Pearson, Mercer Among Western Honorees

The head of the London Food Bank and a popular news satirist are among fourteen people who will receive honorary degrees when Western University hosts its 303rd Convocation this June.

Recipients will also delivery convocation addresses.

Glen Pearson will be given an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree on Wednesday, June 18 at 3pm. Pearson is a retired professional firefighter and former MP from London North Centre.  He and his wife Jane Roy founded and co-executive direct the London Food Bank.

Rick Mercer will also be given a Doctor of Laws degree on Friday, June 13, 10am.

Mercer is co-creator of Canada’s most-watched TV comedy, The Rick Mercer Report. Along with Belinda Stronach, in 2006 Mercer co-founded the charity Spread the Net, which raises funds to stop the spread of malaria by providing mosquito nets for African children.

Other recipients include:

Shawn Atleo, Tuesday, June 10, 10am. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

As National Chief, Shawn Atleo has set an ambitious and comprehensive agenda for the Assembly of First Nations. A hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation, Atleo has been a negotiator, facilitator, mediator, educator, strategic planner and community activist over the past 20 years, working tirelessly for the rights and freedoms of First Nations.

Sheila Fraser, Tuesday, June 10, 3pm. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Sheila Fraser served as Auditor General of Canada from 2001-2011, the first woman to hold this position. During her term, Fraser issued several highly-publicized reports, including the 2003 sponsorship program audit. Before her political posting, Fraser enjoyed a successful career with Ernst & Young, where she became a partner in 1981.

Sylvia Chrominska, Wednesday, June 11, 10am. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Sylvia Chrominska is an inspirational business leader who, as Group Head, Global Human Resources & Communications at Scotiabank, has been instrumental in advancing women, leadership, diversity and inclusiveness in Canada. A dedicated Western alumna, Chrominska has served as a member of Ivey’s Advisory Board and as Vice‐Chair of Ivey’s Campaign for Leadership.

Francis Zwiers’ Wednesday, June 11, 3pm. Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D. Sc.)

An internationally recognized leader in climate research, Francis Zwiers’ work has greatly advanced our understanding of climate change. He has served as the Director of the Climate Research Division of Environment Canada and currently leads the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria. He also serves on the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Robert Langer, Thursday, June 12, 10am. Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D. Sc.)

With approximately 1,050 issued and/or pending patents worldwide, Robert Langer is considered one of the most important biotechnology engineers in the world. The David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, Langer has received more than 200 major international awards, including the Lemelson-MIT Prize, which is dubbed the Oscar for inventors, and the United States National Medal of Science.

Sir David King, Thursday, June 12, 3pm. Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D. Sc.)

Sir David King has enjoyed a landmark career in the field of surface science. He served as the 1920 Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge before joining Her Majesty’s Government as Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government Office for Science from 2000-2007. He now serves as the Climate Change Envoy in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Lord Julian Hunt, Friday, June 13, 3pm. Doctor of Science, honoris causa (D. Sc.)

Throughout his academic career studying climate change, Lord Julian Hunt has developed new approaches to modelling turbulence, atmospheric flows and the dispersion of environmental pollution. Professor Emeritus of Climate Modelling in the Department of Earth Sciences and Honorary Professor of Mathematics at University College London, Hunt is currently a Project Advisor for the Global System Dynamics and Policies Project.

Madam Justice Elaine Adair, Monday, June 16, 10am. Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa (D.C.L.)

An alumna of Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, Madam Justice Elaine Adair currently serves on the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Prior to her appointment, Madam Justice Adair practiced law in Vancouver for more than 25 years as a partner with McCarthy Tétrault LLP and Clark Wilson LLP.

Stacey Allaster, Monday, June 16, 3pm. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Sports,” Stacey Allaster has held virtually every position imaginable in the world of tennis. Currently serving as the Chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Allaster holds a BA in Economics and Physical Education from Western and an MBA from the Ivey Business School.

Glenn Stevens, Tuesday, June 17, 10am. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Consistently named among the most powerful people in Australia, Glenn Stevens has been Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia since 2006. The Western alumnus is also Chairman of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and a Director of The Anika Foundation, launched in 2005 to raise funds for the purposes of supporting research into adolescent depression and suicide.

Bob Barney, Tuesday, June 17, 3pm. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Bob Barney is the founder of the world’s first and the only current independent research facility studying the Olympic Games, Western’s International Centre for Olympic Studies. A distinguished professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences and an award-winning author, Barney arrived at Western in 1972 as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (1972-1979).

Dr. Catherine Zahn, Wednesday, June 18, 10am. Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LL.D.)

Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), is steering mental health into the mainstream of healthcare and into the public spotlight. Zahn is internationally recognized for scholarship in healthcare quality improvement and neurologic education and has led system change in the fields of technology assessment, chronic disease management and her specialty, epilepsy.