, and he continues to support undergraduates in the Logistics and Transport program through a bursary program he recently established.

As a business leader and innovator, Mr. Kleysen has provided a livelihood for thousands of Canadians and has contributed to Canada’s productivity and competitiveness. From new ways of loading freight, to finding a new market for what was previously a waste by-product of the potash mines, Mr. Kleysen is a visionary who has helped grow the Canadian economy. As a philanthropist, Mr. Kleysen’s generosity has contributed to the fabric of our society, and for more than 50 years he has supported or served on the boards of numerous organizations.

Whether it’s organizing the Parade of Lights or chairing the Breakthrough Capital Campaign for the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, Mr. Kleysen has a proven track record as an involved and compassionate leader in his community.

His generosity and leadership has been recognized with numerous honours. In 2002, Mr. Kleysen was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to his community. In 2008, he was the St. Ignatian Challenge Award  recipient at St. Paul’s High School, where he chaired a major fundraising campaign.

Few people have made such a positive impact on their industry and their community as Hubert Kleysen. He is still actively involved in his community, generously sharing his time and expertise for anyone who needs it. The University of Manitoba is proud to honour him with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Richard Waugh

Richard Waugh, LL.D., October 23, 2014
Richard Waugh
O.C.; B.Comm.(Hons.)(Man.); M.B.A.(York); LL.D.(York, Assumption); B.AV., F.I.C.B.

Rick Waugh’s career reflects a truly Canadian success story – a story that started from humble beginnings and culminated with trailblazing achievements in Canada’s banking sector.

The son of a fireman, Mr. Waugh worked his way through university in Alberta’s oil industry, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in 1970. At the age of 20, he began his banking career working as a Bank of Nova Scotia teller at the Windsor Park branch in Winnipeg. Over the next 43 years, his talents and tenacity saw him ascend to the apex of the banking world, moving from Scotiabank’s treasury, corporate international and retail banking areas, to eventually serving as Scotiabank’s President and CEO from 2003 until his recent retirement.

Under his watch, Scotiabank experienced a period of unprecedented growth – a period when the bank’s profits tripled. Mr. Waugh also oversaw Scotiabank’s international operations with a steady hand during the most severe global financial crisis since the Great Depression.

These accomplishments represent a fitting career arc for a man who received the International Award from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 2011.

Despite international acclaim, Mr. Waugh remains true to his prairie roots and proud of where he came from. In a profile published in Canadian Business Magazine, reporter Jason Kirby wrote that Winnipeg is never far from Mr. Waugh’s thoughts.

“If the so-called Winnipeg mafia—those power brokers who hail from the keystone province—ever handed out loyalty cards, Rick Waugh would warrant super-elite status. His stories almost always circle back to the prairie city. He’s a diehard Bombers fan. When the Jets returned home in 2011, he was there for the opening game. An aerial painting of Winnipeg fills an entire wall in his living room.”

Throughout his life, Mr. Waugh has managed to balance a busy professional life with a truly philanthropic spirit. In recognition of his contributions, Mr. Waugh was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012 and in 2008 he received the Award of Merit from B’Nai Brith Canada for his great success as a leader in the corporate and humanitarian realms – an honour made all the more meaningful when it was presented to him in Winnipeg.

For his work to promote Canadian business interests internationally, Mr. Waugh received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in New York, and had the Order of Merit conferred upon him by the president of the Dominican Republic for distinguished service to that country. In 2007 he received the Merit of Honor, Council of the Americas, for his distinguished contribution to the Americas.

Mr. Waugh actively contributes to his community as a dedicated philanthropist. He has worked extensively with the MS Society, and is a board member for their Scientific Research Foundation. In 2006, he was campaign chair for the United Way of Greater Toronto’s 50th anniversary.  He is a director of St. Michael’s Foundation and was co-chair of the hospital’s campaign to build the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

A tireless advocate for the importance of education, Mr. Waugh and his family have endowed scholarships at the University of Manitoba for the children of Scotiabank employees living and working outside of Canada.  In keeping with his commitment to education, Mr. Waugh also serves on the advisory councils for the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University and the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Mr. Waugh, along with his wife Lynne and their three sons, has also generously contributed to the construction of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

As Winnipeg philanthropist and community builder Gail Asper stated,“Rick Waugh is one of Canada’s most visionary leaders with a sharp mind and a huge heart. He and Lynne and their family truly understand the importance of investing in a better future and of igniting the energy and the transformative power of young people. They lead by example.”

Mr. Waugh’s leadership has helped guide the banking sector, both in Canada and internationally, to greater prosperity, stability and security.  His boundless generosity and passionate involvement continue to positively impact communities around the globe. The University of Manitoba is proud to honour him here today with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Richard Waugh, LL.D., October 23, 2014
Richard Waugh
O.C.; B.Comm.(Hons.)(Man.); M.B.A.(York); LL.D.(York, Assumption); B.AV., F.I.C.B.

Rick Waugh’s career reflects a truly Canadian success story – a story that started from humble beginnings and culminated with trailblazing achievements in Canada’s banking sector.

The son of a fireman, Mr. Waugh worked his way through university in Alberta’s oil industry, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in 1970. At the age of 20, he began his banking career working as a Bank of Nova Scotia teller at the Windsor Park branch in Winnipeg. Over the next 43 years, his talents and tenacity saw him ascend to the apex of the banking world, moving from Scotiabank’s treasury, corporate international and retail banking areas, to eventually serving as Scotiabank’s President and CEO from 2003 until his recent retirement.

Under his watch, Scotiabank experienced a period of unprecedented growth – a period when the bank’s profits tripled. Mr. Waugh also oversaw Scotiabank’s international operations with a steady hand during the most severe global financial crisis since the Great Depression.

These accomplishments represent a fitting career arc for a man who received the International Award from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 2011.

Despite international acclaim, Mr. Waugh remains true to his prairie roots and proud of where he came from. In a profile published in Canadian Business Magazine, reporter Jason Kirby wrote that Winnipeg is never far from Mr. Waugh’s thoughts.

“If the so-called Winnipeg mafia—those power brokers who hail from the keystone province—ever handed out loyalty cards, Rick Waugh would warrant super-elite status. His stories almost always circle back to the prairie city. He’s a diehard Bombers fan. When the Jets returned home in 2011, he was there for the opening game. An aerial painting of Winnipeg fills an entire wall in his living room.”

Throughout his life, Mr. Waugh has managed to balance a busy professional life with a truly philanthropic spirit. In recognition of his contributions, Mr. Waugh was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012 and in 2008 he received the Award of Merit from B’Nai Brith Canada for his great success as a leader in the corporate and humanitarian realms – an honour made all the more meaningful when it was presented to him in Winnipeg.

For his work to promote Canadian business interests internationally, Mr. Waugh received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in New York, and had the Order of Merit conferred upon him by the president of the Dominican Republic for distinguished service to that country. In 2007 he received the Merit of Honor, Council of the Americas, for his distinguished contribution to the Americas.

Mr. Waugh actively contributes to his community as a dedicated philanthropist. He has worked extensively with the MS Society, and is a board member for their Scientific Research Foundation. In 2006, he was campaign chair for the United Way of Greater Toronto’s 50th anniversary.  He is a director of St. Michael’s Foundation and was co-chair of the hospital’s campaign to build the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

A tireless advocate for the importance of education, Mr. Waugh and his family have endowed scholarships at the University of Manitoba for the children of Scotiabank employees living and working outside of Canada.  In keeping with his commitment to education, Mr. Waugh also serves on the advisory councils for the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University and the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Mr. Waugh, along with his wife Lynne and their three sons, has also generously contributed to the construction of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

As Winnipeg philanthropist and community builder Gail Asper stated,“Rick Waugh is one of Canada’s most visionary leaders with a sharp mind and a huge heart. He and Lynne and their family truly understand the importance of investing in a better future and of igniting the energy and the transformative power of young people. They lead by example.”

Mr. Waugh’s leadership has helped guide the banking sector, both in Canada and internationally, to greater prosperity, stability and security.  His boundless generosity and passionate involvement continue to positively impact communities around the globe. The University of Manitoba is proud to honour him here today with a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

 


2013

Wayne R. Anderson

Wayne R. Anderson, LL.D., May 28, 2013
Wayne R. Anderson
B.S.A.(Man.); M.B.A.(York)

A champion of the University of Manitoba’s vision and mission, Wayne Anderson has invested himself in the governing of the University of Manitoba community to such an extent that in 2008 he received the Peter D. Curry Chancellor's Award in recognition of his service. He is again recognized today with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Mr. Anderson was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a suiting degree:  after he earned his MBA from York University in 1968 he became actively involved in his family’s cattle operation. He continued this farm work as he carved a path into Winnipeg’s business community. He has been a self-employed entrepreneur for most of the last forty years.

In 1973, Mr. Anderson was named President and General Manager of General Window Products of Canada Ltd. In 1981, he became President of Bonar Plastics Western Ltd. He remained there until 1993, when he became President at St. Boniface Pallet Co., a position he still holds today. He was Vice-President of Hillside Farms Manitoba Ltd. from 1963 until 2003, and from 1993 to 2003 he was Chairman of the Manitoba Horse Racing Commission. He also served as a Director on the Board of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association for eighteen years, including three years as Chair. Multi-tasking has always been his strength: while a student here he was a hockey player for both Agriculture and the U of M Bisons, he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and served on the Agriculture Student Council.

In 1998, Mr. Anderson was elected to the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors as a Representative of the Graduates. He was re-elected in 2001 and 2004. He served as Vice-Chair from September 2000 to June 2002, and elected as Chair of the Board of Governors in June 2002, the same year he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. He served as Chair of the Board with great integrity for four years and then remained on the Board until May 2007.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, an independent "think tank". He is also, since 2009, the Chair of the St. Boniface Hospital’s Board of Directors and continues to be an integral part of the University of Manitoba community: since 1999 he has been a member of the U of M’s Trust and Endowment Committee.

Mr. Anderson is an example of the visionary and caring leaders the University of Manitoba has been shaping since 1877. He has enhanced his community, enriching its people and their connections to one another. He has committed his life to preserving and growing these bonds and the University of Manitoba honours him today for defending and promoting the community’s good.

Harry Bone

Harry Bone, LL.D., May 16, 2013
Elder Harry Bone
B.A.(Brandon)

Elder Harry Bone has worked tirelessly and quietly throughout his life to bolster Indigenous rights. He serves as a source of inspiration to the Faculty of Medicine, which shares his goal of improving the lives of Indigenous peoples by respecting their individual and collective rights. He is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba for working with respect and humility toward this honourable end.

He is a member of the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation, where he served as a Chief and Director of Education.  He also worked as a CEO at the West Region Tribal Council and as a Director of the Manitoba Indian Education Authority.  While a graduate student in political studies at the University of Manitoba he was a Student Advisor and Lecturer.  Elder Bone was also a Director of Native Programs for the Federal Government and he served as a Vice-President of Aboriginal Cultural Centres of Canada

Elder Bone is currently a member of the Elders Council, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and the Treaty Relations Commission.  Through the Treaty Relations Commission, he has been active in working with the Manitoba and federal governments, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre on the Treaty Education Initiative.  This initiative develops Treaty-education resources for K-12 teachers to help them introduce treaties and traditional laws and knowledge to their students.

Elder Bone’s expertise in First Nations governance at the community level is well regarded.  He has led delegations that have met with all levels of government and has been instrumental in furthering many projects for the benefit all Manitobans, such as the Oral History Project and the Historical Atlas of First Nations in Manitoba.

Elder Bone and Elder Doris Pratt co-authored Untuwe Pi Kin He - Who We Are:  Treaty Elders’ Teachings Volume, a book that documents the traditional laws and customs of Indigenous peoples in Manitoba in a way that is accessible to all interested readers; it is not a revision of history but rather a retelling of history from Indigenous historians, giving them an opportunity to reclaim words and inject new power into them.  Like Elder Bone, the book aims to inspire people through compassion, reason, humility and human dignity.

The University of Manitoba honours Elder Bone for his tireless and trendsetting work that advances Aboriginal education in Canada.

Mark Carney

Mark Carney, LL.D., April 5, 2013
Mark Carney
Magna Cum Laude A.B. Economics (Harvard), M.Phil. Economics (Oxford), D.Phil. Economics (Oxford)

Mr. Mark Carney was born in Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories, a town of 2,500 people founded by fur-trading explorers and intrepid adventurers. From here, Mr. Carney blazed a remarkable trail that has taken him to the top of the global financial world.

His journey began following high school in Edmonton, where his family moved to when he was young. He ventured from home, going to Harvard University to earn his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1988. He went further still, earning his master’s degree in economics in 1993 from St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford, and a doctorate in economics in 1995 from Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Mr. Carney went on to have a thirteen-year career with Goldman Sachs in its London, Tokyo, New York and Toronto offices, eventually becoming the bank’s managing director of investment banking. 

In August of 2003, Mr. Carney was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada. A little over a year later he left the Bank to become Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. He served under both a Liberal and Conservative government before he was appointed to a seven-year term as the Governor of the Bank of Canada on February 1, 2008.  He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada, as well as serving as Chairman of the Board of the Financial Stability Board.

When Mr. Carney accepted the governorship at the Bank, the global financial system offered uninviting horizons. But no one, even Mr. Carney, knew how vast, vague and tangled the approaching troubles were. He faced a daunting test almost immediately upon taking the helm: guide Canada through the worst of the financial impacts of a global banking crisis that began in 2007. He succeeded. Time named him one of the top 100 influential people of 2010, and in 2011 Reader’s Digest declared him the Most Trusted Canadian.  And in recognition of his world-wide reputation, last year Mr. Carney was named Central Bank Governor of the Year.

A rare and unique opportunity came on November 26, 2012, when Her Majesty the Queen approved the appointment of Mr. Carney as Governor of the Bank of England, the second oldest central bank in the world. He is the first non-Briton to be appointed to the role since the Bank was established in 1694.

A visionary thinker and trailblazer who possesses tireless ambition and sterling integrity, Mr. Mark Carney is recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Laws for his leadership and impact on the financial world.

Margaret Conrad

Margaret Conrad, LL.D., October 16, 2013
Margaret Conrad
O.C.; B.A.(Hons.)(Acadia); M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.); D.HumL.(Acadia)(Mt.St.Vin.); F.R.S.C.

Historians possess a quiet and immeasurable power: they preserve our stories, stories that define a nation, a gender, a region and its peoples, or all. To re-evaluate facts, to reimagine history, takes a visionary rebel and Dr. Margaret Conrad is an example of one. Her work in two areas has been particularly valuable: history seen from the point of view of women's role and participation, and a re-conceptualization of Atlantic Canada's history, both as a region and an essential element of Canada. What is particularly inspiring about Dr. Conrad is that she fulfills the broadest possible spectrum of the humanities tradition – as a teacher, an advisor, a thinker, a writer and a citizen activist. In celebration of the contributions she has made to our understanding of history, the University of Manitoba is proud to bestow upon her an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Dr. Conrad received a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University in 1967, and then studied at the University of Toronto, earning her Ph.D. in 1979.  Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1995, Dr. Conrad received both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004.

Dr. Conrad taught at Acadia University for many years where she helped to found Atlantis: a Women’s Studies Journal as well as the Planter Studies Centre, which explored the history of eighteenth-century migrations to the Maritimes. In 2002, she was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at the University of New Brunswick. In that capacity, she probed the potential of Humanities Computing through the highly innovative Atlantic Canada Portal. Of the nine scholarly books she has written, Atlantic Canada: A Region in the Making, which she co-authored with James K. Hiller, won the 2002 Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Prize and her biography of Maritime political leader George Nowlan was a runner up for the CHA’s Macdonald prize. Her essay, “”Sundays Always Make Me Think of Home’: Time and Place in Canadian Women's History”, has made an enduring impact on the way historians conceptualize women and the work they do in production, reproduction, and caring for the young, the ill, and the elderly.

Esteemed English scholar, Gwendolyn Davies, describes Dr. Conrad’s scholarship – involving the detailed use of personal diaries in her research -- as taking place “at the intersection of research and originality”. Other contemporaries praise Dr. Conrad’s lifelong work of promoting history to Canadians – she has given over sixty public addresses, seven distinguished lectures, and published four book-length surveys of Canadian history in no less than sixteen editions for undergraduate students and the general public. She was President of the Canadian Historical Association from 2005 to 2007, and has served on a multitude of boards, including the Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium, Canada’s National History Society, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board, and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Council of Canadian Academies.

The University of Manitoba is proud to honour Dr. Conrad for all she has done to enrich Canada’s historical narrative.

Abdo (Albert) El Tassi

Abdo (Albert) El Tassi, LL.D., October 17, 2013
Abdo (Albert) El Tassi
C.M., O.M.

Compassion can so often be a fleeting thing. For Mr. Abdo El Tassi, though, compassion is a daily practice and his lifetime devoted to selfless acts has transformed communities around the globe. He embodies the spirit of the University of Manitoba:  hard work, ingenuity, service, global perspective and borderless outreach. This is why the University of Manitoba is proud to award Abdo El Tassi an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Mr. El Tassi was born in Lebanon, where he became a schoolteacher and principal. He came to Winnipeg in 1969 and his first job was loading trucks in the shipping department of Peerless Garments. In 1978, he was appointed their General Manager and by 2003, he had become President and CEO.  Since that time he has increased the company’s annual sales from $3 to $45 million. He brings this drive to the many boards on which he sits, including the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice in St. Paul’s College.

Mr. El Tassi has sponsored dozens of people to come to Canada and established training and development opportunities at Peerless Garments for newcomers to learn marketable skills and English. To date, he has provided over $1.7 million in interest-free loans to cover business startup costs, mortgages and university tuition for immigrants building new lives in Canada.  He once helped a former Secretary of State for External Affairs reunite two boys in Lebanon with their mother in Winnipeg.

As a founder of the Islamic Social Services Association of Manitoba, the Al Hijra Islamic School, and the Mosque of Thompson, Manitoba, Mr. El Tassi has exhibited his commitment and dedication to his personal faith. He is also a member of the Arab Jewish Dialogue group, which helps bolster relations between differing cultures and religions in Canada. Beyond our borders, Mr. El Tassi is so dedicated to the worldwide effort to remove landmines from war-torn countries that the President of Lebanon has personally congratulated his efforts.

Mr. El Tassi is foremost a family man. He has four children and sixteen grandchildren, but he has made the world his family, and the children of the world - their education and well-being - are a top priority. His donations to Free the Children have enabled the building of several schools. He has given to the University of Manitoba, Sick Kids Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages Canada, UNICEF, the United Way and World Vision.

Over the past seven years he has supported the Mauro Centre’s Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival and is the largest personal contributor to the Military Family Fund, which provides support to families of the Canadian Armed Forces.

A recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, Mr. El Tassi is also a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba. Today, he joins the roster of distinguished global citizens celebrated by the University of Manitoba.

Henry J. Engbrecht

Henry John Engbrecht, LL.D., May 30, 2013
Henry John Engbrecht
B.A.(Bethel College), M.Mus.(Southern Methodist University), M.Mus.Ed.(Southern Methodist University Dallas)

Professor Emeritus Henry Engbrecht is celebrated today for his musical exploration and innovation.

A pioneer, he served as the University's first Director of Choral Studies from 1978 until 2006.  For the sixteen years prior to this appointment, he taught music and directed choirs in various schools and colleges in southern Manitoba.

Recognized as a leading music educator, choral conductor, clinician and adjudicator, he has made significant contributions to the development of music education and choral music throughout Manitoba and across Canada over the past fifty years. He helped establish the Manitoba Choral Association, the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba, and the Manitoba Summer Academy in Advanced Choral Conducting. He has conducted the University of Manitoba Singers, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, the Manitoba Opera Chorus, and Canzona, his own professional chamber choir. He also created CAN-AM Choir – the Canadian-American University Choir – in collaboration with former WSO Conductor Bramwell Tovey. This international choir offered students an extraordinary way to experience masterworks.

Professor Engbrecht was twice awarded the University’s Campbell Outreach Award in recognition of his achievements in promoting the University through concerts and tours of the University Singers across Western Canada, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Europe.

In 2000, he received the Prix Manitoba Award from the Government of Manitoba for his then forty years of service to choral music development across Manitoba and Canada. This admirable record of service also inspired the Manitoba Choral Association to award him with an Honorary Life Membership. In 2006, he was thrice honoured: the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presented him with the Manitoba Choral Association’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, and his students nominated him for the UMSU Professor of the Year Award.

He is so well loved by his friends, colleagues, and former students that they established an endowment fund in his name at the University of Manitoba to recruit top graduate students to the Faculty of Music. The award celebrates Professor Engbrecht’s dedication to choral music at the University and throughout Manitoba.

Professor Engbrecht retired from the university in 2006 after twenty-eight years as Director of Choral Studies, but he continued to teach courses for two more years. He is a donor, a teacher, an artist and a source of inspiration. He forever changed the Faculty of Music for the better, and he continues to enrich Manitoba with his artistic gift. The University of Manitoba recognizes this creator and pioneer with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

J. Roger Léveillé

J. Roger Léveillé, D.Litt., June 3, 2013
J. Roger Léveillé
B.A., M.A.(Man.)

It has been said that all poetry is experimental, but J. Roger Léveillé made poetry pioneering too. He created and established Franco-Manitoban literature as a form, as something worthy of study in universities throughout the world. Perhaps no other person has exported Franco-Manitoba culture to such a degree. His creative, inspiring and reverberating voice will forever enrich the cultural environments of Canada and Europe. For this, the University of Manitoba awards him an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Born into an artistic family in Winnipeg, he developed a passion for literature at a young age. He pursued classical studies at Collège de Saint-Boniface where he was actively involved in various cultural activities, particularly as director of the film society and as writer and later editor of the student newspaper, Frontières. In 1965, he took part in the first exhibition of Franco-Manitoban artists at the St. Boniface Public Library. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, he moved to Montreal where he pursued graduate studies for one semester. He later received his Master of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1968 and published his first poetic narrative, Tombeau, that same year. In 1973, he abandoned his doctoral thesis at the University of Manitoba to devote himself to writing. After briefly working as a French-language instructor, he went into journalism in 1981 while continuing to publish works such as L’incomparable and the collective works Le livre des marges and Œuvre de la première mort.        

In 1984, he established the collection Rouge at Les Éditions du Blé with the aim of promoting local young poets. He also started preparation work for the Anthologie de la poésie franco-manitobaine, which was published in 1990. In 1994, he received the Prix littéraire du Manitoba français for his work Causer l’amour and, in 1997, the Prix du Consulat général de France à Toronto for his entire body of work. That same year, he developed the Foyer des Écrivains, the francophone component of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, of which he was a board member for many years. In 1999, he was invited by the Government of Canada to the Salon du livre de Paris and was later inducted into the Temple de la renommée de la culture du Manitoba français.

In 2003, he received the Prix Champlain as well as the Prix Rue-Deschambault for his novel Le soleil du lac qui se couche. He received the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and most recently, he was named recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council’s 2012 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction.

J. Roger Léveillé has been writing for over forty years, publishing nearly thirty works. The University of Manitoba and Université de Saint-Boniface pay tribute to him today by conferring on him an Honorary Doctor of Letters in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the promotion of literature and the arts both nationally and internationally.

Julie Payette

Julie Payette, D.Sc., May 30, 2013
Julie Payette
O.C.; C.Q.; B.Eng.(McGill); M.Appl.Sc.(Tor.)

Julie Payette is an explorer who once traveled six million kilometers in just shy of ten days. She did this as a mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1999. Her mission was to perform the first manual docking with the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver supplies. She was the first Canadian to participate in an ISS assembly mission and to board ISS. She is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science in recognition of her courage to explore new boundaries, for challenging herself, and for trailblazing deeper paths for other women of science to follow.

Born in Montreal, Julie Payette joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1996 and flew two space missions aboard space shuttles Discovery and Endeavour. On Endeavour, in 2009, she again flew to the ISS and operated Canadarm, a robotic arm she guided through delicate maneuvers needed to complete installation of a new laboratory attached to ISS. Ms Payette has logged over 611 hours in space and from 2000 until 2007 she was Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency.

Ms Payette is Knight of the National Order of Quebec and in 2011 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. In January 2011, Ms. Payette accepted a fellowship in public policy at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. In October of the same year, she was named Quebec's Scientific Delegate to promote collaboration and linkages between science and technology institutions in the United States and in Quebec. In the summer of 2013, Ms. Payette will become the Chief Operating Officer of the Montréal Science Centre.

She is a Former Governor-in-Council for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and a Member of l'Ordre des lngenieurs du Quebec and the International Academy of Astronautics. In 1999, she received the NASA Space Flight Medal for her service and achievements; ten years later, she received the award again. In 2001 she was named Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pleiade de la francophonie, and in 2010 she was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. She also received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers gave her their highest honour – Engineers Canada Gold Medal.

Ms Payette holds a commercial pilot license and obtained her military pilot captaincy. She is a certified deep-sea diver who is fluent in French and English, and can converse in Spanish, Italian, Russian and German. She plays the piano and has sung with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Piacere Vocale in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto. Her achievements listed in this last paragraph alone would allow others to declare her life one lived well and full. But explorers spill over the average life’s brim; Ms. Payette has lived beyond Earth’s horizons and continually expands her own. She goes forth, cultivating new talents and enriching old ones, all to the betterment of global society.  Ms Payette is an adventurer and the University of Manitoba is proud to honour her today.

Strinivasan Reddy

Strinivasan Reddy, LL.D., May 29, 2013
Strinivasan Reddy
O.M.; B.Ed., M.Ed.(Man.)

Strinivasan Reddy is a fighter. Throughout his forty-two year career as an educator working in five countries, he fought for social justice and peace by combating racism. He is a rebel and defender honoured today by his alma mater.

Mr. Reddy began teaching in 1956 in South Africa's Natal Province. In 1962 he moved to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, to teach for two years before he became the Assistant Principal and Chief Examiner at a boarding school in Zambia. He later moved to London, England, to teach for one year before arriving in The Pas, Manitoba, where he was a teacher and administrator with Kelsey School Division as well as coordinator of Brandon University's Northern Teacher Education Program. In 1975, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Education Administration. After earning his master's in 1979 he became a consultant for English as a Second Language with Manitoba Education, working mainly in northern Aboriginal communities. He then went on to work in Frontier School Division where, in 1985, he became the first ever Chief Superintendent of that Division. In 1992, he taught for Brandon University and in 1993 he took the post of Executive Director of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents.

Mr. Reddy continues to work with community organizations to improve education and combat child poverty. Until the program ended last year, he was Manitoba Coordinator for Project Love, which annually sent upwards of 15,000 kits of basic school supplies to students in the most poverty-stricken countries in Africa. He is Chair of the South Africa Education Support Committee, which conducts annual fundraising activities in support of AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal. He is also a co-founder of the Summer Learning Enrichment Program for Winnipeg's inner-city children. This free program operates five days a week for five weeks during the summer months, providing food, cultural enrichment and education to children.

Mr. Reddy is Past Chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, for whom he still volunteers, and from 2004 until 2007, he served on the University of Manitoba's Board of Governors.

His life's work has earned him awards from numerous education organizations including the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education, and in 2000, he was named a Member of the Order of Manitoba.

Mr. Reddy is a champion of social justice, racial understanding, literacy, and poverty reduction. And he has not stopped working. The University of Manitoba is proud to award its distinguished alumnus, Mr. Strinivasan Reddy, with an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

V. James Weisgerber

V. James Weisgerber, LL.D., May 29, 2013
Archbishop V. James Weisgerber
Ph.L., S.T.L.(St.Paul, Ott.); D.D.(St. John's College)

Perhaps it was preordained that Archbishop V. James Weisgerber would reach beyond the borders of the Saskatchewan village where he was born to make an impact on Canadian society. His compassion and courage to rebel against the status quo allowed him to go forth from Vibank, SK, to promote social justice and defend marginalized peoples.

He was ordained as priest fifty years ago and in that time he has served numerous prairie communities and parishes, even serving as Dean of Arts at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, SK.  In Regina, he worked in the Archbishop's Office as director of the pastoral and social justice offices and served as Rector of Holy Rosary Cathedral and Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish. At Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Fort Qu’Appelle, he led the pastoral ministry in the neighboring First Nations’ reserves. In 1990, he was elected General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), a position he held until his ordination as the Bishop of Saskatoon. He was appointed the fifth Bishop of Saskatoon by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II on March 7, 1996, and named the sixth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg by Pope John Paul II on June 7, 2000. One of his first actions as Archbishop of Winnipeg was to establish Micah House on Main Street, a centre for the promotion of social justice.

Archbishop Weisgerber was instrumental in bridging the divide between the Catholic Church in Canada and Canada's Aboriginal Peoples, a divide which developed because of the abuse of Aboriginal Peoples in residential schools established by the Government of Canada and operated by the Roman Catholic Church.  Archbishop Weisgerber worked tirelessly to bring about the meeting in Rome in April, 2009, when Pope Benedict XVI met with leaders of Canada's Aboriginal peoples at the Vatican to express his sorrow at the anguish caused by the conduct of some members of the Church. Archbishop Weisgerber did not allow the reconciliation process to stop here. Since 2009, he has been a driving force in setting up the Moving Forward Together campaign to encourage fundamental and lasting change to Aboriginal communities in Canada by supporting healing and educational programs.  He currently co-chairs the campaign with Dr. Phil Fontaine. In recognition of his work to amplify First Nation voices, Archbishop Weisgerber was symbolically adopted by several First Nations Elders at a ceremony in 2012 that made him a brother to the First Nations community.

Archbishop Weisgerber was awarded the Notre Dame Medal of Honor in 1994 and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2005. He attended St. Peter's College at Muenster and then St. Paul's University in Ottawa. Today, he is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba for his visionary commitment to social change and justice.

Phyllis N. Yaffe

Phyllis Nancy Yaffe, LL.D., May 28, 2013
Phyllis Nancy Yaffe
B.A.(Man.); B.L.S.(Alta.); M.L.S.(Tor.); D.Lit.(Mt.St.Vin.)

Phyllis Yaffe is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of her exceptional business acumen and for trailblazing paths for other women to follow into the world of publishing and entertainment. This former librarian has made a lot of noise in commercial entertainment.

Ms Yaffe was born in Winnipeg and began working as a librarian in the Winnipeg Public Library in 1969. Her love of books led her, after she earned her BA from the University of Manitoba, to receive a Bachelor of Library Science degree from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto. In the 1970s she was a librarian at Seneca College in Toronto, and was later the Executive Director of the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

In 1980, the Association of Canadian Publishers appointed her Executive Director. Five years later she became Vice-President of Marketing for the children's magazine Owl, a position she held until 1993 when she was approached by Alliance; they wanted her to help them expand. She did, and they did.  By 1995, Ms. Yaffe was President of Showcase Television and she again helped them expand in 1996 with the successful licensing of History Television. In 1999, she became President and CEO of Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting and by 2001 she was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting. Four years later, they appointed her Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Atlantis Communications. She was responsible for overseeing the company's worldwide operations, including the specialty channels, the international television distribution business, and the CSI franchise. She is also credited for bringing such personalities as Mike Holmes, Christine Cushing, and the Trailer Park Boys to Canadian television.

In 1999, Canadian Women in Communications presented her with the Award for Woman of the Year. The following year she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women in Film & Television. In 2006, she was named one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network.

She is Chairperson of Women Against Multiple Sclerosis and she has sat on the World Wildlife Fund Board, the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre, and on the United Way of Greater Toronto's 2007 Campaign Cabinet. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Cineplex Entertainment and the Lead Director at Torstar Corporation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Astral Media Inc. and Lionsgate Entertainment. Today, she receives an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Manitoba, a premier academic institution that celebrates Ms. Yaffe’s trendsetting spirit.


2012

Robert Brennan

Robert Brennan, LL.D., May 30, 2012
Robert Brennan
C.A.; F.C.A.

Recognized for his visionary commitment to innovation, sustainability, and the growth and prosperity of Manitoba, Robert Brennan is also a dedicated philanthropist and enthusiastic champion of his community.

Mr. Brennan retired from Manitoba Hydro in 2011 as its longest serving President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure he transformed the Crown Corporation into a modern, customer-driven electric and gas utility that has become one of the major drivers of the provincial economy.

 A chartered accountant, Mr. Brennan is an elected a Fellow of Chartered Accountants with the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants. In 1965 he joined Manitoba Hydro where he quickly moved up the ranks, fulfilling various managerial positions on the accounting and finance side of the firm, becoming Vice-President of Finance in 1987. He then briefly served as Senior Vice-President Finance and Administration before becoming CEO in 1990.

As a result of Mr. Brennan’s visionary leadership, Manitoba Hydro became a significant exporter of renewable energy to the United States. In 1999 the firm purchased Centra Gas to become the primary supplier of natural gas to Manitobans. In 2002 the utility grew again with the purchase of Winnipeg Hydro. It has built two wind farms in southern Manitoba and ushered in Power Smart, a wide-ranging incentive program that encourages consumers to make energy-efficient choices. Under Mr. Brennan, Manitoba Hydro built more dams and utilized the engineering prowess of University of Manitoba faculty members to explore alternative energy resources and to design new power grids and production methods. Mr. Brennan’s leadership also helped Manitoba Hydro establish profit-sharing deals with northern Aboriginal communities.

Mr. Brennan is the former chairman, and long-time director, of the Canadian Electrical Association. He is a long-standing director of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. He has supported Riverview Health Centre for many years and is currently the Chairman of its Foundation. He is Director and Treasurer of Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba, the director of the Winnipeg Vintage Locomotive Society and past co-chair of the YMCA/YWCA.

During Mr. Brennan’s tenure as CEO, Manitoba Hydro has consistently supported the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Mr. Brennan has also supported the Asper School of Business, especially its MBA program: every year since the mid-1990s Mr. Brennan has spoken to MBA students on leadership.

Mr. Brennan is recognized today for his ability to challenge old ways of thinking and for finding new paths that lead toward prosperity and a stronger community.

Douglas Cardinal

Douglas Cardinal, LL.D., May 31, 2012
Douglas Cardinal
O.C., B.Arch.(Texas); F.R.I.A.C., F.R.I.A.S.

As the creative mind behind some of Canada’s most iconic buildings, Douglas Cardinal is recognized for his bold vision and commitment to his indigenous heritage.

Born in Alberta of Metis and Blackfoot heritage, Mr. Cardinal created an Indigenous style of architecture marked by smooth organic lines and influenced by his Canadian and Aboriginal heritage. His visionary work has earned him accolades around the world and eight honorary doctorate degrees from Canadian universities; he earns his ninth today from the University of Manitoba.

His creative process involves a strong community-oriented philosophy, in which he involves elders and community leaders to influence his design’s conceptual development.  One of his most famous works is the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Que., which earned him numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2001.

Graduating with a degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963, Mr. Cardinal’s creative vision began to take shape in western Canada where he designed St. Mary’s Church in Red Deer, Alta. The design is reminiscent of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, except Mr. Cardinal’s church predates the Guggenheim by almost four decades. The church is made of brick and every wall, even the roof, is curved.

Other works by Mr. Cardinal include the Grande Prairie Regional College, the Edmonton Space and Science Centre, the Government Services Centre in Ponoka, Alta., First Nation University of Canada, and Thunderbird House here in Winnipeg, among many others.

Mr. Cardinal’s unique, pioneering style of architecture, rich in curvilinear forms, evokes the Canadian landscape and his Aboriginal ancestry. He believes that the design of buildings is a spiritual endeavor which demands collaboration and respect. And as his visionary creations grew ever-more complex, Mr. Cardinal began innovating the design process by incorporating computers into it; he was one of the first architects to do so.

In 1983 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 1990 he was awarded the Order of Canada. In 2003 he was elected a Member of the Royal Society of Canada.
 
Mr. Cardinal is recognized today for being an innovator, a creator, a visionary and a trailblazer.

Paul E. Garfinkel

Paul E. Garfinkel, D.Sc., October 18, 2012
Paul E. Garfinkel
O.C.; M.D.(Man.); F.R.C.P.

Dr. Paul Garfinkel is awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science in recognition of his determination to challenge preconceived notions of mental disorders and to pioneer new ways of thinking about, and treating, disease.
 
Dr. Garfinkel graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine in 1969. After completing his residency at the Toronto Western Hospital, the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and the Toronto General Hospital, Dr. Garfinkel became a specialist in psychiatry and entered practice as well as teaching duties in 1974. His early academic career is marked by the numerous academic awards he received, like the Canadian Psychiatric Association Award. His subsequent career is characterized by the honours bestowed upon him by prestigious institutions and governing bodies, such as the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and the Pacesetter Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada.
 
His research focuses on eating disorders, pernicious illnesses that hijack minds and starve bodies. His main focus is Anorexia Nervosa, a notorious disorder that affects primarily young women across Canada and the globe, robbing them of the vigor and vitality that should characterize their youth. Dr. Garfinkel has dedicated his life to helping these young women regain control of their minds and bodies. His passion and courage propelled him to challenge his colleagues to think about eating disorders in new ways. His scholarship is well regarded and recognized around the world. He has published 155 refereed journal articles, 10 books, 82 book chapters, and many other publications over the course of his trendsetting career. His textbooks alone have been called landmark achievements.
 
Dr. Garfinkel has also distinguished himself as an administrator: he has served as Head of the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, and as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Toronto General Hospital and President and CEO of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, also in Toronto. From 1998 to 2009, he served as the Founding President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This centre was created after four independent facilities merged together to form the largest mental illness and addictions treatment facility in Canada. Dr. Garfinkel led this visionary merger; he led infrastructure development and capital campaigns all while fostering a new public understanding of, and support for, mental health and addiction treatment. Through his innovative approach, CAMH has transformed into an urban village that has de-institutionalized patient care.
 
In 1996, Dr. Garfinkel was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2008 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Today, his alma mater honours his courage and vision to pursue and share an improved understanding of contemporary society’s most serious mental disorders.

M. Cyril Mooney

M. Cyril Mooney, LL.D., May 31, 2012
Sister M. Cyril Mooney
I.B.V.M.; Ph.D.(London)

A champion of the poor and disenfranchised, Sister Cyril Mooney is recognized for her commitment to education and her work to challenge the caste system in India.

Sr. Cyril belongs to the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto). Arriving in India in 1956, she completed her PhD in zoology at India’s University of Lucknow. She taught at Loreto College and then in 1979 she was named Principal of Loreto Day School Sealdah in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. The school was founded as an exclusively upper-class private school for girls. That changed when Sr. Cyril took the helm: the school opened itself to everyone, of any caste, class or religion. Now, of the 1,500 students, half come from families that pay full tuition fees that support the other half of the student body which pays nothing and receives high-quality education, medicine, food, books and uniforms. Bringing these two groups together into a cohesive, cooperative student body was, and remains, a revolutionary act.

Sr. Cyril’s initiatives extend further than this innovation: Through the Loreto’s Rainbow Program, 250 girls originally from the slums and streets now live on the school’s flat roof, allowing them to avoid the struggles of slum life in order to focus on learning. Her school’s staff and resources have built five other schools in Kolkata slums, providing access to the same high-quality education for an additional 6,500 students. Going further, Sr. Cyril created the Barefoot Teaching Program, which has trained 7,000 teachers who have reached 350,000 poor children in the city who otherwise would have no access to education. The model of education she developed is now being adopted by the state system of India.

Recognized as an education innovator, Sr. Cyril received the UNESCO’s NOMA Award in 1994 for spreading literacy. In 2007, the President of India honoured her with the Padma Shri Award, the Government of India’s fourth-highest civilian honour; Mother Teresa is the only other foreign-born recipient.
 
In 2010, Sr. Cyril was granted an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Trinty College in Dublin, Ireland. The following year Monmouth University in New Jersey, USA, presented her with their Global Visionary Award for her work in India and for allowing its students to get involved in her program. For the past six years, University of Manitoba students from the Faculty of Education have also worked with Sr. Cyril at her school through an intensive field study program. Sr. Cyril is recognized today for transforming the lives of thousands of others in India with her innovative approach to education.

Tannis Richardson

Tannis M. Richardson, LL.D., May 29, 2012
Tannis M. Richardson
O.C.; B.Sc.(H.Ec.)(Man.)

A dedicated philanthropist and volunteer, Tannis Richardson is an enthusiastic champion of her community and its people. Her lifelong commitment to local and international charitable causes is why her name is so well loved in Winnipeg and why she is being awarded an honourary degree today.

Since graduating in 1948 from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Home Economics (now the Faculty of Human Ecology), Mrs. Richardson has made a difference in countless lives through her dedication to arts, health and cultural organizations in Winnipeg and Canada.

Two years after graduating, Mrs. Richardson joined the Winnipeg Art Gallery as a volunteer member of the Women’s Committee. Over the years she has helped the WAG raise funds for numerous projects and in light of her exceptional service she became one of the first members of the Advisory Council of the Volunteer Associates of the WAG, a position normally reserved for past WAG presidents and board members.

Mrs. Richardson is also a long-time benefactor and leader of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation and in 1991 she was the first recipient of the Foundation’s Laureate of Excellence Award, which was establish to recognize the contributions of individuals in the community. In 1995, Mrs. Richardson, along with her husband George, acted as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Foundations for Health Campaign, an ambitious and successful project between the Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Children’s Hospital that resulted in a new research centre. Today, Mrs. Richardson continues to support the foundation by being the Honorary Director of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation.

Mrs. Richardson is a Member of the Order of Canada and she has served on the boards of Rainbow Stage, the Manitoba Opera Association, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Association of Youth Orchestras.

She has supported and volunteered for a multitude of organizations such as the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the United Way of Winnipeg, the Western Canadian Aviation Museum, the Manitoba Museum, and the Winnipeg Public Library Foundations. She is also on the Advisory Council of the Friends of Upper Fort Garry.

Mrs. Richardson is especially committed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Canada, chairing the local fundraising committee and serving on the national Executive Committee and Board of Chancellors, as well as serving with JDRF International. In recognition of her dedication and tireless effort, she was honoured with the One Step Closer Award from the Juvenile Research Foundation International.

There are few communities, organizations or causes in Manitoba that have not benefited from Mrs. Richardson’s selfless generosity. Today, we welcome her back home to the University of Manitoba and honour her ability to envision a better world and to make it so.

Lloyd Robertson

Lloyd Robertson, LL.D., May 29, 2012
Lloyd Robertson
O.C.; LL.D. (Royal Roads)

Admired as one of the most trusted journalists in Canada, Lloyd Robertson is recognized for his dedication to informing and educating Canadian citizens through comprehensive and objective reporting.

With 35 years at the helm of the CTV National News, Mr. Robertson became one of longest-serving national news anchors in TV history, beating Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite to name but two colleagues. With unrivaled integrity, character and equanimity, Mr. Robertson has shaped the way generations of Canadians understood their country and its place in the world.

For over 60 years he reported to Canadians on events that mattered to them. He covered the election of nearly half of Canada’s Prime Ministers, and the death of four of them. He was there when the Berlin Wall rose, and he reported back to us when it fell. He covered the moon landing and the Gulf War. He informed us during Royal weddings, visits, deaths and a Jubilee. He covered two Quebec referendums, Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, and nine Olympic Games.  Unflappable, Mr. Robertson was always there to tell us, in his signature sign-off, what kind of day it had been.

His career began in 1952 in Stratford, Ont., where he was an announcer and operator at CJCS Radio. Then he worked in radio in Guelph, Ont., before taking a job at the CBC in Winnipeg in 1956. Mr. Robertson read the CBC Weekend News from 1962 until 1970, when he became the anchor for CBC’s “The National”. In 1976 he left CBC to become a co-anchor for CTV’s national news program. In 1983 he became CTV’s chief news anchor and senior news editor. Mr. Robertson retired in 2011, a few years after being inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Mr. Robertson is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of two Gemini Awards. He won the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Golden Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence in 1995/96, and he was voted most trusted TV journalist ten times by TV Guide Magazine. He’s the first journalist inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame and September 1 has been declared “Lloyd Robertson Day” in his hometown of Stratford, Ont.

Mr. Robertson’s commitment to Canada extends beyond the newsroom. He has co-anchored the annual Hospital for Sick Children Foundation’s telethon in Toronto for over a decade and he has served as the Honorary Chair for the Terry Fox Run. Even in the earliest days of his career, Mr. Robertson invested in community causes: a 1955 clipping from the Winnipeg Free Press notes that Mr. Robertson was lending his celebrity to a fundraising event at Winnipeg’s Rockwood School.

In 2006 he was given an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. Today he receives a Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Manitoba, a school that celebrates Mr. Robertson’s trendsetting spirit and his role in Canadian society as an adamant defender of truth.

Darlene Coward Wight

Darlene Coward Wight, D.Litt., October 17, 2012
Darlene Coward Wight
B.A.(Hons.), M.A.(Carleton)

An honorary Doctorate of Letters is bestowed upon Ms Darlene Coward Wight in recognition of her tireless dedication to preserve, promote, and celebrate art by Canada’s Inuit.

Ms Wight arrived in Winnipeg in 1986 to fulfill the position of Associate Curator, Inuit Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG). Immediately after taking the helm from her excellent predecessors, Ms Wight enacted visionary innovations, exploring new ways to expand the collection and communicate its importance. Since 1986 she has mounted an astonishing 76 exhibitions, about as many as the rest of her Inuit art colleagues have mounted combined. Her exhibitions focus on alternating themes, artists, communities and regions. She has courted important collectors and organized major solo exhibitions of trailblazing artists. Her ability to engage with Inuit artists, which is a challenge in the field, has been one of her main strengths as a curator. In 1998, she became Curator of Inuit Art at the WAG.

Ms Wight has published 20 illustrated catalogues and many shorter brochures. She was a regular contributor to Inuit Art Quarterly and has authored 47 articles, papers and invited lectures. She has lectured at the University of Manitoba and at universities and art centres across Canada, the Unites States, and Europe.  

Ms Wight possesses a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of Inuit art and an inexhaustible passion for the subject. For decades her efforts have put Inuit culture, an integral part of our national identity, in the Canadian spotlight. Her curatorial excellence has helped us understand the full extent of our national character.

But her working life did not begin in the realm of art. She began as a teacher. She graduated from Peterborough Teacher’s College in 1968 and taught Grades 4 and 5 in Ottawa until 1970. For five years she worked in libraries in Kingston, Ontario, and Ottawa. In 1975 she began studying art history at Carleton University and in 1980 she earned her Master’s degree, passing with distinction. In 1981, still in Ottawa, she worked as the Fine Arts Curator for Canadian Arctic Producers, a wholesale art marketing arm of Arctic Co-operatives Limited. From 1984 to 1986, Ms Wight worked as an independent curator and researcher in Ottawa before coming to Winnipeg to work at the WAG as an Associate Curator.

Ms Wight has ventured into Canada’s Arctic to conduct countless in-depth interviews with artists from many communities, especially in the Kitikmeot and Baffin regions.

Today, Ms Wight is honoured for her unwavering efforts to celebrate and illuminate art, and for amplifying the voices of Inuit artists for generations to come.

Gordon Ying-Sheung Wu

Gordon Ying-Sheung Wu, LL.D., May 30, 2012
Sir Gordon Ying-Sheung Wu
B.Sc.(Princeton); G.B,S.; K.C.M.G.; F.I.C.E.

A visionary entrepreneur, philanthropist and innovator, Sir Gordon Ying-Sheng Wu is recognized with an Honourary Doctor of Laws for his passionate commitment to higher education and his transformative impact on East Asia and the world.

Sir Gordon was one of the first international students to come to Canada from Hong Kong, arriving at the University of Manitoba from Hong Kong in 1953. Although Sir Gordon studied at the University of Manitoba for only one year before going to Princeton University to earn his civil engineering degree in 1958, he did not forget the special opportunity the University of Manitoba first afforded him. He has given generously to the University of Manitoba, helping support the construction of the Faculty of Engineering’s new home – the Engineering Information and Technology Complex.

Before Sir Gordon left for North America, his father, the son of a migrant pig farmer, foresaw the expansion of automotive transportation in China and launched Hong Kong’s first taxi service. Upon returning home from his studies, Sir Gordon showed exquisite business acumen, expanding the family business’ portfolio to include hospitality and infrastructure interests. This inspired Sir Gordon to create Hopewell Holdings Limited, a Hong-Kong based company that has helped modernize China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Indonesia, by building bridges, superhighways and power stations.

Sir Gordon is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and an advisor to the China Development Bank. He is also a member of the International Finance Corporation for the World Bank and an associate director for the United Nationals Association in China.

Sir Gordon has donated $118 million to Princeton University and made significant contributions to universities in Hong Kong, the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. As a result of his community support, Sir Gordon has received numerous awards and honourary degrees from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Strathclyde and University of Edinburgh. He was Man of the Year (International Road Federation, USA, 1994), Business Man of the Year (South China Morning Post, 1991), Asia Corporate Leader (Asia Finance Magazine, 1991), and International CEO of the Year (George Washington University, 1996), to name just a few of many designations.

The King of Belgium, Albert II, awarded Sir Gordon the Chevalier de L’Ordre de la Couronne in 1985 and the Officer de L’Ordre de la Couronne in 2007. In 1997 the Queen of England knighted him into the Order of St. Michael and St. George. Then, in 2007, he received the Order of Croatian Danica by the Republic of Croatia.

As one of the pioneering forces behind East Asia’s economic rise, Sir Gordon continues to dedicate his prodigious engineering skills and foresight to designing and building vertical axis, wind-powered turbines to help China tap clean energy. At age 73 he has not stopped trailblazing.

George E. Yee

George E. Yee, D.Sc., May 10, 2012
Dr. George E. Yee
M.D.(Man.); F.R.C.P.(C)

A celebrated physician and philanthropist, Dr. George E. Yee is recognized for his commitment to medicine, to his community and to the support of young doctors.

Dr. Yee grew up in one of Winnipeg’s poorest neighbourhoods and despite his family’s financial woes his parents supported and encouraged his pursuit of a university education. In 1960, he graduated from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine. During his studies a pivotal moment in his career occurred: the faculty’s Dean, noticing his student’s financial needs, offered Dr. Yee a bursary. Grateful for this help, Dr. Yee vowed to himself that if he were ever fortunate enough to do so, he would give back to the University of Manitoba.

Upon graduating, he worked at the Winnipeg General Hospital and then began residencies in pathology there, and at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. In 1964 he became an American Cancer Fellow. A year later Dr. Yee was certified in General Pathology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. From 1992 to 2002 he held the role of Inspector for the College of American Pathologists. He has also served as the President of the Ontario Association of Pathologists and as a member of medical organizations such as the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Society of Cytology.

Throughout his career Dr. Yee has worked in various hospitals, often as their chief pathologist, and today he is the CEO and Laboratory Director of Medical Laboratories of Windsor, Ont., the busiest laboratory in Canada. He has held this position since 1966.

Despite his busy schedule as a world-renowned pathologist and a father of four, Dr. Yee has never forgotten his vow. To that end, to help further philanthropy in his graduating class, Dr. Yee challenged his classmates to donate funds, which he would match dollar for dollar, to assist medical students. The result: the University of Manitoba Class of 1960 Entrance Scholarship in Medicine, which Dr. Yee underwrote to the sum of $95,000.

In 2008, Dr. Yee provided a $2.5 million gift to establish the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba, a place that fosters interdisciplinary research and collaboration that will result in new ways to improve patient care and safety.  

To honour his mother’s memory, Dr. Yee donated $200,000 to establish the Pauline Yee Harrison Medical Student Bursary at the University of Manitoba. He has also given $150,000 to the Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund, of which he is a founder and sustaining member.

In 2001, Dr. Yee received the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Life Membership Award. In 2002, he received the Canadian Medical Association’s Senior Membership Award. And in 2007 he received the OMA’s Advocate for Student Awards. Today, Dr. Yee is awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sciences from the school where he began his trailblazing career.


2011

Izzeldin Abuelaish

Izzelden Abuelaish, LL.D., June 2, 2011
Izzeldin Abuelaish
M.B.B.ch.(Cairo); Dip.Obstetric (London); Post Grad.Dip (King's); M.RH.(Harvard)

A passionate and eloquent champion for peace in the Middle East, Dr. lzzeldin Abeulaish is a Palestinian doctor and infertility expert who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Despite incredible tragedy, Dr. Abuelaish has devoted his life to medicine and the search for reconciliation between the Israeli and Palestinian people. For years, Dr. Abuelaish has been an important figure in Palestinian-Israeli relations. He has treated Palestinian and Israeli patients and worked in Israeli hospitals, and is a committed advocate of forgiveness and healing as engines in the peace journey.

On January 16, 2009, Dr. Abuelaish lost three of his daughters and a niece when Israeli tank shells shattered his house in the Jabalia camp. In the face of this horrific personal tragedy, Dr. Abuelaish has continued to advocate for peace and harmonious coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis. Dr. Abuelaish continues to live up to the description bestowed upon him by an Israeli colleague: a magical, secret bridge between Israelis and Palestinians.

He has received the Stavros Niarchos Prize for Survivorship, which honours individuals and organizations that promote survivorship and resilience through outstanding contributions to peace, reconciliation and recovery in conflict- affected societies. He has also received a Search for common Ground Award; which are presented annually to honour outstanding accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, community and peace building. And among other awards and honours, he was one of three finalists for 2009 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought, the European Parliament's award for human rights and democracy campaigners. He was also a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

An international foundation, inspired by Dr. Abuelaish's vision and commitment to peace and reconciliation, is being created, with headquarters in Toronto and the Gaza Strip. The Foundation, with an international mandate, is being established to nurture leadership among women and girls in Gaza and the Middle East in the fields of education and health. Inspired by Dr. Abuelaish's values and lifetime commitment to working across challenging situations, the foundation will honour the memory of his daughters and serve as their living legacy.

Dr. Abuelaish was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and he received a scholarship to study medicine in Cairo, Egypt, and then received a diploma from the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of London. He completed a residency in the same discipline at Soroka hospital in Israel, followed by a subspecialty in fetal medicine in Italy and Belgium. He then undertook a master's in public health at Harvard University.

He is the author of the bestselling book I Shall Not Hate, which chronicles his life growing up in Gaza and the development of his outlook on life and peace in Israel and Palestine. He lives with his five remaining children in Toronto, where he is in associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Claude Bernier

Claude Bernier, D.Sc., June 6, 2011
Claude Bernier
B.A., B.S.A., M.Sc. (Manitoba); Ph.D. (Minnesota)

A distinguished researcher, scholar and pioneer in plant pathology, Dr. Claude Bernier is recognized for his role in improving wheat production processes at home and around the world.

Dr. Bernier was born in Saint-Boniface in 1931 and obtained his master's degree from the University of Manitoba.  He earned his Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota and in 1965 he took the position of assistant professor in the department of plant science at the University of Manitoba.

Beginning in the 1970's, Bernier contributed as a consultant to many programs in developing countries, particularly in the north of Africa, and was consultant for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  He assessed the disease situation in food legumes and the research capabilities of national programs in Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan.  This led to the establishment of the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas ( ICARDA) at Aleppo, Syria.  He also directed a major project on wheat pathology and tillage in Uruguay; his job was to stabilize wheat production in the entire country.

Throughout his career, Dr. Bernier contributed to his community as a member of the Board of Governors for Saint-Boniface College from 1966-75, serving as president of the board from 1972-74.  He was a board member for Caisse populaire de Saint-Boniface, and member of the Conseil de promotion de la cooperation.  He was a member of the University Senate from 1974-76 and he also lent his expertise to Agriculture Canada, the Department of Natural Resources, Red River Community College, and the Canadian Phytopathological Society, of which he was a member of throughout his career, serving as vice-president from 1977-78.

Manitoba has always had one of the largest concentrations of plant pathologists in Canada.  Today, more than a third of the plant pathologists in Manitoba were either graduate students of Dr. Bernier, had him on their advisory committees, or took his graduate course.  This is in addition to the hundreds of undergraduate students who were exposed to plants through Dr. Bernier's teaching.

Dr. Bernier's knowledge has been invaluable to so many societies, including our own.  In the 1980's a wheat disease called Tan Spot caused serious yield losses in western Canada and elsewhere.  It was Dr. Bernier's research program that provided the critical understanding of this disease that brought it under control.  He did the same for lentils in 1990 when a fungus threatened them. For a city boy exposed to plants through his dad's garden, he has made an impact in the agricultural world, working to save our food stuffs from disease.  His impact on the 30 graduate students he trained is immeasurable but the wake of his career is evident in the 50 refereed journal articles, numerous book chapters, and participation in hundreds of national and international conferences.

John Buhler

John Buhler, LL.D., October 19, 2011
John Buhler
Hon.Dip.(Red River College)

As a boy growing up in Morden, Manitoba, John Buhler would walk to a nearby farm to admire the rumbling engines and lurching steel of tractors; watching them as their tires chewed muddy paths in the fields. He loved tractors and knew he wanted to build them.

His passion for farm equipment never waned. In 1969 he purchased Morden's Standard Gas Engine Works. He renamed it Farm King Limited. In 1981 he purchased the company's Winnipeg factory. He made a series of other acquisitions and amalgamated the companies to form Buhler Industries in 1994. Years passed and he won awards such as the Manitoba Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1997, but it was not until 2000 that Mr. Buhler sated his boyhood dream of making tractors: he bought the last remaining tractor manufacturing facility in Canada, renaming it Buhler Versatile.

His success in business, achieved not with formal training but with unwavering determination, vision and acumen, has enabled him to give generously to Manitoba communities. Today, he and his wife Bonnie remain passionate philanthropists.

John and Bonnie Buhler have touched many lives through their charitable offerings to numerous organizations. They have given to museums such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Manitoba Children's Museum. They have supported hospitals and care facilities such as Victoria General Hospital, Seven Oaks Hospital, St. Amant Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation, the Misericordia Hospital Eye Care Centre, and the Health Sciences Centre, which named a research facility after him. They have also given to the Town of Morden, Winnipeg parks, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and schools. In short, John and Bonnie's vision and generosity have nurtured growth, health, and prosperity in Manitoba communities.

In 1998, Mr. Buhler was named Morden's Citizen of the Year and in 2002 he received the Queen's Jubilee Medal for his community service. Five years later, he and Bonnie received the Variety Club Gold Heart Humanitarian of the Year award. In 2010, he was inducted into the Manufacturers Hall of Fame.

As a true visionary, Mr. Buhler has shared his wisdom with many organizations, sitting on the boards of Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He has volunteered for groups such as Friends of Upper Fort Garry and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. And he and his wife Bonnie have been deeply involved in the trendsetting Buhler Gallery at St. Boniface Hospital - the only public art gallery in a Canadian Hospital presenting rotating exhibitions by major Canadian artists. With the full support of the Buhlers, the gallery has provided more than 60,000 hospital visitors a place to find inspiration or solace. At age 77, now retired as CEO of Buhler Industries Inc., the indefatigable Mr. Buhler continues to make positive impacts on the community.

Stuart Clark

Stuart Clark, LL.D., June 1, 2011
Stuart Clark
B.Comm.(Hons.)(Man.)

A renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist and volunteer, Stuart Clark is recognized for his tireless dedication to supporting a variety of charities and educational institutions in Canada.

Growing up in rural Manitoba, the second of four children born to a teacher and a nurse who volunteered often, Mr. Clark was taught early about the value of giving back. To date, the modest Calgary businessman has given millions to various Alberta charities. And in the past couple of years, he has donated $5 million to his alma mater, the University of Manitoba, which enabled the establishment of the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship in the I.H. Asper School of Business. This Centre cultivates the development of new businesses and entrepreneurial thinking among Canadians and students by encouraging them to consider entrepreneurship as their life's calling. Currently, the Stu Clark Centre supports a variety of programs aimed at youth as well as undergraduate students.

Mr. Clark also donated $4 million to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which earlier this month announced plans to name a room after him in the museum, called the Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation.

Born in 1954, Mr. Clark graduated with a B.Comm (Hons) from the University of Manitoba in 1976 and immediately set to becoming a successful entrepreneur. After graduating from the University of Manitoba, he went west, to work in business and the banking industry in Vancouver and Calgary.

He returned to commercial banking in Winnipeg with the T.D. Bank and the Northland Bank, gaining invaluable experience in that field before being transferred back to Calgary in 1984.

In 1986 he worked as Chief Financial Officer in a public oil and gas exploration company, Pinnacle Resources. He and his partners raised $2 million of shareholder capital; they sold that company in 1998 for approximately $1 billion. Since then Mr. Clark has been involved in the start-up and reorganization of a number of Calgary-based public and private entities.

Mr. Clark officially retired in 2001 but continues to sit on the Board of Storm Exploration Inc., and is Chairman of the Board of Rock Energy Ltd.

Today, his focus revolves around his philanthropic interests; causes he's chosen specifically to match his areas of interest and passion. His endowments to the University of Manitoba's and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights stem from his belief in the power of education.

Catherine Delaney

Catherine Delaney, LL.D., June 1, 2011
Catherine Delaney
C.M.; B.A.(Man.)

A successful businesswoman and community advocate, Catherine "Kiki" Delaney is recognized for her support of charities focused on women, youth and the arts.

Ms. Delaney has thrived in the investment business for over 30 years and has played a strong role in her community. Ms. Delaney began her career as a Sales Assistant at Merrill Lynch, later becoming Executive Vice-President at Guardian Investment Counsel and then a Partner at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc. In 1992, Ms. Delaney founded C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., an investment counselling firm directed at private wealth.

Since its inception in 1992, Delaney Capital Management has become one of the leading investment counselling firms in Canada and one of the most recognised firms in capital markets in this country. In a 14-year period Delaney Capital Management has grown and expanded and today employs 16 people and manages over $1.8 billion on behalf of individuals and institutions.

In addition to the role Ms. Delaney has played at Delaney Capital Management, she has been involved in industry affairs as a director of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts. She is a past president of The Ticker Club, one of the least known but most prestigious investment organizations in Canada. In The Ticker Club's 78-year history, Kiki Delaney was its second female president.

Delaney Capital Management encourages the ethic of giving to charitable causes by matching employee gifts and by stressing the importance of community involvement. The firm is a major supporter of not-for-profit groups in the areas of health, culture and women's and children's issues including organizations such as The Pier 21 Society, The Famous5 Foundation, LEAF - The Women's Legal Education and Action Fund Foundation, Canadian Women's Foundation, Trails Youth Initiative, The Avenue Road Arts School and many others.

Ms. Delaney is also very involved in the cultural life of Canada, serving as a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, a board member of the National Arts Centre Foundation and she was on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto. She was once the Chair of the National Ballet School, the director of the Shaw Festival Board, and a past director of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

In October, 2006, Governor General Michaëlle Jean appointed Ms. Delaney a Member of the Order of Canada.

 

Gary Filmon

Gary Filmon, LL.D., May 31, 2011
The Honourable Gary Filmon
P.C., D.C., CM.; B.Sc.C.E., M.Sc.(Man.)

A dedicated public servant and volunteer, Gary Filmon led Manitoba as its Premier and contributed to the economic and social growth of the province.

A University of Manitoba graduate, Mr. Filmon is an engineer by profession, but he found his calling in public service. He served as a member of the Winnipeg City Council prior to his first being elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1979. In 1981 he was Minister of Environment, and he also served as chair of the Manitoba Roundtable on Sustainable Development.

In 1983 he became leader of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party - a position he held until his retirement from politics in 2000. During his tenure, he steered the province through a recession, the 1997 Red River flood, and the worst wildfires in Manitoba's history, which burned in 1989. The province's response included the evacuation of thousands of residents in northern Manitoba and the co-ordination of interdepartmental efforts, including working in close conjunction with the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre in Winnipeg. In 2003, he was commissioned by the government of British Columbia to undertake a survey of forest fires in that province.

Upon retiring from politics, Mr. Filmon was appointed to the federal Security Intelligence Review Committee, an independent body that oversees the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. He has also worked as a business consultant and was elected chairman of the board of trustees for the Exchange Industrial Income Fund and was vice chairman for Wellington West Capital Inc.

Among his other community activities, he has served as President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, and as President of the Association of Canadian Career Colleges. He is a member of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, Director of the Administrative Management Society and Director of the Red River Exhibition Board.

His awards and honours include a Community Service Award from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, B'nai B'rith Canada Award of Merit, a Ukrainian Canadian Congress Tribute Dinner and together with his wife, Janice, he received the University of Manitoba's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. Mr. Filmon is also a Member of the Crder of Manitoba as well as an Cfficer of the Crder of Canada.

Janice Filmon

Janice Filmon, LL.D., May 31, 2011
Janice Filmon
O.M.; B.Sc.(H.Ec.)(Man.); LL.D.(Cannon Law)(St. John’s College)

Janice Filmon is recognized for her prolific work with community organizations and committees at the local, national and international levels including serving on the boards of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba. In 2007 she was made an officer of the Order of Manitoba.

Ms. Filmon was born in Winnipeg and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. She worked as a social worker with the Children's Aid Society of Winnipeg and was a caseworker in Family Protection. She is a past president of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association and a past member of the University of Manitoba Students Union Scholarship/Bursary Fund and Endowment Fund Board of Trustees.

She is the president of the Nellie McClung Foundation, was the founding Co-chair for Leadership Winnipeg, and continues to be involved in youth leadership. The Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation have honoured her with the Guardian Angel Award. As well, the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation and Great West Life created the Janice C. Filmon Award for Leadership in Cancer Care in Manitoba, to honour those who make significant contributions in this field. And the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice have a student award named after her.

In the spring of 2005, Ms. Filmon received the Peter D. Curry Chancellors Award at the University of Manitoba for contribution to the university's governance and development. In June of 2005, Janice and her husband, Gary, were jointly honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the University of Manitoba's Fall Convocation.

Ms. Filmon is well known for her volunteerism: she was the founding co-chair of Leadership Winnipeg and founding chair of Manitoba A.L.I.V.E., a leadership initiative which teaches selected high-school students the skills needed in the voluntary sector. She was Chair of Festivals for the 1999 Pan American Games and has also acted as a member of Toronto's 2008 Olympic Bid Committee. She was the Honorary Co-chair of Thunderbird Lodge's capital campaign, and a board member for the Canadian Centre for Social Justice. She was a board member of the Manitoba Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer and national board member for Help The Aged. This is a shorted list but her full resume brought her the honour of receiving the Variety Club's Gold Heart Humanitarian of the Year award in 2006.

