2006 Champions

2006 Honourees

Dr. Emery Dosdall
Former Deputy Minister of Education, British Columbia

Dr. Emery Dosdall is the President of the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE). He was appointed to the BCCIE following a one year appointment as the British Columbia Trade Commissioner for Education and Skills.

Dr. Dosdall was recruited in 2001 to be the Deputy Minister of Education for British Columbia. In 1996, he received the Capital Communicator of the Year Award from the International Association of Business Communicators and in 1997, he was awarded the prestigious Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Lieutenant Governor’s Award. In January 2000 Dr. Dosdall received the University of Alberta Council for Educational Administration’s Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. He was presented with the Herb Drew Award for distinguished graduates from Nova Southeastern University in 2001. Dr. Dosdall holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Dr. Robert A. Gordon, O.Ont.
Former President, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Since 1982, Dr. Gordon has been President of Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (formerly Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology), and prior to that, was President of Dawson College in Montreal for seven years. He has also worked at Bishop's University and Lower Canada College in Quebec. His academic background includes an Honours BA in History and a Master's Degree in Modern British History from Bishop's University, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

He was named the recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (2003), the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Commemoration Medal, the NISOD International Leadership Award from the University of Texas, the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, a Distinguished Educator of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the Paul Elsner Leadership Award from the Chairs’ Academy, Phoenix, Arizona, the Distinguished Service Award from the College Presidents’ Network, and a Doctor of Laws – honoris causa, from the University of Guelph, and a Doctor of Civil Law – honoris causa, from Bishop’s University. In the Spring of 2006, he will be honoured at the Annual Tribute Dinner of the Learning Partnership for his contributions to the Canadian public education system.
Dr. Colleen Klein
Children’s Advocate

Colleen's pride in her Métis heritage is reflected in her focus on the health and well-being of Alberta's Aboriginal communities. She has participated in Crossroads Women's Sharing Circles, the Aboriginal Health Conference and Children's Mental Health Conference, and she sits on the Board of the Awo Taan Native Women's Shelter Society. In 2003, she was inducted into Kainaakiiksi, a women's society of the Blood Tribe, and given the Blackfoot name Tanataakii, which means Wonderful Lady. She received the 2001 Esquao Circle of Honour Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women. In 2002, her efforts were recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary.

She was Honorary Chair of the Alberta Roundtable on Family Violence and Bullying and Alberta's Promise, was an active volunteer with the Alberta Children's Forum, the Southern Alberta Child and Youth Health Network, Edmonton Kids Kottage, Calgary Children's Cottage, Kids Help Phone and Parent's Help Line, Legacy Children's Foundation, Turn off the Violence, Street Teams, Avenue 15 Shelter for homeless youth, and the Canadian Diabetes Association's Camp Jean Nelson. She was a member of the Faculty of Medicine's Dean's Advisory Council at the University of Calgary, Honourary Chair of the Red Deer Hospice Society and a supporter of the Aventa Addiction Treatment Centre for Women and Calgary's Youville Women's Residence.
John C.S. Lau
President & Chief Executive Officer Husky Energy Inc.

Since being appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Husky Energy over a decade ago, John Lau has made his mark on the business sector as a widely revered expert at turning around financially distressed firms. Under his direction, Husky Energy is now positioned as Canada's fifth largest oil producer and refiner, recording profits of $1.32 billion in 2003.

Prior to joining Husky, Mr. Lau held a number of senior executive roles within the Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited and Hutchison Whampoa Limited group of companies. He attended the University of Queensland (Australia) where he earned degrees in both Economics and Commerce. He also worked as an accountant for KPMG and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

An exemplary leader, Mr. Lau supports a variety of community-based organizations in Calgary and throughout Canada such as the First Nations People and Alberta's Promise, a Partnership with Children and Youth. Mr. Lau has been a Board member of the Alberta Economic Development Authority and sat on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). He is also a strong supporter of post-secondary education and is a former Board of Governor for the University of Calgary.
The Hon. Frank McKenna P.C., O.C., O.N.B., Q.C.
Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group
Former Premier of New Brunswick

Frank McKenna was appointed Deputy Chair of TD Bank Financial Group on May 1, 2006. Prior to joining TDBFG, he was posted to Washington, D.C. and served as the Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America from 2005 to 2006. Previously he served as Counsel to the Atlantic Canada law firm of McInnes Cooper and Consulting Counsel to Osler Hoskin and Harcourt in Toronto. Frank served as Premier of New Brunswick from 1987-1997, successfully winning three elections before honouring the promise he made when elected that he would not stay a day beyond 10 years. Frank graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts, completed his post-graduate studies in political science at Queen’s University and graduated from the University of New Brunswick Law School as a silver medalist. Frank also holds eight honourary doctorates from Canadian universities.

Frank’s career has included participation as a member of the Saucier Committee on Corporate Governance and the Canadian Security Intelligence Review Committee. In a volunteer capacity, Frank was a past National Head of Career Edge, a member of the Fund Raising Committee for the National Ballet School and has been involved with a number of organizations including the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, National Adult Literacy Database, New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts and the C.D. Howe Institute, as well as the capital campaigns of two major universities in New Brunswick. He is also the owner of Glenwood Kitchens, a manufacturer of kitchen cabinets for the Canadian, U.S. and Caribbean market.
The Hon. Robert Keith Rae P.C., O.C., O.Ont., Q.C., M.P.
Former Premier of Ontario

The Honourable Bob Rae has been a distinguished lawyer for more than 30 years and is currently a partner at Goodmans LLP. Mr. Rae served as Ontario’s 21st Premier and was elected eight times to federal and provincial parliaments before his retirement from politics in 1996. Mr. Rae has a B.A. and an LLB from the University of Toronto and was a Rhodes Scholar from Ontario in 1969. He obtained a B.Phil degree from Oxford University in 1971 and was named a Queen’s Counsel in 1984. Mr. Rae has received numerous honorary degrees and awards from Canadian and foreign universities, colleges and organizations.Mr. Rae was appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council for Canada in 1998 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and appointed an Officer of the Order of Ontario 2004.

Mr. Rae is a panel member of the Canadian Internal Trade Disputes Tribunal, and is on the international commercial arbitrators list of the Canadian Council for International Business, and ADR Chambers. Mr. Rae is Chairman of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, past chairman of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the past president of the Forum of Federations where he remains a fellow and consults on issues of post conflict governance. He also serves as director of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, the Trudeau Foundation and is a member of the International Council of the Asia Society. Mr. Rae is the National Spokesperson of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. He was the Chief Negotiator of the Canadian Red Cross Society in its restructuring, and also served as a member of the Canada Transportation Act Review and the Security and Intelligence Review Committee for Canada. He currently serves as director of: Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc., Hydro One Inc., Niigon Technologies Ltd., Retrocom REIT, and Tembec Ltd.