Monday, January 4, 2016

Prof. Kent RoachThe Faculty of Law’s Prof. Kent Roach, Prichard-Wilson Chair of Law and Public Policy, and U of T alumnus, LLB 1987, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s most distinguished civilian honours.

The office of the Governor General of Canada announced the latest awardees on Dec. 30, 2015, which also included U of T president, Meric Gertler, and several faculty members among the 69 appointments.

Roach, a 2013 Trudeau Scholar, is a renowned national security, anti-terrorism, criminal and constitutional law scholar, and has written extensively on Canada’s Bill C-51, most recently co-writing with Craig Forcese False Security: The Radicalization of Anti-terrorism.

A prolific author, his publications include: Constitutional Remedies in Canada (winner of the Owen Prize); Due Process and Victims’ Rights and The Supreme Court on Trial (both short-listed for the Donner Prize), (with Robert J. Sharpe) Brian Dickson: A Judge’s Journey (winner of the Dafoe Prize) and The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counter-Terrorism (winner of the Mundell Medal); and more than 200 articles and chapters published around the world, as well as in Canada.

In his service to the community, he directed the research for the Goudge Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology and for the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182. He served on the research advisory committee for the inquiry into the rendition of Maher Arar, and the Ipperwash Inquiry into the killing of Dudley George. He also served as volume lead for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Report on the Legacy of Residential Schools.

The Governor General’s office said Roach was appointed “for his steadfast defence of the rights of Canadians, both as a scholar and as a litigator.” 

Brian Levitt

Brian Levitt

In addition, Faculty of Law alumnus Brian M. Levitt, LLB 1973, of Westmount, Quebec, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, “for his contributions to the legal and business communities, and for his support of the arts.”

Levitt is vice-chair of the firm, Osler, and is recognized as one of the country’s top corporate governance and M&A advisers. He first joined Osler’s Toronto office in 1976, became a partner in 1979, and left in 1991 to lead Imasco Limited as president and subsequently CEO.  A Canadian consumer products and services company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Imasco was then one of the larger public companies in Canada measured by market capitalization. It was sold in 2000 and Levitt returned to Osler in 2001.  

He is chairman of the board of The Toronto-Dominion Bank and he is also currently a director of Domtar Corporation. His service to the community is extensive, and includes a chancellor appointment at Bishop’s University until 2018.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to honour exemplary national and international achievement, dedication to the community and service to the country. Since then, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

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Other faculty and alumni appointments to the Order of Canada