Along with the 1,667 students receiving their degrees at Fall Convocation 2017, three luminaries will be awarded honorary doctorates from uOttawa in recognition of exceptional achievements in their fields.
Mitch Garber is a Canadian business executive and philanthropist who is an active private equity investor with TPG and Apollo, as well as part owner and chair of Cirque du Soleil. He is a former CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company and Caesars Interactive Entertainment. Before entering the world of business and entrepreneurship, Garber earned a civil law degree from uOttawa and worked as a lawyer in Montreal. He and his wife set up the Mitch and Anne-Marie Garber Foundation, which focuses on education, health care and scientific research.
Michèle Lamont is a cultural sociologist and professor at Harvard University, where she is director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She is also co-director of the Successful Societies program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Lamont received a BA and an MA from uOttawa before earning a doctorate at the Université de Paris. She has written dozens of books and articles on topics including inequality, racism and social change, and is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Erasmus Prize for her contributions to the social sciences.
Paul Nurse is a British geneticist and cell biologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001, along with Leland Hartwell and Tim Hunt, for the discovery of protein molecules that control cell division. Currently director of the Francis Crick Institute in London and chancellor of the University of Bristol, Nurse has served as chief executive of Cancer Research UK, president of the Royal Society and president of Rockefeller University. He was knighted in 1999 and was named to France’s Légion d'honneur in 2003.