Former Chair Of The Board Of Bishop’s University Dr. Robert Gordon Named Officer Of The Order Of Canada
Dr. Robert “Squee” Gordon, C.M., B.A. ‘60, M.A. ’70, D.C.L. ’04, former Chair of the Corporation and first Chair of the Board of Governors of Bishop’s University, will be invested as Officer of the Order of Canada.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced the honour would be bestowed on Dr. Gordon for his contributions to the Canadian college system as a long-time academic administrator. The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Its motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country).
“We are very proud of Squee and delighted that he will receive this honour,” said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University. “He is an outstanding member of our community, and we congratulate him on this exceptional achievement.”
Dr. Gordon’s service to Bishop’s University has been recognized through the conferral of an honorary doctorate in 2004, the Award of Merit in 2000 and the Alumnus of the Year award in 1971. He was chosen the best all-around athlete in the University upon his graduation in 1960.
Dr. Gordon is a member of the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board of Ontario. He has acted as a consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency, as a Policy Advisor to the federal government on postsecondary education, and as ‘Leader-in-Residence’ of the Council for Emerging Leaders of the Conference Board of Canada.
The President of Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Ontario) for 25 years, he has served as President of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and of the American-based League for Innovation in the Community College. He has chaired the Ontario Technology Fund and the Committee of Presidents of Colleges Ontario, and has served as a member of the Premier’s Council of Ontario. He has also served as President and Chair of the Board of Canada Basketball.
Dr. Gordon’s many contributions have been recognised by the Government of Ontario through the award of the Order of Ontario.
Dr. Robert “Squee” Gordon