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SUBJECT: Memorial University names honorary degree recipients for 2003 spring convocation
DATE: April 9, 2003

A number of outstanding Canadians drawn from business, science, public life and the arts will receive honorary degrees from Memorial University during this spring's convocation ceremonies. In order of presentation, this spring's honorary graduands are: Donna Butt , writer, actor and artistic director of Rising Tide Theatre; Flora MacDonald, former federal cabinet minister; Ben Heppner, noted tenor; Dr. Arthur Carty, president of the National Research Council; Melvin Woodward, local entrepreneur; Thomas Kent, political and social policy researcher and administrator; Edward Roberts, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and former chairman of Memorial's Board of Regents; and Sir David Willcocks, noted choral musician.

Approximately 2,300 degrees will be awarded at eight sessions of convocation, starting with Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook on Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. Convocation ceremonies in St. John's will take place in the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre from May 28-30. There will be three sessions of convocation on Wednesday, May 28 (10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), and two sessions, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30.

In addition, former Memorial University president, Dr. Arthur May, will be honoured with the designation president emeritus at the 10 a.m session of convocation on May 30. Dr. May, Memorial's alumnus of the year for 1983, served as president from 1990 to 1999. The title of president emeritus is granted for outstanding service and achievement to the university in that leadership capacity.

Editors please note: biographies of honorary degree recipients in order of presentation and a schedule of spring convocation follows - this release is nine pages in total.

Donna Butt

For her contribution to the development of Newfoundland's theatre, tourism and rural economy, Donna Butt will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at the session of convocation to be held at 10 a.m. on May 9 at Grenfell College.

Ms. Butt was born in Spaniard's Bay, Newfoundland. Since 1978 she has been working full-time to create a dynamic professional theatre company that reflects the culture and heritage of her province. Involved in all aspects of the creative process, she excels in writing, acting, directing and producing. She has traveled to Ireland and the mainland showcasing her productions, but she works predominantly at home. In 1978 Ms. Butt was one of the co-founders (with David Ross) of Rising Tide Theatre Company in St. John's. The company's first production was a collective creation called Daddy, What's a Train? The troupe has presented a wide variety of works, notably by Sharon Pollock and Michael Cook, as well as works such as Amadeus and Children of a Lesser God.

As co-artistic director of Rising Tide Theatre, 1978-1984, Ms. Butt concentrated her efforts on creating plays about Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 1984 she has been sole executive and artistic director of the group, responsible for bringing to the stage a diverse selection of works, from new and innovative pieces by Newfoundland and Canadian playwrights, to the annual Revue production, a popular satire about our province's more prominent stories and newsmakers.

The troupe is often on the road during the year, but in summer they gather in their new artistic centre in Trinity, where Ms. Butt produces a series of dramatized vignettes called New Founde Lande, an annual, historical pageant celebrating the province's colourful and diverse history. Also popular is the Summer in the Bight Theatre Festival, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors a year.

Flora MacDonald

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For her role as former parliamentarian, humanitarian and winner of the Pearson Peace Prize, Hon. Flora MacDonald will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 10 a.m. session of convocation on May 28.

Dr. MacDonald served 16 years (1972-1988) as a member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands; during that time she held three cabinet positions: secretary of state for External Affairs, minister of Employment and Immigration, and minister of Communications.

Born and educated in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Dr. MacDonald is a graduate of Empire Business College and the National Defence College, majoring in Canadian and international studies. She holds honorary degrees from several institutions, including Queen's, McMaster and Acadia universities and the University of Edinburgh. After her career in Parliament, Dr. MacDonald was visiting fellow at the Centre for Canadian Studies of the University of Edinburgh and special adviser to the Vancouver-based Commonwealth of Learning. From 1990 to 1994 she was the host of the popular television series North South, a weekly human affairs series featuring countries in the developing world. She has chaired the International Development Research Centre and served on the Carnegie Commission on the Prevention of Deadly Conflict, and is chair of Future Generations and the World Federalists of Canada. She is on the board or the advisory council of the Shastri Indo-Canada Advisory Council, the Canadian Council for Refugees, CARE Canada, CODE, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Friends of the National Library, National Museum of Scotland, and UNIFEM. She is also honorary president, Association of Canadian Clubs.