David Johnston

David Johnston, LL.D., October 20, 2011
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
CC., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., Governor General of Canada; A.B.(Harvard); LL.B.(Cambridge); LL.B.(Queen's)

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, the 28th Governor General of Canada, is recognized for his distinguished achievement as a national trailblazer in scholarship, public service, Canadian unity and the nation's national sport.

Born in Sudbury, Ont., His Excellency received his A.B. degree from Harvard University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1963. He then earned his LL.B. from Cambridge University in England. In 1966, His Excellency received his LL.B. from Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., He remained at Queen's University as an Assistant Professor in their Faculty of Law, a position he later held at the University of Toronto before becoming a full professor there in 1972. In 1974 he became Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Waterloo. Five years later, he was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor at McGill University. He held that office until 1994. He continued to teach law at McGill until he returned to the University of Waterloo in 1999 to become President and Vice-Chancellor.

Recognized as visionary throughout his career, His Excellency has authored or co-authored over two dozen books, as well as numerous reports, academic articles and conference papers. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada.

His service to governments and public agencies, and his contributions to communities throughout Canada are too numerous to list in full. He has served academic associations like the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He also shared his wisdom and expertise with public institutions, chairing numerous advisory panels, committees and task forces. To name a few: The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy; the National Task Force on High Speed Broadband Access; the Advisory Committee on Online Learning; and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He also acted as an Independent Advisor to the many Task Forces.

At Harvard University he played defence on the school's hockey team and was recognized for his extraordinary ability to balance athletics with academics. Indeed, he was a member of the All-American Hockey Team for two seasons in the early 1960s. In 1988, His Excellency was inducted into the Harvard Sports Hall of Fame.

At his installation as Governor General, His Excellency spoke eloquently of the honour of public service and the need for Canada to embrace three principals in order to become the smart and caring nation Canadians desire. Canada, he said, must support families and children.  It must also reinforce learning and innovation, and it must encourage philanthropy and volunteerism. The University of Manitoba shares these visionary values with His Excellency as they are elements in the university's mission to learn, discover, and serve.

Philip S. Lee

Philip S. Lee, LL.D., May 31, 2011
The Honourable Philip S. Lee
C.M.; CM.; B.Sc., M.P.A.(Man.)

Manitoba's first Chinese-Canadian lieutenant-governor, the Honourable Philip Lee has played a prominent role in supporting and nurturing Winnipeg's Chinese community for more than 35 years. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has praised Mr. Lee for his tireless work on causes important to the Chinese-Canadian community and today he is recognized for his service to this community, the City of Winnipeg, and Manitoba.

Born in Hong Kong in 1944, Mr. Lee came to Canada in 1962 to further his education at the University of Manitoba. During his student years, he was elected Chairman of the University College Students Association.

In 1967 Mr. Lee began his career with the City of Winnipeg as a research chemist. Between 1967 and 1972 he worked in the area of water research, dealing with water supply and water quality studies for the City of Winnipeg. He produced several research reports pertaining to the Shoal Lake Water Supply. He retired from the City of Winnipeg in 2005 as the Branch Head Chemist in charge of Winnipeg's Industrial Waste Control Program.

Between 1979 and 1986, Mr. Lee served as a member of the City of Winnipeg's Refugee Assistance Committee. Much of Mr. Lee's energy goes towards helping Chinese immigrants enter Canada and to enhancing the Chinese-Canadian experience. He was a driving force behind the construction of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre in the Dynasty Building, the Chinese Gate and Garden, and the Mandarin Building, all of which remain important centres within the Chinese-Canadian community and important landmark destinations for visitors to Manitoba. Mr. Lee has also worked with Folkorama, Winnipeg's annual multicultural festival, since its inception in 1970, and he continues to help the festival's Chinese pavilion.

Mr. Lee has received the Golden Dragon Award for Citizen of the Year and was the Rotary Foundation's Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Lee is a member of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. In 1999 he became a member in the Order of Canada and in 2002 he received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

Mr. Lee’s leadership has been recognized through the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award, which he received in 1984. He also served on the Multiculturalism Council of Canada between 1984 and 1988. He received the Recognition of Service Award from the Community and Race Relations Committee, City of Winnipeg in 1990. Mr. Lee received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 1993. In addition to being an Executive Board Member of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre, he is also a member of the Chinese Development Corporation. Between 1995 and 1999, he was a board member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and a board member of the Alumni Association of the University of Manitoba.

Allan Ronald

Allan Ronald, D.Sc., May 12, 2011
Allan Ronald
O.C.; B.Sc.(Med.), M.D.(Man.); F.R.C.P.D.; M.A.C.P.; LL.D.(Providence College; D.Sc.(Wpg.); F.R.S.C.

Dr. Allan R. Ronald, a pioneer of the University of Manitoba's world- renowned infectious disease research program in Africa, is recognized for his tireless work in HIV/AIDS research. In 2002 he retired from a 35-year career at the University of Manitoba but continued to foster the HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention Program in Uganda. He is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medical Microbiology and in 2010 he was inducted in to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Born in Portage la Prairie, Dr. Ronald trained in Manitoba, Maryland, Washington and Pakistan before returning to the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine in 1968 to head its infectious disease unit. In 1978 he established one of the first clinical investigation units studying a new disease that would eventually be known as HIV/AIDS in Africa.

In 1979, he was invited to coordinate a research training centre in Nairobi, Kenya, where he and other members of the Faculty of Medicine have significantly advanced HIV/AIDS prevention programs and the understanding of HIV transmission. The program started small but eventually would put the University of Manitoba on the map as a leader in the field of HIV epidemiology and immunology, as well as improve disease prevention and care. Lessons learned have been used widely throughout Kenya and around the world. The University of Manitoba/ University of Nairobi group has made major discoveries, including recognizing the importance of breast milk in the transmission of HIV from mothers to infants, the role of male circumcision in reducing the risk of HIV infection among men, and the role of the immune system in protecting some individuals from acquiring HIV infection.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Nairobi on over 40 occasions and at the University of Hong Kong, where he assisted in the development of an Infectious Disease Program.

Dr. Ronald led the department of medical microbiology (1976-85) and then the department of internal medicine (1985-90) before serving as the faculty's associate dean of research (1993-99). He also led programs in Winnipeg's teaching hospitals, initially as head of clinical microbiology and later as physician-in-chief at the Health Sciences Centre and subsequently at St. Boniface Hospital as head of infectious diseases. He has received awards from, among others, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Canadian Association of Professors of Medicine, the American Venereal Disease Association, and the Canadian Medical Association, which in 2003 presented him with its highest honour, the F.N.G. Starr Award. Dr. Ronald is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Terry Sargeant

Terry Sargeant, LL.D., June 2, 2011
Terry Sargeant
B.A., LL.B. (Man.)

Terry Sargeant is being recognized for his distinguished record of public and volunteer service, in particular his work as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Mr. Sargeant attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a B.A. in 1967.  Following graduation, he served in Parliament from 1979-1984 representing the riding of Selkirk-Interlake as a member of the New Democratic Party. In parliament he served as critic for both National Defense and Sport. After his time in Parliament, Mr. Sargeant continued his public service, serving as a senior official in the provincial governments in Manitoba, the Yukon and British Columbia. 

Following almost twenty years of government service, Mr. Sargeant entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. After articling  with the Public Interest Law Centre, he was called to the Manitoba Bar in June 2000. He then worked as the chair of two important quasi-judicial bodies in Manitoba - the Appeal Commission of the Workers' Compensation Board and the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission.

For nine years, Mr. Sargeant was a member of the University's Board of Governors; he served as Chair for four of those years. In these roles, Mr. Sargeant volunteered thousands of hours of his time to strengthening the University's governance system, advising two presidents and leading a presidential search process.

Mr. Sargeant is a steadfast community leader and volunteer, having served on the boards of numerous arts organizations, including Prairie Theatre Exchange, the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. He has also served in leadership roles in national organizations, including the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals, and the National Association of University Board Chairs and Secretaries.


2010

Constance Backhouse

Constance Backhouse, LL.D., June 2, 2010
Constance Backhouse
C.M. O.Ont., B.A.(Man.); LL.B.(Osgoode Hall); LL.M.(Harvard); LL.D.(Law Society); F.R.S.C.

A respected lawyer, author, educator, and public intellectual, Constance Backhouse is recognized for her unwavering dedication to human rights and social justice in Canada and around the world. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Osgoode Hall Law School and Harvard University, Ms. Backhouse has taught at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa. She is an inspiring teacher and a renowned scholar whose work is informed by feminism, critical race analysis and anti-poverty concerns.

Professor Backhouse was honoured twice with teaching excellence awards at the University of Ottawa where she teaches in criminal law, human rights, legal history, and women and the law. Prior to her move to Ottawa ten years ago, she spent 21 years at the University of Western Ontario and also lectured across Canada and in Australia and New Zealand.

Professor Backhouse is a prolific and award-winning author, whose academic publications span the fields of law, history, and law and society. She has written ten books, most of which employ a distinctive narrative style which illuminates and makes accessible difficult topics in legal theory and history. Her first book, The Secret Oppression: Sexual Harassment of Working Women, was the first book published on the topic in Canada and only the second in North America. Her most recent book, Carnal Crimes:Canadian Sexual Assault Law, 1900-1975, demonstrates the ubiquitous nature of sexual assault in Canada in the 20th Century and the appalling failures of the Canadian justice system.

Professor Backhouse is a model of the engaged scholar, who is an active member of her community and whose research is directly applicable to contemporary concerns. She is currently the vice-chair of the Content Advisory Committee of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. As part of this committee, Ms. Backhouse is working to gather human rights stories and communicate the values and responsibilities of human rights through the museum. She has served as a mediator and adjudicator of human rights complaints and as an adjudicator for the compensation claims for the former students of Indian residential schools across Canada. She has also served as an expert witness and consultant on various aspects of sexual abuse and violence against women and children. She hopes that her scholarship and activism will help inspire others, as she has been inspired by the courage of the women and children who took the witness stand to demand justice.

Ms. Backhouse has received numerous honours and distinctions for her work. She has received the Bora Laskin Human Rights Fellowship, the Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship and the Killam Prize in Social Sciences. In 2006, she became a Trudeau Fellow. She is the 2010 President of the American Society for Legal History - the first non-US scholar to hold that distinction. She has also been recognized with the Law Society Medal and the CBA Ramon Hnatyshyn Award for Law. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada.

Gary Doer

Gary Doer, LL.D., June 1, 2010
His Excellency Gary Doer
Canada's Ambassador to the United States of America

In conferring this honour on Gary Doer, the University of Manitoba is recognizing one of Manitoba's most influential and effective leaders. His highly distinguished record of achievement in public service makes Mr. Doer a very worthy recipient of such an honour.

As the outpouring of good wishes upon the announcement of his retirement proved, along with the highly positive press coverage, Mr. Doer is a remarkable public personality. He served for over two decades as the leader of the New Democratic Party and led it in a series of hard- fought elections. He battled opponents in the Manitoba legislature and made countless difficult decisions concerning the most crucial and often divisive public policy issues of our time. Yet he maintained the highest respect and admiration among the population at large.

Indeed, Mr. Doer is regarded by almost all Manitobans as a friend and fellow citizen who embodies the best of the Manitoba lifestyle. His ability to bridge the usual partisan divides, drawing support and earning the confidence from individuals in various camps and from different backgrounds allowed him to achieve the success for which the University recognizes him today.

Mr. Doer's public biography is well-known to Manitobans. A lifelong Winnipegger, his entire career has been in public service - first, as a provincial corrections officer, rising to become deputy superintendent of the Manitoba Youth Centre. Active in union politics, he was elected President of the Manitoba Government Employees Association in 1979. He continued in that capacity until 1986, when he entered the political arena, elected as the MLA for Concordia. This was followed by 23 years in public office. After two years in Cabinet, he became leader of the Manitoba NDP in 1988, Leader of the Opposition in 1990 and Premier in 1999.

As premier, Mr. Doer focused on, among other things, enhancing and protecting the public health care system, expanding education opportunities by increasing access and reducing barriers to postsecondary education, developing the North and increasing opportunities for First Nations, reforming electoral law, and promoting and developing Manitoba's hydro resources.

A major priority for him, as Premier, was protecting the environment. An early and staunch supporter of the Kyoto Accord, Gary Doer advanced green causes at home and abroad, including enhancing the management of Manitoba's water resource. The combination of 'green' policies developed in Manitoba over the past decade has won international recognition for our province and has been the basis for agreements forged with like-minded jurisdictions from Quebec to California. This commitment to the environment led, in 2005, to the American magazine Business Week naming him as one of the top twenty international leaders fighting climate change.

Particularly relevant to the University has been Gary's commitment to post-secondary education. Upon assuming office in 1999, he reversed the slide in funding that had marked previous years. He expanded Red River College, created University College of the North and responded with enthusiasm to this University's fundraising endeavours, making significant contributions to both the "Building on Strengths" campaign and the "Domino" project. Throughout his term as Premier, there was never any doubt that he remained committed to doing all that his government could to advance universities and colleges in this province.

Among many other achievements are the expansion of the Red River Floodway, assistance in the development of a new arena in downtown Winnipeg, championing the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and being an early supporter of the new Blue Bomber stadium. All of this was done at the same time that his government introduced balanced budgets during each of his ten years in office, while reducing many taxes.
As Premier, Mr. Doer always adopted a broad world view of provincial politics which led him to foster excellent relationships with political leaders across Canada and the United States. His appointment as Canadian Ambassador to the United States is testament to his success in that and to his record of diplomacy while Premier.

During his many years in the public's service, Gary Doer has directly touched the lives of all Manitobans, working to provide a better future for all of us. And now his post-political career is continuing on the path of public service, as he represents the people and government of Canada as Ambassador to the United States.

Gary has made many other contributions to our community by serving on a number of governing boards, including the University of Manitoba, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Prairie Theatre Exchange and Manitoba Special Olympics, among others.

Gary is married to Ginny Devine and is proud father to Emily and Kate.

Among the criteria for awarding an honorary degree is to recognize distinguished achievement in the public sector. Gary Doer certainly meets that objective. Awarding an honorary degree to Gary will not only recognize his achievements, but will also be a credit to the University of Manitoba.

Phillip Fontaine

Larry Phillip (Phil) Fontaine, LL.D., October 20, 2010
Larry Phillip (Phil) Fontaine
O.M., B.A.(Man.); LL.D.(Royal Military College of Canada, Brock, Windsor, Lakehead, Wpg., Western Ont.)

A dedicated and highly respected Aboriginal leader, Mr. Fontaine is recognized for his instrumental role in advancing Canada's First Nations people throughout his distinguished career. Recently called "Canada’s foremost Aboriginal leader of his generation", Mr. Fontaine is a proud member of the Sagkeeng First Nation and an alumnus of the University of Manitoba.

Forced to attend an Indian residential school, Mr. Fontaine endured racism, sexual and physical abuse and the despair of losing contact with his family and his culture. He determined to become involved in politics and advocate for First Nations people from a position of leadership. Entering public office as Chief of the Sagkeeng First Nation at the young age of 28, Mr. Fontaine established the first Aboriginal-controlled education system in Canada: a locally-controlled Child and Family Services agency and the first on-reserve alcohol and addictions treatment centre in his home community.

In the early 1980s, he was elected Manitoba Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). When his term expired in 1991, he was elected Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs where he served for three consecutive terms. In this position, he was instrumental in protecting Aboriginal and treaty rights in the Canadian constitution. He also negotiated the first comprehensive self-government plan for Manitoba First Nations and signed historic employment equity agreements which resulted in thousands of job opportunities for First Nations citizens.

In 1997, he became the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations - the highest elected position in First Nations politics. He served in that capacity for an unprecedented three terms during which he advocated for self-determination and the implementation of treaty and land rights as crucial means to alleviating poverty among First Nations peoples. One of the most dramatic and meaningful achievements of Mr. Fontaine's career, was in leading the successful resolution and settlement of claims arising out of the 150-year Indian residential school tragedy. The Final Settlement Agreement now being implemented is the largest, most unique and comprehensive settlement in Canadian history. Worth over $5.2 billion in individual compensation, the settlement also includes a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, an education fund, healing resources and commemoration funding.

In 2009, Mr. Fontaine retired as National Chief of the AFN. Mr. Fontaine has received many awards and honours for his work, including the first Equitas Award for Human Rights Education, a number of honorary degrees and membership in the Order of Manitoba.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Richard Sigurdson, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba

Michael James

Michael James, D.Sc., June 2, 2010
Michael James
B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Sc.(Man.); D.Phil.(Oxford); F.R.S.C.

Dr. Michael N.G. James has been the preeminent leader in protein crystallography in Canada for over four decades. Protein crystallography generates highly detailed information about the positions of the atoms in proteins providing insight into the mechanisms of all aspects of cell function. Dr. James graduated from the University of Manitoba with an honours degree in chemistry in 1962. He learned X-ray crystallography from Professor Bob Ferguson in the Department of Geology and Mineralogy at our University and graduated with an MSc in 1963. He then moved to Oxford University and, working with Professor Dorothy Hodgkin, earned a D. Phil. in 1966. Dr. James returned to Canada and established the first laboratory in our country dedicated to the study of proteins by crystallography at the University of Alberta. In 1974, he determined the first high-resolution structure of a protein in Canada. Since then, he has received worldwide recognition for his work that has explained, among other things, how muscle contraction is triggered and the detailed mechanisms by which enzymes work. His work has also led to a greater understanding of how and why bacteria become resistant to antibiotics and has contributed to the development of drugs to fight bacterial infections and HIV. His work has also led to the development of drugs to control high blood pressure. Dr. James has deposited over 150 protein structures in the publically accessible RCSB Protein Data Bank and published over 275 papers in the most prestigious scientific journals, so it is not possible to describe all of his work here. His research is remarkable for the breadth of the cellular processes that it covers and the deep insights he has contributed to several branches of biochemistry by pursuing structural explanations for important cellular phenomena. Dr. James has been recognized extensively for his work. An abbreviated list of his awards includes election to fellowship in the Royal Societies in London and in Canada, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Ayerst Award in Biochemistry, and the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Dr. James has been an active and dedicated researcher and mentor to an entire generation of scientists - he has trained 20 PhD students and over 30 post-doctoral fellows. Many of Dr. James' students are now leading researchers in protein crystallography across Canada and around the world. He has played a leading role in his field, serving on a long list of national and international advisory bodies.

Michael Rachlis

Michael Rachlis, LL.D., May 13, 2010
Michael Rachlis
M.D.(Man.)

A respected and vigorous champion of Canada's public health care system, Dr. Michael Rachlis was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1951 and graduated from the University of Manitoba medical school in 1975. He interned at McMaster University and then practiced family medicine at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre in Toronto for eight years. He completed training in Community Medicine at McMaster and was made a fellow of the Canadian Royal College of Physicians in 1988. Dr. Rachlis practices as a private consultant in health policy analysis. His passionate and articulate analyses of the Canadian health care system have led to his service as a consultant to the federal government, all ten provincial governments, and two royal commissions. He also holds adjunct associate professor appointments with the University of Toronto Department of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Dr. Rachlis has lectured widely on health care issues. He has been invited to make presentations to committees of the Canadian House of Commons and the Canadian Senate as well as the United States House of Representatives and Senate. He is a frequent media commentator on health policy issues and the author of three national bestsellers about Canada's health care system.

Marshall Rothstein

Marshall Rothstein, LL.D., June 3, 2010
Marshall Rothstein
B.Comm., LL.B.(Man.)

A respected lawyer, teacher and now a judge on the Supreme Court of Canada, Mr. Justice Marshall Rothstein has served his country with distinction and dedication. Born and raised in Winnipeg to parents who had immigrated from eastern Europe, Justice Rothstein obtained both a commerce and a law degree from the University of Manitoba. After being called to the bar in 1966, he joined law firm of Thorvaldson, Eggertson, Saunders and Mauro and then moved to Aikins, MacAulay and Thorvaldson in 1969. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1979. Justice Rothstein taught Transportation Law at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law for many years and Contract Law in the University's Extension Department. In his practice, Justice Rothstein appeared before various administrative tribunals and all levels of court. He also held many other offices or appointments connected to the Manitoba Human Rights Act; the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal; the Civil Legal Aid Committee, the Law Society of Manitoba; the (Manitoba);Commission on Compulsory Retirement; the (federal) Ministerial Task Force on International Air Policy; the Manitoba Transportation Industry Development Advisory Committee; the Airports Task Force; the Airports Transfer Advisory Board and the External Advisory Committee of the University of Manitoba Transport Institute. Justice Rothstein was appointed to the Trial Division of the Federal Court of Canada in 1992. While a judge of the Trial Division, he also served as a member ex officio of the Appeal Division, a judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada and a judicial member of the Competition Tribunal. He was elevated to the Federal Court of Appeal in 1999, and then to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2006. Justice Rothstein is married to Dr. Sheila Dorfman and the couple has four children, Ronald, Douglas, Tracey and Robert, and five grandchildren.

Justice Rothstein is generous, unassuming, wise and dedicated. Manitoba lost one of its golden boys when he accepted the Federal Court appointment in 1992. But Manitoba's loss was Canada's gain. His written judgments are models of balance, clarity, brevity and wit. He also finds the time to return to Winnipeg two or three times a year to participate in legal education events and we treasure these visits.

Bernard Weiner

Bernard Weiner, D.Sc., October 21, 2010

Bernard Weiner
B.A., M.B.A. (Chicago); Ph.D. (Michigan); Ph.D. (Honorary) (Bielefeld, Germany; Turku, Finland)

Dr. Bernard Weiner is recognized as one of the world's preeminent authorities on human motivation and emotion. Dr. Weiner's work seeks to account for how people's patterns of thinking influence things like goal-striving, coping with mental debilitation, stigmatization of vulnerable individuals and to adapting to age-and health-related disability. Few theories of motivation and emotion embrace such a broad range of human endeavours.

After obtaining his doctorate in 1963 under the tutelage of one of the leading personality theorists at the time, Dr. Weiner became a professor at the University of California Los Angeles in 1965. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UCLA, a title that few other professors hold in the multi-campus University of California system. He has authored 13 books and published over 200 articles and book chapters in the most important psychology journals in the world. Several have received special recognition and continue to be referenced and cited years after their publication. In one world-class journal, one of Dr. Weiner's articles was the most-cited publication over a 22-year time span, His scholarly accomplishments are all the more remarkable when considered in relation to his outstanding teaching record which was recognized by UCLA in awarding him the highly regarded Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Weiner's pioneering work has contributed to a substantially better understanding of the nature of causal attributions (how people explain causes of events, other's behavior and their own behavior) that lie at the heart of prejudicial attitudes and discriminatory actions. His work also provides a strong framework for innovative treatment interventions to assist individuals to overcome life's challenges.

Dr. Weiner's work has inspired and guided numerous students. In the context of an international research network which includes the University of Manitoba, the University of Munich, the University of California at Irvine and UCLA, Dr. Weiner has collaborated with faculty and students in Manitoba on their research and scholarship. His work has played a major role in the development of students here and around the world.

Widely recognized for his research, Dr. Weiner holds honorary doctorates from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and Turku University in Finland. He has received the Donald Campbell Research Award from the American Psychological Association and the Palmer 0. Johnson Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Donald Whitmore

Donald Whitmore, LL.D., June 3, 2010
Donald Whitmore
B.Sc.(Man.); M.B.A.(W.Ont.)

A well-respected engineer and businessman, Donald Whitmore is also recognized for his contribution to his community through his professional and philanthropic endeavours. Born and raised in Neepawa, Manitoba, Mr. Whitmore obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He continued his studies at the University of Western Ontario where he earned a master's degree in business administration. Currently Chairman of the Vector Construction Group, Mr. Whitmore has spent his entire career in the construction industry. In 1965, along with two partners, he started his own firm that specialized in highway grading in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Upon the retirement of his partners in 1980, Mr. Whitmore diversified the operations of his firm to include site development work, concrete restoration and protection, and other specialized industrial activities, in addition to the traditional highway contracting. The firm has developed recognized expertise across North America in the mitigation of corrosion of reinforcing steel in reinforced concrete. Vector Construction Group maintains its head office in Winnipeg, with branch offices around North America. In 1996, The Construction Innovation Forum presented Mr. Whitmore's firm with its prestigious "NOVA" Award for innovation in recognition of the Norcure process of electrochemical chloride extraction from concrete as implemented by Vector. Mr. Whitmore has served on the boards of regional, provincial, national and international associations. He was the 1994 Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Construction Association. He is a Past President of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association and a former Executive Committee member of both the Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association of Saskatchewan and the Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association. Mr. Whitmore also served 18 years as a Governor of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, retiring in 2000. In addition to his business and professional activities, Don Whitmore has been a committed friend of the University of Manitoba. As Chair of the Board of the Intelligent Sensors for Innovative Structures Network of Centres of Excellence, he contributed to one of the most successful examples of industrial/academic cooperative research in Canadian history, spearheading the replacement of steel reinforcement with carbon and glass fiber. Don is a long-standing member of The Associates, the external business support group for the I. H. Asper School of Business, and currently serves on their Board as Vice-Chair. During the renovation of the Engineering and Information Technology Complex, he was an inspired leader of both planning and fundraising activities. More recently, he was the driving force behind the establishment of Friends of Engineering, an industrial advisory and support group for the Faculty of Engineering. He now serves as the first Chair of "Friends". Don Whitmore and his wife Florence reside in Winnipeg. They have four children and thirteen grandchildren.

1990-2009


2009

Freda Ahenakew

Freda Ahenakew, LL.D., May 27, 2009
Freda Ahenakew
C.M., S.C.M.; B.Ed., LL.D.(Sask.); M.A.(Man.)

On behalf of the Senate of the University of Manitoba it is my honour to present to you, Freda Ahenakew - linguist, author, language teacher, story-teller and grandmother. Freda Ahenakew is a native speaker of Plains Cree, and is a member of Atahkakohp First Nation. She was already the mother of 12 children when she decided to finish her high school education, and then went on to earn her Bachelor's degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Her interest in language and literacy, however, brought her to the University of Manitoba, where she earned a Master of Arts in Cree linguistics. Her Master's thesis was subsequently published as a book called, Cree Language Structures, and it has been printed not just once, but 17 times.

Freda Ahenakew's graduate work launched a career that has been stellar regarding her advancement of linguistic knowledge and Cree literacy and culture. She believes that literary texts can be used to teach indigenous languages hence she set about with her co-workers, to produce the needed books in the Cree language that reflect the experiences and stories of her people. Her scholarly contributions have included recording of oral histories in Cree and English, myths and stories for children, and vocabularies for physicians. Works such as Kohkominawak otâcimowinawâwa (=Our Grandmothers' Lives as Told in Their Own Words), and Kwayask ê-ki-pê-kiskinowâpahtihicik (=Their Example Showed Me the Way: A Cree Woman's Life Shaped by Two Cultures) rank high on a long list of books that document how Cree women's life experiences have molded their characters. Children also need to read their stories, and become aware and comfortable with their written form, hence she wrote books like Wisahkecahk Flies to the Moon that is used in the primary grades. Physicians need to know Cree terminology so that they can deliver more effective health care, so she edited a collection of Cree medical terms for their use.

In addition to her scholarly, literary and pedagogical contributions at the primary and secondary levels, Freda Ahenakew has taught and developed native literacy curricula at several institutions in Saskatchewan, as well as at the University of Manitoba. Our university was particularly fortunate to have her work as a professor between 1989-1995 in the Department of Native Studies, where she also served as departmental Head over a five year period that culminated in her retirement.

Freda Ahenakew's achievements have brought her many honours, which include recognition by her own people, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and her appointment to the Order of Canada. She is an inspiring Elder and an internationally respected scholar. Thanks to her transcription, translation and analysis of stories and oral histories, she has ensured that Cree culture and language will be transmitted in written form to the next generation, and the literature of the Cree people has become available to the world. For these contributions, we thank her and honour her.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour for me to ask on behalf of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Freda Ahenakew, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Emőke Szathmáry, President Emeritus, University of Manitoba

Andrew K. Bjerring

Andrew K. Bjerring, D.Sc., October 22, 2009
Andrew K. Bjerring
B.A.Sc.(UBC); M.A.Sc.(Tor.); Ph.D.(W.Ont.)

Dr. Bjerring is regarded as a pioneer and visionary whose work has resulted in a Canadian research and education network which is recognized as one of the world's best. As President and Chief Executive Officer of CANARIE Incorporated, Dr. Bjerring was instrumental in developing and providing world-class networking to every Canadian university and research organization in the country. CANARIE is a not-for-profit corporation funded primarily by Industry Canada that facilitates the development and use of next-generation research networks and the applications and services that run on them. In less than 15 years, this network has increased in speed by a factor of nearly one million. This network has become an essential tool in Canadian research, and underpins the development and utilization of national research infrastructure. Under Dr. Bjerring's leadership, the CANARIE organization has designed, developed, implemented and successfully operated five distinct generations of national research and education networks. Today, CANARIE connects all Canadian universities, a host of research institutes, federal laboratories, and related organizations in every Canadian province, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The CANARIE network is frequently cited by organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia as world leading in technology, architecture and vision. CANARIE has been recognized as a nation builder. Its early iteration, CAnet, was a critical entry in the early stages of the Canadian Internet, because it ensured east-west connectivity when it would have been simpler and less expensive for universities to connect south to the closest American city. By supporting and building a national backbone, Canadians were assured connectivity from coast to coast and to northern cities including Yellowknife and Whitehorse. For several years, CAnet was the only Internet backbone in the country. Dr. Bjerring has been recognized as playing a critical role in this development and growth. From the early days of parallel and competing initiatives, to today's world of partnering and collaboration, Dr. Bjerring has led the development of one of the finest networks in the world.

-citation delivered by mentor Dr. Mark Whitmore, Dean, Faculty of Science

Martin Brotman

Martin Brotman, D.Sc., May 15, 2009
Martin Brotman
B.Sc.(Man.); M.Sc.(Minnesota); M.D.(Man.); F.A.C.P.; A.G.A.F.

Today, we honour Dr. Martin Brotman, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Brotman received his Bachelor of Science (Medicine) and his Doctorate of Medicine (Honors) in 1962 from the University of Manitoba, receiving prizes and medals throughout his university career, including the University Gold Medal and several other awards upon graduation.

Following an internship with the Winnipeg General Hospital, Dr. Brotman completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota; and he held a Fellowship in Gastroenterology from the Mayo Clinic from 1965 to
1967. Additionally, he was a National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Trainee in Gastroenterology and Senior Resident Associate in the Mayo Clinic's Gastrointestinal Research Unit.

Dr. Brotman received his Master of Science in Medicine and Physiology from the University of Minnesota in 1967.

Dr. Brotman is currently the President of the West Bay Region of Sutter Health, headquartered in San Francisco. He is the former President and CEO of the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and he is a member of that hospital foundation's Board of Trustees and its Physicians Foundation Board of Directors. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and maintains a small private practice in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.

He is often called the "gastroenterologist's gastroenterologist", a superb diagnostician and clinician, and he has been hailed as a superior hospital administrator, especially for his leadership at the California Pacific Medical Center - one of the largest private and not-for-profit academic medical centres in California. As CEO, Dr. Brotman rebuilt the CPMC through significant reorganization, strengthened care programs and clinical delivery systems, strategic planning and cost management; and it has since been named the "Healthiest Hospital in America" several times.

Previous to that, Dr. Brotman served in a number of roles including Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Director of the Division of Education, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, and Medical Director of the Gastrointestinal Laboratory.

Dr. Martin Brotman is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served as President and Treasurer of the American Gastroenterological Association. He is past Chairman of the Subspecialty Board on Gastroenterology of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a past member of its Board of Governors.

He has also served as an officer or board member for a number of other professional and advisory groups, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Association of American Medical Colleges; and he has served on a number of advisory groups.

Dr. Brotman has been an enthusiastic and exemplary advocate for the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation, serving in various capacities to raise funds for the centre and as a co-chair of the Cancer Center Capital Campaign. He has also provided fundraising leadership as Chairman of the American Digestive Health Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association Foundation. He is currently Chairman of the Development Council of Sutter Health.

He was recently awarded the Julius Friedenwald Medal for Distinguished Service from the AGA - the highest honor that the association bestows on a member- in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the field of gastroenterology. He was also honoured with the Medal of Distinction by the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific.

Dr. Brotman is admired and respected by his colleagues for his diplomatic, charismatic and visionary leadership style - listening, communicating, and building consensus - and his immense respect for the views of others.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Dr. Martin Brotman, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Gerald Minuk

Sr. Elizabeth Davis

Sr. Elizabeth Davis, LL.D., May 15, 2009
Sister Elizabeth Davis
C.M.; B.A., B.Ed.(Memorial); M.A.(Notre Dame); M.Hlth.Sc.(Tor.); LL.D.(Memorial)

Sister Elizabeth M. Davis was born in Fox Harbour, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, Newfoundland and Labrador in 1966. During her higher education, she earned a B.A. and B.Ed. (Memorial University 1975); and M.A. (Theology) (Notre Dame 1982) and an M.H.Sc. (Administration) (Toronto 1985). She taught high school from 1969 to 1982. In the period 1985 to 1994 she served as Assistant Medical Director, Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital in St. John's, Newfoundland, and from 1994 to 2000 she was the President and CEO of the Health Corporation of St. John's. She is currently pursuing studies leading to a doctorate in Theology (Biblical Sources) at the Toronto School of Theology where she is also a Sessional Instructor in Introduction to the Old Testament.

Sister Elizabeth has served with great distinction on many national and international bodies including the Council of Licensed Practical Nurses, the Association of Canadian Teaching Hospitals, the Canadian Institute of Health Information, the National Board of Medical Examiners (USA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Newfoundland Labrador's Place in Canada, the Catholic Biblical Association of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation and the Mercy International Association. She is a much sought after speaker, leader of workshops and facilitator of strategic planning retreats, an editor of journals and a popular and inspirational instructor. Her areas of expertise span a wide range of subjects - from those related to her religious studies to work on patient- focused care, healthcare leadership, quality of care, patient safety, professionalism, health services research, and change management.

Sister Davis' outstanding contributions and the depth of her influence on leaders in health care is evidenced by the many honours and awards bestowed on her, including: Honorary Fellowship Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Alumna of the Year Memorial University of Newfoundland, Member Order of Canada, Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) Memorial University, Award for Excellence in Health Care Administration Canadian Healthcare Association, Performance Citation Award Catholic Health Association of Canada, Humanitarian oftheYearAward Canadian Red Cross Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter, Woman of Distinction Award YM/YWCA St. John's Newfoundland, and Citizen of the Year, Knights of Columbus of Newfoundland and Labrador.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Arnold Naimark

Jim Derksen

Jim Derksen, LL.D., May 26, 2009
Jim Derksen
B.A. (Wpg)

Today we honour Jim Derksen, a founder and leader of local provincial national and international disability movements for the past three decades. He has shaped how the rights of disabled people are recognized in and by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how the governments of Canada and Manitoba as well as the United Nations, include people with disabilities in their policies and programs. His contributions have improved the lives of people with disabilities in Canada and changed all of us as a result.

Mr Derksen graduated from the University of Winnipeg. There he met other students with disabilities and learned about the barriers they encountered. Always a problem solver, he began a service transcribing books onto audiotape, providing visually impaired students and others access to print material.

Since the early 1970s, Mr. Derksen worked to develop the capacity of community-based organizations, especially those of people with disabilities. He took a lead in creating and sustaining organizations including the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Disabled Peoples' International and the Canadian Disability Rights Council. In this work, he became an expert on disability public policy including human rights, employment, transportation and international development.

The Special Parliamentary Committee on the Disabled and the Handicapped used his expertise to draft the widely recognized Obstacles report in 1980. This report changed how Canadians and their governments understand the lives of people with disabilities. Mr Derksen was hired by the United Nations Secretariat on the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1982 to develop within the United Nations organizations an understanding of the full participation of disabled persons. More recently he drafted the provincial strategy on disability and was the founding Director of the Government of Manitoba's Disabilities Issues Office.

One of his greatest achievements was the inclusion of disability rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Some of those involved in that process remember how persistently Jim and others lobbied them including following Jean Chretien, who was then Minister of Justice, to the washroom to make their point

Jim Derksen not only works on having the rights of disabled people enshrined in the highest public documents but on ensuring these rights are experienced in practical ways in day-to-day life. For example, while he chaired the Winnipeg Taxi-cab Board, he brought in metered wheelchair accessible taxis, making sure that those who needed wheelchair cabs would pay the same fares as those who didn't.

Since the equality rights section of the Charter came into effect in 1986, he contributed to cases of discrimination based in disability taken to the Supreme Court of Canada. Two recent Supreme Court rulings, on Via Rail in 2007 and on the airlines' fares for additional seating required as a result of disability in 2008, applied the recognition of Charter disability rights to concrete issues.

Jim Derksen embodies a model for public service. He listens, is thoughtful and reflective, uses creativity and wisdom to address challenges and works to find reasons and ways to include rather than exclude. It is this wise leadership that provides an excellent example to emulate in our lives and careers. Jim Derksen's life and work teaches of the possibilities of all people, the need for openness to a variety of ways of living and doing, and the learning that can be gained from listening rather than assuming.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour for me to ask on behalf of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Jim Derksen the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Prof. Deborah Steinstra, Disability Studies, University of Manitoba

John Herbert Dirks

John Herbert Dirks, D.Sc., May 15, 2009
John H. Dirks
CM.; B.Sc.(Med.), M.D.(Man.); F.R.C.P.C.; F.R.S.C.

Dr. John Dirks is President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation, Senior Fellow of Massey College and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He received his B.Sc. (Med) and MD from the University of Manitoba in 1957, a Fellowship in Medicine in 1963 from the Royal College of Physicians and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada (1982).

He trained in nephrology research at the National Institutes of Health from 1963 to1965, was a Medical Research Council Canada grantee from 1965 to1987 for his work in renal pathophysiology and has published 155 peer-reviewed papers. He trained numerous postdoctoral fellows many of whom subsequently went on to become academic leaders across Canada. He has held a number of major Professorships at McGill University, UBC, and the University of Toronto, and has held major academic administrative positions as Director of Nephrology at McGill (1965-1976), Head Department of Medicine at UBC (1976- 1987), Dean of Medicine University of Toronto (1987-1 991) and Dean- Rector of Aga Khan University in Pakistan (1994-1 996). He Chaired the International Society of Nephrology Commission for the Global Advancement of Nephrology (COMGAN) from 1994 to 2005. A major educational-clinical outreach program in over 100 countries, ISN COMGAN sponsors 50 - 55 postgraduate programs each year, attended by over 15,000 physicians worldwide.

Since 1993, Dr. Dirks has been President of the Gairdner Foundation in Toronto, which awards major international prizes in biomedicine. He expanded the two tier prize selection advisory committee to become a more national and international committee populating it with the world's top flight scientists. During the last 15 years, the Gairdner Awards have received increasing international recognition and today is one of the top three prizes in the world for medical research. He greatly expanded the National Program, whereby Gairdner Award winners visit Canadian Universities and he initiated the High School Lectures in 1999 to ensure greater interaction of the world's most creative scientists with Canadian colleagues and students. He transformed the Gairdner Foundation Board into a high profile public board. His effort to brand Canada's commitment to scientific excellence was supported by the Government of Canada in 2008 with a 20 million dollar contribution to the Foundation's endowment. Next year, the first international prize in global health will be launched by the Foundation.

In 2005 Dr. Dirks was awarded the NFK International Medal by the National Kidney Foundation (USA) and the Roscoe Robinson Award by the International Society of Nephrology for his contribution to nephrology education. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2006 and was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science in 2008.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Henry Friesen, Faculty of Medicine, Univeristy of Manitoba

Richard L. Frost

Richard L. Frost, LL.D., October 22, 2009

Richard L. Frost
B.A.(Hons.), M.A.(McM.); M.P.A.(Queen's)

Leading Canada's first community foundation, Mr. Frost has helped promote the growth and sustainability of countless local charities and organizations. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Winnipeg Foundation, Mr. Frost is also recognized as an active volunteer and philanthropist. In 2008, the Winnipeg Foundation, with Mr. Frost at the helm, approved over $19 million in grants supporting over 650 charitable organizations. Prior to assuming his position at the Winnipeg Foundation in 1997, Mr. Frost undertook a career in public administration, working for the City of Burlington, the Region of Hamilton Wentworth and the Region of Peel in Ontario. After that, Mr. Frost came to Winnipeg to work as the City Commissioner under the leadership of two mayors - Bill Norrie and Susan Thompson. Since 1997, Mr. Frost has led the Winnipeg Foundation with remarkable success. Founded in 1921, the Winnipeg Foundation has supported Manitobans and Winnipeggers in need for 87 years. Under Mr. Frost's tenure, two gifts made to the foundation in 2001 stand out as significant investments in Winnipeg's future. First, a $10 million gift from Israel Asper, and later a $100 million gift from the Moffat family. These gifts, along with the thousands made every year to the Winnipeg Foundation, resound as votes of confidence in the foundation's direction, administration and its ability to make a difference for all members of the community. During Mr. Frost's tenure as CEO, the Winnipeg Foundation's assets have grown from $150 million in 1997 to $440 million in 2008. The Foundation currently holds more than 1,900 endowment funds and supports over 650 different charitable organizations across the spectrum of Winnipeg's voluntary sector including community service, education, health, environment, heritage, arts and culture and recreation. Along with his leadership of the Foundation, Mr. Frost is also an active community volunteer. He has served on a number of regional, national and international boards including the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Winnipeg Economic Development Board and others. He has also served as a member of the Premier's Economic Advisory Council. He was named by the Winnipeg Free Press as one of Manitoba's most influential people in 2005 in the newspaper's annual "Manitoba's Power 30" ranking.

-citation delivered by mentor Ms. Elaine Goldie, Vice-President (External)

Mark I. Greene

Mark I. Greene, D.Sc., May 15, 2009
Mark I. Greene
M.D., Ph.D.(Man.); F.R.C.R

Dr. Mark Greene graduated in Medicine in 1972 and later earned a PhD in Immunology from the University of Manitoba while also undertaking postgraduate clinical training leading to certification and Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. From 1973 to 1977 he held a Medical Research Council Fellowship at Manitoba and Harvard; and, from 1978 to 1986 he served consecutively as a Professor of Pathology at Harvard and Professor of Medicine and Head of Rheumatology/Immunology at Tufts University. Dr. Green also served as a clinical consultant in Medicine at the Dana Farber Cancer Centre from 1980 to 1986. In 1986 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania as a Professor of Pathology where he headed the basic research unit in immunology. He headed fundamental research at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center. Dr. Greene currently serves as director of the Division of immunology, the John Eckman Professor of Medical Sciences and Vice-Chair of Pathology.

Mark Greene's outstanding talents and creativity as a scientist were clearly evident in his early years as a student and in postdoctoral studies when he worked with Nobel Laureate Baruj Benacerraf. His early potential has been fully realized throughout a brilliant career at the forefront of biomedical science. He is a pre-eminent leader in the field of cancer biology un general and in the molecular mechanisms underlying the immunological aspects of cancer pathogenesis in particular. His work on defining the principles of cellular receptor function includes seminal contributions to our understanding of how cancer genes lead breast cells to become malignant. His discoveries led to the identification of novel approaches to both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. They formed the basis for the development of specific therapeutic agents such as the anti-cancer drug Erbutux, for improved techniques for radiation therapy in head and neck cancers, and for the development of Herceptin for the treatment of breast cancer. In each of the areas he has worked, his discoveries have changed the way the field has evolved.

Mark Greene has authored or co-authored over 400 publications and has served as a reviewer and editor of the most prestigious journals in his field. His energy and productivity continue unabated as evidenced by his recent publications on epi-genetics and immune regulation. The large number of fellows trained in his laboratory includes many who have achieved distinction in their own right.

His stature as a scientist and his service on major committees and boards and as an advisor to leading cancer centres have garnered Dr. Greene many awards and distinctions including appointment as the Newton Abraham Professor, the award of a Master of Arts (Hon) and appointment as Trustee, Dunn School, Lincoln College Trust (all of Oxford University); and latterly the Allyn Taylor Prize and the Cotlove Award.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Kent HayGlass, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba

Wanda Koop

Wanda Koop, LL.D., May 28, 2009
Wanda Koop
CM.; Dip.Art(Man.); D.Litt.(Wpg., Emily Carr); R.C.A.

An artist may stare at the world like any other individual, and like most people, appreciate the attractiveness of light and atmosphere, the curve of the landscape, or the solidity of the built environment. The constantly shifting image of the world plays continually in front of our eyes. It may offer peace and serenity, or perhaps calls forth emotions and feelings, fears and for some, a desire or demand to respond to this stimulus in particular ways.

Successful art brings two conditions into existence - the transformation of a base material into a readable form, and an ability to demand from an audience that we focus our attention on a particular experience: In other words, a picture and a subject. Today, we are pleased to have one of Canada's most distinguished artists in our midst.

It is my very special privilege to honour Wanda Koop. Wanda is one of our own. A graduate of the University of Manitoba School of Art, Ms. Koop is to be recognized as one of Canada's most prolific and enduring artists. Wanda Koop has received numerous accolades for her work and community dedication. A partial list includes the Canada Council "A" Grant, the Paris Studio, the Japan Fund Award and the Manitoba Arts Council "A" Grant. In 2002, she was honoured with the Queen's Jubilee Medal. In 2006, Ms. Koop was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

She remains a resident of Winnipeg, yet her reputation extends across Europe, South America, Asia and Japan. Named by TIME Magazine as one of our country's best artists, her work and career includes over fifty solo exhibitions regularly exhibited nationally, internationally and installed in many private and museum collections including the National Gallery of Canada and residencies in Canada and abroad.

She has a restless eye. Over the decades it has constantly scanned the country from prairie to coast. Looking at her paintings we discover the magical qualities of color. We find animals, bodies and landscapes and things we may not understand, all inhabiting a space familiar and yet unfamiliar. We approach this world with emotions and feelings, thoughts and fears. Her vision is intense and demanding. We are made conscious of our personal knowledge of the external world, our own act of looking, and a painted world that is unusually restricted, offering us curiousity and unease. In her recent project Green Zone she has developed an extended examination of the Iraq War, or rather, the problem of how to represent a conflict that cannot be seen by seizing on the vocabulary of the fragment as-object and subject. This work is currently touring.

Ms. Koop is a champion of the role art and creativity can play in community building, notably in Winnipeg's West Broadway and South Point Douglas neighborhoods. She is also to be recognized for her tireless efforts to give inner-city youth a creative voice in their community. In 1988, she founded the successful Art City Project - an art centre in Winnipeg that continues to provide opportunities for people of all ages, especially inner-city youth, to work with contemporary visual artists to find their own creative vision.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour for me to ask on behalf of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Wanda Koop, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Prof. Paul Hess, Director of the School of Art, University of Manitoba

John C. S. Lau

John C.S. Lau, LL.D., October 21, 2009
John C. S. Lau
B.Econ., B.Com.(Queensland); F.M.C.A.

A prominent executive who engineered one of the most remarkable turnarounds in Canadian corporate history, Mr. Lau is a committed philanthropist dedicated to advancing the cause of education, promoting health and wellness, and establishing mutually beneficial relationships with Canada's First Nations people. President and Chief Executive Officer of Husky Energy Inc., one of Canada's largest energy companies, Mr. Lau is responsible for Husky's performance, strategic planning, and corporate policies. Under Mr. Lau's leadership, Husky has become Western Canada's largest producer of alternative fuel, manufacturing ethanol for blending with gasoline and other fuels. Mr. Lau is also recognized for his long-term commitment to Canada's First Nations people. He has been bestowed Honorary Chief, "Chief Earth Child," by the Frog Lake First Nation, Honorary Chief, "Chief Wolf Dog," by the Blood Nation (Blackfoot), Honorary Chief, "Chief Black Bull" by the Tsuu T'ina Nation and Honorary Chief, "Eagle Overlooking the Land" by the Kehewin Cree Nation. Mr. Lau has served on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary and held positions on a number of related committees within the board. He has been a Board member of the Alberta Economic Development Authority and has been appointed a Guest Professor and an Honorary Director of the Potential Gas Appraisal Centre at the University of Petroleum, Beijing. In addition, Mr. Lau has been highly involved in charitable events, including Honorary Patron of the Canadian Cancer Society, Honorary Patron of the Banff Centre, and Honorary Patron of the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. He is a member of the University of Ottawa's National Campaign Cabinet for the Campaign for Canada's Universities. Mr. Lau is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal recognizing his contributions to the Canadian community. He has received Centennial medals from the Province of Alberta and the Province of Saskatchewan. Mr. Lau has been honoured with the Saskatchewan Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to the development of the Province of Saskatchewan and its people through leadership and personal activity. In recognition of outstanding service and commitment to post-secondary education, Mr. Lau received the Clearsight Wealth Management Friend of Education Award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, and a Champion of Public Education in Canada Award by the Learning Partnership.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Dean Sandham, Dean, Faculty of Medicine

David Naylor

David Naylor, D.Sc., May 15, 2009
David Naylor
O.C.; B.A., B.Sc., M.D.(Tor.); D.PhiL(Oxford); F.R.C.P.C., F.R.S.C.

David Naylor was born in Woodstock Ontario and, following studies in Arts and Science, graduated with honors in Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1978. A Rhodes Scholarship took him to Hertford College (Oxford) where studies in the Faculty of Social and Administrative Studies earned him a PhD in the Faculty of Social and Administrative Studies. From 1983 to 1986 he undertook specialty training in Internal Medicine in London, Ontario leading to Certification and Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He then held Medical Research Council Fellowship and Senior Scientistship awards in General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology in Toronto. In 1988, Dr, Naylor was appointed to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and rose rapidly through the ranks to achieve full professorship in 1996.

Over the ensuing nine years, in addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, he served on the clinical staff of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and assumed senior administrative roles as Director, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; founder and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES); and Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, University of Toronto. In 2005, Dr. Naylor was appointed President of the University of Toronto.

Dr. Naylor has been a highly active and productive researcher and highly regarded mentor and supervisor to students and postgraduate fellows. He has made a wide range of outstanding contributions to our understanding of health systems and in particular to outcomes- based evaluation of clinical medicine. He has brought intellectual rigor to marshalling the evidentiary base for designing effective clinical strategies. He has served on the editorial boards of prestigious national and international journals and on a variety of high level local, provincial, national and international committees; notably as Chair of the National Committee on SARS and Public Health which led to the establishment of the Public Health Agency of Canada. He has been an eclectic and prolific author of influential research papers, editorials, technical reports, book chapters and pamphlets.

The influence of Dr. Naylor's work is reflected in the many honours he has received from local, provincial, national and international bodies exemplified by his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada; election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and as a Foreign Associate Member, US Institute of Medicine; and by the distinctions bestowed on him by the Canadian Public Health Association, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Medical Research Council of Canada, and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Arnold Naimark

Francois Ricard

Francois Ricard, D.Litt., June 1, 2009
M.A. (McGill); Ph.D. (Aix-Marseille)
 
DOCTORAT HONORIFIQUE
Franyois Ricard, M.A.(McGiII); Ph.D.(Aix-Marseille)
J'ai I'honneur et Ie grand plaisir de vous presenter M. Franyois Ricard,
professeur titulaire de litterature a l'Universite McGill.
Quebecois d'origine, Franyois Ricard a fait ses etudes universitaires
a I'Universite McGill, ou il a obtenu sa maTtrise es arts en 1968, et a
I'Universite d'Aix-Marseilie en France, ou iI a obtenu son doctorat en
1971.
Ses principaux travaux ont porte sur la litterature quebecoise de la fin
du XIXe siecie (Honore Beaugrand, Edmond de Nevers), sur I'ceuvre
de Gabrielle Roy et sur les romans de Milan Kundera. II a participe a la
redaction d'une Histoire du Quebec contemporain et publie quelques
essais (La generation Iyrique, Chroniques d'un temps loufoque).
II collabore egalement aux revues L'Atelier du roman (Paris) et
L'lnconvenient (Montreal), et dirige aussi deux collections aux editions
Boreal (<<Papiers colles» et «Cahiers Gabrielle Roy»).
Ses recherches et ses nombreuses publications lui ont valu plusieurs
distinctions, et, pour n'en mentionner que quelques-unes, signalons Ie
Prix du Gouverneur general en 1986 pour son essai La litterature contre
elle-meme, la bourse Killam du Conseil des arts du Canada en 1988,
son election a la Societe royale du Canada en 1989, la grande medaille
de la francophonie decernee par l'Academie franyaise en 2001 et Ie prix
Andre-Laurendeau de I'ACFAS en sciences humaines en 2005.
II est titulaire de la chaire James-McGill sur la litterature quebecoise et
sur Ie roman moderne, creee en janvier 2002; il participe au Groupe
de recherche sur Gabrielle Roy et aux Travaux sur les arts du roman
subventionnes par Ie Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines
(CRSH), ainsi qu'aux Travaux sur Ie roman selon les romanciers
subventionnes par Ie Fonds quebecois de recherche sur la societe et la
culture (FQRSC).
Pour les specialistes de litterature, Franyois Ricard est etroitement
associe a I'ceuvre de Gabrielle Roy. II est d'ailleurs venu a plusieurs
reprises au Manitoba, notamment pour la conference inaugurale du
colloque international «Gabrielle-Roy» de 1995. II etait a ses cotes
au cours des dernieres annees de sa vie en tant que collaborateur,
confident et ami. Depuis la disparition de la romanciere, iI dirige Ie
Fonds Gabrielle-Roy et joue aussi un role majeur dans la publication
des inedits et des lettres de Gabrielle Roy, ainsi que des ouvrages
collectifs portant sur la romanciere. On lui doit aussi une importante
biographie, Gabrielle Roy, une' vie, ceuvre qui a par la suite ete traduite
et publiee en anglais.
J'aimerais vous citer un extrait d'une lettre d'Andre Brochu de
I'Universite de Montreal, qui a tres bien connu Franyois Ricard, lettre
datee du 16 juin 2008. «A travers tous ces travaux, Franyois Ricard
apparaTt comme I'homme qui a Ie mieux compris I'ceuvre et la vie, et
Ie mieux servi la gloire de Gabrielle Roy. Monsieur Ricard n'est pas
seulement un critique, un ecrivain, un professeur de grand merite, iI est
aussi I'un de nos intellectuels les plus remarquables, et lui qui a si bien
su comprendre I'ceuvre de Milan Kundera etait admirablement arme
pour rendre justice a I'auteure de La detresse et I'enchantement.»
A I'occasion du centieme anniversaire de naissance de Gabrielle
Roy, c'est avec une joie sincere et une grande fierte que Ie College
universitaire de Saint-Boniface rend hommage aujourd'hui a celui qui
fait rayonner I'ceuvre de la romanciere manitobaine la plus celebre.
Monsieur Ie Chancelier, je vous prie de decerner a Monsieur Fran<;:ois
Ricard Ie grade de docteur en litterature honoris causa, au titre de
representant du Senat de l'Universite du Manitoba.
 

Muriel Smith

Muriel Smith, LL.D., May 27, 2009
Muriel Smith
D.C., O.M.; B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed., M.Ed.(Man.); Ed.Dip.(Oxford)

Ms. Smith graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. Honours, followed by a diploma in Education from Oxford University. She returned to school at the University of Manitoba in 1973 to complete her B.Ed and M.Ed. (psychological counseling) and went on to teach and be a counselor at the high school level. In later years Ms. Smith was an instructor at the Winnipeg Education Centre and the University of Manitoba.

Ms. Smith's political career began in 1974 as a member of the Manitoba New Democratic Party Executive. In 1981 she was elected as member of the Legislative Assembly for Osborne. Her appointment as Deputy Premier signified the first woman in Canada to achieve this. She also held the portfolios of Economic Development and Tourism, Community Services and Corrections, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and Labour and Housing.

Ms. Smith's interest and participation in women's issues and areas of international cooperation span the range of Chair of Empowering Women in Burma, United Nations Association of Canada and delegate to five world conferences, Provincial and National Councils of Women, the Canadian Federation of University Women, Executive Member of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Chair of the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation and one of three Manitoba government representatives to the Red River Basin Commission, to name just a few.

Ms. Smith's appointments to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, Council on Post Secondary Education, and lay member of the Manitoba Law Society and the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba and her positions of Vice-President of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Board, and President of the Board of Reh-Fit Centre demonstrate the breadth of her participation in her local community.

Muriel Smith's wide ranging interest and participation in her immediate community and to the larger community, has provided an immense service to these sectors.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour for me to ask on behalf of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Muriel Smith the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. John Wiens, Dean, Faculty of Education

Kenneth Standing

Kenneth Standing, D.Sc., May 26, 2009
Kenneth Standing
B.Sc.(Hons.)(Man.); A.M., Ph.D. (Princeton)

Internationally renowned for innovations in the field of time-of-flight mass spectrometry as it relates to biomolecules, Dr. Standing is an accomplished researcher and educator. Currently professor emeritus in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Standing has advanced the limits of sensitivity and the range of accessible sizes of biological macromolecules to the point where they have become extensively useful for real-world biomedical research.

His work has led to advances in the fields of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and biomedicine, and to the commercial development of several instruments using techniques developed in his laboratory. Dr. Standings stature is reflected in the many prestigious awards and accolades he has received throughout his career. These include the NSERC Bertram Brockhouse Prize, the NSERC Synergy Award, and other awards from institutions such as the American Chemical Society and the American Physical Society. Along with his innovative research, Dr. Standing is recognized as a dedicated and skilled educator and mentor.

More than 10 students and post-doctoral fellows supervised by Dr. Standing have gone on to significant achievements at some of the most prestigious universities and companies in the world.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour for me to ask on behalf of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Kenneth Standing, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Prof. Peter Blunden, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba

Arni Thorsteinson

Arni Thorsteinson, LL.D., May 28, 2009
Arni Thorsteinson
B.Comm(Hons.)(Man.)

Mr. Arni C. Thorsteinson is the President and controlling shareholder of Shelter Canadian Properties Limited. For over 25 years he has played a leading role in building and guiding the Associates of the I.H. Asper School of Business. He was a founding director and past Chair of the Associates and has served as a director since the organization's inception. He is currently Chair of the Associates Foundation.

Mr. Thorsteinson's commitment, wise guidance and dedicated support has played a fundamental role in building the Associates into the preeminent organization supporting a business school in Canada. Mr. Thorsteinson's role in bringing the Museum of Human Rights to fruition has been outstanding. Since its inception, he has served effectively as the Chair of the Advisory Committee, played a pivotal role in the fundraising activities, and contributed a sizeable personal donation to the Museum. In recognition of his pivotal role, he was recently appointed as Chair of the Museum's Board of Trustees.

Over the years, Mr. Thorsteinson has made a significant contribution to several of Canada's most important cultural and artistic institutions. He serves on the National Council of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as a Governor of the Banif Centre, and is a former governor of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

In addition to his personal and dedicated efforts to his community and their important organizations, his exceptionally generous personal financial contributions have been truly outstanding.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour for me to ask on behalf of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Arni Thorsteinson, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Glenn Feltham, Dean, I.H. Asper School of Business


2008

Gail Asper

Gail Asper, LL.D., October 30, 2008

Gail Asper
O.C.; O.M.; B.A., LL.B.(Man.)

Today, we honour Gail S. Asper, O.C., O.M., a distinguished alumna of the University of Manitoba. She is recognized in Canada for her exceptional record of achievement through a wide variety of leadership positions in business, community affairs and philanthropy. To each endeavour, she brings immeasurable enthusiasm and commitment, and unabashed pride in her home province. Ms Asper has a rare combination of intellect, compassion and humour together with the deepest of convictions.

Ms Asper received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1984, both from the University of Manitoba. She was called to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1985 and then practised corporate and commercial law in Halifax, Nova Scotia until 1989.

In business, Ms Asper contributes enormously to the success of Canwest Global, one of the jewels in Canadas corporate community. Ms Asper joined Canwest Global Communications Corp. in 1989 as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. She has served as a Director of the company since 1991 and, until January 2008, was also the company's Corporate Secretary. Ms Asper is currently President of the Canwest Foundation. From 1998 to 2008, Ms Asper served on the Boards of Directors of several members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies and she is a member of the Manitoba Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association, as well as LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund) and Canadian Women in Communications.

Gail Asper serves as President, and is a Trustee, of The Asper Foundation, a private charitable foundation, which has been at the forefront of the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The museum will be a world-class facility and will bring visitors from around the world to Winnipeg, and Ms Asper was recently appointed to its Board of Trustees.

Ms Asper has successfully led several fundraising projects that have touched many Manitobans serving as Co-Chair of the Manitoba Theatre Centre's $10 million Endowment Campaign, and having served for several years on the Board and as the President of the MTC. At the United Way of Winnipeg, she was the 2002 Campaign Chair and is a past Chair of the Board of Directors.

A dedicated volunteer, Ms Asper has given generously of her time and expertise to make a difference in the community. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Arts Centre Foundation and is Vice Chair of Business for the Arts. Ms Asper serves on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a Director Emerita of the Centre for Cultural Management at the University of Waterloo. Many other boards have benefitted from her considerable energies and talents including the Canadian Institute for International Affairs, the Manitoba Arts Stabilization Board, the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, Winnipeg Jewish Child and Family Service and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Ms Asper's tremendous humanitarian and volunteer contributions, and her commitment to Canada's vibrant arts community, have been recognized with numerous awards, including the inaugural Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Award for Outstanding Community Leadership, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Community Voluntarism, the Variety Club's Gold Heart Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community - Individual.

More recently, Ms Asper received the Governor-General's Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts in 2005 and an honorary diploma from Red River College in 2006. In 2008, she was honoured with the University of Ottawa's Distinguished Canadian Leadership Award.

In recognition of her achievements and her contributions to the province, Ms Asper was made a member of the Order of Manitoba in 2007 and she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

Ms Gail S. Asper, O.C., O.M., is a loyal and dedicated graduate of the University of Manitoba who has distinguished herself through her commitment to her alma mater and her home province, to the arts and to advancing human rights. Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Gail S. Asper, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Nahlah Ayed

Nahlah Ayed, LL.D., October 29, 2008
Nahlah Ayed
B.Sc.(Hons.), M.A.(Man.); M.J.(Car.)

Today we honour Nahlah Ayed, an award-winning journalist and a distinguished alumna of this university. She is a familiar face and voice to Canadians, recognized for her journalistic excellence and integrity. Ms. Ayed is CBC Television's Middle Last correspondent based in Beirut covering events in various Arab countries including Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait. She has covered the invasion of Iraq and the fall of Baghdad, the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, and the historic elections in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Her coverage in Iraq was nominated for a Gemini Award, and her 2002 series on living conditions in Canadian women's prisons won a citation for the Michener Award for Meritorious Journalism. She has also received the President's Award from the Canadian Press and the LiveWire Award for her coverage of the Afghanistan conflict, as well as several Story of the Year and Story of the Month Awards from the Canadian Press.

Ms. Ayed is a first generation Canadian of Palestinian parents, born and raised in Winnipeg. Her passion for journalism was sparked when she worked as a reporter for the Manitoban and a researcher with the Public Affairs Department here at the University of Manitoba. She finished two degrees at this university, an Honours Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Genetics in 1992, and an Independent Interdisciplinary Program Master of Arts (Philosophy, Genetics, and English) in 2000. In between those degrees, she also completed a Master of Journalism degree at Carleton University in 1997.

While working on her journalism degree, Ms. Ayed was a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen. Later she worked as a producer for Canadian television in Ottawa and Toronto, and then a parliamentary correspondent for the Canadian Press, where her duties including covering Canada's policy in the Middle East. During this time she reported on the war in Afghanistan and Canada's military contribution. She joined the CBC in November, 2002, and was posted to Jordan, where she set up a one-person bureau in Amman as a satellite to the main office in Jerusalem. Soon after she traveled to Iraq to cover the lead-up to the invasion. Fluent in Arabic, Ms. Ayed covered the fall of Baghdad, reporting from Firdos Square as celebrating Iraqis toppled the statue of Saddam Hussein. Ms. Ayed continued to cover the ongoing violence, making the difficult trip overland back to Iraq several times to cover the war's aftermath for both CBC television and radio. Her reporting has been technologically ground-breaking, as well. In her coverage of the referendum in Alexandria, Egypt in March 2007, she was the first correspondent to use digital video reporting over a webcam-equipped laptop, now a common method of receiving live reports from the field.

A courageous journalist who provides the highest level of journalistic quality in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, Ms. Ayed has established herself as a highly regarded and respected correspondent among her peers, who call her work courageous, smart, and tireless, 'and have referred to her career thus far as distinguished.' While many correspondents are compelled or choose to report from the safety of protected zones, her stories come from the streets and the front lines, often at great risk to herself. In her line of duty, she has been physically attacked, threatened with firearms, and survived the bombing at the Kahadimiya Mosque in Baghdad, which killed over 80 people.

Reporting from a part of the world where coverage often lacks depth or content, she challenges our conventional wisdom and broadens our knowledge of the complexities of a region largely misunderstood. Her stories reflect the humanity of the places she visits and tell the tales of the people who are all too often overlooked in the grander scheme of things - the men, women, and children who live in circumstances we could not imagine. "I am not on a personal crusade," she has said, "I just believe that perhaps, with my background, I may be able to have better access to Arab society, and perhaps impart a little better knowledge and explanation of the complexities of the Middle East, and Arabs in particular." For someone who has accomplished so much in a relatively short career thus far, she is clearly a role model and an inspiration for us all.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask you, in the name of the Senate and the University of Manitoba, to confer upon Ms. Nahlah Ayed the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

G. Michael Bancroft

G. Michael Bancroft, D.Sc., May 27, 2008

G. Michael Bancroft
O.C.; B.Sc.(Hons.), M.Sc.(Man); M.A., Ph.D., D.Sc.(Cambridge); D.Sc.(W.Ont.); F.R.S.C.

Today we are honoured to welcome back to our academic community a distinguished alumnus, Dr. Michael Bancroft, who has had a long and distinguished career in Canadian academia as a leader in scientific research and administration.

