Chretien among honorary degree recipients


By Communications Staff
Thursday, April 3, 2008
A long-serving Canadian prime minister, award-winning journalist and the 'grandmother of Canadian native art' are among 10 distinguished individuals who will receive honorary degrees in June when The University of Western Ontario hosts its 291st Convocation.

The list of honorary degree recipients includes Canada's 20th prime minister, Jean Chrétien, CBC's The National anchor and chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge and Daphne Odjig, considered one of Canada's most influential living artists are among those set to receive Western's highest honour.
Sports medicine pioneer Peter Fowler, who left Western last year for a senior position in Qatar, will also be recognized with an honorary degree.
The ceremonies will take place on the following days:  
Peter Mansbridge
Monday, June 9, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Mansbridge is the Chief Correspondent of CBC News and anchors CBC's flagship nightly news program, The National. The 12-time Gemini award winner is also the host of CBC Newsworld's Mansbridge: One on One.

Paul Polak
Monday, June 9, 3:30 p.m.
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D. Sc.)
The founder of the non-profit organization, International Development Enterprises (IDE), the Western alumnus has worked for decades to help the world escape the devastating effects of poverty through facilitating income generation.
Peter Fowler
Tuesday, June 10, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D. Sc.)
Recognized as an international expert and groundbreaking pioneer, the co-founder of the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic is currently serving as Chief Medical Officer for The Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Clinic and Hospital.

Angus McKenzie
Tuesday, June 10, 3:30 p.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
A partner in McKenzie Lake Lawyers based in London, Ont., McKenzie is a champion for a number of community-wide charitable initiatives, including his current role as chair for the YMCA of Western Ontario Strong Kids Campaign.
Anne Golden
Wednesday, June 11, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Golden has been President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada since October 2001. A member of the Order of Canada, she previously served as the President of The United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years.
Jean Chrétien (The Right Honourable)
Wednesday, June 11, 3:30 p.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Chrétien, Canada's Prime Minister from 1993 to 2003, was the first leader to win three consecutive majority governments since William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1945. A Companion of the Order of Canada, Chrétien is now active in Ottawa and Montreal as a lawyer with the firm Heenan Blaikie.

Daphne Odjig
Thursday, June 12, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Odjig is one of Canada's foremost artists and her aboriginal-inspired artwork has been featured in 23 solo exhibitions. She co-founded the Professional Native Indian Artists Association, dubbed the 'Indian Group of Seven,' in 1973.

Malcolm Chisholm
Thursday, June 12, 3:30 p.m.
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D. Sc.)
A world leader in the studies of inorganic chemistry and a former postdoctoral fellow at Western, Chisholm's current research at Ohio State University has led to the creation of environmentally friendly polymers for use in photovoltaic cells.
Glenda Simms
Friday, June 13, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
An outstanding leader who has broken new grounds in the fight for gender equality and social justice in Canada, Turks and Caicos Islands and Jamaica, Simms is the Chief Executive Officer of Simms Consulting.

Sir David Williams
Friday, June 13, 3:30 p.m.
Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa (D.C.L.)
Considered a 'towering figure' in the world of common law, Sir Williams is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at Emmanuel College, as well as Emeritus Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University.

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