Dr. MacDonald was named an officer of the Order of Canada in April 1993, a companion of the Order of Canada in 1999, and named to the Order of Ontario in 1995. In 1999 she was awarded the Pearson Peace Medal.

Ben Heppner

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For his contributions to the world of opera performance and recording, Ben Heppner will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree at the 3 p.m. session of convocation on May 28.

Mr. Heppner is recognized as the finest dramatic tenor world-wide. A native of British Columbia, he studied at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He first gained national attention as the winner of the Canadian Broadcasting Company Talent Festival. He was the subject of a documentary for the weekly CBC-TV prime-time news program The Fifth Estate in February 1991. He has been a featured soloist on CBC Radio's stereo broadcast of the Toronto Children's Chorus Christmas celebration and, in September 1992, in a live CBC broadcast celebrating the tenth anniversary of Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. He was named a Vanier Award winner for 1994 by the Toronto Junior Board of Trade.

In December 1998 he was featured on CBC Television's Something Special in an hour-long portrait. He is a 1988 winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions and received a Grammy Award in 1998 for his recording of Die Meistersinger on London/Decca records. He has won several Juno Awards for his recordings, most recently for Airs Français.

Mr. Heppner's career takes him regularly to the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Opéra National de Paris, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He appears with all of the world's leading orchestras and in the most celebrated recital venues. His works appear on prestigious labels worldwide: Yellow Label, BMG, RCA Red Seal, Decca, EMI, Sony and Teldec, and his latest recording, music by Tosti, will be released in fall 2003 on Deutsche Grammophon. His first performances as Aeneas in Les Troyens, recorded live with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, won the 2001 Grammy Award both for Best Classical Album and for Best Opera Album.

Arthur Carty

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For his contributions as a scientist and for his leadership role in advancing both his discipline and the standing of the scientific community in Canada, Dr. Arthur Carty will be awarded an honorary doctor of science degree at the 7:30 p.m. session of convocation on May 28.

Dr. Carty holds a PhD in chemistry from Nottingham University. He spent two years employed at Memorial University, then 27 years at the University of Waterloo where he was successively the first director of the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry, professor of chemistry, chair of the Department of Chemistry and dean of research. He was appointed president of the National Research Council (NRC) in 1994.

Dr. Carty is an active researcher in chemistry and a former president of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. His research interests are in the areas of synthetic chemistry, metal clusters and new materials. He has published over 270 research papers, in addition to reviews, articles and book chapters, and has chaired or served on many peer evaluation committees for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and other organizations. He is an associate member of the NSERC Council, a member of the board of the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems Network (MITACS), and the Canadian Stroke Network, two of the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence.

Dr. Carty has served on many boards and councils, and is a board member of the Communications Research Centre, the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation, the Environment Canada R&D Advisory Board, the Department of National Defence R&D Advisory Board, the APEC Center for Technology Foresight (Thailand), the Ottawa Health Research Institute, Genome Canada and the Canadian Space Agency Advisory Council, among others.

Among the numerous honours he has received are the Alcan Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the E.W.R. Steacie Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Purvis Award of the Society of Chemical Industry, and the National Merit Award of the Ottawa Life Sciences Council. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has honorary degrees from the Université de Rennes in France, from Carleton, Acadia, McMaster's and Queen's Universities, and from the Universities of Waterloo and Ottawa. He is an honorary fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and is one of the few individuals to be named both an officer of the Order of Canada and officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite of France.

Melvin Woodward

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For his distinguished public service and for his outstanding contributions to the development of business and the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador, Melvin Woodward will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 10 a.m. session of convocation on May 29.

Mr. Woodward, CEO of the Woodward Group of companies, was born in Boat Harbour, Newfoundland. He founded Woodward's Oil Ltd. in 1960 and was appointed Imperial Oil Ltd. agent for all fuel distribution and aircraft refueling in Labrador. Over the next four decades, Mr. Woodward built a number of enterprises encompassing fuel, trucking, stevedoring, transportation of petroleum and chemical products and automotive sales. The roster of companies he has created includes Coastal Shipping Ltd., Woodward Motors Ltd., and Coastal Labrador Marine Services.

His long business career has many significant highlights. In 1981 he initiated container service to the Port of Goose Bay with the purchase of the roll-on-roll-off container vessel, M.V. Astron. In 1996 he established the first petroleum products supply and delivery contract with Voisey's Bay Nickel Company Limited in Voisey's Bay, Labrador. In 1998 his newly formed company, Coastal Labrador Marine Services, was contracted to take over marine delivery services from Lewisporte to coastal Labrador locations. That same year he was awarded a contract for supply and delivery of petroleum products for the Nunavut Power Corporation to various Nunavut communities.

