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Michael Meighen to Receive Honorary Doctorate from King’s College


The Honourable Michael Meighen will receive a Doctor of Civil Law (honoris causa) for his commitment to King’s College in Halifax and to Canada. He served the University of King’s College as Chancellor from 2001 to 2013, and was recently appointed Chancellor of McGill University. Currently counsel for Norton Rose Fulbright, Meighen is a former Canadian senator and has practiced as a litigation and commercial lawyer in Montreal and Toronto. He is past Chair of the Stratford Festival, current Chair of the T R Meighen Family Foundation, and sits on a number of other boards of directors.

The Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada and Malala Yousafzai will be among the five highly distinguished honorary degree recipients. In 2012, Yousafzai’s courage captured world attention as she stood up to and survived the Taliban’s attempt to silence her. In October of 2013, Ms. Yousafzai started the Malala Fund, an organization dedicated to empowering girls through education, so they can recognize their potential and be agents of positive change in their communities.

King’s will also give honorary degrees to Dr. Carol Ann Charlebois, and the Hon Dr. John Hamm. All five individuals have made significant contributions to education and the rights of the individual.

“In this important anniversary year,” says President George Cooper, “we celebrate 225 years of empowering people through education. The Loyalists arrived in Nova Scotia in 1789 and built King’s before confederation, believing that education was essential for their future. At Encaenia, we will honour five individuals who also believe that education is essential, not only for the future, but for basic human dignity as well. By accepting these honorary degrees, these outstanding individuals honour King’s and everything we believe in.”


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