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Ryerson Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships

Ryerson Fellowships were awarded from 1979 to 1995 to the individuals named below for outstanding work in the fields indicated.

Ryerson University began awarding Honorary Doctoral Degrees (Honoris Causa) in 1996.

Ryerson awards its highest honour to those who have made extraordinary contributions:

  • to academia and/or society in Canada, or internationally, particularly in fields of interest to Ryerson; or
  • to the development of the University; or to the betterment of culture, or society, or the local community.


Abell, Helen C. 1983 International Development
Alcock, Norman Z. 1990 Pioneering Peace Research in Canada
Anderson, Doris H.
1987 Canadian Magazine Development
Anderson, James M.
1994 Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Advertising in Canada
Arpin, Kathleen
1995 Leadership in Canadian Nursing Education
Atleo, Richard 2019 Doctor of Laws
Augustine, Jean 2019 Doctor of Laws
Balakrishnan, R. 1988 International Broadcasting
Barnes, John 1984 Development of Broadcasting in Canada
Barr, Laura W. 1989 The Visionary Leadership of the Nursing Profession
Beck, Nuala 1995 Original Contribution to Canadian Business Analysis
Begin, Hon. Monique 1992 Public Policy in the Canadian Health Field
Berger, Thomas R. 1986 Support of the North’s Indigenous Populations
Bertell, Rosalie 1988 Environmental Health
Besse, Ronald D. 1982 Business Development
Bondar, Dr. Roberta Lynn 1990 Encouragement of Space Research in Canada
Brickenden, George Fred 1979 International Broadcast Training
Brown, Margaret Eileen 1986 Personnel Administration
Brown, Rosemary 1990 Enlarging the Political Process for Women and Minorities
Bulloch. John F. 1981 Small Business Development
Bullock, James R. 1991 Business Development and Management in Canada
Callwood, June 1990 Journalism with a Social Conscience
Camp, Dalton K. 1981 Journalism
Campbell, Norman 1994 Enthusiastic Celebration and Preservation of Canada’s Heritage in Dance and Opera
Cardinal, Douglas J. 1990 Creative Development of a Humane Built Environment
Carr, Shirley G. E. 1987 Canadian and International Labour Movements
Catley-Carlson, Margaret Y. 1986 International Development
Chien Wei Chang 1987 Higher Education and International Relations
Chisholm, Donald A. 1983 Development of Technology in Canada
Clarke, Larry D.
1994 Outstanding Contributions to the Aerospace Industry in Canada
Cohen, Dian 1979 Public Education in Economic Affairs
Cooper, Simon F. 1995 Exemplary Leadership in the Canadian Hospitality and Tourism Industry
Crombie, David 1990 Public Life in Canada
Dallaire, L.Gen (Ret'd) Hon. Romeo 1995 Exceptional Professionalism, Leadership and Altruism in Perilous Circumstances
Davis, Julie 1995 Leadership in Shaping the Contemporary Labour Movement in Canada
Dickason, Olive Patricia 1994 Outstanding Contributions as a Journalist, Scholar, and Community Leader
Dodig, Victor G. 2019 Doctor of Laws
Drabinsky, Garth Howard 1987 The Entertainment Industry
De Roo, Remi J. 1987 Dedicated Community Service
Ebrahim, Sajjad 2019 Doctor of Laws
Ellis, Rev. A. N. 1982 Dedicated Community Service
Fairweather, Gordon 1993 Leadership in the Advancement of Human Rights
Fletcher, M. I. 1979 Early Childhood Education
Flood, A. L. 1995 Contribution to Higher and Continuing Education