Mr. Woodward has a distinguished career in public and community service. Having served one term in the house of assembly as minister of Labrador Affairs and a further term on the Liberal opposition bench (1971-76), he has also served on a number of boards: director, Bank of Canada, 1981-1987; founding member and president, the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce; president of Liberal Association; chairman of Enterprise Development Board for Industry, Trade and Commerce; member of the Board of Regents, Memorial University; and chairman, St. John's Port Corporation. He was inducted into Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame in 2001.

Thomas Kent

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For his long-term and continuing contribution to the shaping of Canadian social and political policy, Thomas Kent will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree at the 3 p.m. session of convocation on May 29.

Mr. Kent was born in England and was educated at Oxford, graduating with first-class honours in philosophy, politics and economics. After war-time intelligence service in a junior role in the now-famous "ultra secret" of cipher-breaking, he entered journalism with the Manchester Guardian and in 1948 became its chief editorial writer. In 1950 he moved to be assistant editor of The Economist. He was also the London editorial correspondent for the Winnipeg Free Press, becoming editor-in-chief when he moved to Canada in 1954.

Mr. Kent left journalism for corporate business in 1959, becoming a vice-president of the transnational Chemcell Limited. He was also at that time closely associated with Lester B. Pearson in the development of Liberal policies and when the Pearson government took office in 1963, Mr. Kent was made co-ordinator of government programming and policy secretary to the prime minister, becoming involved in the establishment of many new programs, including Medicare and the Canada Pension Plan.

He rose to become the founding deputy minister of two government departments and president of the Cape Breton Development Corporation until 1977. In Nova Scotia Mr. Kent was president of Sydney Steel Corporation (1977-79) and dean of Administrative Studies at Dalhousie University (1980-83). He served as chairman of the Royal Commission on Newspapers (1980-81). From 1980 to 1987 Mr. Kent was also the founding editor of Policy Options and until 1991 a fellow of the Institute for Research on Public Policy; he is now one of its four life-time fellows.

Mr. Kent has written extensively on economic, social, constitutional and political affairs. His best-known book, A Public Purpose, was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 1988. He has contributed to numerous other books and many journals, magazines and newspapers and a visiting fellow in the School of Policy Studies of Queen's University. Mr. Kent was made a companion in the Order of Canada in 1979.

Edward Roberts

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For his long and distinguished public service, including his service as chair of Memorial University's governing board, Hon. Edward Roberts will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 10 a.m. session of convocation on May 30. Mr. Roberts has been deeply involved in the political, educational, legal and social life of Newfoundland and Labrador for over 40 years. Born in St. John's, Mr. Roberts attended the University of Toronto, where he received a BA and an LLB. During the summer of 1963 he was associate private secretary to the Rt. Hon. J.W. Pickersgill, member of Parliament for Bonavista-Twillingate and the secretary of state and government house leader in the cabinet of Prime Minister Lester Pearson.

Mr. Roberts was first elected to the House of Assembly as member for the district of White Bay North in the 1966 general election. He was re-elected in 1971 and 1972. He entered cabinet in 1968 as minister of Public Welfare (1968-69), and later became minister of Health (1969-72). In 1972 he was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, and was leader of the opposition from 1972 to 1977. During the period1978-1985 he practiced law and was a member of the House of Assembly. He did not seek re-election in 1985, and practiced law full-time until 1992. In 1992 he re-entered provincial politics, winning a by-election in Labrador, and was re-elected in the 1993 general election. He served as the minister of Justice and Attorney General and government house leader (1992-96). Mr. Roberts is the only person to have been minister in the administrations of each of the first three Liberal premiers post- Confederation. He did not seek re-election in the 1996 general election.

He was called to bar of Newfoundland in 1965; he joined Halley, Hickman, Hunt and Adams (subsequently known as Halley, Hunt) in 1978, becoming a senior partner until his retirement in 1992. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1979 and is one of the most senior members of the Newfoundland Bar. In 1989 he was appointed master of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland. From 1996-2002 he was a barrister with the St. John's firm Patterson Palmer Hunt Murphy.

