Another name has been added to the list of
luminaries receiving honorary degrees from Memorial during spring convocation in St. Johnís.
For his contribution to the Canadian civil service,
Dr. Alex Himelfarb will receive an honorary doctor
of laws degree at spring convocation.
Dr. Himelfarb is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he obtained his BA, masterís and PhD in sociology. Dr. Himelfarb joined the public service in 1981 with the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada. He has held a number of positions of
increasing responsibility since that time. In June 1999, Dr. Himelfarb became deputy minister of Canadian Heritage, a position he held until his appointment as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in May 2002.
The Clerk of the Privy Council is the head of the Canadian civil service. Before joining the public service, Dr. Himelfarb was a professor of sociology at the University of New Brunswick from 1972 to 1981.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently nominated Dr. Himelfarb as ambassador of Canada to Italy.