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Queen's University

2008 Honorary Degree Recipients



Jean Beliveau, LL.D 

Edgar Benson, LL.D

William Edmund Clark, LL.D David Dodge, LL.D
Thomas Worrall Kent, LL.D Kevin Lynch, LL.D
Marilyn McHarg,LL.D R.T. (Phil) Nuytten, D.Sc
Albert Schultz, LL.D Hassina Sherjan, LL.D
Alexander McCall Smith, LL.D Daniel Soberman, D.Sc
Bert Wasmund, D.Sc W. Galen Weston , LL.D
Hilary M. Weston, LL.D 



Jean Beliveau, LL.D 

Born in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Jean Béliveau has been a model and inspiration for all youngsters hoping to make a career in professional sports.


He signed his first Canadien and NHL contract in 1953. He was selected on an NHL All-Star Club 10 times, was second-best scorer in the Canadiens' history and best scorer in the Stanley Cup Series with the Canadiens.


He has won the Ross Trophy (champion scorer), the Hart Trophy (most valuable player) twice, and was the first player to win the Conn Smythe (outstanding player in Stanley Cup series).


He saw his team win the League championship 10 times and also won the Stanley Cup 10 times.


In 1971 he announced his retirement in active play after 18 glorious seasons with the Habs.


Mr. Béliveau then established the Jean Béliveau Foundation for underprivileged children throughout Québec and Canada. When he retired in 1993, he transferred the Foundation to the Society for Disabled Children. Today, the Foundation has a capital value of $1,200,000.


Mr. Béliveau has received many awards and honours, including being named an Officer of the Order of Canada for eminent services rendered to Canada and to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Edgar Benson, LL.D

The Honourable Edgar John Benson was born in Cobourg, Ontario.


After his graduation from Cobourg Collegiate in 1941, he joined the Canadian Army and was sent overseas as a member of the Canadian Artillery. He served in England and Europe.


He returned to Canada in 1946, and in 1949 graduated from Queen’s School of Business with a degree in commerce. He then became a chartered accountant and partner in the chartered accountants’ firm of England, Leonard, MacPherson in Kingston, Ontario until 1963. He was also a professor at the School of Business.


In 1962, he secured the Liberal nomination for Kingston and the Islands and went on to win a seat in Parliament. In 1963, he was re-elected, and when Lester Pearson formed a government, he became the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance.


In 1965, Mr. Benson became president of the Treasury Board and Minister of National Revenue – posts he filled until 1968.


He was also Pierre Trudeau’s campaign co-chairman for leader of the Liberal party in 1968, and later his first finance minister, a portfolio he held until 1972.


That year, he retired from politics and became president of the Canadian Transport Commission, a position he held for 10 years.


From 1982 to 1985 he served as Canada’s Ambassador to Ireland.

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William Edmund Clark, LL.D 

William Edmund (Ed) Clark is president and chief executive officer of TD Bank Financial Group. Prior to this appointment, he was president and chief operating officer of the bank, a role he held since July 2000.


Following TD’s acquisition of Canada Trust Financial Services in 2000, Mr. Clark joined TD Bank as chairman and chief executive officer of TD Canada Trust. In this role he oversaw the successful integration of the TD and Canada Trust retail and electronic banking operations. Before this, Mr. Clark was president and chief executive officer of Canada Trust Financial Services.


In 1985, he joined Merrill Lynch, and three years later was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Morgan Financial Corporation, a position he held until 1991 when he joined Canada Trust Financial Services Inc.


Mr. Clark graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Harvard University.


He serves as director of TD Banknorth and as vice-chairman and director of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the C.D. Howe Institute, co-chair of the Heart and Circulation Campaign for the University Health Network, and provides support to Woodgreen Community Services, an organization that delivers programs to build sustainable communities in the Toronto area.

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David Dodge, LL.D

Dr. Dodge, whose appointment as Chancellor of Queen’s University became effective July 1, 2008, received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Queen’s and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He taught Economics at Queen’s for several years but ultimately chose a career in the Public Service of Canada. He served as Deputy Minister of Finance from 1992 to 1997 and was appointed Deputy Minister of Health in 1998. In February 2001 he was appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada for a seven-year term.


