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Convocation

SMC Faculty of Arts & Science Convocation, June 13, 2013

Office of the President

Dear Members of the Class of 2013,

On behalf of the entire St. Michael's community, Congratulations on your graduation! This milestone event in your lives is the culmination of years of study and plain hard work. You and your friends and family have every reason to be very proud of your accomplishment.

We at St. Michael's are grateful to you for having chosen this College as your academic home base. Whether you were a commuter student or in residence, in one of our College programs or in a University of Toronto departmental program, we are grateful for your involvement in and contributions to the life of the College.

We have worked hard to assist you to prepare for your future and we share your delight as you begin another important chapter in your lives. Please remember St. Michael's and keep in touch. Your ongoing involvement with your College as alumni/ae will be most welcome. Good luck and our best wishes from all at St. Michael's!

Blessings this Graduation Day and always!

Sr Anne Anderson, csj

Prof. Anne Anderson, csj
President & Vice-Chancellor

Honorary Fellows of the Faculty of Arts & Science, St Michael's College Conferred at Convocation on June 13, 2013 to:Sean Conway, The Hon. Justice Peter D. Lauwers and David Mulroney

Sean Conway

Sean Conway

Sean Conway’s family has deep roots in the Irish-Catholic community of the Ottawa Valley. In the provincial election of 1975, at age twenty-four, Mr. Conway was elected to the Ontario Legislature for the Ottawa Valley (Renfrew North) and served as Liberal MPP for 28 years until his retirement in 2003.  On March 9, 1982, he was chosen as Deputy Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party by Premier David Peterson.  During the Liberal Government of Premier Peterson (1985-1990), Mr. Conway served as Minister of Education where he was responsible for the legislation that completed funding for Ontario's Roman Catholic separate school system.

In his post-political life, Mr. Conway has been active in universities where he has held a number of administrative positions - Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's and currently a Visiting Fellow at Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy.  Mr. Conway is a staunch supporter of USMC and is currently teaching in the Celtic Studies Program, St. Michael’s College. In addition to his university work, Conway has been a public policy advisor with the national law firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP since 2003.

In November 2007, Conway was honoured with the prestigious Churchill Society Award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy. He has also served as a member (2005-2012) and chair (2010-2012) of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).  He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University (B.A.) and Queen’s University (M.A.) where his principal interest was nineteenth-century Canadian history.

The Honourable Justice Peter D. Lauwers

The Honourable Justice Peter D. Lauwers

The Hon. Justice Peter Lauwers was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario on December 13, 2012, having served on the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Central East Region since July, 2008. He presided over cases in all the areas of the Superior Court’s operations including civil, criminal, family, and class actions. He also served on the Divisional Court.

Before being appointed, Justice Lauwers was a partner at Miller Thomson LLP.  He practised in the areas of civil litigation, constitutional law, human rights, and administrative law including education, municipal and labour law and appeared at every level of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.

As a lawyer Justice Lauwers lectured in his areas of expertise to, among others, the Canadian Institute, Insight, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Centre for Cultural Renewal, McGill University, and the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy, and published widely.

Since his judicial appointment Justice Lauwers has spoken at events sponsored by the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Canadian Defence Lawyers, Osgoode Hall Law School, the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and the National Judicial Institute.
Justice Lauwers received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto in 1978 and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 1983. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980.  Justice Lauwers is completing his final term on the Board of Governors of St. Augustine’s Seminary and was awarded papal honours by Pope John Paul II, being the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1996, and by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009, being invested as a Knight of St. Gregory.

David Mulroney

David Mulroney

David Mulroney is a graduate of St. Michael’s College, a former Ambassador to China and now a distinguished senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs in the University of Toronto. He grew up in St. Basil’s parish, attended St. Michel’s College School, and is a staunch and loyal alumnus of USMC – always willing to support the College.

Prior to his appointment to Beijing, Mr. Mulroney was assigned to the Privy Council Office in Ottawa as the Deputy Minister responsible for the Afghanistan Task Force, overseeing inter-departmental coordination of all aspects of Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan. He also served as Secretary to the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan (“the Manley Panel”).  Mr. Mulroney’s other assignments included serving as Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and, concurrently, as the Prime Minister’s Personal Representative to the G8 Summit. Immediately prior to that, he served as Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada.

Mr. Mulroney joined the Foreign Service in 1981 and participated in full time Mandarin training at the Canadian Forces Language School in Ottawa. He had a series of senior appointments in the Foreign Affairs Department in Ottawa, including 4 years as Canada’s Senior Official for Asia Pacific Cooperation (APEC) and served on overseas assignments in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Seoul. From 1995 to 1998 he was Executive Director of the Canada-China Business Council. During his time in China, he opened the embassy each Sunday to Our Lady of China parish, an international community of Catholics that otherwise had no secure or reliable place to worship.
Mr. Mulroney was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia is married to Janet Wakely, and is the proud father of Aidan, Kate and Sean.

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