David Butler-Jones, M.D., M.HSc., LL.D., C.C.F.P., F.R.C.P.C., F.A.C.P.M.
David Butler-Jones was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 9 “in recognition of his outstanding service as Chief Public Health Officer in times of crisis and his leadership in making the Public Health Agency of Canada the highly respected organization it is today.”
David Butler-Jones was the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (Head of the Public Health Agency of Canada) from 2004 to 2014 and was the first person to hold this office. Throughout his distinguished career, he has worked in many parts of Canada in both public health and clinical medicine.
He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has been actively involved as a researcher and consultant in public health issues. He is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, a clinical professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine.
He has received the Canadian Public Health Association Robert Davies Defries Award and the Canadian Medical Association’s Medal of Service.
Currently, he is the Senior Medical Officer and Atlantic Region Medical Officer for the First Nations and Inuit Health division of Health Canada.
Chad Gaffield, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Chad Gaffield was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 9 “in recognition of his impressive accomplishments as a researcher, a visionary leader, and a spokesperson for the social sciences and humanities in Canada.”
Chad Gaffield is one of Canada’s foremost historians. After eight years as president the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), he returned to the University of Ottawa, where he is a professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship. Prof. Gaffield’s teaching and research focus on the great transformations of the 19th and 20th centuries, with special attention to the interrelationships of demographic, economic, cultural and social changes.
He has won many awards for his scholarship and innovations related to computer-based, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional and international collaboration. The University of Ottawa named him Researcher of the Year in 1995 and Professor of the Year in 2002. He was also presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
He was awarded the J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal by the Royal Society of Canada (2004), the Prix de la francophonie by the Province of Ontario (2007), and the Antonio Zampolli Prize by the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (2011). In 2007, the Canadian Association of University Teachers presented him with its Distinguished Academic Award.
Diane Morrison, C.M., O.Ont., O.Ott., B.Ed., M.P.A.
Diane Morrison was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 10 “in recognition of a lifetime of service dedicated to improving the lives of homeless and marginalized people in the Ottawa-Carleton community.”
Diane Morrison was a school teacher for 15 years before becoming the executive director of the Ottawa Mission – a homeless shelter in the City of Ottawa. Ms. Morrison has revolutionized the care provided to marginalized citizens in her community. In her role as executive director of the Ottawa Mission, an organization that provides food and shelter to homeless men and women, she dramatically increased the scope of available inner-city services. Since 1991, the Ottawa Mission grew from having 75 beds to 235.
Over two decades, she founded a learning centre, a six-month residential rehabilitation centre, an on-site dental clinic, and initiated a palliative care unit connected to the shelter, the first of its kind in North America. Her dedication and innovation have made her a pillar in city-wide efforts to alleviate hardship for disadvantaged citizens.
Currently, she sits on the board of the Ottawa Food Bank. She also volunteers at a local school where she helps young children learn to read.
Preston Manning, P.C., C.C., A.O.E., B.A.
Preston Manning was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 10 “in recognition of exemplary and thoughtful leadership in strengthening democracy in Canada.”
Preston Manning is the president of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, which he founded in 2005. As a University of Alberta graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, Mr. Manning spent 20 years providing consulting services to the energy industry before entering politics.
From 1993 to 2001, he served as a Member of Parliament. He formed two new political parties, the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance, both of which became the official Opposition and laid the foundation for the new Conservative Party of Canada. He also served as Opposition leader from 1997 to 2000.
Mr. Manning became a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2007 and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2013. In addition to authoring two books and numerous articles, he continues to share his expertise with Canadian universities. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute and the Marketplace Institute at Regent College, at the University of British Columbia.
He holds honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Tyndale University College, York University, and the University of Toronto.
Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout, B.N., M.A.
Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 10 “in recognition of her outstanding contributions as an advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples, health reform, health education, development of public policy, and an improved health care system for all Canadians.”
A Cree speaker born and raised on Alberta’s Kehewin First Nation, Madeleine Kētēskwew Dion Stout is a leader in the health field.
A registered nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Lethbridge and a Master of Arts degree in international affairs from Carleton University, Ms. Dion Stout now serves on several Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal committees that address Aboriginal health. She is the past president of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and in 2007 was appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
A former Canadian Studies professor at Carleton, she was the founding director of the university’s Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture. She is the president of Dion Stout Reflections Inc., and adopts a Cree lens in her research, writing and lectures on First Nations health.
Her dedication to her field has earned her numerous awards, including an Assiniwikamik Award from the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, a Centennial Award from the Canadian Nurses Association, and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Lethbridge.
Firdaus Kharas, B.A., M.A., L.H.D.
