Thursday, September 17, 2015
Bob Rae

The Faculty of Law congratulates alumni retired Court of Appeal judge, Justice John Morden, LLB 1959 and Bob Rae, LLB 1977, the 21st premier of Ontario and former interim leader of the federal Liberal Party, on their Order of Canada appointments.

Justice Morden was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his remarkable contributions to the administration of justice in Ontario and commitment to the public interest.

Rae received a promotion to Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest recognition and distinction within the prestigious order. Rae is a lawyer, mediator, speaker and writer who is active on First Nations, social justice and global issues. His latest book, What Happened to Politics?, will be published in August.

The law school also extends congratulations to Prof. Stephen Toope, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, and cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law, on his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Toope co-authored Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account with Prof. Jutta Brunnée. He also served as president of the University of British Columbia and as president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

Governor-General David Johnston announced 100 new appointments on Canada Day to honour Canadians across the country for their prominent achievements and impact on society, and dedication to community service. The new appointees include two Companions (CC), 11 Officers (OC) and 87 Members (CM).

Read about all the University of Toronto connections to the 2015 Order of Canada appointments.

The Order of Canada is one of this country’s highest civilian honours. It was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize the exemplary achievements of Canadians. To date, more than 6,000 people from across society have been invested into the Order.