Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipients 2020

2020 Honorary Degree Recipient Biographies

Dennis Chippa

Dennis Chippa

Dennis Chippa has served as Executive Director of the Gathering Place, North Bay’s Community Soup Kitchen and food distribution center for the past five years.

He has won regional, provincial and national awards for his television work over the years. Dennis spent fifteen years at MCTV in North Bay as a reporter, anchor and editor. Following two years at Cogeco, he switched careers, moving to the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area as an HIV Educator.

In 2016, he was named to the Order of Ontario, the highest honour for volunteerism in Ontario, for his work with North Bay’s vulnerable population. His lengthy volunteer career included spending time coaching Special Olympics, Community Living North Bay, The Youth Justice Program, the North Bay Anti-Drug Focus, and Literacy Nipissing. He is currently a volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross on its disaster management team, as well as a qualified First Aid and Psychological First Aid Instructor.

Seven winters ago, he was one of the driving forces behind the opening of North Bay’s Warming Centre, bringing homeless individuals in from the cold during winter months. He has launched numerous programs including “No Thanks I’m Driving” and “Alarmed for Life”. He is also the author of three children’s books, all relating to North Bay and Christmas, with all financial benefits going to Literacy Nipissing  to help adults who are having trouble with reading, writing and computer literacy.

Patrick Dion

Patrick Dion

Patrick Dion is a leading government relations professional, recognized for helping clients solve strategic issues and enhancing their reputation and brand with federal, provincial and municipal governments.

Mr. Dion was appointed as Ontario’s representative as an inaugural director of the board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, serving the board for nine years and four years as vice-chair, and chaired the Human Resources Committee, Audit and Finance Committee, Investment Committee, and Governance and Nominating Committee.

Mr. Dion has become a recognized voice for mental health and wellness, frequently invited to speak on the reform of Canada’s mental health system. He was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee for his service to Canada, received The Royal Ottawa Leader in Mental Health Award, Ontario Medical Association Community Service Award, and was invested into the Order of Ottawa.

Mr. Dion was recruited by Ontario’s Minister of Health to serve on the advisory group guiding the Government of Ontario’s review of its mental health and addictions system and has chaired the Champlain LHIN's Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee on Improving Consumer Flow.  Mr. Dion is chair of the board of Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association, a member of Carleton University board of governors, and a director of the board of the Canadian Film Institute.

Mr. Dion’s journey to being recognized as a well-respected and active member of Ottawa’s business community led to him receiving the Ottawa Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award, its annual list of top young business leaders in Ottawa.

Mr. Dion graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Electrical Engineering Science and also completed the Directors Education Program (DEP) at University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

Penny McIntyre

Penny McIntyre

Penny McIntyre is a Senior Executive and international business leader with extensive experience living and working abroad at premier consumer packaged goods companies including Newell Rubbermaid, The Coca-Cola Company, and S.C. Johnson.

Most recently, she was CEO and board member of Sunrise Senior Living, an international elder care residential company. She sits on the Board of Directors of PVH, where she chairs the Corporate Responsibility Committee and on the board of Primrose Schools, a private equity owned school for early childhood learning.

Ms. McIntyre serves as an Advisor to the Board at Ocean Spray Cranberry Co-operative, providing counsel to the owner/grower board members on strategic, marketing and growth initiatives. She is also the Chair of the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, a non-profit established in 2015 associated with the University of British Columbia Sauder Business School focused on the furthering of ethical perspectives in business.

Ms. McIntyre is a dual citizen born in Montreal, Canada and graduated from Western University’s Ivey Business School in 1982. She is married to Peter McKenney, a North Bay native, and has two adult sons. She currently lives near Washington D.C. and attends Georgetown University in the Master’s of Liberal Studies program.

Joan McLeod Shabogesic

Joan McLeod Shabogesic

Joan McLeod Shabogesic is a proud Nbisiing nishnaabe-kwe. She held the position of Land Manager for Nipissing Nation for 37 years. Ms. McLeod Shabogesic was instrumental in the settlement of three land claims that not only increased Nipissing’s land holdings, but also established lucrative settlement trusts.

Significant milestones in her tenure at Nipissing Nation were her responsibilities of treaty and land claim negotiations, repatriation and research. Her professional specialties include the land governance responsibilities of managing revenue generating initiatives, the establishment of protectionist measures such as land use zoning and resource management.

She was a member of a group of fourteen First Nations from across Canada who developed and successfully negotiated with Canada to enact the First Nations Land Management Act. This Act set in place the Chief’s Land Advisory Board.  Her responsibilities as Land Manager included the drafting and consultative processes for enacting Nipissing’s land laws.  Ms. McLeod Shabogesic accomplished the first drafts for Nipissing environmental management, archaeological management and the Nipissing Land Use and Zoning Law.  The archaeological management plan developed under Ms. McLeod Shabogesic’s tenure as Land Manager resulted in the Nipissing Archaeological Summer School.  Ms. McLeod Shabogesic notes this summer school as her proudest achievement.  The youth that attend this summer school achieve summer job experience that delves into the Nipissing Peoples historical past and a wider vision of educational and career opportunities. 

