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2015 Honorary Doctor of Laws Recipient

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston,
Governor General of Canada

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
His Excellency the Right Honourable
David Johnston

When the Right Honourable David Johnston was installed as the 28th governor general of Canada on October 1, 2010, his remarks focused on “A Smart and Caring Nation: A Call to Service.”

He has since travelled widely across Canada, speaking with Canadians about the importance of giving, learning, innovation and family, and asking them what they will contribute to Canada as we approach our country’s 150th birthday in 2017.

His Excellency was born and raised in northern Ontario. His twin passions for sport and learning led to an undergraduate degree at Harvard, where he was twice named to the All-American hockey team and inducted as a hockey player into Harvard’s Athletic Hall of Fame; to law degrees at Cambridge and Queen’s universities; and to a lifelong dedication to higher education.


During his 44-year academic career, he served as dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario, in London; as principal of McGill University, in Montréal; and as president of the University of Waterloo.

He served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, as well as on the boards of a number of companies. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Johnston. Together, they have five daughters and 11 grandchildren.