Fodor, Nicholas J. 1984 Canadian Industrial Development
Frankel, Ruth Hartman 1985 Voluntary Public Service
Franklin, Ursula M. 1984 Elucidating Social Impact of Technology
Franssen, Margot 1990 Successfully Combining Environmental and Business Objectives
Frize, Monique 1993 Leadership in the Advancement of Women in Engineering
Fulton, Ethel Margaret 1980 Education
Graham, H. F. Colin 1985 Development of Post-Secondary Education in Ontario
Green, Donald 1979 Industrial Development
Guindon, Roger 1985 Development of Post-Secondary and Bilingual Education in Ontario
Hall, C. Denis 1988 Telecommunication Technology and Managing Research and Development
Harris, Robin S. 1987 Higher Education
Harron, Donald 1980 Creative and Performing Arts
Head, Wilson   1993 Advancing Social Justice and Racial Equality in Canadian Society
Henderson, Lyman George 1986 The Graphics Industries and the Performing Arts
Herman, Nina Klowden 1994 Exemplary Achievements on Behalf of Seniors
Holmested, H. 1981 The Field of Aging
Homme, R. M. 1982 Children’s Television
Hughes, Philip B. 1981 Engineering Education
Hurlbut, John 1989 The Hospitality Fund
Inns, Gordon Ellis 1987 Telecommunications and Support for Higher Education
Jewison, Norman Frederick 1986 The Field of Motion Pictures
Kelman, Rabbi J.   1984 Spiritual Leadership and Community Service
Kenney-Wallace, Geraldine Anne 1988 Advancement of Science and Technology in Canada
Kogawa, Joy 1991 Enhancing our Appreciation of Multiculturalism and the Japanese-Canadian Experience
Kovacs, Ferenc 1991 Support of Engineering Education in an International Environment
Lapp, Philip A. 1985 Engineering Profession in Canada
Lefebvre, Jean Pierre 1987 Canadian Cinema
Lewis, Stephen 1981 The Development of Public Policy
Lodge, Lorne Kenneth 1986 Development of Computer Education in Canada
MacKay, J. Stuart 1985 Private Broadcasting
MacKay-Lassonde, Claudette 1989 The Engineering Profession and in Founding Women in Science and Engineering
MacFarlane, John D. 1981 Journalism
Marchment, Alan R. 1992 Financial Leadership and Corporate Philanthropy
McCallion, Hazel 2019 Doctor of Commerce
McCormack, Eric 2019 Doctor of Laws
Mirvish, Edward 1982 Cultural and Community Development
Moriyama, Raymond 1980 Technology and Humanity of Architecture
Moyer, Janice 1993 Leadership in the Canadian Information Technology Industry
Nelson, Fiona 1991 Development of Educational Services in the City of Toronto
Newton, Christopher 1995 Achievements in Enriching the Canadian Theatre
Norquay, Margaret 1993 Leadership in Distance Education
Nutt, Samantha 2019 Doctor of Laws
Omatsu, Maryka 2019 Doctor of Laws
O’Reilly, Ted E.T. 1983 Broadcasting
Packham, James L. 1992 Developing Polytechnic Education at Ryerson
Parr, J. G. 1980 Educational Innovation
Pattison, William B.   1988 Hospitality and Tourism
Pitman, Walter George 1985 Developing and Applying the Values of Lifelong Learning
Pleva, Edward G. 1983 Applied Geographic Education
Pocock, Nancy 1989 Humanitarian Efforts on Behalf of Refugees
Porter, Anna 1990 Canadian Publishing
Pritchard, Ross E. 1995 Leadership in Science and Engineering Business Enterprise Development
Reid, William Ronald 1985 Presentation and Preservation of Indian Art and Culture
Robbie, Roderick G. 1995 Exemplary Achievements in Architectural Design
Rodger, Ginette 1984 Promoting Role of Nursing in Health Policy Development
