Honorary Degrees (Fall 2011)

Honorary Degrees (Fall 2011)

Carleton University presented two honorary degrees at its 139th Convocation ceremonies. The recipients were Donald Wiles and The Honourable David C. Onley.

The Honourable David C. Onley, O.Ont., B.A.

Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, November 12, “in recognition of outstanding contribution to the advancement of disability issues.”

For years, Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley has worked tirelessly to improve accessibility for all.

Prior to becoming the province’s 28th lieutenant governor in 2007, he was a broadcaster with Citytv for 22 years. Mr. Onley was Canada’s first senior newscaster with a visible disability.

He was chair of the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council, the SkyDome Accessibility Council and the Air Canada Centre Accessibility Committee. He has assisted the Ontario March of Dimes, Variety Village, the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.

Mr. Onley has been honoured with the King Clancy Award for Disabled Persons, the Courage to Come Back Award and the Positive Impact Award. He has been inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame and the Scarborough Walk of Fame.

His best-selling novel Shuttle was nominated as Book of the Year in 1982 by the Periodical Distributor’s Association and he has contributed to television, radio and publications, often with a focus on science, technology and faith. He co-founded and was president of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation.

Donald Wiles, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Donald Wiles was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, November 12, “in recognition of distinguished contribution to scholarship and service to Carleton University.”

Carleton Professor Emeritus Donald Wiles has had a long and distinguished career in the field of chemistry, with a specialty in the area of nuclear chemistry.

He began his career at Carleton University in 1959 as an assistant professor and he eventually became chairman of the Chemistry Department, a position he held from 1979 to 1987. Throughout his career, he has been active within the Carleton community and outside of it.

His expertise has been sought by a number of noted organizations, including the National Research Council, the Federal Environmental Assessment Review Panel (Scientific Review Group on High Level Nuclear Waste Disposal), the Council of Canadian University Chemistry Chairmen and the Chemical Institute of Canada.

More than 64 papers have been published under his name, as well as three review articles and one patent (in three countries). His subjects have included nuclear fission, corrosion and hot atom chemistry. He has also produced two books on nuclear chemistry and is currently working on an autobiography. He has compiled a history of Carleton’s Chemistry Department.

His love of travel has taken him around the world. Over the past few years, he has organized the monthly Almonte Lectures and short courses titled Learning in Almonte, a town located outside of Ottawa. He is the president of the Carleton Retirees’ Association.