André Picard, B.Com., B.J., LL.D., Litt.D.

André Picard was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 13, “in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to public health and public health policy as a journalist, columnist and author of four significant books.”

He is the health columnist at the Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff reporter since 1987. He is the author of four bestselling books, most recently Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada.

His health care advocacy has been recognized by a number of groups, including Safe Kids Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and the Canadian Hearing Society. In 2012, Picard was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his role in improving Canadian health care.

He has received the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism, the Canadian Policy Research Award and the Atkinson Fellowship for Public Policy Research.

He is an eight-time finalist in the National Newspaper Awards – Canada’s version of the Pulitzer Prize. In 2010, Picard was named Canada’s top newspaper columnist.

Picard is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology, the University of Manitoba, Laurentian University and the University of Toronto.

Robert Wyatt

Bob Wyatt was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 13, “in recognition of his thoughtful leadership in philanthropic innovation and careful custodianship of volunteer agencies.”

He joined The Muttart Foundation as executive director in 1989 after a career in journalism, public relations and government relations.

For more than 20 years, he has worked on issues related to regulating charities, initiating processes for problem-solving techniques to resolve issues of mutual concern to the sector and governments.

He served as co-chair of the Joint Regulatory Table, a part of the unique Voluntary Sector Initiative created by the federal government.

Under Wyatt’s executive directorship, The Muttart Foundation became the first non-U.S. foundation to be named an AFP Outstanding Foundation. He has served on the boards of a number of organizations, including Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Imagine Canada, and was co-editor of a just-launched book examining charity regulation in five common-law countries.

Wyatt has been honoured with the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.

Eleanor Wachtel, B.A., O.C., LL.D., Litt.D.

Eleanor Wachtel was awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 14, “in recognition of her illustrious career as author, interviewer, radio personality and arts commentator, placing Canadians on the world stage and bringing the world to Canada.”

A native of Montreal, she studied English Literature at McGill University. In 1987, she moved to Toronto as literary commentator on CBC Radio’s State of the Arts and reporter for The Arts Report. Wachtel hosted The Arts Tonight from 1996 to 2007, co-founded and hosted Wachtel of the Arts and has hosted Writers & Company since its creation in 1990.

Her unique blend of integrity, warmth and intelligence consistently wins the trust of international, high-profile writers. At the end of their conversation in 2013, John le Carré told her: “You do it better than anyone I know.”

Wachtel has received many honours for her contributions to Canadian cultural life, including the NY Festivals Award for World’s Best Radio Programs and Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2015, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) named her among their 100 Most Powerful Women – Arts & Communication.

Wachtel has received eight honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Laws from Concordia University (2010), Doctor of Letters (2009) from McGill University, Doctor of Laws (2007) from Dalhousie University, D.Litt. (2007) from Simon Fraser University, D. Litt. (2002) from Mount Saint Vincent University, D.Litt. (2001) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, D.Litt. (2000) from Athabasca University and D.Litt. (1999) from St. Thomas University.

Tom Jackson, O.C., LL.D., Litt.D.

Tom Jackson was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 14, “in recognition of his award-winning work as actor, musician, philanthropist and university chancellor.”

Recording artist to some, celebrated actor and author to others, he is extraordinarily passionate about creating change.

A bass-baritone voice for food banks, the disenfranchised, the traumatized and now an Ambassador for the Canadian Red Cross, he is Canada’s go-to “minstrel with a mission’’ and Renaissance man.

Jackson is known for organizing the Huron Carole, a touring Christmas-themed production which raises funds for Canadian food banks. He has been honoured with numerous accolades, including Officer of the Order of Canada, Juno and Gemini Humanitarian Awards and nine honorary degrees. He served as chancellor of Trent University from 2009 to 2013 and is a proud bearer of the 2014 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

Jackson is most content marching into boardrooms or shelters ready to dispense a hug and mobilize others.

Craig Oliver, O.C., LL.D., Litt.D.

Craig Oliver was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 14, “in recognition of his stellar work as a Gemini-winning journalist, political commentator, news director, producer and autobiographer.”

Canada Day 2017 marks his 60th year as a national TV correspondent. He has covered wars, revolutions and politics from Ottawa to Washington, reported on 11 Canadian prime ministers and two U.S. presidents, and every Canadian election campaign since 1962.

