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Posted Wed, 04/28/2010 - 15:11 in Dalhousie-related

Dalhousie announces 2010 honorary degree recipients

Dalhousie University has announced that eight distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees at convocation ceremonies to be held May 25 to June 2. 

Key Points:

  • Convocation ceremonies will be held at Dalhousie university May 25-June 2; ceremonies will take place in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre where approximately 2800 students will graduate. Full convocation schedule is linked below.

  • This year's convocation ceremonies will see the first graduating class of informatics students, in the faculty of computer science. Already, almost every one of these grads has found employment.

  • This year's honorary grads include:   

    - Budge Wilson, children's author with 33 books published in 27 countries in 14 languages, as well as in Braille and as audio books, and a member of the Order of Canada.

    - Sir John Houghton, one of the first scientists to alert us to the environmental threat posed by climate change, he co-founded the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and oversaw its first three reports on global warming. This work formed the foundation for the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil and the Kyoto Accord. In 2007, his work earned him a shared Nobel Prize.

    - Murray Koffler, the man behind the hugely successful Shoppers Drug Mart chain. He revolutionized the retail drug industry by introducing self-serve shopping and introduced store associates to the industry. He was also the driving force behind the creation of the Council on Drug Abuse and founded the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

    - Nancy Gosling, president and CEO of Gosling Brothers Ltd. In Bermuda.

    - Randolph Hester, Jr., a professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning at the University of California, Berkeley, the first to apply social research in the design of urban landscapes and author of 2006’s Design for Ecological Democracy.

    - Richard Currie, former president of Loblaw's Ltd., former president of George Weston Ltd. And former chairman of Bell Canada Enterprises. Named by the Globe and Mail as one of “Canada’s Ten Greatest Chief Executives of All-Time.”

    - The Hon. Justice Thomas Cromwell, the first Dalhousie law professor to be named to the Supreme Court of Canada (in 2008).

    - Sir Paul Nurse, a geneticist who shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Tim Hunt and Leland Hartwell for discoveries about the way cells work. He was knighted in 1999 and in 2002 awarded France’s Légion d’Honneur. The former head of Cancer Research U.K, he now serves as the president of Rockefeller University in New York City.

Pull Quotes:

  • "We are thrilled to be honouring this group of incredibly distinguished individuals. These eight visionaries embody the spirit of excellence at Dalhousie and we're proud to be sharing this convocation experience with them." - Dalhousie President Dr. Tom Traves
  • "We wish the class of 2010 a rewarding journey and hope they carry the spirit of Dalhousie in their hearts." - Dalhousie President Dr. Tom Traves


Sir John Houghton

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Richard Currie

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Nancy Gosling

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Budge Wilson

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