His other public and private roles have included: director, Scotia Mortgage Investment Corp; past director, Fortis Trust Corp.; chairman, Board of Trustees, Waterford Hospital, 1990-91; chairman, Board of Trustees, the General Hospital Corp., St. John's 1991-92; chairman, Board of Regents, Memorial University of Newfoundland 1997-2002. In November 2002 he was appointed as the province's eleventh Lieutenant Governor.

David Willcocks

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For his contributions to the world of music and choral performance, Sir David Willcocks will be awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree at the 3 p.m. session of convocation on May 30.

Born in Newquay, Cornwall, England, Sir David began his musical career as a boy chorister in the choir of Westminster Abbey. His first professional appointments were as organist of the cathedrals of Salisbury and Worcester. His international reputation was established when in 1957 he became director of music at King's College, Cambridge, where he developed, with distinction, its great musical tradition. He made numerous recordings with the King's College Choir and leading British orchestras and toured in many countries. At Cambridge he also held appointments as university organist, university lecturer and conductor at the Cambridge University Chorus and Orchestra.

From 1960 to 1998 Sir David was the musical director of the Bach Choir (London), which, since its foundation in 1875, has given first performances of several important works. With the Bach Choir, he gave the first performances of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem in Italy at Perugia, Milan and Venice in 1963. He later introduced the work in Japan, Hong Kong, Portugal and the Netherlands. From 1974 to 1984 he was director of the Royal College of Music in London.

Sir David appears frequently as a conductor in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has also paid many visits to New Zealand and Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa for concerts. In 1992 he was presented with the Harvard Glee Club medal and in 1999 he received the distinguished Musician Award of the University of Toronto. He is an honorary fellow of King's College, Cambridge and has received honorary degrees in England from the universities in Bradford, Bristol, Exeter, Leicester and Sussex, and from the Royal College of Music in London; in the United States from Luther College (Iowa), St. Olaf College (Minnesota) and Westminster College (New Jersey); and in Canada from the Universities of Toronto and Victoria.

DATE/CONVOCATION SESSION DEGREES CONFERRED HONORARY GRADUATE/ DEGREE

FRIDAY, MAY 9
(SWGC)
10 a.m.
B.A. (Hons.), B.A., B.Sc.(Hons.), B.Sc., B.N., B.S.W. ,B.F.A.(Theatre), B.F.A.(Visual), B.B.A.; M.A., M.N. Ms. Donna Butt
Doctor of Laws
WED., MAY 28
10 a.m.
B.A. Hon. Flora MacDonald
Doctor of Laws
WED., MAY 28
3 p.m.
B.A. (Hon.), B.A. (Police Studies), B.S.W., B.Mus.(Hons.), B.Mus., B.P.E. (Hon.), B.P.E., B.P.E.(Co-op), B.Rec., B.Rec. (Co-op), B.Kin (Hons.), B.Kin. (Co-op) (Hons.), B.Kin, B.Mus.Ed., B.Sc. (Pharm.), B.F.A. (Visual), M.A., M.P.E., M.S.W., M.Sc. (Pharm.), M.Phil., Ph.D. Mr. Ben Heppner
Doctor of Letters
WED., MAY 28
7:30 p.m.
B.Ed. (Post-Sec), B.Sc., M.Sc., M.A.Sc., M.A.S., M.Envir.Sc. Dr. Arthur Carty
Doctor of Science
THURS., MAY 29
10 a.m.
B. Comm.(Hons.), B. Comm., B.Comm (Co-op)(Hons.), B. Comm (Co-op), B.M.S., B.Tech., M.M.S., M.D. Mr. Melvin Woodward
Doctor of Laws
THURS., MAY 29
3 p.m.
B.B.A. (Hons.), B.B.A., B.Ed., B.Ed. (Prim.), B.Ed. (Elem.), B.Ed.(Prim/Elem.) Mr. Thomas Kent
Doctor of Letters
FRIDAY May 30
10 a.m
B.Sc. (Hons.), B.N., M.N., M.W.S. Hon. Edward M. Roberts
Doctor of Laws
FRIDAY May 30
3 p.m.
B.Eng., B.Voc.Ed., B.Spec.Ed., B.Ed. (N&N), B.Ed. (Inter./Sec.), M.Eng., M.Ed., M.B.A. Sir David Willcocks
Doctor of Letters

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