Mike Bancroft was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with an Honours B.Sc. in chemistry in 1963, and a M.Sc. in chemistry in 1964 under the supervision of Prof. H.D. Gesser. Upon obtaining a Shell Post-Graduate Scholarship, he went to the University of Cambridge in 1964 for his Ph.D. studies. In the first six months of his Ph.D. program he constructed one of the first automated Mössbauer spectrometers, and used this early spectrometer to study structure and bonding in inorganic compounds and silicate minerals. After his Ph.D. in early 1967, he held a post-doctoral appointment with J.B. Westmore at the University of Manitoba, before returning to the University of Cambridge as a Research Fellow at Christ’s College and as Demonstrator in the Chemistry Department. During this time at Cambridge, he obtained contracts to publish a book and a large review article on Mössbauer Spectroscopy, both of which appeared in 1972/73. He later received an M.A. (1970) and Sc.D. (1979) from the University of Cambridge.

After three years teaching at University of Cambridge, Mike returned to Canada in 1970 and joined the University of Western Ontario, Department of Chemistry, as an Assistant Professor, where he rose through the ranks, becoming a Professor in 1974 and Department Chair between 1986-91 and 1992-95. Over a period of 34 years, he also held a number of additional positions at Western including as Director of the Centre for Chemical Physics from 1977-1981, during which time he established Surface Science Western in 1979, and the Canadian Synchrotron Radiation Facility (CSRF) in Madison, Wisconsin in 1980. He directed the latter facility as President from 1991 until 1999.

His multi-decade long dream and effort to establish a national synchrotron facility became a reality when the Canadian Light Source (CLS) was built at the University of Saskatchewan, and he became the first Director from 1999- 2001. He continued as acting Director of Research at the CLS from 2001- 2005. From 1997-1999 Mike was first Vice-President and then President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. For Mike’s achievement in the establishment of the Canadian Light Source, and his productive research and administrative career, he received Canada’s highest civilian honour when he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.

In the first twenty years as a scientist, Mike became one of the world’s leading experts in Mössbauer spectroscopy. His pioneering work on Mössbauer studies of iron-57 in minerals included analysis of Apollo lunar samples. The importance of this very early work is demonstrated by the presence of a Mössbauer spectrometer on the US Mars probe in December 2003. Mike is also known as a pioneer in the use of x-ray spectroscopies (using laboratory ultra-violet and x-ray sources, as well as synchrotron
radiation) to record high resolution spectra of inorganic molecules, minerals, tribochemical films and other surfaces. Mike has been recognized for his scientific and scholarly work by numerous prizes from the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC at the age of 37), the Canadian Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, and the British Chemical Society. He has published over 400 papers, given more than 150 invited talks, supervised 39 graduate students and 37 postdoctoral fellows, and worked with several large industries such as Dofasco, AECL, Imperial Oil, Chevron, and INCO. Most of the excellent students and post-docs who studied with Mike have gone on to have very productive careers in academia, industry and/or government. Mike’s contributions have gone far beyond physical chemistry and some of his most notable work has been at interfaces with mineralogists, tribologists, and industry.

Mike has had an active love of classical music as a boy and adult chorister, and as a piano and flute player. He is also an avid curler, golfer and tennis player. Global warming is a current passion, and he was active at the University of Western Ontario in helping to set up a pan-University Liberal Studies program to bring many disciplines together (including science, music and religion) to discuss important topics such as global warming. He, and his wife Joan, have two grown children, David and Catherine.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon G. Michael Bancroft, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Norman Hunter, Head, Department of Chemistry

Ivan Eyre

Ivan Eyre, LL.D., May 27, 2008
Ivan Eyre
O.M., B.F.A.(Man.)

Today we are honouring Professor Emeritus Ivan Eyre, a distinguished alumnus, a Professor of painting and drawing at the University of Manitoba for thirty-three years until his retirement in 1993 and a man remembered by generations of students as an inspiring artist and teacher.

Born in Tullymet, Saskatchewan, Professor Eyre came at age eighteen, the same age many of you were when you entered the University of Manitoba, to study at the School of Art. That was nearly fifty-five years ago. He brought with him from Saskatchewan vivid memories of the sounds, the smells, the colour and form of the prairie landscape. Listen to Ivan's boyhood recollection of a walk into town with his father.

That powdery black dirt road, so hot on the feet, was often full of cracks or covered with small, flat mud-cakes. Along the road, the air was full of the sweet smell of tall clover growing in the ditch. It was the road that my father took to town to get groceries or supplies of milk from a nearby farm. When I accompanied him I ran to keep up with his brisk walk.

Indeed when one looks at the work of Ivan Eyre one must be prepared for just such a brisk, richly detailed walk. Every painting or drawing takes the viewer on a kind of journey. Yet the fields, forests, mountains and skies, there are always skies, are not landscape we have seen but mindscapes he has created. Perhaps it is the universality of these images that allows us to take the journey of our choosing and to see in his imagery what we need to see.

I first encountered Ivan, or more accurately his work, while traveling in Germany in 1973. I had stopped in Frankfurt for two days to check out the gallery scene. I remember walking into the Hanna Bekker Vom Rath art gallery, and being mesmerized by a painting called Equinox by a young painter named Ivan Eyre. I assumed he was German. I hadn't seen much Canadian art and I was shocked to find he was a fellow Canadian. Three years later I was surprised and delighted to find that he was one of my new colleagues here at the University of Manitoba.

Professor Eyre has been an artist in this community for over fifty years. For most of that time he has lived and worked less than three miles from this very spot. Husband of Brenda and father of Kevin and Tyrone, Ivan Eyre is recognized as one of the most important and prolific Canadian artists of the twentieth century. His work has been exhibited internationally in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Spain, London, Edinburgh, Frankfurt and New York and in many private as well as all of the major and most of the small public galleries across Canada. In addition to sixty-seven solo and one hundred and twenty-eight group exhibitions his works reside permanently in many public, corporate and private collections here and abroad. His1988 exhibition, Ivan Eyre Personal Mythologies: Images of the Milieu, was the first exhibition of work by a living Canadian painter and an inaugural exhibition, for the new National Gallery of Canada. His work has been the subject of films, books, critical articles and scholarly study. The entire second floor of the Pavilion Gallery in Assiniboine Park is dedicated to the permanent exhibition of his art. Among his many honours are both the Silver and Gold Queen’s Jubilee medals, membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the University of Manitoba Alumni Jubilee Award, the Order of Manitoba and his 1994 appointment as Professor Emeritus at this university.

Ivan Eyre continues to produce important, critically acclaimed work in his studio in St. Norbert. It is for the uniqueness and clarity of his artistic vision and his long and distinguished service to the University of Manitoba School of Art, that he is deserving of this University's highest honour. Mr. Chancellor it is my honour and my privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Professor Emeritus Ivan Eyre the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, not only for his remarkable lifetime achievement but also for sharing with all Canadians the boundless landscape of his imagination.

-citation delivered by mentor, Professor Gordon Reeve, School of Art

Donald K. Johnson

Donald K. Johnson, LL.D., May 28, 2008

Donald K. Johnson
C.M., B.Sc.(E.E.)(Man.); M.B.A.(W.Ont.)

Donald Johnson was born June 18, 1935 in Lundar, Manitoba, where he completed high school. He obtained a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1957. Mr. Johnson also received an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in 1963. While his career took him to Toronto, he has never forgotten his roots in Manitoba nor his alma mater.

Although Mr. Johnson's initial career was in electrical engineering, his greatest career successes were in the investment industry. After obtaining his MBA in 1963, he joined Burns Bros. & Denton Ltd., a predecessor firm of BMO Nesbitt Burns. During his 42-year career with the company, he held a series of management positions in institutional equity, sales, trading research, and international, retail and investment management. Mr. Johnson was President of Burns Fry from 1984 to 1989 and from 1989 to 2004 he was Vice-Chairman, Investment Banking, for BMO Nesbitt Burns and predecessor companies. His prime focus was providing advice to major Canadian and international companies on mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt financing. He was a Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange from 1978 to 1980, and Chairman of the Investment Dealers Association in 1988-89. Current managers at BMO Nesbitt Burns refer to Mr. Johnson as a "legend". Mr. Johnson is currently Chairman of Easyhome Ltd. and a director of Manicouagan Minerals.

Along with his outstanding success in business, Mr. Johnson has been an active volunteer for many education, arts, and health care organizations. It has been said that Don understands that there is no shame in seeking assistance for needy organizations and while developing an extremely successful business career, he has never forgotten about the importance of giving back to one's community.

Mr. Johnson serves on the advisory board of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he has been a James C. Taylor Distinguished Lecturer. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, and Chairman of the Vision Campaign for the Toronto Western Hospital. He is also Chairman Emeritus and Director of the Council for Business and Arts in Canada, a Trustee of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, a Member of the 2008 Major Individual Giving Cabinet of the United Way of Toronto and a member of the Ontario Committee for the I.H. Asper School of Business. He served as a Director of the Canadian Club of Toronto, as a Board Member of the National Ballet of Canada and the Bishop Strachan School Foundation. He was a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the Canadian Opera House Corporation and in 1994-96 he chaired a successful campaign for the National Ballet to build a new facility.

In addition to giving his time and expertise, Mr. Johnson has financially supported many worthwhile initiatives, including the Pauline Johnson Library in Lundar, Manitoba, and the Fjola Johnson Memorial Scholarship at the Lundar High School. At the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Engineering, Mr. Johnson created a fund to support students who take on leadership roles in student government, and provided support for the facilities for the University of Manitoba Engineering Society. The Donald K. Johnson Student Centre has been named in his honour.

However, Mr. Johnson's greatest contribution to the charitable sector in Canada is his leadership role on its behalf in lobbying the federal government to remove tax barriers on gifts of publicly listed securities to registered charities. The federal government has now completely eliminated the capital gains tax on gifts of listed securities. This change has resulted in an explosive increase in gifts of shares to not-for-profit organizations, including universities.

In recognition for his many achievements in business and his countless contributions to the charitable sector in Canada, Mr. Johnson was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2005. He was the recipient of the 2007 Edmund C. Bovey Award for Leadership Support of the Arts and was selected by the Globe & Mail as National Builder of the Year in 2007. The personal, community, and business achievements of Mr. Donald K. Johnson make him a most deserving recipient of our recognition with an honorary degree.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Douglas Ruth, Dean, Faculty of Engineering

Verna J. Kirkness

Verna J. Kirkness, LL.D., May 29, 2008

Verna J. Kirkness
C.M., D.C.; B.A. (Man.); B. Ed. (Man); M. Ed. (Man.); LL.D. (Br.C0D; LL.D. (WOnt.); D.Litt. (Mt.St.Vin.)

Today, we honour Verna J. Kirkness, a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Manitoba, and national leader in education in Canada who has inspired countless students and educators in both Aboriginal and non Aboriginal communities and who through her vision and determination has successfully established new institutions that will contribute to excellence in Aboriginal education for future generations.

Verna Kirkness received her Teaching Certificate from The Manitoba Normal School in 1959, and her Bachelor of Arts (1974), Bachelor of Education (1976) and Master of Education (1980) degrees from the University of Manitoba.

Verna Kirkness started her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Manitoba's public school system before working as both a teacher and principal in First Nations schools. In the late 1960s, as Elementary Schools Supervisor with Frontier School Division, she was instrumental in making Cree and Djibway the language of instruction in several Manitoba schools. In the early 1970s as Education Director for the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs) and then Education Director for the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) she assisted in developing and implementing both the influential publication of the Manitoba Chiefs, Wahbung: Our Tomorrows and the landmark 1972 national policy of Indian Control of Indian Education. These two major works have shaped the educational agendas of First Nations education in our province and our country for more than 35 years.

On completing her Master of Education degree in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba in 1980, Verna Kirkness continued her successful career teaching at the university level, becoming an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In 1984 she was appointed Director of the Native Teacher Education Program at UBC -- which under her leadership became one of the most successful such programs in the country - and Head of the Ts’kel Graduate Program (which she founded).

In the late 1980s Verna Kirkness was a prime mover in the establishment of the First Nations House of Learning on the campus of UBC and served as its first Director from 1987 to 1993. During that time she spearheaded and coordinated a major public/private $2 million fundraising campaign to build a First Nations House of  Learning longhouse which opened in 1993 and which serves as an important focal point for First Nations students at the University of British Columbia.

Verna Kirkness has been a scholar as well as a teacher and administrator. She has written and edited six books and has published numerous articles on Aboriginal education in academic journals in Canada and internationally. She is a founding member and former president of the Mokakit Indian Education Research Association.

Verna Kirkness' work was recognized by the University of British Columbia in 1994 when she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. More recently, returning home to Manitoba, Verna Kirkness has remained a tireless advocate for Aboriginal education. She has been influential in the planning and creation of The University College of the North in Manitoba, and at the University of Manitoba has led a successful and ongoing effort by the Faculty of Graduate Studies to recruit Aboriginal scholars into Ph.D. studies at the University.

The work of this University of Manitoba graduate in the field of Aboriginal education in Manitoba and in British Columbia is without parallel. For more than four decades she has been a major spokesperson for Aboriginal education. This work has been recognized in numerous honours and awards. Verna Kirkness is a member of the Order of Manitoba (2007) and the Order of Canada (1998). She was awarded The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, and in addition to her Honorary degree from the University of British Columbia, has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario (1992) and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University (1990).

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Verna J. Kirkness the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Jonathan Young, Acting Dean of Education

The Honourable Richard H. Kroft

The Honourable Richard H. Kroft, LL.D., May 29, 2008

The Honorable Richard H. Kroft
CM.; B.A., LL.B.(Man.)

Today, Richard Kroft, CM., will receive his third degree from the University of Manitoba. A graduate of both the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Law, Richard Kroft is known locally and nationally for the significant contributions he has made in business, politics, and community life. In each of these diverse fields, his work has been characterized by a consistent sense of purpose, personal character and leadership that resulted not only in success for many organizations but, moreover, allowed others to benefit from his wisdom, good counsel and constant adherence to the highest set of values.

Richard Kroft is President of Tryton Investments Co. Ltd. and Chairman of Conviron, a world class technology company with headquarters in Winnipeg. Following graduation from Law in 1963, Mr. Kroft joined McCabe Grain Co. Ltd. where he became involved with providing financing for and later, ownership of, a young company developing new technology for a plant growth chamber. During the past 40 years, the company, now known as Conviron, has grown into the world leader in the design and manufacture of controlled environmental systems for agricultural, ecological and other life science research with installations in more than 80 countries. Mr. Kroft has also served on the Board of Directors of a number of local and national corporations. Richard Kroft’s foresight and business leadership were recognized by his peers when they selected him as an inaugural member of the Manitoba Manufacturers Hall of Fame.

On two separate occasions, Mr. Kroft took time from business to work with the federal government. Shortly after he started his career, he moved to Ottawa to become the Special Assistant to the Minister of Finance and Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, Mitchell Sharp. A few years later, he returned to Winnipeg and his growing business interests in this city. Richard Kroft was summoned back to Ottawa in 1998 when Prime Minister Jean Cretien appointed him to the Senate of Canada. During six years in the Upper Chamber, Mr. Kroft chaired both the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, and the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. As he had always done in his other activities, Richard Kroft brought intellectual rigor, clarity of thought and creativity to his new responsibilities. Under his leadership, the Internal Economy Committee made significant changes that resulted in more efficient resource allocations and improved operations in the Senate. The Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee produced an important report on bankruptcy and insolvency and began what was to become an influential study into charitable giving in Canada.

In what is often a highly partisan environment, Senator Richard Kroft gained the respect and admiration of members from all parties as well as the administration. On his retirement in 2004, Senator Lucie Pepin commented that the Senate had come to know and respect Senator Kroft for "his extraordinary intellectual, moral and professional integrity...his personality and the quality of his work."

In addition to his accomplishments in business and public life, Richard Kroft has distinguished himself in making our community a better place for all. He was a member of Winnipeg 2000, the Executive Committee for the 1999 Pan-American Games, the Manitoba Business Council, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Associates of the Asper School of Business, and the University of Manitoba's Honorary Campaign Cabinet. One of his most significant and lasting contributions is his service to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet where as a long standing board member and president, he spearheaded the campaign for a new permanent home for the ballet in downtown Winnipeg.

David Matthews of the Kettering Foundation once said, "Democracies need something more than written constitutions, free elections and representative governments. They also depend on a strong public life, a rich depository of social capital, a sense of community, and a healthy civil society." The relationship is reciprocal in that while "only a democracy can support a civil society, only a civil society will sustain a democracy."

Richard Kroft has made a singular contribution to the development of democracy and a more civil society in our city, the province and our country. In recognition of his dedication to a better Canada, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997. Richard Kroft is a most worthy recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from his alma mater, the University of Manitoba.

-citation delivered by mentor, Professor Harvey Secter, Dean, Faculty of Law

Hugh C. Smith

Hugh C. Smith, D.Sc., May 16, 2008

Hugh C. Smith
B.Sc.(Med.), M.D.(Man.)

Today, we honour Dr. Hugh C. Smith, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine, recognized throughout North America for his dedication to patient care and service, his professional leadership and his academic achievements.

Dr. Smith graduated from the Manitoba Medical School with Bachelor of Science and Medical Doctor degrees. He received his internal medicine training at the University of Manitoba and completed his cardiovascular research and clinical training at the University of Washington and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

He had a distinguished career as a student at the Faculty of Medicine, receiving numerous awards, most notably, the University Gold Medal in 1965, in addition to The Faculty Of Medicine Bronze Medal in 1964; the Chown Prize For Highest Standing in Surgery Ill & IV in 1965; the Dr. Charlotte W. Ross Memorial Prize and Gold Medal In Obstetrics in 1965; the Dr. Gerald M. Olin Memorial Prize and Bronze Medal In Pediatrics in 1965. Since then, his career has proceeded from strength to strength.

Dr. Smith is a professor of Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has pursued research interests in clinical and interventional cardiology, knowledge management and clinical decision making at Mayo Clinic.

He is an institution leader in his 35-year career at Mayo Clinic. His past leadership roles have included; director of the cardiac laboratory; chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases; chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Board of Governors (CEO) from 1999 to 2005; vice president of Mayo Foundation, and member of Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. He has served as medical director of Mayo Medical Services, Inc. Mayo Clinic’s health plan and contracting department. He is a founding member of the Mayo Health System Mayo Clinic’s regional system of clinics and hospitals in 64 communities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. As CEO of Mayo Clinic Rochester and Mayo Health System, he directed more than 2,000 physicians and 30,000 employees. He established Mayo Clinic’s first international practice site, the Mayo Cardiology Clinic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and has been recognized as a cardiologist who led the Mayo Clinic to excel in the burgeoning fields of genomics, bioinformatics and biotechnology.

He is a founding board member of two Minnesota organizations that focus on multi-system health care, quality and safety: the Institute of Clinical Systems Integration (ICSI) and Safest in America, involving 10 Twin Cities and Rochester hospital systems. He has served on leadership groups of the American College of Cardiology and state and national American HeartAssociation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Hormel Foods and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the Rochester Area Foundation Board and the University of Manitoba Development Board.

In an interview in 1999, Dr. Smith noted he has good memories of The University of Manitoba, especially his medical education. He explained: “It was not until I could compare my training with Ivy-League-trained contemporaries, in highly competitive residency programs at the University of Washington and at Mayo Clinic, that I fully appreciated how well I had been prepared during my years at The University of Manitoba. Manitoba Medical School professors were particularly stimulating and challenging, and outstanding role models for me. In particular, I recall that Drs. Joseph Doupe, Rueben Cherniak, Ted Cuddy, Arnold Naimark and Lyonel Israels significantly influenced my subsequent career.” Dr. Smith will be returning in September to address the University as the Faculty of Medicine, 2008 Distinguished Joe Doupe Memorial Lecturer. He continues to have a strong connection to Winnipeg and has a family coffage in the Lake of the Woods.

Dr. Smith has published more than 120 papers and an equal number of review articles, visiting professorship lectures, text chapters and editorial commentaries. As an outstanding member of the academic community and a University of Manitoba graduate, he is a most worthy recipient of this degree.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Dr. Hugh C. Smith, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

- citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Dean Sandham, Dean, Faculty of Medicine


2007

Bruce D. Campbell

Bruce D. Campbell, LL.D., May 4, 2007
Bruce Duncan Campbell
BSA (Manitoba)

Bruce Duncan Campbell grew up on a grain and beef family farm at Chater, Manitoba. He attended Clinton #155 School for grades one through eight, completed grade nine by correspondence, and then finished his high school education at Brandon Collegiate. Bruce enrolled as an undergraduate in the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba, financing his first year of university by selling a prize-winning 4-H calf.  He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, majoring in Animal Science and joined Feed-Rite Mills as a sales territory representative.

Fuelled by vision and his entrepreneurial spirit, in 1968 Bruce left the security of a regular paycheque and depleted his savings to purchase a 50% interest in a rural feed business in Landmark, MB. Nine years later he extended his ownership in the company, at the same time bringing the first of a number of key individuals into partnership with him. Bruce quarterbacked a team of partners and outstanding employees in turning a small rural feed business into one of Western Canada's leading agribusiness companies, while becoming well known himself as a visionary businessman with high integrity. When Maple Leaf Foods Ltd. purchased The Landmark Group Inc. in 1999, the feed side of the business, Landmark Feeds Inc., had grown from a single rural feed mill to eight large modern feed production facilities, five in Manitoba and three in Alberta. During that same time, the swine side of the business, Elite Swine Inc., had grown to become Canada's leading swine infrastructure company, with locations in Landmark and Brandon, MB, and in Strathmore, AB.
 
Bruce always placed a high value on the people who were his partners, employees, customers, and suppliers, believing firmly that everybody who was involved with him in any of these capacities should be successful. In so doing, he established a people culture that encouraged personal respect and mutual trust, a strong sense of loyalty, and a high level of individual empowerment and achievement.  He achieved recognition for this approach, as evidenced by many awards, including the Canadian Feed Industry Association Golden Award in 1995 for dedicated industry leadership by significantly contributing to the advancement of poultry, livestock, and food production in Canada; the Manitoba Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1999 presented by Young Associates of the Faculty of Management, University of Manitoba; and the Prairies Region Entrepreneur of the Year, Agriculture/Food award in 1999. More recently Bruce was named a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in 2001 and received the Distinguished Agrologist Award from the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists in 2002. He was inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bruce Campbell also has been a visionary and leader within Manitoba's agricultural community, through support of rural communities, and his incredible support to youth and education. He has encouraged the adoption of new technologies to increase profitability, animal health and environmental stewardship for his company and for livestock and poultry producers in Manitoba and Western Canada. Bruce inspired and supported the development of the ESI Leadership in Agriculture Awards, offered through 18 Manitoba high schools annually. He believed in supporting the rural communities in which his businesses were located. As well, Bruce and his wife Lesley have been major supporters of CancerCare Manitoba, Ducks Unlimited, the Manitoba Museum and the University of Manitoba. Bruce and Lesley have created a fully endowed bursary fund at the University of Manitoba, awarding five bursaries to students annually. Most recently, Bruce's strong commitment to education was exhibited by a $500,000 donation to the Glenlea Farm Education Centre and the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment.  Not only has Bruce made a significant contribution, he is also an active member of the fundraising committee for this initiative. This dedication to his community resulted in Bruce receiving the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from AFP Board, Manitoba Chapter in 2006.

He married Lesley Lorraine Gay in 1963 and has two children, Brock (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, (Agricultural Economics) - Manitoba), and Nancy (Bachelor of Fine Arts - Manitoba, Masters of Art Education - UBC) and five grandchildren.

The Honourable Sharon Carstairs

The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, LL.D., May 10, 2007


The Honourable Sharon Carstairs
P.C.B.A.(DaI.); M.A.(Smith); LL.D.(Bran.)

Senator Sharon Carstairs truly has a lifetime of familiarity with Canadian public service, growing up in Halifax where her father Harold Connolly served as Premier of Nova Scotia, and was subsequently appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1955.

After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History at Dalhousie University, Senator Carstairs completed a Masters of Arts in Teaching in 1963 at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has remained a dedicated advocate of excellence in education, a commitment nurtured through diverse teaching experience which has included schools in Massachusetts, Calgary, and Manitoba and as a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Manitoba.

Manitobans remember with respect and fondness the passion and integrity with which Senator Carstairs led the Liberal Party in Manitoba from 1984 to 1993. In 1988, Senator Carstairs became the first woman elected Leader of the Official Opposition in both Manitoba and Canada, a position which she held in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly from 1988 to 1990. She was elected Member of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly for River Heights in 1986, and served until her appointment to the Senate on September 15, 1994.

A member of the Senate of Canada since 1994, her accomplishments are numerous and remarkable. Senator Carstairs was the first woman in Canada to be appointed as Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate in September 1997, and from January 2001 to December 2003 was the Leader of the Government in the Senate. She has served on and has chaired several Senate Committees and has been a member of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians for InterParliamentary Union since 2004 and Vice President of this Committee since July 2006.

Senator Carstairs is a tireless champion for improved access to quality palliative and end-of-life care for Canadians. In 1994-1995, she served as a member of the Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, releasing in June 1995 the comprehensive and challenging report Of Life and Death which served as a catalyst for palliative care initiatives across the country. Senator Carstairs was Chair of the Subcommittee of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, releasing in June 2000 the report Quality End-of-Life Care: The Right of Every Canadian, an update to “Of Life and Death.” From March 2001 to December 2003, Senator Carstairs served as Minister with Special Responsibility for Palliative Care, an appointment indicative of the confidence held for her ability to move forward on unmet needs. A reflection of her steadfast commitment to Palliative Care, in June 2005 she released a 10-year report card entitled Still Not There-Quality Endof-Life Care: A Progress Report, highlighting achievements and ongoing gaps in palliative and end-of-life care in Canada since the initial 1995 report Of Life And Death.

The creation and ongoing development of the Canadian Virtual Hospice, a unique online palliative care resource, has benefited greatly by the support and advocacy of Senator Carstairs.

Senator Carstairs' ongoing advocacy was instrumental in the development and subsequent revisions of the Employment insurance Compassionate Care Benefits, supporting those who must miss work in order to care for someone who is terminally ill. She has also been a strong promoter of mandatory palliative care curriculum for medical students.

An accomplished author, Senator Carstairs' publications include her autobiography Not One of the Boys, and an essay about women in politics which was reviewed as "clear-eyed and devastating" for the book Dropped Threads. As well, she recently co-authored with Tim Higgins the book Dancing Backwards: A Social Histoiy of Canadian Women in Politics.

Numerous honours have been awarded to Senator Carstairs for her continued commitment to Canadians, including the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation in 1992; the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002; the 2003 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Leadership Award; a Doctor of Laws Degree (Honoris Causa) from Brandon University in 2003; Decoration, Member of Merit, The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in 2003; and the Muriel McQueen Ferguson Foundation Award in 2004.

Senator Carstairs has a long, varied, and busy history in volunteer activities. She has been President/Chair or a member of numerous Boards, Councils, and Foundations. While co-chair of the Prairleaction Foundation fund-raising campaign, over $5 Million was raised to support research into family violence.

Senator Carstairs' lifelong dedication to improving the lives of Canadians has effected change that far exceeds what most could ever aspire to achieve. Her unwavering commitment to improving access to palliative and end-of-life care has been inspirational to those working in the field. In a career marked by many "Firsts," Senator Carstairs is first in the minds of those who work in Palliative Care when one thinks of relentless advocacy on a national level for those affected by life-limiting illness. She is married to John Esdale Carstairs and they have two daughters, Catherine and Jennifer.

-citation delivered by Dr. Michael Harlos, Professor of Family Medicine

Victor Davies

Victor Davies, LL.D., June 7, 2007

Victor Davies
B.Mus. (Indiana)
 
Victor Davies was born in Winnipeg, where he graduated from Kelvin High School and attended the University of Manitoba for two years. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Indiana in 1964 and later studied conducting with Pierre Boulez in Switzerland.
 
Over the span of his professional career, he has established himself as a composer who speaks to a broadly based audience in a musical language of the people. His eclecticism is evident in the media for which he has written and the works he has composed. Because the list of his published and performed compositions is lengthy, a summary of his works will have to suffice.

In order to establish a more national presence, he left Winnipeg in 1977 and took up residence in Toronto. However, Manitoba has continued to benefit from the talents of this native son. He has written works for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Mennonite Oratorio Choir. This next season, the Manitoba Opera will premiere his new opera, "Transit of Venus," a three-act opera based on the play by Maureen Hunter.
 
His has received commissions from significant Canada organizations including the Orford String Quartet and Famous People Players. He has written a rock opera based on the legend of Beowulf and a musical based on A Tale of Two Cities.

His talents have led him beyond the concert hall. His numerous film scores for CBC and the National Film Board attest to his collaborative abilities in other media. He was for a time composer, arranger and conductor for CBC radio and TV. He has also written extensively for children. For CTV children's series "Let’s Go" and "Rockets" he has written words and music for over 600 songs. He has also written musicals for children to perform on stage and on TV. In 1999, he was music director, composer and producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
 
His commitment to the arts in Canada is evident by the active role he plays in various arts organizations. He has served as president of the Canadian League of Composers, he has been on the board of the Canadian Music Centre, and he has served as Vice Chairman of SOCAN.

Victor Davies has successfully straddled the worlds of the concert hall and popular media. His music is widely performed and enthusiastically received by the public and the critics. In particular, his "Mennonite Piano Concerto" has been warmly received and widely performed. This work was commissioned by the Fast Foundation of Manitoba and premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra with lrmgard Berg as soloist. The work was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, again with lrmgard Berg as soloist, and has been broadcast widely in Canada, the US, and the UK. The work is a fine example of  his populist style within a formal tradition.

Through his numerous compositions and activities as a performer, Victor Davies has contributed immeasurably to the cultural life of Canada. The importance of his life work to our country is about to be recognized by this institution. He is a most worthy recipient of the degree Doctor of Law (honoris causa).

-citation delivered by Professor Charles Horton, Faculty of Music

Joseph H.Y. Fafard

Joseph H. Y. Fafard, LL.D., June 7, 2007


Joseph H. Y. Fafard
C.C.; B.F.A.(Man.); M.F.A.(Penn.State); LL.D.(Reg.)

Today we honour an immensely gifted and creative Canadian artist whose sculptures in clay and bronze are animated with an uncanny vitality that embraces human and creaturely existence. Through the realistic forms of his cows, horses, and other animals, or his favorite artists and neighbours, his work reaches us with immediacy that transcends academic analysis. In his art we recognize ourselves and our fellow creatures with an affectionate understanding accessible to the entire human community.

The remarkable relationship that Joe Fafard has established with his audience shows that fine art can still create a direct exchange with the public that feeds their imagination and energy without relying on a meaning separate from its own visual poetry. Immediately accessible, yet fundamentally mysterious in its power to embody feeling, his art expresses an experience of the fully alive human or animal presence, with their characteristic postures, gestures, and attitudes. The work requires no explanation but itself, and in this lays both its originality and subversive nature.

Born into the rural French speaking agricultural community of Ste Marthe, Saskatchewan, as a child Joe Fafard worked on the family farm with an innately keen observation and appreciation of the animals around him, especially the cows that he later sculpted as "partners" on this earth, or as he says, "the vegetarian is enemy to the cow." He studied fine art here at the University of Manitoba, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art in 1966, while it grappled with its purpose as a fine arts academy or university. His studies continued with an Master of Fine Arts in1968 from Pennsylvania State University, where ironically he found that his instincts had more power than the hobbling self-critical analysis that he was taught. Of this he says, "When you are having a great time laughing with friends you don’t stop to say, Why am I doing this?"

He returned to Regina and taught sculpture at the University of Saskatchewan from 1968 to 1974, when he was driven to a full time commitment to sculpture. Except for a teaching engagement at the University of California at Davis from 1980-81 where he connected with the equally irreverent ceramic artist Robert Arneson, Joe Fafard has worked in Pense, Saskatchewan for most of his artistic career.

In a distinguished career as an artist, Mr. Fafard is the modest recipient of many awards, including the Order of Canada in 1981, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Award in 1987. Among other recognitions, he received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2002; the National Prix Montfort in 2003; and most recently in 2005 the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for the Arts. Steadily exhibiting in increasingly prominent venues, Mr. .Fafard has had exhibitions at Canada House, London England, at the 49th Parallel, New York, the Dunlop Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, and many others. In the 1980’s he turned to bronze for his larger sculptures, and established his own foundry Julienne Atelier in Pense in 1985. His major exhibition "Joe Fafard: The Bronze Years"; at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts garnered major critical attention. His art is collected nationally and internationally, and represented in significant museum collections world wide. We anticipate with pleasure his forthcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in 2008, originating at the McKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, which also will travel to the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax.

Possessed of an extraordinary ability, craftsmanship and a dedication to his art, Mr. Fafard consistently provides the lasting imprint of an articulate hand allied to an intensely curious and empathetic personal vision. In an art world context increasingly dominated by the intellectual agendas of high minded cultural critique, with insightful and unpretentious wit Mr. Fafard proves that art can thrive on the periphery and without the dominance of ideological machinery. While his animal sculptures have led some critics to the mistaken notion he is a folk artist, this is because his manifest sincerity goes against the increasingly obscure currents of contemporary art discourse. Equally informed and engaged with art history, Mr. Fafard's fellow feeling for the creativity of Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Frieda Kahlo animates his sculpted portraits with the artist's attitude of quizzical and self-critical creativity. Joe Fafard says that he works from a real sense of being a human being who observes life in the society in which he lives. Mr. Fafard presents the minute particulars of our world without an obscuring message, and we experience his art directly.

If as William Blake says, "everything that lives is holy, life delights in life" then Mr. Fafard, we thank you for your lively art that provides us with such delight.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate and The University of Manitoba that you confer upon Mr. Joe Fafard the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Dr. Celia Rabinovitch, Director, School of Art

Louis Fortier

Louis Fortier, D.Sc., October 17, 2007

Louis Fortier
B.Sc., M.Sc.(Laval); Ph.D.(McGill)

It is with pleasure that I give this citation for Dr. Louis Fortier. Professor Fortier has worked on various Canadian led international research networks which have systematically re-invigorated Canada's leadership role in polar marine science. The media is full of accounts of how fast we are transforming our Canadian Arctic due to the devastating effects of global warming. Dr. Fortier anticipated these problems well over a decade ago and acted upon them to create one of the most highly integrated multidisciplinary science teams ever designed to investigate and inform the world of this emerging crisis.

When I was beginning my career at the University of Manitoba, it was a dismal prospect to be a young academic working on sea ice and climate change in northern Canada. In the early 1990's, Canada was downsizing federal research and universities were not adequately funded to fill the gap left by departing federal colleagues. I remember attending a planning meeting of a team of Canadian universities proposing a Canadian-led international effort to study the North Water Polynya (NOW), located in northern Baffin Bay.

At this meeting, I found two things significant: Dr. Fortier, the leader of this initiative, was a dynamic francophone from Quebec City who had a remarkable grasp of the breadth and depth of Arctic System Science. He was a bright young biologist with knowledge and enthusiasm for all the sciences that make up the polar marine system. He was a true Renaissance Man for the Arctic. The other notable impression was the way in which Professor Fortier proposed to merge university labs with federal government departments and the international community into an integrated team. To the uninitiated this multidisciplinary-team approach to science was revolutionary!

In the mid 1990's, a tri-council (NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR) task force report suggested that without immediate action on the part of our Federal Government, Canada would run the risk of forever being deemed inadequate to manage its own Arctic affairs. In answer to this, Professor Fortier led the North Water Polynya study (NOW), one of the most successful polar marine programs ever conducted in Canada. Well over 200 papers were published resulting in a quantum leap in our understanding of how this unique Arctic polynya functioned. This significantly enhanced our reputation internationally and also proved Professor Fortier's concept that the multidisciplinary team approach to science can and does work.

With the success of NOW, Fortier created a second even larger multidisciplinary team. The Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES) sought to examine how carbon moves between the continental shelves and the deep Canada Basin in the western high Arctic. When it came time to defend the well-structured proposal, we were informed by the Canadian Coast Guard that they were unable to provide an icebreaker to support the science. After much debate, Fortier's team convinced the adjudication committee to make a conditional award of $10 million to conduct the CASES project. The one condition was that the team would have to find a suitable research icebreaker.
Professor Fortier contacted the Coast Guard in Quebec City and suggested a solution
a partnership between ten Canadian universities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Canadian Coast Guard. The result was a $37 million award to create the CCGS Amundsen, a 'state of the art' research icebreaker dedicated for polar marine science. Several months later the Amundsen left Quebec City to conduct the CASES project with a full annual cycle study of the Mackenzie Shelf ecosystem. Over 14,544 scientist days were logged during this over-wintering study with scientists from nine countries (about half were international and half Canadian). This effort made the CASES program the single largest research effort ever mounted to understand the complex response of the Arctic marine ecosystem to global climate change.

Having won the accolades of the international science community, Professor Fortier realized that we needed a way to ensure the continued operation of this infrastructure for ongoing research in Canada's north and to marshal a scientific team to continue to monitor the metamorphosis of our Arctic under a changing climate. Again under his leadership, we made an application for a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) known as ArcticNet. This application was funded and Canada became the proud owner of the only large scale system science study dedicated to unravelling the impacts and adaptation of Arctic climate change. The model became the envy of several other nations with European and American funding agencies trying to emulate the unique merging of natural, social and medical sciences. ArcticNet brings together over 100 investigators from 27 Universities and five Federal Departments; 220 graduate students and PDF's; 100 research associates and technicians; 100 partner organizations (many of which are northern based); and over 40 scientists from 9 different countries.

The NCE also allowed Professor Fortier to engage Inuit in the process by making members of Inuit organizations management equals on the Board of Directors. Agencies such as the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) and Inuit Tapirlit Kanatami (ITK) have become full partners in the planning and organization of the ArcticNet research program. Again a 'first' for Canada and for the world.

The Canadian Government recently invested $150 million into the Canadian International Polar Year (IPY) program. After a two-year competitive process, the majority of successful projects saw funding go to ArcticNet investigators, including the Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) system study which is lead by the University of Manitoba. This $40 million project will overwinter the Amundsen in the flaw lead of the Southern Beaufort Sea staring in October and continuing until the end of August, 2007. CFL is the largest IPY project in the World.

The above is a synthesis of the work involved in taking an idea from dream to reality. Canada is now respected internationally in the field of polar marine science and Fortier's team is laying the knowledge foundation required to make informed decisions at multiple policy levels in Canada. We have a national network which is able to lead large research programs, we have the required logistical support and technology. This network is managed by a board of directors that has the strong voice of the Inuit, Federal/Territorial Governments, and the private sector.

Dr. Fortier, the Renaissance Man, has made a significant difference, not only for the scientists of Canada, but also for her people. Above all else this makes him worthy of the distinction which an honorary Doctorate from our University bestows. After all, it has been his vision, perseverance and dedication to polar marine science which is now being put to work to help our Industry, Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments to understand, prepare for, and adapt to, global climate change.

-citation delivered by Dr. Dave Barber, Association Dean (Research), Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Hubert I. Gauthier

Hubert I. Gauthier, LL.D., June 11, 2007

Hubert I. Gauthier
M.P.Adm. (Queb.)

M. Gauthier est né en 1946 à Saint-Boniface, au Manitoba, où il a fait ses études primaires et secondaires. Issu de la génération des activistes franco-manitobains qui a évolué à la fin des années 60 et au début des années 70, M. Gauthier a fait sa marque dčs sa vingtaine, lorsqu'il est devenu directeur général de la toute nouvelle Société franco-manitobaine, poste qu'il a occupé jusqu'en 1974. C'étaient des années d'agitation fébrile dans cette communauté qui avait connu de longues années de somnolence et de négociations en coulisse avec les gouvernements pour ne recevoir que des miettes. M. Gauthier et ses collègues ont décidé que ce temps était révolu et qu'il fallait désormais aller chercher des pains tout entiers. Sa vision, son énergie et surtout ses qualités de leader l'ont ensuite mené à participer la à création du Bureau de l'éducation française entre 1974 et 1976, initiative qui a très rapidement conduit à l'adoption du modèle de l'école française au Manitoba francophone, la mise sur pied d'un réseau d'écoles françaises et enfin la création de la Division scolaire franco-manitobaine. Deux ans plus tard, M. Gauthier s'est encore une fois trouvé au coeur d'une nouvelle initiative nationale, en fondant la Fédération des francophones hors-Québec, aujourd'hui la Fédération des communautés francophones et acadiennes.

La carrière d'Hubert Gauthier a ensuite pris un virage radical, lorsqu'il a décidé de s'établir avec son épouse Monique et sa jeune famille au Québec. C'est un peu par hasard qu'il s'est retrouvé dans le domaine de la santé, où ses talents de leader l'ont mené à occuper des postes progressivement plus importants, en commençant par la direction générale du Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la rive sud de Montréal, poste qu'il a occupé de 1987 à 1995. Il a ensuite fait un séjour de deux ans au ministère québécois de la Santé et des Services sociaux, occupant les postes de sous-ministre adjoint et enfin de sous-ministre par intérim. Fort de ces années d'expérience administrative dans le système de santé québécois, il est devenu, quelques années plus tard, président-directeur général de l'Hôpital général Saint-Boniface, de 1999 à 2005, où son leadership a été de nouveau mis en évidence dans la mise en śuvre du programme de cardiologie, la création de l'Institut de recherche Asper et des partenariats de grande envergure, notamment avec la Mayo Clinic aux États-Unis.

Au cours des dernières années, les deux grandes passions professionnelles d'Hubert Gauthier, soit la santé et la francophonie canadienne, se sont fusionnées à nouveau lorsqu'il a été nommé président-directeur général d'un nouvel organisme national, Société santé en français, chargé de voir à la promotion et au développement des soins de santé en français par la voie de réseaux présents sur tout le territoire canadien.

Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, LL.D.


Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean
C.C. C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.; B.A., M.A.(Montr.); LL.D.(York); D.Univ.(Ott.); D.lnt.Rel.(Perugia); D.Litt.(McG.)

Michaëlle Jean was born in Port au Prince, Haiti. As a young child, in 1968, she and her family fled their homeland to escape the brutal dictatorship of François ("Papa Doc") Duvalier.

Madame Jean earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian and Hispanic languages and literature, and a Master of Arts degree in comparative literature at the University of Montreal. Travelling abroad to further pursue her studies in languages and cultures, she attended the University of Perugia, the University of Florence, and the Catholic University of Milan. She is fluent in five languages-French, English, Italian, Spanish and Haitian Creole—and reads Portuguese.

As a university student, Madame Jean began her life-long dedication to improving the plight of the disadvantaged, especially women and children who are victims of domestic violence. She worked for eight years with shelters and transition homes for abused women in Québec, and co-ordinated a groundbreaking study, published in 1987, that looked at abusive relationships in which women were the victims of sexual violence at the hands of their spouses. She was also involved in aid organizations for immigrant women and families, and later worked for both the federal and Québec governments on issues related to immigration and settlement.

Madame Jean's sense of social commitment and her interest in national and international politics led her to a career in journalism. For 18 years, beginning in 1988, she was a highly regarded journalist and anchor of information programs, including the major news broadcast La Téléjournal. In 2004, she started her own show, Michaelle.

As a communications artist, Madame Jean has worked with renowned filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond, her husband, on three major projects: L'heure cia Cuba (1999), about the 40th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, Tropique Nord (1994) about being black in Quebec, and the Hot Docs award-winning Haiti dans tous nos reves (1995). Her expertise in this area prompted the English network of CBC to ask Madame Jean to host programs such as The Passionate Eye and Rough Cuts, which broadcast the best in Canadian and foreign documentary films.

Madame Jean has won numerous honours for her professional achievements, including: the Human Rights League of Canada's 1989 Media Award for a report on the struggle of an immigrant woman in Québec; the Prix MireilleLanctot for her reporting on spousal violence; the Prix Anik for her investigation of the power of money in Haitian society; the inaugural Amnesty International Canada Journalism Award; the Galaxi Award for best information host; the 2001 Gemini Award for best interview in any category; and the Conseil de Ia Langue Française du Québec's Prix Raymond-Charette. MichaOlle Jean has also been named to the Ordre des Chevaliers de La Pléiade by the Assemblée internationale des parlementaires de langue française, and has been made a citizen of honour by the City of Montreal.

In September 2005 Michaëlle Jean was appointed to succeed The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and become the 27th Governor General of Canada since Confederation. She is the third journalist in a row, and the first
person of Afro-Caribbean heritage, to assume the post.

Madame Jean, in her first remarks after the announcement of her appointment, said she wanted to reach out to all Canadians, regardless of their background. She also made it a goal to reach out especially to Canadian youth and those who feel disadvantaged. In her first 20 months as Governor General, Her Excellency has exceeded all expectations in her Vice-Regal post, quickly becoming a much respected and beloved figure across Canada. In addition to visiting all of the provinces and territories, Madame Jean has represented our country internationally, including a five-state tour of Africa, where she encouraged women's rights in each country she visited.

In her role as Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces, Madame Jean visited the front line troops in Afghanistan, timing her visit to coincide with International Women's Day and meeting with Afghan women, as well as with Canadian soldiers, RCMP units, humanitarian workers and diplomats. Perhaps her most poignant moment as Governor General came when Madame Jean visited her homeland to attend the inauguration of President René Préval, offering a ray of hope for Haitians struggling to overcome decades of poverty and chaos.

Michaëlle Jean and Mr. Lafond share Rideau Hall with their young daughter, Marie-Eden, marking the first time that a child has lived at One Sussex Drive since former Manitoba Premier Edward Schreyer and his young family lived there in the early 1980s. Madame Jean's family also includes Mr. Lafond’s two daughters from a previous marriage and his two grandchildren.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Richard Sigurdson, Dean, Faculty of Arts, June 5, 2007

Stephen H. Lewis

Stephen H. Lewis, LL.D., June 4, 2007

Stephen H. Lewis
CC.; D.Tech.(B.C.I.T.); LL.D.(Laur., Dal., Cape Breton, Vic.(BC), S.Fraser, W.Ont., St. FX, CaIg., PEI, Tor., Br.Col, Windsor, Qu., Brock, W.Laur., Lakehead, Mt. All., McG., Sask., New Br., Concordia, York, McM.)

What is wrong with the world? People are dying in numbers that are the stuff of science fiction. Millions of human beings are at risk. Communities, families, mothers, fathers, children are like shards of humanity caught in a maelstrom of destruction. They'
re flesh and blood human beings, for God's sake; is that not enough to ignite the conscience of the world?

What is wrong with the world, indeed. Igniting the world to be different and to do better has been the quest of Stephen Lewis throughout his time in public life. In recognition of his exemplary and passionate advocacy on behalf of the world's children, the poor, and those stricken by HIV/AIDS, Stephen Lewis is being honoured by the University of Manitoba today.

Stephen Lewis has a long history of civic engagement, first in the political sphere in Canada, and later on the world stage as the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS in Africa from 2001 to 2006. He is now the Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University and Board Chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Stephen Lewis was elected and served four consecutive terms in the Ontario legislature beginning in 1963. While in office, he led the provincial New Democratic Party and served as the leader of the Official Opposition. He left electoral politics in 1978 and worked in media and in labour relations.  In 1984, Stephen Lewis was appointed by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to the post of Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. While serving at the UN, Stephen Lewis chaired the Committee that drafted the Five-Year UN Programme on African Economic Recovery. Subsequently, he was appointed as the Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Africa. In 1990, Stephen Lewis was appointed as Special Representative for UNICEF. In 1993, he coordinated an international study on the Consequences of Armed Conflict on Children. From 1995 to 1999, Stephen Lewis was the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. In 1997, in addition to his work at UNICEF, he was appointed by the Organization of African Unity to a Panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the Genocide in Rwanda. He has been a consultant to numerous UN agencies including UNAIDS, UNIFEM (the UN Development Fund for Women) and the ECA (the Economic Commission for Africa). In 2001, Kofi Annan, SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations, named him as Special Envoy for HIV/ AIDS in Africa.

It is clear that many parts of Africa face a pandemic of HIV/AIDS. Tragedy is heaped on tragedy as lives are lost by the millions, and an entire generation or children are orphaned. Stephen Lewis is working to encourage everyone who can make a difference with respect to the spread of HIV/AIDS to do so, and on an urgent basis. In those countries where social division along class, race and gender lines determine who will have access to the necessities of life, Stephen Lewis is working for change, and is trying to create a more just society. As well, he is encouraging public health workers to educate people about the prevention of HIV/ AIDS. He has been a passionate advocate of female microbicides that will allow women who already face discrimination and violence to better protect themselves against HIV/AIDS. He is encouraging scientists to find effective treatments and eventually a cure for this terrible disease.

He is pushing leaders around the world — here in Canada, in the G8 countries, and in Africa — to make history by alleviating the conditions that contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Above all else, Stephen Lewis has advanced the view that the pandemic of HIV/AIDS in Africa is not just a health issue, it is a matter of social injustice. And we all have a stake in the eradication of social injustice.

For his significant contributions to public service, in 2003, Stephen Lewis was named a Companion of the Order of Canada, our country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. In the same year, he was chosen by Maclean's magazine as their inaugural "Canadian of the Year." Time magazine named Stephen Lewis as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has received the Jonathan Mann Health and Human Rights Award for the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, and the Pearson Peace Medal given by the United Nations Association in Canada for outstanding achievements in the field of international service and understanding. He holds twenty-four honourary degrees from Canadian universities.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. John Wiens, Dean, Faculty of Education

Donald Alexander Robertson

Donald Alexander Robertson, LL.D., October 18, 2007
Donald Alexander Robertson
O.M.; D.Ed.(Bran.)

Donald Alexander Robertson is a Cree from Norway House. Don received his education at Cook Christian Training School and Phoenix Junior College in Arizona, and at Union College in British Columbia where he was ordained a United Church minister. His subsequent theological training concentrated on clinical counseling at Brandon General Hospital and the Calgary Pastoral Institute.

For five years, Don served pastorates in Melita and Russell before joining Brandon University. There he was instrumental in the establishment of innovative and effective teacher training programs designed to increase the number of Aboriginal teachers in Manitoba. Don served as director of the Indian-Metis Project for Action in Careers through Teacher Education (IMPACT), and director of the Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Project (BUNTEP). He subsequently joined Red River College as Dean of Aboriginal Education and Institutional Diversity.

Don's commitment to education and community development has been nearly boundless. Over the years, he has taken on an incredible number of appointments and duties, many of a voluntary nature. He has been an energetic coordinator and liaison officer for dozens of community projects throughout the province where he worked closely with Aboriginal Elders and so developed a high regard for their strength, wisdom, and humility. He served as coordinator of program support services and education for the Core Area Training and Employment Agency in Winnipeg. Don also served as director of education for the Island Lake Tribal Council, and he did sterling service as Executive Director of the First Nations Education Resource Centre.

In 1999, Don was appointed Chair of the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE) which post he occupied for eight years with great distinction. Don played an important role in the enormous expansion of Manitoba’s colleges and universities during those years. Dozens of new academic programs were established; significantly more students enrolled and graduated than ever before; pure and applied research flourished; and colleges and universities engaged more effectively with communities in Manitoba, Canada, and throughout the world.

Perhaps Don's greatest achievement during those years was the establishment of the University College of the North (UCN). During one crucial year in the development of UCN, Don stepped down as Chair of COPSE and took on the task of chairing the UCN implementation team. Displaying enormous tact, steely determination, and unfailing good humour, Don mobilized public and private support for UCN; he helped devise the College's distinctive governance structure; and he played an instrumental role in defining and shaping the academic mission of UCN.

Don Robertson has dedicated his life to the betterment of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people alike through education at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. His outstanding leadership in education over many decades has been celebrated through many awards and prizes, including a Doctor of Education (honoris causa) from Brandon University in 1992, the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Order of Manitoba in 2004. Perhaps more important than formal awards, Don has won the admiration and warm affection of untold thousands who have benefited from his insight, his hard work, and his strong advocacy.

-citation delivered by Dr. Richard Lobdell, Vice-Provost (Programs)

 

Melvin George Wiebe

Melvin George Wiebe, LL.D., June 6, 2007

Melvin George Wiebe
BA., M.A.(Man.), Honorary Fellow, St. John's College (Man.)

Melvin George Wiebe was born in a driving blizzard in the Mennonite village of Lowe Farm at the stroke of midnight on Saturday 18 February 1939 in the house of his maternal grandparents. He is the eldest of five surviving children of George and Helena (Rempel) Wiebe (1896-1979 and 1914-1 999 respectively), both natives of the West Reserve of the Mennonite settlements of Southern Manitoba. He was raised on his parents' farm and had his primary education in the village school two miles distant. After completing high school at Lowe Farm High School, he came to the University of Manitoba intending to study Science. When, however, he fell under the influence of the charismatic English professor, Dr. John Matthews, he decided to study English at St. John's College, in due course obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960 and his Master of Arts degree in 1962. From 1962 until 1965 he was enrolled in the doctoral program in English at the University of Toronto, but in 1965 left to accept a faculty appointment at Queen's University, where he has spent the whole of his professorial career. Over the course of his 39 years at Queen's, Professor Wiebe proved to be an outstanding teacher of both undergraduate and graduate students. His area of specialization has been Victorian literature, but he has also taught a wide range of other courses. Perhaps the one that best exemplifies his remarkable generosity with students is the graduate seminar he created to teach archival research and editing methods, where he encouraged generations of young scholars with hands-on experience in the resources of the Disraeli Project.

Professor Wiebe is now recognized as the world's foremost authority on the subject of Benjamin Disraeli's political and literary careers. And the publication of the Disraeli Letters (7 volumes to date from the University of Toronto Press), of which he has been the Senior and General Editor, constitutes one of the most significant scholarly achievements of the last century in the field of 19th-century political history. They also represent an unequalled contribution to biography and letters, more broadly defined, for the letters and their meticulous annotations are, indeed, a unique social history of both public and private life in Victorian England. The Disraeli Letters are repeatedly described by reviewers and assessors as the superb standard to which all such large editorial projects aspire. Northrop Frye described the Disraeli Project as one of the four outstanding Canadian humanist editorial contributions to world culture. Michael Foot, the former leader of the British Labour Party, has called the Letters "the best-edited and best annotated political letters in the language." Leading scholars of the Victorian period have echoed these assessments, one SSHRC grant assessor describing it as "one of the most enduring and magisterial, indeed definitive, scholarly editions undertaken anywhere." As such it is a permanent and foundational contribution to diverse fields, including politics, history, English literature, and Jewish studies. This renown has come about because of Professor Wiebe's impeccable editorial skills, his awe-inspiring erudition, his selfless dedication and his all-consuming intellectual passion for his subject. It has also depended on his great managerial abilities and on his very considerable powers of persuasion in keeping the Project funded by both private donors and granting councils. It is thus not surprising that in 2004 Professor Wiebe was awarded Queen's University's Prize for Excellence in Research. He is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished graduates of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba and a most worthy recipient of an honorary degree from his alma mater.

-citation delivered by Dr. Robert O'Kell, Professor of English and Dean Emeritus of Arts, Faculty of Arts


2006

Yude Henteleff

Yude Henteleff, LL.D., May 31, 2006

Yude Henteleff
CM.; Q.C.; B.S.A., LL.B.(Man.)

Yude Henteleff graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1947 and then in 1951 a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba. Learning is one of his passions and he has never stopped learning. As a legal practitioner with a diverse practice, he had to constantly meet new individuals, understand the issues that they faced, and solve their problems in the context of a rapidly evolving legal system and increasing globalization. His curiosity, intellectual flexibility and advocacy enabled him to become a master, indeed a teacher, of diverse areas of the law.

Given his own talents and success, it is a special mark of Yude's character and empathy that he has served as one of Canada's greatest advocates for children with special needs. He has been an outstanding advocate of human rights for over four decades, but he is especially renowned for his work on behalf of children who face challenges that include learning disabilities. Yude has spoken of the need for reform and innovation to assure that such children receive the services they need and, indeed, are entitled to in Canada and throughout the world.

He has been involved as a volunteer in human rights projects in many parts of the world, including Colombia, Bolivia, Thailand, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan and, most recently, Israel. Only last year, as an invited speaker, he brought his experience, ideas and passion to the cause of special needs children to the Education Committee of the Israeli Parliament - the Knesset. He has been involved in many local and national community activities. He is one of the founders of the Manitoba Children's Museum and The Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, and the Learning Disabilities Associations of Manitoba and Canada.

In 1997, the Colombian Corporation for Learning Disabilities named the resource centre that it had established in Bogota, Colombia as the Yude M. Henteleff, Q.C. Research Centre for Learning Disabilities in recognition of his contributions to its establishment. Also in 1997, he was installed as a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1999, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada. In 2002, he was awarded the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Ii's Golden Jubilee.

Yude has received honours and accolades for his skill as a lawyer and his contribution to his profession including the designation of Queen's Counsel and in 2002 the Distinguished Service Award by the Manitoba Bar Association. It is especially fitting that he now receive the LL.D. degree, the honourary doctorate of law. Yude has brought honour to himself, to his profession and to the community at large by donating so much of his time, energy and talents in securing human rights for the deprived people of the world. He has been and continues to be a determined and effective advocate in that cause.

-citation delivered by Dr. Bryan Schwartz, Professor, Faculty of Law

Peter Herrndorf

Peter Herrndorf, LL.D., June 1, 2006


Peter Herrndorf
O.C., B.A.(Man.); LL.B.(Dal.); M.B.A.(Harvard Business); LL.D.(DaI.); LL.D.(Wpg.); LL.D.(York)

Peter Herrndorf was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English from the University of Manitoba then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Dalhousie University and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Herrndorf has devoted his career to journalism and the arts in Canada. He began his journalistic career as a reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), became the head of TV Current Affairs and ultimately becoming Vice-President and General Manager of the English network. He moved to the print medium as the publisher of Toronto Life from 1983 to 1992 then became Chairman and CEO of TVOntario from 1992 to 1999. In this latter role he did much to advance excellence in educational programming.

He is currently the President and CEO of the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa. In this position he works tirelessly to fulfil the mandate of the Centre: to play a leadership role in fostering artistic excellence in all disciplines of the performing arts in Canada. The NAC is the only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America and actively co-produces English and French theatre and dance with Canadian companies, including the Cercle Moliere and the Manitoba Theatre Centre. Peter Herrndorf has transformed the NAC into a leader for the arts and arts education in Canada through endeavours such as annual performance and education tours by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, creating a Summer Music Institute for outstanding young musicians, and distributing music education materials to every elementary school in Canada.

In addition to his duties at the NAC, Peter Herrndorf serves the arts and cultural communities of Canada through membership and leadership on innumerable boards. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the CBC, Opéra Lyra Ottawa and the Governor Generals Performing Arts Awards Foundation. He chairs the Board of the Canadian Broadcasting Museum Foundation, and has served as Chairman of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian Stage Company. He has served organizations such as the Association for Tele-Education in Canada, the Ontario Film Development Corporation, the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, the Canadian Television Fund, the International Choral Festival, the Banff Music Festival, and the Canadian Journalism Foundation. His experience and expertise were also used on the Ontario Premier's Council on Economic Renewal and the Ontario Law Reform Commission.

Peter Herrndorf is also a presence in academia. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa and is a past member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. He has been a Distinguished Visitor in Journalism at the University of Western Ontario, a Senior Visiting Fellow and Senior Resident, Massey College, University of Toronto and is an Honorary Fellow of the Ontario College of Art and Design.
Mr. Herrndorf is the recipient of many awards for distinguished service. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. For lifetime contributions to broadcasting and the arts he has received the John Drainie Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the William Kilbourn Award from the Toronto Arts Council Foundation and the DiplOme d’honneur from the Canadian Conference of the Arts. Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees have been conferred upon him by York University, the University of Winnipeg and Dalhousie University.

-citation delivered by Dr. Juliette Cooper, Interim Dean, Faculty of Music

Clara Hughes

Clara Hughes, LL.D., October 19, 2006


Clara Hughes, O.M.

Clara Hughes is a highly decorated athlete, a philanthropist, a language student - currently studying French, a role model and inspiration for young people in Canada and beyond our borders. She is the only Canadian ever and only the fourth Olympian in the world to win medals at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Ms Hughes is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at the Winter and Summer Olympics. Earlier this year Ms Hughes was recognized with the Order of Manitoba. Today her distinguished achievements and contributions are recognized through the awarding of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Ms Clara Hughes was born in Winnipeg on September 27, 1972. She grew up playing a variety of sports, including ringette, hockey, volleyball, soccer, softball, track and field. In 1988 she began speed skating at the age of 16, and in her first year earned a silver medal at the National Championships. Two years later, Ms Hughes entered the world of cycling, which led her to her first Olympic competition. With over 100 victories in cycling, including 2 Olympic bronze medals, in 2000/2001 she shifted her focus back to speed skating. Since that time she has become one of the top long-distance skaters in the world winning Olympic Gold in 2006 at the 5000 meter distance with a truly exceptional effort and a most exciting finish. As a dual sport Olympic athlete her achievements are unsurpassed: Two bronze medals in cycling at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games; a bronze medal for speed skating at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games; one gold and one silver medal in speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

In addition to her stellar athletic accomplishments, only a few of which have been highlighted here, Ms Hughes is a goodwill ambassador and humanitarian who has a longstanding involvement with Right to Play (RTP), a not for profit international organization that uses the positive power of sport and play as a tool for healthy development of children and youth in 23 countries in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Following her gold medal performance in Turin, Ms Hughes personally donated $10,000 to Right to Play and issued a challenge for other Canadians to support this cause - to date her enthusiastic challenge has raised over $424,000, 85% of the $500,000 goal. This past May, Ms Hughes traveled to Ethiopia to visit RTP programs to participate first hand and to see the impact on children’s lives.

Her passion for the health and welfare of humanity extends to the natural environment as well. Currently a resident of Glen Sutton, Quebec, Ms Hughes is working with the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a spokesperson to raise funds for the protection and long term management of the Sutton Mountain Range.

A passionate advocate for art, sport, the environment, and youth world-wide, Ms Hughes represents the best of the Olympic ideals. Her unprecedented success as a Canadian Olympian and her enthusiastic acts of generosity at local and global levels distinguishes her as an outstanding role model, and a most deserving recipient of our recognition with this honorary degree.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Clara Hughes, the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Dr. Kelly MacKay, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Studies

Cindy Klassen

Cindy Klassen, LL.D., October 19, 2006

Cindy Klassen, OM.

Today we honour Cindy Klassen, Winnipegger, speed skater, Olympian, world record holder, and role model. As the front page of the March 20, 2006 Winnipeg Free Press summarizes, we welcome Cindy Klassen: "Best in the World".

Cindy Klassen was born and raised in Winnipeg and while she was interested in many sports during her youth, her main interest was ice-hockey. She excelled at this sport. For example, she was on Team Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in 1995, and was a member of the Junior National Team at Lake Placid in 1996. Her goal was to be selected for the Canadian Women's Hockey Team for the 1998 Winter Olympics, but this was not to be. She continued playing hockey while attending the University of Manitoba, but felt she needed another sport to supplement her training. She chose speed skating, and as they say "the rest is history". She was also a member of the Women's Field Lacrosse Team for the 1994 Commonwealth Games, and the In-line Speed Skating Team which competed at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.

Cindy Klassen's "Best in the World" status is remarkable, not only for her significant achievements, but also because she has only been involved in speed skating for eight years. This, plus the fact that she suffered what many thought could be a career ending injury in 2003 adds to the significance of her achievements. The injury resulted when she fell into another skater and suffered a ten centimeter laceration and 12 torn tendons in her right forearm, She overcame the odds against her competing in the 2003/2004 season, indeed perhaps ever again, and she persevered and competed in the World Single Distance Championships in March of 2004, albeit with a splint on her arm, and won silver and bronze medals.

The following is a brief summary of the significant achievements of Cindy Klassen, Canada's "Greatest Olympian", as a speed skater: The most Olympic medals in a single games (in 2006, five medals - one gold, two silver, and two bronze) and the most Olympic medals won by any Canadian (five in 2006, and one bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City), exceeding the previous record of three medals. She was named "The Woman of the 2006 Games" by the International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. The first Canadian in 27 years to win the overall title at the World Speed Skating Championships (in 2003). At the 2006 World All-Round Speed Skating Championships (in Calgary, March 2006) she achieved a gold medal for the total points achieved, setting a new world record, and took four gold medals in individual races including a world record in the 3000 metres. Finally, in 2005 she was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year.

Cindy Klassen's relatively short career as a speed skater is epitomized by: determination, hard work, perseverance, commitment, humility, and enthusiasm. For those with an interest in sport and indeed for those involved in other endeavours with the will to do "one's best", it would be difficult to select an individual who would make a better role model than Cindy Klassen. Television footage of Cindy Klassen's local high school following her performance clearly indicated the tremendous impact she had on both the students and teachers of her school. An entry on the web summarizes what many view as Cindy Klassen's impact as a role model: "I had never really watched speed skating before and to be honest I am not normally too fussed about the Winter Olympics. However, like many people I was taken aback by your staggering achievements this year - all in the face of enormous pressure. As many people have already said - the most staggering of all was the attitude you displayed after having this kind of success; not a shred of arrogance, nothing bad to say about any competition, "no attitude", complimenting other team members and thanking coaches. What a phenomenal example to have set for young people in this city and this country. If that is what Canadian is, I'm glad to be a part of the Club!"

Cindy Klassen has brought much excitement and pride to Winnipeggers and to Canadians. She has responded to the international attention she has garnered with calmness and humility, which has, in addition to her significant achievements, made all of us proud to be Winnipeggers, Manitobans and Canadians. Cindy has brought much positive publicity to her city and country. The "pride factor" can perhaps best be summarized by a quotation from a Winnipeg fan (posted on the web): "You are truly an inspiration to us all. You made me feel so proud to be a Canadian and more proud to be a Winnipegger. Words cannot express enough how the city, and the country, appreciate your efforts on being the best you can be."

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Cindy Klassen, the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Dr. Dennis Hrycaiko, Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Studies

Robert McKee Ledingham

Robert McKee Ledingham, LL.D., June 1, 2006

Robert Mckee Ledingham
B.I.D.(Man.); F.I.D.LB.C.; F.I.D.C.; F.I.I.D.A.

Mr. Robert Ledingham of Vancouver-based Ledingham Design Consultants has held a distinguished career in Interior Design. Born in Ottawa and raised in Saskatoon, Mr. Ledingham attended the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture where he graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design in 1964. He began his consulting practice in the mid-1970s in Vancouver where he has become one of Canada's most celebrated interior designers.

