Carleton University today conferred a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Allan Gregg in recognition of his career as a policy analyst, adviser, strategic thinker, insightful commentator and leading predictor of political trends.
Gregg was honoured during Carleton’s Spring Convocation. Approximately 3,580 students received their degrees during ceremonies this week.
“My generation was pretty good at making this bigger, your task is to make things better and to recognize that growth, for growth’s sake, or for the sake of generating great wealth for some and great hardship for others, cannot be pursued blindly,” said Gregg. “To do so puts us at risk of a society that is even more divided and less civil. And more division and less civility, by any definition should not be considered progress.”
Gregg was a doctoral student and political science lecturer at Carleton in the 1970s before leaving to work on Parliament Hill. He was a key strategist for the Progressive Conservative Party under Brian Mulroney and played a large role in the party’s 1984 and 1988 federal election victories. He has been integral to more than 50 election campaigns on three different continents.
He is a widely-published analyst and featured public speaker who regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines. He has offered his views and insights on CBC’s At Issue Panel for over a decade and hosted TVO’s Allan Gregg: In Conversation With.
Gregg founded Decima Research in 1979, co-founded the Strategic Counsel in 1995 and was chair of Harris-Decima from 2007 to 2014. A founding shareholder of Canada’s children’s television network, YTV, he also served as chair of the Toronto Film Festival and the Walrus Foundation. He sits on the General Motors of Canada’s Advisory Board and is a past director of the Public Policy Forum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Writers Trust. Gregg is a recipient of the Public Affairs Association Award of Distinction.
“For decades, Allan Gregg has been one of one of Canada’s most recognized and respected pollsters, researchers, political strategists and social commentators,” said Jonathan Malloy, professor in the Department of Political Science. “He also has a long standing connection with Carleton University and the Faculty of Public Affairs.”
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