Firdaus Kharas was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 11 “in recognition of his innovative work as a social entrepreneur and for his contributions to the advancement of public health and children’s rights in a global context.”
Social innovator, director and humanitarian Firdaus Kharas creates media designed to educate, entertain and change societal and individual behavior to better the human condition. He is a specialist in creating animated shorts, especially on human rights and disease prevention. His work has been versioned into 100 languages, used in 150 countries and been attributed to positively influencing millions of lives.
Previous to his work in media, Mr. Kharas was the executive director of the United Nations Association in Canada, policy advisor (Immigration and Refugee Affairs) to the Minister of Immigration and assistant deputy chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board.
He has been named one of the world’s 50 Most Talented Social Innovators and has been recognized 70 times, including with a Peabody Award, the ReelWorld Trailblazer Award and the United Nations Peace Medal.
He has degrees and certificates from seven universities, including a Master of Arts from Carleton University.
Lloyd Robertson, O.C.
Lloyd Robertson was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 11 “in recognition of his distinguished service and leadership in Canadian television journalism, his renowned work as a host and commentator on a wide variety of topics, and his stellar career as a reporter, writer, and producer which offers inspiration to Canadians in all walks of life.”
As host and chief correspondent for CTV’s investigative news series, W5, Lloyd Robertson is still one of the most trusted faces in television news. He spent 35 years as chief anchor and senior editor of the country’s most-watched national newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson.
Mr. Robertson has been broadcasting for more than 50 years. He joined CTV in 1976, and held the title of CTV’s chief anchor and senior editor since 1983. Throughout his illustrious career, he has guided Canadians through significant events. In 1998, Mr. Robertson became an Officer of the Order of Canada, and, in 2007, was the first journalist inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
He is a three-time Gemini winner, was voted Most Trusted TV Journalist by the readers of TV Guide a record 11 times and voted Best Anchor twice. Mr. Robertson has honorary degrees from Brandon University, Niagara University and Royal Roads University.
Roman Borys was awarded the degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, June 12 “in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a musician of international renown, an educator and a leader in bringing together some of Canada’s most talented artists to perform on the international stage.”
Over the course of two decades, cellist and producer Roman Borys has distinguished himself as one of Canada’s leading artistic voices. As a founding member of the two-time Juno Award-winning Gryphon Trio, he has released 16 acclaimed records on the Analekta and Naxos labels, toured internationally since 1993, and broken new artistic ground through cross genre collaborations and multimedia performances. Most recently, the Gryphon Trio was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.
As the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, he oversees all aspects of programming its summer Chamberfest, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, and its fall-winter concert series.
Mr. Borys teaches at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music alongside his Gryphon Trio colleagues – violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon and pianist Jamie Parker.
Sally Armstrong, C.M., B.Ed., M.Sc.
Sally Armstrong was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Friday, June 12 “in recognition of outstanding contribution to the advancement of the rights of women and children through her scholarship, personal experience and highly acclaimed writing.”
Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to the Middle East, Rwanda, Congo and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her awards including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Author’s Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She received the Amnesty International Media Award in 2000, 2002 and again in 2011.
She was a member of the International Women’s Commission a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East.
Ms. Armstrong has received numerous awards for her work, including Media Watch’s Dodi Robb Award (1998) and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation (2003). In 2008 she received the Clarkson Laureate for public service at Massey College, University of Toronto and in May 2008, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation. In March 2010, she became the fourth recipient of The Calgary Peace Prize.
She is the recipient of seven honorary doctorate degrees and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
Gilles Paquet, C.M., M.S.R.C.
Gilles Paquet was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Friday, June 12 “in recognition of his extraordinary career as a social scientist, his pioneering commitment to advancing the engagement of scholarship within public dialogue, and his dedication both as a professor and a leader of academics in national organizations.”
Gilles Paquet is a well-known Canadian specialist on governance, an economic historian who has made significant revisionist contributions to Canada’s history and a critical journalist in the electronic and print media in French and English on public policy.
For 18 years, Mr. Paquet taught economics at Carleton University, where, in the 1970s, he was the first Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. He has authored or edited more than 50 books, and written hundreds of scientific papers, reports, or chapters in books. He also penned an equal number of articles in various magazines and newspapers.
He was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 1976, into the Royal Society of Arts of London in 1989, and into the Order of Canada in 1992. He has received the Jacques-Rousseau medal for his research of an interdisciplinary nature, and the Esdras-Minville medal for the corpus of his work in social sciences. He has been president of a number of academic associations, and recipient of other honours, including the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation in 1992, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. From 2003 to 2005, he was president of the Royal Society of Canada.