Mr. Ledingham has been widely recognised by his peers and by the community for an extraordinary career; distinguished by excellence and service. He represents the finest example of the Interior Design professional with projects ranging from extraordinary residential development to Whistler's Westin and Pan Pacific Hotels. His 25 awards for excellence in local, national and international design attest to his sustained leadership in the field of Interior Design practice in North America. In 1998 he received the International Interior Design Association Leadership Award; the first time this honour was bestowed upon a Canadian. The award recognises his contribution to the Foundation of Interior Design Research, including developing the Interior Design professional accreditation process - this process reviews university programmes for the purpose of determining if the programmes meet professional standards and, hence, professional accreditation. He has served on numerous accreditation field teams and as Chair of the Board of the Foundation. In 2003, he received three design awards; one from the International Interior Design Association and two from the American Society of Interior Designers. Most recently, in October 2004, he was named the second inductee i nto Western Living magazine Hall of Fame. The Western Living award noted that his work is "brilliant" and "timeless." Mr. Ledingham has been recognised by his peers in Canada where he is a Fellow and past president of the Interior Designers of Canada. He has also received City of Vancouver Heritage Awards for his contribution to heritage design. Mr. Ledingham provides a model of leadership in the field of Interior Design that is inspirational to our graduates.

Mr. Ledingham's design practice is based upon a design ethos that inspires. It is a philosophy that proposes good design must express function and comfort, and project individual style. Mr. Ledingham has raised the profile of Interior Design in Canada and North America by establishing one of the largest Interior Design practices in the Pacific Northwest specialising in Residential Interiors. His work is international in scope. As one award citation stated, "Perhaps, because styles come and go so quickly few interior designers can lay claim to a long career, let alone a brilliant one. Robert Ledingham is one of these few." He is a designer first and foremost, which means he is concerned as much with function as with form. It has been said that, "beyond its perfect detail and profound sense of order, the thing that becomes apparent with Robert Ledingham's work is its timelessness."

At a time when quality of life is being more closely linked to the design professions, the Faculty of Architecture takes great pride in Mr. Ledingham's success in promoting design excellence in North America. He is the single most published Interior Designer in Canada with his work represented in 20 publications. That profile has not only celebrated his own work, but also the role of the University of Manitoba as his alma mater.

Mr. Ledingham has consistently been involved with the arts community and charitable institutions, as a board member and benefactor. Beneficiaries have included the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Symphony orchestra, Vancouver Opera and Seattle Opera. On behalf of the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver, he co-chaired the Capital Campaign responsible for raising $1.7 million for a new AIDS facility. As Project Chair of the Diamond Centre for Living, he spearheaded the rehabilitation of the historic Vancouver Weeks House which now serves hundreds of clients living with life-threatening illnesses. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Friend in Deed Award, given out by the Vancouver Friends for Life Society. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the Vancouver community through his or her action or deeds.

Mr. Ledingham has not forgotten his roots in the Faculty of Architecture and has continued to be a friend of the Faculty by serving on advisory committees, mentoring graduate students and supporting the Faculty's Capital Campaign. 

-citation delivered by Dr. David Witty, Dean, Faculty of Architecture

William J. Mills

William J. Mills, D.Sc., March 8, 2006
William J. Mills
A.B (U.C. Berkeley)., M.D. (Stanford), Rear Admiral (Ret.), United States Navy.

Medical doctor, orthopedic surgeon, and world expert in the field of treatment of cold injuries including frostbite and hypothermia.

Dr. William J. Mills, an orthopedic surgeon, has practiced medicine for the past 50 years. In that time he has distinguished himself as a world expert in the field of the treatment of cold injuries including frostbite and hypothermia.

Dr. Mills served with distinction as a torpedo boat captain in World War II, where he lost a leg due to injuries sustained on his boat. He graduated from Stanford University Medical School in 1949 and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan in 1951. Dr. Mills again gave his professional talents in the service of his country by serving as a frontline physician in the conflict in Vietnam. In 1978, Dr. Mills retired from the United States Navy with the rank of Rear Admiral.

Although Dr. Mills has practiced medicine in many areas of the world, it is during his long tenure at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska where he gained unprecedented experience in the treatment of frostbite and hypothermia. As a result of his observations, scientific study, and pioneering spirit, Dr. Mills has become one of the classic giants of the cold injury world.

Dr. Mills single-handedly changed the standard of care for treatment of frostbite from slow thawing (a practice that even includes rubbing snow and/or ice on the injury) to rapid rewarming; a practice that greatly improves prognosis and has undoubtedly saved many limbs from amputation. This is no small accomplishment given the fact that the accepted standard of care for frostbite during much of the past 200 years, was to actively cool frostbitten tissue. Unfortunately this actually still occurs in some North American hospitals today. A second ground- breaking contribution followed observations by Dr. Mills that thawed tissue that should have survived (usually in the feet) inexplicably degenerated and was eventually lost. Dr. Mills finally theorized that the problem was an intense build up of pressure within the leg muscles, which cut off the circulation to the foot. He was the first to apply the technique of fasciotomy (surgically opening up skin and muscle tissue) to relieve the extreme build up in tissue pressure. This practice returned blood flow to the feet, thus salvaging tissue that would otherwise have been routinely lost. Although fasciotomy is commonly used for relief in other medical conditions, it was Dr. Mills who demonstrated the need for, and effectiveness of, this procedure for many frostbite cases.

Dr. Mills has also taught the world medical community about human physiology during whole body hypothermia. He was one of the first physician/scientists to fully describe the state of human physiology during severe hypothermia. He coined the term "metabolic icebox" which is a standard term now used around the world. Dr. Mills defined the standard of care for hypothermic victims in the hospital emergency room. Hence, it is now common practice to establish "full physiologic control" of a patient before any significant warming measures are taken. This practice has greatly decreased the incidence of death resulting from the initiation of vigorous in-hospital treatment without proper patient preparation.

Dr. Mills' status in the medical community is immense. He has written over 100 scientific/medical publications. As a testimony to his reputation, an entire issue of the journal Alaska Medicine was dedicated to Dr. Mills, with the issue containing only classic and new articles by Dr. Mills. Dr. Mills has also been acknowledged as the University of Manitoba Distinguished Lecturer in 1998 and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2003. He has also been awarded numerous military, scientific and medical awards in his long career.

It is fitting that the University of Manitoba recognizes Dr. Mills for his lifetime achievements as a leader in cold injury medicine. At the san time the university itself is honoured by its association with this well known innovator.

The Honourable Vivienne Poy

The Honourable Vivienne Poy, LL.D., October 18, 2006

The Honourable Vivienne Poy
B.A.(Hons.)(McGill); M.A., Ph.D.(Tor.); DHum.L(OId Dominion); LL.D. (Hong Kong); LL. D. (Soongsil)

Today we honour a truly remarkable woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the fields of commerce, education, philanthropy and public service in Canada.

Vivienne Poy was born into a prominent Hong Kong family in 1941. Her early years were marked by war and displacement. When she was just three months old Hong Kong was invaded by the Japanese, forcing her family to flee to China, where they spent the war years as refugees. Upon returning to Hong Kong after the war, her family resumed a position of influence and service to the community. Vivienne Poy immigrated to Canada in 1959, enrolling at McGill University, where she earned an Honours degree in History and met her future husband, medical student Neville Poy. While raising their three sons, Vivienne Poy developed an interest in fashion and design, which led her to complete a Diploma in Fashion Arts at Seneca College in 1981 and to found her own business, Vivienne Poy Mode, that same year.

What followed was a series of achievements in private and public life that is nothing short of astonishing. Vivienne Poy has enjoyed tremendous success as a fashion designer, entrepreneur and corporate director. Currently she is President of Vivienne Poy. Enterprises, President of Calyan Publishing, Chairwoman of Lee Tak Wai Holdings Ltd. and a member of the Board of the Bank of East Asia (Canada). Dr. Poy is equally prominent as a volunteer and community leader. Among her many voluntary positions, she is an Honorary Board Member of the Kidney Foundation (Ontario), Honorary Advisor to the Japanese Canadian Legacy Project, Honorary Patron of the Chinese Cultural Centres of Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver, as well as the Patron of the Centre for Information and Community Services.

In 1998 Vivienne Poy was appointed to the Senate of Canada - the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Upper Chamber. Senator Poy has focused her attention on gender issues, multiculturalism and human rights. She was a sponsor of the Famous Five Monuments in Calgary and on Parliament Hill, which honour the five Alberta women who fought to have Canadian women recognized constitutionally as "persons" who were eligible to be named to the Senate. And it was Senator Poy who was primarily responsible for having May recognized as Asian Heritage Month across Canada.

While being a respected business person and prominent Senator are accomplishments enough for most people, Dr. Poy directed her limitless energies in yet another direction. She is a prolific author, historian, public speaker and university leader. Her stunning academic achievements - all conducted while simultaneously running a corporation and serving the public as a volunteer and Senator - are most unusual and impressive. Inspired by the desire to understand her family's past and to preserve the memory of her own people's struggles, Dr. Poy dedicated herself to the intellectual enterprise of historical research and publication. Her first book, A River Named Lee, published in 1995, is about her family and her ancestors. It traces the origins of the family name, Lee, which is shown to come from an ancient river in China called "Lee Sui" near SzeChuan. In Building Bridges: the Life and Times of Richard Charles Lee 1905-1983(1998), Dr. Poy turns her historical talents to an exploration of the life and times of her father, Lee Ming Chak. This book is both a loving biography and an academically impeccable portrait of three-quarters of a century of Hong Kong history. Dr. Poy recently published a third book, Citizenship and Immigration: The Chinese- Canadian Experience (2002), based on her presentation as the first Nortel Networks' Canadian Studies Series lecturer.

As you can see, Senator Poy's interest in history and in academe is not incidental. Indeed, she completed a Master's degree in History at The University of Toronto in 1997 - a university with which she has a special bond. A former member of the University's Governing Council, she received an Arbor Award in 1997 for her outstanding volunteerism to the Uof T. In addition, she played a leading role in establishing both the Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Chair in Chinese Thought and Culture and the Richard Charles Lee Canada- Hong Kong Library. But nothing compares to the fact that she received two highly distinguished honours from the University, on the same day. Just minutes prior to her official installation as The University of Toronto's 315t Chancellor in June 2003, Senator Poy, a Chinese Canadian immigrant woman, walked across the stage at Convocation Hall to receive her Ph.D in History for a dissertation on Chinese Canadian women immigrants. Surely there can be no other incidence of such an incredible event in the entire annals of the academy.

Dr. Poy has received an enormous number of awards.and honours. To name just a few, she has received four honorary degrees; she was bestowed the Outstanding Asian Canadian Award from the Canadian Multicultural Council, Asians in Ontario; she was recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women, by the Women's Executive Network; she has received an International Women's Day Award as well as a gold medal for her outstanding contributions to the promotion of race relations from Toronto's Human Rights and Race Relations Centre; she has a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal; and she is an Officer of the Order of St. John.

In spite of all these accolades, Dr. Poy believes that her greatest accomplishment is her close knit family: a husband of over 40 years, Dr. Neville Poy; three sons; and three grandchildren.

As a business leader and Senator, and as Chancellor of The University of  Toronto from 2003-2006, Vivienne Poy has inspired young people, women and new immigrants to excel. Moreover, she has shown them the way, by pursuing higher education and by demonstrating leadership in her community. I can think of no finer exemplar of the values the University holds most dear.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate and University of Manitoba that you confer upon The Honourable, Dr. Vivienne Poy the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Dr. Richard Sigurdson, Dean, Faculty of Arts

W.L. (Les) Wardrop

W.L. (Les) Wardrop, D.Sc., May 30, 2006

W.L. (Les) Wardrop
B.Sc.(E.E.), B.Sc.(C.E.); P.Eng.

Les Wardrop has made an enormous contribution to the advancement of science and engineering throughout the nation, and has brought distinction to himself, his profession, his community, his country, and the University of Manitoba.

Les was born in Whitemouth, Manitoba in 1915. He received his bachelor's degrees - both from the University of Manitoba - in electrical engineering in 1939, and in civil engineering (following his return from overseas during the Second World War) in 1947. He started his career, in 1947, with the City of Winnipeg's Sewerage and Waterworks Department. Recognizing that there were no local consulting engineering firms to provide services to the City, Les seized the opportunity and, in 1955, founded W.L. Wardrop and Associates - one of Manitoba's first engineering consulting firm. Initially, he offered, with his staff of four, services in public works engineering and housing-subdivision servicing.

Les's vision was to establish a firm which would gain a national reputation and have offices in other parts of Canada - a firm which would provide solutions to a wide variety of emerging engineering challenges. By the 1960s, W.L. Wardrop & Associates had offices in Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Regina, and was offering services in civil, electrical, mechanical, and structural engineering. In the 1970s, the Edmonton office was opened, and the firm expanded its services to include pulp and paper, solar energy, and nuclear engineering. The firm also launched projects in West Africa, and created the International Division, which now encompasses the globe.

Among the firm's many projects, those that will be recognized immediately by Manitobans include the Portage Avenue overpass at Polo Park, the Pembina-Jubilee traffic interchange, Ladco's 750-acre Windsor Park housing development, and the Bishop Grandin Boulevard and bridge over the Red River in Winnipeg; the Pinawa townsite; the servicing of Winnipeg Beach; and the Department of National Defence's Civil Defence Radar Station at Gypsumville.

When it came to offering new services, Les Wardrop was legendary for his attention to detail. Before hiring experts to enable the firm to deliver services in new areas, Les would personally delve into each newfield, spending countless hours researching the discipline, learning the intricacies of the technology, determining user-sector needs, and formulating a marketing and business plan. His co-workers were always amazed at the level of detail to which he would educate himself in new areas. It is because of his extraordinary vision, intellect, and passion for new knowledge in emerging areas that Wardrop holds the world leadership position it does today.

In 1980, Les Wardrop retired from active participation in the company; but he continues, to this day, to serve on its Board of Directors. Since his retirement, Les has maintained a close relationship with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He served as principal organizer of both the homecoming events for his two graduation classes, and was one of the first volunteers, in 1998, to join the unofficial campaign for the new Engineering and Information Technology Centre. He became an Honorary member of the official campaign committee in 2002, and has been an inspiration ever since, actively serving the committee, campaigning, and attending meetings in a spirit truly representative of engineering in this province.

In 1977, Les received the Meritorious Service Award from the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba for his extraordinary engineering achievements and community involvement. In 1990, the University of Manitobas Faculty of Engineering dedicated the "Les Wardrop Reading Room" at its library in his honour. And in 2002, the Consulting Engineers of Manitoba paid tribute to Les by naming him the first honorary presenter of its prestigious Keystone Award for consulting engineering excellence.

Les Wardrop has been honoured by his profession and by the people of Manitoba for his pioneering contributions to engineering, for his exemplary contributions to his profession, and for his outstanding contributions to the economic development of Manitoba. Through his contributions and their recognition, he has brought great honour to the University of Manitoba, his twice alma mater.

-citation delivered by Dr. Doug Ruth, Dean, Faculty of Engineering

The Very Reverend Lois Wilson

The Very Reverend Dr. Lois Wilson, LL.D., May 30, 2006

The Very Reverend Dr. Lois Wilson
C.C., O.Ont.; B.A.(Man.); B.D., M.Div., D.D.(Wpg.); D.C.L.(Acad.); LL.D.(Dal.); D.D.(Mt.All.); D.Hum.L.(Mt.St.Vin.); S.D.T.(Ripon); D.D.(Queen's Theol.); D. D.(Victoria,Tor.); LL.D.(Tor.); LL.D.(Trent); D.D.(United Theol.); D.D.(Wycliff.); F.M.C.

The Very Reverend, The Honourable Dr. Lois Wilson is a champion of social justice and religious understanding who has devoted her life to public service and social activism. From her early days in the United Church ministry, through her years of international service, to her term in the Senate of Canada, Dr. Wilson has worked passionately as a defender and promoter of human rights. As an author, minister, international diplomat and parliamentarian, Dr. Wilson has worked tirelessly for the goal of creating a more peaceful and tolerant world.

Lois Wilson is a ground breaker for women and for all Canadians, opening important doors so others could follow her lead and, like her, work to change the world. Dr. Wilson was the first woman to be President of the Canadian Council of Churches (1976-1979) as well as the first woman to be Moderator of the United Church of Canada (1980-1982). She is also the first Canadian to be the President of the World Council of Churches (1983-1990) and the first woman to be Chancellor of Lakehead University (1991-2000).

Since earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Manitoba in 1947, Lois Wilson has continued on a path of lifelong learning and achievement. The author of several books and many articles, Dr. Wilson has received numerous honourary degrees in Divinity and Laws from universities and colleges across Canada and in the United States.

Dr. Wilson was ordained a United Church minister in 1965, and shared a team ministry with her husband, The Reverend Dr. Roy Wilson, for fifteen years. As President of both the Canadian and World Council of Churches, Dr. Wilson engaged in extensive visits to churches in Asia, Latin America, India and Africa. She monitored elections in El Salvador and Mexico, and developed a profound knowledge of the challenges facing the developing world. As a leading advocate of international human rights, Dr. Wilson proudly represented Canada on the world stage. She became actively involved in Amnesty International and with the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security. In addition, Dr. Wilson served as Chair of the Board of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.

In 1998, Lois Wilson was appointed to the Senate of Canada, where she served as an Independent member until her retirement in 2002 at age 75. In the Senate, she led Government delegations to China and North Korea, served as Canada's Special Envoy to the Sudan, and founded the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights.

Dr. Wilson won the World Federalist Peace Prize and Canada's Pearson Peace Medal. Previously an Officer of the Order of Canada, she is one of the few Canadians to be promoted to the top rank of Companion. She is also a Member of the Order of Ontario.

From her home base in Toronto, Dr. Wilson remains as active as ever. As well as being a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, and Ecumenist in Residence at The Toronto School of Theology, Dr. Wilson is currently Chair of the Canada-DPR Korea Association, which is committed to mutual understanding between Canadians and North Koreans. She is also a member of the Public Review Board of the CAW and a Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Finally, Lois Wilson continues to serve as the Acting President of the World Federalist Movement, a position she assumed in 2004 after the death of WFM President Sir Peter Ustinov.
A mother of four and grandmother of 12, an internationally renowned human rights activist, and a committed public servant, The Very Reverend, The Honourable Dr. Lois Wilson is a truly remarkable woman. It is our great fortune, in Canada and the world, that Dr. Wilson remains an active scholar and an outspoken voice for the values of tolerance, peace, and mutual respect.

-citation delivered by Dr. Richard Sigurdson, Dean, Faculty of Arts


2005

Doris Baskerville Badir

Doris Baskerville Badir, LL.D., June 2, 2005

Doris Baskerville Badir
B.Sc.(H.Ec.) (Man.); M.S.(Ed.)(Syracuse); M.Sc.(Econ.)(Lond.); LL.D. (Alta.); D.Ph. (Helsinki)

Today we honour University of Manitoba graduate Doris Baskerville Badir, who has had a long and productive career of sixty years of exceptional service as an educator, international home economics consultant, administrator, and professional leader. Her contributions have been in the cause of alleviating poverty, strengthening families and caring for children, not only in Canada, but in many countries in the developing world.

Doris was born in Dominion City, Manitoba and received her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from the University of Manitoba. She began her career with the Manitoba Department of Agriculture as a supervisor of the Girls’ Club program, then moved to the Macdonald Institute at the University of Guelph, lecturing in child development and family life, as well as serving as the Dean of Women. After a graduate degree at the London School of Economics, she joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Home Economics Expert and served two years in Cairo, Egypt. She then moved to Edmonton, Alberta and began a twenty-year career in the now Human Ecology department at the University of Alberta, moving from the position of sessional lecturer to the Dean of the Faculty of Home Economics. This was followed by an appointment as Special Advisor to the President on Employment Equity, one of the first of such positions in Canada.

As a professional leader, Doris has been active nationally and internationally, as President of the Canadian Home Economics Association from 1976 to 1978, and President of the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) from 1988 to 1992. During that time, IFHE influenced the United Nations to declare 1994 the International Year of the Family. This international event brought recognition to the importance of the family as the basic building block of society, and was the catalyst for extensive research and publication on issues affecting the family. In recognition of her many contributions, she was named a Patron of the International Year of the Family, and gave the keynote address at the World NGO Forum in Malta that launched the year. During that period, her research, writing and speaking on the importance of the family extended to Germany, Austria, Thailand, and Finland, as well as many Canadian provinces.

Dr. Badir has received many awards recognizing her outstanding leadership and service, including two previous honorary doctorates. She continues to work in a volunteer capacity bringing her concern for others, her integrity and her knowledge to projects that improve the quality of life for individuals and families.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Doris Baskerville Badir, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Ruth Berry, Faculty of Human Ecology

Justice Michel Bastarache

Mr. Justice Michel Bastarache, LL.D., June 6, 2005
Mr. Justice Michel Bastarache

Mr. Justice Bastarache was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1997. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Moncton before going on to the University of Montréal, the University of Ottawa and the University of Nice for undergraduate and graduate studies in law. He was called to the New Brunswick bar in 1980. His legal and business career includes appointments as president and thief executive officer
of Assumption Life, as professor of law and dean at the University of Moncton, as director-general for the promotion of official languages, Department of the Secretary of State of Canada, and then as associate dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. He left the university in 1987 to practise law in Ottawa and Moncton. He is editor and principal author of two books: Language Rights in Canada and Précis du droit des biens réels as well as other publications in collective works and periodicals. He was editor-in-chief of the Canadian Bar Review (since 1998) and is vice-chair of the National Judicial Institute, He was first appointed to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal in 1995 and to the Supreme Court of Canada two years later.

Monday, June 6, College universitaire de Saint-Boniface, 2 p.m.

The Honourable John Harvard

The Honourable John Harvard, LL.D., October 19, 2005
The Honourable John Harvard
P.C., CM.

Today we honour a Manitoban who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of public service in this country. The Honourable John Harvard, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, has had a life-long passion for public affairs and the democratic process. His keen interest in the public realm has taken him from the newsrooms of Portage la Prairie, Brandon, Kitchener-Waterloo, Vancouver, Toronto and Winnipeg to the halls of Parliament. From his days as a popular and award-winning journalist through his 16 years as Member of Parliament, John Harvard always put first the interests of the common people he served. His commitment to a just and democratic society has been the hallmark of his long and remarkable public career.

John Harvard's life reads as a quintessential Canadian success story of immigrant heritage and the opportunity to achieve greatness through hard work. His father came to Canada from Iceland in 1903; and his mother was born in Canada shortly after her parents immigrated from Iceland. John Harvard was born in Glenboro, Manitoba, the 11th in a family of 14 children. Coming from such a large family gave him valuable early lessons in the analysis of human dynamics, something which gave him an advantage in his chosen profession of broadcast journalism, where he became well-known for his political insight, investigative skill and compassion for the plight of the disadvantaged. John Harvard was a star reporter with Winnipeg's CJOB Radio, interviewing prominent news makers such as Prime Ministers Diefenbaker and Pearson and Premier Roblin. He later became host of that station's wildly popular John Harvard Show, a successful experiment with the then-new open-line format based on public discussion of current issues at the local and national level.

In 1970, John Harvard brought his talents for political analysis and interviewing to the top on-air position with the CBC's news show, 24 Hours. During his l8 years with the CBC, John Harvard became a household name in Manitoba, trusted for his integrity and compassion. He expertly interviewed prime ministers and premiers, mayors and concerned citizens. His interviews with such renowned world figures as UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme brought the world into the living rooms of ordinary Manitobans. For his work on 24 Hours, John Harvard won the prestigious ACTRA award for the best broadcaster in Canada. He also contributed to the national broadcasts and served in key positions for the CBC in Toronto and Vancouver, where his work on the current events show Pacific Report won him a second ACTRA award.

After some 30 years in the public eye as an outstanding broadcast journalist, John Harvard took his love for public policy and community service one step further by entering the political arena as a candidate for the Liberal party in the 1988 federal general election. He was successful in that election, although his party was not. He spent his first parliamentary term as an effective and energetic opposition member, serving on the Standing Committee of Agriculture and Communications, opposition critic for Western Diversification and Chair of the Manitoba Liberal Caucus. After the Liberals formed the government in 1993, John Harvard held a series of important posts. He chaired three House of Commons committees: Government Operations, Canadian Heritage and Agriculture. He also chaired the Western and Northern Liberal Caucus and served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of Public Works, Agriculture and International Trade. After the 2000 election, John Harvard was chosen to lead the Prime Minister's Task Force on the Four Western Provinces. He also sat on the Standing Committee on foreign Affairs, served as chair of the Canada-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Society and as chair of the Canada-United Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary Association.

John Harvard was installed as Manitoba's 23rd Lieutenant Governor on June 30, 2004. His Honour is a member of the Queen's Privy Counsel, a member of the Order of Manitoba, a member of the Order of the Falcon (Iceland's only civilian decoration), and has received the Canada 125 and Queen's Jubilee Medals.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate and University of Manitoba that you confer upon the Honourable John Harvard the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Richard Sigurdson, Dean of Arts

Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennitt, LL.D., June 1, 2005

Loreena McKennitt
C.M.; O.M.; D.Litt.(W.Laur.)


Today we are honoured to welcome to our academic community an individual whose artistic ability, vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and devotion to the cultural and social betterment of her country have lifted her to the height of her profession.

Dr. Loreena McKennitt published her first album twenty years ago, which helped to lead the resurgence in traditional and modern Celtic Music in North America. The cultural and commercial success of her work around the world is a testament to the universality of her music.

Born in Morden, Manitoba and attended high school in Winnipeg, Dr. McKennitt began her artistic career with a move to Stratford, Ontario in 1981 where she acted, performed and composed music for the Stratford Festival of Canada. Dr. McKennitt's recording career was launched in 1985 with the album Elemental. As a successful entrepreneur, she founded her own recording label, Quinlan Road. Dr. McKennitt continues to be self-managed and produced, having sold over 13 million albums world-wide, a catalogue spanning seven studio recordings and a double live CD.

Dr. McKennitt's musical productivity is most inspiring, and includes such albums as The Visit, Parallel Dreams, The Mask and Mirror, The Book of Secrets, and Live in Paris and Toronto. Dr. McKennitt received her first Juno Award in 1992 for Best Roots/Traditional Album for The Visit, and again in 1994 for The Mask and the Mirror. In 1997, she was awarded the Billboard International Achievement Award. Dr. McKennitt's compositions for Theatre and Film include: Original music for The National Film Board of Canada documentary series Women and Spirituality, 1985-1989; The Merchant of Venice for the Stratford Festival of Canada, in 2001; Hollywood productions Highlanderlll and The Santa Clause; Canadian/Venezuelan feature film Una Casa Con Vista Al Mar and television soundtracks for The Mists of Avalon, Due South and Northern Exposure.

Dr. McKennitt's philanthropic, social and cultural work both in Canada and internationally is of noteworthy importance. Appointed to the Order of Manitoba in July of 2003, and the Order of Canada in May of 2004, she sets a precedent for her colleagues with her commitment to care for and benefit those far beyond the artistic community. Founding the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund for Water Search and Safety in 1998, she has raised nearly four million dollars for the fund's initiatives in research and education. A major portion of the funds for the CRMF came from sales of the recording Live In Paris and Toronto. Funds from the sales of this double live recording in Turkey and Greece were donated to the earthquake relief funds of the Red Crescent Turkey and the Hellenic Red Cross. In 2000, Dr. McKennitt purchased a heritage building (Falstaff School) in Stratford, and in 2002 founded the Falstaff Family Centre, which offers facilities to a number of community based volunteer and not-for-profit community and family groups. Dr. McKennitt also established the Three Oaks Foundation, a charitable body that provides funding to cultural, environmental, historical and social groups.

Dr. McKennitt serves as an icon for our students and colleagues in the University tradition of collaboration and philanthropy. If they choose, and she has chosen, to find their own voice in the world, they will also have the potential to develop into leaders in the support of beauty in all aspects of life.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Dr. Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Dale Lonis, Dean, Faculty of Music

Octavio Paredes-Lopez

Octavio Paredes-Lopez, D.Sc., June 1, 2005
Octavio Paredes-López
B.Sc.(Hons.)(IPN); M.Sc.(Czechoslovak Academy); M.Sc.(IPN); Ph.D.(Man.); D.Sc.(Queretaro); D.Sc.(Sinaloa)

Today we are honouring Octavio Paredes-López, a distinguished Latin American scientist, a founding member of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology, and the President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Dr. Paredes-López is internationally recognized for his research on biotechnology to improve the nutritional, functional and agronomic characteristics of Mesoamerican crops. He received the Third World Network of Scientific Organizations Award in 1998 for his contributions to a better knowledge of indigenous plant foods of Latin America.

Dr. Paredes-López held two degrees in biochemical engineering and an M.Sc. in food science when he came to the University of Manitoba in 1977. He came to study in the Department of Plant Science and joined the dynamic cereal research group led by Dr. Walter Bushuk. In 1980 he received a Ph.D. for his thesis on the use of protein markers to identify wheat cultivar quality.


That year he returned to Mexico as a leading scientist at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute. He initiated research on the physico-chemical properties of fruits, maize, wheat, beans, and cactus cultivars, and helped processors develop these resources into new products for national and international markets. His interest in nutrition led to the development of improved, high protein amaranth cultivars, and to the increasing commercialization of this highly nutritious but underutilized crop. He has recently investigated the expression of genes for the biosynthesis of provitaminA in nopal plants. These plants are sources of carotenoid pigments such as lutein that can help prevent age-related macular degeneration and loss of vison. Throughout his career his diverse interests in functional foods and nutraceuticals have been complemented by his activities to preserve the wide biodiversity of indigenous Mexican plant species.

Dr. Paredes-López has published over 145 refereed research articles, and has authored over 30 reviews, and chapters of books. He is the editor of the monographs Amaranth, Biology, Chemistry and Technology (1994), Molecular Biotechnology for Plant Food Production (1999), and Natural Colorants for Food and Nutraceutical Uses (2003). He has been an active member of the editorial boards of both English and Spanish language publications, and is at present the General Editor of Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, and is an Associate Editor of Food Science and Technology International. He has been the major advisor for over 80 theses, 23 of these at the Ph.D level. He has also published many articles and editorials on scientific issues in the popular press.

Dr. Paredes-López's scientific and academic contributions make him a worthy recipient of the degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa). As an outstanding member of the international scientific community and also a University of Manitoba graduate, he is a worthy representative of the university and its students.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, tht you confer upon Dr. Octavio Paredes-López the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Professor Beverley Watts, Faculty of Human Ecology

James B. Pitblado

James B. Pitblado, LL.D., June 2, 2005
James B. Pitblado
CM.; B.Comm.(Man.); M.B.A.(Penn.)

Today, we honour James B. Pitblado, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Manitoba, a national leader in Canadian business, a generous philanthropist, and a committed contributor to building a civil society through his support for health, education and the arts in Canada.

James Pitblado has deep roots in this community. He is a third generation alumnus of the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1953. Mr. Pitblado received an M.B.A. (Finance) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and returned to Winnipeg to begin what was to become a most successful career in the securities business. After working at Great West Life for several years, he joined Harris & Partners which later merged with Dominion Securities where he became Executive Vice President. From 1981 to 1992 he served as Chairman and Head of Corporate Finance for RBC Dominion Securities. In addition to being a director of a number of national and international corporations, Mr. Pitblado contributed to the governance of his profession, serving as a member of the Board of Governors of the Toronto Stock Exchange and a member, as well as National Chairman, of the Board of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.

Jim Pitblado and his wife, Sandra, are living examples of Winston Churchill's famous saying that while "we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." Mr. Pitblado's stellar business career is matched by a long and distinguished record as patron of the arts, and active and generous supporter of health care and education. He currently serves as a Director of the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada, the Ontario Arts Council Foundation and Soulpepper Theatre Company. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Child Study at the University of Toronto and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Rosedale United Church. Mr. Pitblado is past Chairman of both the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children and its Foundation. He is also past Chairman of both the Board of Directors of the National Ballet of Canada and its Endowment Foundation and a past President of the Canadian Club.

In recognition of his many contributions to the quality of life in Canada, Mr. Pitblado was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998. He also received the Edmund C. Bovey Award for leadership in business and the arts in 2000. Jim and Sandra Pitblado were named the outstanding Philanthropists of the year by the National Society of Fundraising Executives in 1999 and jointly received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts in 2003.

The Pitblado family has historic connections with the University of Manitoba. Mr. Pitblado's grandfather, Isaac, was Chairman of our Board of Governors from 1917 to 1924. Isaac's son and Jim’s'father, Edward, graduated from the Manitoba Law School and together with his father was instrumental in the creation of the Alumni Association which he served as both President and representative on the Board of Governors. Both Isaac and Edward Pitblado had distinguished legal careers and their former firm continues today, still carrying the family name.

Jim and Sandra Pitbiado decided to honour his father and grandfather and recognize the family connection to the University of Manitoba through a remarkable gift to the Faculty of Law. In 2001 the Faculty articulated a strategic plan that would see Robson Hall become nationally recognized for excellence and leadership in learning, teaching and research in the law. That vision is grounded in a commitment to promote excellence, recognize achievement and develop facilities and programs that allow students and faculty to maximize their individual potential. Mr. and Mrs. Pitblado funded the nationally acclaimed Pitblado Scholars program; moreover, since its inception they have maintained a direct connection with the program and its students.
Mr. Pitblado encourages others with his confidence, empowers them through his support, and inspires them by his bold leadership and sincere personal commitment to community.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon James B. Pitblado, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Professor Harvey Secter, Dean, Faculty of Law


2004

Edwin Anderson

Edwin Anderson, LL.D., February 10, 2004

Edwin Orlando Anderson
B.B.A. (Minnesota.), M.A. (Manitoba)

A university shows its strength through its ability to create a community where learning and knowledge are fostered, strengthened and shared with the greater community. Throughout his career, and now in his retirement, Ed Anderson has been a part of this strength for the University of Manitoba. From his beginnings as a research assistant, graduate student and lecturer, Ed Anderson sought out ways to make teaching, learning and research innovative at the University of Manitoba. With his appointment as Assistant, then Associate Professor in the Continuing Education Division, Ed worked in the development of many of the programs that the CED has been long renowned for. These include the Community Counselling Certificate, the Stony Mountain University Program, and the Correspondence and General Studies Programs, all of which have made university education possible for people who before would not otherwise have had the same opportunity. Ed Anderson has contributed significantly to program development in the Continuing Education Division and throughout the whole University.

Ed Anderson recognizes the importance of service in a University and is a leader in showing exemplary service to the University of Manitoba. In addition to his academic and curricular accomplishments, Ed has served on numerous faculty, Senate, Board of Governors and university committees, indeed far too many to name. He served as Vice-President, and then President of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association. Ed represented UMFA on Senate, the Board of Governors and the Board of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, including a term as its President from 1985-86. Throughout the University of Manitoba community and beyond, Ed Anderson is known and respected as a committed, active member of the community.

It was Ed Anderson's twelve-year tenure as Secretary of Senate, however, that provided the University and the greater community the opportunity to benefit from his expertise in governance and his ability to provide sage advice and guidance to the many constituent groups of the University. Having benefited from Ed's advice and knowledge from my time as a student Senator to now as Acting Secretary of Senate, I can say that Ed is always ready to listen, advise and provide a sense of institutional memory, all with a sense of warmth, energy and wit that has served us all exceptionally well. In fact, Ed was so admired by the students of the University that upon his retirement in 1998, UMSU established the Ed Anderson Award, which is awarded annually to a student who is involved in student governance in an exceptional way.

Ed Anderson continues to serve the University even in retirement. As a Senior Scholar attached both to the President's Office and the Continuing Education Division, Ed provides many hours of volunteer service on committees, as an advisor to the University Secretary and others on a wide host of issues. In addition, he is always open to provide that sage advice to students, faculty and administrators. Ed Anderson is a friend to the University of Manitoba; that friendship is evident in the hundreds of people within the community who know him and love him.

In the greater community, Ed Anderson's promotion and support of cultural organizations is widely known. He served on the Board of Governors of the Manitoba Museum, including a term as Chairman. For his contributions, the Museum awarded him a Honorary Life Membership in 1984. He currently serves as Vice-President for Works of Art of the Board of Governors of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and on the Board of Directors of Prairie Public Television, Inc.

Ed Anderson is a teacher, a facilitator, an organizer and a leader. More than all of these, he is a friend to the people who he has touched throughout a lifetime of contributions to the University of Manitoba. like me and so many others, the University of Manitoba is fortunate to have such a friend. Madame Vice-Chancellor, it is my honour to recommend, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon my mentor and dear friend Edwin Anderson, the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy

The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, LL.D., May 26, 2004
The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy
P.C.; D.C.; O.M.; B.A.(Wpg.); MA., Ph.D.(Prin.); LL.D.(Dal.; LL.D. (Denver); LL.D.(Lake.); LL.D.(Niagara); LL.D.(Qu); LL.D.(Vic); LL.D. (Wpg.)

Dr. Axworthy's local, national and international stature is difficult to describe in a few words. Clearly his commitment to the local, national and the global community, his vision and his daily work for justice and peace are an inspiration. His political career spanned 27 years, during six of which he served in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and twenty-one in the Federal Parliament. He held a large number of Cabinet positions, notably Minister of Employment and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister of Transport, of Human Resources Development, of Western Economic Diversification. In his own words, his most favoured role was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2000.

In this portfolio, Dr. Axworthy became internationally known for his advancement of the "human security" concept, a philosophy calling for global responsibility to the interests of individuals rather than the interests of the nation state or multinational corporations. This focus on people led him to work in particular, for the Ottawa Treaty - a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel land mines. We need to reflect for a moment on this extraordinary contribution that will benefit literally millions of individuals and families throughout the world, including children and military personnel. There remain 80 million such land mines in the world and 500 people a week are still being injured by them. Canada no longer manufactures nor uses them and three quarters of the world's nations have signed on to the treaty. Dr. Axworthy was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for this leadership. Two other major international initiatives have benefitted enormously from his efforts; the establishment of the International Criminal Court to bring war criminals to justice and the Protocol to curtail the use of child soldiers. For all these international endeavours, he received the North-South Institute's Peace Award. The Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation presented him with the Senator Patrick J. Leahy Award in recognition of his leadership in these global efforts, Princeton University awarded him the Madison Medal for his record of outstanding public service and he received the CARE International Humanitarian Award. He was elected Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been named to the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada.

Dr. Axworthy has an intertwining passion; that of urging all Canadians to reflect on the role of Canada in the world. His book published in 2003 is a provocative essay on this topic. Negotiating the internal disputes within Canada on the relative importance of trade within a comprehensive foreign policy that should also address human rights issues in Dr. Axworthy's view; negotiating multi-lateral versus bilateral agreements with the United States and others; strengthening the United Nations and other multi-lateral associations that promote the human security agenda are extraordinarily complex issues requiring imagination, vision, determination and compromise. Dr. Axworthy is a global citizen and his life's work urges all Canadians to embrace this role. In January of this year he was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Anrian, as special envoy for Ethiopia and Eritrea to consolidate peace under the provisions of the Algiers Agreement signed in 2000. The Academy has also recognized his achievements. He has received honourary doctorates from Queen's University, University of Victoria, University of Denver, Niagara University, Lakehead University, the University of Winnipeg and Dalhousie University.

Currently, Dr. Axworthy holds positions on several Boards and companies. Virtually all reflect his passion for the pursuit of solutions to global problems. He joined the law firm of Fraser Mimer Casgrain as a consultant on trade and international affairs. He is a Board member of the MacArthur Foundation, Human Rights Watch - where he chairs the Advisory Board for Americas Watch, Lester B. Pearson College, University of the Arctic, the Pacific Council on International Policy, on the Port of Churchill Advisory Board as well as on the Advisory Board of the Ethical Globalization Initiative. He is also serving as Chairman of the Human Security Centre for the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), Co-Chair of the State of the World Forum, Commission on Globalization, and Honorary Chairman of the Canadian Landmine Foundation. For the last three years he has been Director and CEO of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. He lectures widely on international matters in Canada, the United States and abroad and is a frequent contributor to The Winnipeg Free Press. The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

The timing of this honorary doctorate today coincides with Dr. Axworthy's return to Manitoba as President of our sister Institution, the University of Winnipeg. While he was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he attended Sisler High School in Winnipeg and subsequently graduated with a BA, from United College (now the University of Winnipeg). While there, he was encouraged to apply for a Woodrow Wilson Scholarship which allowed him to attend Princeton University for his M.A. and his Ph.D. In Political Science. During his doctoral studies he returned to teach at the University of Winnipeg and was Director of the Institute of Urban Studies. We are simply delighted to welcome him home with his wife Denise Ommanney and their three children.

David Friesen

David G. Friesen, LL.D., October 20, 2004
David S. Friesen
B.A.(Man.)

Mr. Friesen was born on January 19, 1947. He attended the University of Manitoba and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1969.

Mr. Friesen has been an enthusiastic and exemplary advocate for the University of Manitoba for many years. In his role as Chair of "Building on Strengths" Campaign for the University of Manitoba, he led the most successful campaign in the university's history, which was the largest ever in Manitoba and one of the largest university campaigns in Canada. At a final total in February, 2004, of more than $237 million, this achievement will profoundly influence the future of the university for decades, both in the development of human capital and the university's physical spaces.

As a memberof the University Development Council from its inception in 1993, Mr. Friesen was involved in the development and maturation of fundraising at the university, including the period during which the annual giving program and the planned giving program were established. He is also a member of the Associates of the I.H. Asper School of Business.

Mr. Friesen's community involvement extends well beyond the University of Manitoba. He is a past director of the National Arts Centre Board of Trustees, Fort Whyte Centre for Environmental Education, Altona Community Foundation and Scouts Canada.

As Chief Executive Officer of Friesens Corporation, Mr. Friesen has significantly grown his family's business, which has operated in Altona since 1907. Thanks in part to an employee-ownership structure implemented in the early 1980s, Friesens' annual sales have grown to $85 million, making it one of the biggest employers in Manitoba. Friesens is the largest independent book manufacturer in Canada, accounting for about 65 per cent of the hardcover titles printed in the country. Friesens has printed some of the world's most beloved books, including over twenty million copies of Robert Munsch's Love You Forever, and close to one million copies of the fourth Harry Potter book, The Goblet of Fire. Friesens Corporation is celebrating the 20th anniversary in 2004 of printing the very popular series of Company's Coming cookbooks.
 
Mr. Friesen is active in the leadership of both his own industry and business in Manitoba. He is a member of the Boards of Manitoba Hydro, Blue Cross Life Insurance and the Crocus Investment Fund. He is a past memberof the Premier's Economic Advisory Council of Manitoba and presently is on the Board of the Business Council of Manitoba. He has been a director and member of the Graphic Arts Industries Association of Canada, the Printing Industries Association of Manitoba, the US-based National Association of Printing Leadership and the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Manufacturers Association.
 
Friesens has been honoured nationally and internationally for excellence in business. It was named one of Canada's 50 best managed companies in 2003, and the 2003 National Association for Printing Leadership Gold Management Plus Award. Mr. Friesen was named Prairie Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 in the competition run world-wide by Emst and Young and was nominated for the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award that same year.

The University of Manitoba Alumni Association named Mr. Friesen the recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Awàrd, in recognition of his success in business and service to the community and the university.

Raymond Heneault

General Raymond R. Henault, LL.D., May 26, 2004
General Raymond R. Henault
C.M.M; CD.; B.A.(Man.)

As Chief of the Defence Staff, General Ray Henault is the highest-ranking member of the Canadian Forces. General Henault was born and raised in Winnipeg and St. Jean Baptiste and joined the Canadian Forces in 1968. Like most military officers he has had a very diverse career during which he has served in over 20 different positions. Operationally, he has been a fighter pilot, a helicopter pilot, a flying instructor and an air traffic controller, and he has logged 4,500 hours of flying time. He has commanded a tactical helicopter squadron in Germany, served as Base Commander of the Canadian Forces Base at Portage Ia Prairie, and has served in a wide variety of other command and staff positions.

While General Henault has been an outstanding officer throughout his career, his leadership abilities are exemplified by the contributions he has made in his last two appointments. From 1998 to 2001 he was the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff. The Deputy Chief is responsible for all military operations including peacekeeping, assisting communities in tasks such as flood relief, and training exercises. This job is always a challenging one, but during General Henault's tenure the nature of military operations was changing very dramatically. During the Cold War, the war tasks and roles of the military were quite well-defined and peacekeeping typically involved operations where the task was keeping two different groups apart by patrolling a border. However, since that time things have become much more complex. Peacekeeping has often become peace enforcement, typically involving intemal disputes rather than disputes between countries, and the demands on the mflitary have become much less predictable and much more dangerous. During his time as Deputy Chief, General Henauit responded very effectively to the immediate challenges that came on a daily basis and also was able to implement flexible procedures and processes that will enable the Canadian Forces to respond quickly to the difficult operational challenges it will face in the future.

Since becoming Chief of the Defence Staff in 2001, General Henault has done much to improve the operational capabilities and the equipment of the Canadian Forces. He has also made a major contribution through his efforts to restore morale and to improve the public image of the Canadian Forces. He has focused on making working conditions better for the men and women of the Canadian Forces, and despite severe budgetary constraints he has been able to make significant improvements in the quality of life issues that affect all service members.

General Henault is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He is also a graduate of the Ecole superieure de guerre in Paris, France and of the National Defence College in Kingston. His accomplishments have been formally recognized in many different ways. He is a Commander of the Order of Military Merit, a Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and a Commander of the French Legion of Honour.

General Henauit's accomplishments make him a very worthy recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. As a graduate of the University of Manitoba's Canadian Forces University Program, he is also an outstanding representative of the 1200 military members and dependents who have graduated from this program.

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, LL.D., May 27, 2004
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin
P.C.; B.A., M.A., LL.B.(Alta.); LL.D.(UBC); LL.D.(Alta.); LL.D.(Tor.); LL.D.(York); LL.D.(Law Society of Upper Canada): LL.D.(Ott.); LL.D. (Calg.); LL.D.(Brock); LL.D.(SFU); LL.D.(Vic.); LL.D.(Alta.); LL. D. (Leth.); L.L. D.(Bridgewater State College); LL.D. (Mt.St.Vin.); LL.D.(PEI); LL.D.(Montr.)

We honour Beverley Marian McLachlin as a practitioner of law, as a prolific legal scholar and as a distinguished jurist who serves our country as its highest judicial officer, the Chief Justice of Canada. She stands forthrightly for the rule of law, for discourses based on reason, for traditions tempered by modern realities, and for universal principles of justice, applied in a time of worldwide uncertainties about civil government and human rights.

Born in Pincher Creek, Alberta, a farm girl from the foothills of the Rockies, eldest of five children, she completed three degrees at the University of Alberta, her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Philosophy and then simultaneously both her Bachelor of Laws and Master of Arts in Philosophy. By 1975 this gold medalist in law had worked six years as a civil litigation lawyer, in both Alberta and British Columbia, and had returned to academe as an associate professor of law at the University of British Columbia, teaching criminal law and the law of evidence.

No sooner had she become a tenured professor then she started another career, as a trial judge in Vancouver's County Court. Six months later, she moved to a judgeship on the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Here, she rapidly earned a reputation for presiding impartially and forwriting crisp, tightly reasoned, law-centered judgments. After four years of hearing and determining criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits, she was promoted to the British Columbia Court of Appeal, where she wrote appellate judgments with a vigorous focus on the law as it is, not as others might want it to be. Each judgment respected the separate needs of the two parties who had brought their dispute into the public forum. In 1988 she agreed to step away from appellate work, to return to the trial level in order to apply her administrative talents as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. By then she had established herself as a regular contributor to legal literature and as co-author of three books that remain authoritative texts.

Seven months later, she accepted appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, where she served for a decade as an associate or puisne justice. Canada welcomed the new millennium with the swearing in, on 7 January 2000, of The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. She is the seventeenth jurist to so serve since the Court's creation in 1875 and the office's first woman. With her eight colleagues, she now leads by example in our Court of last resort, a court that is unique in the world for its general jurisdiction and its written guiding principles in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Chief Justice McLachlin has helped to define equality rights of minorities, to strengthen freedom of speech, to recognize Aboriginal rights, to reinforce the role of juries, to encourage local governmental diversity, and in general to champion the Charter, both domestically and as a model for other nations. Not surprisingly, she has been quoted as saying "I have always really loved what I’m doing!" She continues to bring dignity, intelligence and empathy to the pursuit of justice for all Canadians.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask, in the name of Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon The Right Honourable Beverley Marian McLachlin the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. 

Hartley Richardson

Hartley T. Richardson, LL.D., October 20, 2004

Hartley T. Richardson
B.Comm.(Hons) (Man.)

Mr. Richardson was born on October 16, 1954 in Winnipeg, He attended the University of Manitoba and received his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) in 1977. Other designations include a certification by the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and a certificate in Strategic Planning from the Wharton Business School at University of Pennyslvania.

Mr. Richardson is a most distinguished Manitoban. Through his leadership in business, service to the community and philanthropy, he has demonstrated his commitment to the people of Manitoba and Canada and to their social, cultural and economic well-being.

Hartley T. Richardson is the seventh family President of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, a private, family-owned corporation, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada. The Company's deepest roots are in the international grain distribution industry, where it has over 140 years of experience. Its wholly-owned subsidiary, James Richardson International, operates the largest privately owned network of grain facilities In Canada. The network includes a series of traditional grain elevators and high throughput terminals at inland and port locations across the country. In addition to sourcing raw bulk commodities, the Company is involved in farm service centers, home and garden stores, and fertilizer plants, and operates Canbra Foods, Canada's largest fully-integrated canola processing company.

Richardson Financial Group Limited is the Company's financial arm, investing in Canadian private companies in a range of industry sectors outside of the Company's core business. Another entity, Richardson Partners Financial Limited, is responsible for providing highly personalized family wealth management services and advice.

Other businesses include subsidiaries in energy and real estate. Tundra Oil and Gas Ltd. is involved in oil exploration and production in Canada's Williston Basin, where it owns several hundred wells and related pipeline infrastructure. Real estate interests controlled through Lombard Realty Limited are currently concentrated in the ownership and management of office towers in Winnipeg, and have included a variety of commercial, industrial and resort ventures across North America in the past.

Mr. Richardson is committed to a broad range of organizations in Canada and Manitoba through his participation and leadership on boards and committees. He serves as a Director of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc., MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, Railpower Technologies, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and the Business Council of Manitoba. Other affiliations include The Carlyle Group Canadian Advisory Board, The Trilateral Commission, World Economic Forum Global Leaders of Tomorrow, and the Young President's Organization.

In 2004, Mr. Richardson is Chairman of Winnipeg's United Way campaign. He also served as a member of the National Executive Committee for the 2004 Governor General's Leadership Conference. Actively involved in a number of charitable endeavours and community organizations, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Manitoba) named Mr. Richardson the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in 2003.

He is past Chairman of CNIBs That All May Read 2003 campaign (Manitoba chapter) and Chair of the 2000 International Distinguished entrepreneur Award (IDEA) Dinner, honouring Li Ka-shing, Chairman of Cheung Kong Group of Companies. Mr. Richardson has been a member of the Queen's University School of Business Advisory Council and Campaign Cabinet as well as the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific Board of Trustees. He has served as Co-Chair of the Manitoba Theatre Centre Capital Campaign, Director of the Manitoba Opera Association, Director of the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, Co-Chair of the St. John's Ravenscourt School Capital Campaign and Honorary Chairman of National Access Awareness Week.

Beyond his formal participation on boards and committees, Mr. Richardson is an enthusiastic backer of many community initiatives, such as the successful bid to bring the 1999 Pan Am Games to Winnipeg, restoration of the Pavilion at Assiniboine Park, development of the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and Lyric Theatre, and construction of a downtown entertainment complex.

Mr. Richardson has been particularly generous toward his alma mater. As Vice-Chair of Building on Strengths: Campaign for the University of Manitoba, he played a key leadership role in the most successful campaign of the university's history, which was the largest ever in Manitoba and one of the largest university campaigns in Canada. At a final total of more than $237 Million in February, 2004, this achievement will profoundly influence the future of the university for decades, both in the development of human capital and the university's physical spaces.

In addition to his volunteer work on the University campaign, Mr. Richardson was instrumental in garnering support from his family, the Richardson Foundation, and the Richardson group of companies for a number of initiatives, notably the leading- edge research facility, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, the innovative Centre for Music, Art and Design, and the VIP (Valuing lcelandic Presence) Campaign.

Clayton Riddell

Clayton H. Riddell, D.Sc., May 27, 2004
Clayton H. Riddell
B.Sc.(Hons.)(Man.)

The seventies and early eighties was a time of global energy crisis; Canada's energy resources were sorely pressed. It was at this time that Clay Riddell had a major impact on the future of Canada's energy reserves. He used basic geological principles, along with innovative interpretations of underground reservoir conditions and air drilling technology to discover and develop major new gas fields in northeastern Alberta.

Clay Riddell graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Geology in 1959 and he went on to become a pioneering geologist of vision and entrepreneurial drive.

Riddell drilled his first well in this region when there were no pipelines, at a time when conventional drilling practice had proven inadequate, and traditional thinking had staunchly ruled out natural gas production. Riddell founded Paramount Resources during this time and this early exploration success in northeastern Alberta has continued into the 21st century, resulting in total gas production and reserve definition in Devänian and Cretaceous rocks amounting to trillions of cubic feet. Building on this success, the company is breaking more new frontiers by exploring for deep gas in the United States.

The same skills and innovative thinking that opened up the gas fields in northeastern Alberta have recently been applied to northwestern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, where Riddell's company has already had exploration successes in what could prove to be a new major natural gas producing area. His work with the Deh Cho peoples of Ft. Liard has been collaborative and exemplary. Early in the exploration process he established a strong working relationship with the community by providing employment opportunities to many local people.

As an established exploration geologist, Riddell has been equally successful in his skill at developing and overseeing a company. As President of Paramount Resources for 24 years, he is one of the longest serving corporate presidents of a Canadian energy company. He has earned the respect, admiration and loyalty of his staff, as indicated by the fact that staff turnover at Paramount Resources is virtually non-existent. Paramount Resources has managed to grow and compete successfully with giants in the industry, and in many cases outperform them.

While successfully developing Paramount Resources, Riddell has contributed his time to the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and to the Geological Association of Canada, as well as to the organization and success of numerous national scientific meetings. Riddell is also recognized in the geological and oil community for his considerable organizational skills with respect to volunteer organizations and volunteer effort. As president of the CSPG he promoted and supported activities of the CSPG National Liaison Committee and was extremely effective in organizing collaborative efforts between industry and universities. In this regard, he was instrumental in bringing the CSPG's significant resources to bear on the expansion of student scholarships and field trip grants. More recently he has brought these talents to advising the University of Manitoba during the Building on Strengths capital campaign.

Clayton Riddell is a Winnipegger. His quiet exterior belies a determination tomake things work, even if it takes a long time; here it is easy to gain the impression that many of his attributes reflect his Manitoban roots and upbringing. His attachment to Manitoba is reflected in his frequent visits to Winnipeg and to family in Riverton.

His geological background and abilities were formed during his experience as a student at the University of Manitoba; they are also due to professors like the late Edward Leith, in honour of whom the Ed Leith Cretaceous Menagerie was assembled. Instruction in palaeontology, Earth history and stratigraphy was a key ingredient in Riddell's exploration skill. In recognition of this education and his ties to Manitoba, Clay took a leadership role in supporting the Menagerie. As a University of Manitoba alumnus he truly represents a role model for all students regardless of their career objectives.

Anne Smigel

Anne Smigel, LL.D., October 21, 2004
Anne Smigel
B.A., B.Ed.(Man.)

Anne Smigel, a Winnipeg-born teacher, resource person, principal, artistand philanthropist began her career as a teacher in rural Manitoba at schools in Oakburn, Poplarfield, and Fraserwood. Returning to Winnipeg she continued teaching and pursuing her studies. She takes pride in her Ukrainian heritage having struggled through a time when it was difficult for off-spring of immigrant parents to be accepted within the various professions. The first woman principal in Winnipeg of Ukrainian background, her career as an educator spanned forty-four years.

As a teacher, Ms. Smigel has had a profound Influence on the many pupils who passed through her classes. Whether they were in the choir or in the classroom, she guided their learning and prepared them for their lives as adults. Many of her former students have, themselves, gone on to become teachers. Her contributions to her profession include presenting papers at conferences, serving on the French and Ukrainian language curriculum committees, serving on the board of the International Reading Association, and delivering courses for teachers through the Department of Education. Early on in her career she became actively involved in the placement of immigrant children who arrived in Winnipeg during 1947-49. For these children she developed special curriculum resources, shared her knowledge, expertise and judgement in helping them become Canadians and Winnipeggers.

Over the years, Ms. Smigel has been actively involved in many service organizations, receiving the Alpha Omega Alumnae Woman of the Year Award, the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award, and the Centennial Medal for Teaching Excellence. She is a founding member of Creative Retirement Manitoba, an organization whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of individuals and communities through developing and offering innovative learning opportunities for older persons.

Ms. Smigel established an Education Fund for the Ukrainian Sisters of St. Joseph Congregation in Winnipeg and in Brazil to assist them with tuition fees, buying books, and travelling to and from an accredited school, college or university. As a volunteer at the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alumnae, an Ukrainian professional women's organization, she encourages the preservation and support of Ukrainian culture. She is interested in supporting Ukrainien publishing endeavours in Canada as well.

Ms. Smigel is a founding member of Altrusa international of Winnipeg, an association of professional women who volunteer their energies and expertise towards projects such as the Language Bank of Winnipeg, an interpretive service for adults who require legal and medical translations and T.O.T.S. Take Out Toy Service, a toy lending library for children with disabilities. She served as the first Canadian Governor of Altrusa International, District Seven from 1980 to 1982.

Ms. Smigel has demonstrated her commitment to advancing the study of Ukrainian culture by generously establishing several significant funds at the University of Manitoba: a scholarship to encourage students at St. Andrew's College who pursue studies in, and develop their knowledge of, Ukrainian heritage; a research endowment fund to acquire, preserve and make accessible library materials related to all aspects of the Ukrainian prairie experience; and, to support the Archives of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience whose mandate is to gather textual records, papers, correspondence, photographs, etc. about Ukrainian life in Canada.  Her support for the development of a unique collection of primary and secondary material will attract local, national, and interntiona faculty and students and will enhance research in this area. She believes that scholars need to gain a better understanding of heritage communities and that the availability of a wide range of resources will serve that purpose. Her latest endowment fund was established to assist the Human Ecology Department's study into the effects of buckwheat on insulin levels. By her example, she has encouraged others to contribute to these important University initiatives.

Ms. Smigel is a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and caring individual who is interested in the well-being of the community at large. In the past she has supported initiatives pertaining to the Centennial Concert Hall and more recently she has established an endowment fund for the new Millennium Library.

Not content to rest in her retirement, Ms. Smigel earned an accredited certificate that allowed her to assist in her church nursery, if and when required. For a number of years she was also a member on the board of the Council of Women of Winnipeg. As an enjoyable recreational past time she took instruction in oil and water colour and has had several juried exhibits within Winnipeg.


2003

George Bain

George Bain, LL.D., May 28, 2003
George Sayers Bain
B.A.(Hons.), M.A.(Man.); D.Phil.(Oxf.); D.B.A.(De Mont.); LL.D.(Ireland); LL.D.(Guelph); LL.D.(Cape Breton); D.Litt.(Ulster)

Sir George Sayers Bain was born in Winnipeg to an Irish mother from a middle class conservative family and a Canadian father from a socialist, Scottish working class background who was a skilled tradesman at the Canadian Pacific Railways and a president of his union local. Professor Bain attended Miles Macdonnel High School, where he served as student president, before going on to the University of Manitoba to complete a BA. (Hons.) in Economics and Political Science and then an M.A. in Economics. In 1962-63, he served as a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University and, from 1956 to 1963, was active in the NDP and its predecessor, the CCF, serving as a delegate to the NDP's founding convention in 1961, and then as president of the Manitoba NDP in 1962- 1963. In the latter capacity, he managed the NDPs campaign in both the 1962 provincial and the 1963 federal elections.

In 1963, Professor Bain was awarded a Commonwealth scholarship, and left Canada for Oxford to take a Doctorate of Philosophy in Industrial Relations. From 1966 to 1969, he was a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and in 1969, at only 30 years of age, he was awarded a chaired professorship at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. A year later, he moved to Warwick University, becoming Deputy Director of its Industrial Relations Research Unit. This was a period of considerable industrial unrest in Britain, and the British Social Science Research Council had designated Warwick as the primary centre for industrial relations research. Thus, Professor Bain came to be at the hub of a vital and exciting field of study.

Professor Bain was appointed as Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit in 1975, and then as Chairman of the School of Industrial and Business Studies at Warwick in 1983. In 1989, he left Warwick to become the Principal of the London Business School, holding this position until 1997. In 1998, he became President and Vice Chancellor of The Queens University of Belfast, and continues to be in this position.

Professor Bain's accomplishments are legion. As an academic, early work he did on white collar unionism and on labour union growth came to be of seminal importance to the field of industrial relations and is still referenced. As an administrator, he is credited with helping to forge the industrial relations research unit at Warwick into the world leader in its field, with raising the Warwick business school to first tier status in Britain, with moulding the London Business School into one of the two or three top business schools in Europe, and with revitalizing The Queen's University of Belfast so that it is now ranked within the top 20 of Britain's more than 170 institutions.

In addition to his scholarly and administrative accomplishments. Professor Bain has served on a number of government bodies and commissions in both Canada and Britain. Most noteworthy in recent years has been his role as Chairman of the British Low Pay Commission, formed in 1997 to provide recommendations for and subsequently oversee the implementation of Britain's first national minimum wage. Professor Bain was able to achieve consensus among both labour and business representatives on the Commission, issuing recommendations that were enacted almost in their entirety by the British government, with minimal if any negative economic or political consequences.

Professor Bain is known to be proud of his Winnipeg roots, including his education at the University of Manitoba. He continues to describe himself as a democratic socialist, defining this term not in a dogmatic way but rather in accordance with three ideals associated with the French Revolution: equality, especially of opportunity; freedom, including freedom from want as well as freedom to act; and fellowship, or recognition of the importance of community.

In 2001, Professor Bain received a knighthood from her majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to his position at The Queen's University of Belfast, he presently holds a number of appointments on government bodies and corporate boards. Along with his wife, Gwynneth, he returns often to Winnipeg, where his father continues to reside.

Benjamin Hewak

Benjamin Hewak, LL.D., May 29, 2003
The Honourable Benjamin Hewak
B.A., LL.B. (Man.)

The Honourable Benjamin Hewak was born in Winnipeg in 1935. He attended St. John's Technical High School, where he was prominent in sports and other student activities, and subsequently the University of Manitoba (B.A. 1956) and the Manitoba Law School (LL.B. 1960). He served as a Crown Attorney for five years before commencing the private practice of law, principally as defence counsel in criminal cases, in 1965. In 1971 he was appointed to the County Court and in 1977 he became a judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba. From 1985 until his retirement earlier this year, he was Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench.

Ben Hewak has been an alderman in West Kildonan, an active member of the board of the Seven Oaks Hospital Foundation, and a member of the board of the Holy Family Nursing Home. He has made a distinguished contribution to the Canadian-Ukranian cultural life as president of the Ukranian National Youth Federation, as chairman of the Rusalka Ukranian Dance Ensemble, and through participation in the work of the Ukranian Cultural and Educational Centre, the Centre for Ukranian Canadian Studies, the Osvita Foundation, and other organizations.

Benjamin Hewak, as Chief Justice during a period of change and challenge for the courts, was attuned to the social interest in, and need for, open, accessible and affordable justice. He welcomed and encouraged useful and continuous reform and experiment, invited the cooperation of Bar and public in the process of change, and reported fully and faithfully to the larger community on the work of the court and the issues it has to confront.

Most fittingly, his leadership and service was this year recognized by the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award of the Manitoba Bar Association.

Robert Ross

Robert T. Ross, D.Sc., May 29, 2003
Robert T. Ross
M.D. (Man.); F.R.C.P.C.

Born in Winnipeg, Robert Ross received his Arts and Science degree from the University of Manitoba in 1943, and his M.D. degree in 1948 from the Faculty of Medicine. He pursued his medical and hospital training at the Winnipeg General Hospital and at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London, England.

Currently Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University, Dr. Ross has had a long and illustrious career as a physician and educator. A renowned neurologist, he has exemplified an outstanding career in Medicine, and has followed a course of philanthropy within the University of Manitoba and the broader community throughout his life.

Dr. Ross was a faculty member at the University from 1953-1999, a member of the Department of Neurology and served as Head of Neurology from 1977-1984. During his tenure as Head, he introduced many innovations and was responsible for developing and directing the graduate training program in neurology. An excellent teacher, his former residents noted the way he encouraged them to become good physicians.

Dr. Ross has published extensively and authored over fifty papers and articles. His book, How to Examine the Nervous System, a neurology textbook is on the recommended list of textbooks in medical schools. First published in 1973, the third edition of this textbook was published in 1999 and is very popular with medical students and residents. He founded the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, the primary vehicle for dissemination of neurological research in Canada in 1974, and served as its editor and publisher from 1974 to 1981.

Throughout his life, Dr. Ross has been a strong supporter of the education and the arts. He established the Dr. R.T. Ross Medical Library Trust Fund and has contributed to it over a period spanning two decades, thus ensuring that funds were available to support teaching and research needs specific to students, researchers and teachers in the Faculty of Medicine. Reflective of his particular interest in technology, he donated funds to the Medical Library in the mid-eighties that allowed the creation of a computer laboratory used to teach medical intormatics to students. He has continued his support in the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library by once again providing funds for the computer equipment in the Ross Learning Resource Centre. The Faculty of Law has also benefited from Dr. Ross's broad interests by the establishment of the John L. Ross Q.C. Bursary for law students competing in national moot trial competitions.

Dr. Ross has an outstanding record of community service and has been a supporter of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, National Gallery of Art and the Winnipeg Library Foundation.