Oliver has won two Gemini awards, the Hy Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism from the Public Policy Forum, the Presidents’ Award for Excellence in Canadian broadcast journalism from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the National Press Gallery’s Charles Lynch Award and the Carleton University Arthur Kroeger College Award for Public Discourse.

In 2014, he was named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Regina and Nipissing University.

Adrian Burns, B.A., O.O., LL.D.

Adrian Burns was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 15, “in recognition of her brilliant career in broadcasting, the arts, business and volunteer service ranging from Chair of the National Arts Centre Board to Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.”

Burns was appointed Chair of the National Arts Centre Board of Trustees in December 2014, and has served on the board since 2002. She has also served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Human Resources Committee.

A businesswoman, she is the president of Western Limited, a private commercial real estate company.

She is a director of Shaw Communications, has been a member of the Copyright Board of Canada and has been Chair of the Western Independent Producers Fund of Global Television. She was a Commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. She was Business Editor at CFCN-TV in Calgary, and held the positions of anchor, writer and producer.

She is an Honorary Captain in the RCN, has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Doctor of Laws from the University of Regina, a Government of Saskatchewan Distinguished Service Award, the Centennial Medal, Community Builder Award (United Way of Ottawa), and three national private television awards (CANPRO).

Canute Lloyd Stanford, B.A. (Hons.), D.P.A., M.A.

Lloyd Stanford was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 15, “in recognition of his career as a distinguished public servant in both Jamaica and Canada, a Carleton University professor and member of the Board of Governors, and community leadership.”

Born in Kingston Jamaica in 1933, Stanford has a BA Hons (French) from London-University College of the West Indies; DPA and MA in Public Administration at Carleton; and did doctoral studies at Queen’s University.

Starting in 1957, Stanford served with the governments of Jamaica, Saskatchewan and Canada as a career public administrator, and, after retirement in 1991, also held Governor–in-Council appointments with the Governments of Canada and Ontario. He has also been a consultant on employment and governance issues since 1992.

Stanford has taught at Carleton and, briefly, at the University of Ottawa. His community work has included serving on the Board of Governors and the Senate of Carleton from 1993 to 1999, as president of the theatre group Third World Players and as the Ottawa Contact for the Alumni Association of the University of the West Indies.
Stanford has been the recipient of several awards, notably the C.A.T. Productions’ Capital Award “for outstanding service to Canadian community” in 1991, the Prime Minister of Jamaica’s Gold Medal for service to Jamaica and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Rosemary Chapdelaine, B.S.

Rosemary Chapdelaine was awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 15, “in recognition of her brilliant career as an award-winning mechanical engineer and talented international administrative leader.”

Holding a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, she started as a mechanical engineer at IBM’s Federal Systems Division. She now serves as Vice-President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Canada, where she leads a team of 600 employees working at operations across the country. Her program portfolio is valued at over $1.5 billion and her customer base extends around the world from Canada and the United States to the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Chile.

Chapdelaine has received numerous accolades for her work, including Worldwide Branding Executive of the Year in Program Management, the corporate honor in Full Spectrum Leadership at the Evening of Stars, as well as Mentor of the Year from the Advanced Technical Leadership Development Program. She received the prestigious Program Excellence Award from Aviation Week and was recognized by the U.S. Navy’s Air Command as a recipient of the Top Hawk Award.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, St. Margaret School in Victoria, and the Ottawa CEO Networking Breakfast. She has been involved with the International Women’s Forum, the Women’s Executive Network and the National Association for Professional Women.

Ross Koningstein, B.Eng., Ph.D.

Ross Koningstein was awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 15, “in recognition of his extraordinary career as engineer, entrepreneur, thoughtful leader and custodian of the planet.”

He calls himself an “engineer by day, massive low-carbon energy advocate by night.”

Ross Koningstein leads Google’s Advanced Energy R&D group. He is co-author of the IEEE article, What would it really take to reverse climate change, and presented Why incremental advances are inadequate to solving climate change at the 2015 MIT Low-Carbon Energy Workshop.

He previously contributed to Google’s RE<C effort to develop renewable energy sources and the design of Google’s breakthrough high-efficiency data centre in The Dalles, Oregon. He was one of the inventors of Google’s AdWords, the main revenue driver for the company.

