Degree and Order of the U of C recipients for June Convocation
Harri Holkeri - June 9
Over the past
40 years, Harri Holkeri has built a distinguished career as a statesman,
diplomat and international businessman.
the prime minister of Finland for five years until 1991, a mediator during
the Northern Ireland peace process in the late 1990s and president of
the United Nations General Assembly in 2000-01.
Born in Helsinki
in 1937, Holkeri started his journey into Finnish politics as secretary
of the National Coalition Party, spending seven years in that capacity
starting in 1965. In 1970, he was elected to the Finnish Parliament, where
he remained until 1978. In 1971, Holkeri became leader of the National
Coalition Party and held that post until 1979.
In 1978, Holkeri
added the role of businessman to his portfolio, becoming a member of the
Board of Governors of the Bank of Finland, the countrys central
bank. He stepped back onto the national stage in 1987 when he headed a
coalition government to democratic victory and became prime minister of
role in international diplomacy began even earlier than his work in national
politics. He served as a member of the Finnish Delegation to the UN General
Assembly from 1963-65. Then, in 1975, he became a member of the Nordic
Council, vice-president of the European Free Trade Association Parliamentarians
from 1974-75, and president of that organization in 1976.
In 1995, Holkeri
became a member of The International Body, a group established by the
United Kingdom and Ireland to lead the decommissioning of illegal weapons
in Northern Ireland. He was also one of three chairmen of that regions
multi-party peace negotiations. For his contributions as a consensus builder
in the Northern Ireland peace process, Holkeri was made an Honorary Knight
Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1999.
Until the end of 2002, Holkeri served as chair of the Board of Directors of Finnair, the national airline company of Finland and is on the boards of several other Finnish industries and organizations.Tom Jackson - June 10
is a multi-talented artist who strives to achieve greater heights not
only for himself, but also for those around him.
As a singer
and songwriter, Jackson has released 10 albums, the most recent being
I Will Bring You Near. Two of his albums have received Juno nominations.
As an actor,
Jackson became famous across Canada for his role of Chief Peter Kenidi
on the long-running series North of 60. He is currently delighting children
with his portrayal of storyteller Hector Longhouse in Longhouse Tales
airing on CBC, TVO and APTN. He also starred in movies such as The Diviners,
Grizzly Falls and the soon-to-be-released Water Giant. Jackson has been
nominated for, and received, Genie and Gemini awards.
also made a significant impact through his humanitarian efforts. He created
the Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series, an annual cross-country concert
tour that donates all money raised to the Canadian Association of Food
Banks. After 15 years, the Huron Carole has raised $3 million.
organizes the Dreamcatcher Tour, an annual tour of reserves and urban
locations dedicated to youth empowerment and the eradication of suicide.
received many awards for his work including the David Crowchild Memorial
Award, the Country Music Association C.F. Martin Humanitarian Award; the
Saskatchewan Country Music Association International Humanitarian Award,
and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.
Margaret Elizabeth Lick Newall - June 11
Margaret Newalls career is driven by the virtues of education and healthy communities.
graduation from high school in Davidson, Sask., she studied piano at Regina
College, receiving an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in
1955. To earn enough money to attend university, she traveled weekly to
a small Saskatchewan town to teach piano lessons.
In 1958, Newall
graduated, with distinction, from the University of Saskatchewan. Married
the next year to Ted, they moved to Montreal and started their family.
Her community activism also began there. Faced with the loss of the traveling
library that regularly visited her community, she worked with a small
group to set up the first permanent library in the Montreal suburb of
Roxboro. She later successfully lobbied school boards to allow the transfer
of taxes so that the familys children could attend French school.
While in Montreal,
Newall studied at McGill University, receiving her diploma in education
in 1972, then taught in elementary school, and continued teaching after
the family moved to Toronto in 1981. It was this experience that taught
her about the harmful effects of family violence on children. The Montreal
massacre of December 6, 1989, amplified that concern.
to Alberta, Newall at first volunteered with the Alberta Coalition Against
Pornography, an organization that sought to combat violence in the community.
She then became a founding member and key volunteer for the Prairieaction
Foundation. The foundation has raised more than $5 million to ensure that
research continues across the Prairies into issues of violence and abuse.
As well, music
still plays an important role in Newalls life. She has been a supporter
of both the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Calgary
International Organ Competition.
not forgotten her rural roots. She and her husband established $1 million
endowments at both the U of C and University of Saskatchewan to support
the studies of young people from rural communities.
For her community efforts, Newall was awarded an honorary degree in 2001 from the University of Manitoba and a Rotary Club of Calgary Paul Harris Award in April 2003.James Edward Newall - June 12
Ted Newall is one of Canadas successful business leaders.
In 1957, Newall worked for DuPont Canada Inc., in Toronto, as a summer student. In 1958, after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a
Commerce degree, he rejoined DuPont Canada and rose steadily through the
ranks. By 1979, he was the companys chairman, president and CEO.
In 1991, Newall
returned to the Prairies, to NOVA Corporation as CEO.