Dr. Ross has received numerous awards for his scholarly and community work including the E.L Drewry Research Prize in Physiology, Canadian Centennial Medal, Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal and an honorary Life Membership in the Canadian Neurological Society. Dr. Ross was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1993.

Paul Soubry, Sr.

Paul Soubry, LL.D., October 22, 2003
Paul Soubry, Sr.

Paul Soubry was born in Belgium where he received his early education before emigrating to Canada and Winnipeg in 1948. He began his long career in farm machinery manufacturing in 1951 in Ontario. Mr. Soubry returned to Winnipeg in 1971 to become president of Versatile Manufacturing Ltd., a company producing large farm equipment. Versatile was acquired by the Ford Motor Company in 1987 and two years later Mr. Soubry was appointed board chair and president of Ford New Holland Canada Ltd. After a series of mergers with subsidiaries of Fiat S.p.A., New Holland Canada Ltd. was established in 1991 with Mr. Soubry as vice-president and general manager. He retired in 1995 and is now president of Soubry Enterprises Ltd., a management consulting company.

Mr. Soubry has held numerous leadership positions in organizations related to Canadian manufacturing and exports, as well as government agencies related to trade. In Manitoba he has served on the Manitoba Economic Innovation and Technology Council, the Economic Development Authority-Whiteshell, the Manitoba Research Council, and the Industrial Technology Centre. In addition, Mr. Soubry's community service includes the Boy Scouts of Canada, and terms as director of Victoria Health Guard and on board of the Victoria General Hospital, where he also served as chair.

Mr. Soubry has had a long association with the University of Manitoba. In 1996 he was appointed to the first of two terms on Board of Governors. He was elected chair in 1997, and continued in this role until 2002. Upon joining the Board, Mr. Soubry took pains to learn about the many-faceted activities of this institution and was a tireless member of, and ambassador for, this university. During his tenure he was part of the strategic planning task force "Building on Strengths," served on various selection and review committees. Since retiring from the Board, Mr. Soubry continues to serve the University as part of the cabinet for the Building on Strengths Campaign. Prior to his appointment to the Board, he was a member of the associates program of the Faculty of Management (now the I.H. Asper School of Business) and was a member of the advisory board of the Centre for International Studies.

Harry Walsh

Harry Walsh, LL.D., October 23, 2003
Harry Walsh, Q.C.

Harry Walsh,Q.C., graduated from the University of Manitoba with degrees in Arts (1932) and Law (1937) and over his long career he has earned a national reputation in criminal law. From his Winnipeg base he has defended people from all walks of life in all parts of Canada, including the Supreme Court, and in so-doing served as counsel in many leading criminal cases.

Throughout his career, Mr. Walsh been committed to the ideal that all people are entitled to effective legal representation, regardless of their ability to pay. Accordingly, he and his associates represented defendants who could not afford their fees. Further, he worked to persuade the provincial government to introduce a legal assistance program and in 1972 he played a key role in developing Legal Aid Services in Manitoba. Three years later he was co-chair of the committee that persuaded the Canadian Bar Association to call for the abolition of capital punishment. In 1976 the House of Commons passed legislation abolishing capital punishment in Canada, one of the most important pieces of Canadian legislation of the past century.

Mr. Walsh is a Life Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba and life member of the Canadian Bar Association. He is a past-president and honorary president of the YMHA Community Centre and a life governor at the Ben-Gurion University in Israel where the chair in Law and Morality was recently named in his honour. His career contributions, his efforts in pursuit of justice, and his community commitment have earned him many honors in Canada and abroad.

Betty Jane Wylie

Betty Jane Wylie, D.Litt., May 28, 2003
Betty Jane Wylie
B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Man.)

Betty Jane Wylie (nee McKenty) was born in Winnipeg and educated at the University of Manitoba, where she graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in French and English in 1951. During the next year she completed a Master's degree in English, specializing in modern poetry and in Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse. Shortly after graduation she married William Tennant Wylie, with whom she raised four children in Winnipeg.

In the 1960's she was actively involved in the then-new Manitoba Theatre Centre, working in adaptations of classic drama and in works for children. In 1968, the family moved to Ontario, where William Wylie served as business manager for the Stratford Festival Theatre.

When William died in 1973, Ms. Wylie found herself having to cope with her bereavement and with the practical necessities of making a living. Already an experienced writer, she turned to free-lance work and wrote Beginnings: A Book for Widows, which has since gone through many editions and even more translations. Beginnings marked the first big success in a long and productive career as a writer.

Since then Wylie has published thirty-five books in a wide range of fields, some of which have been intended to provide help and guidance to others - sometimes financial, sometimes professional, on occasion culinary, and at other times pastoral. Her many books have been deeply appreciated by generations of readers, who attest to their wisdom and their power.

More recently, Ms. Wylie has turned to writing for radio and television. She has developed in drama her most sustained body of writing. The content of some of the more than twenty plays has been derived from her awareness of women in precarious circumstances. For example, in1979, she lived for three weeks in a rooming house in Toronto, posing as a pensioner. Out of that experience she produced a series of five articles, "The Old Lady Caper." The main character of the series faces the anxieties of living in penury, the brutality of a sexual assault, and the humiliation of being ridiculed when she reports the attack. The play is, in the words of critic Joyce Doolittle, "an ingenious and moving one-woman show."

Running through all of the texts, and through much of her broadcasting, is a compassion for the dispossessed and the vulnerable in our culture - the infirm, the poor, the very young, the very old, the disturbed, the lonely. Ms. Wylie has found many of her stories in women's diaries, her own among them. In turning to stories of intimate lives, painful though they are, Ms. Wylie perennially respects and celebrates those lives.

Betty Jane Wylie has been a generous mentor to new writers. She has served as a writer-in-residence at a university and in four libraries, including most recently North York Public Library. She has held the demanding and important position as head of. The Writers' Union of Canada, and has contributed to Canadian life as an imaginative and humane journalist.

Ms. Wylie has been always a figure who has attended to the well-being of our lives. Her work is a rich and effective act of service, asking from us our best selves. One of her nominees has said she may just be the least- acknowledged among Canada's premier writers. Her list of publications is close to 'staggering'; indeed.

In receiving this award Ms. Wylie now comes full circle, back to the province of her origins, to the city of her birth, and to the university of her early intellectual development. She has continued to nurture those connections, including her Icelandic heritage, and she has generously contributed her papers to the Elizabeth Dafoe archives at the University of Manitoba, where they are available for research.

Her one-woman play, "A Place on Earth," could be the finest one-person play any Canadian has written. Its economically-written, witty (of course), finally very moving and testifies to a human being of unusually wide sympathies and awarenesses. There cannot be a person with serious connections to the arts who merits a higher 'place on earth.'

Carol Shields


2002

Raymond Breton

Raymond Breton, LL.D., June 3, 2002
Raymon Breton
B.A (Man.); M.A. (Chic); Ph.D. (Johns H.)

Dr. Breton is a sociologst and a 1952 Arts graduate of the University of Manitoba.  He is a recognized authority on diversity in Canadian society and has researched the symbolic and cultural dimensions of Canadian life, both French and English, that speak to the Canadian character.

Her Excellency The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

Her Excellency The Rt Hon Adrienne Clarkson, LL.D., May 29, 2002
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
C.C., C.M.M., C.D., C.O.M.; B.A., M.A. (Tor.), D.Lit. (Lakehead, McG.); LL.D. (Dal., Acad., PEI, Vic., RMC, Tor.), F.R.C.P.S.C.
Governor General of Canada

Born in Hong Kong, Adrienne Clarkson emigrated to Canada as a preschooler during World War II. She settled with her family in Ottawa where she was educated in the public school system. After studying English Literature at Trinity College, she earned an Honours B.A. and then an M.A. at the University of Toronto. She continued her literary studies at the Sorbonne in Paris before returning to lecture in English at the University of Toronto for the 1964-65 academic year.

Mme Clarkson began her distinguished career in television as a book reviewer for CBC and was soon chosen to be an interviewer and a host on Take Thirty, a day-time magazine program. After ten years, she moved up to prime time, hosting The Fifth Estate from 1975 to 1982. During this time she won numerous broadcasting kudos, including ACTRA Awards for Best TV Journalist in 1974 and again in 1982, the Gordon Sinclair Award (for outspokenness and integrity in broadcasting) in 1975, and the ACTRA Award for Best Writer of a TV Documentary in 1977.

In 1982 Mme Clarkson switched careers, moving to Paris to become the first Agent-General for the Province of Ontario, a position which involved the promotion of that province's business and cultural interests in Spain, Italy and France. On her return to Canada in 1987 she was named President and Publisher of McClelland and Stewart, one of Canada's most distinguished publishing houses. She held this position for a year before establishing her own signature series Adrienne Clarkson Books at the same firm.

During this time Mme Clarkson resumed her television career as Executive Producer and Host of Adrienne Clarkson's Summer Festival for CBC-TV. From 1989 to 1999, she held the same responsibilities for Adrienne Clarkson Presents, the famous cultural affairs series profiling Canadian and International talent in film, theatre, music, dance and other arts. She garnered a Gemini and a Prix Gémeaux in this period.

Mme Clarkson was Chairwoman of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation in Hull for five years and was also the first non-European elected president of the executive board of IMZ, the Vienna-based international audio-visual association of music, dance, and cultural programmers. She is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College and of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 1992, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Since the autumn of 1999 she has been this country's 26th Governor General, bringing energy, dignity, intelligence and compassion to this important position.

Gerald Niznick

Gerald Niznick, D. Sc., May30, 2002
Gerald A. Niznick
D.M.D. (Man.); M.S.D. (Indiana)

Dr. Gerald Niznick, recognized by many as the father of modern implant dentistry, graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry in 1966. He received a Masters Degree in Prosthodontics at Indiana University in 1968 and began his dental practice in 1969 in Los Angeles.

Starting in the early 1970's, Dr. Niznick began a decade long search for a reliable dental implant and, by 1982, had developed and patented his own dental implant design and established Core-Vent Corporation. By 1990, the Core-Vent System was the most widely used dental implant system in the world. This immense achievement was brought about through hard work and personal dedication - during this time, Dr. Niznick personally trained over 10,000 dentists in lectures and live surgical demonstrations. In 1989, the Canadian Dental Journal appropriately saluted his accomplishments in an interview entitled "A Canadian Who Made a Difference". With a keen understanding of his patients' needs and the future possibilities of his profession, Dr. Niznick built Core-Vent Corporation into a multi-million dollar world leader in dental implantology.

By the end of the 1990's, Dr. Niznick held 20 US Patents including one feature that has become the cornerstone of modern implants. His significant contributions to the advancement of implant dentistry have been recognized nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University, where he has been a Member of the Board of Directors for the last 10 years.

Dr. Niznick retired in 2001 and he now has more time to devote to his hobbies of golf, motorcycle riding and flying jet airplanes. His commitment to dental education has continued through his generous support of dental schools world-wide - most recently with major contributions for the establishment of state-of-the-art clinical training centers here and abroad.

Dr. Niznick and his wife Reesa both grew up in Winnipeg and have been married 37 years. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. They make their home in Las Vegas, Hawaii and Los Angeles but return to Winnipeg often to visit family and renew old friendships.

Not only is Gerald Niznick a leader in the field of implant dentistry, he is truly an exceptional individual - an innovator and entrepreneur who we are proud to call an alumnus of the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Dr. Gerald A. Niznick, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

His Excellency John Ralston Saul

His Excellency John Ralston Saul, LL.D., October 24, 2002
His Excellency John Ralston Saul
CC.; B.A. (Hons.) (McG.); Ph.D. (Lond.); LL.D. (S.Fraser, McM.); D. Lift. (Vic., McG., W.Ont.)

Man of letters and engaged public intellectual, John Ralston Saul has won an international readership for his novels and essays while animating and enlivening our public discourse by challenging Canadians to think anew about themselves and their country.

Born in Ottawa and educated in the public schools of Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, he received an Honours B.A. at McGill and a Ph.D. at King's College, University of London. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. He has received honorary doctorates from six Canadian universities and in 2000 was the first recipient of the Canadian Teachers' Federation Public Education Advocacy award.

Between 1977 and 1994 John Ralston Saul wrote five novels which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, With the delivery of the Massey Lectures in 1995 and their publication as The Unconscious Civilization he entered the consciousness of people interested in the political and social questions of our era, in Canada and abroad. That book won two major literary awards, the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the Gordon Montador Award for the best Canadian book on contemporary social issues published in 1995. It has been widely re-published and proved to be the first of a trilogy which included Voltaire's Bastards - The Dictatorship of Reason and The Doubter's Companion - A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense. In 1997 he published Reflections of a Siamese Twin, a provocative essay on the nature of Canada. Last year he reflected further on the implications of the earlier trilogy in a new book, On Equilibrium. All these works provoked wide discussion; all proved bestsellers.

In these books he has written on both history and current public issues and, rather unusually in Canada outside the universities, he has sought to discover and illuminate the connections between the two. His wide readership here and abroad among what are, clearly, informed and intelligent lay audiences, suggests that he has done this with some skill and success on subjects not always easily accessible. What sets him apart is not merely that his books provoke discussion and debate but that he has gone well beyond the printed page to engage in public discussion with the public.

John Ralston Saul is of that rare pecies, the public intellectual: one who treats ideas as important, not least in our shared experience as citizens and who, above all, is by temperament, conviction and experience disposed to enter the public forum and engage in a public conversation about important public questions. He does this with considerable passion.

Four years ago this University launched an annual public lecture, The Templeton Lecture on Democracy. The Templeton Committee's first task was to find the appropriate person to give the Inaugural Lecture, a person who would set a high standard for those that followed, one who would have interesting, perhaps provocative things to say, one who would combine that with an ability to initiate and stimulate informed and intelligent public discourse. The person invited was John Ralston Saul. He met and exceeded those expectations in delighting, stimulating and challenging an overflow audience at the public lecture and a graduate seminar the following day.

He has been invited to deliver a number of important inaugural lectures which attests to his ability to engage us in the exercise of looking with fresh eyes at things we thought we knew. He achieves this because he brings to the task a creative intelligence, a broad knowledge of modern history, stylistic elegance and engaging wit, and a marked willingness to challenge conventional wisdom. In short, he displays many of the gifts and discharges many of the responsibilities which are valued by the University.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon His Excellency John Ralston Saul, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Jeffrey Simpson

Jeffrey Simpson, LL.D., May 29th, 2002
Jeffrey C. Simpson
O.C., B.A. (Hons.) (Queen's); M.Sc. (LSE); LL.D. (UBC), LL.D. (UWO)

Mr. Jeffrey Simpson is the highly respected national columnist for the Globe and Mail newspaper and the author of six books that have won three of Canada's literary prizes for non-fiction writing.

For almost 30 years, Mr. Simpson has contributed enormously to public knowledge and public debate on issues of politics and public policy in Canada, other countries and in international affairs.

In his regular column and his books, Jeffrey Simpson has demonstrated an impressive capacity to master the intricacies of issues and to present well informed, insightful and highly readable commentaries. These talents have made him a much sought after lecturer at universities, speaker at conferences and contributor to television documentaries, in both official languages.

Born in the United States, Mr. Simpson came to Canada at the age of 10 years. Educated at Toronto schools, Queen's University and the London School of Economics, Mr. Simpson served as a Parliamentary Intern in the House of Commons in 1972-1973, after which he began his journalism career covering City Hall in Toronto.

In 1977 he joined the Globe and Mail bureau in Ottawa and in 1980 he published his first book, Discipline of Power, which won the Governor- General's award for non-fiction.

From 1981 to 1983 Mr. Simpson served as the Globe and Mail's European correspondent based in London and in 1984 he returned to Ottawa where he began his National Affairs column. Convinced that he could not capture the regional realities writing from the Nation's Capital, Mr. Simpson convinced his employer to support regular travel to all parts of the country.

In addition to his regular columns and numerous magazine articles, Mr. Simpson has written five books since his first in 1980: Spoils of Power (1988); Faultlines, Struggling for a Canadian Vision (1993); The Anxious Years (1996); Star-Spangled Canadians (2000) and The Friendly Dictatorship: Reflections on Canadian Democracy (2001).

The high quality of Mr. Simpson's publications over many years has earned him numerous awards and other forms of recognition. He has won the National Magazine Award for political writing, the National Newspaper Award and the Hyman Soloman Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

He has been the John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University, the Skelton-Clark fellow at Queen's University and the John V. Clyne fellow at the University of British Columbia. He has lectured at many of the leading universities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Today, he will receive his third honorary doctorate of laws, previously having been honoured by the universities of British Columbia and Western Ontario.

Today, we hear frequent criticism of the shallowness and the lack of objectivity of media coverage of domestic and international issues; but these complaints do not apply to the writings and other commentaries of Mr. Simpson. It has been suggested that journalists write the first draft of history. If this is true, then Canadians and others have been very well served by Mr. Simpson, who for several decades has provided informed and illuminating commentaries on the issues of public life. Not afraid to state an opinion, Mr. Simpson has also been willing to admit mistakes and to change his mind. He has truly been an exemplary educator and is a very worthy recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Murray Sinclair

Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair, LL.D., May 30, 2002
The Honourable Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair
LL.B. (Man.); DU (Ottawa); DCL, (St. John's, Man.)

It is my distinct honour to introduce you to Justice Murray Sinclair. Justice Sinclair has another name; his Ojibway name is Mizanay Gheezhik, "the One Who Speaks of Pictures in the Sky". I am sure that when he looks at the sky now he is well aware of the many dark clouds. Indeed, he has spent his life primarily working for justice among Aboriginals, so that one day the sky will be much clearer and much brighter.

Justice Sinclair began his life with many hardships. His mother died when he was but an infant. He was fortunate to have grandparents, aunts and uncles to protect and guide him in his early years on what was then St. Peters Reserve, just north of Selkirk. By the completion of his high school he already was showing future leadership qualities as he was Valedictorian for his graduating class and Athlete of the Year at Selkirk Collegiate.

After studying several disciplines at both the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, and engaging in diverse work experiences including time as Executive Assistant to the Attorney General, he enrolled in Law school at the University of Manitoba. He graduated in 1979 and was called to the Bar the following year. In the course of his legal practice he worked primarily in the fields of Civil and Criminal Litigation and Aboriginal Law. He represented a number of First Nations, Aboriginal child welfare agencies, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal education authorities, Aboriginal corporations, Friendship Centres and Metis organizations, and appeared as counsel in cases involving Aboriginal and treaty rights. He also taught in the Department of Native Studies and the Natural Resource Institute as well serving as a mentor for many students in the Faculty of Law. His broad interests also led him to be legal counsel for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, and he appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada on its behalf.

The discerning quality of his legal mind brought him to the attention of the Government and he was appointed Associate Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba in 1988. In the very same year, his extensive background in such a wide range of Aboriginal issues led to his appointment as co-commissioner of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, with Court of Queen's Bench Associate Chief Justice A. C. Hamilton. This three year study, including almost three hundred recommendations, is still having an impact on the justice system. It was a daunting task. "In almost every aspect of our legal system," the authors wrote, "the treatment of Aboriginal people is tragic. We marvel at the degree to which Aboriginal people have endured and continue to endure what the justice system is doing to them." During this same time he presided in court daily, including monthly circuit court sittings in remote communities in the Province. He continued some teaching at the University of Manitoba and was invited to lecture at Cambridge University as well as the Universities of Calgary, Saskatchewan, Toronto and Windsor and to numerous professional organizations, including the Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges and the National Judicial Institute. One Keynote address would seem to summarize the thrust of all his reports, publications and presentations: "Justice, Peace and Harmony: Everyone's Responsibility."

His responsibilities on the Court were expanded considerably when he was appointed to direct the very complex Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest at the Health Sciences Centre.

In 2001, the Federal Government appointed Justice Sinclair from the Provincial Court to the Superior Court in Manitoba, the Court of Queen's Bench. This new appointment offers opportunities for him to have even more impact on the justice system in Canada through written judgements that are more widely reported, carry substantial weight, and can be precedent setting.

As we honour Justice Sinclair, we need to have a sense of his incredible commitment to work for the betterment of virtually every aspect of community life: The Boy Scouts, The John Howard Society, The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, The Canadian Club, The Jemima Centre for the Handicapped, The Prairie Indian Cultural Society, The Canadian Native Law Students Association, The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, The Board of Regents of the University of Winnipeg, Mamawi wici itata Centre, and Prairieaction Foundation, finding solutions to violence and abuse, these and other organizations have experienced the quiet passion of his commitment and the wisdom of his advice. He is particularly proud of the work he and his wife, Katherine Morrisseau-Sinclair, did in establishing Abinochi Zhawaydakozhiwin Inc. an Ojiway immersion nursery school program in the core area of Winnipeg, designed to deliver an educational program totally in the Ojibway language. It is noteworthy that Justice Sinclair has carried on several of these commitments even since his judicial appointments. Grace, generosity and humility, one of his nominators noted, always characterize his work.

Justice Sinclair is the first judge of Aboriginal descent in Manitoba, and the second in Canada. In 1994, in its very first year of operation, he was honoured with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. He has received numerous other community achievement awards, as well as Honorary Doctorates. All the while he has maintained a strong connection to his tribal traditions and regularly attends traditional and ceremonial gatherings held throughout Canada and the United States. He is a member of the Fish Clan, a member of the Three Fires Society, and a Third Degree Member of the Midewiwin (Grand Medicine) Society of the Ojibway Nation.

Justice Sinclair is a role model for all of us. His distinguished achievements in scholarship and public service for all Manitobans are an inspiration.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Justice Murray Sinclair, the One Who Speaks of Pictures in the Sky, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Father Gerard Van Walleghem

Father Gerard Van Walleghem, LL.D., October 23, 2002
Father Gerard Van Walleghem
S.J.; B.A. (Mont.)

We honour today a Manitoban who has spent half a century in the work of development in India. Gerard Adelson Van Walleghem was born on March 7, 1927 in Winnipeg, the seventh son of Jules and Eliza Van Walleghem, and into a large Belgian family that owned and operated a respected dairy farm on which he learned the values of hard work and of productive use of the morning hours that were to stand him in good stead his whole life.

Following his graduation from St. Paul's High School in 1944, Gerard decided to enter the Society of Jesus and become a Jesuit priest. He completed the novitiate at the Jesuit Seminary in Guelph, Ontario and began scholastic studies there and in Toronto which would lead to the BA degree granted by the University of Montreal. During these studies, he decided to dedicate his life to helping the disadvantaged, and to this end, he volunteered for service in Darjeeling, India where the Canadian Jesuits had gone in the 1940s gradually to replace the Belgian Jesuits who had founded St. Joseph's College. This offer was accepted by his Jesuit superiors, and in January, 1951 Gerard arrived in India where he completed his theological education, was ordained to the priesthood in 1958, and with some exceptions has lived and worked ever since.

For much of the past 50 years, Fr. Van, as Gerard has come to be affectionately known, has served as a teacher, counselor, headmaster, vice-rector, and rector at St. Joseph's College in North Point, Darjeeling, a College which has high school and university sections. He currently is the Rector of the College and Headmaster of the School as well as being the superior of the Jesuits of the Hill Area and of Bhutan. Originally established to serve a mostly elite population of wealthy boys, the school expanded its dilentele to include boys from all socio-economic classes. The Jesuits opened the university section, which is now affiliated with the University of North Bengal, to young women. In addition to his work at St. Joseph's, Fr. Van has also been principal of St. Alphonsus High School in Kurseong.

The aim of these educational institutions has been to empower the students and their families to arrest the cycle of poverty. In the Darjeeling area, various work projects introducing relatively advanced Canadian methods and technologies have been integrated with the curriculum. Vegetable farming, land cultivation, animal husbandry, and well drilling have been improved and have contributed to development in the region. Many of the graduates of these schools have come to Canada for further education, and some have remained to become contributing citizens of this country.

Fr. Van has been a leader in areas other than education, As a parish priest, community superior, regional consultor, advisor to bishops, and friend and supporter of a number of congregations of nuns, he has been active in promoting the social, health, and economic development throughout the Darjeeling hill region and in the surrounding plains. Natural calamities are a feature of life in West Bengal, and he has worked diligently and compassionately in assisting those made homeless by rains and landslides. He has also worked in the refugee camps created by Pakistani War in 1971 and the civil war of 1986-1989. In the spirit of peacekeeping, he has used his substantial influence to maintain harmony between the diverse religious and ethnic groups and the regional authorities. Further, he has worked to develop programs for abused mothers and children. Through these activities, he and his colleagues have earned the respect and admiration of the Jesuit people.

The esteem in which he is held by his fellow Jesuits is evidenced by his selection as the Master of Novices, first at the Mount Carmel Novitiate in Kurseong and later as the founder of the Manresa Novitiate in Kalimpong. He worked for ten years in this critically important task of formation among the young Indian Jesuits who are replacing the aging Canadian Jesuits in the operation of schools and colleges in India.

Although deeply religious, Father Van Walleghem and the other Canadian Jesuits are not in Darjeeling as religious missionaries but as educators and humanitarians. Their philosophy, enacted over a 50 year period, has led to beneficial results leading some observers to describe the work as among the most impressive and sustainable social and development projects seen anywhere. These projects have been supported financially by Canadians, some through contributions to the Jesuits directly and others through the programs of the Canadian International Development Agency.

Fr. Gerard Van Walleghem has spent nearly a lifetime serving, educating, and improving the living standards as well as the outlook of the Indian people in the shadow of the Himalayas. As an unofficial ambassador, educator, and community developer, he has been the embodiment of the Jesuit ideal of a man for others, and it is most appropriate at this time to recognize his effort and achievements.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba that you confer upon Gerard A. Van Walleghem, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.


2001

Paul Desmarais

Paul Desmarais, LL.D., May 31, 2001

Paul Desmarais
P.C., C.C.; B.Com.(Ott.); LL.D.(Moncton); LL.D.(W.Laur.); D.Adm.(Ott.); LL.D.(St.FX); LL.D.(Laur.); LL.D.(McM.); Doctorate Honoris Causa(Montr.); LL.D.(Nfld.); LL.D.(C'dia); LL.D.(McG.); D.Adm.(Laval); LL.D.(Tor.)
 
Paul Desmarais is the consummate example of how vision, perseverance, entrepreneurial spirit, and the development of long-term business and personal relationships can propel a young man with a dream into the leader of one of the world's most successful international conglomerates. From the remnants of a small, bankrupt bus company in Sudbury, Ontario purchased in 1951 with $6,000 in money borrowed from relatives and the local Catholic priest, Paul Desmarais has built Power Corporation into a highly successful international conglomerate with revenues in 2000 in excess of $16 billion, total assets of $142 billion, and 260,000 employees world-wide. His business investment cornerstones of patience and caution have netted Power Corporation's shareholders an annual return of over 20% for the last five years.

Born in 1927 in Sudbury, Ontario, Paul Desmarais is one of eight children born to Jean-Noel Desmarais, Q.C., and Lébéa (Laforest) Desmarais. Growing up in a small mining town in northwestern Ontario and being involved in the family business, Mr. Desmarais experienced the love of a warm and compassionate family life, learned the value of perseverance and trusting relationships, and experienced the highs and lows of business success and failure. As a Commerce graduate from the University of Ottawa, he watched as his parents' investment in a local Sudbury tramway went sour placing them on the verge of bankruptcy, and it is perhaps here that he adopted the diversification philosophy that still guides Power Corporation today. Power Corporation is a major international management and holding company in financial services, the communications industry, energy, manufacturing, utilities and real estate. The company has a major presence in Europe and Asia.

Although his business ventures dominate his life, he is noted for his specific interests in art and architecture - and all things of beauty. His appreciation for art was nurtured by his mother, who herself was an artist and a musician. His personal art collection is one of the finest in Canada and Power Corporation's head office in Montréal exhibits examples from Canada's premier painters, sculptors and artisans.

Mr. Desmarais' success in acquiring and growing businesses is particularly important to Manitobans. Two of Power Financial Corporation's holdings, Great-West Life and Investors Group, are major employers in the community and are substantial contributors to the overall quality of life in Manitoba. Both firms are leaders in their industry and have prospered under the umbrella management structure of Power Corporation.

Mr. Desmarais has, been honored nationally and internationally for his contributions to business, the arts, and public life. He is Honorary Chairman of the Canada-China Business Council, a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Companion of the Order of Canada, Officer in the National Order of Québec, Commander of the National Legion of Honor of France, and Commander of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium. In 1985 he was awarded the Intemational Distinguished Entrepreneur Award by the Faculty of Management and the University of Manitoba. Attesting to the respect for Mr. Desmarais held by Canadians, and the recognition for his many and varied contributions to the quality of our society today, the University of Manitoba is the thirteenth Canadian university to bestow an honorary degree upon him.

Mr. Desmarais has shown outstanding leadership in promoting Canadian industry, trade and commerce in a global economy. He has proved that Canadian industry can expand abroad, capturing markets in such competitive environments as the United States, China, and Europe. He has also shown exemplary commitment to cultural and social development in Canada through his financial support of universities, museums, research centers, hospitals, and a wide variety of cultural projects.

Mr. Desmarais and Jackie, his wife of 49 years, have four children Paul, André, Louise, and Sophie, and reside in Montréal.

His Honour The Honourable Peter Liba

The Honorable Peter M. Liba, LL.D., May 30, 2001
 

Peter Liba
CM., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Peter Liba has combined a highly successful career in the field of communications with a notable record of service to the community. In honouring him, the University recognizes that achievement and honours the high public office he now holds.

Born in Winnipeg in 1940, the elder son of Theodore and Rose Liba, Peter Liba was educated in Winnipeg. At an early age he began a career in journalism as a reporter on the Daily Graphic in Portage la Prairie, subsequently serving in various capacities with that newspaper as well as The Neepawa Press, The Manitoba Leader in Portage la Prairie. In 1959 he joined The Winnipeg Tribune as a staff writer and over the next decade assumed increasingly significant responsibilities culminating, in 1968, with his appointment as City Editor.

In the mid-1970's he entered the world of broadcast journalism and communications becoming, in 1974, Vice-President (Public Affairs) for CanWest Broadcasting and, ultimately, Executive Vice-President of the CanWest Global Communications Corporation. He simultaneously assumed a number of positions at CKND-TV ultimately serving as President and CEO of both CKND Television and SaskWest Television. He served as chairman or president or director of a number of broadcasting organizations in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Chile. Many honours flowed from this substantial role in broadcasting including, not surprisingly, his induction into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1998.

Peter Liba's career in journalism and the communications industry was paralleled almost from the beginning by an equally strong commitment to public and community service. In the 1960's he was a school Trustee in the Transcona-Springfield School Division. He later served as Executive Director of the Manitoba Liberal Party and, for several years, as executive assistant to the Leader of the Liberal Party. He served in a variety of capacities on the boards of the Winnipeg Convention Centre, on the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, the Manitoba Heart Foundation, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the Variety Club of Manitoba, both the St. Boniface General Hospital and the Hospital's Research Foundation and the Manitoba Academic Medical Centres Consortium. He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1984.

Mr Liba's life - in both his professional and community roles - attests to the values and rewards of diligence, dedication and service. These considerations were recognized in his appointment as Lieutenant-Governor in 1999.

Through the conferring of honorary degrees, the University has long acknowledged the importance of the office of Lieutenant-Governor. The office obviously has great symbolic importance, but it has also come to represent the importance of constitutional continuity and the ordered processes which are essential underpinnings of a civil society.

The Canadian scholar Frank MacKinnon has written:

The Crown is an elusive phenomenon and a practical institution of government. To some it seems like an old family ghost that has lingered for centuries doing little but making its presence felt. To others it is a remarkable political invention that makes much government action possible, fruitful and tolerable. The Crown is still more than that. It is an institution at the summit of the state designed to limit the problems of wielding political power and to assist the interplay of human characteristics among officials and citizens, which are the real but unpredictable forces in public life... 'God save the Queen,' (says MacKinnon) really means 'God help us to govern ourselves.'

We thus acknowledge the importance of a public institution which is focused not on the political questions or interests of the moment, but on embodying and upholding the rules and conventions through which we, in this community, take our collective decisions. In our system, that responsibility is vested in the Crown and is lodged in the office of Lieutenant-Governor.

Peter Liba's appointment to this office also illustrates the changing character of the office and, indeed, of our society. Peter Liba himself tells how, in 1939, Theodore Liba was employed as a waiter at the state dinner for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth - now the Queen Mother - during their famous Royal Tour. Sixty years later, the waiters son was named the Queens representative in the Province of Manitoba.

Mr. Chancellor, I have the pleasure to request, on behalf of the Senate of the University, that you confer on Peter Michael Liba the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

David H. MacLennan

David H. MacLennan, D.Sc., May 31, 2001

David H. MacLennan
B.S.A.(Man.); M.S., Ph.D.(Purdue); F.R.S.(Can.); F.R.S.(Lond.)

Dr. David H. MacLennan was raised on a farm at Crestview, Manitoba and completed high school at Swan River Collegiate Institute, receiving the Governor General's Medal. His interest in agriculture led him to obtain a B.S.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1959, majoring in plant science. He graduated with distinction, receiving the Lieutenant Governor's Gold Medal. He proceeded to Purdue University, receiving an M.S. in plant pathology in 1961 and a PhD in biology in 1963. He developed what were to become his career research interests at the Institute for Enzyme Research, University of Wisconsin, where he first studied as a Postdoctoral Fellow arid later became an Assistant Professor. He joined the Banting and Best Department of Medical Research of the University of Toronto in 1969, where he continues his research today. He served as Department Chairman from 1978 to 1990 and is currently the J.W. Billes Professor of Medical Research and University Professor.

Professor MacLennan has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the mechanism of ion transport. He is a pioneer in work on the structure and function of the proteins of the sarcoplasmic reticulum, which regulate muscle contraction by controlling calcium ion concentrations in muscle. His early studies on mitochondrial electron transport components and the mitochondrial proton pump led him to a seminal study of the sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium pump. This work, begun in 1969 and continuing today, led him to the development of a theory on the mode of action of this ATPdependent calcium pump that has now been confirmed experimentally. Dr. MacLennan’s interest in calcium transport has resulted in studies that have made enormous contributions to the fields of human and animal health. He has led teams that defined the genetic basis for three important muscle diseases: malignant hyperthermia, central core disease and Brody disease. His studies on a related disease in swine resulted in a diagnostic test that has decreased the incidence of the disease dramatically and, ultimately, will eliminate it from swine populations, with substantial economic benefits to the industry. In these varied studies of human and animal diseases, he has been instrumental in the understanding of a novel field of muscle disease caused by defects in calcium-regulatory proteins.

David MacLennan has served on the advisory boards of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada, the Medical Research Council of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Biochemistry and as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Professor MacLennan has lectured throughout the world and, with his group, has published over 270 papers. His former students and postdoctoral fellows are employed in research at professorial ranks in Canada, the U.S., Japan, Australia, Italy, Israel and China. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada (1985) and the Royal Society of London (1994). Professor MacLennan has received many awards, including the Ayerst Award of the Canadian Biochemical Society (1974), the International Lectureship Award of the Biophysical Society (1990), and the Gairdner Foundation International Award (1991). In 1993, he received the distinction of University Professorship, University of Toronto. He was the recipient of the Killam Prize (Health Sciences) of the Canada Council (1997) and the Royal Society Glaxo Wellcome Prize, Medal and Lecture (2000). In 2001, Dr. MacLennan was elected a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. This signal honour has been accorded only to ten other Canadians.

Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge, LL.D., May 30, 2001
 

Peter Mansbridge
Hon. B.A.C.(Mt.Royal Coll.); D.Hum.L.(Lakehead); LL.D.(Mt.All.)

It is a commonplace to recognize that our perceptions of our communities, our nation and the world are now shaped more by what we see on television than by any other medium. And it is equally true that electronic political journalism is the most potent force shaping our conception and practice of democracy through helping us understand the issues influencing our lives and the choices we face as citizens.

As the best personification of this force, Peter Mansbridge, in his role as Chief Correspondent of CBC Television News and Anchor of the 'The National' news, does more than any other person in the country to give us, individually and collectively, a sense of what it is to be Canadian. His clear, direct and authoritative presentation of the events that have shaped the day always reflects a critical intelligence, a thoughtful maturity, and a humane curiosity that penetrate to the heart of complex subjects. As the chief face and voice of public broadcasting in Canada, Peter Mansbridge brings the evening news to us with a conviction that we need to know what has happened, but also that we must see what is important about it, and understand its implications. He does this with grace and charm and, when appropriate, a pointed sense of irony. As all his viewers realize, however, his conviction, while it is intensely and passionately directed to serve the public good, is fundamentally disinterested and fair.

Peter Mansbridge was born in London, England in 1948 and, after coming to Canada, he was educated in Ottawa. He first came to Manitoba in 1966 to take flight training at Portage La Prairie for the Canadian Navy. After leaving the Armed Forces he worked for a while for Transair in Churchill, before being recruited to help develop the C.B.C.'s radio news service to northern Canada. In 1971 he moved to Winnipeg as a reporter for C.B.C. Radio and then C.B.C. Television. He was then briefly the National's reporter in Saskatchewan before being named, in 1976, parliamentary correspondent for the National in Ottawa, a position he held until becoming the Chief Correspondent and anchor of 'The National' in 1988.

In his four decades with C.B.C. News, Peter Mansbridge has provided comprehensive coverage of some of the most significant stories in Canada. He has anchored the coverage of nine federal elections, six leadership conventions, referendums in 1992 (Charlottetown) and 1995 (Quebec), the 1997 flood in Manitoba, the ice storms of 1998 in Ontario and Quebec, and the six emotional days in September 2000 that marked the death and state funeral of Pierre Elliot Trudeau. He has also covered many international crises, including the Falklands War, the Gulf War, and the war in Kosovo, and he has been on the scene to cover the fall of the Berlin wall, numerous royal and papal visits, and the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. In 1994 he reported extensively from Normandy, 50 years after D-Day and in 1995, from Holland and England, on the 50th anniversary of VE-Day.

For this outstanding work, Peter Mansbridge has received seven Gemini Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. He has won the Gemini for Best Anchor five times, and for Best Overall Broadcast Journalist-the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award-twice. He was also awarded the gold medal for Best News Anchor at the 2000 New York Festival in a competition among television networks from around the world. These many awards testify to the remarkable quality of a career still in mid-trajectory. The latest sign of the continuing intellectual distinction of that work was the invitation to lecture on 'The State of Television News' at Oxford University in April of this year.

Margaret Newall

Margaret Newall, LL.D., October 18, 2001

Margaret Newall
B.A.

In an era of globalization, the United Nations reminded us, in 1994 the Year of the Family, of their goal "building the smallest democracies at the heart of society". The well being of our families is fundamental to our individual well being and development and equally fundamental to the well being of our society. Margaret Newall has devoted her life and work to the promotion of healthy families throughout her career as a teacher, a mother and through her activities as a volunteer and philanthropist. It is fitting, therefore, that we honour Mrs. Margaret Newall in recognition of her outstanding contribution to research and education in pursuit of solutions to family violence and abuse.

Margaret Newall was born in Davidson, Saskatchewan. From her earliest days Margaret has demonstrated a deep commitment to the benefits of education and value of family. As a young woman with no money to attend university, she took her "Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto" (ARCT) in piano at Regina College. Then, for several years, she traveled weekly by bus to Craig, Saskatchewan to give piano lessons to pay her way through University. Margaret graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts (With Distinction) in 1958. Married in 1959, she and her husband, Ted Newall, settled in Roxboro, Quebec. Margaret was one of a small group of women who organized fund-raising to set up the first library in Roxboro.

Later, in Montreal she attended McGill University where she qualified as a teacher, receiving her diploma in 1972. She also lobbied successfully with other parents to allow taxes to be paid to the school system which children attended, thus permitting their three children to become bilingual by attending Catholic schools even though the family was not Catholic. After moving to Toronto she taught elementary school for ten years and music privately. During that period she worked with many children with a great range of needs and abilities and saw the impact of family violence on young children of six, seven and eight years of age. The Montreal Massacre of 1989 touched her deeply.

After moving to Calgary with her husband, she found an opportunity to make a difference in the area of violence and abuse. Margaret Newall became a founding member and key resource person in the establishment of the Prairieaction Foundation in 1997. The Foundation was set up specifically to raise $5 million to promote research and education for solutions to violence and abuse. The endowed funds are dedicated to support research and education on family violence and maintain the infrastructure of a network of researchers, service providers and policy makers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

This network RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse) has a formal partnership with seven prairie universities and research centres at the universities of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Calgary. The University of Manitoba is the administrative centre of the network. Within three and a half years the foundation had reached its goal.

Such successful fund-raising for research in the social sciences is an almost unheard of accomplishment in Canada. Margaret Newall led the campaign visiting corporations, governments and individuals across the Prairies and indeed Central Canada. Margaret used her visits to potential donors to educate people about the issues of violence and abuse. While corporations are often reluctant to give to foundations and are not usually major donors to social science research, Margaret was not deterred. The power of her commitment to families and her belief in the importance of education and research overcame the barriers she encountered and led to such a successful campaign. Rather than rest on her laurels, Margaret Newall has agreed to stay on the finance committee of the Prairieaction Foundation to raise even more funds.

Margaret Newall has shown leadership in every community in which she has lived, in the promotion of education, family well being and in serving the public good. Margaret is a Prairie woman, quiet, unassuming but filled with strength, inner commitment and no stranger to hard work. Margaret's involvement with her communities and the circumstances of her life have given her a unique position in society. She personally knows many government leaders, national and provincial, she personally knows many corporate leaders, national and international, she personally knows victims and survivors of family violence, as well as service providers and researchers in the field. Margaret's deep commitment and wisdom has been to harness the energies of these diverse communities to work together for solutions to violence and abuse.

Mrs. Margaret Newall is honoured for her personal contributions to research and education to end violence and abuse and for her contribution to the social and intellectual development of students and professors at the University of Manitoba and our six partner universities across the prairies.


2000

Dian Cohen

Dian Cohen, LL.D., June 1, 2000
Dian Nusgart Cohen
C.M.; B.A.(Hon.)(Tor.); LL.D.(Acad.)

"Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliché, resonant with boredom. On few topics is an...audience so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And ... none can say that the response is ill advised." John Kenneth Galbraith certainly did not know today's candidate for an honorary degree when he made that remark. Canadian economist, Dian Cohen, has a remarkable record of making the complex world of economics understandable and interesting to us all.

Born in Winnipeg, Dian Cohen received her BA (Hons) from the University of Toronto in 1956. She pursued post graduate studies in Economics at McGill University, and independent studies at the University of Miami.

She is an economics consultant with special interest in pensions and president of DC Productions Limited, a communication company that specializes in economic, business and financial analysis and strategy. She has worked for more than two decades in multimedia production, with numerous radio, television, video and print productions to her credit. She helped create the business segment for CTV's Canada AM. From 1994-1996 she co-hosted This Week in Business for Baton Broadcasting. She is currently author and host for three CJRT-FM Open College programs on economics and the global economy.

Dian Cohen's list of wide-ranging activities testifies to her broad interests. She is well-known for her efforts toward educating the Canadian public in taking control of their personal finances. As a freelance economist, she has made it her business to make economics a part of the things ordinary people talk about. Indeed, she has been described by many as the "People's Economist" for her ability to translate economic jargon into something we can all understand. Among her successful and popular books are No Small Change: Success in Canada’s New Economy; Money; and The Next Canadian Economy.

In her latest book, "The New Retirement" she lays out the myths that lull Canadians into a dangerous complacency about their retirement prospects. These include: the myth of a lifetime job with a secure company pension; the myth of viable, universal government pensions; the myth of universal, free health care. She raises issues and asks questions that some wish she would not. She says, "forget the traditional idea of retirement. The new retirement is new because much of the old system is broken...Plan to do some kind of work until you’re carried out face down and feet first."

Dian Cohen is a director of, or advisor to, several Canadian and international corporations, including Canadian Pacific Limited, Royal Insurance and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. She is well known for her volunteer work with such organizations as the Corporate Fund for Breast Cancer Research and the Canadian Merit Scholarship Fund. Dian Cohen was recently listed at the National Post's Power 50 Women in Canada, recognizing her as an influential woman in her field with the ability to influence people and events.

One of the best known economic writers and speakers in Canada, and a recipient of the Order of Canada, Ms. Cohen has honored the University by donating her papers, recordings and photographs to the Libraries' Department of Archives and Special Collections. The collection documents Dian Cohen's media career and provides insight into the methodology and techniques used by a media professional and specialist and is rich in the analysis and interpretation of continuing topics and events. The extensive interviews document the thoughts and ideas of prominent economists, entrepreneurs, and politicians. They capture Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Nobel Laureate James Tobin, Future Shock author Alvin Toffler, Info Tech Consultant Don Tapscott and John Kenneth Galbraith in deep conversation with Dian Cohen covering the important issues of the day. The collection will be of great interest and value to economic historians and other students of financial matters.

At the end of all her cross country touring and speaking, Dian Cohen can look forward to returning to her cottage in Quebec and to her passion for baking, family time with her children, and pursuing her next book, which is going to be about social transformation and doing business in the wired world.

Lloyd Robert McGinnis

Lloyd Robert McGinnis, D.Sc., May 31, 2000

Lloyd Robert McGinnis
B.Sc.(C.E.)(Man.); M.Sc.(C.E. in Transportation)(Georgia Inst. of Tech.); F.C.S.C.E.; F.E.I.C.

Mr. Lloyd McGinnis, born and raised in rural Manitoba, began his engineering career with an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba. Ten years after obtaining his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Mr. McGinnis returned to school and obtained a M.Sc. Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has spent his entire career contributing to the advancement of science and engineering. Whereas many graduates take the path of academia toward this achievement, Mr. McGinnis purposely took the applied science route in the private sector.

Included in his significant achievements is a major role as a member of the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology in creating the Networks of Centres of Excellence program. After helping to launch the Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures (ISIS Canada) network, headquartered at The University of Manitoba, Mr. McGinnis served as the founding Chair of its Board of Directors and is presently the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McGinnis also played a prominent role on a four-person task force in recommending the concept of sustainable development to the Federal Government, eventually leading to the establishment of the Canadian International Institute for Sustainable Development in Winnipeg. At the request of the Prime Minister and the Premier of Manitoba, Mr. McGinnis served as founding Chair of the Institute for a four-year period.

The personal commitment exhibited by Mr. McGinnis to engineering and science is evidenced by the numerous special awards bestowed upon him, including: the Gold Medal Award by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers; Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering; Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada; the Julian C. Smith Medal; and, most recently, the University of Manitoba's Peter D. Curry Chancellor's Award. As part of his long-term service with Wardrop Engineering Inc., he is acknowledged as a pioneer in responding to the challenge of advancing engineering by changing the technical direction of the company and expanding its horizons through the creation of its International Division. In 1979, Mr. McGinnis was one of the first in Canada to recognize the impending explosion of new technology and its impact on engineering, and thus established a high-tech, multi-disciplinary engineering company involved in aerospace, environmental, earth sciences, transportation, nuclear, machine design, product engineering, computer-aided engineering and, most recently, information technology systems with real-time data management.

Mr. McGinnis' contribution to science in engineering is not limited to national activity, but extends worldwide through his participation in several projects sponsored by CIDA and the World Bank in developing countries. He has used every means possible to advance engineering from simply technical considerations to meeting the social needs of people in Third-World countries helping people help themselves. In the process, he has brought attention and credit to the Canadian engineering profession. He is the recipient of the Global Citizens award by the United Nations.

Mr. McGinnis has served The University of Manitoba as a board member of the Microelectronic Centre, Downtown Continuing Education, the University Development Council, ISIS Canada and the Faculty of Management. He currently serves the community as a board member of CentreVenture (an organization charged with the task of revitalizing downtown Winnipeg), and President of St. Charles Country Club. Mr. McGinnis is also the immediate Past Chair of the Board of Governors of Red River College, and has served as Chair of the Winnipeg Business Development Corporation, Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, President of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, and President of the Manitoba Club. Active involvement on the national scene has included Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Canada/United States Business Council, member of the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, member of the Science Council of Canada, and member of the National Task Force on the Environment and Economy. He was the founding Chair of the CanadaJAsean Business Council. Mr. McGinnis is a director of the Royal Bank's mutual funds investments.

Mr. McGinnis is an engineer par excellence whose career has consistently broken ground in important areas such as sustainable development, innovative technologies, and advancing the well being of Third World communities. In the process, he has achieved distinction for his profession, university, community and country. It is most fitting that Mr. McGinnis receive the University of Manitoba's highest honour - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa).

David Oddsson

David Oddsson, LL.D., October 19, 2000

David Oddsson
Candidatus Juris, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iceland

David Oddsson was born in Reykjavik and brought up in modest circumstances in the small town of Selfoss and later in Reykjavik where his mother was a secretary. His earliest dreams were to become an actor and, indeed, he attended an acting school at night, and later, as a student at Reykjavik Grammar School from 1966 to 1970, supplemented his income by playing Father Christmas at children's balls. At the School, he displayed strong leadership qualities and the reputation of being a good-natured prankster! He became a leading actor in an absurdist play Ubu le roi which was televised. He was elected president of the School Union for 1969-1970.

In 1970 he began the study of law at the University of Iceland. During his studies, he worked for the Reykjavik Municipal Theatre for two years and, with two friends, Thorarinn Eldjarn who later became one of the best-respected writers and poets in Iceland, and Hrafn Gunnlaugsson who became a well- known film director, wrote and directed a popular radio program - a witty commentary on individuals and events in Iceland - as well as two comedies performed at the National Theatre to great acclaim. He translated a book by the Estonian-Swedish journalist Andres Kung on the Soviet oppression in the Baltic States. Active in student politics, Oddsson was the Parliamentary Correspondent for Iceland's leading newspaper Morgunbladid. He was copublisher of a journal of current affairs, Eimreidin, with several other young idealists who wanted to rejuvenate Icelandic politics, and was also in the Athletic Alliance, many of whom went on to serve in public office and become Oddsson's political allies and associates.

David Oddson received his law degree in 1976 and became deputy director and later director of Reykjavik's Health Insurance Corporation; but, from 1974, he became increasingly involved in political affairs. That year he became the youngest member of the City Council of Reykjavik, directed youth affairs and chaired the commission which planned semi-annual arts festivals where he came to know such international artists as Azhkenazy and Rostropovitch. He found time to write three plays, one based on his Selfoss years. From 1978 to 1982 he devoted his time as leader to restoring the Independence party in the City Council after it had lost its majority. In 1982 he was elected Mayor of Reykjavik and served as a very popular mayor for the next nine years making gains for the party in the elections of 1986 and 1990. Under his leadership, Reykjavik was transformed into the modern city that it now is. In 1986 he was the proud host to the Gorbachev-Reagan summit.

In 1991 ,Oddsson was elected Chairman of the Independence Party and led the party to regain its parliamentary position and form a coalition government with the Social Democratic party. The year in which he formed his first government was a year of dramatic changes in Icelandic politics: since then inflation, which had run higher than in all comparable countries and even as high as 100% in one year, was brought down to one of the lowest in the West (1-3%) ; the management of fisheries was converted into what is now recognized as one of the most efficient in the world; a reduction in corporate subsidies and privatization has produced significant economic growth which, since 1995, has been 5-6% a year. His party led in the elections in 1995 and 1999 and continues to lead a coalition government with the Progressive Party.

During all this, he continued to write: several psalms which have been set to music, and a collection of short stories which became a best-seller and received good reviews even from those who did not agree with him politically.

In 1970, David Oddsson married Astriur Thorarensen. Their only child, born in 1971, Thorsteinn Davidsson is, like his father, a lawyer. Astriur, a nurse by profession, has worked in the Icelandic health service for many years.

David Oddsson has maintained a committed interest in the connections between the Icelanders and Canadians of Icelandic origin in Canada and, particularly, in Manitoba.. In 1989 he visited Winnipeg and Gimli as Mayor of Reykjavik. During his service as Prime Minister, he has initiated and supported new and stronger ties between the two countries than ever before. He and his colleague, Halldór Asgrimsson, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, have made all the important decisions affecting this area: in support of the New Iceland Heritage Museum to open soon at Gimli; the opening of the new Millennium Office of Iceland in Manitoba; the spear-heading of the magnificent one million dollar donation in support of the Icelandic Presence at this University; the decision to establish the first Icelandic Embassy in Canada; in the opening of the Icelandic Millennium celebrations in Ottawa last April (where two of the longest serving prime ministers in the western world met); and increased trade between Iceland and Canada and direct flights of Icelandair to Halifax - and soon, one might hope, to Winnipeg.

In early 1999, David Oddsson had served longer continuously as Prime Minister than any of his predecessors, and later this year will have served longer in total than any of them. Throughout his parliamentary career, he has been strong and active in discussions and debates on all kinds of legislation but above all matters related to constitutional affairs in which he is recognized as one of the leading experts in his country. In opinion polls, he is always voted the most popular politician in Iceland.

Richard Jamieson Scott

Richard J. Scott, LL.D., May 31, 2000

Richard Jamieson Scott
B.A., LL.B.(Man.)

We honour today a distinguished graduate of the University of Manitoba who, after attaining eminence as a leader to the Bar and rendering important voluntary service to education and to the community, has served with distinction in three judicial offices and now, as Chief Justice of Manitoba and a member of the Canadian Judicial Council, is nationally recognized as a leader in the response of the Courts to the varied challenges and circumstances of our times.

Richard Jamieson Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree from this University in 1959. In 1963 he graduated in Law and was called to the Bar. He practised as a counsel until his appointment to the Bench and was made Queen's Counsel in 1976. In 1978 he served on the Tritschler Commission examining hydro-electric development in Manitoba. He was a Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba and its President in 1983-1984.

A member of the Board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation for many years, and its president from 1987 to 1989, he later served as a member of the Board of the Canadian Heart Foundation. He has been a member of the Westminster Church Foundation board and is a member and officer of the board of the Winnipeg Foundation. While at the Bar, he worked extensively with Legal Aid Manitoba and, as Chief Justice, he has given continuing encouragement to pro bono professional service.

He has made a significant contribution to legal education as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law and participant in many professional development programmes. He has held the Milvain visiting professorship in advocacy in the University of Calgary and has participated in programmes to assist the judiciary and development of the rule of law in Ethiopia and in Ukraine.

Richard Scott was appointed to the Court of Queens Bench in Manitoba in 1985 and, only a few months later, made its Associate Chief Justice. In 1990, he was appointed Chief Justice of Manitoba, the presiding judge of the Court of Appeal.

In addition to fulfilling his many responsibilities in Manitoba, the Chief Justice has made special contribution to the work of the Canadian Judicial Council through its committees on judicial independence and conduct. Their reports, grounded in thorough research and extensive consultations, have earned respectful attention abroad as well as in Canada.

Richard Scott and his wife Mary, herself a distinguished graduate of the University with degrees in Arts, Social Work and Natural Resource Management, have three daughters.

In 1996, Chief Justice Scott received the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association.

It was once said, in recollection of a great judge, Chancellor Kent, that a democratic society needs, in its judiciary, to command its best talent for the performance of its highest function.

Today, we are privileged to recognize just such a public servant.

Evelyn Shapiro

Evelyn Shapiro, LL.D., June 1, 2000

Evelyn Shapiro
B.A., M.A.(McGill)

By awarding the honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Professor Evelyn Shapiro, the University of Manitoba recognizes a woman of distinction, whose academic scholarship and community service have made a major impact on the University, the province, and indeed the wider world. It is a rare individual who can combine the two in one lifetime; it is rarer still to find one who has excelled in both. Evelyn Shapiro is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of aging and health. In her public life, she is credited with having been the architect of the continuing care program in Manitoba. It is a career that manages to bridge academe and government, or as some would call it, the "ivory tower" and the "real world". The two solitudes are often at odds, and not infrequently choose to misunderstand one another. Her intimate knowledge of, and the respect she receives from, both worlds, enables her to integrate their best features to advance the cause of promoting the health and well-being of all citizens.

Born in 1926 in Lithuania, Evelyn Shapiro was educated in Montreal, receiving the BA in 1946 and the MA in 1947, both from McGill University. [She may well have been one of the last students of Stephen Leacock in Political Science and Economics, which may or may not have been responsible for her sense of humour]. Her academic career began in 1972 when she was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, the predecessor of the Department of Community Health Sciences, in the University of Manitoba, eventually becoming full Professor in 1990. In 1998 she was appointed a "Senior Scholar", which in our University is a license for the Department to exploit her intellect without having to pay for it. She has published extensively on the determinants of health among the elderly, the predictors of their use of health care services, and the impact of social policy on community and long-term institutional care. She is a founding member of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation and has a long association with the Manitoba Longitudinal Study on Aging. Her prolific pen has resulted in at least 8 research monographs, 13 book chapters, and over 50 articles in refereed journals. This can only be an estimate, as it is actually difficult to keep track of her still considerable productivity.

In her "other life", she has served the people of Manitoba for many years in different capacities. From 1969-1972 she was executive director of the Age and Opportunity Centre in Winnipeg. Between 1974 and 1976 she was Director of Continuing Care in the Department of Health and Social Development of Manitoba. It was during her tenure there that Manitoba's much acclaimed and copied continuing care program was implemented. She served many years on the Manitoba Health Services Commission, as a member from 1972-1977, and as chairperson from 1982-1988. The MHSC was the provincial agency responsible for the administration of hospital and medical care insurance. As chairperson she was in a position to influence health policy for the province. The MHSC led the country in developing its health care utilization database into a powerful research tool which has been responsible for many significant health reforms in the province. From 1988 to 1990 she was a senior policy advisor to the Minister of Health of Manitoba.

Professor Shapiro has received many awards both for her academic contributions and community service. The Government of Canada awarded her the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation in 1992. She was honoured by the Deer Lodge Foundation in 1995 in recognition of her outstanding community service and was appointed an Honorary Member by the Canadian Home Care Association that same year. More recently, she received the Distinguished Member Award by the Canadian Association on Gerontology in 1999.

She is in constant demand to serve on national expert committees. During 1998-99 she was chair of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation's peer review panel. She is currently a member of the Department of Veteran's Affairs Gerontological Advisory Committee and serves on the National Council on Ethics in Human Research. She has been a consultant to the National Health Coalition, Health Canada's Home Care Development Group, and the Health Services Restructuring Commission of Ontario, among others.

Evelyn Shapiro has been married to Dr. Ernest Shapiro for 53 years. They have two sons and a granddaughter who will be entering university this fall. It is not clear if the concept of "free time" applies to her, since her pace and productivity puts many full-time academics to shame. However, we are told that she, along with her husband, is a passionate devotee and patron of the visual arts, chamber music, opera and the theatre.

It is possible to be community-oriented in academic research, and be academically rigorous in public service. Evelyn Shapiro has shown us how to achieve this. The honorary degree is a small token of the University's admiration and respect for her lifetime of contributions to the University and the community.

Ronald G. Worton

Ronald G. Worton, D.Sc., October 19, 2000
Ronald G. Worton
C.M., B.Sc.(Hons.),M.Sc.(Man.); Ph.D.(Tor.); F.C.C.M.G.; F.R.S.Can., DHC (Louvain)

Dr. Ronald Worton, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was educated at the University of Manitoba, receiving his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in 1964 and 1965, both in physics. In 1965 he moved to the University of Toronto where he obtained his PhD in Biophysics in 1969. He then moved to Yale University for a two-year period of postdoctoral study where he developed his interest in genetics under the mentorship of Frank Ruddle, one of the leaders at that time in Somatic Cell Genetics. In 1971, Ronald Worton returned to Toronto to take up a position at the Hospital for Sick Children as Director of the diagnostic cytogenetics laboratory. During the next 25 years at the Hospital for Sick Children from 1971 -1996 he established the first molecular diagnostic laboratory in Ontario, as well as developing and expanding his own research program in basic and clinical research on the muscular dystrophies. In 1985, Ronald Worton was appointed Geneticist in Chief at the Hospital for Sick Children and Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. In 1996, he moved to the Ottawa General Hospital where he currently holds the position of Director of Research and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Early work in Ronald Worton's laboratory identified mechanisms for the expression of recessive genes in somatic cells. Ronald Worton is however best known for his work and that of his colleagues in the identification and cloning of the gene linked to the human X-chromosome, that causes Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophies. These conditions, originally thought to be separate diseases, are caused by different mutations in the same gene. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a relatively common and invariably fatal genetic disease manifesting in affected boys and is the commonest of the many forms of muscular dystrophy. Identification and cloning of this gene by Worton and his colleagues led to the identification of the gene product, the muscle protein Dystrophin, which is absent from the muscle in the more serious Duchenne, and altered in the less serious Becker Muscular Dystrophy. Since this discovery, Ronald Worton's laboratory has continued to work on the regulation of the gene and has pioneered several approaches to the delivery of intact genes to muscle as potential means for gene therapy for these diseases. Other work in his laboratory included the identification of the gene responsible for malignant hypothermia and the mapping of genes responsible for inherited blindness.

As Geneticist in Chief at the Hospital for Sick Children, Ronald Worton led a department that received international acclaim for the discovery and cloning of several human genes including the genes responsible for Cystic Fibrosis, Fanconi Anaemia, Wilm's Tumour and Wilson's Disease.

Ronald Worton is currently President of the American Society of Human Genetics, the premier human genetics society in the world, and is an Associate Director of the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network, a national centre of excellence for research on human genetic disease. His work has been recognized by numerous national and international awards including the Award of Distinction from the Muscular Dystrophy association of Canada, the Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, the E. Mead Johnson Award for research in Paediatrics, the Jonas Salk award, and the Gairdner Foundation International Award. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1990. In 1991, he received the Doctor Honoris Causa, from the Université Catholique de Louvain. In 1994 he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Ronald Worton isa distinguished alumnus of this University, who continues to make contributions to the study of genetic medicine and research excellence in Canada and internationally. He was a founding member of HUGO, the Human Genome Organization and continues to serve on numerous boards and committees. As a teacher and mentor he has trained numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.


1999

Sonja Bata

Sonja Bata, LL.D., May 26, 1999

Sonja Bata
D.C.; LL.D.(Dal.); LL.D.(York)(Can.); D.Hum.L.(Mount Saint Vincent); LL.D.(Wilson College, PA)

Within the framework of holistic learning, interdisciplinary and international studies have taken on new dimensions of intensity and importance. It is appropriate, therefore, that we honour Mrs. Sonja Bata in recognition of her outstanding contribution to circumpolar research and education in the interdisciplinary fields of conservation, ecology, museology, and material culture.

Mrs. Sonja Bata was born and educated in Zurich, Switzerland. She studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and then married Mr. Thomas Bata, C.C.. As a young bride, Sonja moved to Canada with her husband where they raised their four children and built a multinational shoe company, the Bata Shoe Organization. Today, the Bata headquarters in Toronto oversees Bata operations in 69 countries and employs over 52,000 people. The Batas have created communities in Canada, India, and elsewhere which provide employees with modern housing, education, and medical facilities. Mrs. Bata's interest in international footwear has resulted in the development of the worlds largest footwear collection, the Bata Shoe Museum which is located in downtown Toronto. Mrs. Sonja Bata has taken leadership roles on numerous national and international boards, including Alcan Aluminum, Junior Achievement of Canada, World Wildlife Fund, National Design Council of Canada, and the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada. In recognition of her extensive contribution to education, business, and community development in these and other organizations, Mrs. Sonja Bata was an Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, an Honorary Captain of the Canadian Navy, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Silver Medal of the United Nations Environmental Program, Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Dalhousie, York, Mount Saint Vincent, Wilson College and Loyalist College.

Since 1982, over twenty graduate students at the University of Manitoba have been supported by Mrs. Bata's funding initiatives with the World Wildlife Fund. For example, Mrs. Bata auctioned off part of her personal art collection to finance a large portion of the multi-million dollar Whales Beneath the Sea Program which contributed $150,000 directly to graduate research in the Department of Zoology. Other students received World Wildlife Funds through the Waterhen Wood Bison Project, the Wild West Program, the Manitoba Naturalists Society, and the Fort Whyte Centre for Environmental Education.

Mrs. Bata's long term commitment to developing the field of circumpolar human ecology with researchers at the University of Manitoba has enabled this university to become firmly established as the leading academic institution in this field. Since 1983, Mrs. Bats has provided significant intellectual and financial support to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate researchers. She has contributed to new deielàpments in museology and material culture by providing opportunities for researchers to develop and apply theories relating to the inclusion of Aboriginal perspectives in material culture research. Mrs. Bata has brought together teams of designers, illustrators, researchers, and Aboriginal Elders to develop innovative ways of disseminating research in the form of challenging exhibitions, including one exhibition done in partnership with the Russian Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg, and manuscripts published by the Smithsonian Institution and other leading national and international publishers.

Mrs. Sonja Bata is honoured for her personal contributions to Northern and Aboriginal Studies in the interdisciplinary fields of conservation, ecology, museology, and material culture; and for her contribution to the intellectual development and scholarship of University of Manitoba undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors.

Jules Pierre Carbotte

Jules Pierre Carbotte, D.Sc., May 27, 1999

Jules Pierre Carbotte
B.Sc.(Man.); M.Sc.,Ph.D.(McGill); D.Sc.(Wat.); F.R.S.C.; F.C.l.A.R.(Superconductivity)

Professor Jules Carbotte was born in St. Boniface in 1938 and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. Degree in 1960. It was clear even at this early stage that he would become a distinguished alumnus of this institution with his award of the University Gold Medal in Science in that year. He then proceeded to McGill University aided by a National Research Council Scholarship where he was awarded an M.Sc.(1961) and his doctorate in 1964. After two years at Cornell University, Professor Carbotte returned to Canada as a faculty member at McMaster University where he spent the major portion of his academic career. He achieved the rank of full professor at McMaster in 1972 at age 34.

Professor Carbotte's research interests, reflected in more than three hundred articles published in some of the most prestigious physics journals, lie in predicting the behaviour of electrons in solids. There are many millions of these subatomic particles in even the smallest material specimen, and to try to account for their collective behaviour represents a theoretical tour-de-force, of which he is a leading practitioner. The many areas of condensed matter physics to which he has made seminal contributions include positron annihilation, defects in metals, transport properties, the electron-phonon interaction, superconducting materials and, most recently, the revolutionary field of High Temperature Superconductivity.

