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And the Honorary Degree Goes To…

Former United Church of Canada moderator among several who received award at spring convocation

A Nobel laureate and a religious leader were among those who received honorary degrees at spring convocation this year. Very Rev. Lois Wilson, a former moderator of the United Church of Canada, received a doctorate of laws. Wilson was a member of the Canadian Senate from 1998 to 2002 and the first Canadian president of the World Council of Churches. Nobel Prize winner Sydney Brenner, who received an honorary doctor of science degree, has been at the forefront of genetics research. His contributions include the discovery of messenger RNA and how the order of amino acids in protein is determined. Two legal pioneers also received honorary doctor of laws: Hon. Justice John C. Major (LLB 1957) has helped shaped legal dialogue as a Supreme Court of Canada judge and worked at the law firm Bennett, Jones, Verchere for 24 years. Aharon Barak of Israel has held the highest offices of the judiciary, including the attorney general for the state of Israel, justice of the Supreme Court of Israel and president to the Supreme Court of Israel.

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