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2019 Honorary Degree Recipients

Perry James Bellegarde, LLD

Perry Bellegarde was re-elected for a second term as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2018. Originally from Little Black Bear First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory, he has spent the past thirty years putting into practice his strong beliefs in the laws and traditions instilled in him by many Chiefs and Elders. Perry has served in several elected leadership positions in First Nations governments. In 2018, the Province of Saskatchewan recognized Perry with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, one of several recognitions.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde remains committed to building on the momentum created since his election in 2014. His national platform and agenda remain a top priority and have directly influenced the federal government’s planning and priorities to date.


John Joseph Borrows, LLD

John Borrows B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Hons., Dalhousie, York & Law Society of Ontario) F.R.S.C., is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia. His publications include: Recovering Canada The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002); Canada’s Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award, 2011); Drawing Out Law: A Spirit’s Guide (2010); Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism (Donald Smiley Award for the best book in Canadian Political Science, 2016); The Right Relationship (with Michael Coyle, ed.); Resurgence and Reconciliation (with Michael Asch, Jim Tully, eds.); Law’s Indigenous Ethics (forthcoming); all from the University of Toronto Press. He is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences, and the 2019 Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. John is Anishinaabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.


George A. Cope, LLD

Mr. Cope leads Canada’s largest communications company with a strategy of unparalleled investment and innovation in broadband networks and Wireless, TV, Internet and media growth services. Focused on leading growth in Canadian broadband and delivering sustainable value to shareholders, Bell’s goal is to be recognized by customers as Canada’s leading communications company.

A 2018 Canadian Business Hall of Fame inductee and Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year in 2015, Mr. Cope has earned a reputation as a strategic leader in Canadian communications and as a builder of high performance teams in public-company chief executive roles over the past 30 years. Appointed President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada in July 2008, Mr. Cope also led the launch of the Bell Let’s Talk initiative, the largest-ever corporate commitment to Canadian mental health, and now one of the country’s most prominent community investment campaigns.

A graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University (HBA ’84), Mr. Cope was named Ivey Business Leader of the Year in 2013 and serves on the school’s advisory board. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by his alma mater, the University of Windsor and Trent University, was Chair of United Way Toronto’s record-breaking 2013 campaign, and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on Bell Let’s Talk. Mr. Cope was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2014.
Mr. Cope serves as a Director of the Bank of Montreal and as a Director of Brain Canada. 


Terence Dickinson, DSc

Terence Dickinson was born in Toronto in 1943 and became interested in astronomy at age 5 when he saw a brilliant meteor one evening from the front lawn of the family home. In grade 3, he discovered a book about the stars in the school library. He took the book home and read it cover to cover. A few weeks later, his mother received a phone call from his teacher asking when he was going to return his overdue library book.

Dickinson is a prolific science writer specializing in astronomy. More than one million copies of his 15 astronomy books are in print in several languages. His book NightWatch is widely regarded as the essential guidebook for beginning stargazers, and Hubble’s Universe is promoted at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., as recommended reading for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Because of Dickinson’s ability to simplify astronomical concepts and explain the universe in easily understood terms, hundreds of thousands of would-be stargazers and naturalists have found a new appreciation for the wonders of the universe. As an accomplished astrophotographer, his photographs have appeared in publications as wide-ranging as Australian Geographic and Reader’s Digest, and in 2000, the U.S. Postal Service featured one of his photographs of the Moon on a stamp.

Dickinson’s professional career began in 1968 when he became a staff astronomer and teacher at the McLaughlin Planetarium of the Royal Ontario Museum. In 1970, he became assistant director of the planetarium in Rochester, New York. By 1974, he was recruited to move to Wisconsin to become editor of Astronomy magazine, now the largest magazine on the subject in the world. He returned to Canada in 1976 to the then-new Ontario Science Centre, in Toronto. The following year, he moved to eastern Ontario and became a full-time astronomy writer and editor. Around this same time, he began a series of CBC radio interviews with host David Suzuki that continued periodically into the 1990s. In 1994, he became editor of SkyNews, Canada’s national astronomy magazine. When the Discovery Channel began broadcasting in Canada in 1995, he reported on significant astronomical events for over a decade.

Among his numerous awards are the New York Academy of Science’s Children’s Book of the Year, the Royal Canadian Institute’s Sandford Fleming Medal and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Klumpke-Roberts Award. In 1995, he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to public understanding of astronomy.


Ann Dowsett Johnston, LLD

Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named by the Washington Post as one of the top 10 books of 2013. Part memoir, part journalistic exploration of the closing gender gap on risky drinking, the book explores the “pinking” of the alcohol industry. Dowsett Johnston has been honoured for her work on Drink; she is the recipient of a Transforming Lives Award from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the American Research Society on Addiction’s Media Award, plus the T. A. Sweet Award from the Ontario Psychiatric Association for helping address stigma related to mental health and addiction.

Winner of seven National Magazine awards, Dowsett Johnston spent the lion’s share of her journalistic career at Maclean’s magazine, where she is best known as the chief architect of the university rankings. Founding editor of the Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities, Dowsett Johnston oversaw all educational coverage at the magazine for 14 years. During that time, she developed a prominent voice as an advocate for higher education, speaking both nationally and internationally.

Dowsett Johnston started her journalism career straight out of Queen’s University, beginning as a researcher at Maclean’s as the magazine went weekly. Over almost three decades, she held a wide variety of roles at Maclean’s, including that of columnist and editor of the magazine’s first book. She is the recipient of both a Southam Journalism Fellowship and the prestigious Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy. For the latter, she wrote a 14-part series in the Toronto Star on women and alcohol.

Dowsett Johnston has also held the position of Vice-Principal of McGill University, overseeing development, alumni and university relations.

Last year, Dowsett Johnston decided to switch career paths and went back to school. She is currently enrolled at Smith College where she is working on her Master’s in Social Work. She lives in Toronto and is the mother of Queen’s graduate Nicholas Johnston, who lives in Los Angeles.


Sir Richard John Evans, LLD

Sir Richard John Evans was born in 1947 in London E17 to Welsh parents. He was educated at Jesus and St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate in 1973.

He has been Professor of European History at the University of East Anglia, Scotland, and subsequently Professor of History, Vice-Master and Acting Master at Birkbeck, London University’s college for adult, part-time students. In 1998 he became Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. He was appointed Regius Professor of History in 2008, retiring in 2014. From 2010 to 2017 he was President of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is currently Provost of Gresham College in the City of London, which has been offering free lectures for the general public since 1597.

He is Deputy Chair of the Spoliation Advisory Panel, a non-departmental public body advising the UK government on claims for the return of cultural objects looted during the Nazi era. In 2000 he was principal expert witness for the defence in the defamation action brought by the Holocaust denier David Irving against the American historian Deborah Lipstadt over allegations of historical falsification in his work, an action which she won. The trial was subsequently portrayed in a Hollywood motion picture, Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall.

Richard J Evans is the author of more than twenty books, including Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years 1830-1910 (1987), winner of the Wolfson History Prize, and Rituals of Retribution: Capital Punishment in Germany 1532-1987 (1996). His three-volume history of Nazi Germany (The Coming of the Third Reich, The Third Reich in Power, and The Third Reich at War) has been translated into fifteen languages. He has published a number of influential works of historical theory and method, including In Defence of History (1997) and Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History (2015). His most recent publications are The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 (2016), a volume in the Penguin History of Europe, and Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History (2019). From 2013 to 2019 he led a multi-disciplinary research project on conspiracy theories and democracy; his book The Hitler Conspiracies will be published by Penguin in 2020.

Richard Evans is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and holds honorary degrees from the universities of London and Oxford. In 2012 he was knighted by the Queen for services to scholarship.


Margaret Murphy, DSc

Following the death of her son as a result of medical error, Margaret Murphy has been actively involved as a patient safety advocate. Margaret is the External Lead Advisor of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Patients for Patient Safety (a network of 400 patient safety champions from 52 countries with 19 collaborating organizations).

The focus of her work relates to seeing adverse events as having the potential to be catalysts for change as well as being opportunities for learning, identifying areas for improvement and preventing recurrence.

She promotes this viewpoint at local, national and international levels as an invited presenter to conferences, hospital staffs and students. Her area of particular interest is education as a vehicle to achieve sustainable culture change. Viewed as a resource for including the patient perspective in a variety of initiatives and a range of fora, Margaret has been invited to partner and collaborate in the areas of policy-making, standard-setting, regulation, education and research. Designated as one of seventy International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) Experts in 2012, Murphy has been a sought-after speaker to conferences and lectures in Ireland and internationally, including the Global Health Policy Summit at Doha.

Margaret Murphy is a member of Ireland’s Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance; a member of the Health Services Executive (HSE) National Risk Committee; the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) working group; a lay member of the Irish Medical Council, member of the Board of Directors of the South/South-West Hospital Group; as well as a member of the HSE’s Executive Risk Committee.


Shelagh Rogers, LLD

Shelagh Rogers, OC, is a Canadian broadcast journalist based in British Columbia. She is the host and producer of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter, a program devoted to writing in Canada, and the 11th Chancellor of the University of Victoria.
Ms. Rogers began in broadcasting at CFRC, the campus radio station of Queen’s University, where she earned a BA in Art History, in 1977. In 1980, Shelagh was quickly picked up by CBC Radio, where she worked on a variety of CBC shows including The Arts Tonight, Basic Black, and Morningside alongside Canadian legend Peter Gzowski.

In 2011, Ms. Rogers was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for promoting Canadian culture and for her advocacy work in the fields of mental health, adult literacy, and reconciliation. She was inducted as an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in June 2011, and continues to champion reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. She is the co-editor of Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School (2012), Reconciliation and the Way Forward (2014) and Speaking My Truth: A Journey to Reconciliation (2018).

Ms. Rogers is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Margaret Trudeau Award for Mental Health Advocacy, the ACTRA Award for Best Host / Interviewer, the John Drainie Award for contributions to broadcasting in Canada, and a multiple Bronze Radio Winner at the New York Festivals Best Radio Programs Awards; recipient of the Queen’s University Alumni Humanitarian Award, the Transforming Lives Award from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, as well as honorary degrees from Western, Mount Allison, Memorial, Nipissing, Vancouver Island, and Carleton Universities.



Fiona Amaryllis Sampson, LLD

Fiona Sampson is a human rights lawyer with a PhD in women’s equality law who has dedicated her 20+ year career to seeking justice for society’s disadvantaged: disabled persons, refugees, Indigenous persons, and victims of violence. She founded the equality effect, an NGO that uses international human rights law to make girls/women’s rights real; a main area of focus for the equality effect is the protection of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa from rape. As its CEO, she led her team to the landmark 160 Girls High Court victory in Kenya. Fiona has been called one of the world’s “women revolutionaries” alongside notables that include Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton, and Isobel Coleman. As one of the last thalidomide victims born in Canada, Fiona has an affinity with other disadvantaged persons that inspires her human rights work.

In addition to her full-time role with the equality effect, Fiona recently completed a 7-year term as a Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. An experienced litigation lawyer, she has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada representing various women’s NGOs in equality rights cases. Fiona has published widely relating to women’s and girls’ equality. Fiona has received many awards and much recognition for her human rights work. Fiona has been appointed an Ashoka Fellow, awarded the 2014 Distinction in International Affairs Award by the New York State Bar Association, named a YWCA 2015 “Woman of Distinction”, named one of Canada’s Top 25 Lawyers (Top 5 on the “World Stage”), awarded the Law Society of Ontario 2018 Human Rights Award, and named one of 50 “Global Heroes” working to end violence against children, along with Queen Noor of Jordan and Hillary Clinton, amongst others. In 2015 Fiona was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honour a Canadian civilian can be awarded. “Persistent” is the adjective most commonly used to describe Fiona (or at least the adjective she most prefers!).


Calvin Murray Sinclair, LLD

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second. He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He also oversaw an active multimillion-dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada, the United States and internationally, including the Cambridge Lectures for members of the Judiciary of various Commonwealth Courts, in England.

He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (1994) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2017) from Indspire, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016). He most recently received the President’s Award from the Canadian Bar Association (2018), the SSHRC Impact Award (2019) and will be the 2019 recipient of the Symons Medal.

Senator Sinclair has received Honorary Doctorates from a dozen Canadian universities. He was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

While in the Senate, he has served on the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, as well as the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. He is currently a member of the Senate Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senator’s Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Rules, Procedures and Rights of Parliament.


Gerald Dudley Sutton, LLD

Gerald Dudley Sutton was born in Uckfield, Sussex, England in 1925 and attended grammar school on a scholarship in the historic county town of Lewes. He watched the Battle of Britain being fought overhead in 1940. In 1941, despite the danger of U-Boat attacks, his mother brought him to Canada to join his father in Chatham, Ontario.

At age 16 he joined the Bank of Montreal, and was given leave to enlist in the RCAF in 1943, at the age of 17. He was commissioned as a pilot. Following his service he enrolled in the Commerce program at Queen’s where, in his final year, he met Margaret. They had strong mutual attraction, and five days later, he proposed and she accepted. Both graduated in May 1948 and were married that evening in the Queen’s chapel by Padre Laverty with the whole of Commerce’48 in attendance, adjourning afterwards to the graduation dance in Grant Hall. Later, in 1948, he enrolled in a Master of Commerce program, an innovation at the time, and graduated in 1949.

Moved to Head Office by the Bank of Montreal, he became Assistant Economic Adviser, but left in 1958 to be Director of Research at Nesbitt, Thompson and Company Limited (now BMO Nesbitt Burns). While there he organized, in 1961, Canada’s first venture capital company, Canadian Enterprise Development Corporation Limited, with the participation of the highly successful and innovative American Research and Development Corporation, led by Professor Doriot of the Harvard Business School, and investment by some 22 Canadian insurance companies, banks, investment dealers and other companies.

He was appointed General Manager in 1964 and subsequently President of CED. Other venture capital firms were created and Gerry saw the need to have an association that could do things collectively better than individually and in 1974 he organized the Association of Venture Capital Companies and was elected its first President. After CED, he joined a private company of investors in Calgary to pursue venture capital in the oil patch.

