Criteria and Guidelines for Selection of Honorary Degree Recipients

The Senate Coordinating Committee of the Algoma University Senate solicits recommendations for candidates for an honorary degree.   The following guidelines apply:

  • Honorary degrees should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be awarded posthumously;
  • Honorary degrees should not, except in exceptional circumstances, be awarded in absentia;
  • Honorary degrees should not be awarded to Algoma University personnel or active politicians;
  • At the level of the Senate Coordinating Committee, unanimity among those present is required (abstentions are not counted).

While the Committee is responsible for finding the best possible candidates in a given year and for ensuring a balance across various disciplines and groups over a period of time, the following categories are emphasized:

  • People who have made outstanding contributions to the life of Northern Ontario and/or the area served by Algoma University;
  • People who have made outstanding contributions to intellectual advancements in disciplines offered at Algoma University;
  • People who have made outstanding contributions in fields of national and/or international life.
  • People who have made outstanding contributions that contribute to and reflect the special mission of Algoma University.

In the final analysis, the selection of honorary degree recipients at Algoma University should be guided by the outstanding nature and/or the originality of each candidate’s achievement.

The degree awarded should be appropriate to the recognized contribution of the recipient.

Degrees awarded in past ceremonies at Algoma University have included the following: Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Letters, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Music, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Social Work and Doctor of Fine Arts.

The norm would be one honorary degree per Convocation but that the Committee could recommend more than that in special circumstances to a maximum of two per Convocation. The report from the Senate Coordinating Committee regarding Honorary Degrees is then discussed and voted on by the members of the Algoma University Senate; the results are not herein reported on the grounds of confidentiality.

Honourary Degree Recipients

Honourary Degree recipients are chosen from people who have made outstanding contributions to the life of Sault Ste. Marie and/or the region; people who have made outstanding contributions to intellectual advancements and those who have made contributions in the fields of Canadian and/or international life.  The selection of honourary degree recipients at Algoma University is guided by the outstanding nature of each candidate’s achievement.  Investiture takes place at Spring Convocation, and consists of the degree (honoris causa) and the awarding of appropriate regalia.

Year

Honourary Degree Recipient

Award

2017 Paul Thompson Doctor of Letters
(honoris causa)
2016 Senator Murray Sinclair Doctor of Laws
2015 Errol Caldwell Doctor of Science
2014 Les Pyette Doctor of Letters
2013 Joseph Boyden Doctor of Letters
2012 Guy Traficante Doctor of Letters
2011 Justice Susan E. Lang Doctor of Laws
2010 Daphne Odjig Doctor of Fine Arts
2008 Ronald Francis Doctor of Letters
2007 Steven Jeromy Carriere Doctor of Science
2006 Frederick Griffith Doctor of Letters
2005 David M. Paciocco Doctor of Laws
2004 Honourable James K. Bartleman Doctor of Laws
2003 Frank Paci Doctor of Letters
2002 Ted Nolan Doctor of Laws
2001 Margaret Atwood Doctor of Letters
2000 Olive Dickason Doctor of Letters
1999 Nicholas Goldschmidt Doctor of Letters
1998 Basil Johnston Doctor of Letters
1997 Ken Danby Doctor of Fine Arts
1994 Robert-Ralph Carmichael Doctor of Letters
1993 David Lloyd Johnston Doctor of Laws
1992 Tom Angus Doctor of Science
1991 Roberta Bondar Doctor of Science
1990 Morley Torgov Doctor of Letters
1989 Daniel Erskine Pine Doctor of Laws
1987 James E. MacDonald Doctor of Letters
1985 D. G. Howell Doctor of Science
1982 W. C. Winegard Doctor of Laws