TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto will recognize
extraordinary achievements in public service and philanthropy at its
Convocation ceremonies this spring, awarding honorary degrees to a
select group of men and women who have made significant contributions
in these fields.
"The University of Toronto students, faculty, staff and alumni are
committed to building stronger communities in Canada and throughout the
world," said U of T president David Naylor. "These honorary degrees
reflect and celebrate that commitment."
Approximately 12,500 students will graduate from the university at
ceremonies taking place from May 31 to June 17 in Convocation Hall, 31
King's College Circle. Members of the media are welcome to attend
convocation ceremonies but are asked to confirm their attendance in
advance by calling U of T media relations at 416-978-0100.
The list of public servants and philanthropists receiving honorary
The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Canada's 21st Prime Minister. Since leaving office, Martin has led high-level
initiatives promoting social and economic development in Africa and
among Aboriginal Canadians. A graduate of St. Michael's College and
the university's Faculty of Law, Martin will receive his honorary
doctorate of laws June 3 at 10 am.
Dr. Sonia Labatt and Arthur Labatt, distinguished philanthropists and volunteers. Arthur Labatt,
co-founder and former president of Trimark Financial, is a past
chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. Sonia Labatt, Ph.D.,
is an adjunct professor at U of T's Centre for Environment, an Arbor
Award winner and a longtime member of the Dean's Advisory Board of the
Faculty of Arts and Science. The Labatts will receive their honorary
doctorates of laws June 13 at 2:30 pm.
The High Commissioner of Singapore to Canada, Koh Yong Guan. Koh is one of the most esteemed public servants in the modern history
of Singapore. As a Columbo Plan scholar from 1966-72, he completed two
degrees in engineering at the University of Toronto. Now serving as
chair of Singapore's national pension fund and the board of the
Singapore Cancer Sciences Research Institute, Koh will receive his
honorary doctorate of laws June 6 at 2 pm.
Renowned philanthropist and developer John H. Daniels. A University of Toronto alumnus in architecture, Daniels led Cadillac
Fairview Corporation for more than 20 years. Since 1983, his Daniels
Corporation has supported initiatives such as Second Harvest, Habitat
for Humanity and Eva's Initiatives and, in 2008, Daniels provided the
university with the largest-ever private gift received by an
architecture school in Canada. Daniels will receive his honorary
doctorate of laws June 2 at 2:30 pm.
Anne Sado, President of George Brown College. Sado is a double alumna of the
University of Toronto, having graduated from engineering in 1977 and
from the Rotman School of Management in 1981. She had a long and
distinguished career at Bell and is a role model for women in
engineering and business across Ontario and Canada. She has served as
president of the YWCA of Metropolitan Toronto, chair of the Trillium
Health Centre, and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Faculty of
Applied Science and Engineering and the Advisory Board for the Ontario
Institute for Studies in Education. Sado will receive her honorary
doctorate of laws June 15 at 10 am.
Distinguished volunteers and philanthropists David M. Dunlap and J. Moffat Dunlap. The Dunlaps' significant endowed gifts to establish the Dunlap
Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics built on a legacy that began
with their family's establishment of the Dunlap Observatory in 1935.
David, who graduated from engineering at the University of Toronto in
1961, and Moffat, an equestrian and former Show Jumping World Champion,
have been tireless supporters of education, healthcare, and equine
research at Guelph University and Seneca and Humber Colleges. The
Dunlaps will receive their honorary doctorates of laws June 10 at 10
As previously announced, the university will also confer honorary
doctorates recognizing extraordinary global contributions by Malcolm
Gladwell, (June 14) Nandan Nilekani (May 31) and Craig and Marc
Kielburger (June 8), as well as extraordinary knowledge contributions
by University Toronto Professor Emeritus Mladen Vranic (June 1), Bert
Wasmund PhD (June 15) and Cambridge Professor Michael Lapidge (June
SOURCE University of Toronto
For further information:
about any of the honorary degree recipients contact Jennifer Lanthier at (416)978-8362 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Media Relations at (416)978-0100