Rumball, Donald A. 1990 Fostering Entrepreneurial Initiative
Sanderson, Marie 1993 Expanding the Role of Women in Geographic Research and Education
Scott, Donald S. 1992 Developing Engineering Education in Canada
Sedra, Prof. Adel S. 1989 Engineering Education
Sewell, John 1989 Enhancing the Quality of Life in Toronto
Sharp, Isadore 1983 The Hospitality Industry
Sharpe, C. Richard 1988 Retail Business Development
Sharpe, John L. 1991 Promoting Standards of Excellence in the Hospitality Industry
Sheinin, Rose 1993 Science and the Advancement of Women
Shepherd, John J. 1982 Technology and Business
Siegel, Bill 1993 Tourism Research and Marketing
Simms, Glenda 1993 Advancing Equality for Racial Minority and Aboriginal Women
Sinclair, G. 1980 Applied Science and Business
Smith, Stuart Lyon 1987 The Promotion of Science and Technology
Stephens, Mellanie Anne 1987 Entrepreneurial Development
Stuart, Mary Alice 1989 Educational and Cultural Broadcasting
Sung, Alfred 1987 Apparel Design
Suzuki, David T. 1981 Science Broadcasting
Swinton, K. R. 1979 Adult Education
Thomson, George Mahood 1986 Developing Public Policy for the Welfare of Children
Watters, Jessie 1985 Child Welfare
Whittaker, Herbert 1988 Theatre Criticism
Whittaker, Sheelagh D. 1992 Canadian Telecommunications
Williams, Lynn 1984 Leadership in International Union Movement
Willings, Janet H. 1991 Development of the Engineering Profession in Canada
Wintermans, Jos 1993 The Integration of Innovative Business Theory and Practice
Wright, Eric 1992 The Teaching and Practice of Literature at Ryerson
Wylie, Dorothy M. 1982 Promoting Excellence in Nursing Practice
Zhi-qian, He 1992 Improving Nutrition in China
Znaimer, Moses 1991 Innovative Television Programming and Delivery

The first honorary doctorate was awarded to:

The Right Honourable Romeo LeBlanc (1996), Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa)

Abella, Hon. Madam Justice Rosalie Silberman 2007 Doctor of Laws
Adams, Michael 2009 Doctor of Letters
Allan, Elyse 2005 Doctor of Commerce
Alsop, William 2010 Doctor of Letters
Arbour, Hon. Louise 2010 Doctor of Laws
Astier, Hurbert 2002 Doctor of Laws
Atleo, Shawn A-in-chut 2012 Doctor of Laws
Atwood, Margaret Eleanor
2012 Doctor of Letters
Bartleman, Hon. James Karl 2005 Doctor of Laws
Basrur, Sheela V. 2004 Doctor of Science
Belcourt, Michael 2007 Doctor of Commerce
Beliveau, Jean Arthur 2009 Doctor of Laws
Berry, Albert 2004 Doctor of Laws
Besse, Ronald D. 2004 Doctor of Commerce
Bickley, John A. 2009 Doctor of Science
Billes, Martha 2002 Doctor of Commerce
Blackstock, Cindy 
2017 Doctor of Laws
Bouchard, Micheline 1998 Doctor of Engineering
Broadbent, Alan 2009 Doctor of Laws
Broadbent, Hon. Edward 2009 Doctor of Laws
Brown, Robert E. 2002 Doctor of Science
Browne, Gina Bohn 2009 Doctor of Laws
Brzustowski, Thomas A. 1996 Doctor of Engineering
Buchanan, Hon. Judd 1997 Doctor of Laws
Burtynsky, Edward 2007 Doctor of Fine Arts in Photography Study
Busby, Peter          
2008 Doctor of Science
Cameron, James 1998 Doctor of Laws
Campbell, Maria
2018 Doctor of Laws
Chang, G. Raymond 2005 Doctor of Commerce
Chapman, Christopher 2000 Doctor of Laws
Clarkson, Rt. Hon. Adrienne 2006 Doctor of Laws
Cockwell, Jack 2004 Doctor of Commerce
Coffey, Charles S. 2011 Doctor of Laws
Cohen, Mitchell 2013 Doctor of Laws
Cook, Ramsay 2007 Doctor of Laws
daCosta, Ruth 2011 Doctor of Laws