Ms. McLeod Shabogesic holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Nipissing College under Laurentian University.

Jerry O’Connell

Jerry O’Connell

Born and raised in New York City, Jerry O’Connell began his acting career at age 11 when he co-starred as Vern Tessio in the classic Rob Reiner film “Stand by Me”.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University, he returned to feature film work, notably receiving critical acclaim for his role as quarterback Frank Cushman in “Jerry Maguire” with Tom Cruise. Additional screen credits include: “Scream 2”; “Can’t Hardly Wait”; “Mission to Mars”; “Tomcats”; the Jerry Bruckheimer–produced comedy “Kangaroo Jack”; “Yours, Mine and Ours”; “Man About Town” (with Ben Affleck); “Obsessed” (with Beyonce Knowles); Dimension Films’ remake of the cult classic “Piranha 3-D”; and most recently the big screen follow up to the cult hit television series “Veronica Mars”.

In 2004, O’Connell sold his screenplay for “First Daughter” to New Regency Films. He served as an Executive Producer on the film, which starred Katie Holmes and was directed by Forrest Whitaker. In 2011, he made his Broadway debut in Theresa Rebeck’s “Seminar” opposite Alan Rickman.

Equally prolific on television, he starred on NBC’s hit drama “Crossing Jordan” for six seasons as Detective Woody Hoyt, a character that also crossed-over to NBC’s “Las Vegas.” O’Connell has recently been featured on hit series like “Scream Queens”, “Mistresses”, “Billions”, and “The Mysteries of Laura”, and has been a recurring co-host on “Live! With Kelly”. He has also been working behind the camera as well, directing multiple episodes of “Mistresses” and most recently, “Andi Mack”. Recently, O’Connell played Harley Carter in Season 2 of “Carter” for Sony AXN and Bell Media which is filmed in the City of North Bay.

Scott Russell

Scott Russell

A Canadian Screen Award and Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, Scott Russell brings vast experience, passion and knowledge to his role as one of the hosts of CBC Sports' Road to the Olympic Games. Mr. Russell's unparalleled enthusiasm for amateur sport shines through in every aspect of his work for the network.

A CBC Sports veteran of more than 25 years, he has covered 14 Olympic Games including his most recent work as host of Olympic Games Primetime during CBC/Radio-Canada's coverage of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Mr. Russell also hosted CBC's prime time coverage of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and CBC's primetime coverage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. He has also hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Germany. In addition, he was a host and rink-side reporter for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada for 14 years. Outside of his hosting duties, Mr. Russell authors insightful blog posts at cbcsports.ca where he discusses the world of sport from all angles. He is also a member of the CBC Sports initiative on women in sports.

Aside from his work at CBC, Mr. Russell has taught a course in Canadian Sports History at Toronto's Centennial College. Mr. Russell is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds a Master’s of Arts in Journalism degree. In 2014, he was honoured by Sports Media Canada with the George Gross Award for Outstanding Broadcasting. In 2013, he was presented with a CBC President's Award in the Brand Champion category in recognition of his dedication and enthusiasm for his work covering amateur athletics for the network. In 2012, was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to sports in Canada.

2019

Evanka Osmak Doctor of Letters
Gordon Durnan Doctor of Letters
George Flumerfelt Doctor of Letters 
Anne Gingras Doctor of Education
Richard (Dick) Tafel  Doctor of Education

2018

The Right Honorable David Johnston and Mrs. Sharon Johnston Doctors of Education
Major Brenda Tinsley Doctor of Letters
George Couchie Doctor of Letters 
Paul Kennedy Doctor of Education
Senator Yvonne Boyer Doctor of Education

 

2017

Tom Jenkins  Doctor of Letters
Clint Malarchuk Doctor of Letters
Dr. Lynnette Leeseberg Stamler  Doctor of Letters
Jeannette Corbiere Lavell Doctor of Education
Roy Slack  Doctor of Education

 

2016

Debra Brown Doctor of Education
Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard  Doctor of Education
Jerome Berthelette Doctor of Letters
Paul Cook Doctor of Letters

2015

Edmund Metatawabin  Doctor of Education
Graeme Murray Doctor of Education
Tom Hedican Doctor of Education
Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes  Doctor of Letters
Susan Nelles Pine Doctor of Letters
Dr. Colin Simpson Doctor of Letters 

2014

Rush Doctors of Music
Giles Blunt Doctor of Education
Dr. Donald Weaver Doctor of Letters
Dr. Mary Ferguson-Pare Doctor of Letters
Muriel Sawyer Doctor of Education
The Honourable Frances Lankin Doctor of Education
Ron Jamieson Doctor of Education

2013

Justice Harry LaForme Doctor of Education
Shelagh Rogers Doctor of Education
Sandy Foster Doctor of Education
Geoff Green Doctor of Letters
Craig Oliver  Doctor of Letters

2012

The Right Honourable Paul Martin  Doctor of Education
Grand Chief Stan Louttit Doctor of Education
Dr. Roxanne Joyal Doctor of Letters
Dr. Dennis Mock Doctor of Letters
The Honourable William Davis Doctor of Education

