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Michael Meighen and Daniel Lamarre honoured

Former Canadian senator and Cirque du Soleil President and CEO will receive honorary degrees at fall convocation ceremonies
Published: 23 Oct 2012

McGill University will bestow its highest honour upon two outstanding individuals by awarding them an honorary degree at this fall’s Convocation ceremonies: Michael Meighen, former Canadian senator, lawyer and cultural patron; and Daniel Lamarre, Canadian businessman and President and Chief Executive Officer of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil. 

They will share the stage with 1,600 graduating students at the ceremonies to be held on October 31, 2012 at Place des Arts.

 

Michael Meighen

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Wednesday, October 31, 10 a.m.

Faculties: Arts, Education, Law, Music, Religious Studies and Science. 

Since his graduation from McGill University in 1960, Michael A. Meighen has achieved equal distinction in the fields of law, politics and philanthropy. From his tenure as President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada to his participation as co-counsel for the Deschênes Commission on War Criminals in Canada, he has maintained a high profile in Canadian political and legal life. In 1990, Mr. Meighen was appointed to the Senate and has since chaired three committees and served on many others. Mr. Meighen has contributed generously to organizations supporting education, health, the arts, poverty, youth at risk, drug addiction and nature conservation and has served on the boards of numerous corporations and non-profit organizations. While maintaining a very distinguished law practice in Quebec and Ontario, Mr. Meighen is also the co-chair of Campaign McGill, and has worked diligently to encourage alumni and friends to support the University.

Daniel Lamarre

Doctor of Laws, honoris causa

Wednesday, October 31, 2:30 p.m.

Faculties/Schools: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Continuing Studies, Dentistry, Engineering, Management, Medicine. 

Daniel Lamarre is one of Canada’s most influential businessmen. As President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, Lamarre is in charge of strategies both at the business development and operations levels. Lamarre also sits on the Canadian Olympic Foundation Board of Directors. From 1984 to 1997, he worked with National Public Relations, first as Executive Vice-President and Senior Partner, then as President. In 1981, as its President and CEO, he opened and directed the Montreal office of of Burson-Marsteller, the world's largest PR firm. Prior to his leadership duties in the world of communications, he worked as a journalist for over 10 years starting out with the Trois-Rivières daily Le Nouvelliste and then Radio-Canada. 

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