Lynn Clark Irving
Spring 2018 Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Laws (honoris causa)
As chair of the medical research capital campaign for Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, Lynn Clark Irving made it possible for all medical students at Dalhousie to learn best practices in workplace health and safety and occupational wellness. Of the incredible $15 million raised by this campaign, $5 million was earmarked to fund the J.D. Irving Ltd. Chair in Occupational Medicine, Canada’s first fully endowed chair in this field. Mrs. Irving’s extensive service to Dalhousie includes sitting on the Board of Governors from 2003 to 2012, during which she was an integral part of the Bold Ambitions Leadership Council that helped raise $280 million for the university. She also has served on Board of the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation since 2016.
Lynn Irving grew up in Kentville, NS. She earned a BSc from Acadia and a Diploma in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie. Mrs. Irving is an internal consultant for Irving Health Services at J.D. Irving Limited, where she has helped develop and implement award-winning workplace wellness, disability management, and employee health and productivity programs. She has served as a school board trustee, on the Board of Governors of Rothesay Netherwood School, as chair of the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation Foundation Board, and on the Boards of Symphony New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the IWK Health Centre. Mrs. Irving was honoured with the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Rothesay Kings in 2013 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. This is her first honorary degree.