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Honorary Doctorates

Catharina and William Birchall, philanthropists with Toronto and International business interests.

Patricia Edney, Occupational Therapist, and Dennis Edney, Defence Lawyer.

Siamak Hariri, Canadian Architect, will be awarded at a Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.

Peter Gilgan, founder and chief executive officer of Mattamy Homes.

Nick Saul, President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada.

John Smol, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change of Queen’s University.

Howard and Carole Tanenbaum. Howard a lawyer, financier, real estate developer and art collector. Carole, established the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection at Holt Renfrew.

Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer of TV Ontario (TVO).

Salah Bachir, president of Cineplex Media, and publisher of Cineplex Magazine and Le magazine Cineplex.

Ed Clark, The 2010 cabinet chair for United Way Toronto, Clark currently serves on the chair's advisory council for Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area and is chair of the advisory board for the School of Public Policy and Governance at U of T.

Steve Gupta, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Gupta Group and president and CEO of Easton’s Group of Hotels Inc.

Ralph Lean, a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Lean is a distinguished counsel in residence at Ryerson, where he teaches the courses Law, Business, Politics.

Gordon Pinsent, actor.

Adel Sedra, an expert in microelectronics.

James (Jim) Temerty and Louise Arcand Temerty , are the co-chairs of the Temerty Family Foundation.

Annette Verschuren, chair and chief executive officer of NRStor Inc.

Catherine Zahn, president and chief executive officer of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Mary Jo Haddad, past President and Chief Executive, The Hospital for Sick Children.

Christopher Hume, Architecture critic and urban issues columnist.

Shafique Keshavjee, surgeon, world-leading medical innovator.

Roy McMurtry, former Chief Justice of Ontario, High Commissioner to Great Britain and Attorney General of Ontario.

Peter Oliver, restaurateur and founder of The Stephen Leacock Foundation.

Bonnie Patterson, President and CEO, Council of Ontario Universities

Jack Rabinovitch, cultural, business and community leader.

Brian Stewart, Foreign Affairs Correspondent.

Hayley Wickenheiser, dual-sport dual-season Canadian Olympian.

Mitchell Cohen, President, Daniels Corporation

Kenneth Dryden, Politician, lawyer, author, NHL goaltender

Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large for the National Post

Sue Gardner, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation, Ryerson alumna

Thomas E. Kierans, Vice-President and Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Judith Levkoe, YMCA executive, lifelong learner, Ryerson alumna

Deepa Mehta, Film director and screenwriter

The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Calvin R. Stiller, Physician, professor, research scientist, transplant pioneer, entrepreneur; Chair & CEO, Stilco Corporation

Chief Justice Warren Winkler, Ontario Court of Appeal

Shawn Atleo, National chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

Margaret Eleanor Atwood, Author

Sally M. Horsfall Eaton, Nurse, philanthropist, humanitarian

Christiane Germain, Entrepreneur, hotelier

Graeme Gibson, Author, environmental activist

Sarabjit S. Marwah, Vice-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Scotiabank

Rohinton Mistry, Author

Valerie Pringle, Broadcaster, philanthropist, alumna

Ivan Reitman, Film producer and director

Robert B. Thirsk, Canadian Astronaut

Colm Wilkinson, Celebrated Broadway star

Charles S. Coffey, Community leader and former Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Business Development for RBC Financial Group

Ruth daCosta, Executive Director of Covenant House  

Joanne H. Dallaire, a traditional healer and a pipe carrier

Phil Fontaine, Past National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Laura Formusa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro One Inc

Ursula Franklin, Professor emeritus, physicist, pacifist, feminist, human rights activist, educator

Michael MacMillan, Businessman, Canadian culture promoter, philanthropist, think tank founder

Des McAnuff, Internationally recognized Canadian director, producer, and playwright

Justice Robert W. Metzger, British Columbia Supreme Court judge

Julie Payette, Canadian, Canadian astronaut

William Alsop,Prominent contemporary Architect

Honourable Louise Arbour, President and CEO, International Crisis Group; former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights; former Judge, Supreme Court of Canada

Anthony Gagliano, Executive Chairman and CEO of St. Joseph Communications

Paula Goering, Professor and Vice-Chair, Programs and Planning in the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry with cross-appointments to the Faculty of Nursing, Institute of Medical Science and the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

Honourable Frances Lankin, President and CEO, United Way Toronto

The Right Honourable Beverley M. McLachlin,Appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

Kyle Rae, Local Politician, City of Toronto Councillor

David Smith, Senior Policy Fellow, Saskatchewan Institute for Public Policy; Professor Emeritus

Michael Adams,The founding President of the Environics Group of research and communications consulting companies.