2011

Spring Convocation

Alton Bigwin  Doctor of Education
Grand Chief Stan Beardy  Doctor of Education
Suzanne Brooks Doctor of Letters
Dr. Charles Pascal Doctor of Education
Dr. David Liddle

Doctor of Education

Dr. Mark Tremblay Doctor of Letters
Priscilla Solomon Doctor of Letters 
Keith Lickers  Doctor of Education

 

Fall Convocation 

 

John Ralston Saul 

Doctor of Letters 

2010

National Chief Shawn Atleo Doctor of Education
Marsha Greenfield Doctor of Education
Paul Quarrington Doctor of Letters (posthumously) 
Jack Lockhard Doctor of Education
Michael Harris

Doctor of Letters

Dr. Jon Dellandrea Doctor of Letters

2009

Christine & Christian Fortin Doctor of Education
The Honourable David C. Onley Doctor of Education
Stephen Lewis Doctor of Education
Joseph Boyden Doctor of Letters
Grand Council Chief John Beaucage

Doctor of Letters

Dr. Roberta Jamieson  Doctor of Education

2008

Dr. David Booth Doctor of Education
Dr. Eric Schweig Doctor of Education
Dr. David Marshall Doctor of Education
Maude Barlow Doctor of Letters
Harry Rosen

Doctor of Letters

The Honourable Madame Justice Lorna-Lee Snowie  Doctor of Letters
Fraser Mustard Doctor of Letters 

2007

Avis Glaze Doctor of Education
Kate Pace Lindsay Doctor of Education
Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire  Doctor of Education
The Honourable Jean Jacques Blais Doctor of Letters
Maher Arar and Monia Mazigh 

Doctors of Letters

David Phillips Doctor of Letters
Robert Rosehart Doctor of Educaiton

2006

The Honourable James K. Bartleman  Doctor of Education
Gwen Boniface Doctor of Letters
John de Chastelain Doctor of Education
Jean-Marc Filion Doctor of Education
Sheila Fraser

Doctor of Letters

Jane Urquhart Doctor of Letters
Walter Gretzky Doctor of Education

2005-1980

2005

 

Craig & Mark Kielburger 

Doctors of Education

David Pratt

Doctor of Education

Eva Olsson

Doctor of Education

Madame Justice Louise Charron

Doctor of Letters

Dr. Desmond Morton

Doctor of Letters 

 

2004

 

Marianna Couchie

Doctor of Education

Gordon Cressy

Doctor of Education

Michael Fullan

Doctor of Education

Hayley Wickenheiser

Doctor of Letters 

 

2003

 

Ed Smith

Doctor of Education

Denise Meehan

Doctor of Education

Michael Budman & Don Green

Doctors of Letters

Marty Southcott

Doctor of Letters

Kathy Gannon

Doctor of Education

 

2002

 

Peter George 

Doctor of Letters

Julie Payette

Doctor of Letters

Anthony Blackbourn

Doctor of Education

Dr. Elizabeth Thorn

Doctor of Education 

Edward Joseph Kilroy

Doctor of Education

Rex Murphy

Doctor of Education

John C. Follis

Doctor of Education

Bernard J. Shapiro

Doctor of Education

 

2001

 

Dr. Dennis Geden

Doctor of Letters

The Honourable (Dr.) Margaret Norrie McCain 

Doctor of Education

Stuart McLean

Doctor of Education

Allister Richardson

Doctor of Education

 

2000

 

Lynn Johnston

Doctor of Letters

Ted Hargreaves

Doctor of Education

 

1999

 

John (Jack) H. Clark 

Doctor of Letters

Carole M. Lafrances

Doctor of Education

 

1998

 

Doris McCarthy

Doctor of Letters

Frank Dottori

Doctor of Education

 

1997

 

Bette M. Stephenson

Doctor of Letters

Margaret MacDonald Wilson

Doctor of Education

 

1996

 

James Lantalum Lunney

Doctor of Letters

Daphne Odjig

Doctor of Education

 

1995

 

John R. Hunt

Doctor of Letters

John Russell McCarthy

Doctor of Education

 

1994

 

Cup Gunning

Doctor of Letters

R.K. (Joe) Miskokomon 

Doctor of Education

 

1993

 

Roberto Grosso

Doctor of Letters

Jean Little

Doctor of Education

 

1992

 

Alan Johnson

Doctor of Education

Dr. George J. Zytaruk 

Doctor of Letters 

 

1991

 

Archie MacKinnon

Doctor of Letters

 

1990

 

Thomas Cummings

Doctor of Letters

Robert Richardson

Doctor of Science

 

1989

 

John Leyerle 

Doctor of Letters 

 

1988

 

Dr. James S. Redpath 

Doctor of Letters

 

1987

 

Albert Tucker

Doctor of Laws 

 

1986

 

Dr. Hebert E. Brown

Doctor of Laws 

 

1985

 

Rev. Theodore Vincent Sobisch

Doctor of Laws

 

1980

 

Dr. Douglas Pollard

Doctor of Letters