2015 Honorary Degree Recipients

Fall 2015

Kenneth Denton Craig, O.C., Ph.D.

Kenneth Denton Craig is a pioneering researcher whose work has transformed perceptions about pain. In the course of a 50-year career, Dr. Craig has published landmark papers, mentored new generations of researchers and served as a leader in university administration.


Christopher Norman

Christopher Norman is one of the most celebrated flute players in the world and an influential figure in traditional folk music. As a musician, he has delighted audiences, critics and academics with his compositions and performances; brought lovers of the flute and traditional music together with his annual music festival; and created custom flutes for players across the globe.

Joseph David Randell

Joseph David Randell is one of the most successful and influential figures in Canadian aviation and an innovative contributor to the economy and community of Atlantic Canada.

Spring 2015


Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Grandin uses her unique perspective to change the face of animal welfare and bring hope and inspiration to millions living with autism spectrum diagnoses.

Dr. G. Ross Langley

Dr. Langley has contributed extensively to the cancer field, been a tremendous influence on the compassionate care of patients and travelled to every medical school in the country working to improve specialty medical education.

Kevin G. Lynch

Dr. Lynch, Vice-Chair of BMO Financial Group, has influenced financial decision-makers across the world as one of Canada's premier economic thinkers.


Ian McAllister

Mr. McAllister is an international humanitarian and an academic innovator who has published five (nearly six) books on issues related to disaster relief and international aid and development.

Tom M. Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell is changing how we interact with web and mobile devices by leading the team that created the Never-Ending Language Learner, the first computer system to simulate human learning.


Richard Alexander Murray

Mr. Murray has strengthened communities around the world with his impressive work as an outstanding engineer, industry leader and philanthropist.

John H. Noseworthy, MD

Dr. Noseworthy, neurologist and Mayo Clinic President and CEO, has improved the lives of countless people through his multiple sclerosis research.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Ms. Watt-Cloutier has been a political representative for Inuit around the world and is globally recognized for her work in social and environmental justice.

R. James Williams

As a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia’s Family Division, Justice Williams has used his judicial acumen and humanitarian compassion as one of the principle architects of family law education in Canada.

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Dr. Zeleza is a distinguished academic, prolific author, in-demand speaker and globally recognized champion of African history and culture.