He joined Google in 2001 as its first Director of Engineering after an entrepreneurial early career. Now an Engineering Director Emeritus, he focuses on his first love, hands-on engineering work. Outside of work, he applied his knowledge of energy systems to his home renovation and won the town’s Green Building Award. He was an executive producer of the movie Pandora’s Promise.

He is an advisory board member for the Third Way Advanced Nuclear Energy Technology Campaign in Washington, D.C. He earned a PhD in Aerospace Robotics at Stanford University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Carleton University.

Allan Gregg, B.A., M.A.

Allan Gregg was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, June 16, “in recognition of his career as a policy analyst, adviser, strategic thinker, insightful commentator and leading predictor of political trends.”

He was a doctoral student and Political Science lecturer at Carleton University in the 1970s before leaving to work on Parliament Hill. He was a key strategist for the Progressive Conservative Party under Brian Mulroney and played a large role in the party’s 1984 and 1988 federal election victories. He has been integral to more than 50 election campaigns on three different continents.

He is a widely published analyst and featured public speaker who regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines. He has offered his views and insights on CBC’s At Issue Panel for over a decade and hosted TVO’s Allan Gregg: In Conversation With.

Gregg founded Decima Research in 1979, co-founded the Strategic Counsel in 1995 and was Chair of Harris-Decima from 2007 to 2014. A founding shareholder of Canada’s children’s network, YTV, he also served as chair of the Toronto Film Festival and the Walrus Foundation. He sits on the General Motors of Canada’s Advisory Board and is a past director of the Public Policy Forum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Writers Trust. Allan is a recipient of the Public Affairs Association Award of Distinction.
In 2012, Gregg was inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and was named Adjunct Professor at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration and its Political Management program.

Michel Gaulin, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Michel Gaulin was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, June 16, “in recognition of his extraordinary career as a distinguished professor, graduate adviser and examiner.”

Born in Ottawa, Gaulin was raised as a francophone, attending French schools and speaking French at home. He was eventually accepted to the University of Ottawa for a four-year high school diploma leading to university studies and received his undergraduate degree in 1961. He completed a master’s in the French language and French Canadian literature at the Université de Montréal.

In 1967, after six years of teaching and pursuing a PhD at Harvard, Gaulin joined Carleton as an Associate Professor. He went on to become a Full Professor and. in 2003, was named Professor Emeritus of Carleton’s French Department.

Gaulin received Carleton University’s Founders Award in 2015 for his contributions to French education.

Louise Penny, B.A.A., LL.D., C.M.

Louise Penny was awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Friday, June 16, “in recognition of her career as an award-winning broadcaster and detective fiction author.”

Born in Toronto in 1958, Louise Penny became a journalist with CBC Radio, specializing in hard news and current affairs. She left CBC Radio Montreal’s noon program in order to focus on writing with the support of her husband V. Michael Whitehead.

Since then, Penny has written 12 books in a mystery series set around the life of Armand Gamache, fictional Chief Inspector of the Sûreté du Québec. The first, Still Life, was published in 2005. Translated into 23 languages, the novels have won or been shortlisted for most of the major crime fiction awards, including the American Edgars and Agathas, the United Kingdom Gold Dagger and the Canadian Arthur Ellis.

Penny and her husband founded a Canadian literary prize aimed at encouraging emerging writers. Her novels are international bestsellers topping, among others, the New York Times and Globe and Mail lists.

Penny lives in Knowlton, Quebec.

Daniel Poliquin, B.A., B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D., D.U., O.C.

Daniel Poliquin was awarded the degree of Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Friday, June 16, “in recognition of his brilliant work as novelist, short story writer, translator, interpreter and thought leader through political essays and non-fiction works.”

Born in Ottawa in 1953, Poliquin is a prolific Franco-Ontarian novelist, essayist and literary translator.

He won the Trillium Book Award in 1998 with his novel The Straw Man and his novel A Secret Between Us was short-listed for the 2007 Giller Prize.

Poliquin has translated many writers into French, including Jack Kerouac, Mordecai Richler, Douglas Glover, Thomas King and John R. Saul. He received the Governor General’s Award for translation in 2014 for T. King’s The Inconvenient Indian.

Poliquin’s book on Quebec nationalism, In the Name of the Father, earned the 2002 Shaugnessy Cohen Award for best political writing in Canada.

He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des arts et lettres of France.