Superconductivity is the remarkable property of some materials whereby they allow an electric current to flow with zero resistance and hence no power consumption. Today, wires of such materials are used to fabricate superconducting magnets with a wide range of applications including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems, utilized extensively for medical diagnoses. However, prior to 1986 experimental work in this area was confined to those laboratories that could produce the very low temperatures at which this phenomenon manifested itself. This situation was revolutionized in that year with the discovery of a new class of ceramic copper oxide materials which exhibited superconductivity at temperatures much closer to room temperature, hence the phrase "high temperature superconductivity." This Nobel Prize winning development aroused enormous worldwide interest, and Canada's response to this impetus and its wide ranging potential application was to establish a program in High Temperature Superconductivity in 1987 through the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; Jules Carbotte was the program's founding Director. This initiative has had tremendous impact on the development of related research in Canada, and it serves as just one example of an area of research to which Professor Carbotte has made pivotal contributions.

Professor Carbotte's influence within the sphere of academic research extends well beyond his particular areas of interest. He has served the Royal Society of Canada, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Association of Physicists in a variety of roles with both a national and an international perspective. Professor Carbotte is also a much sought after member of the organizing committee for many international conferences and workshops, and has been extensively involved in the review of academic programs and departments.

Numerous awards and honours have been conferred on Professor Carbotte in recognition of his many fundamental contributions. These include election to the Royal Society of Canada the Herzberg Medal, a Steacie Fellowship and The Steacie Prize, the CAP Gold Medal for Achievement in Physics, the Canadian Metal Physics Medal, a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Fellowship, an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo, and an appointment as University Professor at McMaster. His status in the academic community is clearly substantial. Somewhat less formal but perhaps more important evidence of his impact is provided through letters supporting his nomination, including some from the more than 40 graduate students whose careers have benefitted significantly from his mentorship. To quote but one, "...my enthusiastic support for the nomination comes from the personal belief that more than anyone else, Jules Carbotte is responsible for injecting into me a passion for physics and an insatiable appetite for knowing the answer. Over his career at McMaster he has had that impact on many students. I was simply the first." (Professor Robert Dynes, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego).

It is, therefore, most appropriate that Professor Jules Carbotte is to receive from the University of Manitoba, his alma mater, its highest honour, the degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa).

Marcel André Desautels

Marcel Desautels, LL.D., May 27, 1999

Marcel André Desautels, a graduate in Arts of le College universitaire de Saint-Boniface and in Law of the University of Manitoba, recognized as a trendsetter in the financial services industry for his leadership of business and credit information firm Creditel of Canada Limited.

David N. Dreman

David N. Dreman, LL.D., May 26, 1999


David N. Dreman
B.Comm.

First and foremost, David Dreman, like his father, is a contrarian. In everyday language, a contrarian is someone who goes against the flow - someone who challenges conventional thinking. In Wall Street parlance, a contrarian is an investor who buys when everyone else is selling and sells when everyone else is buying. In short, contrarians go against the market. David Dreman has developed an international reputation in the investment business by religiously following an investment strategy that has changed the traditional academic and investor paradigms that have guided investment decisions for decades. He has been referred to as the "Dean of Contrarians," the "Maharajah of the Multiples", and The Los Angeles Times has called him "one of the masters of  'value' investing." The New York Times notes that "Dreman is the grand master of a simple yet psychologically challenging investment strategy: consummate contrarianism." His simple investing rules define the essence of the contrarian investment philosophy:
look for stocks with below-average price/earnings ratios, below-average debt/equity ratios and above-average earnings-growth rates and dividend yields. These are precisely the stocks that the experts will be avoiding
- which makes them attractive to the contrarian.

Born in Winnipeg in 1936, the son of Joseph and Rae Dreman, David Dreman was raised in the investment business. His father joined a brokerage firm specializing in commodity trading which eventually became Dreman & Company Ltd. in 1929. Although now 88 years old and officially retired, his father Joseph can still be seen occasionally on the trading floor of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange. As early as age nine, Mr. Dreman recalls observing his father's contrarian behavior in trading commodities and it was there he learned the discipline that is required of true contrarians. His father taught him that the consensus of the experts is usually wrong, which is why the contrarian philosophy can be so effective. Today, Mr. Dreman has honed and developed the contrarian instincts he learned many years ago in Winnipeg into one of the most successful investment firms on Wall Street managing funds of over $7.5 billion. The Kemper-Dreman High Return Fund, which he manages, has been ranked the best-performing of over 5,000 mutual funds for more time periods than any other and it has been the number one fund in the LipperIncome category over the past decade. It has given shareholders annual average returns of 30 per cent over three years and 23 per cent over the past five years.

A Commerce graduate of 1957, Mr. Dreman specialized in finance in economics and was co-founder of the Student Investment Club. As a Commerce student, he was noted for continually challenging the investment theories of the day in class discussions. Fortunately, he remembers, the small classes and the encouragement of critical thinking by his professors helped him further refine his contrarian philosophy.

Following his graduation from the University of Manitoba, he worked for his father at Dreman & Company for six years, setting up and operating the investment business. Several years later the excitement of the New York markets lured him into the investment management business. He worked as an investment advisor and security analyst for more than 20 years at major investment companies. He was Director of New York Research for Rauscher Pierce Refsnes Securities Corp., Senior Investment Officer with J&W Seligman, and Senior Editor with the Value Line Investment Service. He went out on his own in 1976 and founded his first investment firm based upon his contrarian philosophy, Dreman Value Management, Inc., serving as its President until 1989. He was Chairman of Dreman Value Management, L.P. from 1989 to 1995, and Chairman of Dreman Value Advisors, Inc. from 1995 to 1997. Today he is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Investment Officer of Dreman Value Management, L.L. C., a firm specializing in managing the assets of pension, foundation, and endowment funds, as well as high net-worth individuals.

Mr. Dreman's influence and impact upon our understanding of financial markets could easily be his greatest contribution to portfolio theory. His contrarian approach was generally downplayed by academics since his precepts challenged one of the most fundamental principles of market behavior - the efficient market hypothesis (EMH). The EMH proposes that new information is immediately reflected in the market, and that the market reflects the correct price. Scorned by leading finance and economic academics for years, Mr. Dreman’s contrarian approach has recently gained acceptance in the academic community as the result of research published by anti-contrarian academics as well as by Mr. Dreman. As a result of Mr. Dreman's work, and his unwavering contrarian approach, the EMH is now in question as a reliable predictor of market behavior.

 Mr. Dreman's contribution to the understanding of financial markets goes beyond the study of finance itself. His contrarian philosophy is based as much on the behavioral sciences - psychology, sociology, and anthropology - as it is on the rigorous mathematical studies of market behavior. His first book, Psychology of the Stock Market(1977), detailed his theory that irrational decision-making, crowd psychology, and groupthink all help determine market behavior. His belief in the value of understanding the field of behavioral finance has led him to establish a new journal called The Journal of Psychology and Finance which will encourage research by psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, as well as Wall Street practitioners.

Mr. Dreman has written extensively about his contrarian approach. His practical yet scientific approach to investing was first detailed in his book Contrarian Investment Strategy (1977) and subsequently updated in The New Contrarian Investment Strategy(1980), and his most recent version Contrarian Investment Strategies: The Next Generation (1998). He has been a regular columnist for Forbes for 18 years and has been featured in articles in numerous investment publications, including Barron's, Institutional Investor, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Money, and Fortune magazines. He has also been a frequent guest on Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street Week television program. His research findings have been published in The Financial Analysts Journal and The Journal of Investing.

Mr. Dreman is also a member of the Board of Directors of The University of Manitoba Foundation USA, Inc.

He and his wife Holly and their two children, David and Meredith, divide their time between their residences in Aspen, Colorado and New Jersey. They can also be found sailing to world ports on their yacht, appropriately named The Contrarian.

Vaclav Havel

His Excellency Vaclav Havel, LL.D., April 28, 1999


His Excellency Václav Ravel
President of the Czech Republic.

The narrower the age, it has been said, the greater the great men. Our age is hardly narrow - on so many fronts, its complexity and turmoil confound and bewilder: Today's events erase memories of yesterday's, and reputations are made, and fade, as quickly. Yet great figures transcend the whirl of events and remain in memory: A student standing against tanks in Tiananmen Square; an elderly man emerging from a virtual lifetime of incarceration to lead his country peacefully to the end of apartheid; and a writer whose courage and integrity brought him, inexorably, from dissident to president.

Václav Ravel was born in Prague in 1936, the son of Václav and Bozena Ravel. As a young man he worked as a laboratory technician, studied economics, and served in the army. Drawn to the theatre in 1959, he metamorphosed rapidly from stagehand to assistant, to artistic director, to literary manager, to Resident Playwright in Prague's Theatre on the Balustrade. From 1956 onwards he wrote for various literary and theatrical periodicals and saw his first plays produced, including The Garden Party (1963), The Memorandum (1965) and The Increased Djfficulty of Concentration (1968). His plays and other writings contributed significantly to the reawakening of Czechoslovak society, which culminated in the Prague Spring of 1968.

After the Prague Spring was suppressed by armies of the Warsaw Pact, Václav Havel emerged as a leading opponent of the repression that followed.

In consequence, his literary works were banned. In 1975, in an open letter to the President, he warned of the antagonisms building within Czechoslovak society. Within two years he had become a leader of the human rights movement, Charter 77. The sources of the regime's anxieties over Václav Ravel ranged from his principled unwillingness to submit, to - no doubt - his appreciation of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. Between 1978 and 1989, he endured repeated periods of house arrest and imprisonment, the longest of which ran for nearly five years ending in 1983. On his release he resumed the struggle, expressing a characteristically broad perspective by observing,


I AM CONVINCED THAT WHAT IS CALLED 'DISSENT' IN THE SOVIET BLOC IS A SPECIFIC MODERN EXPERIENCE, THE EXPERIENCE OF LIFE AT THE VERY RAMPARTS OF DEHUMANIZED POWER.

In 1989 he was again arrested, sentenced, imprisoned and released, but, by the end of the year, he had emerged as the leading figure of Civic Forum an organization encompassing all the groups and individuals seeking fundamental political change. In November he was elected, as Civic Forum's candidate, President of Czechoslovakia. He was re-elected President in 1990, and, in 1993, became President of the Czech Republic following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, a development to which he was opposed, but of which he has written and spoken with understanding.

Of all the figures assuming leadership in central Europe with the fall of Communism, none has been more arresting - few, indeed, more arrested - than Václav Havel. He occupies an exceptional place in the history of our time, having challenged a totalitarian system, uniquely and nonviolently, on the level of ideas. He confronted pressure with a free spirit, dishonesty with the truth, evil with an articulation of the good. He lived under, fought with and triumphed over moral corruption, describing the situation as on in which

SYSTEM, IDEOLOGY, AND APPARAT HAVE DEPRIVED US - RULERS AS WELL AS THE RULED - OF OUR CONSCIENCE, OF OUR COMMON SENSE AND NATURAL SPEECH AND THEREBY, OF OUR ACTUAL HUMANITY.

Withal, he emerged unbowed and uncorrupted by this extraordinary experience. In office he retains a moral compass which points beyond his homeland. While acknowledging that the way of moral politics is neither simple nor easy, he has written,

THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO STRIVE FOR DECENCY, REASON, RESPONSIBILITY, SINCERITY, CIVILITY AND TOLERANCE: AND THAT IS DECENTLY, REASONABLY, RESPONSIBLY, SINCERELY, CIVILLY, AND TOLERANTLY. I'M AWARE THAT IN EVERYDAY POLITICS THIS IS NOT EXACTLY A PRACTICAL WAY OF GOING ABOUT IT.

He also observes that he has experienced enough to be persuaded there are no alternatives.

Among public figures of our era, he is uniquely reflective. He represents the triumph of ideas over ideology, of reason over violence, of discourse over coercion. Today we acknowledge and honour a writer and dissident, a thinker and public man: One who brought eloquence and clarity to the struggle against one regime, and insight and wisdom to the condition of many others. A genuine hero of our time, his claims on our attention and respect encompass the wit an imaginative intelligence of his writing, the rich and luminous quality of his thought, the courage and resolution of the dissident, the wisdom of the philosopher statesman.

Mr. Chancellor, I am honoured to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer on Václav Havel the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by William F. Neville, Associate Professor, Head, Department of Political Studies, Faculty of Arts

Lyonel Garry Israels

Lyonel Garry Israels, D.Sc., October 21, 1999
Lyonel Garry Israels
C.M.; B.A.(Sask), M.D., M.Sc.(Man), F.R.C.P.(C)

In an era when every day brings news of the discovery of yet another gene or gene fragment, we do well to remember that the benefits of scientific advances can only be realized through painstaking studies of whole human beings by individuals who are expert in both basic research and clinical medicine. Today, the University of Manitoba honors an individual who is a brilliant exemplar of this duality of talent.

Lyonel Israels was born in Regina in 1926 and twenty years later, after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University Saskatchewan, came to the University of Manitoba to study medicine. His choice of a professional career was not surprising given the influence of his older brothers, both of whom were distinguished physicians. After graduating with an M.D. degree in 1949 and an M.Sc. degree in 1950, Dr. lsraels undertook extensive postgraduate training -- first, at the University of Utah and then, as a McEachern Fellow of the Canadian Cancer Society, at the Kantonsspital in Zurich, the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford and the Royal Cancer Hospital in London.

Dr. lsraels returned to Manitoba in 1954 to join a cadre of young faculty members in the medical school who were committed to working at both the laboratory bench and the bedside to ensure that the fruits of medical research would be applied effectively to clinical practice. However, the clinical departments of the day were not adequately equipped to support research and so, like other budding clinician-scientists, he found his first scientific home in a basic science department. Later, as research laboratories were developed in clinical facilities, Dr. lsraels' research program could be located in closer proximity to patients. For nearly a half century, Dr. lsraels has made outstanding scientific contributions that span the whole spectrum of hematology. He has explored the normal biochemistry and physiology of cells in the blood and bone marrow, the detailed mechanisms involved in blood clotting and the metabolism of hemoglobin; and he has elucidated how these functions are deranged in disease. For example, Dr. lsraels was the first to demonstrate the role of an alternative pathway of bilirubin metabolism in producing hyperbilirubinemia. His work has been published in the most prestigious journals in the fields of hematology and oncology and the international stature he has gained is reflected in his role in the scientific councils of the Medical Research Council of Canada, the National Institutes of Health in the United States, the Gordon Conferences and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. In 1983, the University of Manitoba, on the recommendation of leading international scientists, appointed Dr. lsraels as a Distinguished Professor--the highest academic distinction the University can bestow on a regular member of its professorial staff. To this day he remains active in the laboratory, pursuing the elucidation of the role of Vitamin K in fetal development and tumor formation, and he continues to contribute regularly to the scientific literature.

Among his rich array of talents, Dr. lsraels' brilliance as a teacher has been particularly valued by many hundreds of students at all levels -- from freshman medical students to junior scientific colleagues. His thoroughness, lucidity and ability to convey complex ideas were the hallmarks of Lyonel lsraels as a teacher and were the attributes which prompted his election as Professor of the Year by the Manitoba Medical Students Association. They were also the basis of his success as a clinician and consultant. Beyond his commitment to personal excellence in teaching, he played a key role in reforming both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education at the University of Manitoba.
From the very beginning of his career, Dr. Israels exhibited outstanding skills as an administrative leader. He served as the Director of the Transfusion Service of the Manitoba Division of the Red Cross, Head of the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine and Director of Research in the Manitoba Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation. He played a seminal role in the creation of the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology and became its first director in 1970. In 1973 he was appointed Executive Director of the Cancer Foundation -- a position he held for twenty years and through which he, and the colleagues he inspired, brought modern scientific cancer care to Manitoba. Dr. Israels' skills as a scientist and organizational leader were also reflected in the prominent role he has played in local and national bodies. He has served as chairman, president, an officer or a member of such organizations as the Manitoba Health Research Council, the Canadian Haematology Society, the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, the Canadian Red Cross, the National Cancer Institute and the Medical Research Council. Dr. Israels has received several honors and awards during his remarkable career in recognition of his achievements. These include the St. Boniface General Hospital International Award, the Distinguished Service Award of the Manitoba Medical Association and appointment to the Order of the Buffalo Hunt and the Order of Canada. In 1996, the Lyonel G. Israels Chair in Hematology was established at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

In short, Dr. Lyonel lsraels is the complete medical academician -- clinician, teacher, scientist, citizen and leader. In all of these roles he exemplifies what is best in modern medicine; namely, the fusion of science and humanism that is the bedrock upon which compassionate and effective medical care rests. No one is more deserving than Lyonel Israels of the honor to be bestowed upon him by his alma mater in recognition of his outstanding personal achievements and of the compulsion to excellence he has fostered in others.

Bramwell Tovey

Bramwell Tovey, LL.D., May 27, 1999
Bramwell Tovey
B.Mus.(Lond.); LL.D.(Winn.)

It is part of the mission of the University of Manitoba to produce creative work of the highest quality as judged by international standards and to provide an understanding of the creative arts as a part of our heritage in order to contribute to the cultural well-being of Manitoba, Canada and the world. Since 1989, when his tenure as Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra began, Maestro Bramwell Tovey has exemplified the achievement of these goals at the highest level.

Bramwell Toveys conducting career has led him to the podium of major orchestras around the world. In addition to his appointment with the Winnipeg Symphony, he was appointed in 1996 as the Principal Conductor of the English Sinfonia following in the footsteps of Sir Charles Groves and Sir Alexander Gibson. He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where he spends four weeks each season. He has conducted every major orchestra in Britain, including the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic as well as such orchestras as the München Symphoniker, the Israel Sinfonietta, and L’Orchèstre National de Belgique. In Canada, in addition to the Calgary orchestra, he has appeared with the Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Quebec symphonies. Critic Claude Gingras writing in La Presse said of his 1994 return engagement with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra:

"Bramwell Tovey's concert with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra was a complete success, not only forthe musicians who played magnificently for him, but also for the public whose undivided attention and standing ovation at the end were unequivocal."

The conducting career of Bramwell Tovey also includes opera. Among many performances are Mozart's Die Zauberfläte with the Calgary Opera, Strauss's Die Fledermaus with the Vancouver Opera, Poulenc's Dialogue of the Carmelites with the Manitoba Opera, and Donizetti's Don Pasquale with the Canadian Opera Company. His numerous performances of major choral works include Britten's War Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. He gave the world premiere of Davies' Revelation which was the subject of a CBC-TV documentary for Adrienne Clarkson Presents.

One of Bramwell Tovey's important contributions to the concert audiences is his verbal program annotations. In the WSO's Basically Bramwell series, as well as similar series he has launched in Toronto and London, Ontario, he talks about the music from the podium in a way which is informative, entertaining and humourous when approriate while at the same time teaching about the music in ways which further the understanding and enjoyment of the listeners.

A major achievement of Bramwell Tovey's tenure at the WSO is the creation of the internationally renowned New Music Festival. Founded in 1992, this nine day festival has brought to Winnipeg major composers from around the world.

These composers, whose music has provided the core repertoire for the festivals, have included Canada's R. Murray Schafer, Estonia's Arvo Part, the Netherlands' Louis Andriessen, England's Gavin Bryars, and American composer John Corigliano who called this festival "The greatest music festival in the world." An important part of the festival is the Canadian Composer's Competition which has stimulated the creation of and, even more importantly, the performance of many new Canadian works for orchestra.

Bramwell Tovey has contributed to the Winnipeg Symphony and the Manitoba community in many other important but often unrecognized ways. He is a featured speaker or guest at many community cultural and charitable events. He has made the orchestra accessible to Manitobans living far from Winnipeg through the creation of a northern Manitoba tour. He has made orchestra members available for special project work in the public schools. He himself has worked with educational ensembles both in the public schools and the universities. He has provided opportunities for many of the choirs within the community as well as numerous qualified students to perform with the orchestra. In short, his vision of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is that it is a world class musical organization which is not only an important contributor to, but an important participant within, the community in which it resides.

Bramwell Tovey's musical career has been characterized by musical performances of the highest quality, by creativity in musical interpretation and methods of presentation of the music and the orchestra, and by concern for the place of music and of artistic organizations in the wider community. For this, and for the world-wide recognition which he has achieved and which he shares with Manitoba through his work with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, we honour him today.


1998

Israel Harold Asper

Israel H. Asper, LL.D., May 27, 1998

Israel H. Asper
O.C.; BA., LL.B, LL.M.(Man.)

A proud native of Minnedosa, Manitoba, Israel Asper, the third child of Russian Jewish immigrants, grew up hearing and rejecting the words, "If you're so good, why aren't you in Toronto?" Still fiercely loyal to his home town and Province, Mr. Asper ('Izzy to his friends and colleagues) has built one of the most successful broadcasting companies in the industry in terms of profit, programming, and production - CanWest Global Communications Corp. - which is headquartered in Winnipeg. Mr. Asper and Babs, his wife of 42 years, reside in Winnipeg. Their children, Gail, David and Leonard are all senior executives with CanWest Global.

Mr. Asper's path to his many achievements has been varied, to say the least. At various times he has been a lawyer, tax advisor, politician, writer and author, teacher, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Almost as legendary as his business acumen is his love for jazz and his love of the piano (he claims to have had only one paying gig in his life - at a piano bar in Minneapolis when the pianist didn't show up). An avid admirer of George Gershwin, he also possesses one of the largest collections of Gershwin memorabilia.

Mr. Asper attended The University of Manitoba where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1953, Bachelor of Law in 1957 and Master of Law in 1964. During his university days, he was editor of The Manitoban, a member of the Student Union Executive, a member of the Championship Debating Team, and was Valedictorian of his class. Opting not to enter his father's small business in Minnedosa, Mr. Asper spent several years as a tax and corporate lawyer with the law firm he helped to found, Buchwald Asper Henteleff. For several years he penned a regular column on taxation for The Globe and Mall and in 1970, authored a text on taxation which became a Canadian non-fiction best-seller.

In the early 1970's, during his five-year tenure as Leader of the Liberal Party in Manitoba and MLA, Mr. Asper sensed an enormous deficiency and at the same time, opportunity within the world of Canadian television broadcasting. The power of television was ever-increasing and Mr. Asper believed that to have only two national networks in Canada was a gross injustice to the Canadian TV viewing public. In 1974 he set out to rectify the situation and began to accumulate the building blocks for the CanWest Global System by acquiring stakes in TV operations in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Regina, Saskatoon, Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Ontario - all start-ups or financial turnarounds.

In 1991, he decided to test whether the CanWest style of management could be exported from Canada. Following a successful initial public offering of CanWest stock in Canada, the company acquired significant interests in TV3 New Zealand and Network Ten Australia. Both operations were in receivership and both have been turned around to become the Cinderella stories of the industry. Today, through the entrepreneurial efforts of Mr. Asper, the market capitalization of CanWest Global is in excess of $4 billion. Notwithstanding these successes abroad, Mr. Asper continues to pursue his dream of a third national television network in Canada.

Although his business interests take him around the globe, his commitment to the Winnipeg community remains as strong as ever. His civic service has included memberships on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Winnipeg 2000, the Board of Directors of the Associates of the Faculty of Management, the Board of Governors of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. Other volunteer activities have included Governor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Board Member, Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, Member, The Canada West Foundation, Director, Council for Canadian Unity, and Honorary Patron, Misericordia Hospital Foundation.

Mr. Asper's achievements have been recognized by a wide variety of local, national, and international bodies. His awards include Queen's Council (1975); University of Manitoba Alumni Jubilee Award - Outstanding 25 Year Graduate (1985); Honorary Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1985); Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Militia (1986); Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award for Broadcast Excellence (1992); B'nai Brith International Award of Merit (1993); and The University of Manitoba International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award (1997). He was twice elected Manitoba Business Entrepreneur of the Year (1989, 1991); and was inducted into the Order of Canada (1995); into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame (1995); and into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame (1997).

A significant part of Mr. Asper's character is his belief that those who succeed should contribute back to their community through volunteerism, leadership, and financial support. His commitment to his community has led to the creation of The Asper Foundation and the CanWest Global Foundation, two charitable foundations whose mission is to provide leadership and financial support for the improvement of the quality of life in Manitoba. Among the major contributions of the foundations was the establishment of the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Management. Mr. Asper's most recent major undertaking was as Honorary Chair and principal benefactor of the Asper Jewish Community Centre which opened last year. The Centre honours his immigrant parents and the thousands of other immigrants that helped create the culture and heritage that we enjoy today in Winnipeg and in Manitoba, and we honour Mr. Asper today for his many and varied achievements.

Arthur A. DeFehr

Arthur A. DeFehr, LL.D., May 28, 1998

Arthur A. DeFehr
B.Comm.(Man.); B.A.(Goshen Coil., Indiana); M.B.A.(Harv.)

We live in an era when the word "globalization" has assumed great significance. It is appropriate therefore, that we honour Mr. Arthur DeFehr, a Canadian who has a truly global perspective in both his personal and professional life. He is currently the President and CEO of Palliser Furniture, the largest furniture manufacturer in Canada. The company also has a strong presence in the U.S., employing a total of 3,300 people at 8 different locations in the two countries. The firm has a subsidiary in Taiwan, and is establishing two factories in Mexico.

Born in Winnipeg in 1942, Art DeFehr attended the University of Manitoba, where he received his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1964 and earned the Isbister Scholarship in the process. The next stop was Goshen College (Indiana), where he earned his B.A. (Economics) in 1965. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1967, graduating in the top 1% of his class, and was named a Baker Scholar in his first year in the program.

Although he had originally planned on a career in the Canadian Foreign Service, his involvement in anti-Vietnam War activities and the civil rights movement- he marched with Martin Luther King - apparently made him a "security risk." So, he returned to Winnipeg and joined Palliser Furniture.

He now travels extensively to Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia as part of his business interests. But he is also strongly committed to charitable and economic development work in other countries, and this commitment has been driven as much by his strong Christian faith as it has by his business interests. From 1972-74, he directed the Mennonite Central Committee's agricultural development and refugee program in Bangladesh. While there, he and his wife adopted their two daughters, Tara and Shanti. In 1976, he was instrumental in founding the Canadian FoodGrains Bank, a church-supported organization which collects grain from farmers for overseas famine relief. He was also involved with the Canada International Development Agency food mission to Ethiopia and Sudan during1984-85. He is currently president of International Development Enterprises Canada, an organization which promotes irrigation projects in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, and Cambodia. In all of these activities, he has been strongly supported by Leona, his wife of 33 years.

Art DeFehr is not reluctant to act on his beliefs, even when doing so puts him at odds with powerful organizations in the countries where he works. In 1980, for example, he organized the "Land Bridge" project in Thailand and Cambodia, which involved transporting seeds and tools. The project saved thousands of lives, but since it ran counter to the political views of some important groups-including the UN and the Red Cross-it received little publicity. And during 1982-83, when he was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Somalia, he found himself at odds with the government over ways to solve the country's problems. Recently a Somali official has acknowledged that a report DeFehr submitted was a blueprint for holding the country together.

Even leisure activities are seen as an opportunity to help others and to become more conversant with the lifestyles of people in different cultures. The DeFehr family spent one Christmas in a UN shelter for street children in Guatemala, and another in a village on the Amazon River after travelling there by dugout canoe.

Henry G. Friesen

Henry G. Friesen, D.Sc., May 28, 1998

Henry G. Friesen
D.C.; B.Sc.Med., M.D.(Man.); D.Sc.(W.Ont.); F.R.C.P.(C); F.R.S.C.

Dr. Henry Friesen, a native of Morden, Manitoba, studied medicine at the University of Manitoba where his brilliance as an undergraduate student foreshadowed a career marked by outstanding achievement in every facet of academic medicine. After a postgraduate clinical residency in Winnipeg, Dr. Friesen undertook rigorous training in advanced research in the field of endocrinology at the New England Center Hospital in Boston. A year as Assistant Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine was followed by an appointment at McGill University where Dr. Friesen rose rapidly through the academic ranks to become a full Professor of Experimental Medicine. During this period he received an Associateship of the Medical Research Council of Canada, the highest career award granted by the Council.

Dr. Friesens research, embodied in hundreds of research articles published in the worlds most prestigious scientific journals, contributed enormously to our understanding of the endocrine system and the structure and function of hormones in health and disease. His work led to his discovery of the hormone human prolactin, and to the successful diagnosis and treatment of many hundreds of persons suffering from prolactin-related disorders of reproduction.

In 1973, Dr. Friesen returned to the University of Manitoba as Professor of Medicine and Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology which, under his stewardship, became one of the leading departments of physiology in North America. Dozens of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, from all parts of the world, were trained in Dr. Friesen's laboratory, many of whom went on to assume leadership positions in medical research centres in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Friesen's influence on academic medicine has gone far beyond his own field of research. Many national and international organizations concerned with academic medicine and medical science have been the beneficiaries of his vision and entrepreneurial drive. He is a member of the most influential societies in biomedical science and has served with great distinction on the governing boards of such bodies as: the Endocrine Society, the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation, the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Medical Research Council and the Canadian Cancer Society; and, as President of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Friesen has also been an active contributor to numerous committees, task forces and advisory bodies dealing with the development of biomedical research and the review of academic programs and departments.

In 1991, Dr. Friesen was appointed President of the Medical Research Council of Canada, the pre-eminent leadership position in Canadian medical research. In a few short years he has transformed the Council into a seed bed of organizational innovation in which powerful new links have been established with other research agencies and with business and industry and in which the scope of the Councils programs have been broadened to include population health.

The Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund, the Canadian Breast Cancer Initiative, the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and the partnership between the Council and the pharmaceutical industry are some of the outgrowths of Dr. Friesen's imaginative leadership and determination.

Many honors and awards have been conferred on Dr. Friesen, including the Order of Canada, the Gairdner Foundation Award, an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Ontario, a Distinguished Professorship from the University of Manitoba, several distinguished lectureships and distinguished service awards. These attest to his stature as an outstanding figure in medicine and medical research. Less public but more important evidence of his achievements and contributions can be found in the research his efforts have enabled, the patients who have benefited from his discoveries, the careers his mentorship has advanced and the many students, young researchers and colleagues whom he inspired to strive for excellence.

It is fitting indeed that Dr. Henry Friesen, physician, scientist, leader and Innovator par excellence is to receive, from his alma mater, the University of Manitoba's highest honour - the degree Doctor of Science (honoris causa).

Edward Kuiper

Edward Kuiper, D.Sc., October 22, 1998

Edward Kuiper
B.Sc.(C.E.)(Delft); M.Sc.(C. E.)(M.l.T.); F.A.S.C.E.

It is indeed fitting that Ed Kuiper, engineer, teacher, intellectual, author, husband, father and grandfather, and concerned citizen, receive the degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from the University of Manitoba, the university he joined and served, and the university he helped save from flooding in the spring of last year.

And, what better way to introduce Professor Ed Kuiper than by quoting some of his many friends, students and colleagues who have been touched by this impressive man.

It is a great pleasure for me to support the nomination of Professor Ed Kuiper for an honourary degree. I have known Ed Kuiper for almost 40 years, as a professor, Master's thesis supervisor, a fellow professional engineer, and an icon in the field of hydraulics and water resources world wide.
Gary Filmon, Premier of Manitoba

Ed Kuipermotivatedme to pursue water resources studies, the area which I still teach. His teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels was superb. He had a particular skill in drawing students into class participation, often in such intensity that class schedules were in havoc.
Robert Newbury, Professor of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

As a consultant and advisor to federal and pro vincial government agencies and organizations such as the Canadian International Development Agency, the World Bank, the U.S.-Canada Joint Commission and Acres International, Professor Kuiper contributed more than almost any other Canadian engineer to the responsible development of water resources in Canada and on five continents.
Glenn Morris, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba

Edward Kuiper was born in Petten, Holland in 1919 - seventy nine years ago. He received a Civil Engineering degree from the Technical University at Deift in 1942, and worked in the world renowned Delft Hydraulic Laboratories for two years, then with the Dutch Department of Public Works, on harbours, dams, sea locks, canals and dikes until 1950. Between 1946 and 1947, Professor Kuiper attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a fellowship, and gained a Master of Science degree. Boston also was the place where Ed and his wife, Minka, celebrated the birth of their first child, John. Four other children were to follow, Lidi and Bobby in Holland, Marian and Katie in Canada.

The Kuipers moved permanently to North America in 1950. The family arrived in Winnipeg - where Ed was to be Senior Hydraulics Engineer for Agriculture Canada - just after the devastating 1950 flood. For three of the next six years, Ed Kuiper was in charge of studies of the 170,000 square kilometer Assiniboine River basin, with an eye to the flood protection of Winnipeg. Then in 1956 he was seconded to the Manitoba Water Resources Investigation as Chief Engineer, this time with an eye to flood control, water conservation and the hydro-electric power potential of the Nelson, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg Rivers.

Edward Kuiper joined the University of Manitoba on September 1, 1958 - exactly 40 years ago. Over the next 33 years, until his retirement in 1991, Professor Kuiper taught thousands of civil engineering students at both the undergraduate and graduate level the essentials of water resources engineering. The four years leading up to the start of construction of the Winnipeg Floodway and the Portage Diversion in 1962 saw Edward Kuiper participate in public hearings and advocacy, and design and model testing. That Manitoba chose to construct a foolproof large "Duff's Ditch," instead of failure-prone dikes, as Winnipeg's primary defence system, was a result of Professor Kuiper's involvement. This involvement was recognized this year when Ed Kuiper was awarded the Order of the Buffalo Hunt as a measure of this province's gratitude for his engineering skill.

In the quotation cited above, Professor Glenn Morris salutes the stature of Professor Edward Kuiper around the world. Three pages of single spaced text are required simply to list his activities in training, memberships on commissions, and engineering consultations outside Canada.

We honour Professor Kuiper today for his flood mitigation works in Manitoba. We include in our esteem, his leadership and tireless campaigning for homeowners to pay proper attention to engineering principles as they worked raising dikes during the 1997 flood of the century - dikes which held. These homeowners as they struggled to meet his exacting standards, would agree with the opinion put forward in a review of Professor Kuiper's book on water resources development - "He be floody minded."

Gildas Molgat

Gildas Molgat, LL.D., June 2, 1998
The Honourable Gildas L. Molgat
C.D., B.Comm.

Senator Molgat's contribution to his city, province, country and the world are most distinguished.  His record of public service, spanning over 45 years, is widely acknowledged as outstanding by members of all political persuasions.

Gildas Molgat was born in Ste-Rose du Lac, Manitoba to Louis F. Molgat and Adele Abraham. He received his primary and secondary education in Ste-Rose du Lac. He then attended both St Paul's College and the University of Manitoba, and he was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce (honours) degree in 1947, at which time he was a gold medal recipient. This was merely the beginning of Senator Molgat's relationship with the University of Manitoba, a relationship which continues today, marked just this past fall by his fiftieth homecoming celebration, which he was pleased to attend. 

Mr. Molgat's long and distinguished career in public service began in 1953 with his election to the Manitoba legislature. He was re-elected in 1958, 1959, 1962, 1966 and 1969, representing the constituency of Ste-Rose. He was leader of the Liberal Party in Manitoba and Leader of the Opposition from 1961 to 1968. Following his time as leader, he remained in the Legislature until he was summoned to the Senate on October 7, 1971 by the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. Senator Molgat has proven his skill as both a parliamentarian as well as a politician.

In his role as Speaker of the Senate, Senator Molgat has had the opportunity to represent Canada on various parliamentary missions and exchanges abroad, as well as meeting with foreign officials visiting Canada. Senator Molgat has been serving his fellow citizens as well as his fellow parliamentarians for the last half century. His service has been completed with skill, devotion and passion.

Heather Margaret Robertson

Heather Margaret Robertson, LL.D., May 27, 1998


Heather Margaret Robertson
B.A.(Hons.)(Man.); M.A.(Columbia, New York)

Among the things rightly claimed for liberal education is encouragment of the capacity to think critically and to challenge conventional assumptions. In the person of Heather Robertson is found the embodiment of such capacities, though she needed little such encouragement, having developed an independent mind long before she graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1963, or before she proceeded, on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, to do an M.A. at Columbia University in 1964.

As a student at the University of Manitoba, indeed, she served as Editor of The Manitoban and presided over the liveliest, most controversial student newspaper in the country. As Editor, she broke a long-standing convention and endorsed a party in the mock parliament elections: uproar ensued. She questioned the prevailing orthodoxy on the need for a football team: she was denounced by sportscasters in the daily papers and on radio. In her most recent book, Writing From Life: A Guide for Writing True Stories, she observes that writing is a provocative act and that writing true stories, which involves people with their own lives and points of view, is to invite often strong disagreement. She writes:

I have been hanged and burned in effigy. I have been sued for libel. I have been called a Nazi and accused of racism, hysteria, and neurosis. I have made enemies, and lost friends. In my first book, I unwittingly offended my mother...

So stimulated was she by the reactions to strongly expressed opinions that she concluded, early on, that writing and not the classroom was to be her life. She worked as a reporter and drama and television critic for the Winnipeg Tribune, as a public affairs radio producer for CBC, and over the years contributed to numerous Canadian periodicals, including Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Maclean's and Canadian Forum.

By her late twenties she had written her first book, Reservations Are for Indians. A book about Aboriginals, by a woman who was not one, it combined audacity with insight. This was followed by Grass Roots and Salt of the Earth which looked, with sympathy but without sentimentality, at rural and small-town life: their lack of sentimentality, not surprisingly, was controversial. These were followed by A Terrible Beauty The Art of Canada at War and a predictably unconventional book on the notorious Ken Leishman, appropriately titled The Flying Bandit.

These highly diverse works of non-fiction were followed in the 1980s by a fictional trilogy, Willie: a Romance, Lily: a Rhapsody in Red, and Igor: a Novel of Intrigue. In these novels, Heather Robertson discovered, embellished - or created - the hitherto unknown excitement in the life of the Rt. Hon. William Lyon Mackenzie King. These were audacious works, challenging both conventional forms of the novel and conventional views of Willie King. The first volume of the trilogy won, for Ms Robertson, the Books in Canada First Novel prize for 1983, the first of a number of writing awards she was to receive.

Later books included More Than A Rose: Prime Ministers, Wives and Other Women. This book - which appeared before the advent of Kim Campbell - was an extended examination of the wives and other women in the lives of Canada's Prime Ministers. Not only did it break new ground in disclosing unknown or little known facts about its subjects, it chronicled the transformation of the roles and expectations of prime ministerial spouses. On the Hill: A People’s Guide to Canada’s Parliament offered sometimes irreverent, but not inaccurate, perspectives on all one would wish to know of the arcane ways of parliament; and Driving Force: the McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car provided an account of Canadian - and hence, little-known - involvement in the automobile age.

Heather Robertson's career as a writer now spans thirty years. Her writings have been characterised by meticulous research, high intelligence, passion, flair; and by an irresistible urge to puncture the pretentious. She has typically taken the road less travelled and her writings have introduced her compatriots to many less known or less well understood aspects of Canadian life. Her career has been an extended contribution to public discourse. For this, and the honour she brings the University, we honour her today.


1997

Ralph W. Bullock

W. Ralph Bullock, D.Sc., May 28, 1997
W. Ralph Bullock
B.E.(Physics), M.Sc.(Sask.)

Science, engineering and technology permeate and underpin virtually every aspect of our daily lives. Ralph Bullock is recognized for the contributions that he has made to strengthen the capacity of this field of human endeavour for enhancing and extending the quality of those lives even further. He has contributed unselfishly of his time and talents toward national, regional and university initiatives while sustaining a very successful and demanding career as an executive of Bristol Aerospace and its subsidiary, Rolls-Royce Industries Canada Inc.

Mr. Bullock's contributions to the people of Canada and Manitoba reflect his unstinting dedication to the development of science, engineering and technology. These contributions are exemplified at the national level by the considerable amount of time and energy that he has devoted and continues to devote to the National Research Council of Canada. He served as a long-time member of the governing council and the executive of the NRC. He was instrumental in the establishment in Winnipeg of the NRC's Canadian Institute of Industrial Technology and its successor, the Institute for Manufacturing Technology. He continues to draw on his experience in the aerospace industry in his ongoing service on the advisory boards for the NRC's Institute of Aerospace Research and its Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics. Ralph Bullock's dedication to the work of the National Research Council reflects his strongly held conviction that research and innovation hold the key for the future of our country if Canada is to compete aggressively in an increasingly knowledge-intensive economy.

Mr. Bullock presently serves with distinction on a number of other scientific and technical organizations. These include the Manufacturing Technology Service of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association and, provincially, the Economic and Innovation Technology Council and Total Quality Manitoba Inc. He is also currently Chair of both the Defence Advisory Board and the Space Committee of the Air Industries Association of Canada. He has served, in the past, on many more regional and national organizations, including a stint as Chair of PRECARN which is a partnership of the private and public sectors in Canada committed to supporting precompetitive research. Time prevents a more complete mention of the many organizations which have benefited from the energy that Ralph Bullock was willing to direct to them.

In the field of education, Mr. Bullock serves as a member of the first Board of Govemors of the Red River Community College. As though he were the human equivalent of the energizer bunny, he serves simultaneously on its Executive Committee and chairs its Administration Committee and its Planning Committee. He has directed these same seemingly limitless energies toward the development of science awareness of our youth, giving leadership in the launching of the Manitoba Technology Initiative, a program which seeks to excite the curiosity of school children about the world of science, engineering and technology.

From the University's point of view, Ralph Bullock's role as the main community sparkplug in the early 1980's in establishing the University's Institute for Technological Development is perhaps the most significant. Under his wise guidance as Chair of the Institute's advisory board, the Institute flourished and matured into a full-fledged university/industry liaison office which brings together the scientific and technical interest of the community with the academic interest of the Faculties of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Science. Ralph Bullock was the primary force in the establishment in the University of the highly successful and nationally recognized Engineering and Applied Sciences Industrial Affiliates Program. He gave strong and direct leadership in the establishment of two of the University's five NSERC Industrial Research Chairs, one in Applied Electromagnetics and one in Aerospace materials. The latter is unique in that it extends the concept of NSERC Industrial Research Chairs to include an undergraduate curriculum option, in this instance, in Aerospace Engineering.

Ralph Bullock was born in Maidstone, Saskatchewan during the 1930's. The University of Saskatchewan awarded him a Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Physics in 1958 and a Master of Science in Upper Atmospheric Physics in 1960. During his 40 year career with Bristol Aerospace, he worked cooperatively with the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of British Columbia; and the Defence Research Establishment at Valcartier, Quebec. At the conclusion of his career with Bristol Aerospace last fall, he was VicePresident, Engineering and Quality, and Vice-President, Environmental Affairs, with Rolls-Royce.

Ralph Bullock is a friend of engineering, science and technology. Closer to home, he is a good friend of the University of Manitoba. Through his work, he has helped us and supported us. For this, we thank him and honour him.

Bernard Ostry

Bernard Ostry, LL.D., May 29, 1997
Bernard Ostry
OC.; BA.(Honours)(Man.)

Someone once said that government, like life, is hard to sum up in a few words. Today we are honouring an individual whose life and exemplary career in the public service is exceedingly difficult to sum up in a few words. Throughout his long, varied and distinguished career in government, Bernard Ostry has contributed his ideas and energies to the shaping and implementation of public policy in many fields to the benefit of all Canadians.

He is probably best known as a passionate and persuasive advocate of the importance of government support to the arts. Such support is needed to promote and to maintain creative Canadian artistic expression. It is also crucial to ensure more widespread access for all segments of Canadian society to the enrichment opportunities represented by arts and cultural activities - a theme which Mr. Ostry explored with great lucidity and conviction in his seminar book The Cultural Connection published in 1978.

For more than four decades, Mr. Ostry has contributed to the shaping of Canada's and Ontario's broadcasting, cultural and industrial policies. Before 1968 he was an award winning producer and host for various programmes on CBC television. His commitment to a well informed public was reflected in his subsequent service with the Canadian Radio-Television Commission and then as a Commissioner of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Government Information.

From 1970 to 1980 he held a series of increasingly responsible public service position within the Government of Canada. From 1970-1973 he was Under Secretary in the Department of the Secretary of State, the lead department for the emerging role of the federal government in the broad field of cultural policy. He then became Deputy Minister and Chief Executive Officer of the National Museums Corporation, which managed six national museums. Beginning in 1978 he was Deputy Minister of Communication responsible for policy advice on emerging technologies like satellites, videotex and Telidon.

After a two year assignment in Europe, he returned to Canada in 1982 as Ontario's Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade responsible for the expansion of international trade offices, assistance to small business and the creation of six technological centres. Following a two year assignment as Deputy Minister of Citizenship and Culture, he became in 1985 the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, more popularly known as TV Ontario. Under his leadership TV Ontario expanded its scope and gained an international reputation for quality programming. The network was extended to 96 percent of the population and a French language service reached 85 percent of the French speaking minority. On the programming side, six hundred international awards for programming were received during his seven years as C.E.O.

The foundation for this brilliant public service career began in western Canada. Bom in Wadena, Saskatchewan in 1927, Mr. Ostry received his early education in Winnipeg and received a B.A.(Honours) degree in History from the University of Manitoba in 1948. From 1948-1952 he did postgraduate work in history in England and with the late H.S. Ferns, he was the co-author of the provocative book The Age of Mackenzie King (1955). Throughout his career he has shared his informed opinions with a wider audience through hundreds of articles and speeches. He has also made an immense contribution as a member of numerous boards of directors. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1988.

It is appropriate at a time when Canada's public services are being widely critized and when govemments are reducing their support to the arts, that the University of Manitoba should honour Bernard Ostry. He is revising his important book The Cultural Connection and we look forward to an updated passionate defence of Canadian cultural sovereignty. We are pleased to honour Mr. Ostry for his past and future contributions to Canadian public life.

John Peter Lee Roberts

John Peter Lee Roberts, LL.D., May 28, 1997
John Peter Lee Roberts
O.C.; A.Mus.A.(Syd.); M.A.(Car.); Hon.D.F.A.(Vic.B.C.)

If the fine and performing arts are to make a significant and meaningful contribution to society, there must be strong institutional support for education, development and support of the artists, and for the dissemination of their work. John Roberts, through his work in broadcasting, on boards of cultural organizations and committees, and as a university administrator, has provided creative leadership which has contributed to the development of institutions which Canadians today consider an integral part of Canadian life.

A Canadian citizen since 1961, John Roberts began his life in Canada in 1955 when he came to Winnipeg as a CBC music producer. Among Winnipeg musicians with whom he worked are Filmer Hubble, Peggie Sampson, Christine Mather, Leonard Isaacs and Robert Turner, the latter two of whom are Professors Emeriti of the University of Manitoba School of Music. He also notes that shortly after he arrived he met Winnipeg composer, pianist, and violinist Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté. At their first meeting, they discussed music, and she performed on the piano. He remembers that he was impressed by her profound interpretations of standard repertoire and intrigued by her own music. Shortly thereafter, he met her husband Dr. Ferdinand Eckhard. John Roberts and the Eckhardts remained close colleagues and friends to the end of the Eckhardts' lives.

John Roberts was associated with the CBC for more than 30 years. Following his two years in Winnipeg, he became successively Program Organizer for CBC radio in Toronto, Supervisor of Music, Head of Radio Music and Variety, and served two further terms as a Special Advisor for Music and Arts Development and as a Senior Advisor for Cultural Development. One of the pioneers of FM broadcasting, he personally programmed 50% of the entire FM schedule with music and the other arts in the early years. Among his achievements, he developed and supervised CBC Festivals which provided exposure to Canadian performers and composers in cities across Canada and established an extensive on-going program of commissions for Canadian composers. He established the CBC talent competitions which have, over a period of many years, discovered outstanding young Canadian artists and launched important performers and composers on major careers. He pioneered radio documentaries on music subjects in the 1960's. The CBC became an international leader in the field with some of the early commissions of documentaries from Glenn Gould and others.

Another vital outlet for the distribution of Canadian music is the recording medium. Recognizing this, John Roberts, during his term as Head of CBC Radio Music and Variety, made the CBC a major producer of serious music recordings in Canada through his establishment of the recording division and the Canadian Collection which sold recordings through mail order. While serving as Director General of the Canadian Music Centre, he established the Centredisc label which quickly became a primary vehicle for the recording of Canadian Music, while during his eight years as Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary, he was responsible for yet another new label - Unical Records.

During his various careers, Roberts has been an active member of nearly fifty arts and culture boards and key committees at home and abroad. In Canada, Roberts was President of the Canadian Music Council and Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, and is the Founding President of The Glenn Gould Foundation which established the highly prestigious $50,000 Glenn Gould Prize in the area of music and communications. He is also past president of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans. His expertise has been utilized on the international level to chair the organization of several international comtemporary music festivals and to act as an advisor on broadcasting and communications development in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

John Roberts is now an Adjunct Professor in the Music Department of the University of Calgary. In the area of Scholarship, he enjoys a distinguished record as a lecturer and published writer in Canada and Europe in the fields of music and communications in the electronic media as well as cultural policy. During 1995-96 he was the first Seagram Visiting Fellow in the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada at McGill University.

In 1978 Roberts received the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal and in 1981 the Cross of Honour for Science and the Arts from Austria. Also in 1981 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 1992 he received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria. In 1996 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

John Roberts has set a lofty standard for those in the cultural sector of Canada and the world. His innovative and creative approach to broadcasting and cultural organizations resulted in an environment in which the important voice of Canadian creative and performing artists is heard not only by other Canadians, but by people over the world. It is for this that we thank him and honour him.

Charles Gordon Roland

Charles Gordon Roland, D.Sc., May 29, 1997
Charles Gordon Roland
M.D., B.Sc.(Med.)(Man.)

History is a torch to illuminate the past that we may avoid mistakes in the future and understand the present. It is as necessary in medicine and science as in other human affairs. Few, if any, in today's tumultuous world, have so well recognized the challenge and met it with as much talent and productivity as has Charles Roland, an alumnus of the University of Manitoba and one of the world’s most eminent medical historians.

Charles Roland was born in Winnipeg in 1933, attended high school in Kenora followed by pre-medical studies at the University of Toronto. He then entered the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba and graduated M.D., BSc.(Medicine) in 1958. After internship at St. Boniface Hospital he began general practice in Tillsonburg and in Grimsby, Ontario. In 1964 he was appointed Senior Editor, Joumal of the American Medical Association, based in Chicago, and a Lecturer in the History of Medicine at North Western University School of Medicine. Early in 1969 he became Chairman, Department of Biomedical Communications at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. With the advent of the Mayo Medical School in 1970, he became Associate Professor, History of Medicine and in 1973 Professor at the Mayo Medical School. During these years he progressed through a meteoric career in medical journalism and medical history that culminated in his appointment as Jason A. Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. He has held that position since then, as well as being an Associate Member of the Department of History at McMaster University.

Dr. Roland's contributions are numerous and comprehensive as teacher, author, editor, researcher, administrator and role model. His students have included medical residents, post-doctoral fellows, members of faculty, nurses and librarians as well as medical and history students. He was recognized for Excellence in Teaching at McMaster University in 1988. His publications and public lectures are nearly numberless and are comprised of history and bibliography (18 books and 15 book chapters as well as nearly 300 journal articles), medical communications (2 books in scientific writing and about 50 articles), and medical (one book translated into seven languages, and several articles). He has served as Editor-in Chief of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History and on the editorial boards or as a reviewer for an additional twenty publications. Among his favorite topics are Osleriana in which he is recognized as an international authority in the United States, England and Japan, and military medicine. His book Courage Under Siege: Starvation, Disease and Death in the Warsaw Ghetto was awarded the 1994 Hannah Medal by the Royal Society of Canada. Currently he is engaged in preparing two books on health and disease in prisoners-of-war camps during World War II. One of these will be mainly devoted to the experience of Canadian and other prisoners in Hong Kong and Japan; the other will be an account of prisoner experiences in all theatres of war in World War II. 

Dr. Roland's outstanding contributions have not gone unnoticed - recognition by his peers is shown by his election to the presidency of at least four prestigious organizations in his field. He was President of the large and influential American Medical Writer's Association, 1969-1970, the Medical Historical Club of Toronto 1977-1978, the American Osler Society, 1986-1987 and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, 1993-1997. A popular speaker, he has delivered scores of lectures throughout Canada and the United States and invited presentations in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Greece and Japan.

Never in the history of the world has the medical profession had so much to offer to the ill and the injured in the science and technology of medicine and yet never has its motives and methods been more challenged. Dr. Charles Roland has reminded both the profession and the public of the noble traditions of the medical profession and fostered a return to the humanitarian art of medicine which has served humanity so well. For this we are most grateful and honour him today.

Baldur Rosmund Stefansson

Baldur R. Stefansson, D.Sc., October 23, 1997
Baldur R. Stefansson
O.C., B.S.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Man.); F.A.I.C.

Dr. Baldur R. Stefansson, whose birthplace was Vestfold near Lundar, Manitoba, has been referred to as the father of canola. He received a B.S.A. degree in 1950, M.Sc. in 1952, and a Ph.D. in 1966 from the University of Manitoba.

As he began his career as an ollseed breeder in the Department of Plant Science, he recognized the potential of ollseed rape as an edible oilseed crop for temperate climates. At that time, oilseed rape was a crop used primarily as an industrial oil, with limited application in the western world and limited acreage. In the 1960's, the crop's future as an edible oil crop was threatened when research conducted identified the high content of the long chain erucic acid in the oil as a concern. Diets containing high amounts of erucic acid were associated with deposition of fat in the heart, skeletal muscle, and adrenal glands of rodents.

Dr. Stefansson had the wisdom and foresight to realize that, in order to make the modifications required for oilseed rape to be widely accepted, he would require the collaboration of others, including chemists, nutritionists, agronomists and other plant breeders. Stefansson undertook a survey of rape accessions from many parts of the world, looking for variability in the content of erucic acid in the oil fraction. After surveying over 4000 lines by gas chromatograph, he discovered a forage rape, Liho, that had wide variability in its erucic acid content. Through breeding and selection using Liho as a parent, he and his colleague, Dr. Keith Downey in 1961, demonstrated that erucic acid could be essentially eliminated from rape oil.

In the late 1960's and early 1970's, Dr. Stefansson embarked on a program to reduce the glucosinate content of the meal while selecting for increased oil content and increased meal protein content, a first for oilseed breeders. As a result of this, his early varieties (Tanka, Target and Turret) were widely accepted because they were high yielding with an above average oil and protein content. In 1974, Dr. Stefansson released Tower, the first 'double zero' rape cultivar with less than 5 percent erucic acid and less than 3 mg/g glucosinolates in the meal. The significant improvements in both oil and meal quality were recognized in a new commodity name 'canola'.

In 1987, Dr. Stefansson registered the world's first low linolenic canola cultivar Stellar. The low linolenic oil produced by Stellar has greater stability and improved processing characteristics of canola. Dr. Stefansson also developed oilseed rape cultivars with very high levels of erucic acid in the oil, providing a valuable oil with many industrial applications.

Dr. Stefansson's contribution to the bright future of the canola crop in Canada was recognized by the Royal Bank Award in 1975. He was made a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in 1975 and was awarded the Queen's Jublilee Medal in 1977. Other prestigious recognition of his contribution to Canadian agriculture include the Grindley Medal, the H.R. MacMillan Laureate in Agriculture, and the McAnsh Award from the Canola Council of Canada. Dr. Stefansson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1985. He was recognized by the international rapeseed scientific community in 1987 with the International Award for Research in Rapeseed from the International Rapeseed Congress. Two student awards, one scholarship and one bursary, have been established in Dr. Stefansson's name, based on the awards from the Canola Council of Canada and the lcelandic Foundation of Manitoba. On his retirement from the University in 1986, Dr. Stefansson was given an appointment as a senior scholar, followed in 1987 by an appointment as Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Stefansson's vision of what might be and his innovative thoughtful approach to reaching his goals provide much-quoted examples of what plant breeding can achieve. During his career at the University, Dr. Stefansson supervised graduate students who are now working in key positions for plant breeding companies world-wide. The quality standards set by canola have become international standards for the crop internationally. Canola oil quality has been recognized as nutritionally desirable with low levels of saturated fatty acids. The new methods available to plant breeders now include genetic transformation and canola is among the first of the transgenic crops in commercial production. There has been a remarkable series of changes in the crop first known as oilseed rape and much of the interest in the crop today can be traced to the pioneering work of Baldur Stefansson.


1996

Barry S. Broadfoot

Barry S. Broadfoot, LL.D., October 24, 1996
Barry S. Broadfoot
B.A.(Man.)

Canada's best-known chronicler of the ordinary person, a journalist-turned- sweatshirt historian, Barry S. Broadfoot has been writing since his early Manitoba boyhood. Born in Winnipeg in January 1926, to Samuel and Sylvia Broadfoot [who,by the way at age 97 is with us today], Barry had written most of a novel by the age of 11. Later, as a teenager, he was a copy boy and junior reporter for the old Winnipeg Tribune. After attending Riverview, Lord Roberts and Kelvin High, he opted for the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949 after a two-year tour with the Canadian Army during the war. Along the way he worked on the UMSU Council while continuing his love-affair with the pen and typewriter serving as editor of the Manitoban for 1947/48.

His passion for the written word and for the human story inevitably took him into his first career as journalist first with the Winnipeg Tribune, then with the Vancouver News Herald, the Edmonton Bulletin, the United Press and eventually with the Vancouver Sun where he spent 19 years as reporter, columnist and editor. At the age of 47, he decided to leave the newspaper business to start out on a new adventure - a career that would take him into living rooms and parlours, cafes and diners, across this broad land in search of the stories of the every-day Canadian.
With abundant energy and an insatiable desire to gather and on paper the recollections and reminiscences of a generation, Broadfoot set out on his own saga of adventure- to capture and record on tape the stories of an embarrassment and a shame in our history - the story of the Great Depression.

Convinced that too many history books were being written without emotion or unable to communicate the depth of feelings and hurt brought on by this economic blight in our history, Broadfoot set out across the land interviewing, listening, recording and editing. Out of it came his first and best-known work - Ten Lost Years (1973) - that quickly sold over 100,000 copies, rivaling most Canadian book sales of the time.  It was the launching of a second career and we, his readers, will forever be the richer for it.

Flush with success and armed with purpose, he returned to the field, the vast Canadian homeland. In rapid succession, his work with tape recorders and oral histories led to the publication of several other books - Six War Years, (1974), The Pioneer Years (1976), Memories - The History of Imperial Oil Limited (1980), Years of Sorrow, Years of Shame (1983), My Own Years (1984), The Veterans' Years (1985), The Immigant Years (1986), Next-Year Country (1988), and, for his first attempt outside Canada, Ordinary Russians (1989). Whether about the displacement of Japanese Canadians during World War Two, the precarious life of the Canadian prairie farmer, or the struggle of immigrants to make a living in the Canadian west, each book has successfully captured the feelings, the emotions, and the stories of the everyday Canadian.

Broadfoot, now living in Nanaimo, B.C. with his wife, Lori, likewise a former University of Manitoba student, does not pretend to be Canada's greatest historian. Nor does he claim to be its finest writer. But he may well be its best listener and its favourite recorder. "I call myself a chronicler," he once said of himself, "a collector of peoples' tales and stories. A modern memory man ... a collector of people." And "I want to give people their heritage," he said on another occasion. "I want to put it in a ball so they can hold it and touch it and squeeze it - so Canadians can feel their history in their hands."

His vocation has become an important complement to traditional academic histories, and one far more widely read. He has used his tape recorder as the professional historian does the archives: to reveal perceived truth about an event or an era. He brings to us the raw material of history, the recollections of the unheralded and the unpublicized. While others have sought the critical edge and the perceptive analysis, Broadfoot has deliberately woven out of the fabric of many thousand remembrances, the larger tapestry of our time.

What sustained him and what accounts for over a half-million sales of his various books is "the simple poetic language of the people." Unlike many academic historians, Broadfoot has had his eye - and ear - on the common man and woman, their special reminiscence or remarkable story. In this sense he is a social historian par excellence. "Every one has one wonderful experience," he once remarked, "they want to share. Then it's like a chain hanging down and they go from one to another." His genius and his talent has been the relentless drive to track it down, squeeze it out, run it through and make it live for all Canadians - indeed for all readers everywhere.

Back in 1991, Mr. Broadfoot saw fit to donate his rich collection of papers and writings, including two unpublished novels, to the University of Manitoba's Dept. of Archives & Special Collections, one of the country’s best resources for the study of prairie Canadian literature. He said at that occasion that if he had a chance to write his own epitaph, it would probably read: "He gave Canadians the real story of their lives." We were pleased then to recognize his work and we are even more honoured now to present him this honorary degree.

W. Yvon Dumont

W. Yvon Dumont, LL.D., May 30, 1996
W. Yvon Dumont

In the conferring of an Honorary Degree on the Honourable Yvon Dumont, the University honours an institution as well as a man.

The importance of the office of Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba has long been acknowledged by the University through the conferring of honorary degrees on the incumbents. While acknowledging the symbolic importance of this great office of state, the University also acknowledges the real and substantive importance of continuity and ordered constitutional processes as essential underpinnings of a civil society, in which genuine liberty is valued and real human progress is possible. As the Canadian scholar Frank Mackinnon has written:

"The Crown is an elusive phenomenon and a practical institution of government. To some it seems like an old family ghost that has lingered for centuries doing little but making its presence felt. To others it is a remarkable political invention that makes much government action possible, fruitful and tolerable. The Crown is still more than that. It is is an institution at the summit of the state designed to limit the problems of wielding political power and to assist the interplay of human characteristics among officials and citizens, which are the real but unpredictable forces in public life...'God save the Queen,' (says MacKinnon) really means 'God help us to govern ourselves'."

What these words address is the importance of a public institution devoted, not to the political questions or interests of the moment, but to embodying and upholding the rules and conventions within which, as a community, we take our collective decisions. In our system, that responsibility is vested in the Crown and is lodged, in Manitoba, in the office of Lieutenant-Governor.

In the Honourable Yvon Dumont, we have a man who represents that institution and embodies its traditions.

Yvon Dumont was born in St. Laurent Manitoba in 1951, one of twelve children born to William Dumont and Therese Chartrand. While still in his teens he became active in the Manitoba Metis Federation. Beginning in 1972 he held a number of senior offices in the Federation and, in the same period, served as a founding vice-president of the Native Council of Canada.

In parallel with these activities, Mr. Dumont served as a member of the Municipal Council of the Rural Municipality of St. Laurent and as a member of the Board of Governors of this University. He has been active in several small businesses and served as a member of the national division of the Aboriginal Economic Development Board.

In 1984 Yvon Dumont was elected president of the Manitoba Metis Federation to which position he was subsequently re-elected on three occasions. Mr Dumont served as president of a major aboriginal organization during a time of rapid change in, and increasing awareness of, issues facing aboriginal people. For much of the modern period, indeed, the Metis people have been marginalized and underappreciated. As a minority community they have suffered from both prejudice and neglect. Yet in 1992 both the Parliament of Canada and the Legislative assembly of Manitoba acknowledged the Metis as being among the founders of Manitoba. In the processes which contributed to a greater understanding of the Metis people and of their place in the history of Manitoba, Yvon Dumont proved a prominent and an effective advocate.

Over time, the nature of that advocacy came to encompass both provincial and national issues. Mr. Dumont played a role in achieving recognition of aboriginal issues in Manitoba and beyond. During his presidency, the Federation participated in both the First Ministers Conference on Aboriginal Constitutional Matters, and on the constitutional discussions of this period, which encompassed both the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords.

In 1993, in recognition of his significant contribution to the Metis people and, through them, to the wider community, Yvon Dumont was named the 21st Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba.

Yvon Dumont, though a comparatively young man, has had a long career of service to the people of Manitoba and to the Metis people within it. To that career of service he brought dedication and determination. Those qualities were recognized in his appointment as the Queen's representative in Manitoba, and to that office he has applied himself with diligence and dignity.

F. Ross Johnson

F. Ross Johnson, LL.D., May 29, 1996
F. Ross Johnson
D.C.; B.Comm,, M.Comm., L.L.D.

F. Ross Johnson is a Canadian who's business career has impacted the economic lives of millions of people around the world. His international reputation as a business leader and entrepreneur, places him among the most influential executives of the 20th century. His origins led him from a modest upbringing in depression-era Winnipeg, to become Chief Executive Officer of RJR Nabisco, one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world.

Born in Winnipeg in 1931, F. Ross Johnson's business career is characterized by an attitude of success and an exemplary work ethic. His career as an entrepreneur began in grade school where he held a variety of after-school jobs such as delivering magazines and door-to-door selling. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Manitoba in 1952 and began his business career at Canadian General Electric, progressing through a series of finance and marketing positions. While at Canadian General Electric, Mr. Johnson attended the University of Toronto, receiving his Master of Commerce degree in 1956. In 1964, he became vice-president for merchandising with the T. Eaton Company, leaving in 1967 to become executive vice-president and Chief Operating Officer of GSW Ltd., a major Canadian appliance manufacturer.

In 1971, Mr. Johnson joined Standard Brands Limited of Canada as President and Chief Executive Officer. Two years later he moved to New York City as Senior Vice-President and President of International Operations with the parent company, Standard Brands, Inc. He was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of Standard Brands in 1975, and the following year was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

When Standard Brands and Nabisco, Inc. merged in 1981, Mr. Johnson was elected President and Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the newly formed Nabisco Brands organization. He was elected Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nabisco Brands in 1984. When Nabisco Brands and RJR merged in 1985, becoming RJR Nabisco, Mr. Johnson was named President, Chief Operating Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. He was elected Chief Executive Officer in 1987.

Under Mr. Johnson's leadership, RJR Nabisco became the 19th most profitable company in the world, with annual sales of $18 billion, 250 manufacturing plants, and 165,000 employees. He retired from the firm in 1989 after arranging its sale for $25 billion, an amount that remains the world's highest price ever paid for a company.

Today F. Ross Johnson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RJM Group, Inc., his own international management and advisory firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. The RJM Group has major investments in companies such as Bionaire, Inc., a producer of environmental air products headquartered in Montreal, and Peterson Properties, a real estate and management firm located in Atlanta. Mr. Johnson serves as Chairman of the Board at both companies. He also serves on the boards of directors of several US and Canadian companies, including the American Express Company, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Midland-Financial Group, Inc., National Service Industries, Noma Industries, and Power Corporation of Canada.

