Gilles G. Patry, C.M., O.Ont, P.Eng, Ph.D, FCAE

Gilles G. Patry will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 12, “in recognition of his leadership in fostering co-operation and innovation in the post-secondary education sector in the Ottawa region and in Canada.”

Currently, he is executive director of the U15-Group of Canadian Research Universities, an organization that develops education and research policy in Canada and across the globe.

He holds a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis. Patry was an environmental engineering consultant before teaching civil engineering at École Polytechnique and McMaster University.

Patry returned to the University of Ottawa in 1993 as dean of engineering. He then took on the role of vice-president (Academic) in 1997 and eventually became president and vice-chancellor between 2001 and 2008. In 2010, he was appointed head of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a position he held until 2017.

He is a member of the Order of Canada, recipient of the Order of Ontario and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has also received honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, University of Lyon and Western University.


Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, O.N.Z, B.A., M.A.

Helen Clark will be awarded the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 12, “in recognition of her role as an outstanding international leader committed to the values of equality and social empowerment.”

Clark was the 37th prime minister of New Zealand for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008 and the country’s first elected woman leader. Throughout her time as prime minister and as a member of parliament for more than 27 years, she was widely engaged in policy development and advocacy across international, economic, social, environmental and cultural spheres. Clark advocated strongly for New Zealand’s comprehensive program on sustainability and climate change and was an active leader in the country’s foreign relations, engaging with a wide range of international issues.

Clark became first female administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2009 and served two terms until she left in 2017. During her tenure, the UNDP was ranked the most transparent global development organization. Simultaneously, Clark was chair of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), a committee consisting of all UN funds, programs, agencies and departments working on developmental issues. She has also taught political studies at the University of Auckland.

Clark continues to be a strong voice for sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on non-communicable diseases, as well as HIV/AIDS.


Jayne Theresa Stoyles, B.A. (Hons), LL.B.

Jayne Theresa Stoyles will be awarded the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 13, “in recognition of her outstanding contributions to international issues of human rights.”

Stoyles is executive director of Amnesty International Canada, as well as a lawyer and a board member of the International Institute for Criminal Investigations. She served as the first executive director of the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ) and was the founder and chief executive officer of the Philippe Kirsch Institute, which helps fund the CCIJ’s international justice and accountability work.

Stoyles previously served as the program director for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York, a network of 2,000 non-governmental organizations that helped create the court. The coalition was twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize during her tenure. She was a senior adviser to the Institute for Global Policy, provided international humanitarian law training for the Red Cross and taught at Carleton’s Department of Law and Legal Studies.

Stoyles was awarded a lifetime Ashoka Canada Fellowship in 2008 and was the 2010 winner of the Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award and the Lord Reading Law Society Human Rights Award. She was named one of the top 50 people in Ottawa by Ottawa Life Magazine in 2008.


Catherine Frazee, OC, D. Litt., LLD (Hon.)

Catherine Frazee will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 13, “in recognition of her extraordinary leadership as a writer, an educator, an activist and an advocate for the promotion and inclusion of disability studies, art, culture and action in Canada.”

Frazee is professor emerita at Ryerson University, where she served as professor of distinction and co-director of the RBC-Ryerson Institute for Disability Studies Research and Education prior to her retirement in 2010. She was the chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1989 to 1992.

Frazee’s primary area of focus in recent years has been the exploration of cultural work grounded in the experience of disability, the illumination of ableist habits of heart embedded in our social ethos and, in direct response, the reframing of disability as a distinct and resilient social identity.

She has provided expert testimony before federal and provincial courts on human rights and disability disadvantage and has contributed actively to Supreme Court of Canada interventions of strategic concern to disabled Canadians, most recently in relation to legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Frazee has published extensively on human rights, precarious citizenship and the activist resistance of disabled people.

She has received honourary degrees from Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick and McMaster University, and was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 2014 for “her advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities and as an advocate for social justice.”


Peter J. Buckley, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., O.B.E, F.B.A.

Peter J. Buckley will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 14, “in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to international business education and research.”

He is the founding director of the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds, where he teaches international business. He is the founding director of the university’s Business Confucius Institute, which promotes understanding of Chinese culture and language in business.

Buckley has taught at various universities across the globe, including the University of Paris, the University of Groningen, Hong Kong City University and University of Lancaster.

In 1985, he was appointed a fellow of the Academy of International Business and remains the youngest person to be elected to the position.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2012 for “services to higher education, international business and research” and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2014.

Buckley has published nearly 30 books and has edited 20, focusing mainly on multinational enterprises and the complexities of international business.


Gordon Hicks, B.Eng., P.Eng., LEED AP

Gordon Hicks will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 14, “in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to a sustainable low-carbon future through innovation, leadership and advocacy for the highest standards of practice in energy-efficient buildings.”

Hicks has been the chief executive officer of Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) since 2015. Prior to this appointment, he held numerous executive roles since joining the organization in 1997. As the CEO, Hicks oversees a team of more than 7,000 people operating in 15 countries around the world. He originally graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University in 1987 and became a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario in 1990. Hicks has held a number of industry board positions over the years, including the Global Board of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

In 2012, Hicks was recognized by the CaGBC with the prestigious Industry Leadership Award for his commitment to the green building movement. In 2014, he was named one of Canada’s Clean 16 and in 2015, he was named Canada’s Greenest CEO by Corporate Knights in recognition of his leadership role in creating awareness of the impact of buildings on the environment. In 2016, in an effort to mobilize the real estate industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Hicks founded and became the first chair of the Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC).


Steven Davis, Ph.D.

Steven Davis will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, June 15, “in recognition of his valuable contribution to the promotion of higher education in developing countries and his distinguished academic career.”

Davis has taught philosophy at several universities in Canada, Europe and the United States and is currently Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University and Carleton University. At Carleton, he founded and directed the Centre on Values and Ethics.

In 2007, he founded Academics without Borders, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to improve programs and services at universities in developing countries, which he directed until last year.

Davis is a past president of the Canadian Philosophical Association and has edited several collections of essays and articles in various areas of philosophy, including philosophy of language and the mind, as well as normative ethics.


Gerison Lansdown, B.Sc., D.Univ.

Gerison Lansdown will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony on Friday, June 15, “in recognition of her extraordinary leadership in advocating for children’s rights.”

Lansdown founded the Children’s Rights Alliance for England in 1992 and directed the organization until 2000. She has since worked as an international consultant and advocate for children’s rights, publishing and lecturing widely on the subject.

She supported the Committee on the Rights of the Child, especially the rights of children during adolescence, in articulating the right of children to be heard, to play and to enjoy recreation. Lansdown was also integral to the development of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the area of inclusive education.

She has received an honorary doctorate from The Open University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire. She is former vice-chair of UNICEF-UK and is currently chair of Child to Child.

She is a member of the Open Society Foundation Early Years Advisory Board and is on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights.