Western to confer honorary degrees on Blair, Gotlieb and Trudeau

Respected British barrister and former first lady Cherie Blair, Canada’s long-serving ambassador to the United States Allan Gotlieb and mental health disease advocate Margaret Trudeau are among those set to receive Western’s highest honour.

The ceremonies will take place on the following days:

Cherie Blair 
Tuesday, June 11, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Cherie Blair is a leading lawyer, committed campaigner for women’s rights and wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. She is a founding member of Matrix Chambers and Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP, a legal strategy consultancy with expertise in law, governance and economics. In 2008, she established the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to promote women’s economic development and she remains closely involved with charities with a special emphasis on women and children. Blair was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List for services to women’s issues and to charity in the UK and Overseas.

Margo Ritchie
Tuesday, June 11, 3 p.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
The Congregational Leader of the Sisters of St. Joseph London for the past five years, Sister Margo Ritchie also served as President of the Canadian Federation from 2009 to 2011. The Western alumna and London native has worked as a teacher; lived in a transition home for women and facilitated retreats for groups and individuals in need during her life of service. An ardent environmentalist, Sister Margo was instrumental in the CSJ London’s 2007 move to a new home, which was the first LEED ® Gold Certified building in the Forest City.

Allan E. Gotlieb

Wednesday, June 12, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
A former Canadian ambassador to the United States, Allan Gotlieb’s international law and diplomacy experience has been honed over the past 50 years through his legal and public service careers. Currently serving as Senior Business Advisor at Bennett Jones law firm in Toronto, Gotlieb is also the chair of the Canadian Group and North American deputy chair of the Trilateral Commission, a non-government policy discussion group. Gotlieb has written five books and countless articles on diplomacy, political science and international law.  

Robert R. Janes 
Wednesday, June 12, 3 p.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
One of Canada’s leading museologists, Robert Janes is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester (UK), an Adjunct Professor of Archaeology at the University of Calgary, Canada, and the former President and CEO of the Glenbow Museum. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, an NGO committed to the ecological integrity of the mountain region where he lives.

Dr. Peeyush Lala 
Thursday, June 13, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D.Sc.)
Professor Emeritus and Past Chair of Western’s Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Professor, Department of Oncology, Dr. Peeyush Lala pioneered research which bridged two disciplines in biomedical research: reproduction and cancer. Having developed novel therapy for advance melanomas and kidney cancers, his research goals include preventing certain fetal-maternal maladies and developing new modes of breast cancer therapy. Having contributed 199 peer?reviewed publications, the award winning researcher had an international symposium at Queen’s University held in his honour in 2001.   

Arto Salomaa 
Thursday, June 13, 3 p.m.
Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D.Sc.)
Arto Salomaa is one of the world’s most influential computer scientists and a founder of formal language and automata theory, the core of theoretical computer science. His book “Formal Languages,” published in 1973, is one of the most cited texts in the history of mathematics and was declared a classic by the Association for Computing Machinery. In the 1960s, Salomaa visited Western for two years and was instrumental in the birth of its Department of Computer Science, the first in Canada. 

Bob McDonald 
Friday, June 14, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
The host of CBC Radio’s award winning weekly program Quirks & Quarks, Bob McDonald is arguably Canada’s most famous science journalist. Also serving as a science commentator for CBC News Network and CBC TV’s The National, McDonald has been recognized for his life-time contributions to the public awareness of science numerous times, winning NSERC’s Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion, The Royal Canadian Institute’s Sandford Fleming Medal and the Royal Society of Canada’s McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science. McDonald was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012.  

Indira V. Samarasekera 

Friday, June 14, 3 p.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Indira V. Samarasekera is the 12th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Alberta, one of Canada’s most respected research-intensive universities. Internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading metallurgical engineers for her ground-breaking work on process engineering of materials, Samarasekera has also devoted her career to advancing innovation in higher education and the private sector, providing national and international leadership through invited lectures and participation on numerous boards and councils. Samarasekera was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002.  

Richard W. Ivey 
Monday, June 17, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
A successful businessman, dynamic volunteer and dedicated philanthropist, Richard W. Ivey is a graduate of the Ivey Business School and an active volunteer on its behalf.  Ivey also holds or has held leadership roles on the boards of The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, MaRS, the Toronto Community Foundation, the Ivey Foundation and the University Health Network.  He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in February 2006.

Emma Donoghue 
Monday, June 17, 3 p.m.
Doctor of Letters, honoris causa (D.Litt.)
A distinguished novelist, playwright and literary historian, Emma Donoghue is best known for her works of fiction, including the international best seller “Room,” which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010. She is a writer of extraordinary talent and insight, highly regarded for incorporating rigorous historical and psychological research into her art. Donoghue’s books have been translated into more than 40 languages.  

Edmund Clark 
Tuesday, June 18, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Under his leadership, Ed Clark has helped transform TD into the sixth largest bank in North America by branches, serving approximately 22 million customers. Clark has earned a number of distinctions including Egale’s Leadership Award in support of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) communities, and the inaugural Catalyst Canada Honour, awarded to individuals who have made a critical difference to women’s advancement. Named the Ivey Business Leader of the Year in 2011, Clark was also named to Barron’s annual list of the world’s 30 best CEOs in 2012 and 2013.

Silken Laumann
Tuesday, June 18, 3 p.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
A multiple Olympic medal winner, Silken Laumann has devoted her time and energy since retiring from competitive rowing to helping children stay physically fit. The Founder of The Silken Laumann Active Kids Movement and closely involved with Right to Play International, she is arguably one of Western’s most well?known and accomplished athletes. Her inspirational bronze medal win at the 1992 Olympics – despite a severe leg injury incurred just 10 weeks prior – set the standard for exceptional sportsmanship.  

Chantal Hébert 
Wednesday, June 19, 10 a.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Chantal Hébert, Toronto Star national affairs writer and political columnist, started her award-winning career in politics at Queen’s Park in the late seventies covering the minority governments of Progressive Conservative premier William Davis. A regular member of the CBC’s At Issue panel, broadcast weekly on The National, she has also reported in French and in English on Canada’s constitutional and referendum wars, the 1988 free-trade debate, as well as the more recent rebirth of the Conservative movement.  

Margaret Trudeau 
Wednesday, June 19, 3 p.m.
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)
Margaret Trudeau has long been a champion and advocate for people suffering from mental health disease. She has openly and honestly shared her personal story and served as an inspiration for others afflicted with mental health issues. She has authored three books, including “Changing My Mind,” which topped the national best seller charts. Trudeau advocates strongly on mental health issues, helping people overcome the stigma of mental illness.