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John Manley to receive honorary degree

June 10, 2010

TORONTO, ON. – On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 2:30 p.m., the University of Toronto will award the Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his outstanding record of contributions to Canada, through service in public office, and the development of public policy in support of research, technology, and innovation..

Manley, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, was first elected to Parliament in 1998. During his political career he was re-elected three times and has served in multiple capacities, including as Minister of Finance, Industry and Foreign Affairs. As a Cabinet minister, one of Manley’s priorities was the establishment of a national innovation agenda and the creation of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Following his departure from government, Manley remained active in public policy as a media commentator, speaker and adviser to government. He continues to promote the importance of science, technology, and research as critical to the future of Canada through his service on the boards of the Institute for Research in Public Policy, MaRS, and the Conference Board of Canada.  In 2003 he led a review of the province’s electricity sector for Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. In 2005 Manley co-chaired the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America for the Council on Foreign Relations. And in 2007, Manley was named Chair of an Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Members of the media are invited to attend the convocation ceremony, but seating is limited and advance confirmation of attendance is required. Please RSVP to U of T media relations at 416-978-0100 no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, June 14.

WHAT:           John Manley to receive honorary degree at spring convocation.

WHEN:           Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Media need to RSVP in advance and should arrive no later than 2:15 p.m. to ensure seating.

WHERE:        University of Toronto, Convocation Hall, 31 King’s College Circle.

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For more information and to RSVP:

contact media relations at 416-978-0100