Carleton University presented 11 Honorary Degrees at the 136th Convocation ceremonies. Information about each receipient and a video of their respective Convocation addresses can be found below:

Jozef Straus, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Former CEO and Co-Chairman of JDS Uniphase Corporation, Jozef Straus, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 8, “in recognition of an outstanding contribution to information and telecommunication technology.”


Ginette Lemire Rodger, O.C., R.N., Ph.D.

Ginette Rodger, senior vice-president of professional practice and chief nursing executive at The Ottawa Hospital, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Tuesday, June 8, “in recognition of a distinguished career in health care and her outstanding contribution to improving the effectiveness of health services in Ottawa and throughout Canada.”


Joe Schlesinger, C.M., LL.D., D.Litt.

Renowned television journalist Joe Schlesinger was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, “in recognition of his inspiring writing, his stellar career as a journalist, his international expertise and understanding.”


The Right Honourable Charles Joseph Clark, P.C., C.C., B.A., M.A.

The Right Honourable Joe Clark was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, “in recognition of his support for parliamentary democracy, his dedication as a professor and his work on issues of global importance.”


Maureen A. McTeer, B.A., M.A., LL.B., LL.M., D. Litt., LL.D.

Lawyer, author and women’s rights advocate, Maureen McTeer, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, “in recognition of her contributions to women’s equality and rights within Canada and internationally, as well as her advancement of health and medical issues.”


Maude Barlow, B.A., LL.D., D.Litt.

Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 10, “in recognition of her passionate commitment and tireless efforts to promote social justice.”


Michael Sabia, B.A., M.A., M. Phil.

Businessman Michael Sabia was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 10, “in recognition of outstanding leadership in corporate social responsibility and community investment.”


Philippe Camus, B.A. B.Sc. M.A., Ph.D.

Businessman Philippe Camus was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, June 10, “in recognition of a distinguished career and leadership in European aerospace and strong promotion of transatlantic co-operation in defense.”


Andrée Lortie, O.Ont., B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.

Andrée Lortie, founding president of La Cité collégiale, the first French-language College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Friday, June 11, “in recognition of her dynamic leadership and unflagging enthusiasm for French education and the development of productive partnerships within the Ottawa region.”


Laurence Kardish, B.A., M.F.A

Laurence Kardish, Carleton alumnus and Museum of Modern Art senior curator, was awarded the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Friday, June 11, “in recognition of a distinguished career and learned contribution to film and arts culture worldwide and for his continuing devotion to Canadian cinema and Carleton University.”


The Honourable Michael Kirby, O.C., B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., LL.D

The Honourable Michael Kirby, chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at the 2 p.m. ceremony on Friday, June 11, “in recognition of his role in bringing about positive change to the mental health system and the quality of life of Canadians suffering from mental illness or addictions.”