In 1996, Newall
was appointed chair of U of Cs Board of Governors. In his five years
at the helm, partnering with the U of C president and board, Newall led
the U of C through the early stages of the universitys strategic
to the university is only one aspect of Newalls service to his community.
He is co-chair of the United Ways Calgary Childrens Initiative,
and he and his wife, Margaret, have supported the Sheriff King Womens
Shelter, and the Prairieaction Foundation.
served on the Conference Board of Canada, the Business Council on National
Issues and as the first chairman of the Prime Ministers Advisory
Committee on the Business/Government Executive Exchange Program.
He was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for his contribution to cooperation between government and private sector groups in public policy formulation. In 1996, he was given the Canadian Business Leader Award by the University of Alberta. He was chosen Chief Executive of the Year in 1993 by Financial Post magazine and the Caldwell Partners; International Business Executive of the Year by the Canadian Council for International Business; and a Fellow by the Institute of Corporate Directors in 1998. In 1994, Newall was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and, in 2001, he was admitted to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.Joane Marguerite Cardinal-Schubert - June 13
Cardinal -Schubert is recognized for her continued contribution to the
visual arts in Canada and to her community.
As a multimedia artist, lecturer, poet, writer, freelance curator and volunteer, Cardinal-Schubert has challenged and transcended pre-existing local, national and international boundaries of art and culture. For the last 20 years, her writing has been published and her work cited in numerous publications. Cardinal-Schuberts art is also the subject of many articles, texts and critical reviews. She has also donated her time and work to numerous charities and arts organizations.
was born in 1942 in Red Deer, Alta., the fourth child in a family of eight
as an adult student from the U of C in 1977 with a Bachelor
of Fine Arts, she became the assistant curator at the U of C Art Gallery
in 1978 and the Nickle Arts Museum from 1979-85. In 1986, she was elected
as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. From 1992-95, she served
as a member of the U of C Senate. She received the Commemorative Medal
of Canada in 1993 and the Queen¹s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
solo art exhibitions of her work and 40 group exhibitions have appeared
in cities across Canada as well as in Europe, the U.S., Guatemala, Japan,
Korea, New Zealand and Australia.
She has held
eight artists residencies and been a keynote speaker across North
America including at the Smithsonian as a Master Native Artist
of North America.
Cardinal-Schubert has been a charter member of the Banff Aboriginal Film and Video Arts, SCANA and the Calgary Aboriginal (Arts) Awareness Society.
She has served
on the Canada Council Aboriginal Secretariat as the visual arts representative.
She continues to live in Calgary, addressing her familys place in the history of southern Alberta.
Order of the University of Calgary recipientsRhonda Williams - June 9
is a recognized leader in the field of university governance in Canada
and a valued citizen in campus volunteer initiatives.
of the University Secretariat, Williams has been an advisor to four presidents
of the U of C, five chairs of the U of C Board of Governors, 17 vice-presidents
and approximately 200 board members.
the university in 1979 when she was appointed secretary to the board.
Later, she also served as associate secretary to General Faculties Council.
In 1994, she led the amalgamation of two administrative units to create
the University Secretariat. In total, Williams coordinates the activities
of 24 groups on campus and is the primary liaison among the various levels
of governance. In this role, she has skillfully undertaken many special
assignments, policy development initiatives, and diplomatic missions.
of Queens University, Williams also holds a Certificate in University
Management from the Centre for Higher Education, Research and Development
at the University of Manitoba. She is a member of Canadian Society for
the Study of Higher Education.
been very active nationally in developing the role and profile of her
profession. A charter member of the National Association of University
Board Chairs and Secretaries as well as the Council of Western Canadian
University Board Secretaries, she has been selected for roles as conference,
program and workshop organizer as well as guest speaker.
volunteer on campus, Williams has served as convocation marshal since
1979, including a four-year term as chief marshal. She has developed and
taught seminar courses on aspects of her profession for senior support
staff. She was appointed to serve on key university committees, past and
present, including the organizing committee for the universitys
25th anniversary celebrations.
Williams is a strong supporter of the U of C and a member of the Chancellors Club, which supports entrance scholarships.Apollonia Steele - June 10
is often considered the heart of any university. Apollonia Steele has
worked tirelessly over the past 30 years to ensure that the U of C Library
has the strongest heartbeat possible.
and manager of Special Collections, helped the university establish a
world class special collection, all the more remarkable given the U of
Cs young age.