He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s in May 2002 and was appointed to the Queen’s University Board of Trustees in June 2007. In December 2007, Dr. Dodge was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Dr. Dodge was Associate Professor of Canadian Studies and International Economics at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia; and Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at Simon Fraser University. He has also served as Director of the International Economics Program of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.


Dr. Dodge and his wife Christiane (nee Schweiger), an Arts'65 graduate of Queen’s, reside in Ottawa.

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Thomas Worrall Kent, LL.D  

Tom Kent graduated from Oxford with first-class honours before being called into the wartime intelligence service of cipher-breaking.


In 1946 he entered journalism with the Manchester Guardian, followed by The Economist and the Winnipeg Free Press, of which he was editor in 1954 when he arrived in Canada.


In 1957, the future Prime Minister Pearson asked Mr. Kent to help him in writing part of his Nobel Peace Prize address. It was the beginning of a close association, and Mr. Kent became involved in the policy development of the Liberal party. He was closely identified with the distinctive measures such as Medicare and the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan.


Mr. Kent has served as dean at Dalhousie University and was chair of the Royal Commission on Newspapers and the founding editor of Policy Options.


Mr. Kent's memoir of the 1954-71 period, A Public Purpose, was published in 1988 and was followed a year later by Getting Ready for 1999: Ideas for Canada's Politics and Government. He has continued to write on a wide range of public issues and has contributed to numerous books and journals. He is a fellow of the Queen's School of Policy Studies, a Lifetime Fellow of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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Kevin Lynch, LL.D 

Kevin Gordon Lynch is a Canadian economist, clerk of the Privy Council and secretary to the cabinet, Canada’s most senior civil servant.


Born in Nova Scotia, he received a degree in economics from Mount Allison University, a Master of Economics from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Economics from McMaster University in 1980.


Mr. Lynch began his career with the Bank of Canada as an economist in 1976. He soon joined the Department of Finance and rose quickly through the ranks, becoming a director in 1983 and an assistant deputy minister in 1988.


In 1992 he became associate deputy minister at Industry and deputy minister of that department in 1995. In 2000, he returned to finance, this time as deputy minister.


In 2004, Mr. Lynch moved from Ottawa to Washington, DC, to serve as executive director for the Canadian, Irish and Caribbean constituency at the International Monetary Fund.


In 2006, he became the 20th Clerk of the Privy Council.

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Marilyn McHarg, LL.D 

Marilyn McHarg's life journey, from young nurse in Toronto to a leader of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), one of the world's most respected medical humanitarian organizations, is rooted in an intimacy with the consequences of war and disease.


As General Director of MSF in Canada, Ms. McHarg oversees staff in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, and a $25-million budget. She is a member of the steering committee for the Geneva-based Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, the management team for Operational Centre Amsterdam, and the MSF working group for accountability toward its patients.


A McGill University Nursing graduate and a Queen's Life Sciences and Psychology undergraduate, Ms. McHarg and a group of friends founded MSF Canada in 1991. She worked as a nurse in Uganda, a medical coordinator in Sudan, and Head of Mission in Uganda and then Sudan. Ms. McHarg contributed to the organization's decision-making at headquarters, guiding field teams as Operational Manager and later as Director of Operations in Geneva.


The foundation of her rich career is her work as a registered nurse in Toronto at Women's College Hospital and Sunnybrook Medical Centre in the late 1980s. She holds certificates in Tropical Medicine, and Critical Care Nursing. Her work embodies a career dedicated to respecting human dignity, alleviating suffering and saving lives.

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R.T. (Phil) Nuytten, D.Sc

Phil Nuytten is an inventor, entrepreneur, explorer, president and founder of Nuytco Research Ltd. and Can-Dive Services Ltd. An internationally recognized pioneer in the diving industry, Nuytten has spent 40 years creating deepwater dive products that have opened the ocean's depths to exploration and industry.


Through his companies, Nuytco and Can-Dive, he developed internationally renowned technology to allow longer-length diving expeditions with increased safety. His deep-diving equipment, along with his military submarine rescue system, is standard in nearly a dozen of the world's navies.


He has worked in oilfields, submarine construction sites and sunken wrecks around the world, including the Breadalbane, the northern-most known shipwreck, where his record dives through icy Arctic waters earned him a place on the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1984.


