A former mayor of Barrie, the long-time CEO of Science North, and a renowned advocate for minority language rights are among the people being awarded honourary doctorates from Laurentian University during its spring convocation ceremonies.
Jim Marchbank, former Chief Executive Officer, Science North (1987-2011) will receive his honorary degree June 7 at the morning ceremonies at the LU campus. He is honoured for his leadership role with Science North from its earliest days. Marchbank oversaw the successful establishment and growth of this interactive science museum, which has become one of Ontario’s leading attractions. Marchbank is credited with leading the organization to its current stature as Canada’s 2nd largest science centre. Science North also maintains an IMAX theatre, and digital Planetarium, as well as the earth sciences centre Dynamic Earth. Marchbank is a former journalist and a former Sudbury city councillor.
Other honorees are Janice Laking. She taught high school in the Barrie area while raising a family of seven children, and while serving as a long-time city councillor. In 1988, she left the teaching profession to commit herself to a career in public service, and was elected mayor of Barrie later that year. Laking led the City for the next 12 years, during which she spearheaded several significant community development and infrastructure projects. She will get her honorary degree at the convocation at LU’s Barrie campus.
June 4 at 2:30 pm
Dr. Arnie Aberman, Consulting Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). As Consulting Dean at NOSM, Aberman’s expertise was instrumental in designing the structure and operation of the school. He also contributed to the development of the business plan and the governance model at NOSM.. Aberman is a former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has been awarded the Order of Canada.
June 6, at 10 am
Ronald F. Caza, minority language rights advocate, partner with Ottawa law firm Caza Saikaley, was born in Chelmsford and is a graduate of Laurentian University. He has practised legal advocacy in both official languages for more than 20 years, and has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading litigators
June 7 at 2:30 pm
Philanthropists Ron and Nancy Clark of Caledonia established the Clark Bursary Fund in 1989. The fund is co-ordinated through the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) to help young people who receive or have received services from Ontario Children’s Aid Societies to achieve their academic and career goals. Since 1989, more than 250 bursaries with a total value of more than $1.4M have been awarded to students in financial need.