Carleton University today conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws on Canute Lloyd Stanford in recognition of his career as a distinguished public servant in both Jamaica and Canada, a Carleton University professor and member of the Board of Governors, and community leader.
Stanford was honoured at Carleton’s Spring Convocation where approximately 3,580 students are receiving their degrees over four days of ceremonies.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1933, Stanford earned a BA Hons (French) from London-University College of the West Indies, earned a DPA and MA in in Public Administration at Carleton, and did doctoral studies at Queen’s University.
“With the benefit of the marvels of today’s technological devices, you have the opportunity to mine the knowledge and experience garnered throughout the world and, in turn, to help make it a better place through working in international development, international business enterprises and other initiatives,” said Stanford.
“However, do not neglect the lessons that can be learned right here. Try to make this vast continental, multi-cultural and multi-racial country even greater.”
Starting in 1957, Stanford served with the governments of Jamaica, Saskatchewan and Canada as a career public administrator. After retiring in 1991, he held Governor–in-Council appointments with the Governments of Canada and Ontario. He has been a consultant on employment and governance issues since 1992.
Stanford has taught at Carleton and, briefly, at the University of Ottawa. His community work has included serving on the Board of Governors and the Senate of Carleton from 1993 to 1999, as president of the theatre group Third World Players and as the Ottawa contact for the Alumni Association of the University of the West Indies.
Stanford has been the recipient of numerous awards, notably the C.A.T. Productions’ Capital Award “for outstanding service to Canadian community” in 1991, the Prime Minister of Jamaica’s Gold Medal for service to Jamaica, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
“Lloyd Stanford is a professional public administrator who has dedicated his life in service to the governments and citizens of his native and adopted countries,” said Joy Mighty, Carleton’s associate vice-president (Teaching and Learning).
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