D'Alessandro, Dominic 2008 Doctor of Commerce
Dallaire, Joanne H. 2011 Doctor of Laws
Davis, William 2003 Doctor of Laws
De Pencier, Michael 2002 Doctor of Letters
Donner, Gail J. 2007 Doctor of Science
Douglas, Shirley 2001 Doctor of Laws
Dryden, Kenneth Wayne 2013 Doctor of Laws
Eaton, John Craig 1996 Doctor of Commerce
Enkin, Murray 1997 Doctor of Laws
Fakih, Mohamad
2018 Doctor of Laws
Fecan, Ivan 2001 Doctor of Laws
Fontaine, Phil 2011 Doctor of Laws
Formusa, Laura 2011 Doctor of Laws
Fortier, L. Yves 2004 Doctor of Commerce
Foster, Stephen 2000 Doctor of Commerce
Francis, Diane 2013 Doctor of Laws
Franklin, Ursula 2011 Doctor of Laws
Gagliano, Gaetano 1998 Doctor of Laws
Gagliano, Anthony 2010 Doctor of Laws
Gardner, Sue 2013 Doctor of Laws
Gaunt, Bobbie 2000 Doctor of Laws
Germain, Christiane 2012 Doctor of Commerce
Gibson, Graeme 2012 Doctor of Letters
Godard, Mira 2002 Doctor of Laws
Godfrey, Paul 2001 Doctor of Engineering
Goering, Paula N. 2010 Doctor of Science
Golden, Anne 1997 Doctor of Laws
Goldstein, Elyse 
2018 Doctor of Laws
Goodall, Jane 2001 Doctor of Science
Goodchild, Michael F. 2004 Doctor of Laws
Granatstein, Jack 1999 Doctor of Laws
Grier, Ruth 2000 Doctor of Laws
Grier, Terence 2000 Doctor of Laws
Guerriere, Michael 2009 Doctor of Laws
Haddad, Mary Jo 2014 Doctor of Laws
Hall, Barbara 1998 Doctor of Laws
Handling, Piers 2006 Doctor of Laws
Hargrove, Basil "Buzz" 2006 Doctor of Laws
Hasenfratz, Linda 2003 Doctor of Engineering
Hebert, Hon. Jacques 1997 Doctor of Laws
Heller, George 2002 Doctor of Commerce
Hockin, Hon. Tom 2005 Doctor of Commerce
Honderich, John 2008 Doctor of Laws
Horsfall Eaton, Sally 2012 Doctor of Laws
Hull, Douglas G. 1996 Doctor of Science
Hume, Christopher 2014 Doctor of Laws
Hurtubise, Lionel 1999 Doctor of Engineering
Iacobucci, Frank
2017 Doctor of Laws
Jamieson, Roberta 2003 Doctor of Laws
Jewison, Norman 2008 Doctor of Letters
Jha, Aditya Chandra 2009 Doctor of Laws
Jolliffe, Russell 2000 Doctor of Laws
Johnston, David 2018 Doctor of Laws
Juneau, Pierre 1996 Doctor of Letters
Keshavjee, Shafique 2014 Doctor of Science
Kierans, Thomas E. 2013 Doctor of Laws
Kilroy, Edward 2004 Doctor of Commerce
Klawe, Maria 2001 Doctor of Laws
Klein, Bonnie Sherr 2003 Doctor of Laws
Lambert, Phyllis 2004 Doctor of Fine Arts in Photography Studies
Landsberg, Michele 2007 Doctor of Laws
Lankin, Frances 2010 Doctor of Laws
Lassonde, Pierre, CM 2006 Doctor of Engineering
Laughton, Peter 1997 Doctor of Engineering
Lee, Arthur 1998 Doctor of Laws
Lee, Dennis 2001 Doctor of Laws
Levkoe, Judith 2013 Doctor of Laws
Levy, Julia 2005 Doctor of Science
Lewis, Stephen 2007 Doctor of Laws
Lundstrom, Linda 1997 Doctor of Laws
Machel, Graca 2001 Doctor of Laws
MacMillan, Margaret 2005 Doctor of Laws
MacMillan, Michael 2011 Doctor of Laws
Madni, Asad M. 2009 Doctor of Science
Magee, Christine   2006 Doctor of Commerce
Mak, Tak Wah 2004 Doctor of Science
Mandela, Nelson 2001 Doctor of Laws
Mansbridge, Peter 2005 Doctor of Journalism
Marwah, Sarabjit 2012 Doctor of Laws
Mascoll, Beverly 1999 Doctor of Laws
McAnuff, Des 2011 Doctor of Letters
McCain, Hon. Margaret Norrie 2008 Doctor of Laws
McGarry, Diane 1996 Doctor of Science
McGregor, Heather 2017 Doctor of Laws
McKay, David 2017 Doctor of Laws
McKenna, Frank 1999 Doctor of Laws
McLachlin, Rt. Hon. Chief Justice Beverley 2010 Doctor of Laws
McMurtry, Hon. Roy, O.C., O.Ont.