John Béliveau,Canadian Hockey Legend

Dr. John A. Bickley,was partner and manager of the consulting engineering company Trow Inc.

Alan Broadbent, a Member of the Order of Canada and is presently the Chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation, a private investment holding company, and the Chairman of Jamscor Inc.

Honorable Edward Broadbent, PC, CC,was the leader of Canada's federal New Democratic Party

Dr. Gina Bohn Browne,researcher in chronic illness and service utilization

Bill Cunningham,Gemini award-winning former executive producer of The National, a CBC chief news editor, the founding vice-president of Global News

Dr. Micheal Guerriere, founder of HealthLink Clinical Data Network Inc.

Aditya Chandra Jha, Jha is President& CEO of Karma Candy Inc.

Dr. Asad M. Madni, President, COO and Director of BEI Technologies Inc.

Peter Busby, C.M., Architect, Co-founder and Chair of the Canada Green Building Council

Dominic D'Alessandro, O.C., President and CEO, Manulife Financial

John Honderich, OC, Journalist

Norman Jewison, C.C., Film Director, Founder of The Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies

The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, O.C., Philanthropist, Former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick

Brenda Milner, C.C., Neuropsychologist, Cognitive Scientist

Janet Rosenberg, Ryerson Alumna, Landscape Architect, Founder of Janet Rosenberg and Associates Landscape Architects

Brian Segal, President of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (1980-1988), President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers Publishing Limited

Lotfi Asker Zadeh, Mathematician, Computer Scientist

Michael Belcourt, past President of Polo Ralph Lauren Canada

Edward Burtynsky, OC, internationally acclaimed photographer

Dr. Ramsay Cook, OC, respected Canadian historian

Dr. Gail Donner, O.Ont, Professor and Dean Emeritus in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and past Chair of Nursing as Ryerson

Michele Landsberg, an award-winning journalist and one of Canada's best known social activists

Stephen Lewis, politician, diplomat and international envoy for humanitarian efforts

The Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, an extraordinary advocate for human rights, an exemplary scholar and an outstanding jurist

Dr. David Suzuki, CC, OBC, world-renowned geneticist, academic and broadcaster

Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman, world-renowned scholar and President of Princeton University

Donald Triggs, co-founder of Vincor, Canada's leading wine company

The Honourable George W. Vari, P.C., C.M., a passionate advocate and champion of education

Piers Handling, director and CEO, Toronto International Film Festival Group

Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, past Governor General of Canada

Hon. Landon Pearson, senator (retired), director, Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights, Carleton University

Dr. Judith Shamian, president and CEO, Victorian Order of Nurses

Buzz Hargrove, national president, Canadian Auto Workers Union

Heather Reisman, founder and CEO, Indigo Books and Music Inc.

Christine Magee, president and co-founder, Sleep Country Canada

Margaret Somerville, professor of the Faculties of Law and Medicine, McGill University

Pierre Lassonde, president, Newmont Mining Corporation

Hon. James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

G. Raymond Chang, founder of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

Dennis Mock, President, Nipissing University

Herschel Segal, founder and CEO of women's wear retailer Le Chateau

Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC Television News; anchor of CBC's flagship nightly news program, The National

Margaret MacMillan, Provost of Trinity College, University of Toronto; author of "Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World"

Janet Storch, professor and former director of the School of Nursing, University of Victoria

Hon. Tom Hockin, President and CEO, Investment Funds Institute of Canada; federal cabinet minister, 1986-1993

John L. Sharpe, President and COO (retired), Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Elyse Allan, President and CEO of GE Canada

Julia Levy, biotechnologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur

Hany Moustapha, Senior Fellow and Manager, Pratt & Whitney Canada