The librarys special collections unit is home to the manuscripts and personal papers of many of Canadas most eminent writers, including Mordecai Richler, Earle Birney, W.O. Mitchell, Rudy Wiebe, Robert Kroetesch and Alice Munro. The collection also includes a page from a Gutenberg Bible, the 11,000-item Margaret P. Hess collection, and the recent acquisition of one of the largest collections of early science fiction magazines in existence.
diligence, professionalism and compelling presence, Steele has managed
to build the collection into a showpiece for the university.
has 23 publications, two exhibits and numerous grants to her credit. As
well, she also volunteers her time on activities both within and outside
the university. She has served the Archives Society of Alberta as member
of its advocacy committee, the Archives Network of Alberta task force
and the task force on electronic publishing. She is a member of the Association
of Canadian and Quebec Literatures, Association of Canadian Archivists,
Association of Canadian Studies, Foothills Library Association, and the
Library Association of Alberta.
as a reviewer of grant applications for the Social Science and Humanities
Research Council in 1995. She is a member of the Editorial Board of NeWest
Press and the University of Calgary Press. She is on the review panel
for the Charles Steele Essay Prize in Canadian Studies. She is also a
member of the PhD program review for the Department of English.
has been ensuring the welfare of animals at U of C for 28 years.
As a community
representative on the University Animal Welfare Committee, Driscoll has
spent countless hours developing the guidelines that guarantee that animals
at the university are treated in a humane and respectful manner. Driscoll
has volunteered on the committee since 1975.
Welfare Committee and the associated animal care committees are some of
the most active committees in the university. These committees develop
the policies and procedures related to all respects of animal use at the
university, as well as review animal experiments on an ongoing basis to
ensure that the animals are properly cared for.
been an active member of Calgarys animal welfare community and the
Calgary Humane Society, including serving as the societys president
for ten years. She has also served on the board of the Canadian Council
of Animal Care and the Canadian Federations of Humane Societies and as
a trustee of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada.
Her role on
the animal welfare committee led to Driscoll being a spokesperson to media
and government on animal welfare issues both at the university and nationally.
She regularly conveys to university personnel the publics concerns
about animal based research and ensures that these concerns are answered.
Driscoll has also brought her knowledge and compassion to other institutions
by participating in seven Canadian Council on Animal Care site visits.
In addition to her work with the university, Driscoll has volunteered tirelessly with the Calgary Meals on Wheels organization and other groups assisting the elderly. She has also made major contributions to the dog showing community of Calgary, organizing and producing many events for the Alberta Kennel Club.Donna Ferrara-Kerr - June 12
Over the past
25 years, Donna Ferrara-Kerr has contributed significantly to the university
as a student, faculty member, Senator and supporter.
Ferrara-Kerr graduated from the U of C with a Bachelor of Arts degree, then went on to obtain her law degree from the University of British Columbia, being called to the Alberta bar and qualifying as a lawyer in 1985.
to the U of C in 1986 as an instructor in the Faculty of Management for
six years, receiving consistently high teaching evaluations, and mentoring
was seconded to be the universitys first Sexual Harassment Adviser
from 1990-92. In this role, she handled many difficult cases with wisdom
and diplomacy. In addition, she was responsible for education of the campus
community, and was the official spokesperson for the university, logging
over 100 media interviews across the country, and speaking at a number
of national conferences. Ferrara-Kerr was a pioneer in this work, establishing
a solid and respected presence for the university in a new and controversial
left the university in 1992 to launch her own consulting practice on the
issue of diversity with a nation-wide clientele, she was elected to the
U of C Senate, where she served for six years. As a volunteer, she chaired
the senates honorary degrees and nominating committees; was a member
of the executive committee; and was vice-chair of a Chancellor Search
Committee, amongst many other responsibilities. Ferrara-Kerr became famous
within the senate for never missing a meeting and always serving with
humour, intelligence, insight and integrity.
Ferrara-Kerr still remains involved with the university, including active membership in the Chancellors Club, which supports university scholarships. She also provides her time and insights to numerous other community and professional activities.Peter G. Glockner - June 13
Peter Glockner is a founder of the Faculty of Engineering. Participating in building this faculty and institution and in making them known around the globe was a prime component of his nearly four-decade-long Calgary career.
He began building
after his requested transfer from Edmonton to the new Calgary campus in
1960 and quickly became involved in planning, initiating research, and
building relations with industry and the profession.
engineerings first equipment donation in 1961, served as acting
head of civil engineering and, by invitation, became professor and head
of mechanical engineering, 1976-87. During his headship, the department
became a globally recognized school of mechanical engineering. From 1976
till his retirement, he was professor in both departments. He wrote A
Place of Ingenuity, a book on the Faculty of Engineerings history.
His foundational work in two departments and the faculty were recognized
by appointing him Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Engineering, a
university-wide contributions are equally significant and include chairing
the University Budget Committee. He organized four conferences, including
the third Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics, CANCAM 71, and the first
Canadian conference of the International Association for Shell Structures,
all successful events with international speakers and participants, enhancing
Calgarys global image.
built an impressive research career. His studies in solid mechanics, including
the behaviour of inflatables and the structural use of ice, resulted in
over 300 publications and invited lectures and presentations at conferences
and institutes on all continents. He received many awards, notably the
CANCAM Medal; the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) Gzowski Gold Medal;
and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Moisseiff Medal and
positions on committees and boards of directors of national and international
learned societies and professional organizations. His research contributions
and stature in the mechanics community were underlined by being elected
president of AAM and by a special international conference, A World
of Shells, organized in his honour at the Banff Centre.