2014 Doctor of Laws
Mehta, Deepa 2013 Doctor of Laws
Metzger, Justice Robert W. 2011 Doctor of Laws
Michaels, Lorne 1999 Doctor of Laws
Milner, Brenda 2008 Doctor of Science
Minglun, Fang 2004 Doctor of Engineering
Mirvish, David 1996 Doctor of Letters
Mistry, Rohinton 2012 Doctor of Letters
Mock, Dennis 2005 Doctor of Laws
Moore, Roger 1999 Doctor of Laws
Moustapha, Hany 2005 Doctor of Engineering
Mustard, James Fraser 2003 Doctor of Science
Neville, John 1999 Doctor of Laws
Oberlander, Cornelia Hahn 1999 Doctor of Laws
Obomsawin, Alanis 2018 Doctor of Laws
Oliver, Peter 2014 Doctor of Laws
Omidvar, Ratna 2018 Doctor of Laws
Orbinski, James 2002 Doctor of Laws
Osborne, Ron 1998 Doctor of Laws
Packham, Marian 1997 Doctor of Science
Patterson, Bonnie 2014 Doctor of Laws
Payette, Julie 2011 Doctor of Engineering
Pearson, Hon. Landon 2006 Doctor of Laws
Pelletier, Jean 2002 Doctor of Laws
Plummer, Christopher 2002 Doctor of Letters
Polistuk, Eugene 2001 Doctor of Engineering
Porter, Brian 2018 Doctor of Laws
Pinsent, Gordon 2015 Doctor of Laws
Pringle, Valerie 2012 Doctor of Laws
Pushelberg, Glenn 2003 Doctor of Laws
Rabinovitch, Jack 2014 Doctor of Laws
Rae, Kyle 2010 Doctor of Laws
Reitman, Ivan 2012 Doctor of Letters
Risk, Margaret 2001 Doctor of Laws
Reisman, Heather 2006 Doctor of Commerce
Rogers, Edward S. and Loretta 2004 Doctor of Laws
Rose, Albert 1996 Doctor of Laws
Rosen, Harry 2003 Doctor of Commerce
Rosenberg, Janet 2008 Doctor of Laws
Ross, Anne 1998 Doctor of Laws
Rowe, Ian 2002 Doctor of Engineering
Salmon, Bev 1999 Doctor of Laws
Schmidt, Bonnie 2017 Doctor of Science
Segal, Brian 2008 Doctor of Laws
Segal, Herschel 2005 Doctor of Laws
Shamian, Judith 2006 Doctor of Science
Sharp, Isadore 2003 Doctor of Commerce
Sharpe, John L. 2005 Doctor of Commerce
Sinclair, Hon. Justice Murray 2013 Doctor of Laws
Slaight, Allan 2000 Doctor of Commerce
Smith, David E. 2010 Doctor of Letters
Sniderman, Sam 1997 Doctor of Commerce
Somerville, Margaret 2006 Doctor of Science
Stephenson, Carol 2000 Doctor of Engineering
Stewart, Brian 2014 Doctor of Journalism
Stiller, Calvin R. 2013 Doctor of Science
Storch, Janet 2005 Doctor of Science
Suzuki, David 2007 Doctor of Science
Tanenbaum, Joey 2003 Doctor of Commerce
Tanenbaum, Toby 2003 Doctor of Commerce
Taylor, Alex 1998 Doctor of Engineering
Tilghman, Shirley M. 2007 Doctor of Science
Thirsk, Robert 2012 Doctor of Engineering
Triggs, Donald 2007 Doctor of Commerce
Trudell, Cynthia 2000 Doctor of Engineering
Tulloch, Michael 2018 Doctor of Laws
Ujiri, Masai 2017 Doctor of Laws
Wallin, Pamela 2000 Doctor of Journalism
Wickenheiser, Hayley 2014 Doctor of Laws
Wilkinson, Colm 2012 Doctor of Laws
Winkler, Chief Justice Warren 2013 Doctor of Laws
Wong, George 2001 Doctor of Commerce
Wright, Richard B. 2003 Doctor of Letters
Vachon, Louis 2017 Doctor of Laws
Vari, Hon. George William 2007 Doctor of Engineering
Vari, Helen 2017 Doctor of Laws
Yabu, George 2003 Doctor of Laws
Yaffe, Phyllis 2017 Doctor of Laws
Yussuff, Hassan 2018 Doctor of Laws
Zadeh, Lotfi Asker 2008 Doctor of Science
Sedra, Adel 2015 Doctor of Engineering
Clark, William Edmund "Ed" 2015 Doctor of Commerce
Zahn, Catherine 2015 Doctor of Laws
Bachir, Salah 2015 Doctor of Laws
Temerty, James (Jim)
2015 Doctor of Laws
Temerty, Louise Arcand 2015 Doctor of Laws
Lean, Ralph 2015 Doctor of Laws
Gupta, Steve 2015 Doctor of Laws
Cunningham, Bill 2009 Doctor of Laws
LeBlanc, Right Hon. Romeo
1996 Doctor of Letters
Birchall, Catharina and William 2016 Doctor of Laws
Edney, Patricia and Dennis
2016 Doctor of Laws
Hariri, Siamak 2016 Doctor of Architecture
Gilgan, Peter 2016 Doctor of Laws
Saul, Nick 2016 Doctor of Laws
Smol, John 2016 Doctor of Science
Tanenbaum, Howard and Carole 2016 Doctor of Laws
de Wilde, Lisa 2016 Doctor of Laws
Verschuren, Annette 2015 Doctor of Laws