The University of Sudbury will confer an honorary doctorate upon a well-known Franco-Ontarian

During its annual Awards Ceremony to be held in the Canisius Hall at 7:00 p.m. on March 23, 2017, the University of Sudbury will have the pleasure of awarding an honorary doctorate in Sacred Letters to Mr. Gilles LeVasseur, a man well-known within Ontario’s Francophone community as well as internationally.

Gilles LeVasseur 2017 Mr. Gilles LeVasseur is, among other things, a lawyer and a proud Franco-Ontarian, actively involved in a number of matters pertaining to French language, including the questions of equality and linguistic rights in Canada. In addition to having many years of university level teaching experience, he is the author of ten books. Many of his articles and interviews which have appeared in media outlets such as La Presse, Le Devoir, Le Droit and Toronto Star, have influenced the drafting of legislation at both the provincial and federal levels. He has also edited many prestigious professional journals.

He is omnipresent within the public sphere and gives hundreds of media interviews per year, in both official languages, as an expert in constitutional law, linguistic rights, labour law, organisational governance and the corporate world. Over the last twenty-five years, he has been guest-speaker for national and provincial organisations, in areas related to the French language.

For over two decades, Mr. LeVasseur has been deeply involved in the Francophone community at large. He participates in the Franco-Ontarian community debates that impact school boards, municipal services, the delivery of government services in Canada, and the protection of heritage. He has served on the committees of over forty national and provincial organisations in the areas of law, health, business, military service and official language minorities. He has been president of over fifteen organisations, including the Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario (CCO); the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français; the Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien (ROPFO); the Conférence d’expression française de Common Law of the Canadian Bar Association; and the Official Languages Committee of the Ontario Bar Association. He has also been vice-president of the Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario and administrator of the Centre de folklore franco-ontarien. He has spearheaded many fundraisers which raised thousands of dollars in order to help diverse causes, such as those of university student groups, palliative care in Ontario and the earthquake in Haïti. He is also one of the founders of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, which groups together and unifies Canada’s co-operatives, representing more than 600 billion in economic activity. He is also actively involved internationally, representing Canada at the United Nations as an observer on the Committee of Experts on Public Administration, among other things.

Mr. LeVasseur has received several awards, recognitions and distinctions for his important and varied involvement aiming to ensure well-being and equality for all. Therefore, it is with great joy and pride that the University of Sudbury will in turn recognize Mr. LeVasseur’s leadership and his countless contributions, especially his significant involvement towards the Franco-Ontarian community, various organisations and causes which fall in line with the values, mission and the vision of the University.

At the University of Sudbury, we prepare students to become engaged citizens, and as part of this ceremony, many students and employees will also be recognized for their leadership. A reception in the Ludger & Amanda Michel University Commons, located on the first floor of the University, will follow the event.
A- A A+