Honorary degree at York University convocation Saturday – David Collenette


TORONTO, June 19, 2015 – Politician, strategic advisor, distinguished fellow David M. Collenette will receive an honorary degree from York University on Saturday, June 20 at 2:30pm at Glendon College. He will then deliver a speech to graduating students at their convocation ceremony.

David M. Collenette

David M. Collenette

One of York University’s most illustrious alumni from Glendon, David Collenette (BA ’69, MA ’04) was a member of the Canadian House of Commons for more than 20 years. Serving under former prime ministers Pierre Trudeau, John Turner and Jean Chrétien, he was minister of state-multiculturalism, national defense, veterans affairs, transport and crown corporations. As such, he left a deep imprint on Canada’s history.

Among many of his accomplishments, Collenette authored a major policy paper that charted a course for Canadian transportation policy over a decade, initiated legislative changes, and oversaw Canada’s response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. As parliamentary secretary to the House leader during the constitutional debates of the early 1980s, he was assigned to Westminster to represent Canada’s interests.

Since retiring from politics in 2004, Collenette has worked as strategic counsel for organizations in public affairs, transportation and infrastructure, information technology and defence and security. He was a distinguished fellow at Glendon from 2004 to 2009. He has been a member of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs Advisory Committee since 2007. He is a member of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation Board, director of Harbourfront Centre and chair of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (North America.)

The convocation ceremony will take place at the Glendon College campus, 2275 Bayview Ave., Toronto (see map).

The ceremony will be webcast at the following link, which will become live when it begins: http://www.yorku.ca/mygrad/livewebcast.

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