Outstanding list of Honorary Degree recipients for Ryerson University’s Spring Convocation
Ryerson University spring convocation begins June 5
June 03, 2013
Ryerson University will recognize seven outstanding individuals with honorary degrees this spring, including an internationally recognized director and screenwriter, an NHL goaltender turned politician and the head of one of the world’s largest media organizations.
“Recognizing these seven recipients alongside our new graduates is a great source of pride for the university,” says President Sheldon Levy. “The honorary degree is the university’s highest accolade and we look forward to honouring such an illustrious group of leaders. They will be an inspiration to the class of 2013, as they graduate and start to make their own mark in the world.”
This June, 5651 students will graduate from Ryerson University. 4714 students will graduate with undergraduate degrees, 576 with continuing education certificates and 361 with graduate degrees.
The honorary doctorate recipients, in order of ceremony, are:
The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair – Judge and Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Justice Murray Sinclair was first called to the Manitoba bar in 1980 and in 1988 became Manitoba’s first aboriginal judge. Appointed the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in June 2009, Justice Sinclair has been awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement award, in addition to many other community service awards. He will receive a Doctor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Community Services onThursday, June 6, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
The Honourable Kenneth Dryden, O.C., - A politician, lawyer, author and NHL goaltender. In 2004, Dryden was elected a member of parliament for the riding of York Centre. Re-elected in 2006 and 2008, he served as minister of social development. Dryden is dedicated to the ideals of early learning and giving children a better chance for success in life. He is credited with obtaining early learning and child care deals with all 10 provinces and helping to bring a national child care program closer to a reality. He will receive a Doctor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Community Services on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Sue Gardner – Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation and Ryerson alumna. Following 17 years at the CBC as a producer, reporter, documentarian and later senior director of CBC.ca, Gardner took the helm as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation in 2007. In 2012, she was named to Forbes’100 Most Powerful Women in the World list, the only Canadian to make the annual list. She will receive a Doctor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Communication & Design on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
Deepa Mehta, O.Ont., - Film director and screenwriter. A “transnational artist,” Mehta’s films are known for telling universally meaningful stories and have been shown at every major film festival in the world, have been distributed globally and have received numerous awards. Mehta’s many accolades include the 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Life of Distinction Award from the Canadian Centre of Diversity. She will receive a Doctor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Communication & Design on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Judith Levkoe - YMCA Executive, lifelong learner, Ryerson alumna. During her 28-year career at the YMCA, Levkoe has held numerous roles, including government relations manager for the 35 YMCAs in Ontario. She has played a key role in growing YMCA Child Care in the Greater Toronto Area into Canada’s largest not-for-profit child-care system, servicing more than 6,000 children and their families each day. She will receive a Doctor of Laws degree from the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education onTuesday, June 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
The Honourable Chief Justice Warren Winkler - Chief Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal. Winkler served as a trial judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario for 14 years, and was appointed chief justice of Ontario in 2007. Winkler is a founding director of the International Conference of Mediation for Justice and a member of the International Bar Association’s Class Action Task Force. He will receive a Doctor of Laws degree from the Ted Rogers School of Management on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Diane Francis - a journalist, broadcaster, entrepreneur, professor and bestselling author. Francis became the first woman to head a daily newspaper in Canada and is now editor-at-large and a columnist at the National Post and its sister newspapers. She has written nine books – six on business subjects and three about white-collar crime and has also had a successful career in broadcasting. She will receive a Doctor of Laws degree from the Ted Rogers School of Management on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
All ceremonies will take place at the Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ontario.
Seats are reserved for media. Media wishing to attend should contact Johanna VanderMaas, below.
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