In addition to his leadership in business, F. Ross Johnson has an extensive record of service to government, educational, and charitable institutions. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Executive Council of the Foundation of the Commemoration for the Constitution (Bicentennial) of the United States. From 1978 to 1986, he was Chairman of The New York Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and is the only non-American to be elected Chairman of The Economic Club of New York where he served from 1983-86. He has served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University in New York, and as a trustee of Duke University, and currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Johnson was made an officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.) in 1986. He has received honorary Doctor of Law (L.L.D.) degrees from St. Francis Xavier University (1978), Memorial University of Newfoundland (1980), and Barry University in Miami, Florida (1987). Other awards he has received include The Harriman Award, New York City (1978), the Silver Medal of Patriotism, United States of America (1980), and the 125th Anniversary Medal - Confederation of Canada (1992).

F. Ross Johnson personifies the entrepreneurial spirit that forges economic growth. His dedication to managerial achievement and commitment to the society in which business functions, serves as an example to all young people aspiring to a successful career in business.

William Bruce Parrish

William Bruce Parrish, LL.D., May 30, 1996
William Bruce Parrish, C.M.

This afternoon we recognize the distinguished public service of William Bruce Parrish, President of Parrish and Heimbecker, and Chairman of the Winnipeg Foundation. In honoring Mr. Parrish, we are also recognizing the Winnipeg Foundation which celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year.

In 1881, an ambitious young man, William L. Parrish, the son of a miller from Ontario, arrived in Manitoba and established a homestead near Brandon. It wasn't long until young Parrish was getting established in the grain and milling businesses. Over the years, several ventures were undertaken until in 1909, he joined with Norman Heimbecker, also from Ontario, to form Parrish and Heimbecker.

While best known for its grain elevator system throughout the prairies, Parrish and Heimbecker, under the guidance of successive generations of Parrish's and Heimbeckers, has been a model in business diversification and longevity. Today the company, led by William Bruce Parrish, has a diversified base of operations, including grain handling, lake shipping, feed milling, flour milling, and poultry processing, located across Canada and at three locations in the USA. The company has invested in modern and highly automated equipment and facilities to maintain its competitive position.

This well-planned diversification has meant that Parrish and Heimbecker has escaped the mergers with large national and multi-national corporations which have been the norm for other similar enterprises. Mr. Parrish, states that the company has survived "because we have always been innovative, optimistic, and continually strive to be relevant." The company is run today as it was 85 years ago by a Parrish and a Heimbecker.

In his role as President of Parrish and Heimbecker, Bill Parrish has been, and continues to be, a leader in the Agrifood industry. He is a Director of New Life Mills, Martin Feed Mills Limited, The Great Lakes Elevator Company Limited, and serves as Chairman of the Board of the Grain Insurance and Guarantee Company Limited. He is a member of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange and has served as its Chairman, a position also held by his father and grandfather before him.

Earlier in 1870, an equally ambitious 18-year old, William Forbes Alloway, had arrived at the Red River colony. The settlement was small, only 12,000 souls, but young Alloway had an eye for potential and was determined to succeed on the frontier. He worked hard, prospering in turn as a tobacconist, veterinarian, and shipper. Then, in 1879, he founded "Alloway and Champion" which became one of the largest private banks in Western Canada.

The early years were difficult ones for the people of Winnipeg. Living conditions were harsh. Yet it was also a boom period: railways and grain had put the city on the map. Winnipeg was becoming an established centre and by 1911, it was the third largest city in the Dominion.

On a summer's day, June 21, 1921, Mr. Alloway made a donation which would change the community of Winnipeg forever---he wrote a $100,000 cheque to establish The Winnipeg Foundation, making it the first community foundation in Canada. Along with his donation, Mr. Alloway wrote:

"Since I first set foot in Winnipeg 51 years ago, Winnipeg has been my home and has done more for me than it may ever be in my power to repay. I owe everything to this community and feel it should receive some benefit from what I have been able to accumulate."

Since 1921, The Winnipeg Foundation has received some 64 million dollars in donations, both specified and unspecified. Through prudent financial management this has grown to its current value of over 100 million dollars. Over the 75 year period, in excess of 60 million dollars, has been returned to the community through grants to registered charities. These grants have touched the lives of countless thousands of Winnipeg and Manitoba residents from all walks of life. When one reviews the lists of beneficiaries, "equality" is the operative word which comes to mind.

The University of Manitoba has been a major recipient of grants from the Winnipeg Foundation. For example, in the 1940s, grants established and maintained the School of Social Work at the University. In the 1980s, support was given to the Continuing Education Division to establish a special training program for non-profit organizations. These are two examples of program funding the University receives each year from the Foundation. The Foundation has also supported capital projects at the University, including $200,000 for the Study Hall in the 1980 Library expansion; $600,000 as a lead gift in 1987 to the Bannatyne Centre, and $375,000 this past year to the “Gateway to the Future Fund” for Agriculture.

Our stories come together in 1985 when William Bruce Parrish, the grandson of William L. and President of the company, joined the board of the Winnipeg Foundation founded by William Forbes Alloway.

William Parrish has given much to the community in which he lives and works. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Cancer Society (Manitoba Division), and served as President from 1965-1970. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Health Sciences Centre in 1979 and served until 1985. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for four years during a time of expansion in health care, which benefited from his guidance. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Foundation in 1985 and currently is the Chairman of the Board, elected to that position in 1993. His contributions to the community have been recognized by his being appointed to the Order of Canada in 1995.

William Parrish has also been generous in his support of the University of Manitoba, and particularly the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. He is currently co-Chair of the "Gateway to the Future Building Fund" Capital Campaign for the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. The Campaign, launched in early 1995, has a target of $12 million and to date has received pledges in the amount of 85 percent of the goal. The success of the campaign has, in large part, been due to the dedication and efforts of Mr. Parrish.

He also was a lead volunteer on the Committee which successfully raised $125,000 for the Clay Gilson Graduate Fellowship. Again, his contacts in the agricultural community were key to the success of this project.

William Parrish is a very unassuming person. His fundamental value system reflected in the operation of Parrish and Heimbecker is honesty and fairness in all dealings. Close associates will tell you Bill Parrish doesn't know how to think crooked. His motto has always been "deal with honor, sleep at night."

William Bruce Parrish has served his industry, his community, the University of Manitoba and his country quietly and with distinction for many years. We can all be proud of his accomplishments and dedication.

In 1943, William Parrish left his studies as a first year student in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba to serve his country. On leaving the army in 1946, he immediately entered the family business. At last he is returning to receive his well deserved degree.

Bernadette Poirier

Bernadette Poirier, June 4, 1996
Bernadette Poirier

A graduate of the St. Boniface Hospital School of Nursing, who joined the Grey Nuns in 1950 and whose gifts in administration resulted in her appointment as Superior General in 1991.

Angus E. Reid

Angus E. Reid, LL.D., May 29, 1996
Angus E. Reid
B.A., M.A.(Manitoba); Ph.D.(Carleton)

To measure the pulse of the nation is to provide us with a view of ourselves. In many ways, this is how Canadians recognize the accomplishments of Angus Reid. His work as a pollster and social commentator is now a common fixture in the Canadian psyche, as we regularly hear reports of public opinion polls, survey research findings and market research conducted by The Angus Reid Group.

In 1979, Angus Reid established the Angus Reid Group, Inc., and under his stewardship, this firm has become Canada's premier market and public opinion research company. It has grown rapidly in a relatively short time. The Angus Reid Group, Inc. now has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, and in one American city, Minneapolis. The head office remains in Winnipeg. The company employs more than 110 full-time research staff and another 350 part-time workers, and has annual billings in excess of $24 million. In 1995 alone, the company interviewed more than 220,000 Canadians on behalf of over 800 clients in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

In addition to managing the firm, Angus Reid also serves as a consultant to corporations, associations and special interest groups. Of particular importance, various government agencies frequently rely upon his public consultations in their formulation of social policies. Data from the surveys are being transferred to the University of British Columbia so that social scientists across the country can have access to the information.

He has served on the Care Canada Board of Directors from 1990 to 1992, and the Canada 125 Board of Directors in 1992. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Nestle Canada (since 1991), and the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre (since 1993).

Dr. Reid is frequently invited to speak to a wide range of national and international audiences on social trends and their implications. He writes columns for Canada's leading newspapers and magazines. The Angus Reid Poll on emerging social and political issues is carried on a regular basis by eighteen Canadian daily newspapers.

Angus Reid was born in Regina in 1947. After receiving his early education in Vancouver, he entered the Faculty of Arts at The University of Manitoba, where he earned both his B.A. in Sociology and History in 1969 and his M.A. in Sociology in 1971. He subsequently completed his doctoral degree in Sociology at Carleton University in 1974. His doctoral thesis, on the professional socialization of dental students, brought him back to Manitoba, where he held an appointment in the Faculty of Medicine's Department of Social and Preventive Medicine from 1974-1 980.

Angus Reid has received numerous awards and distinctions during his academic career, and more recently in his work as an entrepreneur. Among these are a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, a National Health Scholar Award from the National Health Research and Development Program of Health and Welfare Canada, the D. Dunton Award from Carleton University in 1991, and most recently, the 1995 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Pacific Region (Services Category).

Angus Reid is an accomplished researcher and entrepreneur. Through his work, he has helped us understand our societçi and the inevitable changes we face. Through his work, he has helped us understand ourselves. For this, we thank him and honour him.


1995

Alex Colville

Alex Colville, LL.D., May 31, 1995
Alex Colville
P.C.; C.C.; B.F.A.(Mt.All.); LL.D.(Acad., Calg., Dal., King's(Alta.), Memorial, Mt.All., S.Fraser, Trent, Windsor)

D. Alex Colville was born in Toronto, Ontario, the second son of David Harrower Colville and Florence Gault. His father had immigrated from Scotland in 1910 at age 20. The senior Colville spent his working life in steel construction, building many important Canadian structures such as the Welland Canal and several important bridges (a steel bridge is the centrepiece of more than one Colville painting).

Alex Colville is an internationally recognized Canadian artist. His work is identified with the School of Realism, but, more accurately it is realism-plus. The plus is represented by the mystical and intensely private component in almost all his works. When one first studies a Colville painting one is compelled to feel - "what is happening between these subjects - what have they just said - what intimate, perhaps supernatural experience is revealed here? This is far more than factual scenic production".

For these and other reasons his works are in the permanent collections of public museums in Canada, Britain, Germany, France, USA and Holland. His paintings have been displayed in 15 one-man shows in cities from Beijing to Berlin.

Alex Colville's education began in Amherst, Nova Scotia and he entered Mount Allison University in 1938.

He began after-school art classes at age 15. These were sponsored by the extension department of Mount Allison. At the same time he rejected an offer of a scholarship to study law at Daihousie.

Alex Colville became a Professor (Fine Arts) at Mount Allison and was chancellor of Acadia University from 1980 - 1991.

He married Rhoda Wright (also an artist) in 1942 and they have four children, one of whom is a graphic designer. He served in the Canadian Army as a war artist in World War Two, being discharged with honours. He has received honorary degrees from nine universities, is a Companion of the Order of Canada, and a Member of the Privy Council. He was the only Canadian invited as a Fellow to the newly founded University of California at Santa Cruz (1965) returning to Canada in spite of an attractive permanent job offer.

Alex Colville has spent most of his life in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and is devoted to the Maritimes. He displays the open-heartedness and generosity of spirit so evident in people from this part of the world.

Robert Hall Haynes

Robert Hall Haynes, D.Sc., October 19, 1995
Robert Hall Haynes
O.C.; B.Sc.,Ph.D.(W.Ont.); F.R.S.C.; F.A.A.A.S.

A man of vision whose contributions changed fundamental concepts of physics, genetics, and radiation biology, Robert Hall Haynes was bom in London, Ontario in 1931. After receiving his early education in the Ontario school system, he entered the Physics and Mathematics Program of the University of Western Ontario as a scholarship student in 1949. Following his graduation in 1953 and a year of graduate study in applied mathematics at McGill University, he returned to Western where he obtained his Ph.D. for the most extensive and detailed study of the viscous properties of human blood that had been performed up to that time. These studies laid the basis for much of the subsequent research in this field. As a graduate student working part time at the London clinic of the Ontario Cancer Foundation, he developed a simplified mathematical technique for calculating the dose of radiation required to treat tumors with the newly developed "cobalt bomb". Upon completion of his Ph.D., he was awarded a Research Fellowship of the British Empire Cancer Campaign which enabled him to carry out further mathematical work in radiation physics at St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College of the University of London.

In 1958 he took up his first teaching appointment at the University of Chicago where he recognised the importance of a serendipitous observation regarding the recovery of yeast cells exposed to potentially lethal doses of radiation. This finding, together with the results of subsequent experiments, led to the formulation of the "DNA damage-repair" hypothesis which soon replaced the classical "target theory" for the mathematical analysis of the dose-response of cells to radiation. After moving to the University of California at Berkeley, he extended this research into molecular mechanisms of DNA repair and the relation of these processes to mutagenesis, the induction of inherited changes in DNA. His studies in this area were germinal to the development of DNA repair as a new branch of biology. Since that time, the concept of DNA repair has had a far-reaching impact on molecular genetics, cancer research, and evolutionary theory. The importance of his area of academic endeavour was reflected in the recognition of the several molecules involved in DNA repair as the "Molecule of the Year" by the American Society for the Advancement of Science in 1994.

Robert Hall Haynes has continued his tradition of academic excellence at the main campus of York University, where he was appointed Chair of the Biology Department in 1968. Here, as at Berkeley, he contributed significantly to the development of innovative undergraduate biology curricula and provided a large number of students with opportunities for research training. Currently, Dr. Haynes is a Distinguished Research Professor, Emeritus at York University and is active in studying the feasibility of establishing a biosphere on the planet Mars.

Robert Hall Haynes has an extensive record of service to science, having provided leadership to a large number of professional societies, academic institutions and governmental agencies nationally and internationally. In 1988, while President of the Genetics Society of Canada, he served as President of the XVIth International Congress of Genetics, a meeting which attracted some 4000 scientists from 74 countries to Toronto. He was a founding member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and was instrumental in establishing the institute’s program in Evolutionary Biology. As Chair of the Advisory Committee on Mutagenesis of the Department of National Health & Welfare, he was the principal author of guidelines for testing the biological safety of chemicals.

Robert Hall Haynes has received numerous awards, including a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal and the Flavelle Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1990, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In recognition of his contributions to the development and promotion of science in under-industrialised countries of the world, he has the honour, rare for a Canadian, of being elected to Associate Fellowship in the Third World Academy of Sciences. As the recently elected President of the Royal Society of Canada/La Societe Royale du Canada, Robert Hall Haynes continues his tireless efforts to promote and recognize excellence in Canadian research.

Robert Hall Haynes is one of Canada's most accomplished scientists, having made fundamental contributions that changed the conceptual framework of several branches of scientific endeavour. The impact of these contributions will continue to have far reaching effects in the improvement of health care and the understanding of biological aspects of the human condition. Truly, Robert Hall Haynes is a scientist of whom all Canadians can be justifiably proud.

George Johnson

George Johnson, LL.D., June 1, 1995
George Johnson
O.C., B.Sc.,M.D.(Man.); LL.D(Wpg.)

Dr. Johnson is a 1950 graduate of The University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine and former family physician, provincial cabinet minister, and Lieutenant Governor.

Born in Winnipeg in 1920 of third generation Icelandic stock, Dr. George Johnson was educated in Winnipeg public schools and the University of Manitoba. He served in the Canadian Navy from 1941 until 1945 as a navigation specialist. He was discharged as Lieutenant and in 1988 was appointed Honourary Captain for the HMSC Chippawa. He graduated from medical school in 1950 and practiced in Gimli, Manitoba until his election in 1952 to the Manitoba Legislature. He was re-elected in 1959, 1962 and 1966. He was appointed Minister of Health and Public Welfare in 1958 and retained this portfolio until his appointment as Minister of Education in 1963.

As Minister of Health he was instrumental in the implementation of the Manitoba Hospital Plan, the establishment of the Manitoba Hospital Commission, the development of Northern Health Services and the introduction of the free and universal polio vaccination program. Under his administration the Medical and Hospital Commissions were combined and became the Health Services Commission. While Minister of Education he established the Universities Grants Commission, oversaw the development of the technical vocational schools, participated in the introduction of French Immersion Programs in grades one through twelve, and saw the Council of Higher Learning developed which led to the establishment of the Universities of Winnipeg and Brandon. In 1964 he served as Chairman for the Council of Provincial Ministers of Education.

In 1969 Dr. Johnson left provincial politics and returned to the practice of Medicine in urban Winnipeg. He continued in this practice for nine years through 1978. From 1980 to 1986 he served as a Senior Medical Consultant to the government of Manitoba. One of his major contributions was Chairman of the Standing Committee on Medical Manpower. He also served on the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

In December 1986 Dr. Johnson was appointed as Manitoba's twentieth Lieutenant Governor and was the first Manitoban of Icelandic heritage to serve in this position.

Dr. Johnson has served the Bethel Home Foundation as a Physician, Board Member and as President and currently he is completing an article on the history of this model of personal care for senior citizens of Manitoba.

Dr. Johnson married Doris Blondal (B.H.Ec.) of Winnipeg. They have six children, four daughters and two sons (all of whom are university graduates) and seven grandchildren. The Johnson's celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 31, 1993.

Dr. Johnson has received many honours. He is a Certificant, Fellow, and Life Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is an Honorary Life Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Manitoba Medical Association, the Manitoba Medical Society, and the
Manitoba Teachers' Society. In 1967 the new Gimli Elementary School was designated the "George Johnson School". He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Winnipeg in 1992. In January 1994 the Government of Iceland conferred the Order of the Falcon - Commander with Star in recognition of his contribution to the Icelandic in Manitoba communities. In 1994 Dr. Johnson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

John Spencer MacDonald

John Spencer MacDonald, D.Sc., May 31, 1995
John Spencer MacDonald
O.C.; B.A.Sc.(Honours) (Br.Col.); S.M., Ph.D.(M.l.T.), D.Eng.(N.S.T.C.,Vic.B.C.); D.Sc.(Br.CoIj; D.Sc.Mil.(R.R.M.C); F.l.E.E.; F.C.A.S.l.; F.C.A.E.

Scientist, Engineer, Professor and Businessman, John S. MacDonald was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia in 1936. Dr. MacDonald received his early education in the British Columbia school system and entered the University of British Columbia in 1954. After graduating with honours in Electrical Engineering in 1959, he enrolled in the Graduate School of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Masters Degree in 1961 and a Ph.D. in 1964.

Dr. MacDonald's early career was in academic life, first at M.I.T. and subsequently on his return to the University of British Columbia. During this period, Dr. MacDonald distinguished himself as a teacher and researcher, receiving the C.E. Tucker Teaching Award from M.I.T. Dr. MacDonald is currently Adjunct Professor of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University.

While his research and publishing career has continued until the present time, most of Dr. MacDonald's research and technical work took place in the company he helped found, MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., one of Canada's most successful firms in the area of aerospace and remote sensing. Dr. MacDonald served MacDonald Dettwiler as President and Chief Executive Officer until September of 1982 and continues as Chairman of the Board.

Dr. MacDonald's professional and scientific interests lie in the areas of advanced digital systems engineering, remote sensing, image processing and machine vision; areas in which he has authored several publications. He led the design team for the first LANDSAT ground processing system produced by his company and was involved in the early development of synthetic aperture radar processing at MacDonald Dettwiler. More recently, Dr. MacDonald's technical and scientific activities have been in the areas of advanced sensor systems and the applications of remote sensing, with particular emphasis on data handling techniques, especially the use of integrated data sets as a means of increasing our ability to extract useful information from remotely sensed data.

Dr. MacDonald is also active in the public sector. To list only a few examples, he currently serves as Chairman of the Canadian Advisory Council on Remote Sensing, the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, the Defense Industrial Preparedness Advisory Committee and on the Boards of several similar groups in his home province of British Columbia.

In the industrial sector, Dr. MacDonald served as a Director of Kodak Remote Sensing Inc., is currently Chairman of the Space Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Advanced Technology Association.

Dr. MacDonald is a registered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.

Truly, Dr. John S. MacDonald is one of Canada's leading engineers and scientists and, is an exemplary model of an individual who can marry science, technology and business acumen in order to contribute at the highest level both to scientific progress and to the economic development of Canada.

Roy St. George Stubbs

Roy St. George Stubbs, LL.D., June 1, 1995
Roy St. George Stubbs
B.A., LL.B.(Man.)

Roy St. George Stubbs, born in 1907, is one of seven children of whom four became lawyers. Their father was Lewis St. George Stubbs, who was born in the Turks and Caicos Islands and came after service in the South African War to Manitoba where he became a lawyer and is well remembered as an outspoken judge of the County Court and Surrogate Court, social critic and reformer, and long time independent Member of the Legislative Assembly.

Roy Stubbs was educated in Provencher School and The University of Manitoba and worked for a year as a reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune before entering the Manitoba Law School. He received his law degree and was called to the Bar and admitted as a solicitor in 1936. Thereafter, he practised law with his father and brothers, save for wartime years in which he served in England and India with the RCAF, when he became a Squadron Leader and had occasion to employ his legal knowledge in several courts martial. In 1970, he was appointed Senior Judge of the Winnipeg Family and Juvenile Court and served in that office until his retirement in 1977.

While Judge Stubbs served his province in and through the law, his professional work has not confined or exhausted the scope of his inquiry and activity. He is a writer with a wide range of sympathies and interests.

The possessor of a fine library, generously shared with others, he has a deep love of literature and respect for the evocative and persuasive power of language. Although steeped in the classics, he has always been responsive to new Canadian voices in fiction and, especially, poetry; and in appreciative and understanding reviews and addresses, has helped them to be heard.

Roy Stubbs has preserved and made known the record of Western Canada's legal institutions and the lawyers and litigants, often colourful and controversial, who gave them shape and life. In his books--Lawyers and Laymen of Western Canada, Prairie Portraits, and Four Recorders of Rupert's Land--and countless articles, he pioneered study of this important part of our social and intellectual heritage. The authors of a later standard work on the history of Manitoba law and lawyers, writing in 1970, said, "Western Canadian legal history owes more to Judge Stubbs than to any other man. He has kept the candle of interest in the subject alight for over thirty years and at times it has been a very lonely vigil." Today, his works continue to give help and inspiration to later scholars following into the fields he was early to survey and explore.


1994

Harold Buchwald

Harold Buchwald, LL.D., June 2, 1994

Harold Buchwald
G.M.; B.A.,LL.B.,LL.M.(Man.); Q.C.

In a city noted for its sense of community, caring and service Harold Buchwald is, quite simply, outstanding: His record of service encompasses, and all to a significant degree, the fields of health and health research, education, sports, culture, legal practice and legal education. That record of service includes a leadership role in such institutes as the Health Sciences Centre, the Children's Hospital of Winnipeg Research Foundation, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba and Canadian Bar Associations, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club, the University of Manitoba Alumni Association, to name but a few. In fact he is currently holding executive or board positions with approximately 20 different organizations and has previously held another 50 such positions.

Harold Buchwald, a founding partner in the Winnipeg law firm of Buchwald Asper Gallagher Henteleff, was born in Winnipeg in 1928, where he has resided all his life.

He is a graduate of The University of Manitoba, having received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (1948), Bachelor of Laws (1952) and Master of Laws (1957). Called to the Bar of Manitoba in 1952, he has served his profession, his clients and all levels of government in areas ranging from tax law to consumer protection.

His honours are many and richly deserved. Some of these include:

  • He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1966
  • In 1990 he was awarded the Winnipeg Symphony's first Golden Baton for his outstanding contribution to advancing the welfare of that orchestra
  • In 1992 he received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation "In recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada"
  • In 1993 he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada
  • In April of this year the Manitoba Bar Association conferred upon him its Distinguished Service Award.

Currently Mr. Buchwald is a director of the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre and chair of its Ethics Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of the Winnipeg 2000 Leaders Committee, chair of the Foundations and Corporations Division of the Jewish Community Campus of Winnipeg Capital Campaign, chair of the Foundations Division of the Foundations for Health Capital Campaign (being jointly conducted by the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre Foundation, the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg Research Foundation and the Manitoba Division of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation), chair of the Host Committee for the 7th International Winter Cities Showcase and Forum to be held in Winnipeg in February of 1996, a member of the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Habitat for Humanity Foundation and of the Advisory Council of The University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities.

Mr. Buchwald is the immediate past chair of the Board of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation of Manitoba and a past president of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba and the Canadian Club of Winnipeg. He was chair of the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards Committee of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, national chair of the Canada-Israel Committee, a past president of the Y.M.H.A. Jewish Community Centre of Winnipeg, chair of the Multiple Appeals Commission of the Winnipeg Jewish Community and B’nai Brith Camp, a past chair of the Boards of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation (1986-88) and C.S.T. Consultants, Inc. (1988-90), and is chair of their National Advisory Board, and co-chair of the United Way's 25th Anniversary Endowment Fund Campaign.

A national vice-president of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he is honorary president and chair of the Advisory Board of its Winnipeg Chapter (of which he is a past president) and an honorary member of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He has been president of the Y.M.H.A. Jewish Community Centre, chair of the Combined Jewish Appeal, and president of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

Harold Buchwald has been active in the affairs of his profession: A past president of both the Manitoba Bar Association (1970-71) and the Law Society of Manitoba (1956-76), he was named a Life Bencher of that Society in 1976. He was National Chair of the Taxation Section of the Canadian Bar Association and co-chair of that Association's Joint Committee with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants on Taxation Matters (1970-72). He also served on the Canadian Bar Association’s special committees on federal income tax reform.

In 1977 Mr. Buchwald was appointed the first James L. Lewtas Visiting Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, lecturing on income tax law and competition policy. He was a Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Research and Comparative Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, from January through June 1978. He has been a lecturer on corporation law and on consumer protection at the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.

He was special counsel to the Manitoba Government on consumer protection matters from 1965 to 1970 and chair of the Canadian Consumer Council, a federal government advisory body, from 1971 through 1973.

He has authored a number of booklets, papers and presentations on taxation and consumer protection matters, including The Tax Corner, a weekly column which appeared in the Toronto Globe and Mail Repod on Business In 1966 through 1968.

He has spoken frequently to a variety of groups, meetings and conferences in Canada and abroad on taxation, estate planning, consumer protection and Canada-Middle East relations, medical research and the role of directors of non-profit organizations.

Harold Buchwald is known locally, provincially, nationally and, indeed, internationally as a person who cares, cares for family, friends, colleagues, his profession, his community and, in sum, for the "family of humankind".

William George Cowan

William George Cowan, LL.D., October 20, 1994
William George Cowan
AB (Calif., Berkeley); Ph.D.(Cornell)

For two decades, William Cowan has been the major force in the development of Algonquian Studies in Canada. The annual Algonguian Papers, which he has published for 20 years, constitute a case study in the creation of a new interdisciplinary field and a landmark in scholarly enterprise.

As a student of the Algonquian languages, Professor Cowan has ranged far and wide across the field: from the analysis of spoken languages (primarily the Montagnais language of Québec) and the interpretation of written records (which in Montagnais reach back to the 17th century) all the way to the reconstruction of Proto-Algonquian, the ancestral language postulated on the basis of the spoken languages of today - local languages like Cree and Ojibwe; the Blackfoot and Cheyenne languages of the western plains; the Delaware language of the Atlantic coast; and many more.

Dr Cowans first degree was in English (at Berkeley). He received a Certificate in Arabic from the Army Language School in Monterey, and he also spent a year at the most ancient university in Spain, at Salamanca. When he went to Cornell to take his PhD in Linguistics, Chomsky's revolution had just begun and linguistic theory was in full ferment - but always tempered, at Cornell, by a firm emphasis on languages like Arabic and those of the Algonquian family.

Professor Cowan's career as an academic linguist began in Beirut (Lebanon) and continued at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island). In 1971 he left Brown for Carleton University in Ottawa, where he founded the Dept. of Linguistics and for many years served as its Head; he also became fluent in French. Later, a series of visiting appointments took him to Georgetown, back to the American University in Beirut, the University of Toronto, the Université de Montréal, and to London.

Besides a long list of articles on Maltese and Arabic, on Montagnais and Comparative Algonquian, he has published a standard textbook in Comparative and Historical Linguistics. Professor Cowan has also had an important role in the establishment of the field of linguistics in Canada, a field in which Canadian researchers now have become prominent, and he concluded his career in this area with a flourish: for almost ten years, he was elected and re-elected Editor of the Canadian Journal of Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistigue, a demanding task which he performed with distinction and with his customary flair.

All these accomplishments pale, however, beside Cowan's monumental legacy to the new field of Algonquian Studies, which under his guidance quickly developed a tradition of bringing together established scholars and students at all levels from a wide variety of disciplines: from art and archaeology to ecology and ethnology, from music and poetics to philology and linguistics.

The inclusive spirit of the Algonquian Conference, which owes so much to Cowan's gentle leadership, is a worthwhile model in any context. It seems especially appropriate at the University of Manitoba, where the study of the 'local' languages and of the literary and historical texts transmitted in Cree and Ojibwe has long been a special focus for teaching, research, and publication.

For 20 years, Cowan has been the driving force behind the Algonquian Conference and the Alqonguian Papers, of which volume 25 (the last to be edited by him) has just come off the press. For 20 years, without fail, the new volume was in hand, edited and published at Carleton, where Cowan watched over the emerging field of Algonquian Studies.

An eminent figure in Canadian linguistics and a distinguished Arabist, Professor Cowan is known, above all, as an Algonquianist.

Michel Gervais

Michel Gervais, LL.D., June 7, 1994
Michel Gervais
B.A.(Coll ge de Lévis); B.Th., Licentiate in Theology, Licentiate in Philosophy (Université Laval); Doctor of Theology (St. Thomas Aquinas University); LL.D.(Bishop's,McGill); Officer of Order of Canada

Michel Bervais was born is Levis, Quebec, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College de Levis in 1962.  He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Theology in 1964, a Licentiate in Theology in 1966, a Licentiate in Philosophy in 1968, all from the Universite Laval, and a Doctor of Theology in 1973 from St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome.  He served as Vice-rector (academic and research) at the Universite Laval from 1982 to 1987, and since then has been Rector of that institution. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993, and in that same year he received honorary doctorates from Bishop's University and from McGill University.

Roman Boghdan Kroitor

Roman Boghdan Kroitor, LL.D., June 1, 1994
Roman Boghdan Kroitor
B.A.(Hons.), M.A.(Man.)

Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in 1926, Roman Kroitor was educated in Winnipeg at Mulvey and Gordon Bell Schools. While an undergraduate at the University of Manitoba, he was a campus legend for his invention of a syllogism computer. He earned a BA. (Honours) degree in May, 1950 and was the University Gold Medal winner in Arts. One year later he completed an M.A. degree in philosophy and psychology.

Mr. Kroitor joined the National Film Board of Canada as a summer intern and quickly became a skilled director and a respected producer. His first film Paul Tomkowicz won two international awards and influenced a generation of documentary filmmakers.

During the 1950s he was a member of the National Film Board's famed "unit B." With Tom Daly, Stanley Jackson, Wolf Koenig, and Cohn Low, he helped create films such as City of Gold, Lonely Boy, Universe, and Blood and Fire. Many consider these the golden age of Canadian filmmaking. Universe was so accurate it was used by NASA to train early astronauts.

In the early 1960s Mr. Kroitor expanded the NFB mandate to "show Canada to Canadians" by moving into television. He co-produced and co-directed Candid Eye, the world's first cinema verité television series for CBC.

In no small way Mr. Kroitor is also responsible for how Canada is perceived around the world, contributing films to international fairs and exhibitions in Japan, Korea, Spain and elsewhere. His film Labyrinth was the hit of Montreal's Expo 67 with its multiple screens in three separate theatres.

With the success of Labyrinth Mr. Kroitor left the NFB to become one of the three founders of Imax Corporation. He produced the first-ever Imax film, Tiger Child, for Expo 70 in Osaka, Japan. Other noteworthy Imax films produced or directed by him include The Last Buffalo, Man Belongs to Earth, Skyward, The Rolling Stones at the Max, and We are Born of Stars -- the first Omnimax 3-D movie. Mr. Kroitor was also executive producer of Heartland, the Manitoba Imax movie that helped launch Portage Place.

In the mid - 1970s Mr. Kroitor returned to the National Film Board for three years as an executive producer responsible for developing its now flourishing dramatic film program.

Presently, he is a consultant for Imax, supervising a film based on the novel computer-graphics system he developed, and continuing the tradition that won Imax special Academy Award in 1986 for technological advancements.

One of Canada's premier documentary filmmakers and an innovator in cinematic technologies, Mr. Kroitor has been at the forefront of the Canadian film industry for over forty years.

Doris Boyce Saunders

Doris Boyce Saunders, LL.D., June 1, 1994
Doris Boyce Saunders
B.A. (Hons.), M. A.(Man.); B. Litt.(Oxon.); LL. D.(Br.Col.)

Doris Boyce Saunders was born in Winnipeg in 1901 and matriculated from Kelvin High School in 1917, winning the Sir James Aikin Scholarship in English and entering the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Manitoba that same year. When she graduated four years later, she was awarded not only a double honours B. A. but the University Gold Medals in both English and Philosophy as well. After a short stint teaching elementary school in one of the province's rural areas, where, she recalls, her prescribed duties included organizing school concerts and teaching Sunday School, Dr. Saunders left Manitoba to go to Oxford, and in 1923 as a member of Saint Hugh’s College was awarded a Diploma in Education, a document which entitled her to a first-class teaching certificate in the Manitoba school system. For the next three years after returning from Britain, she taught in a number of Winnipeg schools, including Gordon Bell and her old alma mater, Kelvin High School, while simultaneously pursuing post-graduate studies in English literature at The University of Manitoba. In 1925 she was awarded the degree, Master of Arts, and won a travelling scholarship which took her back to Oxford and St. Hugh's. Intending to study for a PhD degree, she was informed by the authorities of the day that they did not approve of preparing young ladies for doctorates. Properly chastened, she enrolled instead in the university's Bachelor of Letters program, for which she produced a dissertation on Dr. Johnson--an ironic choice, perhaps, in view of the great Doctor's well known pronouncements on the intellectual capacities of women.

Almost immediately upon her return from Oxford, Dr. Saunders was invited to join the staff of the English Department at The University of Manitoba, becoming in 1928 the first woman to be thus appointed in the history of the department. At the same time, she also became one of a very exclusive trio as one of the three women who were the total female complement of the teaching staff in the entire Faculty of Arts.

In the course of her long career at this institution, Dr. Saunders made her mark not only as a highly respected teacher and scholar, but as Dean of Junior Women from 1933-1945, and as a member of the Planning Committee which led to the foundation of University College, of which she was a Fellow from its beginning until her retirement in 1968, when she was awarded the title, Professor Emerita. After rising up the various rungs of the academic ladder from Lecturer to Associate Professor, Dr. Saunders became, in 1957, the first woman in the Faculty of Arts to obtain full professorial rank. In 1965, at an age when most of us are beginning to think of slowing down, she won the Winnifred Cullis Lecture Fellowship, a six-week lecture tour of the British Isles, where she addressed a broad range of audiences on a variety of topics ranging from continuing education for Canadian women to Canadian Literature. This experience is one that she still recalls as one of the highlights of her academic career.

Dr. Saunders' service to the broader community has included a term as president of the Winnipeg Women's Branch of the Canadian Institute for International Affairs, and the presidencies of the Winnipeg branches of both the Humanities Association of Canada, and the Women's Canadian Club. Most significant of all, however, has been Dr. Saunders' long and important association with the University Women's Club of Winnipeg, founded in 1909, and one of the member groups of the Canadian Federation of University Women, which came into being ten years later. These organizations, which have played a very important role in the cause of higher education for Canadian women, have made the support and encouragement of advanced study and research by women university graduates one of their major priorities. Dr. Saunders' association with the national body first began when, as a brand new young M.A., she won the Federation's travelling scholarship for her studies at Oxford, and that association has continued to this day. Dr Saunders served as President of the Winnipeg Branch from 1943-45, while on the international level she has represented Canadian university women as a delegate to conferences of the International Federation of University Women in Zurich, Paris, Helsinki and Mexico. Her career with the Federation culminated in 1955 with her election to the national presidency, a capacity in which she served until 1958, speaking on behalf of Canadian university women at gatherings all over the world.

Dr. Saunders' work on behalf of university women has won her both local and national recognition, although, in a tradition most Winnipeggers will recognize, the national recognition came much earlier than the local. In 1966 the University Women's Club of Winnipeg awarded her a Life Membership in recognition of her long and meritorious service to both the local and the national association, and more recently, in 1989, a drawing room in the club's premises on Eastgate was designated The Doris B. Saunders Room. National recognition, however, came as long ago as 1957 when the University of British Columbia awarded her the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. Further honours include the Government of Canada's Confederation Medals, which she was awarded during the nation's centennial year and again in 1993.

As a teacher, scholar, and concerned citizen, Dr. Doris Saunders has been a pioneer. Her independence and her courage as a young woman in striking out in what were at the time very new directions for women ,as well as her continued commitment to the cause of women’s education, place all academic women in her debt. Her contributions, however, transcend the interests of any particular group, and it is for her service to the university and to the community as a whole that she is honoured here today.

Glenda P. Simms

Glenda P. Simms, LL.D., June 2, 1994
Glenda P. Simms
B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D (Alta.)

Dr. Glenda Simms is honoured as an educator; human rights activist; daughter; mother; grandmother and wife. She received her first Teacher's Diploma in her native Jamaica and taught there for five years, before moving to Canada in 1966. She continued her education in Edmonton, eaming her B.Ed. (1974), M.Ed. (1976) and Ph.D (1985) in Educational Psychologyfrom the University of Alberta.

Dr. Simms began her Canadian teaching career with the Northland School Division in Alberta, among the Métis and Cree Aboriginal peoples. Her involvement with Canadian Aboriginal issues has continued throughout her career. From 1977 to 1980 she taught Native Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta; she was Head of the Native Education Department at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, University of Regina, from 1980 to 1985 and she served as the Supervisor of Inter-cultural Education, Race and Ethnic Relations for the Regina Public School Board from 1985 to 1987. At present Dr. Simms is on leave from the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University College in North Bay, Ontario, where from 1987 to 1989 she was Head of the Native Education program.

Dr. Simms has had a long standing commitment to Aboriginal peoples, women, racial minorities and community issues, and has an outstanding record of public service.

She was the Saskatchewan Representative and for five years President of the Congress of Black Women of Canada; Saskatchewan Representative and Vice-President of MATCH International; a member of the Native Curriculum Review Committee and the Teacher Certification Board for the Department of Education, Saskatchewan; Treasurer of the Institute of Public Administrators of Canada (Regina Chapter); a Board member of the Regina Multilingual Association; a member of the Race and Ethnic Relations Committee of the Regina Public School Board; a member of the Women's Advisory Committee to the President of the Treasury Board of Canada on Employment Equity; a founding member and Director of the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Housing Corporation. She was also a member of the Review Board of the Journal of Indigenous Studies.
During the course of her career, Dr. Simms has advised municipal bodies, provincial and federal governments, and international organizations. She was a Canadian non-governmental delegate to the third United Nations World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1985, marking the end of the Decade for Women, which adopted the Forward Looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, the blueprint for improving the status of women in member-states. She has worked to strengthen government machinery for the improvement of the status of women and developed grassroots workshops to empower women in Jamaica. Last year, she was among the international experts and resource people invited to attend the conference on Ensuring Gender Equality in the New South Africa, held in Johannesburg, and has recently prepared a video on "Women, Politics and Equity," for the Women's League of the A.N.C., which was used in training workshops for women candidates in the South African elections.

Dr. Simms was appointed by the Prime Minister as President of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW) in December, 1989. She is a vigilant and undaunted advocate for women and racial minorities, and her vision of an inclusive feminism has become the guiding principle of the CACSW. Dr. Simms reads voraciously, writes and lectures extensively on a variety of feminist and multicultural issues, and is currently working on a book, Beyond the White Veil: Racism in Canadian Society. She has participated in films and videos, such as the Employment Equity teleconference and the Chilly Climate video, produced by the University of Western Ontario, and has herself produced two videos: Grandmother, Mother and Me, on the lives of women from different cultural backgrounds, and Say No To Racism. She is a charismatic speaker, and a person of great warmth and generosity.

Dr. Simms' achievements have been recognized by many awards and honours throughout her career. In 1988 she was amongst the first group of Canadians to receive the Citizenship Citation, awarded by the Secretary of State for outstanding contribution to Canadian society. In 1988 she also received an Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association of Principals and in 1989 an Appreciation Award from the Organizers of the Junior Black Achievement Awards. She has been the recipient of the 1990 National Award from the Canadian Council for Multicultural and Intercultural Education. In 1991 she was one of the first two people inducted into the North Bay Human Rights Hall of Fame, for her contribution to positive race relations in Canada. In 1992 she was awarded the Inter-Amicus Human Rights Award by McGill University for her contribution to the rights of Aboriginal peoples, women and racial minorities; and in 1993 the Ryerson Fellowship Award by Ryerson Polytechnic University and the Distinguished Alumna Award by the University of Alberta. Also in 1993 she was made an Honorary Member of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.

As the University, like other institutions, struggles to move beyond formal equality to become a truly inclusive community, there could be no better mentor than Dr. Glenda Simms. She has, as she exhorts others to do, not only "talked the talk" but also "walked the walk".


1993

John Allen Clements

John Allen Clements, D.Sc., May 26, 1993
John Allen Clements
B.A., M.D. (C'nell); Hon. M.D. (Bern, Marburg); F.R.C.P.; F.A.A.A.S.

John Clements was born in Auburn, New York, and graduated from Auburn Senior High School in 1941. He entered college at Cornell, Ithaca, New York in 1941 and Cornell Medical School in 1944, graduating as an M.D. in 1947. Following a tenure from 1947 to 1949, as a Research Assistant in Physiology at Cornell Medical School, under Eugene DuBois, he served 12 years with the Medical Research Division, Army Chemical Center, Maryland. In 1951 he became a Researcher in Pulmonary Physiology, at the Army Chemical Center, and remained there until 1961, when he became a senior Research Associate at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, UCSF. He has spent his time since doing research in and teaching pulmonary biology. In 1987 he was appointed Julius H. Comroe, Jr. Professor of Pulmonary Biology, a distinguished title of which he is proud. His work has included lectures in Physiology and Medicine, teaching and mentoring primarily research fellows, and a career leadership role in pulmonary research.

Dr. Clements has had a very impressive scientific career. After his earlier work on various aspects of respiratory physiology, he began studying pulmonary surfactant in the beginning of the 1950s and has remained in this area since. Surfactant is a lipid layer that covers the inner surface of the lung and maintains pulmonary stability. First, Dr. Clements elucidated much of the physical chemical properties of surfactant, his most significant achievement being the demonstration that lungs contain surfactant and developing the theory of its stabilizing effects on pulmonary airspaces. Secondly, he has devised a simple test called "foam test", to evaluate the presence of surfactant in the mothers utero during late gestation and therefore assess fetal lung maturity. Finally, he has produced a synthetic surfactant in collaboration with Burroughs Wellcome Laboratories Incorporation, called Exosurf, to treat neonates with respiratory distress. Large trials in the United States and Canada have demonstrated a dramatic increase in survival in infants treated with this product. All in all, his contributions in this area have been nothing less than remarkable. His work on surfactant has brought him national and international recognition. The honours and awards he has received are too numerous to mention. Perhaps two of them illustrate Dr. Clements' scientific stature. He has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the United States since 1974, and in 1983 he has received the prestigious Gairdner Foundation International Award.

Dr. Clements is also interested in many other activities. With a profound renaissance mind, he reads intensely. Perhaps the most outstanding of his other activities is the piano. He plays better than most amateur musicians I know of. He likes to do duets, he playing the piano and his wife Margot singing, an enviable treat for the fortunate listeners.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer on John Allen Clements, the degree of Doctor of Science, (honouris causa).

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba 

Henry Enns

Henry Enns, LL.D., October 21, 1993
Henry Enns
B.A.(Wpg); B.S.W.(Man.); LL.D.(Queen's)

Henry Enns graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Winnipeg in 1966 and received his Bachelor of Social Work from The University of Manitoba twelve years later, in 1978. At the age of fifteen, he contracted rheumatoid arthritis and at nineteen became a wheelchair user. For the ten year span following his first graduation with his B.A., his arthritis was so severe that he was confined to either home or hospital. It was at this time that Henry Enns was first confronted with the issues surrounding the rights of the disabled.

In 1976 Henry Enns became involved in the Manitoba League of the Physically Handicapped (MLPH). He founded and chaired the Steinbach chapter of MLPH. He went on to become the Provincial Chairperson of MLPH for two years, 1977-79. During this time the MLPH began a rural transportation project for disabled persons, initiated a rural transportation policy, started a business for/with disabled people and organized an employment training program. Also during this time he became one of the founders of a national self-help organization of disabled persons--the Coalition of Provincial Organizations of the Handicapped (COPOH).

Since 1982 Henry Enns has and continues to play a catalytic role in the independent living movement of disabled people in Canada. He initiated the first Independent Living Centre in Canada in Kitchener in 1982. Dr. Enns was also a founding member of the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC) in 1985 and is currently its Chairperson.

In 1980, Dr. Enns was elected by disabled people from 40 countries as Chair of the Steering Committee to establish an international organization composed entirely of people with various disabilities--physical, mental and sensory. Disabled Peoples' International (DPI) was formally founded at its first World Congress in Singapore, in 1981. Dr. Enns served as Deputy Chairperson of DPI from 1982-85 and as Chairperson from 1985-89. Currently, he is DPI's Executive Director.

In these capacities, Dr. Enns has played a leading role in founding the DPI Development Program. Since 1982, the Program has provided Leadership Training for disabled persons in the developing regions of the World--Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Dr. Enns has been the recipient of many honours and awards. In 1988 Henry Enns received the Secretary of State of Canada Citation for Citizenship for having been the motivating force at the local, national and international level for many pioneering movements dedicated to ensuring equality for the disabled.

In 1989 the United Nations Secretary General, Perez De Cuellar, presented Dr. Enns with a United Nations Testimonial Award "in grateful recognition of the dedicated service in support of the United Nations Programme Concerning Disabled Persons."

Dr. Enns was awarded the Manitoba Community Legal Education Association Human Rights Award for his work in promoting human rights issues at the local, national and international level in 1990.

At DPI's third World Congress, held in conjunction with Independence 92 in April of 1992, Henry Enns received the United States President's Medal. The medal recognizes the exceptional humanitarian work of Dr. Enns on behalf of disabled people everywhere. This was the first time that the award has ever been presented to a non-American and outside of the United States.

In May of 1992, Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario, elected to bestow an Honorary Doctor of Laws upon Henry Enns for his significant contribution to the global disability movement.

Henry Enns' activities have resulted in the creation of new movements and organizations, the results of which have made it possible for disabled people around the world to claim their rights to equality, to live and participate in their communities, and to speak for themselves.
His work with disabled persons in self-help organizations has had an impact on the policies of the United Nations, the International Labour Organizations, the Commonwealth Health Ministers, the UN Human Rights Commission and some governments of the world. One of the most valuable contributions was Henry Enns' involvement in drafting the UN World Program of Action concerning the Disabled Persons which has become the UN Policy recommendation on Disabled Persons.

Henry Enns is recognized not only as one of the most unassuming and ultimately one of the most effective Canadians involved in human rights advocacy on the world scene today, but also as a global leader within the disability community.

Joan M. Gilchrist

Joan Muriel Gilchrist, D.Sc., May 26, 1993
Joan Muriel Gilchrist
Professor Emeritus, B.N. (University of Toronto) M.Sc. (McGill University)

No one better represents the highest qualities of nurse, teacher, administrator, researcher, consultant and academic than Joan Gilchrist. Her efforts in these areas were directed towards improving the care of people, restructuring the health care system and promoting the education, and social and economic welfare of nurses. She provided strong and distinguished leadership during her years as Director of Nursing at the Jewish General Hospital, and during her term as Dean both at McGill University School of Nursing and The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Nursing. During her final years at McGill, she was the Flora Madeleine Shaw Professor of Nursing, an honor named for the first director of the McGill University School of Nursing.

A committed researcher and a facilitator of research, she generated over two million dollars of research funding for creative projects for revising nursing education and practice. During her tenure at McGill University, Professor Gilchrist was instrumental in developing innovative demonstration programs. Two workshops were established in Beaconsfield and in Arundel, Quebec to serve as a health resource to people in the community. With major funding from the National Health Research Development Program, these projects helped illustrate to leading politicians and health care advisors just what nursing can do as an entry point into the health care system. In the area of nursing education, Canada's first Master of Science in Nursing degree for non nurses was established at McGill University by Professor Gilchrist.

Throughout her career, Professor Gilchrist was in great demand as a speaker and could be found at meetings where new directions for research, education and social and health policies were being formulated. Her publications were extensive and equally influential. Together with her colleague and "close friend", Dr. Moyra Allen, the first Canadian Journal of Nursing Research was established.

Professor Gilchrist has been sought as a consultant to schools of nursing, health care institutions, governments and professional associations across Canada. In Manitoba, she has provided expertise in promoting collaboration between diploma and baccalaureate nursing education programs. She was an external appraiser of the graduate program at The University of Manitoba School of Nursing in 1979. A believer in doctoral education for nursing in Canada, Professor Gilchrist worked diligently to promote this concept both to university administrators and politicians. It is fitting that the fourth doctoral program in nursing in Canada is being established at the University of Montreal this year.
Professor Gilchrist was President of the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing. She served on the boards of the Canadian Nurses Foundation and the Order of Nurses of Quebec. Her astuteness and political skills were recognized in her appointment as a member of the Dubin Committee of Inquiry for the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, in 1982, at the time of the investigation of the Susan Nelles case. She was recently a member of the Academic Advisory Committee, Ontario Council on University Affairs, Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Recognition for her distinguished service has been given by the nursing profession and the community. In 1977, Professor Gilchrist received the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal, Government of Canada, for her meritorious service to nursing and health care. In the same year she was made an honorary citizen of Winnipeg, on the occasion of being the first presenter in the scholarly lecture series at The University of Manitoba, School of Nursing. In 1990, the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing honored her many significant contributions to nursing education by presenting her with the Ethel Johns Award. Most recently, the Joan Gilchrist Graduate Student Research Award was created by the Sigma Theta Tau Iota Omicron Chapter, an international nursing honor society.

Professor Gilchrist is above all an innovator and a leader. Her colleagues praise her administrative skills. She has been described as "an expert in putting the right people into the right places at the right times.., and then putting herself in the background to ensure that things go right!" She is revered by her students, many of whom have benefited from her mentoring in their own careers. All of those who know her have been impressed with her sense of humor, compassion, hospitality and human understanding. Professor Gilchrist continues to distinguish herself in matters of nursing, health and education. She has brought imagination, organizational skills and commitment to all her endeavours. Through these, she has been influential in shaping the development of the nursing profession and health care in Canada.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer on Professor Joan Gilchrist the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba 

Margaret Elder Hart

Margaret Elder Hart, LL.D., May 26, 1993
Margaret Elder Hart
B.Sc., M.A., ECI.D. (Col)

Dr. Hart was born in Winnipeg and has spent her life in Manitoba. Her chosen profession of nursing began in 1930 when she graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital, School of Nursing. From her early experiences she became convinced that education was a prime factor in promoting the practice of nursing. She prepared herself by obtaining a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and a Doctorate of Education degree in the department of Nursing Education at Teachers College Columbia University, New York. Dr. Hart returned to Manitoba where she became well known as a pioneer in Public Health Nursing and was instrumental in developing programs to advance nursing education in public health and administration.

Throughout her earlier career, Dr. Hart was a strong advocate of community health nursing, believing that the primary role of nurses is in the prevention illness and the promotion of health. Current developments in health care policy attest to her wisdom and vision as the need for expanding the community health nursing role is now being acknowledged.

Dr. Hart joined The University of Manitoba, School of Nursing in 1948. Prior to 1948, courses and certificate programs had been offered for nurses at the university since 1938. However, it was not until 1943 that the university formally established a School of Nursing which today, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Dr. Hart served as Director of the School of Nursing for 24 years from 1948-1972, during which time major milestones in nursing education were accomplished. In accordance with her firm commitment to higher education for nurses, Dr. Hart was instrumental in the development of the first four year baccalaureate nursing program in Manitoba as well as a two year program for registered nurses which led to a degree in nursing.

Dr. Hart recognized the need for graduate education. After obtaining her Doctorate of Education degree in Nursing at Columbia University, she utilized the findings of her thesis on Needs and Resources for Graduate Education in Nursing in Canada, to develop programs for graduate education. Dr. Hart submitted the first proposal for a Master of Nursing degree at this University in the 1960's, although the program was not actualized at that time.

During Dr. Hart's professional life, she contributed to the development of nursing education, provincially, nationally and internationally.
In Manitoba, she was actively involved in the provincial association providing guidance as nursing education was evolving. At the national level she was a charter member of the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing and was a made an Honorary Member in 1972 for her distinguished contributions to nursing education in Canada.

Internationally, Dr. Hart was a founding member of the National League for Nursing, an organization which provided outstanding leadership to advance nursing education in both the United States and in Canada. She was also active internationally with the American Public Health Association and the Royal Society of Health. As a member of Zonta International, she was instrumental in the establishment of scholarships from which nursing and other students benefitted.

In recognition of Dr. Hart's contributions to nursing education, the Margaret Elder Hart Graduate Study Scholarship in Nursing was established by the Nursing Education Alumni of the University of Manitoba, in 1972.

Dr. Hart was recognized provincially with the award of the Manitoba Centennial Medal and nationally with the Canada Centennial Medal. She was further honored in 1986 when she received the Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses Award for Excellence in Nursing Education. In 1991, the Margaret Elder Hart Distinguished Lecture Series was established at The University of Manitoba, School of Nursing.

Dr. Margaret Elder Hart, a leader with vision and foresight, broke new ground for the benefit of those who followed. With quiet strength, with grace and with strong-minded determination, Dr. Hart has contributed to nursing in Manitoba. Dr. Hart is held in high esteem by the Faculty of Nursing, the nursing community and the university community.

During the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Faculty of Nursing bestowing an honorary degree is a fitting tribute to this nursing pioneer.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba that you confer upon Dr. Margaret Elder Hart, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Paule Leduc

Paule Leduc, LL.D., May 25, 1993
Paule Leduc
B.A., B.Ped.(Sher.); M.A.(Montr.); D.Lit.(Paris); DésL.(Ott., St.M.); LL.D.(Queen's)

Paule Leduc was born in Chicoutimi, Quebec in 1936. She received her initial university education at Sherbrooke and the University of Montreal before proceeding to her doctoral studies at the University of Paris. She taught comparative literature at universities in Quebec, and is the author of several distinguished papers in the field of French literature. While teaching at the University of Quebec at Montreal, she also began her career as an administrator. She served as department head, and later as Vice President.

Later, she was to become a senior member of the public service in the provincial government in Quebec. She served as Deputy Minister of University Affairs, as Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs, and President of the Quebec Council of Universities.

In 1988 came the call to Ottawa, when Dr. Leduc was named by the Federal Government President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which is popularly known by its hopefully inappropriate acronym of "SHIRK".

Five years ago, the stock of SSHRCC was unquestionably low. When Paule Leduc assumed the Presidency, restoring the Council's standing must have seemed a challenge. Further, the new President had to mediate successfully between government and the academic community, a relationship which is generally fraught with mutual suspicion. She had to recognize the sensitivities and occasional rivalries of social scientists on the one hand and humanists on the other. She had also to deal with the widespread sentiment among those in Western and Atlantic Universities that they were usually ignored, and not thought much of when they were not ignored. She had to promote rationalization, innovation and new priorities at a time of shrinking resources and increased demand for services. She had, moreover, to win the confidence of the academic community. And perhaps her biggest headache at times, Dr. Leduc had to find ways of getting the best out of a 20 member council, with representatives from every province, and more than its fair share of windbags and prima donnas.

She has been an outstanding success in meeting all of these challenges. Every program offered by SSHRCC has been reviewed and improved, with substantial support from the community. She has brought the council into a new partnership with government, private and other institutions. In this endeavour, she has maintained a fine balance between the needs of the research community, and the dictates of the larger public interest. The working spirit of the council and the council bureaucracy has been admirable.

One major feature of her term in fact has been her sensitivity to regional concerns. For instance, for the first time in SSHRCC's history, a Vice President was appointed from outside Central Canada, and for a time, the Council Executive Committee contained not a single member from either Ottawa or Toronto. Surely in itself something to be entered in the catalogue of the unique and the unusual.

Just over a year ago, the Government of Canada announced, as part of a program of institutional reorganization intended to assist in its commitment to reduce the size of the federal deficit, that it proposed to merge SSHRCC with the Canada Council, the body from which it originally sprang. Paule Leduc was to become the Director (Chief Executive Officer) of the Canada Council, while still continuing, for the time being, to serve as President of SSHRCC. To her fell the delicate task, with all its ramifications, of negotiating that merger. That task has been accomplished with her customary wisdom, toughness and vision.

Very soon, SSHRCC will be part of Canada Council, its programs intact, its separate identity "at one with Nineveh and Tyre". Paule Leduc will continue as Director of the Canada Council.

To be appointed to so many high offices is in itself a sign of distinction. To have carried out her responsibilities so superbly is a sign of extraordinary distinction. Paule Leduc has served this country well. She has already received honorary degrees from three other universities. The University of Manitoba is the first Western institution to so recognize her accomplishments.

Mr. Chancellor, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, I ask that you confer on Paule Leduc the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, Unviersity of Manitoba

Ernest Gilles Létourneau

Monsieur Ie Chancelier,
J'ai I'honneur de vous presenter Ie docteur Ernest Letourneau, Directeur du Bureau de la radioprotection et des instruments medicaux,··
;} Sant et Bien-tre social, Canada.
Ernest Letourneau est ne;} St-Eustache, au Manitoba, en 1937. C'est au College de Saint-Boniface qu'il fit ses etudes secondaires, suivies du programme latin-philosophie pour lequel iI obtint son dip lOme de Baccalaurat es Arts de l'Universit du Manitoba en 1958. Une annee d'etudeS en sciences pre-medicales Ie' qualifia pour son admission;} la faculte de mdecine de l'Universite du Manitoba en septembre i
1959. "se merita Ie diplOme de Docteur en medecine de cette mme universite en 1963. Sa formation medicale sa completa par une annee  
d'inernat A "HOpital general de Saint-Boniface. "est A noter que durant ces anritSes d'etudes, Ie Dr. Letourneau fut rkipiendaire d'abord de
 la medaille du Gouverneur general en 1955, de la bourse Isbister pour les .annees universitaires 1955-56-57-58 et 1961 et de la madaille d'or de l'Universite du Manitoba Iprs de sa 'collation des grades d'i/ y atrenteGinq ans, soit en 1958.
Sa frmation medicale et I'armee de I'air des Forces canadlennesle conduisat A Ma(Viile, France en 1964.  son rtur en tetres
canadiennes en 1967, il entreprend une c3riit)re au ministt)re de la Sante et Bientre social, Canada, d' aOOrd de 1967 A 1971 en tant que
Conseiller-medical de la Division de la radioprotectionj puis comme Chef adjoint (medecine) durant I' annee 1971-1972, et Chef de catte mGme
 division durant les aMaas 1972-1976, Dkecteur adjoint de 1976" 1978, Directeur de 1978 A.1986, et, de puis 1986, Directeur duo Bureau
de la radioprotection et des instruments medicaux.
<La Dr. Letourneau est un chercheur tractif comme en temoigneht une trentaine de publicatios cfns des revues specialisees autant au Canada qu' c} I' etranger •. Les niveaux et les effets du radon dans les ridences de certaines regions' de Winnipeg nous rapprochent sOrement
t" des quelque rechercheseffectuees par Ie Dr. Letourneau.
'En plus de diriger is Bureau de radioprotection, Ie Dr. Letourneau a acquis Ulie experience et' une expertise internationales. Pour enumerer que quelques fonCtions, on Ie retrouve soit  Paris c presider la session de la R4uniondeS spcialistes sur la dosim4trie individuelle et la' surveillance del'atmOSDMre en ce qui concerne Ie radon et ses prOduits de filtration,  Rome au Specialist Meeting on the Assessment
,'. of'Radon and Daughter Exposure and Related ,Biological Effects,  Vienneen tant ql!e representant du Canada au Comite scientifiquE; des
 Nations-Unies pour I' ttude des effets desrayonnements ionisants ou A Maastricht en tant que president du Seminar on 'sure to Enhanced
 Natural Radiati.on and Its Regulatory Implications. Philadelphie, Cherryff.!U, (New Jersey), Amsterdam,' Washington, 'Paris, Bordeaux,sont
d'autres, villes qui ont reu Ie Dr.Ltourneau pour plus de quarante confereriCes ou ateliers.
  Le Dr. Letourneau a si6ge et sige encore au sein de nombreux cs ou commisions. Au Ministere fede;J de la Sante et du i-
 tre social iI fut  Coordonnateur du Plan federal d'intervention en ,cas d'urgence nucleaire, Prtsident du Comite ad hoc sur la radioactiviM
dans J'eau potable, Secrttaire du Comito consultatif sur J'utilisation mtdicale de radionucleides, Prtsident du sous-comitt ftdtraJ-provincial
sur la surveillance des rayonnements. A la Commission de contrOle de I'tnergie atomique, iI'est membre du Comite consultat.t de la sOrett
nucltaire,Conseiller mtdical " la Commission de contrOle de I' energie atomique, Comite consultatif de 'Ia radioprotection, Comit6 sur les
dangers associes  I'energie nucleaire et la manutention des produits nucleaires, Comite sur I'utilisation des radio-isotopes chez les humains,
Membre du Conseil d' Administration a Energie Atomique du Canada, membre de I'lnstitut canadien de radioprotection, Conseil national mixte
de la fonction publique du Canada, Comite de la scurite de la sant at des conditions materiels' du·travail. Le Dr. Lttourneau est auss; membre.
de nombreux organismes ou associations professionnelles.
Le CoUge universitaire de Saint-Boniface, son alma mater,rend hommage ce soir  ce chercheur,  ce communicateur pour sa
contribution II I' avancement de sa discipline et reconnait publiquement Ie merite du mdecin-chetcheur, Ernest L6tourneu. Monsieur Ie Chancelier, au nom du Senat de l'Universite du Manitoba, je vous prie de decerner Ie grade de Docteur es Sciences honoris
caUsa au Dr. Ernest Letourneau.

Le ,-juin ,1993 Arnold Naimark

William Norrie

William Norrie, LL.D., May 25, 1993
William Norrie
B.A., LL.B.(Man.); LL.D.(Wpg.); Q.C.

Lawyer, community leader and politician, William Norrie has, for most of his adult life, devoted himself to many of the important issues facing his community and has, for much of that time, been one of the community's leaders.

Born in St. Boniface in 1929, the younger of the two children of William and Mary Rae Norrie, he attended schools in Winnipeg and entered United College, now the University of Winnipeg, on an Isbister Scholarship. On completion of his Bachelor of Arts, he entered the Manitoba Law School. While a student in Law he served as President of the University of Manitoba Students' Union - a not unworthy office - and was awarded the Manitoba Rhodes Scholarship. On his return from Oxford, William Norrie received his Bachelor of Laws degree from this University and entered the private practice of law.

One might infer, Mr. Chancellor, that for all its glories, the law could not fully contain the aspirations, capacities and enthusiasms of William Norrie, for early on he was drawn irresistibly to both community service and to public life. His community service was wide and varied and encompassed twenty-four years on the Board of Regents of United College and the University of Winnipeg and ten years on the National Commission on Church Union which was studying the possible union of the Anglican and United churches.

In 1962 he was elected to the Winnipeg School Board where he played a leading part in developing the concept of joint use agreements and in the campaign to reduce the size of the school board. In 1971 he was elected to the first unicity council; in 1977 he was elected by his colleagues as Deputy Mayor and, in 1979 became Acting Mayor on the death of Mayor Robert Steen. Confirmed as Mayor in a subsequent by-election, he was re-elected four times and served until 1992, when he did not seek re-election.

William Norrie served in public office for a total of 28 years, of which the 20 years in municipal office spanned a particularly important period. The years immediately after the Second World War had been years of great economic expansion, in which most parts of Canada shared to some degree. By the 1970's, however, it was becoming clear that in some areas, Winnipeg among them, growth was no longer certain or automatic and that a new challenge was that of governing intelligently and creatively in less auspicious times.

It would not be claimed of Mayor Norrie (nor of any politician of any era) that all problems were surmounted or all challenges met. However, as Mayor of Winnipeg, Bill Norrie, despite his buoyant optimism, did not pretend that the problems were not there. The Core Area Initiative, the North Portage Corporation and the Forks Redevelopment, and initiatives on race relations and refugees and arts funding, however they may ultimately be judged, represented substantial attempts to address substantial issues. These spoke of a desire to make a better city and went far beyond bread and circuses or the mindless boosterism that is the occupational disease of so many municipal politicians.

Apart from his willingness to deal in real issues, Bill Norrie brought certain estimable qualities and attitudes to public office. Though not a populist, his openness, accessibility and affability made him in a very real sense, mayor of all the people, something demonstrated graphically in the 1983 election when he won every poll in the city. He was a politician of decent instincts and reasoned impulses. He has brought intelligence, civility and a sense of calm to public debate and controversy; a conciliator and slow to anger, he seemed unperturbed by personal criticism from political opponents or, one may add, from political columnists. He has, in short, made a worthy contribution to this city and an honourable contribution to its public life.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a particular personal pleasure for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer on William Norrie, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba


1992

Agnes M. Benidickson

Agnes Benidickson, LL.D., May 26, 1992
Agnes McCausland Benidickson
O.C.,B.A., LL.D. (Queen's); LL.D. (UBC); LL.D. (RMC)

Born in Leeds County, Ontario, the eldest of the four children of James and Muriel Richardson, Agnes Richardson received her early education in Winnipeg and attended Queen's University where, in 1941, she received her B.A. and the Tricolour Award for distinguished service to the University. In 1947 she married the late William Benidickson, then a Member of Parliament and later a federal Minister and Senator, and himself a graduate and benefactor of this University.

