Governor General coming to Queen's University
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, is coming to Queen’s University on Saturday to give a public lecture and receive an alumni award.
“I am very pleased to welcome His Excellency home to his alma mater, where he started his distinguished career some four decades ago,” said Principal Daniel Woolf. “Queen’s graduates have a long history of public service, and we are proud to count the Governor General as a model example.”
His Excellency graduated from Queen’s law school in 1966 and was also an assistant professor in the law faculty.
Students, faculty, staff and Kingston community members will have an opportunity to hear His Excellency talk during the inaugural Queen’s Principal’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture at Grant Hall. He will speak about the challenges and opportunities facing students and society today, while highlighting the importance of innovation in times of change. He will take questions from the audience.
The Principal’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture was established to provide students, faculty, staff and the Kingston community with the opportunity to engage with visitors of the highest regard and distinction. Visitors are invited at the discretion of the Principal, on the advice of the Queen’s community.
His Excellency will also meet with Queen’s law faculty and students and take part in the opening of a student lounge in the faculty.
He will receive the Alumni Achievement Award at the Queen’s University Alumni Association Awards Gala on Saturday evening. This is the Alumni Association’s most prestigious award. It goes to a Queen’s graduate who has demonstrated the high ideals imparted by a Queen’s University education. Previous honorees include former Speaker of the House of Commons Peter Milliken (Arts'68) and CNN business correspondent Ali Velshi (Artsci'94).
“David Johnston’s career has epitomized the high ideals imparted by a Queen’s education. The Queen’s University Alumni Association is very proud to have him as part of the Queen’s family,” says Jess Joss, president of the Queen’s University Alumni Association.