Throughout his career in business he was also a pioneer in organizing and supporting not for profit organizations to improve the lot of developmentally handicapped people, including six years as a director, and two as President, of OASIS - Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs – and two terms as President of Community Living Oakville, where he lives. In 2003, he formed a foundation to support agencies throughout Ontario.

In 2006, he received an Ontario Senior Achievement Award, recognizing his commitment to his community after age 65.  Mr. Sutton and Margaret are also enthusiastic supporters of Queen’s and have established a number of bursaries, awards and scholarships. Two rooms in Goodes Hall bear their names.

The Suttons have four children, eight grandchildren and seven great grands. His older brother, with whom he had a close relationship, was a Royal Marine killed in the Sicily Landing in 1943.


Deborah Anne Turnbull, DSc

Deborah Turnbull is a single adoptive mother of twins from Cambodia, business woman, university instructor, community leader, international development expert, mentor, career counselor, philanthropist, and friend. Ms. Turnbull is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the University of Calgary, is a Certified International Trade Professional, has a Master’s Degree in Oceanography from McGill and an undergraduate degree in Biology (Honours) from Queen’s (Arts ’75). While at Queen’s, she swam for the Queen’s Swim Team and was on Queen’s first women’s water polo team. As a student, she worked as a part-time librarian at the Queen’s Biology Library and worked as a research assistant to the late Dr. Allan Keast during the summers of 1974 and 1975 at the Queen’s Biology Station. After graduation, she was a member of the Queen’s University Council (1990-2002) and has organized events for her graduation class, as well as financially supporting Queen’s. Following in her footsteps (as she was the first in her family to go to Queen’s), her siblings (Greg, Arts ’76; Tim, Arts ’79; Ruth, Arts ’82), nephews (Tyler, Arts ’06; Matthew, Arts ’11), and son (George, Arts’16),as well as many of her cousins, have gone to Queen’s. For her more than 40 years of distinguished voluntary and professional service, she was the recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Alumni Toronto Branch Award.

Ms. Turnbull had a career in international development. She worked with the International Development Research Centre (Information Officer), Agrodev Canada (Vice President and General Manager, and then President), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) (Vice President, International Trade) and taught international development studies courses at the University of Toronto. During her career, Ms. Turnbull managed and implemented more than 200 projects in Canada and in more than 60 developing countries and countries-in-transition funded by the International Financial Institutes, the Canadian Government, as well as many other public and private agencies.

Always wanting to give back to her community, she is, or has, been on the board or chaired many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including: Aquaculture Association of Canada (founding member); Canadian Council on Africa (founding member); Canadian and African Business Women’s Alliance (founder) (a NGO she established in 2000 based on the identified needs of African business women); Stone Soup Network; Fiera Capital Foundation; Canadian Exporters’ Association; Humber Valley United Church; among many others. She also was a volunteer at the 2015 Pan Am Games and chaired school reunions at her primary, middle and high schools. In addition, she has, and continues to, financially support such organizations as: Queen’s University; the Trillium Hospital Foundation; the Yonge Street Mission; Out of the Cold; the the Canadian Red Cross; the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada; the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation; and Sleeping Children Around the World.


Daniel Robert Woolf, LLD

Daniel Woolf was born in London, England and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a Professor of History at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He recently stepped down after ten years (2009-19) as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s. A graduate of Queen’s University (BA Hons, 1980) and Oxford University (DPhil, 1983), he is a specialist in early modern British intellectual and cultural history, and in the global history of historical writing. He is the author of five books, most recently A Concise History of History (Cambridge University Press, 2019); a previous book, The Social Circulation of the Past: English Historical Culture c.1500-1730 (Oxford University Press, 2003) was awarded the John Ben Snow Prize by the North American Conference on British Studies in 2004 for the best book on British History pre-1800.

The editor, or co-editor of several other books, and the author of many academic articles, his previous administrative and academic appointments took him first back to Queen’s (SSHRRC postdoctoral fellow in history, 1984-86), then to Bishop’s University (Assistant Professor, 1986-87), Dalhousie University (1987-99; promoted to full professor in 1994), McMaster University (1999-2002 as Professor of History and Dean of Humanities), and the University of Alberta (2002-2009 as Professor of History and Dean of Arts). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Canada, the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the Royal Historical Society (Great Britain), on which last-mentioned body he served as a member of the RSC Council and executive committees for several years.

The current or past supervisor of many Master’s and Doctoral students, several of whom occupy faculty positions at North American and Asian universities, he is the father of three adult children. As Principal of Queen’s, Dr Woolf led the largest fund-raising campaign in the university’s history, initiated significant reforms to university governance and financial administration, improved town-gown relations, oversaw several major capital projects, and worked to make the university a national leader in student mental health. Dr. Woolf and his wife, Julie Gordon-Woolf, live in Yarker, Ontario, with their two cats.