The Right Honourable Herb Gray, P.C., C.C., Q.C. Named Carleton University Chancellor

Carleton University Board Chair, Mr. Jacques Shore, announced today the appointment of the Right Honourable Herb Gray, former Deputy Prime Minister and current Canadian Chair of the International Joint Commission which deals with transboundary water and air issues between Canada and the United States, as the university’s 10th chancellor. 

Mr. Shore said: “Carleton’s Board of Governors is thrilled that the Right Honourable Herb Gray has accepted our invitation to be Chancellor.  His willingness to serve Carleton in this way brings us distinction and honour.  Mr. Gray’s remarkable career in public service makes him one of our nation’s most senior statesmen.  We will greatly benefit from his insights and outstanding experience.”

President Roseann O’Reilly Runte said that she was sure that the entire campus community would be delighted to welcome Mr. Gray and said that he “will inspire us all by his wisdom and example as we dedicate ourselves to engaging with the international community to contribute to assist in solving Canada and the world’s problems.”  She added that Mr. Gray’s appointment carries on a proud tradition set by previous chancellors, including Lester B. Pearson.

Mr. Gray, the longest continuously-serving Member of Parliament in Canadian history, was awarded by the Governor General in 2002, the title of “Right Honourable” in recognition of his distinguished and record-setting contribution to Canadian political life.  Mr. Gray served as a Minister in the Cabinets of Jean Chrétien, John Turner and Pierre Elliot Trudeau, as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Solicitor General of Canada; Minister of National Revenue; Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs; Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce; Minister of Regional Economic Expansion; President of the Treasury Board; and Minister without Portfolio working with the Minister of Finance. He also served as Opposition House Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition.

Mr. Gray is a Companion of the Order of Canada, recipient of the Canadian Centennial Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Windsor, Assumption University (Windsor), Catholic University of Lublin (Poland), McGill University and the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Gray indicated his pleasure at serving a dynamic, innovative university where sustainability and international relations are core areas of study. He stated that he was pleased to follow in the tradition of Chancellors whose volunteer efforts on behalf of their institutions and whose work to inspire young scholars as they enter a world of change has been stellar.  He joined president Runte in reiterating the university’s gratitude to Marc Garneau, who stepped down from this role earlier this year after offering the university community an “example of gracious, elegant and thoughtful leadership.”

Mr. Gray lives in Ottawa with his wife, Sharon Sholzberg; he has two children and four grandchildren.


For more information:
Nick Heisler
International Joint Commission

Lin Moody
Media Relations
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8705