Mr. Nuytten was one of the forces behind the Sustainable Seas Expeditions in the 1990s, a five-year initiative by the National Geographic Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study deep-ocean environmental impact.


More recently, Mr. Nuytten and his team finalized development of the "Prehensor," a prosthetic-like device that mimics the human hand giving the operator safety and rigidity along with the manual dexterity of a scuba diver's gloved hand. NASA has shown considerable interest in this technology.

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Albert Schultz, LL.D 

Albert Schultz is an award-winning actor, director, singer and producer. Born in Port Hope, Ontario, he studied theatre at York University and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


Early in his career, Mr. Schultz played several major roles, including Romeo, at the Stratford Festival. He has also played lead roles in television, including in CBC's Street Legaland Side Effects.


In 1998, he became the founding artistic director of the acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre Company. With Soulpepper, Mr. Schultz has produced more than 70 productions, while acting and directing. In 2005, his performance of Hamlet was hailed as "the performance of the year" by the Globe and Mail.


Under his leadership, Soulpepper launched its academy for the training of actors, designers, and playwrights, and in partnership with George Brown College, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto's Distillery District, of which he is the general director.


Mr. Schultz has received many awards, is a member of the Steering Committee for the Canadian Arts Summit and has a busy volunteer career. For his work on behalf of UNICEF, Mr. Schultz received the Queen's Jubilee Medal.

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Hassina Sherjan, LL.D

Hassina Sherjan serves as president, Aid Afghanistan for Education, and Boumi Co in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, she arrived in the U.S. with her family in 1980 to escape the Russian invasion.


In 2000, she received a degree in international development from American University.


Fifteen years later – after the passing of her father – she vowed to educate as many Afghans as possible. In 1999, after establishing education programs in the refugee camps in Peshawar, Ms. Sherjan went to Kabul to meet the Taliban and convince them to open the girls’ schools.


In spite of several failed discussions she established five underground classes for 250 students.


In 2002, Ms. Sherjan established three learning programs for 1,100 female students in Kabul who were deprived of education during the Taliban era. Within two years, these programs expanded to 2,300 students. By the end of last August, five additional accelerated learning programs for 1700 girl and boys in the Northern provinces were established.


She also established BOUMI, a home textile production company. BOUMI is meant to be an entrepreneurial approach to a social problem. Through their own initiative, women become strong and visible, and their tremendous economic and social contributions become recognized and respected, while families feel secure by having their own businesses. .

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Alexander McCall Smith, LL.D

Alexander McCall Smith is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agencyseries, set in Botswana, which has risen to the top of bestseller lists throughout the world. The fifth novel in the series, The Full Cupboard of Life, received the UK Saga Award for Wit. He is also the author of The Sunday Philosophy Club series. He has written more than 60 books, including specialist academic titles, short-story collections, and children's books.


Dr. Smith was born in Zimbabwe and was educated there and in Scotland. He became a law professor in Scotland, and was for many years Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. It was in this role as professor that he returned to Africa to work in Botswana, where he helped to set up a new law school at the university there.


Dr. Smith has also been a visiting professor at several universities, in Italy and the U.S. Now a professor emeritus, he retired several years ago to concentrate on his writing career.


Dr. Smith was the vice-chairman of the Human Genetics Commission of the UK, the chairman of the British Medical Journal Ethics committee, and a member of the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO.


In 2007 he was made a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List, for services to literature.

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Daniel Soberman, D.Sc 

Daniel Soberman has been an outstanding contributor to Canadian society and to Queen's, having taught in the Faculty of Law from its opening in 1957 until 1999. His academic work has spanned both private law (contracts and business law) and public and constitutional law (especially in the area of federalism).


Professor Soberman received a BA and LL.B from Dalhousie and an LL.M (1955) from Harvard.


From 1968 to 1977, during his two terms as Dean at Queen's, he skilfully steered the Faculty of Law through its greatest period of professional recruitment and curriculum development.


In 1993 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, followed by the Queen's Law Alumni Award and the Canadian Association of University Teachers Milner Award in 1997.


Professor Soberman's work has also had a major impact on academia in Canada.


