Friday, May 27, 2016

Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin to receive Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada
Roy Grogan photo, Supreme Court of Canada Collection

Christian Davis - The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin is one of six distinguished Canadians who will receive an Honorary Doctorate on May 31 at Laurentian University's Spring 2016 Convocation ceremonies in Sudbury. McLachlin (nee Gietz) was born in Pincher Creek in 1943 and spent her formative years here.  Bev McLachlin Drive was renamed in her honour. She is the 17th and current Chief Justice of Canada, and in that role also chairs the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute. McLachlin is also the longest serving Chief Justice in Canadian history, appointed to the position January 7, 2000, and is the first woman to hold the position. Her judicial career began in April 1981 when she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. She's been awarded with over 31 Honorary Degrees from various universities.

The other Honorary Doctorate recipients include workplace safety champion Mark Cutifani, Suzanne Tessier (who in 1979 was the first woman to graduate from Laurentian University’s School of Engineering), Globe and Mail public health journalist André Picard, early learning expert Dr. Charles E Pascal, and social activist Joseph Roberts.

“It is a privilege for us to pay tribute to these outstanding Canadians who have led the way in their respective fields, Each of them has inspired and enlightened so many others, and we are proud to celebrate them.” - Laurentian University Chancellor Steve Paikin.

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