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Brock University will bestow honorary degrees on three distinguished Canadians at this year’s Spring Convocation, which takes place during seven ceremonies over five days, from Tuesday, June 7 to Saturday, June 11.
This year, Brock takes great pride in awarding honorary degrees to Claude Bouchard, professor and John W. Barton, Sr. Endowed Chair in Genetics and Nutrition, Human Genomics Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center; General Alfred John Gardyne Drummond de Chastelain, retired Canadian solder, diplomat and until recently, Chairman, Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (Northern Ireland); and Michael McCain, President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize these notable individuals for their outstanding work, leadership and distinguished contributions to society,” says President Jack Lightstone. “Their achievements, both at home and on the international stage, reflect the core values of our University — to enhance the lives of the communities around us and to contribute to the betterment of society.”
All ceremonies will be held in the Walker Complex at the west end of campus, in the Ian D. Beddis gymnasium. An outdoor reception for graduates, family members and other special guests will be held after each ceremony.
Tickets are not required. All guests are welcome at the Convocation ceremonies.
The three honorary degree presentations will proceed as follows:
Thursday, June 9, 10 a.m.
An honorary degree will be presented to Claude Bouchard, professor and John W. Barton, Sr. Endowed Chair in Genetics and Nutrition, Human Genomics Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Brock is recognizing Claude Bouchard for his exceptional accomplishments as one of Canada’s most internationally renowned scientists, and for his influence on exercise and health policies in Canada and beyond. Bouchard is a world-leader in exercise and obesity prevention and one of the most influential Canadian scientists of the 20th century. He has been at the forefront of research on biological adaptation at the genetic level. His research deals with the genetics of adaptation to exercise and to nutritional interventions as well as the genetics of obesity and its co-morbidities.
Friday, June 10, 10 a.m.
An honorary degree will be presented to General Alfred John Gardyne Drummond de Chastelain, retired Canadian solder, diplomat and until recently, Chairman, Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (Northern Ireland)
Brock is recognizing General Alfred John Gardyne Drummond de Chastelain for his distinguished public service and humanitarian contributions to the international community as part of the Northern Ireland peace process. From 1997 to 2011, de Chastelain served as Chair of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning. He helped forge the Belfast Agreement, the blueprint for peace in Northern Ireland signed on Good Friday 1998. In the fall of 2005, after many years, de Chastelain succeeded in the seemingly impossible mission of getting the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to decommission its weapons, for which he was recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.
An honorary degree will be presented to Michael McCain, President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
Brock is recognizing Michael McCain for his outstanding achievements and distinguished leadership in business. McCain is President and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Foods. He and his team have led the transformation of Maple Leaf Foods into Canada’s leading food processor and exporter. The company employs approximately 21,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. The company had sales of $5 billion in 2010 and flagship brands including Maple Leaf, Schneiders and Dempster’s.
Please check The Brock News for complete bios on all of this year’s honorary degree recipients.