These years marked the beginning of what has proved to be a lifetime of public and community service. In Winnipeg she worked as a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross as the co-chairman of the Prisoner of War Enquiry Bureau. In Ottawa, to which she moved after her marriage, she provided leadership to the Parliamentary Wives' Association, the Ottawa Civil Hospital Auxiliary and the Women's Canadian Club, ultimately serving as President of each. Her continued involvement with the National Association of Canadian Clubs, following a term as national President, has been appreciated by Canadian Clubs across Canada. For many years, beginning in the late 1960s, Agnes Benidickson served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council on Social Development and subsequently served as its President.

Her commitment has also encompassed the arts: she has served as co-chair of the Volunteer Committee of the Conference of Art Museums of the United States and Canada, has served as Honorary President of the Friends of the National Gallery and received an Award of Merit from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

For a number of years Agnes Benidickson served on the Board of Trustees of Queen's University. There, in recognition of her contribution to the University and to the wider community, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1975 and, in 1980, elected Chancellor, in which ofilce she continues to serve with distinction and universal admiration, having been re-elected this month to a fifth term.

She serves, or has served, on the boards of directors of three major national corporations.

In recognition of her many contributions to Canadian life, she was, in 1987, named to the Order of Canada.

Agnes Benidickson has demonstrated broad interests and broad commitments: health and social services, public affairs, Canada's cultural heritage, higher education and the world of business. To each of these she has brought energy, ability and generosity: she has shown a keen sense of the community's needs and of how they can be met through perseverance and leadership. She has exemplified, to a superlative degree, the enormous contribution of the volunteer in the community; and through that, she has touched the lives of more people than she can possibly know.

For her devotion to the improvement of our common life and for the great power of the example she has provided, Agnes Benidickson has rightly earned the admiration and respect of her compatriots.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer on Agnes McCausland Benidickson, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba 

A. Barrie Campbell

Allan Barrie Campbell, D.Sc., May 27, 1992
Allan Barrie Campbell
O.C.; B.S.A.,M.Sc.(Man.); Ph.D.(Minn.);F.R.S.Can.; F.A.I.C.

Dr. Campbell, son of the late Justice Arnold and Mrs. Trina Campbell, received his B.S.A. and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Manitoba and his Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota. Immediately upon graduation, he was employed by Agriculture Canada as a Wheat Breeder at the Winnipeg Research Station where he remained throughout his professional career. Dr. Campbell retired in 1988 after completing thirty-nine years of continuous employment. He and his wife Mavis reside in Winnipeg.

Dr. Campbell is an outstanding scientist who has devoted his entire career to the breeding and development of new, rust resistant varieties of Hard Red Spring Wheat (bread wheat) for production on the prairies. Dr. Campbell's success as a wheat breeder and a leader of a team of geneticists, plant pathologists, and cereal chemists is without equal. Between 1949 to 1988, Dr. Campbell and his team developed and registered a total of nine high quality wheat cultivars, the first in 1959 (the cultivar Pembina), the most recent in 1986 (the cultivar Roblin). As a measure of his success it is worthy of note that when he retired in 1988, the cultivars developed by Dr. Campbell and his team at Winnipeg accounted for approximately 90% of the total acreage of bread wheat grown on the prairies. In terms of monetary returns to the economy of western Canada during that year alone, the production of Dr. Campbell's cultivars amounted to approximately 2.5 billion dollars.

Dr. Campbell has received many honours and awards. They include:

  • the Agricultural Institute of Canada Scholarship
  • the Agronomy Merit Award presented by the Western Co-operative Fertilizer Co. for outstanding service to farmers of western Canada
  • the Public Service Merit Award presented by the Incentive Award Board of the Public Service of Canada for an exceptional contribution to the effectiveness of the Public Service
  • the Gold Medal, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada - for outstanding contributions to science
  • the Outstanding Research Award, Canadian Society of Agronomy
  • in 1979 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his theoretical contributions relating to genetic improvement of crop plants and development of improved wheat varieties, and also received that year, an Honorary Life Membership in the Canadian Seed Growers Association in recognition of his outstanding success in developing new varieties of wheat
  • in 1981 he was made a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in honour of his contribution to the agricultural economy of western Canada through his development of improved varieties of wheat
  • on his retirement, he received special recognition from the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool
  • in 1989 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Prairie Agriculture.

In his long and successful career as a plant breeder, Dr. Campbell has truly made a significant contribution to Western Canadian agriculture. For more than three decades, he and his team have been responsible in a major way for upholding Canada's reputation and supremacy as an international supplier of wheat of the highest bread-making quality.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a personal pleasure for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that
you confer upon Dr. Allan Barrie Campbell, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

John I. Goodlad

John I. Goodlad, LL.D., May 26, 1992
John I. Goodlad
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

School teacher, scholar, administrator, teacher educator and public advocate for education, John Goodlad has been an eloquent spokesperson for the need for reform in public education, strategies which if implemented will bring about that reform, and for the central role of the teacher in the school improvement process.

Born in British Columbia, John Goodlad received his teaching certificate from the Normal School in Vancouver in 1939. He then commenced his remaskable educational career, which has now spanned 53 years, in a one room, eight-grade school in Surmey, B.C. He soon became a principal there, and shortly after that, he was appointed as Director of Education for the Provincial Industrial School for Delinquent Boys.

While pursuing his teaching career, he also continued to study. He earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees from U.B.C. in 1945 and 1946 respectively, and the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1949. Dr. Goodlad began the American phase of his career at Emory University that same year, and for the next ten years he was intimately involved with teacher education, first as Director of the Division of Teacher Education at Emory and from 1956 until 1960 as Director of the Centre of Teacher Education at Chicago. In 1960 he moved to Los Angeles where for the next 25 years he played leading roles as Director of the University Elementary School, Dean of the Graduate School of Education at UCLA, and Director of Research for the Institute for Development of Educational Activities. In 1985, he moved to the University of Washington where since 1986 he has been the Director of the Centre of Educational Renewal.

Dr. Goodlad has devoted substantial time and attention during his career to educational associations. It would take too long to list all of them but a sampling would include terms as President of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, President of the American Educational Research Association, Board member of the UNESCO Institute for Education, Senior Fellow at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Board Member of the Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, Member of the President’s Task Force on Early Education, and Member of the President's Task Force on Education of the Gifted.

His editorial board work has included terms for such prestigious publications as the American Educational Research Journal, International Review of Education, Journal of Teacher Education, and The Review of Education.

While his teaching, administrative and service activities has been distinguished, it has been through his writings that he has had his most significant impact. Since 1956, he has written or co-authored 29 books, 5 of which have been award winning; 90 chapters and papers for other books and yearbooks; and approximately 150 articles in various journals and encyclopedias.

In 1959 his co-authored text titled The Nongraded Elementary School was translated into Japanese, Italian, Hebrew, and Spanish. In 1984 Dr. Goodlad produced A Place Called School: Prospects for the Future which received the AERA 1985 Outstanding Book Award, and the First Distinguished Book-of-the-Year Award from Kappa Delta Pi. This book based on nation-wide research effort represents his most complete vision on how schools should be changed.

After 1984, one might have concluded that he would have been content to rest on his accomplishments. Instead, however, he returned to one of his first interests (he had been a staffer on Conant's 1963 work on the preparation of American teachers), and initiated a major new project on teacher education. This project has produced three books - Teachers for our Nation's Schools, Places Where Teachers are Taught and The Moral Dimensions of Teaching. Goodlad's ambition was to have the same impact on teacher education as the Flexner Report did for medical education in the early part of the century. The 19 postulates or standards to be met if a teacher education program is to be considered exemplary are being studied and scrutinized by teacher education institutions all over the world, and of course we at the University of Manitoba are no exception.

Dr. Goodlad is listed in The Canadian Who's Who, The International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, Who's Who in America, The Blue Book, The Writer's Directory, and The International Who's Who, and he is the recipient of honorary degrees from ten Canadian and American universities.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and personal pleasure for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer on John I. Goodlad, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

His Excellency the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn

The Rt. Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, LL.D., October 23, 1992
The Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn
B.A., LL.B.

Ramon Hnatyshyn was born in Saskatoon in 1934. In that year, R.B.. Bennett was Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie King was plotting his downfall. J. S. Woodsworth, leader of the new CCF party, was promoting its 1933 Regina Manifesto, and William Aberhart was but a year away from applying the doctrine of Social Credit to the Province of Alberta. In such heady days, the young Ramon must have been tempted to enter politics immediately. Instead when he came of age, and perhaps anticipating vice-regal duties, he entered Victoria School, which had been founded in 1888,in the 51st year of Queen Victoria's reign.

Ramon's father, the late John Hnatyshyn, lawyer and Senator, and his mother Helen Constance Pitts, honorary graduate of the University of Saskatchewan were both children of pioneer Ukrainian immigrants.

Ramon obtained his BA. in 1954 and LL.B. in 1956 from the University of Saskatchewan, the home of the "Huskies"- the pesky Huskies who often snap irreverently at the heels of our nobleBisons. Whilst at University, he jointed the RCAF Reserve Training Plan and had summer postings in Moose Jaw, Gimli, Kingston and France, and later served in the Air Reserve. Also, whilst at University, he displayed skill with the basketball and the clarinet, the former at intercollegiate level, and the latter with a popular and slightly notorious, music group known as 'The College Nine'. He later lectured in law at his University for a period of 8 years.

From 1958 to 1960, he served as Private Secretary toW. M. Aseltine, then Government Leader in the Senate of Canada, before resuming the practice of law in Saskatoon. In 1974, be was elected to the House of Commons where he sat continuously until 1988, nine years in opposition and 5 years in the Cabinet as Minister of State for Science and Technology, Minister of Energy, Mines & Resources, Government House Leader, President of the Privy Council, Minister Responsible for Regulatory Affairs, and Attorney General for Canada. Finally, on January 29, 1990, he was named 24th Governor-General of Canada.

Meanwhile, in 1960, he had married Karen Gerda Nygaard Andreasen, a native of Winnipeg; this gave a big boost to his career. Her Excellency has a degree in dietetics and nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan and has worked extensively as a professional in those fields. In addition, she has devoted much personal time to health and social causes, including drug abuse, Alzheimer's disease, the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and breast cancer. Their Excellencies have two sons, John Georg and Carl Andrew Nygaard, aged 23 and 18 years, respectively.

His Excellency's private life was marked by service to the community, for example, to the United Nations Association, to the United Way Campaign, to the YMCA and to the Mendel Art Gallery of Saskatoon. In his present office, he is actively supporting the environment, literacy, seniors and voluntarism.

To select from his many honours, I mention that he is Queen's Counsel for Saskatchewan and for Canada, he has been awarded five honorary degrees and in 1989 he was recipient of the St. Volodymyr Medal of the World Congress of Ukrainians - for "outstanding contributions to the cause of justice and civil liberties".  Many in Canada resonate with this last-named award, because of his exceptional contributions to civil liberties during his two years as Attorney-General.

The Order of Canada is governed by the motor "They desire a better country." The members of the order are gratified that their Chancellor and principal Companion exemplified so effectively that lofty ideal. But in addition, all Canadians are proud that the Queen's representative displays in his own person those qualities which we claim for our national persona - qualities of decency, of fairness, of tolerance and of generosity. He is not only a member of the Great and the Good, he is the captain of the team.

Mr. Chancellor, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, I inquest that you confer on Ramon John Hnatyshyn, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Huguete Labelle

Huguette Labelle, LL.D., May 26, 1992
Huguette Labelle, O.C. 
Ph.D., LL.D.

I have the honour to present Dr. Huguette Labelle.

As an educator, public servant, spouse of Royal, and parent of Pierre and Chantal, she has made and continues to make superlative contributions to Canadians, to the administration of the Government of Canada, and to her family. She was born in Rockland, Ontario to Aurore and Rochon Mercedes, and received her early education there. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Education, Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration, all from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Labelle has provided distinguished service to her first profession - nursing - as President of the Canadian Nursing Association, President of the Canadian Red Cross Society, chairman of the board of the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre Incorporated, a member of the Council of Governors of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, and a member of the Board of Directors of Collaboration Sante
internationale
. From 1974 to 1976 she served as consultant to the governments of Haiti and Cuba on health care planning and health care education, and in 1987 she was co-chair of the World Health Organization's Expert Committee on Health Care Management Systems.

In the service of education, Dr. Labelle has been Chairman of the Board of Algonquin College, a member of the Board of Governors of Carleton University, a member of the Executive Committee, Institute of Public Administration of Canada, a member of the Master of Public
Management Advisory Council, Faculty of Business, University of Alberta, and a member othe Advisory Board, School of Public Administration, Daihousie University.

Dr. Labelle has also served her community in exemplary fashion. She has been Chairman of the Board of the Ottawa-Carleton United Way, President of the Management Consulting Institute, Vice-President of the Canadian Safety Council, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation.

Currently, she is Honorary Vice-President of the Canadian Red Cross Society, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa General Hospital, President of the Transportation Association of Canada, a member of the Board of Governors of McGill University, a member of the Board of Directors, Public Policy Forum, and a member of the Faculty of Administration Advisory Board, University of Ottawa.

As for her full time career - service to Canada - from 1973 until 1980 Dr. Labelle held senior management positions in two ministries of the Federal Government, Indian and Northern Affairs, and Health and Welfare Canada. From 1980 to 1985 she served as Under Secretary of State in the Department of the Secretary of State, and from January to September in 1985 she was Associate Secretary to the Cabinet and Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council. From 1985 until 1990 she was Chairman of the Public Service Commission of Canada.

It was also in 1990, on April 18, that her services to her country were duly recognized with Canada's highest award. On this date she was invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada by Governor-General Ramon Hnatyshyn.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a personal pleasure for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer on Huguette Labelle, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Annette Saint-Pierre

Annette Saint-Pierre, LL.D., June 2, 1992
Annette Saint-Pierre
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

A native of Quebec, Annette Saint-Pierre spent her entire teaching career in Manitoba where she was successively: a high-school teacher, Principal and Professor of French Canadian Literature at the College universitaire de Saint-Boniface.

During her career she has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of French Canadian and Franco-Manitoban literature, not only through her academic publications (Le Rideau se léve au Manitoba, Gabrielle Roy, sous le signe du réve, Repertoire littéraire de l'Ouest canadien), but also through the role she played in the creation of the Centre détudes franco-canadienne de l'Ouest (C.E.F.C.O), and two publishing houses in Manitoba:  Les Editions du Blé and Les Editions des Plaines. Last, but by no means least, Annette's publications as a novelist have gained her a distinctive place in Canadian Letters.

Annette Saint-Pierre has worked continually to promote French culture in the province through her teaching at the College, and through the encouragement of creative writing among her students, many of whom she has initiated in the art of novel writing. Annette continues to serve both the public and the literary community by annually publishing anthologies of short stories written by students and members of the Franco-Manitoban community.

Annette has received awards in recognition to her contribution from l'Association des Educateurs de langue française au Manitoba, l'Alliance française (Canada), l'Ordre des Francophones de l'Amérique du Nord and the Conseil de la vie française en Amérique.

Charles R. Scriver

Charles Scriver, D.Sc., May 27, 1992
Charles Robert Scriver
B.A., M.D.

I have the honour to present Charles Robert Scriver, Order of Canada, Doctor of Medicine, Fellow of the Royal Society, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Internationally known as an Educator, Physician, and Scientist, Charles Scriver has made and will continue to make a major contribution to the development of Human Genetics, and its impact on the health of Canadians both in his home province of Quebec, as well as in the rest of Canada and internationally.

Born in 1930, in Montreal, Quebec, Charles Scriver was educated at McGill University, receiving his B.A. in 1951, and his M.D. in 1955. He then undertook clinical training in Paediatrics at McGill University and Harvard University. By the end of his residency training in Paediatrics in 1958, he recognized the importance of the emerging field of human biochemical genetics and obtained a McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, to work with Professor Charles Dent, at University College Hospital, University of London, England to study the inborn errors of metabolism, particularly the aminoacidopathies, and vitamin D resistant rickets. It was during this period that his interest in the Inborn Errors of Metabolism and Human Genetics took firm root, and his lifelong research interests were founded. On his return to McGill, and during his chief residency in Paediatrics at the Montreal Childrens Hospital, he founded the De Belle Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics which he has directed since that time.

In 1961 Charles Scriver joined the faculty of McGill University in the Department of Paediatrics. He was a Markle Scholar from 1961 to 1966. In 1968 he became an Associate of the Medical Research Council, and in 1969 was appointed Professor of Paediatrics. In 1972 the Medical Research Council established a Human Genetics Research Group at McGill University and Charles Scriver became one of its co-directors. He was appointed Professor of Human Genetics at McGill University in 1978.

Charles Scriver is the epitome of the true clinician-scientist. The De Belle laboratory of Biochemical Genetics at the Montreal Childrens Hospital has been closely involved in elucidating the basic mechanisms of several metabolic diseases, as well as in the development of animal models for human genetic disease. From such an extensive and distinguished career it is difficult to single out one contribution over all others. One must however mention his work, on rickets in general and on vitamin D resistant and hypophosphatemic rickets in particular. This work led directly not only to dramatic improvements in the treatment of these two genetic forms of childhood rickets but also to the inclusion of vitamin D in the milk supplied to all Canadian children. Charles Scriver was also instrumental in establishing the first Canadian food-bank to ensure that children all across Canada, with special dietary requirements due to geneticmetabolic diseases, were able to obtain the special diets that they required at a reasonable cost. Such was Charles Scriver's view of the unity of health and disease that he was able to use rare examples of errors occurring in nature to increase our understanding of normal human physiology. In this connection he has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms by which molecules are transported across membranes, by studying mutant genes which interfere with such transport in both man and the mouse.

In 1969 together with his francophone colleagues, Charles Scriver established the Quebec Network for Genetic Medicine, and through that network was instrumental in establishing extensive newborn genetic screening programs in the Province of Quebec allowing the early identification and hence more effective treatment of many infants with severe genetic metabolic disorders. These programs have served as models for newborn genetic screening programs in other Provinces, including here in Manitoba. At the time of its formation the Quebec network was unique in that it provided not only screening, but also education, follow-up, diaghosis and treatment all within one integrated program. His work and that of his colleagues has thus led to major improvements in the health of future generations including the generation represented here today.

Charles Scriver's career has extended far beyond the laboratory or even the bedside. He has been active in his community, and was instrumental in having changes made to the Quebec high school biology curriculum to ensure a more extensive treatment of human biology and human genetics in the high schools. Along with the Mediterranean and Jewish communities of Montreal, Charles Scriver was instrumental in developing community based screening programs for Thalassaemia and Tay Sachs disease.

Together with his francophone colleagues at Laval University and the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi he was instrumental in the founding, and now co-directs the Inter-University Centre for Population Research whose prime objective is a cross cultural study of social, historical, demographic and genetic factors in the French Canadian population of NorthEastern Quebec.

Charles Scriver has received many honours and awards for his work on human metabolic disease. In 1985 he became an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1978 he received the William Allen award of the American Society of Human Genetics, in 1979 the Gairdner Award; in 1981 the McLaughlin Medal of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1983 he was the Canadian Rutherford lecturer of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, and was elected to the Fellowship of that Society in 1991.

Charles Scriver continues to make an active contribution to Canadian Science and Medicine. Most recently he has served on the Science Council of Canada and chaired their Committee on Genetic Predisposition. The report of that committee entitled "Genetics in Canadian Health Care" was published in 1991 and is likely to become a seminal document in the shaping of Genetic Medicine in Canada over the next decade and beyond into the twenty-first century.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and great personal pleasure for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer on Charles Robert Scriver, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba


1991

Stan Tsang-Kay Cheung

Stan Tsang-Kay Cheung, LL.D., May 28, 1991
Dr. Stan Tsang-Kay Cheung
B.S.A., M.Sc., Ph.D

I have the honour to present Dr. Stan Tsang-Kay Cheung of Hong Kong.

Dr. Cheung was born in Guangdong Province, China and moved with his parents to Hong Kong in 1950. He is a distinguished alumnus of The University of Manitoba and first came here as an undergraduate student in 1964. Between then and 1975 he earned the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Genetics.

Dr. Cheung returned to Hong Kong in 1975 and is currently Managing Director of Herald Hong Kong (Ltd.), a major holding company of other large manufacturing firms in Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China and elsewhere. He has been a notable success in his commercial endeavours and in particular has been successful in establishing a number of joint ventures in the area of manufacturing in the People's Republic of China.

Since he left The University of Manitoba Dr. Cheung has maintained a close connection to the University, particularly to the Faculty of Agriculture. He has also developed close contacts with the business community in Winnipeg and has been especially helpful in facilitating the establishment of Manitoba business in Hong Kong and Southern China. For example, he made a major contribution to the successful transfer of agricultural technology and hardware to Southern China by Feed-Rite Ltd., a major Winnipeg feed manufacturing company.

In addition to his commercial success, Dr. Cheung has an impressive record of public service. In Hong Kong he is a member of the Urban Council, the Broadcasting Authority and the Polytechnic Council. He is chairman of Challenge Ventures Ltd., a social agency for the disabled, and vice-chairman of the Business and Technology Centre, a vehicle to bring together academics, business people and industrialists to facilitate joint venture projects in China. He is a member of the Science and Technology Committee, the Agriculture and Fisheries Advisory Committee and the Livestock Advisory Committee.

At Hong Kong University he is a member of the Council of the School of Management Studies and of the Supervisory Board of the Institute of Molecular Biology. He is also active on several advisory committees at Hong Kong Polytechnic and at City Polytechnic.

In the People's Republic of China Dr. Cheung is an Honorary Advisor to the Science and Technology Commission and an Adjunct Professor at the Shanghai Jiao-Tung University.

Dr. Cheung is a man of considerable talent and of immense personal charm and generosity.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Dr. Stan Tsang-Kay Cheung the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa).

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran

Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran, LL.D., May 28, 1991
Honourable Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran
B.A. (Hons.), M.Sc.

I have the honour to present the Honourable Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran, B.A. (Hons.), M.Sc.

Educator, public servant and politician, Winston Dookeran has made and continues to make a significant contribution to developments in his country, Trinidad and Tobago, and to the well-being of its people.

Born in 1943, in the village of Rio Claro, South Trinidad, one of seven children of Mewalal and Sumintra Dookeran, Winston Dookeran received his early education in Trinidad. He began his post-secondary education in Canada where, in 1966 he was awarded the degree Bachelor of Arts in Honours Economics from this University; and in 1969 earned the degree M.Sc. in Economics at the London School of Economics. It may be noted that, while a student at this University, Mr. Dookeran served as President of The University of Manitoba Students' Union, a not unworthy office.

In 1966 Winston Dookeran joined the public service of Trinidad and Tobago where his abilities were quickly recognized and where his rise was rapid.

In the early 1970's, Winston Dookeran joined the faculty of the University of the West Indies. In the decade that followed he pursued an academic career both varied and distinguished. Concentrating on economic theory, transportation economics and international economic development, he published in several international academic journals and contributed to academic programs at the University of Leeds and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over this period he came to be respected throughout the Caribbean as an economist with particular insights into questions of public policy and more especially, into the economic challenges of developing countries.

In 1981 Winston Dookeran was elected to the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago where he emerged as a respected opposition spokesman on economic policy.

Prior to the general elections of 1986, Winston Dookeran played an important part in the formation of a new political party, the National Alliance for Reconstruction, and was the primary author of its platform. Following their victory, Winston Dookeran became Minister of Planning and Mobilization and, later, deputy leader of the governing party. In his early years in government the Minister played an important part in elaborating a framework for the economic and social development of Trinidad. A Canadian diplomat who dealt with Mr. Dookeran in these years speaks of him as "honest, personable, dedicated and hardworking; a politician much liked by his constituents and widely respected and trusted throughout Trinidad and Tobago."

In July 1990 the government of Trinidad and Tobago was the object of an attempted coup. The Prime Minister and a number of his colleagues, including Mr. Dookeran, were taken hostage in their Parliament. Seeking a trusted and respected figure with whom they might negotiate, the extremists released Winston Dookeran from captivity on the second day of the crisis. He became the Acting Prime Minister and, during a difficult period, successfully negotiated the release of the other hostages and the surrender of their captors. The assault on the cabinet was, in a very real sense, an assault on the principle of Parliamentary sovereignty and responsible government. That it could be defended, that the rule of law could be restored and that further violence could be forestalled testifies to the discipline, dedication and strength of Winston Dookeran. Democracy may always be on trial; but Mr. Dookeran's leadership, in a time of crisis, demonstrated that reason can triumph over violence, and that democratic societies can defend themselves without being reduced to the level of those who would subvert them.

Mr. Dookeran remains in the service of Trinidad and Tobago, where having, at a comparatively early age contributed much, it can be supposed that he will yet contribute more.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a personal pleasure for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer on Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Ivan Leigh Head

Ivan Head, LL.D., May 28, 1991
Ivan Head
O.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Q.C.

I have the honour to present Dr. Ivan Head, O.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Q.C.

Ivan Head was born in Calgary, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta in both Arts and Law and was awarded the Chief Justice's Silver Medal. He entered Harvard Law School in 1953 as a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow and was awarded an LL.M. degree in 1960. His thesis, on the topic of 'Canadian Claims to Territorial Sovereignty in the Arctic Regions' presaged a career devoted to applying academic excellence to issues of Canadian public policy.

Called to the Bar in 1953, Ivan Head practised law in Calgary until 1959. He then joined the Department of External Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer, serving in both Ottawa and Southeast Asia. In 1963 he joined the University of Alberta as an Associate Professor of Law becoming a Professor in 1966. He remained attached to the University of Alberta until 1973 but in 1967 embarked upon a career of public service which was to last, unbroken, for almost a quarter of a century. In 1967-68 he served as Associate Counsel to the Minister of Justice dealing with Constitutional Affairs. Between 1968 and 1970 he was Legislative Assistant to the Prime Minister of Canada and for the next eight years served as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister with special responsibility for foreign policy and the conduct of international relations. In that role he advised Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in his Commonwealth and foreign activities, acted as the Prime Minister's special representative in a number of missions abroad and served on Canadian delegations to a large number of international conferences.

From 1978 until March this year Ivan Head was President and Member of the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre, the IDRC. In this capacity he was responsible for building an institution with a truly international reputation both for the excellence of its research and for the unique way in which it engages in genuine partnership and co-operation with the peoples of the South and their own indigenous institutions. Under his guidance and leadership has evolved in the Centre a vision of global development which is people-centred and democratic, which is rooted in indigenous culture and gender equality and which draws upon indigenously developed technologies. It is a vision of enhanced self reliance which recognizes also the mutual interdependence of the North and the South and which strives to promote constructive and respecthil interrelationships at the global level between rich and poor nations. It is a vision of a world without poverty, insecurity and environmental degradation. It is Ivan Head's vision.

Ivan Head has written extensively on legal matters, on foreign and development policy. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which explores the theme of global interdependence, and of numerous articles in learned journals. He is an officer of the Order of Canada, a Federal Queen's Counsel and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute and as a Commissioner of the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues. He is a frequent participant in high level working groups examining various aspects of international organisations and international affairs and is the recipient of a number of honours from foreign governments and international bodies.

Lawyer, scholar, public servant and diplomat, Ivan Head has distinguished himself in Canada and internationally as both a visionary and as a person who is capable of giving practical expression to his ideas. By word and deed he has enhanced Canada's stature in the world community and has done so by putting his concern for the well-being of people at the centre of his approach to international relations.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you now confer upon Ivan Head the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Otto Schaefer

Otto Schaefer, D.Sc., May 29, 1991
Dr. Otto Schaefer

I have the honour to present Dr. Otto Schaefer.

Dr. Schaefer was born in Betzdorf, West Germany. He graduated from the University of Heidleberg in 1944 and completed Royal College of Canada Fellowship Training in Internal Medicine at the University of Alberta in 1963. In the interval he served three terms as Medical Officer in the Northwest Territories being stationed successively in the Eastern Arctic, Western Arctic and Yukon Territory. During this period he pioneered many innovations in the delivery of health services to northern populations and led the national efforts in northern population research.

In 1964, his research accomplishments were recognized by his appointment as Director of the Northern Medical Research Unit, a post he kept until 1985. In his research career Dr. Schaefer published over 100 papers in the scientific literature.

He has served as a mentor to a whole generation of academics and practitioners alike and has established the standard of research in northern communities.
He has also demonstrated a remarkable record of caring for northem peoples of Canada. He is highly revered by Native people in this country who refer to him lovingly as "Sik-Sik".

He was the founding President of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and has received several prestigious awards recognizing his remarkable contribution.

They include the Order of Canada, Achievement Award - Province of Alberta, Ortho Award of Canadian Public Health Association, Commissioner's Award - Government of the Northwest Territories, and the J.A. Hildes Medal for Circumpolar Health.

Mr. Chancellor, it is truly an honour and a very great privilege for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Otto Schaefer the Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa).

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor, D.Sc., October 24, 1991
Andrew Taylor
O.C., B.Sc. (C.E.)

Andrew Taylor was born in November of 1907 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and moved to Winnipeg in 1911.  He graduated with a B.Sc. (C.E.) from the University of Manitoba in 1931, and was commissioned as a Dominion Land Surveyor in 1932.  Following service in the Royal Canadian Engineers, he was seconded to the British Antarctic Survey in 1943.

In his several careers, Dr. Taylor was exemplified qualities as a man of action and as a scientific researcher.  He was an early pioneer of the application of new construction techniques to the conditions of Canada's North.  His expertise in this field was sought after also by British and US authorities.  The explorations, surveys and mapping he has conducted in both Canadian northern and Antarctic regions were carried out under often hazardous conditions and have stood the test of time. 

Dr. Taylor's publications, especially on the Arctic Blue Books and on British Parliamentary Papers, have been of great value to other scholars.  He received the silver Polar Medal, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986.

He continues to reside in Winnipeg, and is probably the only University of Manitoba graduate who has had an Antarctic mountain named after him.

Arthur J. Lacerte


1990

Haraldur Bessason

Haraldur Bessason, LL.D., October 18, 1990
Haraldur Bessason

I have the honor to present Haraldur Bessason, President of the University of Akureyri, Iceland.

Haraldur Bessason was educated at the University of Iceland, where he received his Cand. Phil. in 1952, and his Cand. Mag. in 1956. Upon graduation, he was Deputy Director of the Icelandic State Broadcasting Services for a brief period. He was then appointed Head and Chair of the Department of Icelandic Language and Literature at The University of Manitoba, a position he held for thirty-one years. In 1987, he was appointed President of the newly-established University of Akureyri.

While at The University of Manitoba, Haraldur Bessason published a number of essays, articles, and reviews in North American and European journals on a variety of topics, including Scandinavian mythology, saga literature, the Eddas, and Icelandic-Canadian language and literature. He was Associate Editor of Scandinavian Studies for several years and co-editor of the University of Manitoba Icelandic Studies Series, in which he published a translation and co-edited a collection of articles. He is former President of the Mid-West Modem Language Association (Germanic Section) and of the Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota.

Haraldur Bessason's role as an educator and academic leader was matched by his active participation within the wider community. He was the co-editor of the Timarit of the Icelandic National League, and he also served on the boards of Mosaic, the Icelandic-Canadian Magazine, and was an editor of Logberg-Heimiskringla. In addition, he has served as member of the Icelandic Festival Committee in various capacities, including President, and been Secretary and Vice President of the Icelandic National League. In recognition of his community outreach activities, he was given the Outreach Award by The University of Manitoba, and the city of Winnipeg has made him an honorary citizen. In 1970, Haraldur Bessason received the Icelandic Order of the Falcon for outstanding work for the advancement of Icelandic cultural interest in North America.

Haraldur Bessason's career of dedicated service to academia and the community both underscored the unique relationship between these two spheres and served continuously to strengthen their ties.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honor and privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Haraldur Bessason the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Carl Braun

Carl Braun, LL.D., May 29, 1990
Carl Braun
B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.

I have the honour to present Carl Braun, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Carl Braun was born in Winkler and graduated from the Manitoba Teacher's College in 1951. For the next fourteen years during which time he pursued degree studies at The University of Manitoba, he taught school in this province beginning with a four year stint in a one-room school in the Zion School District and progressing through Winkler Elementary School, Winkler Collegiate, Pembina Crest Junior High School, and Vincent Massey Collegiate. Mostly, he taught English and Music, and befitting one who had earned an AMM and an ARCT in Music from the Universities of Manitoba and Toronto respectively, he became well known as a school choir director.

In 1967, Carl Braun was awarded the Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, and his doctoral thesis titled "Attentional Processes and the Beginning Reader" was given an Outstanding Dissertation Citation by the International Reading Association. In the same year, he was hired by this university as an associate professor of Educational Psychology and Education. From 1967 until 1974, he taught courses in educational psychology, language arts, and diagnosis and remediation, and he conducted research in language and reading. In 1974, Carl was appointed by the University of Calgary as a Professor of Education, and over the next 15 years, he assumed many duties including the directorship of the language education clinic and the chair of special education and rehabilitation studies. While at Calgary, Carl earned a Distinguished Teaching Award. He currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at that institution.

Carl Braun has been a prolific scholar in the field of literacy. With substantial research support from provincial government departments and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, he has produced many school textbooks, has published more than 50 papers for the academic and professional communities, and has delivered an extraordinary large number of invited papers. He has been a tireless promoter of literacy among youth, and in recent years, especially disadvantaged youth. One particular outlet for his energies in this regard has been the International Reading Association which this year has honoured him by electing him President, the first time that this organization representing some 92 nations has selected a citizen of a country other than the United States for this post.

Mr. Chancellor, it is particularly appropriate that in this International Year of Literacy that this University honour an individual who has done so much to promote the development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills among the youth of this nation. Consequently, it is a privilege for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer on Carl Braun, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Kevin Patrick Kavanagh

Kevin Patrick Kavanagh, LL.D., May 17, 1990
Kevin Patrick Kavanagh
B .Comm.

I have the honour to present Mr. Kevin Patrick Kavanagh, B .Comm., a native son of Manitoba, a graduate of this University and a distinguished leader of the Canadian business community.

As President and Chief Executive Officer of The Great-West Life Assurance Company, Kevin Kavanagh has,for more than a decade, provided outstanding leadership to the largest international company based in Winnipeg and to one of the ten largest insurance companies in North America. At the same time he has been an exemplary and unshakable contributor to the wider community of Manitoba and to this University.

The son of Martin and Katherine Kavanagh, Kevin Kavanagh was born in 1932, in Brandon, where he received his early education.

Upon graduation from the University of Manitoba in 1953 he joined The Great-West Life Assurance company. He served Great-West in a variety of roles, becoming Director of Marketing Services in 1969 and, in 1973, Vice-President of Great-West's American operations in Denver, Colorado. In 1978 he returned to Winnipeg as Vice-President, Group Operations and shortly thereafter was elected President and Chief Executive Officer.

Great-West Life is now a very large corporation, but Kevin Kavanagh's aspirations have been less with making Great-West the biggest than with making it the best. He has seen the industry as having an intrinsic social role in assuring both saving and life benefits for its customers. Kevin Kavanagh, indeed, sees himself as being in the business of assurance. That attitude is reflected in the company's approach to its own employees: in 1986 the Financial Post, after extensive research, selected Great-West as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada", citing, in particular, employee benefits, superior opportunities for women, job satisfaction and personal development.

A commitment to excellence has characterized Kevin Kavanagh's approach to community service. He has served on the Boards of the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, the Winnipeg Clinic Foundation and the Winnipeg Symphony amongst others. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of The University of Manitoba Associates of the Faculty of Management. He has, in addition, served as Chair of the University's "Drive for Excellence" which has been the largest and most successful financial campaign in the University's history.

It is one, the benefits of which, will be shared by future generations of students, and indeed, by future generations of Manitobans generally. Kevin Kavanagh's unstinting role in the Drive for Excellence reflects a lifetime's commitment to excellence and to this, his own University.

In 1963, Kevin Kavanagh married Elizabeth ("Els") Mesman. Together they have been generous and active supporters of a range of community organizations and institutions.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate that you confer upon Mr. Kevin Patrick Kavanagh the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Arden R. Haynes

Arden R. Haynes, LL.D., May 17, 1990
Arden R. Haynes
O.C., B.Comm.

I have the honour to present Mr. Arden R. Haynes, Officer of the Order of Canada, a graduate of this University and a distinguished leader of the Canadian business community.

As President and as Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Oil, Arden Haynes has been, for nearly ten years, a dynamic, innovative and outspoken leader of Canadian business and one whose interests and concerns have ranged widely into areas of public policy and community responsibility.

One of six children of Philip and Mattie Haynes, Arden Haynes was born in 1927 in rural Saskatchewan where he received his, early education. Beginning a pre-medicine program in Regina in 1947, he enrolled in Commerce at this University the following year; and although a future Nobel Laureate in Medicine was perhaps forfeited thereby, Arden Haynes, upon his graduation in 1951 began a remarkably successful career in business. It was here as well that he met Beverly Henderson whom he married in 1952.

After being wooed by another oil company, Arden Haynes sought out Imperial Oil. For more than 20 years having served the company in almost every province and abroad, Arden Haynes, in 1972, became Vice-President and General Manager of Marketing. In 1978 he was chosen to lead in the creation of Esso Resources Canada, a Calgary-based exploration and production company; and in 1982 returned to Toronto as President and in 1985 became Chief Executive Officer.

These years have been tumultuous ones for the oil industry and Arden Haynes has proved an extraordinary leader for these times. It has been said of him that "he reflects the values and traditions of the company and (pursues)... them with an iron will" while possessed of the ability to "put Imperial Oil through a restructuring that would change not just the face of the company, but its very nature." To the challenges of corporate leadership in trying times, he has brought vision, compassion and integrity; indeed, in recent years, he has been distinguished as an articulate advocate of the need for high ethical standards in business, and of the need for business to embrace its social responsibilities.

Arden Haynes has most assuredly practised what he preached: Imperial under his leadership has donated generously to Canadian universities, both in gifts and sponsorships of special academic events. He, personally, co-chairs the Imagine campaign of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, has chaired the Diabetes Canada's fund-raising campaign, and served on the boards of the Trillium Foundation, the Canadian Opera Company and Junior Achievement of Canada. Arden Haynes has, moreover, served as national co-chair of this University's "Drive for Excellence" and has contributed greatly to its unprecedented levels of success. By his tireless efforts in making approaches on behalf of the University to potential benefactors outside of Manitoba, the success of the Drive was assured. It is reflective of Arden Haynes' broad view of both corporate and personal responsibility that he has given back something of himself not only to his home University, but to all those who, in the future, will be the beneficiaries of a better University.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you now confer on Arden R. Haynes, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

Geraldine Anne Kenny-Wallace

Geraldine Anne Kenney-Wallace, D.Sc., May 30, 1990
Dr. Geraldine Anne Kenney-Wallace
L.R.I.C., M.Sc., Ph.D., A.R.I.C., D.Sc. (Hon.), LL.D. (Hon.), F.R.S.C.

I have the honor to present Dr. Geraldine Anne Kenney-Wallace, a noted international authority on lasers and optoelectronics and currently Chairman of the Science Council of Canada. On July 1 this year Dr. Kenney-Wallace will direct her considerable talents to the Presidency of McMaster University, an Institution noted for its innovations in research and teaching.

Dr. Kenney-Wallace is a native of London, England and was educated at Oxford and London before attending the University of British Columbia where she obtained the MSc in 1968 and the PhD in 1970 both in the area of chemical physics. After a short stay at the University of Notre Dame and as an Assistant Professor at Yale, Dr. Kenney-Wallace moved to Toronto in 1975 and is now a Professor of Chemistry at that University. She is the author of over 90 research publications in the field of chemical physics. For this work she has been honored with several awards from Canada and abroad including the Steacie Fellowship of Canada, the Corday Morgan medal and prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry in England, and the Noranda Lecture Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada. She alo held a Killam Foundation Research Fellowship, was a Guggenheim Fellow and has held visiting Professorships at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and at Stanford University in California. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds six hbnorary degrees, but none from Western Canada.

While at Toronto Dr. Kenney-Wallace served on various Government committees, most notably The National Advisory Board on Science and Technology chaired by the Prime Minister, and the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, also reporting to him. She was actively involved in centres of excellence planning in Ontario and Chaired the Advisory Committee of the Premier's Industry Technology Fund. She has been a research and development consultant with industry in Canada and the United States and is a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Association. Most recently, she has Chaired the CIDA National Advisory Panel on Centres of Excellence in International Development and was a member of the federal Networks of Excellence research initiative. Centres of Excellence programs are new Government initiatives to promote research often involving establishing networks of scientists located in different parts of Canada. It is evidence of her scientific reputation that Dr. Kenney-Wallace's advice is being sought in the development of these new programs.

Besides her scientific accomplishments, Dr. Kenney-Wallace is a great lover of poetry, opera, music, ballet and art. She is particularly interested in seventeenth and eighteenth century Japanese prints. She has told me that looking at early artwork gives her the same sense of enjoyment and discovery that she has found in her scientific endeavours.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honor and privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Geraldine Anne Kenney-Wallace, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Wallace Raymond McQuade

Wallace Raymond McQuade, LL.D., May 30, 1990
Wallace Raymond McQuade
B.Sc., P.Eng.

I have the honor to present Wallace Raymond McQuade, B.Sc. (Civil Engineering), P.Eng.

Ray McQuade was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended Greenway and General Wolfe Schools and Daniel Mcintyre Collegiate Institute.

He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1943 serving overseas with the Royal Canadian Artillery, Survey Unit. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Sergeant.

On his return to Winnipeg, he entered The University of Manitoba in 1946, graduating four years later with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Ray was a member of the class of 1950 whose convocation was delayed because of the famous 1950 flood.

In 1948, while he was still a student, Ray married Linda Jane Delafield. Ray and Linda have three daughters, Dr. Gwen Kalansky, M.D., Dr. Nancy McQuade, D.V.M., and Leslie M. MacAdam, R.N. They have six grandchildren.

Immediately after graduation, Ray joined Cowin Steel as a Junior Design Engineer. Ray has spent his entire career with Cowin Steel. He is currently President, General Manager and Chairman of the Board. Cowin Steel was the first company of reinforcing steel fabricators to open a business office in Winnipeg. The company has expanded its facilities six times since it was established, the latest expansion occurring in 1985 under Ray's expert guidance. The company supplies reinforcing steel for engineering projects in the Prairie provinces and in Ontario. Cowin Steel employs 75 permanent staff, with increases to 125 during periods of peak production. The stability of the company and its history of excellent staff relations are a reflection on Ray McQuade's commitment to business and professional ethics and to the welfare of his fellow workers.

It is fitting, Mr. Chancellor, that Ray McQuade should be honoured today by The University of Manitoba. From 1974 to 1980, Ray served with honour and distinction on the University's Board of Governors. For the last five of those years, he was Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board. Both the University community and the professional engineering community owe Ray a tremendous debt of gratitude for his steadying influence during those transitional years of the Faculty of Engineering. The University recogized his contribution to the life of the University with its Distinguished Service Award in 1982.

Ray McQuade has continued to be a friend of the University even after his service on the Board of Governors. His most recent contribution is the leadership role that he took in the establishment of a state-of-the-art structures facility in the Faculty of Engineering for testing large structural elements and frames. As a result of Ray's drive and enthusiasm, this $2 million dollar facility has been built through generous contributions from the private and public sectors. As you know, Mr. Chancellor, this facility was opened officially last week.

Ray McQuade has been,a registered professional engineer for 38 years. It is characteristic of Ray that he has given back much more to his profession than he has taken. At last count, he had contributed 50 years of service on nine different committees of the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Manitoba. The Association recognized Ray's distinguished contributions with its Merit Award in 1981 and its outstanding Service Award in 1986.

Ray McQuade has served his community in almost innumerable ways. He was appointed, in September 1985, to the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, eventually serving as Chairman of the Board. He has made untold contributions to the redevelopment of a camp for underprivileged children located on an island in the Lake of the Woods, marshalling volunteer expertise as required. This camp is operated by the Diocese of Rupertsland of the Anglican Church of Canada. He has served on the Board of the Better Business Bureau of Canada, four years as Vice-President. He is an active supporter of Ducks Unlimited, holding a provincial leadership role for the years 1984, 1985 and 1986. In the 1960's he worked extensively as a volunteer upgrading the facilities of the Winnipeg Pistol and Revolver Club, site of the shooting events for the 1967 Pan Am Games. The Canadian Council of Professional Engineers recognised Ray’s distinguished community service with its 1988 Meritorious Service Award for Community Service.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honor and a privilege for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer on Wallace Raymond McQuade, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Thomas H.B. Symons

Thomas H.B. Symons, LL.D., May 29, 1990
Thomas H. B. Symons
M.A., LL.D., F.R.S.C., O.C.

I have the honour to present Thomas H. B. Symons, M.A., LL.D., F.R.S.C., Officer of the Order of Canada.

As founding President of Trent University, as Chairman of the Commission on Canadian Studies, most recently as Vanier Professor and in numerous other roles and activities, Thomas Symons has provided distinguished leadership in Canadian education.

Born in Toronto, one of seven children of Harry and Dorothy Syrnons, Thomas Symons is a graduate of the Universily of Toronto and of Oxford, having also pursued independent studies in Europe.

In 1960, at the age of 31, Thomas Symons was named as President-designate and chairman of the Academic Planning Committee for what was to become Trent University. Focussing on undergraduate education and on teaching methods which recognized and valued the individual student, Trent University under Thomas Symons' leadership successfully reasserted the classic values of liberal education. Trent was at one and the same time traditional and innovative, conservative and progressive: it sought and achieved excellence in the traditional disciplines while breaking new ground in interdisciplinary areas like Canadian and environmental studies. Twenty-five years on, Trent remains a small university committed to a large enterprise. And of Trent, it may be said, that what Thomas Symons did not actually himself create, he substantially inspired.

Beyond the University with which his name will always be linked, Professor Symons played a signal role in a pre-eminent national educational issue of the 1970's and 1980's. Indeed, the notion of national existence and national values as matters of legitimate academic concern, owes much to Professor Symons' articulation of the legitimacy and importance of Canadian Studies. As Chairman of the Commission on Canadian Studies from 1972 to 1984 he effected a sea-change in academic attitudes: the Commission's Report, and the manner of his advocacy of it, injected a fundamentally new and important perspective into the general academic orientations of our universities. He argued that Canadian universities which saw no need or responsibility to study and understand Canada, could not expect others to do it for them; he enjoined Canadian universities to reconsider our roles, to acknowledge the significance of our own experience as a people, and to embrace the intellectual and institutional obligations to know ourselves.

It may be fairly said that the Symons Report has had influence far beyond those immediately concerned with Canadian Studies per se: Thomas Symons has now joined that select company whose work is known even to those who have never read it - surely a kind of academic apotheosis.

Thomas Symons has not been an educator or academic leader disengaged from the wider community. Indeed, he has epitomized what the late Professor Morton once described as the role of a university Chancellor, one "who is the chosen friend in the world, the well-disposed man who knows the university in all its idiosyncracies and needs, and who puts in an understanding word when it will do good..."

Professor Symons has advised government - and Opposition - on a range of educational and other issues; he has chaired the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Association in Support of the Native Peoples and an Ontario Ministerial Commission on French Language Education. He has served, chaired and, in some cases, founded ahost of organizations concerned with a wide range of educational and other public matters. His career has embodied the proposition that between service to education and public service there are no fixed or finite boundaries.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a personal pleasure for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer on Thomas H. B. Symons, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba.

Denis St. Onge

1976-1989


1989

Robert E. Beamish

B.A., M.D., B.Sc.(Med.), D.Sc., F.R.C.P. (Can., Edin., Lond.), F.A.C.P.. F.A.C.C., F.C.C.P.

I have the honour to present Robert Beamish, B.A., M.D., B.Sc.(Med.), D.Sc., F.R.C.P. (Can., Edin., Lond.), F.A.C.P.. F.A.C.C., F.C.C.P.

Robert Beamish was born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba and graduated from McConnell High School in 1933. He entered Brandon College, then affiliated with McMaster University, graduating B.A. in 1937. He entered the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba in 1937 graduating M.D. in 1942. Following residency training at the Children's and Winnipeg General Hospitals, he served for two years with the R.C.A.M.C. In 1947 he became a Nuffield Dominion Travelling Fellow in Great Britain. After a period as registrar in the National Heart Hospital, he obtained his memberships in the Royal College of Physicians in London and Edinburgh, followed by his qualifying for the F.R.C.P. of Canada in 1950. On his return to Winnipeg, Dr. Beamish joined the Manitoba Clinic as a physician and cardiologist working mainly as a consultant in cardiology until 1970. That year he became Medical Director and later Vice-President, Underwriting and Medical, of the Great-West Life Assurance Company, a post he held until 1981 when he was appointed Consultant to the Company. Since 1942, except for military service and post-graduate training, Dr. Beamish has had a part-time appointment with the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine from Demonstrator to Full Professor. His teaching has included lectures in physiology and medicine, clinical teaching for both undergraduate and graduate students and a career leadership role in heart research.

Dr. Beamish has had a very impressive scientific medical background while carrying a heavy clinical load. His publications of scientific papers, medical articles and books, has been extensive and comprehensive with his proudest achievement being Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. As well as his service to the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Beamish has served the University on the Board of Governors and its Executive Committee, the "Friends of the Library", of which he became the first President, the Alumni Association and is a member of the Governor's Council. His major interest in Cardiology has brought him local, national and international stature. He is a founding member of the Manitoba Heart Foundation and served as President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society from 1968-70. In the field of organized medicine, Dr. Beamish has been President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, the Manitoba Medical Association and on the Board of the Canadian Medical Association.

Dr. Beamish is also a concerned citizen. He has served as National President of the United Nations Association in Canada and a long time member of the boards of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the United Way of Winnipeg, the Social Planning Council, the Manitoba Paraplegia Foundation and the Brandon University Foundation. A major involvement has been his work with the Club of Rome which satisfies his long term interest in the field of Philosophy.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer on Robert Beamish, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Mme. Vigdis Finnbogadottir

LL.D.

Vigdis was born in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, on April 15, 1930. Her father was Finnbogi Rutur Thorvaldsson, Civil Engineer and Professor at the University of Iceland, and her mother Sigridur Eiriksdottir (customarily Icelandic women keep their maiden name after marriage), for thirty six years Chairman of the Icelandic Nurses Association.

Vigdis matriculated from Junior College, Menntaskolinn i Reykjavik, in 1949. She studied French and French Literature at the Universities of Grenoble and Sorbonne in Paris, specializing in Drama. Later on she studied in Denmark and Sweden and concluded her studies, adding English, English Literature and Education, from the University of Iceland. Vigdis taught French at Junior College for a number of years, first at her old College, Menntaskolinn i Reykjavik, but later on joining the staff of a new, experimental Junior College, Menntaskolinn vid Hamrahlid, there taking on the responsibilities of planning and building up the French Teaching Department.

Teaching in winter Vigdis joined the Icelandic Tourist Bureau during the summer, working as a Tourist Guide. There she was responsible for receiving many foreign journalists and writers, guiding them around Iceland and helping them gather what material and information they wanted or needed. During those years she also built up the guide-training within the Bureau and headed that for a number of years. In her sabbath year from teaching Vigdis stayed in France, studying the cultural relations between Iceland and France in the 19th century.

Since 1972 Vigdis has been Director of the Reykjavik Theatre Company. Under her guidance, the Company has flourished and during those years she has been especially active in opening channels for Icelandic playwrights.

Vigdis has taught French Drama at the University of Iceland, worked for the Icelandic State Television giving lessons in French and introducing the theatre in a popular cultural series. She was a member of Grima, the first experimental theatre group in Iceland, has been Chairman of Alliance Francaise, has given lectures on Icelandic culture abroad and has, since 1976,  been a member of an Advisory Cominitteo on Cultural Affairs in the Nordic Countries, of which she has been Chairman since 1978.

-citation delivered by Kirsten Wolf, Associate Professor, Head, and Chair, Icelandic Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts

His Grace Most Reverend Antoine Hacault

Monsieur le Chancelier,
J'ai le grand honneur de vous presenter ce soir Monseigneur Antoine Hacault, sixieme eveque, cinquieme archeveque de
Saint-Boniface, homme qui se situe avec dignite dans la grande lignee des Provencher, Tache et Langevin.
Nat if de Bruxelles, ici au Manitoba, ou, entoure de ses dix-sept freres et soeurs, ii a connu les labeurs et les joies de la tern:,
Antoine Hacault a fait ses eludes primaires a l'ecole de son village. Puis, delaissant avec peine les siens et ce coin de pays qui le fac;onnait, ii poursuit sa
formation humaine, chretienne et academique au College de Saint-Boniface, alors sous l'habile direction des Peres de la Compagnie de Jesus.
Ordonne pretre au milieu de l'Eglise de son pays par Monseigneur Georges Cabana en 1951, ii sera, dans le prolongement dt: ses
annees de formation au Grand Seminaire de Saint-Boniface, envoye a l'Universite Angelicum de Rome, ou, au milieu des disciples de Saint Thomas
d'Aquin, ii completera un doctoral en theologie dogmatique.
De retour dans son Eglise diocesaine, Monseigneur se voit confier la responsabilite de l'enseignement de la theologie au Grand
Seminaire de Saint-Boniface. II y sera pour dix ans et laissera, aupres de ceux qui l'auront con nu pendant leurs annees de formation, le souwnir d'une
personne bien branchee sur le Christ et sur l'Eglise, ouverte et accueillante, toujours prete a ecouter.
Theologien personnel de Monseigneur Maurice Baudoux lors des travaux preparatifs au Concile Vatican II, Monseigneur
Hacault participera comme pretre-expert aux deux premieres sessions de ce concile qui sera celebre a Rome entre 1962 el 1965. Choisi par le Pape Paul
VI, ii est elu eveque auxiliaire de Saint-Boniface en 1964 ou ii sera ordonne le 8 septembre par Monseigneur Baudoux et c'est dix ans plus tard qu'il
deviendra le premier pasteur de cette Eglise diocesaine.
Pere du Concile Vatican II, Monseigneur est l'une des rares personnes toujours actives aujourd'hui qui aura vecu eel
evenement a la fois comme pretre et comme eveque et ce fait aura une influence determinante sur son pastorat. En effet, homme d'Eglise, chercheur,
guide, pasteur, a l'ecoute de son peuple et de !'experience toujours changeante du monde, ii cherchera, toujours et partout, a devenir cet eveque a la
maniere des apotres.
Profondement ancre dans la realite de son pays, ii acceptera la responsabilite de recteur du College universitaire de
Saint-Boniface, accomplissant, !ors de son mandat, le passage harmonieux a une administration de plus en plus ta·ique.
Toujours pret a servir Dieu, dans et par l'annonce de l'Evangile - comme le temoigne sa devise episcopate "In Evangelium
servus Dei" - Antoine Hacault exercera une influence determinante, aux niveaux national et international, dans le domaine de l'Oecumenisme.
Membre de la Commission d'Oecumenisme de la Conference des eveques catholiques du Canada de 1966 a 1987, ii en assumera a deux reprises la
presidence, tout en oeuvrant comme delegue aupres du Conseil canadien des Eglises, du Groupe mixte de travail, du Dialogue national des eveques
anglicans et catholiques. Aussi, appele par le Saint-Pere a mettre ses talents au service de l'Eglise universelle, ii siegera de 1973 a 1981 comme membre
du Secretariat romain pour les non-croyants et de 1976 jusqu'a aujourd-hui au Conseil pontifical pour !'Unite des chretiens.
Son temoignage au niveau mondial n'epuise passes ressources ni ses capacites. Membre de la Commission episcopate de la
liturgie au niveau national depuis 1987, ii est, en meme temps, le president de la Conference des eveques catholiques de l'Ouest.
Chez nous, ici au Manitoba, et plus particulerement au Manitoba francais, Monseigneur ne cesse de chercher par tousles
moyens a promouvoir l'Evangile, a la fois par la parole et par le geste. Ouvert a la realite du monde moderne, ii se fait tout accueil a des initiatives
di verses qui surgissent un peu partout dans son Eglise, acceptant, sans diriger de main forte, que l'Esprit se manifeste ou II veut. Dans cette profonde
fidelite a ses racines, a la fois culturelle et religieuse, Monseigneur fait advenir chez nous l'Eglise de l'an deux mille.
C'est done a vec grande joie et fie rte que le College universitaire de Saint-Boniface honore l'un de ses anciens etudiants et de ses
anciens recteurs qui celebre cette annee le vingt-cinquieme anniversaire de son appel a servir l'Eglise de chez-nous comme eveque.
Monsieur le Chancelier, au nom du Senat de l'Universite du Manitoba,je vous prie d'admettre Monseigneur Antoine Hacault,
archeveque de Saint-Boniface, au grade de docteur en droit, honoris causa.
le 8 juin 1989
A. Naimark
Recteur

Evelyn Anne Hart

O.C.

I have the honour to present Miss Evelyn Anne Hart, Officer of the Order of Canada, and a principal dancer of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for ten years.

A native of Peterborough, Ontario, Miss Hart came to Winnipeg in 1973 to study in the Professional Programme of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She joined the company in 1976, and became a soloist in 1978, a principal dancer in 1979.

While her performances in classical roles, among them Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Onegin and Les Sylphides, have been highly acclaimed, her work in the modern repertoire has also been electrifying. Dance enthusiasts have especially fond memories of Five Tangoes. Nuages. Piano Variations III. Firebird, Our Waltzes, the Don Quixote pas de deux, and, perhaps her best known work, Norbert Vesak’s Belong pas de deux. Miss Hart won a Bronze Medal at the World Ballet Councours in Japan, and the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competitions in Varna, Bulgaria, both in 1980. At Varna, she accumulated the highest marks since the first competition in 1964, and was awarded the rare tribute of the competition's only Exceptional Artistic Achievement Award.

With the rest of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Miss Hart has represented Winnipeg and Canada on tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. As well, she has appeared as a guest artist with the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, Tokyo Festival Ballet, the Odessa State Ballet, the London Festival Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. She has appeared in several television specials, twice winning ACTRA awards for Best Variety Performer, and recently performed in the London Festival Ballet's film production of Swan Lake.

Still, a listing of awards and accomplishments cannot adequately convey an appreciation of Miss Hart's artistry, for dance is its own language, the language which Miss Hart will speak to us today. Many have tried to capture in words the experience of watching her dance. William Littler says of Miss Hart's dancing that it "gives visual form to pure emotion." Clive Barnes says ". . . she has the ineffable image of greatness about her"” Choreographer Rudi van Dantzig has compared Miss Hart to the great Ulanova: "For me, Ulanova was one of the unearthly people. Evelyn is like that - in a world, in a class, of her own." Perhaps the words which can come closest are Shakespeare's, his Romeo speaking to Juliet:

...thou art / As glorious to this night . . . / As is a winged messenger of heaven / . . . When he bestrides the lazy-pacing clouds / And sails upon the bosom of the air.

When Evelyn Hart dances the role, she is that image: a very human woman but at the same time "a winged messenger of heaven" "[sailing] upon the bosom of the air".

Miss Hart's individual artistic achievements are spectacular but it is important, too, to recognize her contribution to the development of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and to the art form as a whole. Her fellow dancers recognize her as a tireless and dedicated worker, and her perfectionism inspires emulation. Furthermore, a number of ballet critics attribute the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's recent growth and more ambitious programming to the company's attempts to accommodate Miss Hart's ever growing talent, her soaring flight. She challenges - challenges the abilities of her co-performers, challenges the imaginations of her audience. The effect of Miss Hart's challenge, her example,extends beyond the walls of the Concert Hall. To us, members of the community lucky enough to be the one in which she lives, works, and performs, she is a living demonstration of the possibility, and, yes, the cost, of being the best in the world, and of the ineffable rewards ofaccepting nothing less from oneself.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask in the name of the Senate that you confer upon Miss Evelyn Anne Hart the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Louisa Hersom

B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.

I have the honour to present Naomi Hersom, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.

Currently the President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount St. Vincent University, Naomi Hersom was born in Winnipeg and graduated from Kelvin High School. She attended The University of Manitoba from which she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947, a Diploma in Education in 1948, a Bachelor of Education degree in 1955, and a Master of Education degree in 1955. She was awarded the Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta in 1969.

Dr. Hersom began her distinguished teaching and administrative career in 1954 in the elementary schools of the Winnipeg School Division. Her contribution to the Division's major works program for gifted children was widely acknowledged, and her talent for collaborating with her professional colleagues was recognized in her election to the presidency of the Winnipeg Teachers' Association in 1966.

Following the completion of her doctoral program, Dr. Hersom joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where she concentrated on the development of teacher education programs. She was named Director of the Undergraduate Program at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in 1975, and during her tenure she revised student counselling procedures, implemented the live year Special Education B.Ed. program, expanded the Native Indian Teacher Education Programme, and introduced a child study centre experimental program. In 1979 she was named Associate Dean (Academic) and acting Director of the Graduate Division, a capacity in which she coordinated the revision of procedures related to Master's and Doctoral comprehensive examinations and the development of a new M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies.

In 1981, Dr. Hersom began a five year term as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. In this post she worked with colleagues to expand technical and vocational teacher education programs, to develop distance education and microcomputer facilities, to improve the supervisory services for interns, and to augment the research capacity of the College.

Naomi Hersom has made substantial contributions to advancing the cause of education in all of Canada through her dedicated service. She has served with distinction as the President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, as the current First Vice-President of the Canadian Education Association, as the President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, as a member of the Advisory Academic Panel of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and as a frequent appraiser of education degree programs in Canadian universities.

For her work in education and in other areas of public service, notably with the Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada, she has been the recipient of an impressive series of awards. These include the George Croskery Award from the Canadian College of Teachers, 1985; Woman of the Year, YWCA, 1986; Invested, Grand Dame of Merit, Order of the Knights of Malta, 1987.

Naomi Hersom has been tireless in her teaching, writing, and administrative efforts in promoting the role of women in education, the improvement of teacher education, and the rightful place of teachers in the curriculum development process. She has done so with dedication, with professional zeal, with style, and as befitting one renowned for her birdwatching abilities, with a keen eye for the important detail.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my privilege to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you now confer on Naomi Hersom, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

P. James E. Peebles

B.Sc., Ph.D.

I have the honour to present Dr. P. James E. Peebles, an outstanding graduate of our Faculty of Science, a cosmologist of international repute, and the Albert Einstein Professor of Science at Princeton University.

Dr. Peebles was born in Winnipeg fifty-four years ago, and he graduated from Glenlawn Collegiate in l953, showing early promise by being chosen the class valedictorian. He studied honours physics here at The University of Manitoba, attaining his B.Sc. degree in 1958. He then left Manitoba for Princeton University which evidently agreed with him, since he has remained there to this day. He earned his doctoral degree from Princeton in 1962and was taken on the staff of the Department of Physics. A rapid rise through the ranks followed, and in 1972 Dr. Peebles was made professor. In 1984 the Department gave him the title Albert Einstein Professor of Science which he now holds, clear evidence of the esteem in which he is held by Princeton and other physicists.

Dr. Peebles is world-famous for his research in cosmology. Cosmologists are among the most intrepid of scientists, speculating, as they do, about the course of events in the first second after the big bang, thought to have been the initial event in our universe's history; about the evolution of galaxies of hundreds of billions of stars; about the distribution of galaxies in space; and about the future of the universe,and its possible end. As you know Mr. Chancellor, this isa heady and adventurous quest. It is the stuff of which dreams are made, and it has captured the imagination of both scientists and the public.

Dr. Peeble's contributions to our evolving knowledge of the universe are many, and I will mention only two. He first achieved fame by predicting, with a colleague, that evidence for the big bang - that phenomenal occurrence of fifteen billion years ago - should still be observable, in the form of cosmic microwave radiation. It detracts not at all from the importance of the prediction that the radiation had already been observed, but not understood, by scientists from the Bell Laboratories not far from Princeton. Bell Labs had the observations but Princeton had the explanation for them.

The second achievement I want to mention is Dr. Peebles's major life work on the clustering of galaxies in space. He has learned how to extract information on clustering from catalogues of galaxy positions, and he has shown how to use this information to test theories of galactic formation. He has described this pioneering work in his magnum opus, a book called The Large-Scale Structure of the Universe. It has become a bible to his fellow cosmologists who are trying to unravel these important galactic mysteries.

Dr. James Peebles has received many awards to recognize his great achievements. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of Canada. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. He has been awarded the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Heineman Prize of the American Astronomical Society, and has also received honorary doctorates from our sister universities at Chicago and Toronto.

Mr. Chancellor, we take great pride in the career of one of the most distinguished graduates our Faculty of Science has produced. It is a great pleasure to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you now confer on James Peebles, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba

Kathleen M. Richardson

I have the honour to present Kathleen Richardson, Officer of the Order of Canada, Bachelor of Arts.

It is fitting that, at a time when The University of Manitoba is paying tribute to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet on its 50th anniversary year, that both the artists and the supporters of the Ballet should be honored.

The attainment of the highest levels of achievement in the performing arts depends not only on the talent and commitment of the artists themselves but also on lay persons whose dedication, vision and generosity prompt them to create the conditions under which the arts may flourish. These patrons of the arts are people who are able to discern in the turmoil of the daily events those things which are essential for the nurture of the human spirit, and the enrichment of society.

There can be no better exemplar of these qualities than Kathleen Richardson. She was born and educated in Winnipeg and within a few years of her graduation with a B.A. from The University of Manitoba, established herself as a leading citizen of her city, province and nation. The list of hercontributions is truly impressive. She served asa memberof: the Canada Council, the national executive of the Pan-American Games Society, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Advisory Board of The Winnipeg Foundation, the Board and Executive Committee of the Institute of Research on Public Policy, the committees involved in the restoration of Macdonald House, and the governing board of The Stratford Shakespearean Festival. As impressive as this list is, it touches only a few of the many enterprises to which Kathleen Richardson has contributed her time and effort. Through her direct personal involvement and through the many contacts she has made in the business community as a Director of James Richardson and Sons and its affiliates, Gulf Canada, the Sun Life Assurance Company, and Barclays Bank of Canada, she has opened doors, c