Western announces honorary degree lineup

Nineteen distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees when Western hosts its 313th Convocation this spring. The ceremonies, featuring addresses by the honorary degree recipients, are scheduled for the following days:

Maggie MacDonnell
3 p.m. Monday, June 10
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

In 2017, Maggie MacDonnell was named the winner of the Global Teacher Prize. The US$1 million competition was contested by more than 20,000 nominees from 179 countries. An educator and sport-for-development practitioner, MacDonnell has taught Congolese refugees, Tanzanian HIV/AIDS activists and Inuit youth in Northern Canada over the past decade.

Peter McPherson
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Peter McPherson is the President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the oldest higher education association in the United States. Before serving as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1987-89, McPherson was Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1981-87, leading American efforts for famine relief in Africa.

Thomas J. Bouchard
3 p.m. Tuesday, June 11
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (DSc)

Renowned psychologist and geneticist Thomas J. Bouchard is Professor Emeritus of psychology and the Director of the Minnesota Center for Twin and Adoption Research at the University of Minnesota. Conclusions from his landmark ‘Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart,’ conducted in the 1980s and 1990s, countered popular beliefs about nature versus nurture.

The Honourable Justice Andromache Karakatsanis
10 a.m. Wednesday, June 12
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

The Honourable Justice Andromache Karakatsanis was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2011. After serving as the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Liquor License Board of Ontario (LLBO) at the start of her public career, Justice Karakatsanis served as the Deputy Attorney General of Ontario and then as head of the Public Service of Ontario.  

Sandra Rotman
3 p.m. Wednesday, June 12
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Sandra Rotman is recognized as a mindful global leader and a visionary philanthropist. She is the founding donor of Rise Asset Development, which provides financing and business support services for entrepreneurs with mental-health or addiction challenges. Among many other initiatives, she also established the Sandra A. Rotman Chair and Program in Neuropsychiatry at the Baycrest Center for Geriatric Care.

Alan Bernstein
10 a.m. Thursday, June 13
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (DSc)

Alan Bernstein became CIFAR’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012. CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions. An internationally known cancer researcher, Bernstein previously served as the inaugural president of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), executive director of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise in New York, and director of research of the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto.

Tebello Nyokong
3 p.m. Thursday, June 13
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (DSc)

Tebello Nyokong is internationally recognized for advancing photo-dynamic therapy as an alternative to chemotherapy for cancer treatment and developing new methods for purifying drinking water. A distinguished professor in Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology at Rhodes University in South Africa, the Western alumna also serves as Director of the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre – Sensors.

Robert McEwen
10 a.m. Friday, June 14

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Rob McEwen is the Chairman and Chief Owner of McEwen Mining Inc. Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp Inc., one of the world’s largest gold producers, the Western alumnus was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2017. A passionate innovator and marketer, McEwen serves on the Board of Trustees for XPRIZE.

Stephen S. Poloz
3 p.m. Friday, June 14
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Stephen S. Poloz was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada in 2013. As Governor, he is also Chairman of the Bank’s Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements. From 2011-13, the Western alumnus served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Export Development Canada.

Stephan Moccio
10 a.m. Monday, June 17

Doctor of Music, honoris causa (DMus)

Grammy and Academy Award-nominated pianist Stephan Moccio penned Céline Dion’s multi-platinum hit A New Day Has Come, as well as I Believe by Nikki Yanofsky, which became the official theme of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. One of three judges on Canada’s Got Talent in 2012, the Western alumnus is a featured mentor and producer on The Launch.

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone
3 p.m. Monday, June 17
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Sherry Shannon-Vanstone is Co-Founder, ex-President & CEO and Chairman of the Board of TrustPoint Innovation Technologies. The Waterloo-based Internet of Things security company was acquired by ETAS Canada in 2017. Shannon-Vanstone currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics’ Emmy Noether Council, which promotes girls and women in physics and mathematics.

Donald Lang
10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Donald Lang has spent 37 years in progressive positions with CCL Industries Inc., including President and CEO from 2000-08 and now serving as Executive Chairman. CCL Industries Inc. is an international consumer products packaging company. The Ivey Business School alumnus joined the Board of Directors for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2015.

Jerome Dempsey
3 p.m. Tuesday, June 18
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (DSc)

An internationally renowned expert in breathing and respiratory medicine, Jerome Dempsey is the John Robert Sutton Professor Emeritus of Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The Western alumnus also serves as Director of the John Rankin Laboratory of Pulmonary Medicine.

Linda Hasenfratz
3 p.m. Wednesday, June 19
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Linda Hasenfratz was named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year for 2018 by Financial Post Magazine. Since becoming CEO of Linamar in 2002, Hasenfratz has transformed the multi-billion dollar company into Canada’s second-largest automobile parts manufacturer. The Western alumna spearheaded the Linamar Scholarships for Women in Engineering and Business in 2017.

Bonnie Adamson
10 a.m. Thursday, June 20
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Bonnie Adamson served as President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre from 2010-14 and as President and CEO at North York General, a multi-site community teaching hospital in Toronto, from 2002-10. She led North York through the 2003 SARS epidemic and built a sustained learning culture of innovation and continuous quality improvement.

Carol Hopkins
3 p.m. Thursday, June 20
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Carol Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and is a member of Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiit (Delaware Nation at Moraviantown, Ont.) Hopkins has spent more than 20 years in the field of First Nations substance use and mental wellness. In recognition of this work, she was appointed an Officer to the Order of Canada in 2018.

Ronald Schlegel
10 a.m. Friday, June 21
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Ron Schlegel is Chair and Owner of Homewood Health, which provides employee and family assistance services, as well as outpatient mental health and addictions treatment and management programs across Canada. Schlegel also serves as Chair of the Homewood Research Institute and founded the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging at the University of Waterloo.

The following will also receive honorary degrees from Western this spring at separate ceremonies:

Victor J. Dzau
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
9:30 a.m. Friday, May 17
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (DSc)

An internationally acclaimed leader and scientist, Victor J. Dzau has made a significant impact through his seminal research in cardiovascular medicine and genetics. The President of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM), he also serves as vice-chair of the U.S. National Research Council. He is Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University.

David McKay
10 a.m. Ivey Business School
Friday, June 7
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD)

Dave McKay is President and CEO of RBC, Canada’s biggest bank and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization. The Ivey Business School alumnus serves as co-chair of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, which harnesses the strengths of Canada’s top businesses, universities and colleges to deepen collaboration and improve opportunities for young Canadians.