In 1965 he wrote an influential report on the status of tenure in Canadian universities, and he has influenced Ontario and Canadian public policy.


During the past 30 years he has been Chair of many Boards of Inquiry for the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a member of the Ontario Law Reform Commission, Deputy Chair of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario, and a member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.


One of his enduring legacies to national policy was his work heading an inquiry in the 1990s on behalf of the Canadian Human Rights Commission into the relocation of Inuit families to the high Arctic in the 1950s.

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Bert Wasmund, D.Sc

Bert Wasmund has a distinguished 40-year career spanning excellence in technical innovation, engineering of major metallurgical projects worldwide, top management in a global engineering company, and contributions to Canadian universities.


Through inventing and implementing new technology to reduce the environmental impact of mining and metallurgy, Dr. Wasmund enabled sustainable development of this important industry.


He is a recognized world leader in metallurgical and chemical process development and engineering implementation, with a particular focus on energy efficiency and environmental protection.


Dr. Wasmund is the recipient of numerous patents and awards for novel designs of smelting furnaces and fluidized-bed reactors that greatly improved productivity and efficiency in the metals industry worldwide.


He has held progressive positions of technical and business leadership at Hatch Ltd, during an exciting period of globalization and unprecedented growth of the company.


He has a lifelong commitment to mentorship and the development of young people, including significant endowments and service to Queen's and the University of Toronto.


Dr. Wasmund's current thrust is the development of technologies for the sustainable production and utilization of energy from our renewable resources. He has supported this interest with permanent endowments for three postgraduate energy students annually along with 12 Queen's undergraduate students drawn from his ancestral roots in North Hastings and Renfrew counties.

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W. Galen Weston, LL.D

Galen Weston is Chairman and President of George Weston Limited, a company founded by his grandfather, George Weston, in 1882 that now processes and distributes food products throughout North America.


Mr. Weston is also President of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (Canada), a family foundation that for four decades has made charitable grants in Canada for the benefit of Canadians, and which now directs the majority of its funds to organizations in the fields of education and conservation.


Mr. Weston is also the Chairman of Holt Renfrew (Canada), Selfridges (UK) and Brown Thomas (Ireland), as well as Vice-Chairman of Fortnum & Mason (UK).


He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and a Commander in the Order of St. John.


He holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.


He is Past Chairman of the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific (Canada), a member of the International Advisory Council of Columbia University and an Honorary Trustee of The Upper Canada College Foundation.

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Hilary M. Weston, LL.D

 The Hon. Hilary M. Weston was born in Dublin in 1942. In 1966, she married Galen Weston and moved to Toronto in 1972.


Prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in 1997, Mrs. Weston spent more than two decades working in business and in the fashion industry. As Deputy Chairman of Holt Renfrew, she proudly promoted Canadian design and craftsmanship.


During that same period, she served as Director of Brown Thomas (Ireland), co-founded Torwest (USA) and served as Vice-Chairman and Design Director of the Windsor Club in Florida.


In 1979, Mrs. Weston founded the Ireland Fund of Canada and was Founding Chair of the Mabin School in Toronto. She also co-founded and chaired the Canadian Environment Educational Foundation, and established the Winter Garden Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.


Mrs. Weston explored her longstanding interest in homes and gardens as co-author of two best-selling books, In a Canadian Garden and At Home in Canada.


Mrs. Weston was the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 1997 to 2002. She has spearheaded the most successful fundraising campaign in Canadian cultural history, which raised more than $250 million for the Royal Ontario Museum.


She is patron of several organizations dealing with social issues, such as the Hospice Association of Ontario, the Landmine Survivors Network, the Ontario March of Dimes and Yonge Street Mission.


Mrs. Weston served as the first Chancellor of the Order of Ontario and received the honour in 2001. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003. She was invested as Dame of Justice in the Venerable Order of St. John in 1997 and received the Queen's 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal.


She is a member of the International Advisory Board of Sotheby's, a Trustee of Angel's Quest in Dublin, and a Trustee of the Foundation of the College of St. George, Windsor Castle, while also devoting a significant proportion of her time, as well as her business and fashion expertise, to Selfridges, the London department store of which she is a director.


Mrs. Weston has received many awards and nine post-secondary institutions have recognized her with honorary degrees.

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