Carleton University presented honorary degrees at its 142nd Convocation ceremonies. The speeches are archived below.

Irwin Brodo, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Irwin Brodo is awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, “in recognition of a distinguished career in lichenology and scientific leadership in the international biosystematics community.”


Larry Phillip Fontaine, O.C., O.M., B.A., LL.D.

Larry Phillip Fontaine is awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and leadership on issues of Aboriginal societies in Canada and internationally and setting a model for generations to come.”


Kim Pate, B.A., B.Ed., J.D., M.Sc.Dip.

Kim Pate is awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, “in recognition of her tireless efforts and outstanding leadership in promoting human rights for women within the justice system.”


Constance Backhouse, C.M.,O.Ont,B.A.,LL.B.,LL.M.,LL.D.F.R.S.C.

Constance Backhouse is awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, “in recognition of outstanding contributions to human rights advocacy and the advancement of social justice.”


Jean and William Teron

Jean Teron, B.A., and William Teron, O.C., F.R.A.I.C. (Hon.), M.O.A.A. (Hon.), are awarded the degrees of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, “in recognition of outstanding contribution to business and commitment to philanthropic endeavours and the community.”


Michael Potter, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Michael Potter is awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, “in recognition for outstanding commitment to philanthropic endeavors and contribution to the high-technology industry in the National Capital Region.”


Tomson Highway, C.M., B.A., LL.D.

Tomson Highway is awarded the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the arts, exemplary leadership in the arts, and mentorship of Aboriginal Canadians.”


M.G. Vassanji, C.M., Ph.D., LL.D.

Moyez G. Vassanji is awarded the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the arts and the promotion of international understanding and discourse.”