Spring Convocation 2003


Published: 29May2003

May 29, 2003

The McGill Faculty of Management will inaugurate the University's week of convocation ceremonies by conferring an Honorary Doctorate of Laws on Mr Laurent Beaudoin, former chairman and chief executive officer of Bombardier Inc. During his tenure at Bombardier, Beaudoin directed its growth from a small family-owned company to a multi-billion-dollar manufacturing conglomerate with a presence on five continents. The Faculty of Management convocation will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, June 2, in the R.H. Tomlinson Fieldhouse, 475 Pine Avenue West. Background information about honorary doctorates and emeritus professors is available on the McGill Reporter website.

At 7:00 pm, on the same day and at the same location (except for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which will hold its ceremony on the Macdonald Campus, all convocations will be held in the R.H. Tomlinson Fieldhouse), the Centre for Continuing Education will confer an Honorary Doctorate of Science on Mr Georges Brossard, founder of the Montreal, St. John's (Newfoundland), New Orleans and Shanghai insectariums, as well as Quebec City's Naturalium.

At 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 3, astronaut, engineer, musician, athlete, pilot and McGill graduate Julie Payette will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Faculty of Engineering.

On Wednesday, June 4, at 10:00 am, during the Faculties of Arts (Humanities), Music and Religious Studies Convocation ceremony, film and opera director Atom Egoyan [The Sweet Hereafter (1996), The Salome Opera (1998), Ararat (2002)] and father Fernand Lindsay, founder of the Lanaudière International Music Festival, will become honorary Doctors of Letters and Music.

Again on Wednesday, June 4, at 2:00 pm, during the Faculty of Arts (Social Sciences and History) Convocation ceremony, Quebec writer and filmmaker Jacques Godbout will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. Poet, novelist and filmmaker, Jacques Godbout is a leading figure of political and literary modernity in Quebec. A man of action and commitment, he is co-founder of the journal Liberté and of the Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois. He has contributed to a number of periodicals, including Parti pris, Les Lettres françaises, Maclean's, Les Nouvelles littéraires and L'Actualité. In all, Jacques Godbout has directed 34 films and written 24 novels. Salut Galarneau!, published in 1967, is regarded as one of the great classics of Québécois and Canadian literature.

The full schedule of the McGill University Spring 2003 Convocation ceremonies is listed below.

Monday , June 2, 10:00 am


Doctor of Laws Laurent Beaudoin CC, OQ, CA, FCA

Monday , June 2, 2:30 pm

Health Sciences

Emeritus Professor Keith Newton Drummond FRCP, BA, MDCM

Monday , June 2, 7:00 pm

Continuing Education

Doctor of Science Georges Brossard CM, BA, LLL

Tuesday, June 3, 10:00 am


Doctor of Laws Joseph Renzulli BA, MEd, EdD
Doctor of Science Eugenie C. Scott BS, MS, PhD
Emeritus Librarian David Sullivan Crawford (University Libraries)
Emeritus Professor David Charles Smith (Integrated Studies in Education)

Tuesday, June 3, 2:00 pm


Doctor of Science Julie Payette CQ, FCAE
Emeritus Professor Pierre Bélanger (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Emeritus Professor Nicholas C. Rumin Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Emeritus Professor Martin E. Weber (Chemical Engineering)

Wednesday, June 4, 10:00 am

Arts (humanities), Music, Religious Studies

Doctor of Letters Atom Egoyan QC
Doctor of Music Fernand Lindsay CSV, CM, OQ, BA

Wednesday, June 4, 2:00 pm

Arts (Social Sciences and History)

Doctor of Letters Jacques Godbout CQ, BA, MA

Thursday, June 5, 10:00 am


Doctor of Laws The Honourable Mr Justice Frank Iacobucci BCom, LLB, LLM, DDI, LLD, LSM
Emeritus Professor Stephen Allan Scott BA, BCL, DPhil

Thursday, June 5, 2:00 pm


Doctor of Science Howard Alper BSc, PhD
Doctor of Science David Levy BA, MA
Doctor of Science Steven Weinberg AB, PhD
Emeritus Professor Marta Bunge (Mathematics)
Emeritus Professor Jacob Kalff (Biology)
Emeritus Professor Anthony Marley (Psychology)

Friday, June 13, 2:30 pm

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Doctor of Science Ismail Serageldin BSc, MRP, PhD
Doctor of Laws The Right Honourable Herb Gray BCom, LLB